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Food & Dining

The Smithsonian's National Zoo is updating and renovating its dining options! In the meantime, The Mane Grill remains open and local food trucks can be found along Olmsted Walk. Check back in a few weeks to see what's new! We promise it'll be toad-ally awesome.

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.

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
Stella’s Gourmet Popkern
Crepe Love
Mulan Dumpling 
Dolci Gelati
Big Cheese
Funnel Fare
Ben & Jerry’s

Location: Various

Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting