San Diego Zoo is our most popular attraction that I talked to people daily about because I offer discount San Diego Zoo tickets. One frequently asked question is which San Diego Zoo restaurants are worth planning your day around.
Many people visit San Diego only to experience San Diego Zoo, so I like to point out that Albert’s serves our top regional dish — the fish taco!
Photo: San Diego Zoo
The only casual dining outlet open early in the morning, starting at 8:30 a.m. Here, you can find counter-order coffee, snacks, sandwiches, and salads.
If you like cookies or fresh fudge, this is your spot. You’ll find these delectable desserts inside the San Diego Zoo Kids store on Front Street.
This cafeteria-style spot offers Mexican cuisine, including salads, wraps, local beer, and some pretty massive burritos, including two San Diego classics — the carne asada burrito and California burrito.
Hua Mei Cafe has been mostly open and it’s named after the first panda born outside of the United States. It’s Americanized-Chinese food mostly but you can order a burger. The most popular dish by far is Orange Chicken.
This is where the good stuff awaits. If you need a quick pick-me-up during your Zoo visit, Kettle Corn in a variety of flavors found here is a guest hit. You can also order a churro, Icee, or local draft beer.