Restaurants and gift shops are open daily April through September from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; and October through March from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

About our Restaurants and Gift Shops

Our restaurants are operated by the world-class Centerplate.  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 bio-degradable paper and plastic products (the cutlery is made from potatoes!), 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.

Our Restaurants & Gift Shops
The Wilderness Café - Open Year Round

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.

The Serengeti Market Café (Open Seasonally)

Open April 1 – September 29, 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.

The RiverCamp Sweet Shop (Open Seasonally)

Open April 1 – November 2, this sweet shop is located in the Jambo Junction offering delicious sweets and tasty treats!

Discover the Wild Gift Shop - Open Year Round

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.

Masai Marketplace (Open Seasonally)

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.

Crossroads (Open Seasonally)

Located at the entrance to the Wetlands trail, Crossroads is open seasonally beginning mid-April  and available for batteries, cameras, sunscreen, hats, toys and our best sale items through Labor Day.