Dining Options
Fresh flavors, local ingredients, healthy options.

Dine at the Zoo

Whether you’re in the mood for a delicious meal, light snack, or sweet treat, we’ve got something to satisfy your craving with a wide variety of menu options focused on seasonal, fresh ingredients.

By dining at the Zoo, you’re supporting our conservation efforts by making choices that help contribute to a better future. From sourcing food farmed and harvested in ways that minimize the impact on the planet to using environmentally friendly cups and containers, we’re working to ensure our practices at the Zoo are as sustainable as possible. We’re also proud to feature some of the best Indiana has to offer through our collaborations with local partners like Red Gold, Blue Bunny, and Fischer Farms.

Making a Difference

Here at the Zoo, we’re committed to doing our part to help visitors be stewards of the environment. Beverage items throughout the Zoo are available in recyclable aluminum bottles and aluminum cans, reducing single-use plastic. So far, we’ve eliminated over 280,000 plastic bottles from the landfill.

Aluminum is a highly durable material that is infinitely recyclable! In fact, nearly 75 percent of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today. Help keep the cycle going — look for recycling bins throughout the Zoo.

Café on the Commons

Located in the heart of the Zoo, Café on the Commons is our flagship restaurant. The Café 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.

Pavilion Café

During warmer months, experience unique cuisine at the Zoo’s Pavilion Café located at the Bicentennial Pavilion. New menu items like a brisket sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, smoke stack tacos, food truck fries, fried pickles, and much more mean there’s something for everyone. Local craft beer, domestic beer, and wine are also available.

Crossing Café

Located next to Kangaroo Crossing, the Crossing Café features hot dogs, smash burgers with sustainable local beef from Fischer Farms, gourmet treats, healthy meal options and more.

Westside Café

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 pizza, breadsticks, and other treats.

Encounters Snacks

Need a refreshing frozen beverage to cool off on a hot day? Make your way over to this seasonal location in Encounters, where you’ll find fruity ICEEs plus other drinks and snacks.

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 drinks, frozen treats, pretzels and other snacks. Featured carts offer favorites like Dippin’ Dots, Blue Bunny Ice Cream and other temptations.

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