Dining at the Zoo



Arctic Café

Open at 9 a.m.
This cafeteria-style restaurant is the only one of its kind across the country in a zoo or aquarium setting that is Green Certified by the Green Restaurant Association. The Café earned distinction for its eco-friendly practices which include cutlery made from potato starch and soybean oil, touchless sensor faucets, increased recycling options, and a programmable thermostat. As the main feeding station, this location offers an expanded menu including deli salads and sandwiches, traditional grill favorites, pizza and vegetarian options.


The Detroit Zoo proudly serves Starbucks coffee!
Start your day off with a latté or espresso and cool down in the afternoon with a specialty Frappaccino or iced coffee! Other Starbucks favorites are available including a variety of specialty Tazo Teas. Conveniently located inside the Arctic Café.

Safari Grill
Open Daily - Weather Dependent

Similar to the Arctic Café, this concession stand offers traditional fare including burgers, chicken tenders, french fries, and fresh-made chips. For dessert, grab an ice cold Icee or an ice cream cone! Safari Grill is located in the back of the Zoo across from the Tauber Family Railroad Station.

American Coney Island
Open Daily - Weather Dependent

A favorite with native Detroiters and visitors alike, the famous American Coney Island hot dog is now available at the Detroit Zoo! Located across from Rackham Fountain The cafe serves coney favorites include chili cheese fries, gyros, and greek salads.


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Pure Greens

Open Daily - Weather Dependent

Pure Greens provides a farm-to-zoo experience by serving locally sourced vegetables and meats from Michigan farms. Menu items are dairy free and include many gluten-free and vegan options. The eatery – located near the Arctic Café and Carousel – is sure to please even the most health conscious Zoo visitor.

Sweet Treats
Open Daily - Weather Dependent

Cool down and satisfy your sweet tooth at this location with ice cream, Icees, and Sno Cones. Fried favorites such as elephant ears and funnel cakes are also available at this stand, located across from the bear dens at the west end of the Arctic Ring of Life.

Detroit Popcorn
Open Daily - Weather Dependent

Located across from Rackham Fountain, this snack stop carries specialty popcorn from the local company of the same name.

Dippin Dots
Open Daily - Weather Dependent

Taste the “Ice Cream of the Future” in three convenient locations, across from the Playventure picnic site, next to Arctic Outpost gift shop, and next to Trading Post gift shop.

Carousel Ice Cream
Open Daily - Weather Dependent

Visit this Carousel kiosk and cool down with your favorite flavor of soft-serve ice cream! Grab a bag of freshly popped popcorn, or some cotton candy to snack on as you walk through the Zoo.


Boardwalk Station
Open Daily - Weather Dependent

Located along the main pathway between the river otters and the Holden Reptile Conservation Center, Boardwalk offers fresh-cut fries with various topping styles and more!