When it comes to local family restaurants in Seattle, we have quite a few to choose from, parents. Whether you’re looking for something casual, upscale or just plain good, you’re sure to find a fun place to take the kids on this list. So grab your portable placemats and your best diaper bag games, here’s where to dig in when you dine out around the Emerald City.
Editor’s note: We’re making every effort to provide you with up-to-date information regarding re-openings. Please call restaurants to confirm hours and seating options before heading out with the kids. Families can also grab a family-style meal for delivery or pick up from one of these local restaurants or try one of these meal delivery services and kits to make dinner easy.
Editor's note: Cafe Flora has expanded outdoor seating. They still offer takeout and delivery.
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 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 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The full brunch menu can be found online. Reservations for six or more can be made by calling 206-325-9100. Psst! 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
Hours:., 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m and 5-8 p.m.
Editor's note: Vios is currently open for take-out and delivery.
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. Reservations are not accepted unless for a private party buyout. Parties of six or more should plan to come at 6 p.m. or earlier. There are two large tables for parties of eight and two bench tables that could be pushed together for a party of 10.
903 19th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98112
Hours: Tues.–Weds., 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Sun. & Mon.
Editor's note: Dué Cucina is currently open for take-out and delivery.
Every parent knows that pasta is an easy fall back for kids. When it's made from scratch, from locally sourced ingredients, it's that much better. With simple kid-friendly sauces like olive oil, butter and Parmigiano Reggiano, and authentic Italian recipes that have been passed down through the generations, parents of picky eaters can rely on this spot to sate everyone's appetite. This is where the slow food movement meets the fast-casual pacing parents crave.
412 Broadway E.
The Village at Totem Lake
12670 120th Ave. N.E.
Hours: Daily, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. in Kirkland, open until 9:30 p.m. in Seattle
Soi - Kirkland Urban
Editor's note: This restaurant offers set family meals to-go for $55.
Cap Hill favorite Soi just opened their new location at Kirkland Urban and parents should take note. Chef Yuie Wiborg loves creating inventive dishes that reflect the food of her native country, Thailand. But she’s also a mom to a six year old so she totally gets that the spicy foods that parents love don’t always appeal to their kids. That’s why kids get their own menu at Soi that includes kid faves like the Victory Monument Noodles with pork, sweet corn fritters and Chinese sausage stir-fried rice. Did we mention the watermelon soda and craft lemonade? We’re sure your kids will be leading the way to this Eastside eatery.
425 Urban Plaza, Ste. 285
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Editor's note: Uneeda Burger is currently open for takeaway orders only.
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 burgers and delicious hand-cut fries (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), the Monsieur (black forest ham, gruyere, Dijon-mayo, and truffled shoestring potatoes) and the Caramelized Onions with none other than caramelized onions, watercress and blue cheese. 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 Gourmet Ice Cream in flavors like salted caramel, blackberry, strawberry, chocolate and oreo. Psst! The blackberry shake is our fave! 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.
Peddler Brewing Company
Editor's note: Peddler Brewing Company is open. Get the details here. Outside food is still allowed or order online from Mean Sandwich and have your food delivered to the beer garden window. Babes in Arms Happy Hour is on hold for now.
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 from 3 p.m.-7 p.m., 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.-Fri., 3 p.m.–9 p.m.; Sat., noon–9 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m. Closed on Mon. & Tues.
Tipsy Cow Burger Bar
Editor's note: Families can place to-go orders online.
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 house-made 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: Daily, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
16325 Cleveland St
Redmond, WA 98052
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.–8 p.m
Anthony's Beach Cafe
Editor's note: Anthony's Homeport in Edmonds has heated outdoor seating from 4-7 p.m. daily. Curbside pick-up is also available daily, from noon- 7p.m.
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, and open for lunch. Anthony’s Homeport is open daily for dinner.
456 Admiral Way
Edmonds, WA 98020
Hours:, 4-7 p.m.
Diamond Knot Craft Brewing
Editor's note: Diamond Knot is currently offering takeout.
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.-Sun., 3-9 p.m.
Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
Editor's note: Tutta Bella is currently open for delivery and takeout or grab a Tutta Bella pizza for take-out at your local QFC.
With multiple locations around Seattle, there is bound to be a Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria near your neighborhood. Tutta Bella's authentic, wood-fired pizza pies not only taste like a slice of Italian heaven, but are just as kid-friendly as they are 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 a scoop of gelato or an Italian soda.
Locations: Columbia City, South Lake Union, Wallingford, Bellevue and Issaquah
Beecher's Handmade Cheese
Editor's note: Beecher's downtown Seattle location offers no-contact service and online ordering.
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, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Elliott Bay Brewing Company
Editor's note: Elliott Bay is currently available for curbside pick-up or delivery. The West Seattle Junction location now offers heated, outdoor patio seating.
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. Here, 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: Sun.-Wed., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m.-midnight
255 S.W. 152nd St.
Burien, WA 98166
Hours: Mon.-Thurs, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun. 11 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
Editor's note: All locations have outdoor seating options with heaters and blankets available.
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 8 a.m. View their brunch menu online.
900 N.E. 65th St.
Seattle, WA 98115
Hours: Mon., Thurs. & Fri., 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
4130 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
Hours: Mon., Thurs. & Fri., 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
2821 N.W. Market
Seattle, WA 98107
Hours: Mon., Thurs. & Fri., 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
391 Terry Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Editor's note: Pick-up and delivery options are available at Lunchbox Lab.
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 from 5 p.m. to close.
Locations: South Lake Union, Green Lake, Bellevue, Redmond and Gig Harbor. All locations open at 11 a.m.
Frelard Pizza Company
Editor's note: Frelard Pizza Company is currently offering takeout with patio tables available.
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.
4010 Leary Way N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
Hours:.-Thurs., 4-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 4-10 p.m.
Editor's note: Lola is closed.
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!
2000 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
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.
The Fisherman's Restaurant & Bar
Editor's note: This restaurant is temporarily closed.
Located on Pier 57 at Miners Landing (directly under the Seattle Great Wheel) is where you will find The Fisherman's Restaurant & Bar. The Seattle-based family restaurant, which also has California locations, serves an array of fresh-from-the-sea delicacies (think: crab, oysters, mussels, salmon, tuna) and offers some of the best views of Elliott Bay, Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains from the Seattle waterfront. Chef Nick Novello, who joined Miners Landing in 2018, is extremely passionate about seafood and chef-driven sustainability projects. In fact, Novello runs a variety of chef-driven sustainability projects that encourage the public to "get out and support wild fish."
If the skies are bright and sunny, grab a table on the outdoor patio and indulge in fresh shucked local oysters, coconut prawns and Novello's to-die-for Crab Toast (pictured above) served on the restaurant's freshly baked sourdough bread. If you've got a crew of crab lovers, you'll find Alaskan snow crab, Bairdi Alaskan crab, Alaskan king crab and Dungeness crab on the menu. And for the littlest diners, Novello's shrimp mac & cheese, fish & chips and hot crab dip served with chips can't be beat. Just remember to save room for dessert. Novello makes a mean Mud Pie!
Good to know: Pier 57 offers a variety of family activities that can be enjoyed either before or after your meal. Take a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel, soar high above the city on the Wings Over Washington theater attraction and enjoy the Pier's historic carousel, arcade, shops and oddities. Pier 57 is also home to Novello's other popular family restaurant, The Crab Pot Restaurant & Bar. Come hungry and order the restaurant's famous "Royal Crab Feast" which comes with four different kinds of crab (Alaskan Bairdi Alaskan King, Alaskan Dungeness and Snow crab), steamed head-on shrimp, Andouille sausage, red jacketed potatoes and fresh corn on the cob. Poured directly onto the table, it's a meal your kids won't soon forget.
1301 Alaskan Way S.
Seattle, WA 98101
Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Waterleaf Restaurant and Bar
Editor's note: Waterleaf Restaurant and Bar is temporarily closed.
For families in the South Sound, Waterleaf Restaurant and Bar inside Hotel Interurban, a new boutique property located a stone's throw away from Westfield Southcenter Mall, serves globally inspired comfort food in a casual and comfortable dining setting. The dinner menu is inspired by Asian inspirations, regional faves, bar bites and specialty burgers and sandwiches. Come with your appetite and indulge in the Snake River Farms Wagyu Bacon Burger, Coriander-Crusted Neah Bay Halibut or 12 ounce New York Steak. Just remember to save room dessert...their seasonally inspired cheescake can't be beat!
Good to know The Happy Hour menu, available Mon.-Sat. from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. and all day Sunday, offers everything from house-made Red Wine Sangria, domestic beers and specialty cocktails, to $3 small plates and popular bar bites like fried mac and cheese, street tacos and Dungeness crab cakes, to a killer Volcano Burger made with Mama Lil’s peppers, pepper jack cheese and a chili glaze. Psst! The restaurant has several big screen TVs playing your favorite sports teams, so if you're looking for a place where you can also cheer on the Hawks, Sounders or Mariners, Waterleaf has you covered. And if you've got a crew of early risers, the restaurant starts serving brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 7 a.m.
Waterleaf Restaurant and Bar inside Hotel Interurban
223 Andover Park E.
Tukwila, WA 98188
—Abbey McGee & Kristina Moy
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