ALBERT'S Restaurant: "A jungle treehouse restaurant at the San Diego Zoo" San Diego Restaurant Tip by travelgourmet

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There is a gourmet restaurant in a treehouse, next to the gorilla exhibit. It comes as a pleasant surprise to find a wonderful restaurant at a zoo, but then this is the world famous San Diego Zoo. The jungle theme is carried out throughout the restaurant and a great dining area is an outside patio deck next to a waterfall. There is a full bar for exotic drinks. beers, and wines. All at the zoo, no less.

Chef Chris Mirguet’s World Cuisine recipes are wonderfully prepared with a children's menu, as well, so everyone can dine among the tropical garden. If you go, lunch is the meal to have, as the zoo closes early to truly enjoy a dinner. Make sure you reserve your time, so that you don't have to waste time sitting around at the zoo. The only drawback to dining at Albert's is that you have to pay for a zoo entry. But, hey, go to the zoo and you are in for a treat at Albert's, named in honor and memory of a resident gorilla.


Favorite Dish: Went for lunch at Albert's Restaurant on a warm summer's day. A starter of tortilla soup that was above par with plenty of spice to make it warm and nice, actually cooled me down. I followed the soup with a delicious Flat Iron Steak Torta filled with sauteed onions, peppers, mushrooms and pepper jack cheese. Yummy. Tipped a large draft beer that tasted so good on the warm day.

Address: 2920 Zoo Drive San Diego, CA
Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Located inside the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, just north of downtown San Diego.
Phone: 619-685-3200
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 5
Theme: Eclectic/International
Website: http://www.sandiegozoo.org/zoo/plan_your_trip/dining

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 30, 2012
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