Celebrating any school accomplishment is not just fun, it creates unforgettable memories and motivates your young student to keep on giving their best. And what better way than to celebrate that aced test or successful presentation than with an outing and a special meal. We gathered a list of family-friendly, fun and jovial options, perfect for young gourmets as well as less adventurous eaters, where you will be able to commemorate your super star’s achievement.

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San Francisco

Rainforest Cafe
Looking for a wild atmosphere? With its tropical and animal themed decor, this popular cafe offers a tropical fiesta. You and your crew will even forget you are in the city while immersing in a world of jungle and wilderness. Kids under 10 can chose from a large kids menu and all dishes (burgers, pastas, salads, seafood) are prepared in a creative and exotic way with tons of fun for hungry tummies craving a fun celebration.

145 Jefferson St. Ste 400
San Francisco, CA  94133
Online: rainforestcafe.com



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Yank Sing
Carts filled with fresh Chinese-themed delicacies will pass by your table at this vibrant gem where you can pick whatever your heart desires. Kids and adults alike have their favorites here. The lively atmosphere makes it a special spot to celebrate any occasion. Their specialty is Deem Sum, similar to filled dumplings, but Yank Sing’s menu offers much more. Go for the Deem Sum—these steamed pockets are so popular, versatile and fun to eat. Plus share a mango pudding or a sesame ball for desert.

Two SF Locations:
49 Stevenson St.,
San Francisco, CA

101 Spear St.
San Francisco, CA

Online: yanksing.com

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East Bay

A fancy and stylish burger chain with a lively vibe will make your outing feel grown up yet guarantee a winning selection of hearty dishes. Gourmet burgers, tacos and other mains are featured on the menu. Old and young will enjoy this bustling restaurant located right in the heart of Berkeley.

2068 Center St.
Berkeley, CA
Online: eurekarestaurantgroup.com

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Skates on The Bay
A seafood restaurant with a broad kids’ menu offers a great way to celebrate a special occasion. Grab dinner close to sunset and you will be spoiled with a fantastic view of the city across the bay, sparkling waves and navigating boats returning to the harbor. The food is upscale and pricier, yet very fresh and seasonal. The kids menu is quite comprehensive, it includes an entree, a choice of a side, a drink and a popular ice cream dessert, all for under $9. When you make a reservation mention you are having a family clebration and ask for a table by the window to guarantee an A+  experience.

100 Seawall Dr.
Berkeley, CA
Online: skatesonthebay.com

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The Melting Pot
This place is fun for meat, cheese and chocolate lovers. And come ready for a leisurely meal, as you don’t want to be rushed. Dig into a Chicago Deep Dish Pizza cheese fondue (melted and flavored cheese served in a communal pot). Your youngster will enjoy the whole ritual of dipping bread pieces into a fragrant pot of melted cheese while telling you all about what’s new in the classroom. If you still have some room left, don’t miss the chocolate fondue. Dip pieces of fresh fruit in a melted chocolate constellation like the New York Cheesecake fondue. Bon appetit!

125 E Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Larkspur, CA
Online: meltingpot.com

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La Copita
Your little brainiac loves Mexican food but you were thinking to take it a notch up without going too fancy? This is a fantastic spot in Sausalito. Vibrant atmosphere and beautiful decor makes this place a fun venue for a special celebration. No kids menu available, but old and young will find a favorite dish and sizes are perfect—you can pick on how many tacos you want. Fresh ingredients, full of flavors. A true treat. Don’t forget to try their guacamole!

739 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA
Online: copitarestaurant.com


Left Bank Brasserie
This French brasserie is a popular spot for families and is a deluxe venue to celebrate your kid’s school accomplishment. Left Bank’s vibrant atmosphere will definitely make the dining experience memorable while still being extremely kids friendly. Menu changes seasonally and you can choose to sit outside as well. It gets crowded so reservations in advance are highly recommended.

377 Santana Row, Ste. 1100
San Jose, CA
Online: leftbank.com



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The Old Spaghetti Factory
Does your scholar like the vibe of the olden days? The Old Spaghetti Factory, originally from OR, puts a lot of emphasis on creating a fun vibe to its locations with antique trolley cars and old-fashioned furniture. It takes you back in time. The menu is Italian themed with endless choices. Kids under 12 can pick a kid’s entree which comes with applesauce or salad, milk, apple juice, and a dessert. And they offer a gluten free menu as well. The price is unbeatable and everything is made from scratch with fresh ingredients.

2107 Broadway St.
Redwood City, CA
Online: osf.com


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South Bay

Buca Di Beppo
Authentic Italian dishes are served Family style and with a fun celebration atmosphere to it. Buca is all about making every family and friends’ occasion a party. The sharing concept gives it a very bonding and entertaining, yet casual vibe.

643 Emerson St.
Palo Alto, CA
Online: bucadibeppo.com

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Bistro Maxine (French)
Who wouldn’t celebrate a good grade, a successfully finished school project, a championed sports game or simply having survived another semester with a sweet or savory authentic French crepe? Bistro Maxine was recently named a-top-10 spot for brunch in Palo Alto, but you can go and enjoy a thin large pancake-like delicacy any time of the day. All crepes are made fresh. Have fun picking out your favorite version–the selection is endless. Fillings, from the traditional ham and cheese to more adventurous versions with smoked salmon or an all time favorite, Nutella with fresh fruit.

548 Ramona St.
Palo Alto, CA
Online: bistromaxine.com

What is your special restaurant to celebrate a school accomplishment or highlight? Share your insider tip with us in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you.

–Sabine Klensch