Ditto what others have said. There was a “hot dog” cart when we were there too. And take the free bus around the park to minimize the walking necessary. Have fun and check out the Roses!!!
You will also find a lunch counter style cafe in the Children's Museum. We had the wraps, very good and big enough we split one; the children liked the grilled cheese sandwiches, yogurt and fruit. Bring your own water.
There is (as others have mentioned) the Cascade Grill at the zoo - which is mostly Burgers and hot dog fair. It's quite tasty and the atmosphere is nice inside the wood-decorated building. The Japanese Garden has a small tea house with light fair. It can be kind of spendy and is more of an experience in my opinion than a place to dine.
My recommendation is to pack some water and snacks for your visit. Once tired from your excursions (so much walking!) Exit the park and go to either Verde Cocina, which is West on 26, or head East in to the city where you can find multiple food options on 23rd North of Burnside.
Yes...there are a couple of restaurants...The Cascade Grill features locally sourced (sounds like Oregon?), fresh, made-to-order items. Dine in or out, your choice of course and weather permitting. My grand daughters prefer to eat outside on the tree lined deck and order the same fare...grilled cheese and a side salad. Nana and Papa choose the house made soup and the fresh salad...Or visit the Africafe, which is centrally located and serves a similar fare....A cut above the typical zoo fare...Enjoy
There is a restaurant in the Japanese garden but the menu is very limited.
yes, there is an elegant restaurant in the Japanese Garden complex - very refined. We also found an ice cream kiosk near the rose gardens. But us - we took a light picnic that we could enjoy in the meadow with nobody about.
There is a small tea house/restaurant in the Japanese Garden as well.
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