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Albert's Restaurant - San Diego Zoo

4.5
4.5
2041 Reviews
$31 to $50
International
Located in the heart of the San Diego Zoo, Albert’s offers full-service dining where you can enjoy deck seating with the ambiance of a tropical waterfall. Patio seating not guaranteed!

The menu features a variety of unique dishes including seafood specialties, a variety of entrees, salads, sandwiches, and children’s options.

Join us for Weekend Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Valid San Diego Zoo Membership or admission ticket is required to dine in Alberts Restaurant.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    International, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–12:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 685-3200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Carissa Giacalone

  • Catering

    For more information regarding our in house events, please visit our Events Web Page:<br /><br />http://events.sandiegozoo.org/

  • Private party facilities

    Events On the Wild SideWhether your event is intimate, or a grand affair, the San Diego Zoo offers a variety of indoor and outdoor settings that will make any event memorable and fun.

  • Neighborhood

    North Park

  • Cross street

    Park Blvd

  • Parking details

    Free parking available within San Diego Zoo lot

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,041 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Great for Lunch

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  1. ZL

    ZooLover

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were greeted immediately and the hostesses were very friendly. Good choices on the menu. It had something for everyone. Vegan-meat lovers. Service was attentive without being hovering. Questions were answered well. Some of the best piccata I’ve ever had. Definitely a go to again.
  2. V

    Vegaslover

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday brunch. Bonus discount for being a volunteer!
  3. AD

    AaronD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Service was good. Food was bland and awful and a waste of money
  4. PS

    PfromSanDiego

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really relaxing place to dine in the zoo. Starters were very pricey though. It would have been nice to have bread/butter offered before the meal along with side salad options. The only bread available was a cheese bread with a lot of ingredients on it for $14. Otherwise - we loved it.
  5. L

    Lisa

    Kansas City

    27 reviews

    1.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Despite having an Open Table reservation, we were made to wait 20 minutes to be seated, just like everyone else who walked up without reservations. We were then sat right inside the entry door where it was noisy and people constantly passed by our table. Took forever to get service and it was slow throughout the visit. My son's chicken sandwich still had the paper cheese backing wrapper melted into the cheese and his sandwich. Gross! We told the waitress and she apologized but did not comp his entree. Not a good experience for the price paid.
  6. GK

    GloriaK

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am not a vegetarian, but decided to go with the caprese sandwich. It was delicious…vine ripened heirloom tomato, fresh, moist mozzarella, greens tossed with a lovely dressing, between some tasty bread…perfect for a hot day.
  7. G

    Ginger7

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had reservations. It was a good thing because the restaurant is popular. We enjoyed the services. The menu items are selective. Make sure to tell the server you want your food temperature at a right liking.
  8. S

    Suzannna

    St. Louis

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    The french dip was quite salty. The mojito cocktail was decent, did not taste much alcohol though.
  9. JT

    JohnT

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was great. Dining area was nice and cool when it was hot outside. Prices were very reasonable too.
  10. JC

    JulesC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was much better than expected. Didn't expect much for a tourist attraction but was pleasantly surprised. The value was great as well and the service was spectacular. Can't wait to return
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance! We got a table outside, and the waterfall is amazing!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Savannah was an amazing server! We had a few questions about vegan options and she answered all of them and our meal ended up being fabulous. She even took our picture in front of the waterfall. We had a 5:30 reservation but arrived at 5pm and we were seated immediately at a beautiful patio table right in front of the waterfall. The food came out fast and our waters were always filled. I would love if there were a few more vegan options, but the one was delicious. Will definitely go back to enjoy more from Alberts!
  13. JG

    JenniferG

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was just ok. I don’t think the ambiance was as good as some reviews say. It was honestly no big thrill. Also the menu is so limited. Probably would not go back.
  14. BD

    BrianD

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I had to book my reservation two weeks out and they changed the time on me twice two days beforehand. Then they called me as I was on my way to the reservation and canceled it on me.
  15. H

    Happy

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant closed before our reservation. They called several times to change the time then eventually closed
  16. D

    Dottie

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience and the food was great! We sat by the waterfall and it was so relaxing and the prefect setting for lunch.
  17. CB

    CaroleB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The noise level inside was very high so next time we will request the outside seating
  18. RM

    RogerM

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Had 5:30 reservations but arrived around 5:00 and the dining room was nearly empty yet Open Table could not offer us a seating except 4:40 or 7:00. We had great service. Had 3 white wines a Caesar salad and a French dip sandwich with fries for the 2 of us. With the tip it was $80. Way too much!! And on top of that we got an email the following day from Open Table saying we did not earn points for our meal last night. Really? Why?
  19. CC

    CCGMA

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Very small menu. Fish tacos had a lot of breading and not much fish. Sweet potato fries were good. The setting is beautiful, but we've had better quality food at other places in the zoo.
  20. DP

    DesP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere on the waterfall patio. A generous menu selection. My shrimp piccata was delicious as well as my granddaughter's short rib tacos. The corn soup was a favorite of both, hot and tasty! Our nicely sized portion of vanilla caramel crunch cake was light and scrumptious. The menu stated it was served with whipped cream, but we had to request it when it arrived without. It was worth asking for! Overall, an excellent occasion lunch or dinner venue.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there for my birthday lunch and was seated right by the waterfall. Drinks were great as was the food. It’s hard to get reservations so when we can score a table we go!
  22. k

    kyms

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eating out on Albert’s Restaurant patio is always an amazing experience!
  23. AK

    AliceK

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As a long-time Zoo member, I lalways enjoy eating on the patio at Albert's. But our last visit was even better than the lovely waterfall and ambience. The food for all of us was excellent -- bread, salads, chicken piccata. And the service, by Pamela, was superb.
  24. JR

    JeanneR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I adore the patio at Alberts. The waterfall ambiance is wonderful and the food is always perfection.
  25. k

    kathy

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    An oasis in the middle of the San Diego zoo. Good food, an impressive beer and wine list and pleasant service.
  26. CM

    CesarM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Albert’s is up in a Safari/industrial tree top building in the canopy of trees. Nice ambiance and definitely wait however long it takes to be seated in the rainforest waterfall area. Good food and reasonably priced. 3rd visit and we’ll be back again.
  27. BS

    BronwenS

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Reservations did not seem to make a difference, lots of parties waiting. Wait staff was slow and inattentive, food was delivered quickly but temperature was lacking.
  28. B

    Brian

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was over priced. $18 for grilled artichoke and it was only half not a whole artichoke. Steak add on for salad was a very small portion and the flavor tasted bad. Our server took it off our bill after mentioning it to him.
  29. J

    John

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! The chicken sandwiches are amazing and very filling, the beer selection is great, lots of excellent local beers. Service was wonderful, they got us a table right next to the waterfall. It's tucked away in a nice, quiet corner of the zoo, so it's really pleasant and peaceful.
  30. JT

    JudeT

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Eat at the other venues. More value for your money. Food and service not that great.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Pleasant comfortable experience despite the crowds. Friendly staff .
  32. TM

    ToniM

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great choice for a break during a long zoo day! We sat outside near the waterfall. So much better than any counter service nice to have this as an option. Enjoyed a glass of wine with lunch and relaxed for a bit.
  33. KM

    KatyM

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great atmosphere & view(s). Food was good. Would definitely go back. :)
  34. GH

    GreggH

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    The food was mediocre at best.
  35. x

    xpatsuitcase

    Raleigh

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    A great place to relax awhile. Wonderful bartender too. The menu is good and food pleased us all.
  36. D

    Dweezil

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service - friendly staff and efficient. Ambience is good - we were in the inside area (not by waterfall) - family-friendly. Food was outstanding - generous portions, and delicious. I had the Ahi-Poke appetizer which was enough for a light meal. Chicken sandwich was huge and tasty - one of our party had the seared salmon which was delicious. Nice wine and beer selection as well as fun mixed drinks - prices not out of line with San Diego area restaurants. Overall, we were very pleased with our experience and would return!
  37. NS

    NatS

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Good respite from the busy fast food places at the zoo. But service was okay and food was mixed, some good some just okay. Go to relax and take a break, food is over priced for what it is and some servers seemed annoyed to be there.
  38. L

    Localgirl

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Albert’s usually doesn’t disappoint with their changing menu. Normally the food is great. This time the food was just ok. It must have been a busy day. I would go back and give it another chance. It would be nice if they added some ice coffee selections to their summer menu.
  39. GG

    GerardoG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    All good except the the menu we selected online it was not the menu that was giving at arrival. Have two daughters that they don’t like some foods and what they selected the day before when making the reservation was not available
  40. m

    me760

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoying eating at Alberts when I'm at the zoo. It is nicest when you can sit near the waterfall and it is not crowded with noisy children. Parents who do not prepare to keep their children busy should eat elsewhere. In 2021, the quality went down with COVID staffing, but it is back up to where it was pre-COVID now.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Albert's Restaurant - San Diego Zoo is rated 4.5 stars by 2041 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
Google Map for Albert's Restaurant - San Diego Zoo

3391 Richmond St., San Diego, CA 92103

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Park Blvd

  • Neighborhood

    North Park

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–12:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    International, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free parking available within San Diego Zoo lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Carissa Giacalone

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 685-3200

  • Catering

    For more information regarding our in house events, please visit our Events Web Page:<br /><br />http://events.sandiegozoo.org/

  • Private party facilities

    Events On the Wild SideWhether your event is intimate, or a grand affair, the San Diego Zoo offers a variety of indoor and outdoor settings that will make any event memorable and fun.

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