Albert's Restaurant - San Diego Zoo

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743 reviews
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$30 and under
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International
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  • Scenic View
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
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, pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and children’s options.

Our bar offers an extensive selection of California fine wine, local craft beer, and exotic cocktails.

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



Please note reservations are not taken for patio dining, due to limited capacity. Patio requests are welcome, but not guaranteed. Valid San Diego Zoo Membership or admission ticket is required to dine in Albert's Restaurant.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
International, American
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Hours of operation
Monday through Friday - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday and Sunday - 10:00am to 3:30pm

Brunch - Saturday & Sunday: 10am to noon
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Phone number
(619) 685-3200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Carissa Giacalone
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Catering
For more information regarding our in house events, please visit our Events Web Page:

http://events.sandiegozoo.org/
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Park Blvd
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Parking details
Free parking available within San Diego Zoo lot
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Special events & promotions
Weekend Brunch - Saturday & Sunday - 10am to noon!

Please visit our special events web page to view details and complete menus for our upcoming events:

http://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/dining-events

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June 17th 2018 – September 3rd 2018
3pm – 5pm daily!
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Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 743 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 6 hours ago

Went to the zoo for our Anniversary and wanted to try out this restaurant. Food was very good, but more importantly, our server Kai was excellent. Being a hot day, and with bit of us already feeling worn out, Kai ended up making our day!

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5.0Dined a day ago

Great food service was fantastic the Brussel sprouts were awesome, my wife had the salmon it was cooked to perfection

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Well worth booking. Good restaurant particularly considering its part of the zoo.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

This was such a great find. Wonderful food and a great setting within the zoo. A great break from the hustle of the zoo. Service was great as well.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Not the friendliest or organized person to seat folks, but the server was excellent. The craft beer I had was cold and tasty. I had the Impossible Burger which was a little on the dry side, but tasted fine. Really good fries that came with the burger. We had a Margherite pizza as an appetizer which was very good. Nice ambiance in the middle of the jungle.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

I've never been to the San Diego Zoo but I wanted to find a nice place to eat. My meal was Exquisite. The View was wonderful. I made a reservation but I guess it a time I went I didn't really need one. It was extremely difficult to find its turns out it was two levels lower than where I was. It's probably say it's under such and such. Great service and in place I definitely would love to return to

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

This was our second outstanding dinner at Albert's. It was a warm evening yet dining on the patio was very pleasant. We both enjoyed the brussel Sprouts. My husband had the grouper with shrimp polenta which was delicious. He stated it was the best dish he had in awhile and note we dined out often!! I had the summer salad with goat cheese and peaches, delicious. Perfect menu for people who do not eat meat/fish. Our waiter, Richard was excellent very attentive. Overall a positive experience, we shall return soon. BTW Zoo at Night rocks!!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Love coming here when we are in town. The waiter was excellent. Food was good.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

We thought the restaurant would have a view, but it was at the bottom of Treetops in an enclosed space. Some spots had a view of the bottom of a waterfall.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Went for our 30th anniversary since we met at the zoo and had a great meal in a nice environment

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Such a great restaurant with great ambiance! The outdoor patio is delightful and the interior artwork is excellent

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3.0Dined on August 13, 2018

Menu is not as good as the past.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

It was our first time dining at Albert’s. We loved it. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. The view was great. We will definitely come back. The food was great. I had the carnitas tacos, my hubby had the fish & chips; our friends had a veggie pizza and fish & chips. Even my daughter loved her food, which was a grilled cheese. The beer selection was good. The iced tea was delicious. Overall very happy with our dining experience.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

The best part about Albert's is definitely the view from the outdoor seating. You are in the tree tops in the middle of the zoo, with a serene waterfall right next door. I have only been for brunch so I can only comment on that food, but it is always tasty. The menu is somewhat limited; there's enough that everyone can usually find something they want though. The bottomless mimosas are also a great deal and the wait staff definitely works to make sure you get your money's worth!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Service was great food was outstanding.. Loved the atmosphere. Menu was has great selection.. Loved Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stoudt.. Luke, our server, was attentive, super friendly and informative

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2018

The price was adequate for the quality and quantity of food. The only negative thing I would say was that the chicken in their chicken sandwich/burger was dry; the flavor was otherwise great.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

A delightful sit-down restaurant in the heart of the San Diego Zoo. The food and service were very good - delicious shredded pork tacos; the pizza margherita was loaded with cheese, tomatoes and basil; the quesadilla included roasted corn, black beans and cheese; and the kids' mac and cheese was perfect with a side of fresh fruit. The outdoor patio as well as the air-conditioned dining room look out on a waterfall to create an oasis atmosphere. A delightful way to dine while enjoying our famous zoo.

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2.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Not very kid friendly for a restaurant in a zoo. I think their target demographic is a little more mature. My salad was good but my husband didn’t end up eating his 20$ plate of food and they cleared away most of our food, some finished, some not when we had to run to the bathroom with our kids. Obviado a confusing situation, and empty table with our own water bottles and bags left but no prople.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Our server was AMAZING and went out of her way to make sure we got exactly what made us happy! All I did was mention that our son liked strawberries and she brought us a whole bowl of them for him! She was awesome, I only wish I could remember her name!!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Great food! Excellent and charming environment! Definitely made our day at the zoo more special overall. We were seated on the patio with the waterfall and it definitely felt like we were dining in an upscale treehouse. I would definitely recommend Albert’s for both casual dining at the zoo and for a fun twist to a date night.

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The indoor dining is very loud, hard to carry on a conversation without yelling, which is what the table next to us resorted to,
I recommend to sit outside if possible, much quieter for a nice conversation, it’s hard to get a spot outside because you cannot reserve an outside spot on Open Table, which is ridiculous, I have requested special seats at many other restaurants and never had an issue. I hope the policy changes, so we can enjoy this beautiful patio again sometime.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Albert's is a special place. I am lucky to be able to enjoy dinner there during summer nights with my seasonal pass.
The food unfortunately is only so so. I wold add a few more selections and ramp up the quality. That area of town is known for its foodie restaurants. Albert's is a step down from that but the ambiance makes up for it.

Jacob was our waiter and he did a spectacular job. The service was on point and we wanted for nothing. Please give him a raise.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Food was good and server was friendly and attentive. Fun dining experience for inside the zoo.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

I had made a reservation for 8 (2 adults and 6 children). We got there 15 mins early and were seated almost immediately. Our waitress was super nice to the children and was very helpful. Food was delicious !

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Loved our meal and experience at Albert's!! It will now be a tradition for our family to eat here every time we make a trip to the zoo!!

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2018

It’s nice to be able to sit and order from a menu in the zoo. The food was nothing special at all and very expensive.

It was also super, super slow. They had a salad with peaches that were rock hard and no taste.

The waiter said, it must be the season and the entire batch.

Maybe they could restructure the salad if the fruit is bad?

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Great place to eat when your at the zoo! Lots of food choices and perfect location within the zoo. Especially great if you have a zoo membership - and they have fun special events.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Our server was very helpful in accommodating a medical/ allergy diet. Food and service were terrific. Also, GF menu was generous. No cross-contamination... whew;) Great place at the zoo to relax and enjoy a real meal instead of park snacks.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Nice place to relax, have a nice meal with a glass of wine after walking around the zoo.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Very tasty...such a wonderful break in the day....outside seating by waterfall if you can and call in advance for a reservation...the wait was over an hour but our table was ready right when we got there

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Celebrated my Grandfathers birthday. Service was exceptional.

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Over rated...noise level too high after walking and doing tours. Felt left out because the wait staff had something going on at the next table. (not her fault) The Arnold Palmer drink was barely colored water and over priced. Was afraid to send it back.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

My wife and I love dining at Albert's on special occasions. The food quality is excellent and so is the ambiance! We are always very pleased with the service, as well. We look forward to our next visit!

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Great little spot in the middle of the zoo! After a day in the park its 'great to have an upscale meal, relax in a beautiful oasis and have a martini!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

you wouldn't expect such a nice place with great food at a zoo, but Albert's was awesome.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Alberts is our "go to" place to eat every time we visit the San Diego Zoo. We probably eat there 99% of our 4-6 visits each year.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We came here to experience dinning in the zoo with some waterfall and forest view. We were not disappointed. Recommended to try at least once in the zoo. It’s an experience. The food is good too, not too expensive given it’s inside the zoo.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Such a great place to meet friends just for lunch or dinner; we have a zoo membership so we regularly drive to Alberta for lunch

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Great Service. Great food. The menu is outstanding. Compliments to the new chef!

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Albert’s is at the San Diego Zoo. It is located in a delightful setting high up overlooking a canyon on the downward side and a waterfall on the uphill side. It is clean, modern, nicely appointed with fairly comfortable chairs.
There were 5 of us, so we had some variety in what we chose. My delightful surprise was that neither the Salmon, cod of fish and chips nor the rockfish special were over cooked. The sauces were even handed and the special came with a super cous-cous and my salmon came with a super, quinoa mixture. We ordered the truffle fries which were good enough.
Desert included a decent crème brûlée, wonderful vanilla ice cream and fine chocolate-caramel Sunday.
It is a pricey place, but I thought it was worth the money.

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