HOPS LogoHops craft beer garden features local brews from Fifty West, High Grain, Karrikin Spirits, and MadTree. In addition to the great selection of local craft beers, Heidelberg Distributing offers a national rotating tap with Goose Island (Chicago, IL), Breckenridge (Breckenridge, CO), Elysian (Seattle, Washington) and Golden Road (Los Angeles, CA).

Sustainability is important. Hops is going for a 4-star rating from the Green Restaurant Association. Food operation is disposable free, with real silverware and plates instead of single-use plastics.  We grow our own herbs, and source produce, cheeses and meats locally.

High Grain Brewing Company Logo               Madtree Logo       Fifty West Logo       Elysian Brewing Logo


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

The Grove – CLOSED until Spring 2022

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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During PNC Festival of Lights, this stand will be transformed into Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, a wintery snack haven including deep-fried PB&Js and deep-fried Oreos!

In the summer, stop by Taco Caja to try out our traditional soft tacos featuring barbacoa, chicken tinga, fish or fried cauliflower. Taco Caja also features Nacho’s, Chips & Guacamole, and Valentina tossed Pork Rinds to satisfy your cravings any time throughout your visit.


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The Coop

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Fly by The Coop for hand breaded chicken tenders alongside tater tots. Or step outside the box with Chicken Tender Poutine featuring layered sweet potato fries, topped with maple gravy, and finished with Kenny’s Farmhouse cheese curds.


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Wild Burger

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Set up camp at Wild Burger and try one of our fondue topped burgers. Dive into our twist on the classic American cheeseburger or take your taste buds on an adventure with our Maple Goetta Fondue burger. There’s something for everyone!


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Sweet Retreat

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Cool off at Sweet Retreat with your choice of delectable desserts! Your choice of soft-serve ice cream, ICEE’s, fountain drinks, and cold draft selections!


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Restaurant Dining

Hops – CLOSED until Spring 2022

Hops, the Zoo’s new craft beer garden features local breweries from Fifty West, High Grain, MadTree and Braxton. In addition to the great selection of local craft beers, Heidelberg Distributing will offer a national rotating tap with Goose Island (Chicago, IL), Breckenridge (Breckenridge, CO), Elysian (Seattle, Washington) and Golden Road (Los Angeles, CA).

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Base Camp Cafe – Open Daily

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Take a break from the elements in our traditional café while dining inside or enjoying views of the African Savannah while on the back patio. Serving All-American classics including hand-breaded chicken tenders, LaRosa’s pizza, seasonal salads and deli sandwiches, and 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)

New mobile food ordering allows touchless transactions with food pickup at Base Camp Cafe & Outpost Cafe at Mai Thai’s Market.

Order Online

Base Camp Café Menus: 1 | 2 | 3

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LaRosa’s- CLOSED until Spring 2022

Your neighborhood family pizzeria. Have a slice of Cincinnati’s classic LaRosa’s cheese or pepperoni pizza or grab a whole pie for the family.


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Casual Dining – CLOSED until Spring 2022

Mai Thai’s Market

Enjoy a whole new selection of goodies available for purchase in the NEW Mai Thai’s Market including Graeters Ice Cream and drinks from Coffee Emporium!

Outpost at Mai Thai’s Market

Stop in at the new Outpost Café for lunch with some of the classic Cincinnati Flavors.

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Picture of Tuskers restaurantGrab your choice of salty or sweet snack and cold beverages at Tuskers. Our selections include Bavarian style pretzels, cotton candy, popcorn, ICEE’s, soft drinks and draft selections.



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Snacks and Desserts – CLOSED until Spring 2022

Canopy Canteen

Swing by the Canopy Canteen for sweet treats, drinks and icees!


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The NEW Twisted Tracks snack station, located across from the train, offers an assortment of soft pretzels and beverages.


Dippin Dots

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The perfect way to cool down with Dippin’ Dots frozen desserts. Served in a variety of cool and tasty flavors at locations near our Main Entrance, the Safari Train, and across from LaRosa’s.

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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 ice cream. Top with sprinkles or be a little adventurous and twist them up for a one-of-a-kind treat.


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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®!