Food at the zoo

Cascade Grill

A perfect spot to begin your day or relax after your visit, 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 Friday through Sunday, 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, sandwiches 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 more than a century. 

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 quick favorites such as Tillamook cheeseburgers, chicken strips, Zenner's hot dogs, fresh salads, wraps and seasoned Sidewinder Fries. 

Open daily at 11 a.m.  

Coffee Crossing

Coffee Crossing is a great place to meet up for a warm beverage or a fresh snack, and is convenient to the train station, classrooms and programming in the NESt or Conservation Hall.

Open daily 10 a.m. 

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 more than 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.

Trailhead Snacks

Trailhead Snacks features hot pretzels, nachos, cookies, kettle corn, soft drinks and draft beer.

Open weekends 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

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 with toppings at our food carts and walk-up kiosks. From Margaritas to Sankuru Trader, you'll find another delicious option around every corner! (Days, opening times and carts vary)