Dillon's at the Zoo
Dillon's at the Zoo
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Dillon's at the Zoo

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://dillonsrestaurant.com/Zoo/index.html
  • Phone: 6235354249
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:45pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: George Valverde and Rich Dillon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Specializing in Kansas City Style BBQ We offer valley wide catering services Full service – leave the setup and clean up to us Delivery service- We will deliver and set up before your guests arrive Pick-up-We will have the food ready to go at one of our 5 locations that is nearest you Let Dillon’s be a part of those Special Events that make life worth living: ~Birthday Celebrations ~Baptisms ~Corporate/Holiday Parties ~Promotion/Retirement Parties ~Graduations ~Weddings If you love our BBQ but are looking for something different we will be happy to customize a menu for you.
  • Entertainment: Karaoke on Wednesday Nights and Live Music on Friday Nights!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Northern & Loop 303
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Dillon's at the Zoo
The concept of Dillon's began in 1998 when Co-Owner George Valverde approached Rich Dillon with a partnership designed to bring Valverde's vision to reality, producing 5 locations. The first restaurant, Dillon’s Thunderbird, opened in 1999 followed by Dillon’s Arrowhead in 2005. In the past three years we have added Dillon's @ Scorpion Bay in September 2009, Dillon's Top of Central in July 2010, and Dillon's at the World Wildlife Zoo in November 2011. Dillon’s Gone Wild, at the World Wildlife Zoo is our new exciting destination with a 60,000 Gallon Shark Tank in the Main Dining Room. At the Bar, be accompanied by an Albino Alligator while you enjoy a cold beverage or step out onto the Patio with the Flamingos. Dillon's wouldn’t be successful without its amazing employees who are a huge part of our lives. We are very grateful for their loyalty, some have been with us since 1999! Dillon’s Continued Commitment is Keeping our Food and Service at the Highest Possible Standards.
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Dillon's at the Zoo reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Easter Sunday 2013
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Dillon's at the Wildlife World Zoo is just GREAT! Took my Mother there for her 93rd birthday along with 10 members of our family, 7 of which were from out of state. Everyone had a great time, excellent food, and the aquarium was spectacular. The mirrors that surround the outside walls pick up the aquarium so well that you feel like you are totally surrounded by the aquarium. Our waitress was amazing, going above and beyond all expectations to make our meal the party it was. I was particularly pleased to be able to reserve a table especially since it was for Easter Sunday. Reserving online was easy and uncomplicated. Really great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My kids love the huge shark
    Brian8898
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    My kids love the huge shark tank and flamingo habitat. Keeps them entertained while waiting for food!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went with a party of 12 our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Went with a party of 12 our reserved table was ready when we arrived and by the aquarium as requested service and food were great. Totally enjoyed our night out with out of town guests:)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ten of us for a "ladies" lunch.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    Ten of us for a "ladies" lunch. Table was set up for us when we arrived--nice view of the aquarium. Service was great and food was very good. All in all a fun time for all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very kid friendly
    Kina
    Dined on 11/26/2012
    It's a great restaurant for families with young kids!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wondeful Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    We had Thanksgiving dinner at Dillon's at the zoo and had a wonderful dining experience...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We really enjoyed our visit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/21/2012
    We really enjoyed our visit! We choice to sit on the patio with the Flamingos and absolutely loved it. There was a slight mishap when our food was delivered, some spilling by the staff but all was taken care of.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best BBQ in West Phoenix
    WPKAZ
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    Dillon's at the Zoo is a West Phoenix hot spot. Their BBQ dishes are excellent and they provide excellent service. The dining room is attached to a huge aquarium and you can watch sharks and other fish while you dine. We were there on a Friday night and there is usually a waiting line. Luckily we had reservations through Open Table. If you get a chance get a half order of onion rings for only $1 as an appetizer. My favorite is the BBQ St. Louis Ribs. They offer 3 kinds of bbq sauces, mild, cajun, or sweet heat. I prefer the sweet heat with a little kick. Another favorite is the Wedge, a wedge of lettuce with Blue cheese, bacon, smothered in a Blue cheese dressing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great. Sitting by
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/1/2012
    Food was great. Sitting by a huge aquarium was entertaining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There were nine women in attendance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    There were nine women in attendance and we had a delightful lunch. We did request that the music be lowered, and it was, in order to converse. Food was excellent and our waitress was top-notch and all the staff were amiable! It's a fun venue and worth traveling to the west side.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We are Sun City Grand residents
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2012
    We are Sun City Grand residents who frequented your former restaurant many times. We have also dined at your restaurant near 83rd & Thunderbird numerous times. We regret that you left SCG - my take is that our administration "blew it". Assuming your lawsuit is not settled, we hope you win. The Association was clearly in the wrong. We enjoy Dillon's at the Zoo. Just this week we hosted a businessman from Germany at "The Zoo". Fine service and good food. And, we enjoy the ability to make reservatons.Shark tank is terrific. We plan to eat many more meals at your new facility and we are not hesitant to speak highly of the restaurant when with our friends. Hope bussiness is good and that you will stay in this location for many years.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was our first time there,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    It was our first time there, we went to hear the Routabouts Band. Enjoy the opentable aspect! A fun spot in the west valley. The door to the patio in front of the band kept that area busy!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As A Good Choice
    poolgal
    Dined on 9/2/2012
    I always get the good fish at Dillons (not the ribs)! The shark tank is a wonderful draw (and the flamingos!) Plesant surroundings and good food -- been to Dillons many times!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food, service, and atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    The food, service, and atmosphere were fantastic! Prices are reasonable and the live music from the bar was a nice touch. Those wanting a a more "adult" evening should plan on eating a little later at night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • baked potato was undercooked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    baked potato was undercooked and primerib also on wife's plate. The 4 other plates were great. The primerib was ordered well done they took it back put it on the grill still pink inside. Not a good fix. Overall a good experiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • we had a slightly lg group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    we had a slightly lg group (10). i made the reservation thru the opentable link on dillons website and there were no problems. staff was friendly and it was a great place for something different for visiting relatives! thx!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too much barbecue sauce on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2012
    Too much barbecue sauce on what was already tasty ribs. We should have asked for the sauce on the side so we could control the marinade. The baked beans are inedible. The shark tank really entertained the kids.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was our first visit to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    This was our first visit to this Dillons location and we really enjoyed the aquarium, service and food. We plan to bring some relatives and friends next time and hope that the live band will be there again playing the oldies music. We were pleasantly surprized by the music since the Dillons that we usually go to didn't have the music. Nice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great food!! Glad I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    Always great food!! Glad I used open table, we got right in!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We couldn't have been more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    We couldn't have been more pleased. Our server Shelby was fantastic, the food was delicious. I've recommended it to my children. My daughter is taking her husband there for his birthday and my son is going to check it out in September for their anniversary. 5 stars all around
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We joined friends with a two
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    We joined friends with a two year old PERFECT the waitress did no rush us and teh food was very good just wish you were clsoer to Town OH wait it was only 25 minutes We will return soon! Thanks John
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprise at the zoo!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    Many people waiting,but because of our reservation we were seated promptly. Friendly service. Wait people checked several times to see if we needed anything. The aquarium is amazing! It was fun to watch the children enjoy the sharks, as we did also! Noise level was high, but not out of character for the setting. Music from the bar was good but loud. Food was very good. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • first time at the zoo. we'll
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2012
    first time at the zoo. we'll be back and a great place to bring guests for a unique dining experiance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We came to Dillon's at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    We came to Dillon's at the Zoo because 1.) it was my birthday 2.) We had a Gift Certificate. But we surely come back again! Loved the food and fish tank.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVED it. The aquarium was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2012
    LOVED it. The aquarium was beautiful, very calming. Fun to watch the kids get excited. Food was very good. Our waitress was wonderful. Will go again. Two of us had the Stew, they loved it. Very hardy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable and family friendly.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2012
    Always enjoy Dillon's unique locations. Food is good and people are friendly. Service on this trip was not the best. But we'all be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed out visit to your
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    We enjoyed out visit to your restaurant very much. The ambiance was awesome with the aquarium situated where you can see very well. We were lucky to have a table for two not far from the glass of the aquarium. The food was good also. We think the open table is convenient to be able to reserve online.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was Incredibley loud and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    It was Incredibley loud and crowded. There was a live band and the music was blaring so anyone speaking had to yell.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NOISY
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/3/2012
    Quite noisy with both a live band and kids. Could not hear our own conversations.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Staff was great. I'm really
    Raff
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    Staff was great. I'm really into customer service, and their's was outstanding
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    We were seated next to the shark tank as requested and our server was amazing! Food was good but nothing to write home about.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We got in quickly and enjoyed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    We got in quickly and enjoyed our night out - thanks, Bill A.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining in the West Valley!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    Nice place with good food and views. Live entertainment in the bar was heard from the restaurant and we wandered in after dinner to enjoy it, also! Nice to have a clean, fun place finally out here in the real, west valley! We'll be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The receptionist was excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/24/2012
    The receptionist was excellent. We were seated immediately. Our waitress was adequate, but unattentive. The ribs and beef brisket were a little dry. The salmon was good. We couldn't believe that the restaurant did not have a blender to make frozen drinks. We ordered a frozen margharita and were told that they didn't have a blender "yet". Really?? Then I ordered a Mojito - didn't have those either. I went with wine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is always good at Dillions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/22/2012
    Food is always good at Dillions - not fancy just good tasty food. Setting at the zoo very fun for the big and little kids!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little pricey, but the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    A little pricey, but the food was very good, and the shark tank looks awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our second time there.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    This was our second time there. They were very busy when we got there and was surprised that our table was ready and waiting for us! I requested a table near the shark tank, if it was available when we made our reservation and actually got it. Our server was great. This time my food was very good and hot but my husbands food was Luke warm and our dinner rolls were cold. We will give this place 1 more chance to get it right before we look elsewhere, like Honey Bears BBQ.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too crowded and noisy for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    Too crowded and noisy for us. Great for families with children. Our reservation was honored immediately and as requested, we had a good table. Free Birthday dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • was disappointed not to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2012
    was disappointed not to be offered a table by the shark tank as requested when making the online reservation.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Staff, Great view of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2012
    Great Staff, Great view of HUGE shark tank and Great food..
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic