Albert's Restaurant - San Diego Zoo

4.4
1647 Reviews
$31 to $50
International
For reservations please be aware, due to COVID safety protocols we are experiencing longer than normal wait times to enter the San Diego Zoo.

Please arrive prior to your reservation time. Given the restriction check in times to the zoo are extended.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1647 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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James
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoors table. Great wait staff. Good food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My crepe and salad were DELICIOUS! However, the kids meals are expensive, and not worth the money. $11 for a kids quesadilla and a little cup of fruit?!? Maybe the portion was correct, but the price was NOT. I’d love to see a better price point and better food options on the kids menu.

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JillianB
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

A nice place to sit and cool off for a bit. The food was good, service wasn't overly pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Albert’s is deep within the Zoo, so I understand that everything has to be brought in to the restaurant from the outside. It’s a limited menu. Two of us found that our entrees were very hot spice-wise when the menu didn’t dictate they would be.

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KellyG
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food was ok, staff was friendly, atmosphere was beautiful (rainforest-like)….all in all, good night.

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Eddie
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the baked vegetables and the ahi. Both were good. Next time only one. Too much good for seniors.

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SamCat
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice venue when outside near a waterfall. Brunch is well done. Service is good. Considering when it is located, prices aren’t unreasonable.

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MelindaH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad I booked a reservation, it was a nice break from the chaotic food areas in the zoo. It was quiet, nice and the food was great. Also the service was excellent- the host and server where so nice. Overall great experience and recommend for a nice break during your zoo trip!

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LauraN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service...Alberts hits on all cylinders. We made a reservation for lunch, which I highly recommend since the place does fill up. We had a corner table outside next to the waterfall, which was loud, but wonderful! Jason, our server, was excellent. The menu is limited but they do each dish so well. Highly recommend this oasis as a rest from your busy day at the zoo.

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LarryH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

As we have been Zoological members for 50+ years, we've been eating at Albert's for many of those years. It used to be an excellent restaurant with imaginative and tasteful entrées. You were always served warm, freshly made, breads at each table. The higher prices were justified as it was an unique and fine dining experience.

Unfortunately, over the past several years, the quality of the food has suffered and the choices available has shrunk to basically salads and sandwiches. If that is the direction that the Zoo's administration intended, so be it. But they have kept rather high prices while giving the customer fewer choices and poorer quality meals. The atmosphere is similar and hasn't really changed much in many years, but Albert's is no longer a restaurant that we can recommend.

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angelae
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience with the family. Everyone loved their food and drink choice.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great! Loved it from beginning to end!

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SaraD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sat on the patio and it was a nice escape from the heat. There is a waterfall which is kind of loud but it really just drowns out the other tables around you.

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DianaB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The latest chef changed up the menu and removed some items that we really loved. The menu is way paired down also due to COVID. Hoping the next chef will bring back the beloved mushroom risotto and the pot roast!

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DennisS
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Been going to Alberts for many years now. 1st time on the outside patio seating which now has a very nice awning/cover over the whole area. Very pleasant to sit outside and listen to the waterfall. They have a "new" server named "Kacey" who is extremely friendly and helpful. They need to keep her for sure! Overall the zoo concessions are pricey, but Albert's remains a very good value for the good food and ambience.

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Cuerva
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We had reservations, but still had to wait. Once we were seated, service was good. However, the French dips were very disappointing. The meat was not thinly sliced, it was more like chopped as in Philly cheesesteak. The sauce in the meat so totally soaked the bread that it was completely soggy. We could not pick up the French dips and eat as a sandwich. For about $20 was expecting better. Fries were only so-so. Patio was kind of crowded, could only see the waterfall from a distance. Not the ambience was expecting. That said, was still nice to have a sit-down lunch in a shady, relatively attractive place. I recommend with some reservations. The chicken sandwiches looked better.

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FaithO
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I go to the Zoo sometimes just to eat at Albert’s! My grandkids look forward to going.

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DeannaD
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The food's pretty good; the waterfall outside is amazing. We enjoyed the ambience and watching the sun go down outside our window. Very enjoyable.

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DianneP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a nice place for dinner. We asked to be out on the patio, and got to listen to the waterfall as we enjoyed our yummy dinner.

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MatthewG
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Over the years the menu has been pared down in size settling on a few items that are quite tasty and fresh.. The salads are very refreshing

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TWJenkins
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Not what it used to be. We were expecting a more extensive menu and better food and were disappointed. The server was non-existent during most of the time we were there and would often forget our requests. We had to ask other servers for basic things.

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vipCheriR
Cincinnati
38 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Not much of a selection foe brunch. 3 items No iced tea. Service was good. Wouldn’t spend the money again

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viprickyb
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

1. Hostess was not very friendly, she appeared stressed and overworked. The server was great.
2. The menu was very limited, which is surprising being that it’s the only dine in restaurant in the “world famous” San Diego zoo!
3. The interior decor feels like hometown buffet, not the zoo
4. This restaurant has a lot of potential. We only went to the zoo to have a dinner here.

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JenniferN
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered a Caesar salad and the French dip sandwich with sweet potato fries. Everything was delicious, and server was very sweet.

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CamilleM
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good, got seated on the outdoor patio with the waterfall! Super hard to find the elevator to get to the actual restaurant!

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BruceH
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Superb experience all around!

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Abbyann
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

They have changed the menu and there wasn’t much to chose from. I got the fish tacos and they weren’t very good. My husband got the Reuben and the French fries were cold. The sandwich was okay. I used to like this restaurant. But until they get something on the menu that I like I will not return.

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AudraF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The menu sounded good online, but it turned out that the ambiance and service were the best things about this restaurant. The ingredients and description on the menu looked good, but the execution was subpar. The ahi tuna was so fibrous that it was impossible to cut and eat. The quality of the steak was not good and it was under seasoned. For the cost of the food, I really expected better quality. It’s not difficult to put in a bit more effort and train the kitchen better. I will say that our waiter clearly had experience and was a well trained waiter. The cadence of the meal and the way he interacted with us made it smooth and enjoyable. Too bad the food wasn’t good. Sad when a restaurant aaaalmost there, but not quite.

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Bill
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Thanks to the Hostess, we were able to sit outside near the waterfall, very relaxing. The thickly sliced Pastrami sandwiches were dry and tough. The French dip had quite a bit of thinly sliced beef, but the beef was drenched with some type of spicy runny sauce which turned the roll to mush, making it impossible to pick up the sandwich. Kid had an $11.00 hot dog, with a drink option of milk or water. Fries were quite good though. Service was fine.

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OCFoody
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Albert's is simply a wonderful experience. The food is off the top delish and the patio is just so relaxing.

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Propereatarian
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Food and service was great. Best to make a reservation to sit on the patio.

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GaryK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Had to wait 20 minutes after our reservation time. Also specifically requested out door seating when I made reservation, but wasn’t noted on our reservation Our table had no settings and had to ask for them

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PeggyS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food, cocktails and ambiance were great. Food was slow in coming out.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Everything was great besides the fact that we made a reservation and we got there and she says it’s going to be a half hour wait. I said we made a reservation and her reply was it’s not a reservation it’s a recommendation? She said it’s stillI first come first serve?! Then get off open table and don’t lead people on thinking they have a reservation if you don’t actually take them!

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JoanneB
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

noise was beautiful waterfall - just beautiful on the patio

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NavyDavy
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and even better service. We love this spot. We hope it goes back full menu but we understand it’s slowly getting there. Food is great. Really recommend the Steak Salad and the Hot Pastrami.

Alysha the bartender was great with our kids and really pleasant. Thanks for the great service.

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AshleyM
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! The food was delicious. The ambience of the waterfall really made the overall dining experience perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food for a park. Fish tacos and chicken sandwich were very good.

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Localgirl
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is consistently yummy! The waitstaff is great. Not much of a view of anything though.

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CarolF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The vegetables were not grilled properly and still very raw, no seasoning, although the waitress said she would come back with some she never did.
The French Fries were incredible. The Au Jus was not!

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Albert's Restaurant - San Diego Zoo is rated 4.4 stars by 1647 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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