Back when we were kids, our options for hitting up a restaurant with a play space meant choosing between pizza at Chuck E. Cheese or burgers at Mickey D’s. But these days, it’s a whole lot easier to nosh at kid-friendly eateries serving fresh food made with local ingredients that also offer spaces for kids to work out the wiggles. From train tables to pinball machines, we’ve rounded up eight Seattle-area eateries that will keep your tykes occupied, and maybe even give you a few minutes for grown-up conversation.

Chaco Canyon Organic Café

Chaco Canyon’s café, with three locations in West Seattle, the U-District and Greenwood, serve up super healthy food in a bright and well-lit space. Open since 2011, the popular organic and vegetarian restaurant boasts a simple play space with a train table, chalkboard wall, books and a smattering of toys—giving you a little more time to savor that butternut cranberry sandwich.

West Seattle
3770 S.W. Alaska St.
Seattle, WA 98126

University District
4757 12th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105

8404 Greenwood Ave. N.
Seattle WA, 98103


photo: Richie D. via Yelp

Looking for more cafes with play spaces? Check out Mosaic in Wallingford, Serendipity Cafe in Magnolia, PlayDate SEA in South Lake Union and PlayHappy Cafe in Lynnwood. If you’re on the east side of Lake Washington, check out these 10 restaurants that serve up a side of fun.

Did we miss your favorite kid-friendly restaurant or cafe? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Jennifer B. Davis & Sara Billups