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

The Cafe Kudu is the perfect place to relax in an air-conditioned dining room with panoramic views of the Zoo. You can enjoy a vast variety of food options from Southwestern fare to Asian stir-fry. You will be sure to find something for the whole family! Watch the culinary team skillfully prepare diner-style sandwiches before your eyes on a giant indoor grill. Café Kudu also offers fresh, made-to-order Asian-inspired stir-fry, a full salad bar as well as traditional Zoo fare. We also offer many dietary restriction options and a gluten-free menu is available. 
Open weekends only.

Ice Cream Shop

Enjoy freshly made waffle cones stuffed with your favorite flavors of hand-dipped ice cream. Scoop's Ice Cream Shop is located just outside of The Living World building.  *seasonal

Tiki Fruiti

Enjoy a delicious fresh made Tiki Shake Fruit Smoothie in a fresh-cut pineapple. Adults 21 and older can spike it with rum or vodka for an additional charge. *seasonal. 

Lakeside Crossing

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. 

Candy Crossing

Visitors can now enjoy Candy Crossing, the Zoo's new 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 daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Visit our walk-up window 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.

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

Ray's Grill

Enjoy the Caribbean vibe at Ray’s Grill located next to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove. Enjoy fresh, made-to-order street tacos and ice-cold beverages. Ray’s Grill is now serving several varieties of Dole Whip Soft Serve including floats, fresh fruit toppings. Adults 21 and older can enjoy Dole Whip blended with some island spirits. *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? Let the aromas of fresh-made kettle corn and funnel cakes welcome you as you enter the Zoo at the South Entrance. At our new Sweet & Salty Company you can grab an ice-cold, fresh-squeezed lemonade perfect for that warm summer day.  *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

Tiki Fruiti

Enjoy a delicious fresh made Tiki Shake Fruit Smoothie in a fresh-cut pineapple. Adults 21 and older can spike it with rum or vodka for an additional charge. *seasonal.