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. Toasted ravioli, gooey butter cake and concretes are just a few of the items we proudly serve that you will only find in St. Louis. 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!


Cafe Kudu

Watch the culinary team skillfully prepare diner-style sandwiches before your eyes on a giant indoor grill. Here you will also enjoy fresh gourmet deli-style sandwiches, a full salad bar and pizza. Dietary restriction options and gluten-free menu available. *weekends only, October 31 - February 24, 2017, weather permitting. 

Lakeside Cafe

Start your day off right with a hearty made-to-order breakfast at our flagship restaurant located in the heart of the Zoo. Dine on a variety of fares, such as chicken strip baskets, bacon cheeseburgers, wraps, salads, quesadillas and more. Enjoy a picnic on the veranda with scenic views of the lake, or cool off in the Cafe's vast air-conditioned dining room.

River Camp Cafe

This is one of the Zoo's favorite places for funnel cakes, chicken tenders, corn dogs—or if you're feeling adventurous—pulled pork nachos! Looking for a lighter option to satisfy your sweet tooth? Dole Whip lactose-free soft serve ice cream is also served here.

Safari Grill

Located in Schnuck Family Plaza, the Safari Grill serves up your favorite barbecue flavors hot off the grill. Enjoy half-pound Angus burgers, grilled bratwurst and deluxe barbecue chicken nachos.

Ray's Grill

Bring your appetite for adventure to Ray's Grill by Stingrays at Caribbean Cove! You'll enjoy our Caribbean-themed menu, serving up mango lime shrimp tacos, fish and chips, and a half-pound burger topped with pepper jack cheese and sweet 'n' spicy mango barbecue sauce.*seasonal

East Refreshments

Located at the top of Historic Hill amid the peace and quiet, East Refreshments features all of our fan favorites, such as chicken strips and chili cheese fries. 

Big Cat Beverages

Just across the way from East Refreshments is Big Cat Beverages, featuring the largest variety of beers in the park, including a gluten-free option.

Tundra Treats

Need to cool off? Be sure to stop by Tundra Treats located near Sea Lion Sound. Mix up your own frozen slushy from a variety of fun flavors or choose from a big selection of novelty ice creams and Dippin' Dots.

Scoop's Ice Cream Shop

Enjoy freshly made waffle cones stuffed with your favorite flavors of hand-dipped ice cream or try one of our signature Ice Cream Creation Cookie Sandwiches at Scoop's Ice Cream Shop located just outside of The Living World building.

Sweet & Salty Company

Looking for that sweet & salty treat? Let the aromas of fresh made kettle corn and funnel cakes welcome you as you enter the South Gate. Our new Sweet and Salty Company is also where you grab an ice-cold, fresh-squeezed lemonade perfect for that warm summer day. 

Ice Cream Oasis

Sweet treats abound at the Zoo's foremost location for delectable frozen treats and funnel cake. Here you'll find why St. Louisans are crazy about their concrete sundaes and those treasured Dippin' Dots.

Carousel Cafe

After taking a spin on the Conservation Carousel, swing by Carousel Cafe for your favorite snacks, featuring 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 margarita for adults 21 and older.

Hippo Hideaway

Fun and adventure sure can work up a powerful appetite! At Hippo Hideaway in River's Edge, you'll find hearty snacks and sweet treats to keep you rolling along

Hippo Dots

Enjoy Dippin' Dots at Hippo Dots along the pathway between Hippo Harbor and the Hippo Hideaway. 

Laughing Hyena

Laughing Hyena is the ultimate adult destination! Quench your thirst with bottled beer, margaritas and coconut rum snow cones.