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The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido, CA

The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari Park

4.4
4.4
1050 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Located in the San Diego Safari Park
OpenTable Diners Choice 2022 Award for Best Ambiance

Enjoy an incredible view of the African Plains at the Safari Park's newest gathering spot: The Watering Hole restaurant and bar. Watch rhinos and giraffes as you dine on menu items including tasty sandwiches and fresh salads, or relax with a refreshing beverage from the full-service bar with a wide selection of craft beers, wine, and mixed drinks.


Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, limited seating is available and hours are subject to change. Please check for operating hours upon arrival at the Safari Park.



18% Gratuity charge to be added to checks for parties of 7 or more

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, African, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 231-1515 ext. 5397
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Escondido
  • Cross street
    San Pasqual Valley Rd
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 1,050 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North San Diego

    Best Ambiance

  • North San Diego

    Kid-friendly

  • North San Diego

    Great for scenic views

1,050 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our family had a lovely time here! We had a beautiful view with great food and drinks for the price. Our littles loved their kid’s meals, and we felt very welcomed overall. I highly suggest making a reservation ahead of time. 10/10 would dine again!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I absolutely loved this restaurant! My fiancé and mother in law loved it as well. The view alone, is worth everything! As you eat, you can clearly see giraffes, and rhinos and other fascinating animals freely roam and it is a one of a kind experience! The food is good and very well priced, and the service is fantastic. I will definitely be returning, just be sure to make a reservation ASAP if you’re visiting the park, as reservations are limited. There is also a bar, and ample seating, so it is very comfortable.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you! We are so grateful to have had the ability to inspire you. Your support helped to ensure the long-term health and survival of wildlife.

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  3. ValentinaR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff and amazing view of the beautiful African Plains!
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you for your visit and kind review, ValentinaR. Your support makes a world of difference.

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  4. CarlaWashington

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Must when it is open🦏🐘🦒🦓 We had a lovely table with fantastic animals to view. 7 giraffes😍
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded 4 days ago
    We're so glad you were able to make such great memories at the Watering Hole, CarlaWashington. We hope to see you again soon!

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  5. Nancyk

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great view great food and service make a reservation before you go to the Safari Park We loved the experience
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded 2 days ago
    Thank you so much, we are so delighted to hear about your great experience and we look forward to see you again soon.

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  6. LynnS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food with a wonderful outdoor dining experience.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you for your visit and kind review, LynnS. Your support makes a world of difference for wildlife.

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  7. JackieR

    Orange County

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Watering Hole is wonderful in every way. The view is amazing. The food is very good and not overpriced. Our server, Hershel, was delightful, professional and knowledgeable.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you for the wonderful review, we will pass your compliments on to Hershel and we hope to serve you again soon.

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  8. Cheo

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfortunately the food and service has gone down tremendously. I have eaten there regularly for many years and always bring my friends because regardless of the food and service,the view is really priceless. It's my idea of what Africa looks like. You see so many animals roaming around. The view is always changing as the different herds move about..
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you for providing us this feedback, we're sorry to hear that your meal was less than ideal. Our vision is to create world-class culinary experiences, and your feedback will help us move in that direction. We have responded privately, as we would love to discuss this further with you.

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  9. PamS

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, service and ambiance were great. Best to make a reservation, which we did, because even though it looked only about 1/3 full, they were turning away walk-ins. Said they were short staffed.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you for your visit and kind review, PamS. Your support makes a world of difference for wildlife.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous views of the park and wildlife. Delicious food, great service and reasonable prices. A reservation is a must or no space as it’s so popular! They have wines and beer available. We will dine there again!
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you for your visit and review! You directly supported our conservation work to support wildlife, communities and ecosystems around the world.

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  11. DanM

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfortunately, when we got there (early) it was clear they were short handed. As we waited the people around us were getting restless. My wife and ended up being seated close to our reservation and noticed the servers were out numbered by the number of tables needing service. We immediately put our server at ease, by letting Stein (our server) know the situation. Stein was wonderful, attentive and timely, even with the number of tables she was covering. Honestly, we felt the rest of the patrons were patient also. I mean, how can you be upset with the absolute best view one could have short of being on the plains of Africa herself. They make a big deal when visiting on your Birthday. my wife was given a BD button and all day she was wished a HBD by the folks working at the park, and for her special day, was given a dessert on the house. as for the food, they have a wide range of adult drinks (not sure how good) my wife had wine that was decent. The menu is tight, with a a few Appetizers, Salads and Sandwiches'. We got the Nachos and Chicken Sandwich that was surprisingly tasty. In the end, we would recommend the Watering Hole as a must do for the experience first, then food. They was a couple of choices for children also (Mac n Cheese and Chicken Fingers). NOTE: Reservations is about the only way to guarantee you'll get in.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you for your visit and kind review, DanM. Your support makes a world of difference for wildlife.

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  12. DonN

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Vi, our servicer made our visit so much fun. Food excellent, margarita flight so much fun and delicious Food really good and the ambiance incredible
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you for the stars and amazing review, we will pass your kind words on to Vu. We hope to get the opportunity to serve you again soon!

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  13. AmberE

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy the experience of being able to view the animals while relaxing with a bite to eat and an adult libation!
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you, AmberE. We are so grateful to have had the ability to inspire you. Your support helped to ensure the long-term health and survival of wildlife.

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  14. SeemaM

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Online menu showed one entree for vegetarians. Once seated, the physical menu did not have any option besides salads and appetizers. Server did not seem to care, and just stated “you can have a salad”. Service was slow. Some food items were cold upon arrival.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you for providing us this feedback, we're sorry to hear that your meal and service was less than ideal. Our vision is to create world-class culinary experiences, and your feedback will help us move in that direction. We have responded privately, as we would love to discuss this further with you.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant was not what I expected. It was an open sided hit design to match the African Safari region of the part it is located in. We ate fresh food, drank tasty libations, received exceptional service from the three ladies working hostess, service, and bar and the gentlemen who delivered our food from the kitchen were as polite and as accommodating as possible. We were sat at one of the best seats in the house also not rushed out of it. And the desserts were perfect as well. It gave my husband and I a date vibe within our day at the Safari. (We lucked out with the weather and the non-busy day of the establishment. Reservations are the best way to experience this location.). They even hold wedding here!!!
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 19, 2024
    Thank you for the kind review. Your visit helped support our conservation work in the savanna and around the world, we're delighted to hear you had such a wonderful time and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice waitress. They seated us early which really helped. A fun experience for us and our grandkids. We will definitely recommend the Watering Hole and come again!!
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 19, 2024
    Thank you so much, we are so delighted to hear about your great experience and we look forward to see you again soon.

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  17. SDzoofan

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It's always a treat to dine here. Beautiful views, good food with generous portions, and great cocktails.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 19, 2024
    Thank you for your visit and kind review, SDzoofan. Your support makes a world of difference.

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  18. DawnL

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a great venue for taking a break from walking at the Wild Animal Park! It’s a limited menu, but the sandwiches were excellent and very large. We enjoyed the pulled park and the beef & cheddar! The Margarita flight was a great introduction into some unique cocktails. This is also nice since we made reservations in advance of our day trip so we knew we’d have a nice place to relax while watching the “chubby unicorns”, so I definitely recommend making reservations as the “walk-in” line started to get considerably long as we were sitting there. Service was a little slow but I think they were short handed.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 19, 2024
    We're so glad you were able to make such great memories at the Watering Hole, DawnL. We hope to see you again soon!

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  19. MELANIEA

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience with delicious food and the service was fantastic! My friend and I will definitely return!!
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 19, 2024
    Melaniea, we are so glad you enjoyed your meal at the Watering Hole. Thank you for being an ally for wildlife!

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  20. BeckyB

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the setting, but very disappointed in the time we had to wait to order once we were seated. Then it took nearly one hour for our food to arrive, which was cold. Server was nice. Overall seemed very understaffed and unorganized. Not sure I would go back.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you, BeckyB, for providing this feedback, I'm sorry to hear that your meal and service were less than ideal. Our vision is to create world-class experiences, and your feedback will help us move in that direction. We have responded privately, as we would love to discuss this further with you.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I ordered a tuna melt and it was just a piece of rye bread with an unmelted piece of cheese and cold albacore tuna, nothing “melted” about it but it tasted good and the chips are great. Very show service. Lunch took 90 minutes once we were seated.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 19, 2024
    Thank you for providing us this feedback, we're sorry to hear that your meal was less than ideal. Our vision is to create world-class culinary experiences, and your feedback will help us move in that direction. We have responded privately, as we would love to discuss this further with you.

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  22. JamesP

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Five-star ambiance with four-star food! The view is spectacular, and the setting is incredible. I highly recommend visiting but don't expect that much from the food. The cocktails from the bar are outstanding. Service is slower, but that gives you more time to experience the savannah and enjoy the view of the animals. My hope for the Watering Hole is that they design a menu that they can execute consistently well. If the San Diego Zoo Safari Park can up the level of food quality this place would be five plus stars.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 19, 2024
    Thank you for your visit and review! We are always appreciative of feedback, our goal is to become provide a world class culinary destination and your feedback will help us get there. Thank you for being an ally for wildlife!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was not what was offered on the menu. The tuna melt, was not melted at all, served on soggy bread with cheese, ice cold, not toasted, not melted. The chicken club, was not a club, but a chicken sandwich on a hamburger bun. The waitress was sweet, but not well trained. Beautiful venue, but not a good experience.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 19, 2024
    Thank you for providing us this feedback, I'm sorry to hear that your service was less than ideal. Our vision is to create world-class experiences through service, and your feedback will help us move in that direction. We have responded privately, as we would love to discuss this further with you.

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  24. RogerB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was good and at the kind of price you expect at a tourist destination, but the real selling point for eating here is that view is as good as it can be.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 19, 2024
    We're so glad you were able to make such great memories at the Watering Hole, RogerB. We hope to see you again soon!

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  25. HappyDiner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall lovely experience, but marred by hostess Abby's abysmal etiquette. We were a few minutes early for our reservation, and she said she would seat us shortly. There were open tables. She proceeded to chat for 10 minutes (not an exaggeration) with a seated couple, looking at their photos on their phone, apparently sharing stories, all the while with her back to us. The third server who passed by us eventually seated us. When Abby finally turned around, her face flushed - and I knew she realized how rude she was, but she did not have the courtesy to apologize. Again, we have enjoyed Valentine's events at the Safari Park for years, but this was an inexcusable lapse in service.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you for providing us this feedback, I'm sorry to hear that your service was less than ideal. Our vision is to create world-class experiences through service, and your feedback will help us move in that direction. We have responded privately, as we would love to discuss this further with you.

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  26. DidiTee

    Montana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were outstanding and the atmosphere can’t be beat.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 15, 2024
    DidiTee! We are so glad you enjoyed your meal at the Watering Hole. Thank you for being an ally for wildlife!

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  27. NancyB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an absolutely magical experience which I would recommend to anyone! The service was excellent, the food was delicious and the view cannot be matched. We had reservations which I highly emphasize as it gets busy. We also had animal ambassadors treat us to a show and educate us about their breed.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 15, 2024
    We're so glad you were able to make such great memories at the Watering Hole, Nancy. We hope to see you again soon!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    excellent . very friendly, great customer service and great food .
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 19, 2024
    Thank you for your support and feedback, your visit directly supports our vision to create a world where all life thrives!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great special valentine treat; I had the shrimp cocktail; steak and scampi and an assortment desert and my wife had the salad; chicken it was all very good and you can’t beat the beautiful view we were 200 feet from two Rhinos what a great way to spend Valentines with your sweetheart!
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 15, 2024
    Thank you for your visit and review, your support plays a crucial role in our conservation efforts worldwide.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It was my first time at this place. Is it worth it? Yes. I feel it’s a good place to sit down have a drink and relax with the beautiful view but besides that the food wasn’t tasty at all.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 15, 2024
    Thank you for providing us this feedback, I'm sorry to hear that your meal was less than ideal. Our vision is to create world-class experiences through service, and your feedback will help us move in that direction. We would love to discuss your experience in further detail, if you're willing. Please provide a phone number and the best time to reach you; a member of our leadership team will reach out. Thank you again for being our partner in building a better future.

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  31. ChantelleL

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I absolutely love the watering hole! The food is excellent, the people r so friendly and the view is exquisit
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 15, 2024
    Thank you for the kind review, Chantelle. Your visit helped support our conservation work in the savanna and around the world.

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  32. DonnaG

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to enjoy a nice lunch while at the Wild Animal Park. We had pulled pork sandwich and beef sandwich which were both great. They were short staffed, but we got everything we wanted and enjoyed it all.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 15, 2024
    Thank you for your visit and kind review, Donna. Your support makes a world of difference.

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  33. SEB1

    San Diego

    107 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This restaurant is significantly understaffed. Our waitress was good, but she was running between multiple tables. The menu has been pared down, and they weren't able to do a tuna melt since "the oven is broken". I know they cater mainly to tourists and have plenty of business, but this reflects poorly on the zoological society.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 15, 2024
    Thank you for providing us this feedback, I'm sorry to hear that your service was less than ideal. Our vision is to create world-class experiences through service, and your feedback will help us move in that direction. We would love to discuss your experience in further detail, if you're willing. Please provide a phone number and the best time to reach you; a member of our leadership team will reach out. Thank you again for being our partner in building a better future.

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  34. CCSDCA

    San Diego

    36 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was not good. Had the chicken club, the roast beef and the tuna melt. The chicken club was tasteless and the brioche bun fell apart while eating. The cheese on the tuna melt was not melted. The salad on the plates looked like it came straight from a bag with nothing else. For $17 or $18 a piece this was a very over priced meal for lousy food. Would not recommend.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 15, 2024
    Thank you for providing us this feedback, I'm sorry to hear that your meal was less than ideal. Our vision is to create world-class culinary experiences, and your feedback will help us move in that direction. We would love to discuss your experience in further detail, if you're willing. Please provide a phone number and the best time to reach you; a member of our leadership team will reach out. Thank you again for being our partner in building a better future.

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  35. SandraM

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    It took 25 mins for someone to take our order. Found out later there was a miscommunication between Wait staff. We received a bit of a discount and a free dessert for the mishap.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 15, 2024
    Thank you for providing us this feedback, I'm sorry to hear that your service was less than ideal. Our vision is to create world-class experiences through service, and your feedback will help us move in that direction. We would love to discuss your experience in further detail, if you're willing. Please provide a phone number and the best time to reach you; a member of our leadership team will reach out. Thank you again for being our partner in building a better future.

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  36. Bongo

    Orange County

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    To be fair, one of their ovens wasn’t working, however, they seemed short staffed, didn’t do a good job of checking on diners or at least saying, someone will be right with you. My lemon pasta with roasted asparagus and peas, was lukewarm and blah, it really needed some pepper, there weren’t any salt and pepper shakers on the table and it was too difficult to get a hold of a server, to hopefully get some ground pepper. The restaurant is a nice concept, however, they really need to improve their customer service, some flavors, etc. We were hoping that it would be like Albert’s at the San Diego Zoo. Hope things improve. We would not go back there and would somewhat hesitate to recommend.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 15, 2024
    Thank you for providing us this feedback, I'm sorry to hear that your service was less than ideal. Our vision is to create world-class experiences through service, and your feedback will help us move in that direction. We would love to discuss your experience in further detail, if you're willing. Please provide a phone number and the best time to reach you; a member of our leadership team will reach out. Thank you again for being our partner in building a better future.

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    Orlando

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Promised a table in 20 minutes by Melanie then David said no when we returned and wanted us to wait 90 more minutes after we came back in 25 minutes. Horrible customer service. Next is feeling betrayed and angry.

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  38. Molly

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience here! We especially loved our drinks. We had a reservation and still had to wait about 15 minutes which was disappointing, but overall the experience was great!
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 19, 2024
    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to make memories for you! Your visit had a positive impact on wildlife and helps us achieve our mission.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Watering Hole was a great place to eat while at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. There was a breathtaking view of rhinos and other animals while we were eating, and a grassy area where kids could roam around/play while waiting for food. The food was great and the drinks were amazing too - the margarita flight was especially delicious!
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 19, 2024
    Thank you so much, we are so delighted to hear about your great experience and we look forward to see you again soon.

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  40. James

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff at THE WATERING HOLE stepped up to meet the needs of our group. We had made 3 separate reservations of 6 for our party of 18. The staff went out of the way to seat us at a large table, and even allowed separate checks. The food and cocktails were much better than you would expect for a facility inside San Diego Zoo's Safari Park. I had a delicious Caesar Salad. There was also high praise for the pulled pork sandwich. Eating while being able to watch Rhinos relax in the sun is a special treat. Be sure to reserve through OpenTable in advance. There was a large crowd waiting for tables as we left.
    The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari ParkResponded on February 15, 2024
    Thank you, James! We are so grateful to have had the ability to inspire you. Your support helps to ensure the long-term health and survival of wildlife.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari Park is rated 4.4 stars by 1050 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for The Watering Hole- San Diego Zoo Safari Park

15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027-7017

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    San Pasqual Valley Rd
  • Neighborhood
    Escondido
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, African, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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