Places to Eat Near Brookfield Zoo

So you’ve spent the whole day at Brookfield Zoo. You got here when the gates opened, saw all the attractions, visited all the exhibits, spent time with your favorite animal, and even enjoyed your favorite zoo specialty dish or snack. Now, it’s the end of the day and all the walking, learning, and excitement has worked up your appetite! Lucky for you, there are lots of options for places to eat near Brookfield Zoo, and since the zoo is near the BNSF Metra line, most options are near a train stop, too!


Brookfield Restaurants
Just a few minutes’ drive from Brookfield Zoo’s gates is downtown Brookfield where there are a few local favorites. Paisan’s Pizzeria has several locations, including one on Grand Boulevard in the heart of downtown Brookfield. This family-friendly restaurant is newly renovated with an outdoor patio and has a menu that features pizza, classic Italian entrees, as well as sandwiches, burgers, and more.
Also near Grand Boulevard you’ll find a cozy Irish pub with traditional Irish dishes and American fare at Irish Times. This restaurant is family-friendly and has a fireplace for cold winter days and a beer garden for balmy summer evenings. Burger Antics features specialty burgers, craft beers, and sodas. Little Owl Social Pub, Sebastian’s Ale & Whiskey House, and Off Broadway Pub (off Broadway Avenue) offer adult beverage specialties in addition to a variety of plates and dishes to satisfy your appetite.

Parking for downtown Brookfield restaurants is free and typically plentiful. If you’ve ridden the Metra for your day at the zoo – good news! All the Grand Boulevard restaurants are within two blocks of the Brookfield Metra stop! If you venture south, Ogden Avenue will offer even more fast food and dine-in options.

La Grange Restaurants
If you are headed west, La Grange has a robust downtown business district with a plethora of dining options ranging from fast food to fine dining, from chain restaurants to scratch kitchens, from New American to Indian, sushi, Mexican, Italian, and more.

Calendar Avenue in La Grange has plenty of options from which to choose. If you are looking for an upscale experience, La Buona Vita features authentic, gourmet Italian food. Their menu also offers accommodations for those with special dietary needs. Another great option is fourteensixteen, a New American restaurant with rooftop seating for those warm summer nights. Their menu changes seasonally and can also accommodate special dietary needs.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for on Calendar Avenue, La Grange Road has even more to choose from. Kama Bistro has all your Indian food favorites, Woow Sushi is popular with sushi lovers, Palmer Place has pub food classics, and Prasino has vegan-friendly options.

As with the Brookfield restaurants along Grand Boulevard, the La Grange restaurants on Calendar Avenue and La Grange Road are all within blocks of the La Grange Metra stop. There are several free parking lots nearby for the La Grange business district as well.

To the East
If your final destination is to the east of Brookfield Zoo, you may be passing through Riverside, which has several notable restaurants on Burlington Avenue. La Barra advertises small plates and pizza, while The Chew Chew has a large menu with plenty of seafood options. The nearest Metra stop is the Riverside station, just a block away.

To the North
There are also dining options scattered to the north of the zoo on Maple Avenue or along Cermak Road. Sit-down options include Big Corner Tavern, Mother’s Day Restaurant, and Tipsters Village Pub on Cermak Road. There are also some convenient food options on Cermak like Lucky Dog, Sliccily Pizza Pub, and Tamale Hut Café. You’ll find another popular convenient option at Bill’s Place on Maple Avenue in La Grange Park. These are all great options for folks who have biked, taken the bus, or driven to the zoo.

Breakfast options
Looking to charge up your energy stores before your day at the zoo? Brookfield has several great breakfast diner options within minutes of the zoo, including Tony’s Breakfast Café, Broadway Pancake House, Brookfield Breakfast, and Mary’s Morning Mix-Up.

As you can see, there are dining options to suit every taste all around Brookfield Zoo. We hope you find your local favorite and make a new tradition for your post-zoo dinner routine or your perfect Breakfast and Brookfield Zoo day!

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Posted: 3/9/2020 11:11:43 AM by Sean Keeley

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