Eat at the Zoo

African Village Cafe

Located  in the heart of the Zoo at the entrance to the Okavango Delta, this cafe is a full service restaurant. Everything from pizza to salads to grilled chicken this cafe offers a meal that is as spectacular as the view. Kids meals and family meal options are available. Indoor and outdoor seating gives you the place to relax and enjoy your Zoo visit.

Open daily Monday – Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Winter closing times are weather dependent.

The Barnyard Beastro  

Conveniently located near the front plaza and the Zoo Farm, The Beastro features quick and easy eats and treats.  All beef hot dogs, popcorn, pretzels and nachos will satisfy any cravings. Flavor Burst soft-serve ice cream is also available where you can design your own unique ice cream flavor or cool off with a Razzle Milk Shake sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Open  weekends only from 10 am to 4 pm.

Winter closing times are weather dependent.

Dippin Dots*

Dippin’ Dots is the number one ice cream for fun and has been loved by kids of all ages for more than two decades.  Dippin’ Dots are made from fresh dairy ingredients flavored with a variety of fun, fruity, enticing and even exotic flavors. Taste the fun at the Dippin Dots stand right across from the rhino statue, just before you head up into the hills of Africa.

Available in the Gift Shop daily.

Snack Shack

Located at the front entrance, this grab and go stand offers all the basics needed for a day at the Zoo.  Everything from bottled water to snacks this kiosk has you covered.

*In the event of inclement weather restaurants may close early. 

Please note that outside food or drinks are not allowed inside the Zoo.

If you want to have a picnic lunch, consider visiting Lafayette Park, just outside the Virginia Zoo. Located at the intersection of Granby and 35th Streets, the park features picnic shelters and a new playground. For information about this park or the City of Norfolk’s Department of Parks and Recreation, visit

If you leave the Zoo for your picnic, you may re-enter on the same day by showing you admission receipt at the ticket booth.