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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.
A pulled pork sandwich with cabbage slaw on a sesame seed bun sitting on a napkin
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.
Plates of prosciutto, roast beef, chicken, squash, vegetables and more
Group Meals

Are you a group visiting the Zoo? We have special catering options just for you! Event space and catering is also available for company picnics and gatherings. View the menu

Two soft pretzels sitting on top of a brown sheet of paper with two beers in the background
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
A chicken dish in an orange-red sauce topped with cilantro
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
A cheese pizza
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.
A hot dog on a bun with chili, mustard and onion. A bowl of mustard and relish in the background
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
A funnel cake with powdered sugar on a plate
Snack Stands & Kiosks

Funnel cake, craft beer, popcorn, frozen lemonade, and more!
Location: Throughout the Zoo

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