In addition to animals, rides and fun, dining at the Saint Louis Zoo is part of the experience! The Zoo has something for every taste and diet. Enjoy mouthwatering Midwest favorite eats as you wander the grounds, including several born right here in St. Louis. We proudly serve toasted ravioli — found only in St. Louis — and a must try for all. Did you know that the ice cream cone was first featured at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis? And our signature chili featured in the Killer Chili Cookbook...well, it kills it!

Restaurants & Food Stands

Discovery Corner

Cafe Kudu

Cafe Kudu offers menu items for the whole family, and it has an air-conditioned dining room with panoramic views of the Zoo—the perfect place to relax.

Enjoy fresh, made to order grilled hamburgers cooked before your eyes on a giant indoor grill. You can also take a trip to "South of  the Border" with our made to order, taco salads, nachos, or tasty tacos.  Café Kudu features made to order thin-crust pizzas and deli sandwiches, as well as a wide range of appetizers including mozzarella cheese sticks, toasted ravioli, chicken strips, and jumbo bavarian pretzels. Looking for something different? Check out what our skilled culinary staff has prepared for our Daily Special.  Café Kudu has a wide range of kid-friendly meals and treats and is home to our popular salad bar which includes a wide mix of fresh veggies, and toppings, and our famous homemade chili. 

Ice Cream Shop

Love Ice Cream?  Then Scoops is the perfect spot for you.  Scoops offers 8 varieties of your favorite hand-scooped ice cream flavors offered in fresh-made waffle cones.  New for our 2020 season, Tropical Parrot-ise Ice Cream, a tropical blend of fruit flavors. *seasonal. 

Pineapple Paradise

Let your taste buds take a trip to the tropics at Pineapple Paradise.  Where you can enjoy a fresh-made fruit smoothie served in a fresh cut pineapple. Those 21 and up can add little exotic flare with Malibu Coconut Rum.   *seasonal. 

Lakeside Crossing

Ray's Snack Shack

New at the Zoo is Ray’s Snack Shack, which features allergy-friendly menu items and offers something for everyone. We are happy to serve items that are free of gluten, tree nuts, peanuts, dairy and more. Ray’s Snack Shack showcases many Zoo favorites, including chicken strips, thin-crust pizza, soft pretzel bites, nachos, beer and Dole Whip (dairy, egg, peanut and gluten-free ice cream.) We are dedicated to meeting the needs of our guests with dietary restrictions. Click here to see the full menu and allergy information. This restaurant is located next to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove. *Seasonal

Lakeside Cafe

Choose from our largest selection of menu items in the heart of the Zoo. Enjoy chicken strips, bacon cheeseburgers, quesadillas, fresh deli wraps, gourmet salads and much more. Didn’t eat breakfast? We got you covered at Lakeside Cafe. Hot breakfast items are served daily from 8 to 10:30 a.m. daily.  *seasonal


Candy Crossing

Visitors can now enjoy Candy Crossing, the Zoo's fudge and candy shop located in Schnuck Family Plaza in the center of the Zoo. All the items at Candy Crossing are made with either sustainable palm oil or no palm oil at all, which will help protect animals and their rainforest homes. Candy Crossing is open seasonally and weather permitting. 

at the Saint Louis Zoo

Visit our walk-up window and patio located next to Candy Crossing in the center of the Zoo.  Start your day with a hot coffee, latté or espresso and cool down in the afternoon with iced coffee or Frappuccino! All your Starbucks favorites are available including frozen specialty beverages, savory artisan sandwiches, a variety of pastries, Teavana teas and more. Be sure to relax and enjoy your drinks on our new Williams Family Solar Pavilion.

Safari Grill

See what is cooking at Safari Grill! Grilling up everyone’s favorites: barbeque hamburgers, chicken, bratwurst and more. Those 21 and older can quench their thirst with a cold beer. *seasonal

Tundra Treats

Need to cool off? Mix it up! Tundra Treats offers a large selection of fruity flavors of our frozen ICEE beverages*seasonal

Pineapple Paradise

Let your taste buds take a trip to the tropics at Pineapple Paradise.  Where you can enjoy a fresh-made fruit smoothie served in a fresh cut pineapple. Those 21 and up can add little exotic flare with Malibu Coconut Rum.   *seasonal. 

Ice Cream Oasis

Need a break from your safari throughout the Zoo? Visit Ice Cream Oasis to cool off with a frozen dessert, including sundaes, ice cream floats, ice cream cones, Dippin Dots and ICEEs. You can also enjoy a fresh made funnel cake *seasonal

Sweet & Salty

Looking for that sweet and salty treat? Sweet & Salty Company is the perfect place to satisfy your taste buds with our fresh-made kettle corn and made to order funnel cakes. While you’re here, be sure to try our Sweet or Salty jumbo soft Bavarian pretzels, new for 2019!  *seasonal

Historic Hill

East Refreshments

Located at the top of Historic Hill amid the peace and quiet of Red Rocks, East Refreshments features all of our fan favorites: chicken strips, cheeseburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, cheese fries and more.  *seasonal

Big Cat Beverages

Just across the way from East Refreshments in Red Rocks you will find Big Cat Beverages, featuring the largest variety of beers in the park for adults 21 and older. *seasonal

Reptile Redwood

Enjoy a snack or a fresh-shaved snow cone at Reptile Redwood. Located in front of the Historical Reptile House, now known as the Herpetarium.  *seasonal

River's Edge

River Camp Cafe

Walking through four continents along the River’s Edge can really work up an appetite.  River Camp Cafe is the perfect location to cure your hunger.  Dine on a barbeque pulled pork sandwich, country fried fish sandwich, boneless buffalo wings, or cool off with a dish of Dole Whip Soft Serve.  *seasonal

Hippo Hideaway

Feed your hungry hippo with a snack or cool off with a refreshing beverage. Offering jumbo pretzels, popcorn, hot dogs, ice cream treats and frozen ICEEs, Hippo Hideaway is the perfect place to find your favorite Zoo snack. *seasonal

Laughing Hyena

Laughing Hyena is the ultimate adult destination! Quench your thirst with bottled beers, margaritas and coconut rum snow cones for adults 21 and older. Don’t worry, there are drinks for kids, too.  *seasonal

The Wild

Carousel Cafe

After taking a spin on the Conservation Carousel, swing by Carousel Cafe for your favorite snacks, including cheesy nachos, warm, soft pretzels or a bratwurst with sauerkraut. Quench your thirst with an ice-cold fountain soda, ICEE, or even a beer or margaritas for adults 21 and older.  *seasonal

Wild Lemons

Nothing says summer like a freshly squeezed Lemonade Shake-Up. Be sure to stop by Wild Lemons, where our lemons are freshly shaken, not stirred.    *seasonal