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Food & Dining

The Smithsonian's National Zoo offers a wide variety of dining options, including six restaurants and numerous food carts, stands and kiosks located throughout the park. Kid-friendly, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free options are often available. Group meals can be pre-ordered for 10 or more guests. 

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

As a commitment to conservation, the Zoo serves only Bird Friendly Coffee—the only 100% organic and shade-grown coffee certification available.

PLEASE NOTE: While Mane Grill is open year-round, many of the Zoo's restaurants maintain seasonal hours. Seasonal closings and hours are listed for each restaurant below.

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.
Seal Rock Cafe

All-natural hot dogs, soft pretzels, nachos with chili and cheese, Dippin’ Dots ice cream, Icees

Location: American Trail

Hours: April-Aug.: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sept.-Oct.: Fridays & weekends,
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Closed: Nov.-March
Panda Overlook

Asian-inspired rice bowls or noodle salads topped with Korean BBQ beef; Thai coconut curry, orange chicken, crispy spring rolls, PHA kids' meals

Location: Asia Trail

Hours: April-Aug.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sept.-Oct.: Fridays & weekends,
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Closed: Nov.-March
Panda Grill

Pizza by the slice or pie, spicy chicken grinders, meatball subs, healthy harvest grain burgers, chicken tenders, PHA kids' meals

Location: Across from American Bison

Hours: April-Aug.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sept.-Oct.: Fridays & weekends,
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Closed: Nov. - Feb.
Hot Dog Diner

Local D.C. half smokes, specialty hot dogs, craft beer

Location: Across from Small Mammal House

Hours: March-Aug.: 11 a.m.-5 p.m
Sept.-Oct.: Fridays & weekends,
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Closed: Nov.-March
Snack Stands & Kiosks

Funnel cake, craft beer, popcorn, frozen lemonade and more. Don't miss the brand new Honeybee Ice Cream cart located near Kids' Farm.

Location: Throughout the Zoo

Hours: Late March-Aug.: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sept.-Oct.: Fridays & weekends, various hours
Closed: Nov.- late March