Taking your kids out of the safety of your own dining room and into a restaurant can cause trepidation in even the most stalwart parents. But don’t fear, Seattle parents. We’ve scoured the Emerald City and come up with 15 restaurants that will welcome your brood with fantastic food and the family-friendly environment you’ve been searching for. From fine dining to fun cafés, scroll down to find the perfect restaurant for your family.
Where are you gonna head on Taco Tuesday? Or family brunch on Sunday? We have the answer! Super Bueno, located in Fremont, offers family-friendly Mexican food, serving lunch, dinner and even weekend brunch. Our favorites include the Super Bueno nachos, breakfast burritos and tacos as well as the Super Guac, Chilled Watermelon Salad served with mint, Guajillo salt and Pop Rocks (trust on this one!) and the Mexican Chop Salad. The kids’ play area (aka the Kid Pit) will keep little amigos happy and engaged while you sample a robust selection of over 65 Tequilas and Mezcals, margaritas or local and Mexican beers on tap. Super Bueno can also accommodate large groups and parties and even host your child’s next birthday bash. Grown-ups and kids alike rave about Super Bueno's slushie machine (with both boozy and non-alcoholic options). Psst...be sure to save room for dessert. Choices include traditional flan, cuatro de leche cake and Super Bueno's oh-so delicious piping hot churros served with caramel dipping sauce. Need we say more?
Good to know: Poppy caregivers are in the Kids Pit on Sundays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., so you can drop off your crew and go enjoy brunch or the Seahawks game at the counter. Starting the week of Oct. 15, Poppy caregivers will also be available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.- 4 p.m. With plenty of wall outlets and a bright, friendly atmosphere, Super Bueno makes a great spot to enjoy a working lunch or meeting while your sidekick enjoys supervised play upstairs.
3627 Stone Way N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Hours: Sun.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
Peddler Brewing Company
Hop on your bikes and cruise down the Burke Gilman Trail to Peddler Brewing Company. Not only does this Ballard brewery have a dozen brews on top, it also has a giant outdoor beer garden where dogs and kids are welcome. While you sip your beer, your kids can explore the play area and perfect their cornhole skills. Grab something from Cycle Dogs, the resident vegan street food truck, or jump next door to Mean Sandwich. Outside food is also welcome. Pick up your favorite takeout or pack a meal (and your kiddo’s favorite snacks) to enjoy.
Good to know: Peddler Brewing Company gives new parents a break with their Babies in Arms Happy Hours every first Sunday of the month, during which anyone holding a baby gets a dollar off a pint. One more reason to bring the whole gang!
1514 N.W. Leary Way
Seattle, WA 98107
Hours: Wed., 4 p.m.–10 p.m.; Thurs.–Fri., 4 p.m.–11 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sun., noon–8 p.m. Closed on Mon. & Tues.
Tipsy Cow Burger Bar
This Eastside burger joint features over a dozen tasty burgers to tease your taste buds. Stick with the traditional Tipsy Burger or if you’re feeling a little on the wild side, go Beast Mode or check out The Rockstar. Tipsy Cow supports local ranchers, farmers, brewers, distillers and winemakers, so all food and drink are fresh and local. Not feelin’ like a burger? Check out their awesome salads or snacks. Burger-lovin’ babes will flip for the extensive children’s menu, featuring kid favorites like house-dipped corn dogs, burgers, grilled cheese and chicken strips served with housemade ranch. And don’t forget to round out your meal with a milkshake.
Good to know: Tipsy Cow doesn’t take reservations, but you can check wait times or “get on the list” (with up to six guests) by using the NoWait app.
14111 N.E. Woodinville Duvall Rd.
Woodinville, WA 98072
Hours: Sun.–Mon., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Tues.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
16325 Cleveland St
Redmond, WA 98052
Hours: Sun.–Mon., 11 a.m.–9 p.m; Tues.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
Anthony's Beach Cafe
Fresh Northwest seafood and incredible water views? Yes, please! Anthony’s Beach Café is a casual neighborhood restaurant serving lunch and dinner daily. The menu features fresh seafood (think: fish, oysters, shrimp, chowder…you get the picture) in original, inventive dishes. Kids can indulge in fish and chips, prawns and chips, grilled cheese or pasta. Visit in the spring and summer months and request outdoor seating. While you wait, your kids can play in the giant sandbox, complete with toys to entertain the little ones.
Good to know: There are two Anthony’s restaurants at this location. The Beach Café is more casual, located below Anthony’s Homeport on the Edmonds waterfront.
456 Admiral Way
Edmonds, WA 98020
Hours: Mon.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
Diamond Knot Craft Brewing
This Northsound gem caters to all its patrons (affectionately called Knot Heads) young and old. Diamond Knot totally gets kids, giving every child their own paper menu and overflowing cup of crayons, eliminating the age-old fight over the red crayon. And a full kids’ menu provides plenty of options for picky palates. Petite pizzaiolis can make their own two-topping masterpieces, a perfect entrée to keep little hands busy and fill their bellies. Other favorites include homemade mac ‘n’ cheese, chicken fingers and burgers. For parental appetites, unique flavor combinations, generous portions and local ingredients fill the menu. From pizzas to prawns, salads to steak, Diamond Knot’s menu will entice you to come back again (and again) to try something new. Cheers to that!
Good to know: Just feeling like dessert? Stop by the ice cream window, grab a cone and head to neighboring Mukilteo Beach to search for sea critters.
621 Front St.
Mukilteo, WA 98275
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–1 a.m.; Sat.–Sun., 8 a.m –1 a.m. (breakfast served until 2 p.m.)
Vios Café’s Capitol Hill location oozes kid-friendliness with its huge kiddie corner play area (separated by a glass window) and delicious family-style Mediterranean menu. Try the fan favorite chicken or lamb souvlaki or choose from a wide array of soups and salads. Kids can indulge in mac and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs or the hummus, pita and fruit plate. Gather around the table with friends and family and fill your bellies with delicious, traditional food.
Good to know: Vios Cafe is self-service during lunch; traditional table service starts in the evening.
903 19th Ave. E.
Seattle, Wa 98112
Hours: Tues.–Sat., 7 a.m.–8 p.m. (coffee and baked goods); lunch from 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; dinner from 5 p.m.–8 p.m. Closed Sun. & Mon.
Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
With multiple locations around Seattle, there is bound to be a Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria near your neighborhood. And not only do their authentic, wood-fired pizza pies taste like a slice of Italian heaven, but Tutta Bella is just as kid-friendly as it is delicious. As soon as you’re seated, kids get Wikki Stix to keep their little hands busy while their food is cooking and the open kitchens, that allow kids to watch as their pizzas are being made, are another great distraction. If your little diners aren’t feelin’ pizza, there is an extensive kid’s menu with favorites like pasta al burro or the Neapolitan meatball.
Good to know: If your sidekick has a sweet tooth, treat him or her to some gelato or an Italian soda.
Locations: Columbia City, South Lake Union, Wallingford, Bellevue and Issaquah
Beecher's Handmade Cheese
It's no secret that mac 'n' cheese is one of the main food groups for kids. If you’re in the city, hit up this Pike Place Market favorite that serves up the best mac ‘n’ cheese in the Seattle area (or arguably, in the world!). Young and old(er) cheese heads go nuts for the ooey, gooey, cheddary goodness at Beecher’s, who make their flagship cheese on premise—while you watch! Order cheese curds, paninis or soup, but save room for a steamy cup of mac. Psst...stop by the cheese counter on your way out and take home one of Beecher’s award-winning cheeses.
Good to know: Pike Place Market draws throngs of tourists and locals every day, so make sure you go with patience when walking with tiny tots, and leave the double-wide stroller in the car.
1600 Pike Pl.
Seattle, WA 98101
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Who says pint-sized foodies can’t enjoy fine dining? Iconic Seattle chef and author Tom Douglas’ popular Mediterranean-inspired eatery features breakfast, lunch, and dinner cuisine for the whole family. In the morning, kids can order cheesy eggs and bacon or silver dollar pancakes. For later in the day, hungry tots can choose classic buttery noodles and grilled cheese or step it up a notch with chicken or salmon kebabs with fries. Is there anything better than food on a stick? The sweet treats menu features a variety of frozen goodies in innovative flavors—try the pistachio ice cream, pear sorbet or chocolate peanut butter gelato.
Good to know: Don’t forget to finish off your meal with the made-to-order doughnut holes with vanilla mascarpone and seasonal jam. Delish!
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 6 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri., 6 a.m.-midnight.; Sat., 7 a.m.-3 p.m. & 4 p.m.-midnight; Sun., 7 a.m.-3 p.m. & 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
Cafe Flora is Seattle’s go-to spot for inspired vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free cuisine. Café Flora uses locally sourced ingredients and periodically reinvents their menu to feature seasonal items. Kids go wild for Cafe Flora's classic children’s menu which includes pita pizzas and if you’re enjoying brunch, don’t miss the animal-shaped pancakes and fresh fruit. Grown-up favorites include Oaxaca tacos and portobello Wellington. There’s also a centrally located play area, crayon cups, and even step stools in the bathrooms to help the Littles wash their hands and everyone can appreciate the pretty indoor fountain and the lovely, leafy, sunlight-filled space in general.
Good to know: Cafe Flora also serves brunch on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The full brunch menu can be found online. Reservations for six or more can be made by calling 206-325-9100. And if you're passing through Sea-Tac Airport, be sure to visit Floret located next to the new Delta lounge, between the A and B terminals.
2901 E. Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98112
Elliott Bay Brewing Company
Beer and babes? A brewpub may not be the first place you’d think to dine with your tot, but this is no ordinary brewery. You’ll find an extensive list of brews and ciders, though Elliott Bay Public House is a family joint at heart. Founders Todd Carten and Brent Norton’s primary goal is serving delicious food and drink in an environment where everyone in the community is welcome. The brewpub boasts a wide-open dining room perfect for people watching and enough noise that nobody will hear your chattering child. Feast on house favorites Luna Weizen Cod Tacos or nosh on the No Doubt Stout BBQ Pork Sandwich. The kids’ menu gets points for variety: opt for a hot dog and fries, salmon teriyaki or fish and chips. We also appreciate Elliott Bay’s commitment to sustainability. The kitchen serves free-range, all-natural beef and chicken and purchases local bread baked with spent grain from the brewing process.
Good to know: Brunch is served at their Lake City Way and Burien locations on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
12537 Lake City Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98125
Hours: Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri., 11 a.m.-midnight; Sat., 9:30 a.m.-midnight; Sun. 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
255 S.W. 152nd St.
Burien, WA 98166
Hours: Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri., 11 a.m.-midnight; Sat., 9:30 a.m.-midnight; Sun. 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
4720 California Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98116
Hours: Sun.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.-midnight
Portage Bay Cafe
Weekend brunch at this family favorite used to mean planning on an hour-plus wait for a table, but now all four Portage Bay locations take reservations. Score! You’ll find a menu full of unique twists on classic favorites. Order any of their pancakes or French toast options and you’ve earned yourself a trip to the breakfast bar: a buffet of seasonal fruits, nuts and all the whipped cream you can eat. Portions are big enough you could likely share with tinier appetites, but the kid’s menu of scrambled eggs, French toast, pancakes and grilled cheese is so good they’ll want their own. Psst...it’s gonna be crowded on weekends in particular, but brunch is served all day at the Roosevelt and Ballard locations, which means diners can go later in the day without needing reservations.
Good to know: If you have early risers who don’t understand the beauty of sleeping in, Portage Bay’s doors open at 7 a.m. Brunch is served all day, every day at the Ballard & Sixty-Fifth locations and all day Saturday and Sunday and weekdays until 11:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt and South Lake Union locations. View their brunch menu online.
900 N.E. 65th St.
Seattle, WA 98115
4130 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
2821 N.W. Market
Seattle, WA 98107
391 Terry Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
With six locations around the Seattle area, Lunchbox Lab is your go-to restaurant to create a burger you can only imagine in your dreams. Create your own or pick from the tried-and-true list of "burger experiments” such as the Burger of the Gods made with bleu cheese crumbles, candied balsamic onions and gorgonzola spread. Each burger comes with a choice of sides including the staple french fries, but feel free to try out the loaded mac du jour, a side dish of mac and cheese that will tantalize your taste buds. Big kids are sure to love the tater tots and grilled cheese or let ’em try their hand at creating their very own burger experiment. Smaller appetites will enjoy classics off the kids’ menu like cheeseburgers, grilled cheese, and classic mac and cheese. Lunchbox Lab also boasts a Shake Lab, a milkshake creation station featuring Snoqualmie Ice Cream. Stick with delicious ice cream and yummy add-ons or make it a boozie shake by adding a test tube of your favorite spirit!
Good to know: Kids eat free on Wednesdays! Bring your mini burger connoisseurs into Lunchbox from 5 p.m. to close where kids (under 12) will score a free kids’ meal with the purchase of an adult burger.
Locations: South Lake Union, Green Lake, Bellevue, Redmond, Microsoft Campus and Gig Harbor
Frelard Pizza Company
Frelard Pizza Co. is absolutely ideal for busy kids (and their parents who want to enjoy some adult conversation). In addition to a spacious outdoor patio for parents to relax on, they have a kids play area, known to regulars as the Kid Pit. The Pit has a cushy, padded floor and giant blackboard wall that kids can chalk up and loads of toys to keep the Littles occupied while you enjoy your pizza pie.
Good to know: Enjoy $1 Happy Hour slices Sun.–Thurs. from 4 p.m.–6 p.m.
4010 Leary Way N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
Hours: Mon.–Thurs., 4 p.m.–10 p.m.; Fri., 4 p.m.–11 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
If burgers are your thing, Uneeda Burger. See how we did that?! The self-described "casual, roadside style burger shack,” is the perfect place for grown-ups and kids to get their burger fix. The all-weather patio blends seamlessly into the dining room; both provide picnic table seating to enjoy hefty locally sourced burgers and delicious tater tots (and onion rings and fried mushrooms and…). Choose from locally sourced beef, chicken and veggie options. Our favorite specialty burgers include the Sonora (roasted chili relish, jack cheese and cilantro) and the Monsieur (black forest ham, gruyere, Dijon-mayo, and truffled shoestring potatoes). They don’t have a kid’s menu, but Uneeda’s classic no-frills burger is just $5, and kids can also order soup, hot dogs or a grilled cheese. And make sure everyone saves room for dessert: All shakes are hand dipped and made with Snoqualmie Ice Cream in flavors like salted caramel, blackberry, strawberry and blackberry. A wide variety of microbrews, artisan sodas and wines are also on tap.
Good to know: Bring a sweater or jacket as under cover seats are limited and most dining is done al fresco.
4302 Fremont Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Hours: Mon.-Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
—Abbey McGee & Kristina Moy