Mayan ‘Taste of the Tropics’ Restaurant


Bring your ferocious appetite with you the next time you pay a visit to the Mayan ‘Taste of the Tropics’ restaurant.


The Mayan ‘Taste of the Tropics’ restaurant is open year-round, and the menu is something to roar about! During the planning and construction of the restaurant in 2009, a great deal of attention was paid to ensure that prices were kept affordable and healthy food options where offered, including salads and wraps in addition to the scrumptious staples like hamburgers, hot dogs, loaded nachos and mozzarella monkey tails. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a slice of our own fresh, homemade pizza either-it’s an amazing new feature for the restaurant.


The zoo’s Master Plan included the provision for a Mayan-themed eatery within the center of the park. And, that’s precisely where you’ll find this majestic 4,500 sq ft building which features seating for 100 indoors and ample outdoor tables peacefully perched next to the trumpeter swan pond. Modeled after a Mayan temple and boasting ceilings as high as 30 feet in the dining area, the building beckons visitors from just about everywhere. Better yet, diners have a gorgeous panoramic view of many exhibits including the giraffes and their feeding platform, the Great Plains area, the African wattled cranes and the river otters. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the zoo!

Mayan Menu

Click here to download a PDF version of the Mayan Menu or the Catering Partners.

Mayan Rental

Take advantage of our unique setting and wonderful facility; rent the Mayan restaurant for your next event.

  • Indoor seating for 100.
  • Audio/Visual equipment available.
  • For a full 360-degree tour of the room, click here.

Morning Gatherings

The Mayan Taste of the Tropics Restaurant is the perfect place for your corporate or group morning meetings. The facility is available from 7:00am-9:00am and can be secured for $100 for the facility alone. If your guests wish to visit the zoo after the meeting, regular admission rates apply and can be paid for in advance by the group or individually during/after the meeting right at the Mayan.

  • Delicious menu selections can be added to your rental opportunity per person:
  • Coffee/Orange Juice/Water – $1.00
  • Homemade cookies – $1.00
  • French Toast Sticks – $2.00
  • Fresh cut fruit – $2.50
  • Pancakes & Porkies – $3.95 (with toppings/all you can eat!)

After Hours Events

Having an event and in need of the perfect setting? Consider the Mayan Taste of the Tropics Restaurant as your facility extraordinaire! This gorgeous building is available for rental 1 hour after the zoo closes. From April through September, the Mayan is available from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. During the months of November through March, the Mayan is available from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Rates are $175/hour.

NEW Zoo Rental • Rent the Whole Zoo!

If your guests wish to visit the zoo during your event, renting the entire facility may be your best option. For $1000 plus the cost of admission per guest, the entire zoo (including use of the Mayan Taste of the Tropics Restaurant) can be yours! Invite your guests to order off of our full menu or select a customized menu from our catering options-the sky is the limit when it comes to your dining experience.