Food at the zoo

Cascade Grill

A perfect spot to begin your day at the zoo or relax after your visit, the Cascade Grill features locally sourced, fresh, made-to-order items. Enjoy our house-made soup of the day, flame-grilled burgers and delicious salads and specials in our rustic dining room overlooking the zoo. Or dine outside – our tree-surrounded deck provides the perfect place to enjoy a meal out of the wind and sun.

Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Zoo admission is not required for purchase

Cascade to Go

With grab-and-go options such as pastries, salads, wraps and Zenner's hot dogs, Cascade to Go is a great place to start your zoo trip. Pick up a cup of freshly brewed coffee, espresso or hot cocoa from Boyd's Coffee — a Portland favorite for over a century. Purchase a soda or ICEE in a souvenir cup and receive discounted refills throughout the zoo!

Open daily at 9.30 a.m.
Zoo admission is not required for purchase


Centrally located in the zoo and adjacent to the Vollum Aviary, Africafe is a great stop for families before beginning their journey into Africa. Do some birdwatching while dining on a selection of fast favorites such as Tillamook cheeseburgers, Zenner's hot dogs, fresh salads and wraps.

Open daily at 11a.m.

Coffee Crossing

Coffee Crossing provides a great new spot to meet up in the zoo for a warm beverage or a fresh snack, convenient to the Train Station, Classrooms and programing in the NESt.

Open daily 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bearwalk Cafe

Stop by Bearwalk Café for fresh-baked pizza, Zenner's hot dogs and hand-scooped Cascade Glacier ice cream.

Open sunny weekends.

Black Rhino Hut

Enjoy a hot drink on a cool morning at the zoo. Adjacent to Africafe, this spot features fresh Boyd's coffee, espresso and hot cocoa, along with ICEEs and snacks.

Open only during peak seasons.

Elephant Ears*

Our signature item for over 35 years, Elephant Ears - served hot and fresh, dusted with cinnamon and sugar - continue to delight both old and young alike. *no elephants were harmed in the creation of these delicious treats.

Open daily at 11 a.m. in Central Plaza or Elephant Plaza.

Food Carts

During the summer and on busy weekend days, we offer a variety of seasonal treats such as pretzels, nachos, Dippin' Dots and Elephant Ears wiht toppings at our food carts and walk-up kiosks. From Steller Snacks to Sankuru Traders, you'll find another delicious option around every corner!