Restaurants and gift shops are open seasonally from 10 am to 5 pm; and October through March from 10 am to 4 pm
Our restaurants are operated by the world-class Service Systems Associates (SSA). We use locally farmed produce, and our hamburgers are made with all natural, vegetarian-fed, certified-humane 100% U.S. Angus beef. The restaurants use reusable products and cutlery, and urge customers to use recycling bins when throwing away plastic products.
Our gift shops are operated by Wildlife Trading Company (WTC), which has a 35 year track record at zoos, aquariums, museums, botanical gardens and other leisure attractions in the United States. With a highly experienced retail staff, WTC is an innovator in store design, product development, operations and customer service. Our gift shops carry a great selection of environmental and animal-themed merchandise, as well as unique gifts you can only find at Roger Williams Park Zoo. All of our concessions operate with “green” practices in mind and a portion of the profits come back to support Zoo animal care and education conservation programs! We accept cash, MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover Card.
Open year round, this café is located in the Wilderness Plaza across from the gift shop, offers indoor seating in addition to walk-up window service. The cafe is adjacent to two outdoor seating areas. The menu includes tried and true favorites like PB&J on whole grain bread, as well as options like Boca burgers and meatball sandwiches served with two cheeses on artisan-baked loaf. We also offer beer and wine.
Open weekends in April, daily starting May 1 - Labor Day, this café is located in Jambo Junction and offers indoor seating as well as outdoor seating adjacent to our beautiful wetlands. Hungry visitors may select from a wide variety of quality menu items at a great value (dishes start at just $3). The menu includes classic favorites like all-beef burgers, homestyle mac ‘n cheese and chicken tenders with French fries, as well as Middle Eastern-inspired dishes like shawarmas, and local favorites such as New England Clam Chowder.
*Please note: The cafe will be open daily during both CT and MA/RI April School Vacation Week (April 13 - 17) in 2020.
Open daily April 1 - Labor Day, weekends post Labor Day - Thanksgiving weekend, this cafe is located in the Zoo's new Explore & Soar area offering delicious sweets and tasty treats!
Open weekends in April, daily May 1 - Labor Day, this pizza joint is located in the Jambo Junction with tasty offerings!
*Please note: The sweet shop will be open daily during CT April School Vacation Week (April 8 - 12) and MA/RI A School Vacation Week (April 15 - 19).
Located in the historic Menagerie Building in the upper Zoo, our main gift shop is open year round. We have a large assortment of plush animals in all sizes. Guests will also find a large assortment of GREEN products, from apparel to an entire line of kid’s books and puzzles, books for curious adults, carvings made in Kenya, glass sculptures, candy, toys, apparel and headwear for the whole family.
Open weekends in April, daily starting May 1 - Labor Day, this boutique-style gift shop is located in the “hut” at the center of Jambo Junction, and offers a variety of our top selling Africa themed merchandise. Stop by and see our one of a kind Monkey Tree. An assortment of infant, youth and adult apparel and headwear is on sale. We also offer an assortment of toys, candy, sunscreen, batteries and disposable cameras for an enjoyable experience are always in stock.
*Please note: The shop will be open daily during CT April School Vacation Week (April 8 - 12) and MA/RI A School Vacation Week (April 15 - 19).
Located at the entrance to the Wetlands trail, Crossroads is open daily April 1 - Labor Day, weekends post Labor Day - September 22, and available for batteries, cameras, sunscreen, hats, toys and our best sale items.