Urban Green, the Philadelphia Zoo’s New Beer Garden, Is Now Open

The new outdoor dining area features food trucks, beer and wine, and play spaces for kids.

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Urban Green at the Philadelphia Zoo | Photo by Kory Aversa

Over the weekend, the Philadelphia Zoo debuted Urban Green, its new dining space. The outdoor food marketplace, designed by Groundswell Design Group — the folks behind Spruce Street Harbor Park — serves casual fare, beer, and wine from three food trucks.

Urban Green’s food options, coordinated by the zoo’s executive chef, Oleg Zelonko, include Root to Leaf, which serves vegetarian food; Fry Bowl, with a menu of waffle fries with toppings like pulled pork or nacho cheese; and Pressed, which serves panini-style grilled sandwiches for lunch and early dinner, along with alcoholic drinks.

The dining area seats more than 200 guests, with a boardwalk-style pathway connecting the food trucks and the seating area. The space also features a 132-foot mural, beach umbrellas for shade, play spaces for kids, and a vertical farm located inside a shipping container that will grow produce as feed for the zoo’s animals. The Watering Hole, the zoo’s beer garden that debuted in 2016, is set to open later this season.

Urban Green is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Check out the full menus here.