Hops has been certified as a Green Restaurant from the Green Restaurant Association! Hops craft beer garden features local brews from MadTree, Fifty West, High Grain, Fretboard Brewing Company, and MPH Brewing.   

Sustainability is at the core of Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s mission. Already a LEED certified building, Hops is working toward a 4 Star Certification from the Green Restaurant Association! This means we are Styrofoam and single-use plastic free, you’ll only find reusables, recyclables and compostables here. You will also find local meats, cheeses, and produce on the menu and all seafood we use has been approved by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch! Follow us along in our sustainability journey and thank you for your part in helping us be as green as can be! 

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For a current list of open restaurants check our Daily Zoo News page before your visit!

The Grove

Feeling famished from your trip down the hill? Kick back on the brick patio at The Grove and enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience at one of our four mobile food concepts. 

Taco Caja

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Make every day Taco Tuesday with a stop at Taco Caja!!  Try our delicious soft tacos featuring braised short rib, pollo, or fried fish. Taco Caja also features Loaded Chicken Taquitos, chips with your choice of guacamole, salsa, or queso, and a fresh Baja Bowl to satisfy your cravings any time throughout your visit. 



The Coop

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Fly by The Coop for hand-breaded chicken tenders alongside crisp skin-on sea salt fries. If you’re feeling spicy, you can always kick it up with a little buffalo sauce.  Or step outside the box and mix our tenders with a classic Belgian waffle for a sweet and savory Chicken & Waffle meal. 


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Wild Burger

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Set up camp at Wild Burger and try one of our signature cheese fondue topped burgers. Dive into our twist on the classic Smash Burger or take your taste buds on an adventure with our Flying Pig Cheesy Bacon Dog or Loaded Fries. With our vegetarian Black Bean Burger, there’s something for everyone! 


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Sweet Retreat

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Sweet Retreat is the perfect place to cool off with your choice of delectable desserts & snacks! We offer Vanilla and Chocolate soft-serve ice cream, jumbo soft pretzels, ICEE®, Pepsi fountain drinks, and cold draft selections!  Thirsty AND looking for a sweet treat?  This is your place for a Root Beer Float! 


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Hops, the Zoo’s craft beer garden, features local breweries from MadTree, Fifty West, High Grain, Fretboard Brewing Company, and MPH Brewing and overlooks scenic Roo Valley and our adventure ropes course, Kanga Klimb. In addition to the excellent selection of local craft beers, our kitchen offers amazing made-to-order flatbreads, salads, and pastas. Our Member’s favorites are here too: funnel fries, jumbo soft pretzels, fried pickle chips. We also carry canned domestic beers, MadTree Sway canned cocktails Fountain Pepsi, and ICEE®. 

Hops has been certified as a Green Restaurant from the Green Restaurant Association!


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Base Camp Cafe

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Take a break from the elements in our traditional café. We have air-conditioned dining inside or sit on the Africa Deck, enjoying views of the Savannah while eating. We serve All-American classics including hand-breaded chicken tenders, LaRosa’s pizza, seasonal salads, deli sandwiches, & grilled burgers. Multiple kids’ choices make this stop a crowd pleaser for the entire family. The Base Camp Cafe has been rated the “Greenest Restaurant in America” by the Green Restaurant Association!  Sustainability Features (pdf)


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Located at the base of the Veldt across from Rhino Reserve is LaRosa’s, your neighborhood family pizzeria. Have a slice of Cincinnati’s classic cheese or pepperoni pizza, an order of breadsticks, or grab a whole pie for the family to eat on our al fresco patio. Draft beer and canned wine, also available. 


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Casual Dining

Mai Thai’s Market

Enjoy a selection of goodies available for purchase in Mai Thai’s Market including Graeter’s Ice Cream, drinks from Coffee Emporium, and retail items. 

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Feeling famished from your travels?  Bring your expedition to the Outpost Café for lunch to experience some of the classic Cincinnati Flavors, like Skyline Chili, Grippo’s Chicken Sandwich, Avril and Bleh Brats or Queen City Metts. We also have a selection of Pepsi fountain sodas, draft, and canned adult beverages to enjoy with your meal. 


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Cup and Cone

Stop inside Mai Thai’s Marketplace to enjoy a scoop or two of local hand-dipped Graeter’s ice cream, either in a cup, a waffle cone, or as a decadent sundae. Need a quick coffee break? Chase that down with a Coffee Emporium specialty coffee available hot or iced or a Nitro Cold Brew coffee. 

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Grab your choice of salty or sweet snack and cold beverages at Tuskers. We offer jumbo soft pretzels, nachos with cheese, cotton candy, popcorn, ICEE®, Pepsi fountain beverages, and domestic or craft draft selections. 


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Snacks and Desserts

Canopy Canteen

Swing by the Canopy Canteen for a real taste adventure with Dole Soft Serve, a treat that even Fiona will approve of.  Try our dairy-free & gluten-free Pineapple and Watermelon flavors in a cup, and top with granola or gummy bears. We also have nachos and cheese, sweet snacks, Pepsi fountain drinks, and our biggest selection of ICEE® flavors! 


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Refill and Refresh Locations

Located next to the Safari Train depot, and outside of Mai Thai’s Market, Refill & Refresh locations are the perfect place for a cool treat. 


Dippin Dots

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Dippin Dots is an adventurous twist to your old ice cream favorites. The ice cream of the future is served in a variety of cool and tasty flavors at three locations: In Historic Vine Street Village, across from the Safari Train, and adjacent to LaRosa’s Pizzaria. 

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Savannah Soft Serve

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Chill out at Savannah Soft Serve with a cup or cone of Vanilla or Blueberry Soft Serve or be a little daring and twist them up with some fun toppings like rainbow sprinklesAlso grab a soft pretzel or popcorn to make your day complete! 


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Plastic Bags Have Gone Extinct

We are Plastic Bag Free as part of our ongoing Green initiative.

Did you know?  The world is facing a Plastic Bag Pandemic:

  • Over 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year worldwide.
  • About 2 million plastic bags are used every minute around the world.
  • Americans use and throw away 100 billion plastic bags every year.
  • Only 3-5% of plastic bags get recycled.
  • The average American family takes home 1,500 plastic bags a year.

Bring Your Own Bag: Do your part for the planet and bring your own reusable bag or purchase your Zoo-themed reusable tote from the gift shop for only $2.99. Thank you for helping us be The Greenest Zoo In America®!