Tame your hunger at the Zoo
From casual dining to goodies on the go, you have many Zoo-licious options.
* Please note: a majority of the Zoo’s concession stands close during the winter months. For year-round service, please visit the Carnivore Café in the Main Plaza or the Timberline Bakery in the North Star Trading Post® near the main entrance.
Pre-planned meals waiting for you when you arrive
Picnic on Safari
The Picnic On Safari Program combines reserved seating near the scenic vista of Africa! with a great meal! (Seasonal availability from Memorial Day through Labor Day only). Learn more or place your reservation online today.
No lines or waiting! Order lunch for your group online; it will be packed and waiting for you when you arrive and are ready to eat. Same day service available! (Seasonal availability from Memorial Day through Labor Day only). Learn more or place your reservation online today.
Sack Lunch Program
Perfect for field trips or other group functions at the Zoo—just show up with your group and chow down. No need to transport large containers, sort out lunches, etc. Learn more
Did you know that the Toledo Zoo offers catering, too?
Our professional chef and excellent catering staff provide a great dining experience for your private event at the Zoo. We have delectable options for weddings, parties, dances, meetings, company picnics and other Zoo gatherings. Our facilities throughout the Zoo accommodate small and large groups, guaranteeing a distinctive experience for your guests. Learn more
Historic South Side Concessions
The Carnivore Café
Once home to lions and tigers, the centrally located and air-conditioned Carnivore Café is open all year and features two service counters. At The Cafe Grrrill choose from assorted meal combos with burgers, fries, hot dogs, chicken tenders and more. The Cafe Deli offers sandwiches, wraps, salads and more. Both sections offer kids’ combos, Zoovenir cups, a la carte items and desserts. Click here for a complete menu
Located next to the African Lodge, this open-air café-style restaurant features a selection of fresh salads, savory sandwiches and wraps. Enjoy tableside service with china and linen in a relaxed, shaded area.
Hours of operation: (weather and Lodge access permitting, during warmer months)
Monday 11:30am - 1:30 pm
Tuesday - closed
Wednesday - closed
Thursday - Saturday 11:30am - 1:30pm
Sunday 12 - 2 p.m.
Click here for a complete menu
Eats on the Patio
Located outdoors in Nature’s Neighborhood, Eats on the Patio offers healthy choices for the whole family. Try one of our individual pizzas (including veggie pizzas) or a veggie platter with hummus. We also serve great salads and slider sandwiches. Healthy kids’ treats include granola mix, trail mix, and peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches. Open during warmer months. Click here for a complete menu
The Bird Feeder, between the Aviary and Primate Forest, features ice cream, soft pretzels, funnel cakes, cotton candy and popcorn; beverages include root beer floats, smoothies and frozen lemonade. Covered seating is available. The Bird Feeder is definitely something to sing about. Click here for a complete menu
Near the entrance to the African Lodge, the Wild Dog serves up all-beef hot dogs, BBQ pulled pork and BBQ pulled chicken sliders, chicken Caesar wraps, chicken tenders/nuggets, corn dogs and French fries. Click here for a complete menu
Cool down with lemon ice and bottled beverages, or hit that sweet/salty balance with cotton candy and popcorn. Click here for a complete menu
Located near the historic carousel and playground area by the Aquarium, enjoy lemon ice, popcorn, cotton candy and bottled beverages.
Click here for a complete menu
North Side Concessions
Inside North Star Trading Post®, enjoy tasty homemade baked goods, sandwiches, salads and more, plus delicious coffee beverages. The Timberline Bakery also creates wedding cakes and customized pastries that add delicious sophistication to your gathering. Click here for a complete menu
As you venture near the Arctic Encounter®, stop by for popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream, frozen lemonade and ice-cold beverages. Click here for a complete menu
Karoo Snack Stand
Nar the entrance to Africa!, the Karoo features pizza, chicken tenders, fries, sandwiches, snacks and more. Click here for a complete menu
With shaded seating near the grand view at the Africa! Overlook, the Karamu serves burgers, hot dogs, smoked sausages, grilled chicken, redskin potatoes, grilled corn on the cob, deli sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit and kid’s meal boxes. Your beverage options include frozen lemonade. Open during the warmer months. Click here for a complete menu
Kibanda Watering Hole
Serving Pepsi fountain products, fruit slushes and fruit smoothies in Africa!. Adults over 21 can also unwind with their choice of beer or wine products—a great way to cool off during your Zoo adventure! Click here for a complete menu
In addition to these establishments, you’ll find concession carts on Zoo grounds during warmer months and at some Zoo events.