Dining with kids is an adventure, and Atlanta’s full of fun themed restaurants that practically guarantee a tabletop of happy plates. From brunch overlooking the world’s busiest airport to dinner inside a real train car, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for our favorite spots to make a memorable—in a good way—mealtime memory.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

All lords and ladies, regardless of size or stature, are guaranteed to have a blast cheering on their favorite knights in this dinner theater arena experience in Lawrenceville. From jousting to gallantry, the horses, knights, queens, kings, and of course—all the kids—guaranteed a night to remember.

5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy.
Lawrenceville, Ga 
Online: medievaltimes.com

Trader Vic's

Nope, not Trader Joe's. This particular Trader takes diners to poy paradise, with Polynesian-inspired decor, cuisine, and on occasion, entertainment. It's the home of the "original" Mai-Tai, so while in Trader Joes.... This particular location in the downtown Hilton has been in operation since 1976, and this tiki-bar is definitely high on wow-factor for kids and parents, alike.

Hilton Atlanta
255 Courtland St. NE
Online: tradervicsatl.com

Orient Express

Located on railroad tracks, situated in an old train car, and featuring three different rooms for Chinese, Sushi, and Hibachi, this Vinings staple is loco for kids interested in locomotives. Featuring all the traditional dishes you'd expect, try the hibachi for a little dinnertime entertainment (that doesn't involve an iPad).

2921 Paces Ferry Road
Online: orientexpressatl.com

R. Thomas Deluxe Grille

So if R. Thomas had a theme, which it technically doesn't, it would fall somewhere in the tropical birds-meet-somewhat crunchy enclosed patio-with-quinoa category. This Peachtree Road institution is decorated with neon lights, plenty or tchotchkis to keep the kiddos entertained, caged, tropical birds, and it's all in a somewhat permanent shed-type lean-to on the border of Buckhead and Midtown. With a huge menu (and seriously—tons of good, healthy options), this spot just works.

1812 Peachtree St. NW
Online: rthomasdeluxegrill.net

Concorde Grille

Perched above the world's busiest airport, this hotel restaurant delivers on wow factor. While PDK is hard to beat because of the playground's proximity to the runway of the private airport, the Concorde's vantage point allows you to see giant planes take-off and land every few seconds. Go for the breakfast buffet and you'll earn bonus points with the kids for the waffles! Also, be sure to see if the nearby Delta Flight Museum is open when you go for an additional hour of fun.

1 Hartsfield Center Pkwy.
Online: marriott.com

Bone Garden Cantina

This Mexican restaurant with a menu inspired by authentic street food and decor inspired from the celebrations of Dia De los Muertos. Menu selections range from the expected (keep the kids happy) such as cheese quesadillas served with sour cream and guac, to the adventurous, such as the ever touted red goat soup (yes, it's spicy, and yes, they use real goat). And whatever you do, don't miss the banana empanadas—fried pastries with sweet bananas, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, and topped with whipped cream.

1425 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. NW
Online: bonegardencantina.com

57th Fighter Group

Located at the end of the south runways of the Peachtree-Dekalb Airport, this long-time staple of Atlanta dining will wow your wee air aficionados in a major way. With both indoor and outdoor patio dining (yes!), no seat is a bad seat for getting an eyeful of passenger planes taking-off and landing at the airport. Decorated in a WWII-era aviation theme, don't be surprised to find equipment and even vintage planes on the property.

3829 Clairmont Rd.
Online: the57threstaurant.com

Imperial Fez

Calling all fans of Aladdin and The Clash! You can rock the casbah at this South Buckhead location, where the  kids eat free on Sunday nights with the purchase of an adult dinner. Serving gourmet Moroccan food in a traditional style (sitting on the floor, eating with your fingers… sounds a lot like home, right?), Imperial Fez will blow littles minds with belly dancers and a tented interior.

2285 Peachtree Rd. NE
S. Buckhead
Online: imperialfezrestaurant.com

Hard Rock Cafe

While they may be a little young to catch a show, your tiny dancers will love checking out the stage and vibe at lunch or early dinner at this downtown landmark. Filled with memorabilia, particularly of bands with roots in the South, the Hard Rock will satisfy their bellies with burgers and their heads with visions of becoming a rock star.

215 Peachtree St. NE
Online: hardrockcafe.com/location/atlanta


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