Albert's Restaurant - San Diego Zoo

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$30 and under
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For reservations please be aware, due to COVID safety protocols we are experiencing longer than normal wait times to enter the San Diego Zoo.

Parties between five and eight people, please call to make your reservation as we are unable to place more than four people at a single table.

We unfortunately can not accommodate parties larger than eight at the moment, however we will be happy to do an order to-go and you can find unassigned seating on our wonderful Treetop's Patio!

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.

The menu features a variety of unique dishes including seafood specialties, a variety of entrees, flavorful pastas, 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 Albert's Restaurant.
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CatherineA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Our order took an HOUR, it was not busy. This is after we waited in the 1.5 hour Covid clearance at he front gate, so we only had 2 hours left to see the zoo.

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MikeB
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite place to eat in San Diego Zoo and a fav among all of our favorites! The food and service ate excellent! Make a reservation and enjoy! Oh, a full bar too!

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CelinaC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice dinner versus other fast food type choices. And good wine!

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Susie
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Didn’t have table ready for Reservation. Little to no service at table, had to ask other servers for assistance. Food pretty good, would have been better actually hot! Disappointed.

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ToniP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

When I made reservation the only seating available was inside. Which under normal circumstances would be fine. But due to need for spacing out tables it had an uninviting
empty look.
Perhaps more potted plants could be added to take up the spaces and make it feel
intimate and secluded instead of empty.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been coming here for years. We love the Zoo and we love Albert's. The food is amazing and the ambiance is top notch. (Also, Rolf is the best bartender around.)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience5

We had a great time! Service was a smidge slow but nothing complaint worthy. Making a reservation is best. And you want to be seated outside!

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MiaV
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good portions, we ordered the braised beef short ribs and they were delicious, we also ordered the spicy chicken sandwich, also really good. The cocktails were very good as well!

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AnthonyT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands-down the number one restaurant in San Diego. The service the food the atmosphere absolutely amazing. I go every weekend, I’ve been going for months with my kids. Love it.

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Sighree
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience dining here while trekking through the San Diego Zoo. Celebrated our anniversary by dining here and we were able to be seated outdoor near the waterfall. Service was fantastic our host was very attentive and informative about the menu. Would recommend you try this place at least once.

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vipTommy
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a very pleasant lunch on the patio. My wife and I shared the Asian salad and the french dip sandwich. The Asian salad with the slaw and soba noodles with rare tuna was very good. The french dip sandwich had lots of meat and flavor. The bottom bun was a bit soggy but overall it was good and the french fries were hot, crisp and flavorful. I had a loca craft beer and my wife had an ale. Both good. Service was excellent, attentive and friendly.

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KarenT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

When we arrived at the restaurant the hostess was apparently talking on her shoulder microphone and it was confusing as we checked it. Once she finished , she did welcome us and seated us quickly. Later we witnessed a tense interchange between her and the manager.
The server was friendly but the service was very slow. We arrived at 12 and did not finish until 2 pm. The food was great but there was a mixup in the billing which was explained as an afterthought.
We will not be eating at Albert's again.

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ErnieD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful presentation of Ahi Tuna--the waterfall was great although a bit noisy--the service was outstanding!

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DebbieR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As members we love this special treat. I’d rather spend a bit more and have a lovey meal than buying a bunch of snacks. Just so nice to sit and relax. Everything I’ve ever ordered here has been amazing. Missed that Cali Creamin wasn’t available and they had 3 IPA’s. Made up for it by ordering a delicious Mandrill cocktail. Yum

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MartinL
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner for 5 this weekend. The food was great sob much better than the cafeteria style venues at the zoo service was awesome, their specialty cocktails absolutely delicious and very tasty dishes I had the seared ahi and it was a generous portion and unique combination of flavors. Likely my primary zoo food as I use my annual donor pass

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SueM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food.

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DanaH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely seat by the waterfall and the food was sooooo good!

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StarryNight6881
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was definitely a memorable experience added to our zoo trip. We had a table right next to the waterfall which provided entertainment for our 1 year old. Also it was a great place for kids. The food and the cocktails were all delicious. Would definitely recommend.

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Noah
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is pricey but very tasty and the service was wonderful. If you come to the zoo I recommend this place because whatever you order is very tasty.

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vipEdwardG
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

I have eaten here a number of times and really like the ambiance and food. While I had reservations for the patio, they seated us in the middle of most unremarkable room upstairs. The service was a little slow but the food was as good as I had remembered.

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Brown
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience5

The first time we went was for my daughter's birthday. Everything was perfect.....So I decided to go for my birthday. It was horrible. We won't be returning

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service

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RonB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food prepared with skill and innovation. Ambiance is great. Moderate prices and great service. One suggestion, keep the SD Zoo app in sync with the restaurant's actual menu. We planned our lunch around entrees shown on the menu in that app but which were not on that day's menu. There were other choices on the actual menu which were fine. But don't mislead customers. When the chef prints the menu, make sure a copy of the latest menu is put onto the Zoo's phone app. That's not rocket science.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A nice spot to relax and a enjoy a great meal.

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NancyF
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, service was great! We chose outdoor dining and enjoyed being near the waterfall! A nice spot to just sit and relax away from all the hubbub.

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LianeJ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were both excellent.

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shaj
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We loved the food the atmosphere was great will definitely returning.

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MicheleT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is definitely upscale while the atmosphere is casual and relaxed. The service is excellent.

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Chey
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Drink prices are high but food was great! Love the location at the zoo:)

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LauraS
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend this place every time you visit the San Diego Zoo. Food is excellent and you can bring anyone since they have a nice variety of selections. Service is also outstanding!

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RaoAndJoeie
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for brunch to celebrate our anniversary before we explored the zoo! Janice gave us a seat right next to the waterfall and was excellent. Great food and service, perfect way to start the day!

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ChrisH
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to celebrate my anniversary. It was amazing time and very romantic. We sat by the waterfall. Our server Jennifer was great and very sweet. Highly recommend doing it if given the chance. But always reserve. It got filled up quick.

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vipWhyNotEatOut
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Albert's has opened a overflow outdoor dining terrace one floor up. It overlooks it's own waterfall and is largely covered (it's under the new crossover bridge). Almost as nice as the old patio. I had my favorite pork burger (very jucy with a seasoned pork flavor). Other favorites are the braised short ribs, thick cut BLT and the crispy chicken sandwich. It's a menu I can pick blind from. We bring our own heavy zip-lock plastic bags. That makes it easier to carry leftovers around the zoo afterwards inside our carry bag.

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Crystal
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A little pricey, but the food was tasty. We got the cheesy bread appetizer and the double chocolate cake dessert and both were amazing. Kids food was just average. Our server was great. We also sat on the patio near the waterfall, so the ambiance was great also.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You just can't go wrong with Albert's! From the interesting and expertly-created cocktails, to deliciously spicy and flavorful entrees, to creamy, decadent desserts, each meal is an adventure worthy of the San Diego Zoo experience. Top it off with some of the best and friendliest service I've ever experienced and a lovely ambience enhanced by a beautiful waterful, and even covid considerations couldn't ruin our dining experience. Make a reservation!

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MarkH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Food was delicious and service was great.

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SusanR
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We are Zoo members, so just went in for brunch with bottomless mimosas at Albert's then walked around a little before leaving. Members, don't forget to ask for your discount.

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JayF
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy open space near the waterfall my two young boys loved it. Great time!

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CarlosZ
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

We had a blast. The Food was amazing. Great services.

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Albert's Restaurant - San Diego Zoo is rated 4.6 stars by 1406 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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