When visiting the Akron Zoo, we are committed to making your experience an easy and delightful one.

Please consider dining at one of our many locations around the park. Whether you are looking to sit down and take a break while enjoying a meal with your family or grabbing something to go and continuing your journey, we are happy to serve you!

Certified Green Restaurant LogoKomodo Kingdom Café

April 1 – Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily (Fryers close at 4 p.m.)

Oct. 1 – March 31, 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. daily

This fast-casual, 4-star green-certified restaurant* serves an assortment of meals and snack options including fresh-made salads, pizza, pretzels and other locally sourced foods. Indoor and patio seating are available.

Dippin’ Dots (Two Locations)

May 1 – Sept. 30, open daily (weather and staff permitting)

  • Start your trip through the park off right! Stop by our first stand right after exiting Legends of the Wild.
  • Cool down with the ice cream of the future and our new misting stations in Pride of Africa, located in between Speke's gazelle and lions!

Grasslands Café

May 1 – Aug. 31, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily (weather and staff permitting)

Refuel at this fast-casual, walk-up café with burgers, fries, soft pretzels, iced coffee and refreshing beverages. Pavilion seating is available in the nearby Wild Prairie Pavilion, located across from the restrooms.

Panda Treats Food Truck

May 1 – Sept. 30, open daily (weather and staff permitting)

Enjoy fresh-made donuts and other grab-and-go snacks from this unique food truck, located between the tiger and gibbon habitats in Wild Asia.

*4-Star Green Restaurant

The Akron Zoo was the first zoo to feature a 4-star green restaurant in the U.S. Additionally, the Akron Zoo’s Komodo Kingdom Café was the second restaurant in Ohio to earn the 4-star certified green restaurant ranking, due to its energy-efficiency and sustainable practices.

The “4-star” distinction is determined using a point-based checklist of seven categories: disposables, energy, sustainable food, sustainable furnishings and building, pollution and chemical reduction, waste and water. To earn four stars and the “trailblazer” status, restaurants must tally at least 300 points. The Komodo Kingdom Café currently has 341.86 points.

The café is located inside the Komodo Kingdom Education Building, which is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building. The entire building has a low water consumption and reduces greenhouse emissions. Additionally, the café has reduced disposable silverware and trays, employed the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products and actively composted food waste.

For more information on Green Restaurants please visit www.dinegreen.com

Allergies/Special Dietary Needs

We recognize the seriousness of food allergies and we do our best to try and accommodate our guests. However, we cannot guarantee 100% allergen-free foods. Our kitchen is not equipped to prepare food separately for guests who are sensitive to certain ingredients. Below is a list of potential allergens as well as some allergen-free items.

Peanut/Tree Nut Allergies: We do have nut/tree nut products in-house. We bake cookies and pretzels in the same oven, which could cause cross-contamination. Both our chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies are also processed in plants that use nuts.

Soy Allergies: Our fryers use vegetable oil, which contains soy.

Gluten Allergies: Our French fries do not have a wheat coating, making them gluten free, but are still cooked in a shared fryer. 

Vegetarians: We offer veggie burgers and salads.

Vegan: Any salad can be made vegan.

** Again, we cannot guarantee 100% allergen-free foods as there is always a risk of cross-contamination. If you have any questions about any specific allergens, please feel free to ask during your visit.