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Food & Dining

Visitors can enjoy a variety of foods at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, at food trucks and stands throughout the park. Please note food truck options and availability are subject to change.

 Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and snacks into the Zoo.

During a visit to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, you may be asked to Round Up for Conservation at retail and restaurant locations.  When you choose to Round Up for Conservation, your purchase is rounded up to the nearest dollar. That spare change directly funds animal care and wildlife conservation efforts.

Mane Grill

Angus steak burgers, chicken shawarma, BBQ pulled pork, vegan grain burgers, chicken tenders, grab and go items, PHA kids' meals

Location: Lion-Tiger Hill

Hours: March-Aug.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sept.-Feb.: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Auntie Anne's & Carvel

Soft pretzels, pretzel dogs, frozen lemonade, Carvel ice cream, soft drinks

Location: Panda Overlook


Pizza, stromboli, hot dogs, chicken tenders, soft drinks

Location: Panda Plaza


Food Trucks

Bootheel Bar B Que
Blue Monkey Tacos
Dippin' Dots
Crepe Love
Mulan Dumpling 
Dolci Gelati
Funnel Fare
Ben & Jerry’s

Location: Various

Hours: Times and dates vary based on park visitation and weather