Dining Options
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Dining Options

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As part of our current safety guidelines, credit and debit cards are accepted at all food and beverage locations. Read all our safety guidelines for additional ways we're keeping everyone safe.

Pavilion Café

Open 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, pulled pork sandwich, smoke stack tacos, food truck fries, fried pickles 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.

Gourmet Grill

Located next to MISTery Park near the center of the Zoo, the Gourmet Grill features a selection of Nathan’s hot dogs, gourmet burgers, gourmet treats, healthy meal options and more. Open for walk-up service during the warmer months of the year, you’ll find everything you need for a quick lunchtime meal.

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. This location is open during the warmer months of the year.

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.

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.

Certified Healthy and Fresh

Guests can 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.

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 the first zoo in the country to be certified!

Our Healthy Food Initiative presented by Riley Children’s at Indiana University Health will help you make smart food choices. When dining at one of our many eateries, 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, visit Riley Connections.

Making the Switch!

Here at the Zoo we’re committed to doing our part and helping our visitors be stewards for the environment. Beverage items in vending machines throughout the Zoo are available in recyclable glass bottles and aluminum cans, reducing single-use plastic. It’s just a start, but soon we hope to move completely away from providing beverages in plastic bottles. Soda fountain drinks are available at our food locations.

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