Dining Options

​​​​​​​​​​Certified Healthy and Fresh!

Fresh flavors, local ingredients, healthy options — that's what you'll find at the Zoo's eateries. Along with traditional zoo fare, guests can also enjoy new culinary creations with a focus on farm-to-table practices. We are honored to have received REAL Certification for Café on the Commons and our Farm-to-Table Stand. [more ...]

The U.S. Healthful Food Council developed the Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) certification to help consumers identify restaurants committed to healthy food and environmental responsibility. The Zoo and our partner Centerplate are the first in Indiana to receive this national mark of excellence. We're also the first zoo in the country to be certified! [close]

Our Healthy Food Initiative presented by Riley Ch​ildren's at Indiana University Health will also help you make smart food choices. When you're dining at one of our many eateries, just look for "Recommendations for Healthier Eating presented by Riley Children's Health" and know you're enjoying foods that are tasty and good for you. For more healthy eating tips from the experts, visit Riley Connections.

Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted at all Zoo eateries. ​

Visit Our Zoo Eateries

Pavilion Café

Open on Saturdays and Sundays during the warmer months, experience the unique cuisine at the Zoo's Pavilion Café located at the Bicentennial Pavilion. The new menu items will offer you many choices like a brisket sandwich, BBQ platter, pulled pork sandwich, smoke stack tacos, Indy hot chicken & waffle and much more. Local craft beer, domestic beer and wine are also available. The Pavilion Café is open weekends from 11am-3pm. 

Café on the Commons

Located at the heart of the Zoo, Café on the Commons is the Zoo's primary food service location. This restaurant is open year round and serves fresh, healthy options such as fruit, salads with a variety of toppings, wraps, and healthier snacks and drinks. The Café has indoor and outdoor seating and is open during regular Zoo hours.

​Nana's Gourmet Snack Shop

Located next to the Kroger Splash Park near the center of the Zoo, the newly opened Nan​a's features a selection of Nathan's Hot Dogs, gourmet treats, healthy meal options and more. You'll find everything you need for a quick lunchtime meal. 

Westside Café presented by Red Gold

Located near the entrance/exit to Plains, the Westside Café presented by Red Gold​ is the perfect place to pick up a cool beverage or favorites like Donatos pizza, breadsticks and other treats.

Encounters Snacks

Need a refreshing frozen beverage to cool off on a hot day? Then make your way over to this seasonal location in Encounters where you'll find multiple fruity flavors of ICEEs plus other drinks and snacks.

Farm-To-Table Stand presented by Riley Children's Health

Open during the summer season, our newest dining spot near Café on the Commons offers healthy and delicious salads and snacks perfect for dining light at the Zoo! Newly added to our cuisine is the build your own salad option. You can still munch on your favorite yogurt parfaits, veggies with hummus and fruit cups, but now you will be able to add a diverse selection of 17 different toppings to a tasty salad as well.

Dining Carts

During the summer, guests can pick up a quick treat at one of the many food carts located throughout Zoo grounds. These convenient food stops offer bottled drinks, frozen treats, pretzels and other snacks. Featured carts offer favorites like frozen lemonade, Dippin' Dots and other temptations.

Picnic Areas

Enjoy a picnic at one of two picnic areas, located just outside the Zoo's Entry Plaza and behind White River Gardens along the Riverwalk. Though visitors cannot carry food into the Zoo, these convenient areas allow guests to take a quick break before returning to the Zoo for more fun and adventures. Just present your receipt or get your hand stamped for re-entry anytime on that day. Refillable water bottles are permitted inside the Zoo. For the safety of the animals, the Zoo does not provide disposable straws or soft drink lids.  ​