The Emerald City is chock-full of fantastic family restaurants where you and your crew can let your foodie flags fly. But for those times when you want to celebrate something special or spice up a mid-week meal, we’ve compiled a list of the best themed restaurants in Seattle and beyond. From entertainment, games and animals to over-the-top sweets, there’s something for everyone at these 10 themed restaurants. Scroll down to learn more!
Rhein Haus Tacoma
Eins, Zwei, Drei! Time to "mach schnell" over to the Rhein Haus in Tacoma (there is also one in Capital Hill). This Bavarian-themed restaurant might sound like it’s only fit for those of Octoberfest age, but it’s actually great for the kinders, too! Newly opened in February 2017, Rhein Haus Tacoma boasts indoor bocce ball courts, a 9-hole putt putt course, an outdoor biergarten (ahem…mom and dad) and views of Wright Park. While it tends to lean more towards a bar atmosphere the later you get into the night, if you head out there early, you can challenge your tiny ballers to a game of Bocce (you can rent a court by the hour, reserve yours one day in advance here) or mini golf (just $5 a person). They have a full kinder menu for your diminutive Deutschers or nosh on the homemade sausages and a giant pretzel the entire family can share. Das ist gut!
Good to know: Do it on Dienstag. Kids 12 & under eat free on Tuesdays, with a purchased adult entrée!
649 Division Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98403
Who doesn’t love a good beach excursion? We know that when you are toting around a youngster or two, there is a good chance your beach outings include more digging sand out of toddler pants than sitting with a cocktail and watching your beach bums build a sand castle. But maybe, just maybe, you can have it all when you check out Bongos, a beach-themed Caribbean restaurant near Green Lake! Bongos is the ideal place to let your tiny sand crabs do their thing. Along with an indoor seating area and a patio, there is an outdoor dining area filled with sand where you can all enjoy palate-pleasing Caribbean and Cuban food like pork and cuban sandwiches, jerk chicken, black beans and yuka fries with your toes in the sand and your tots preoccupied with the restaurant's sand toys in the dunes. It’s pretty much a win-win. Great island food, relaxed ambiance and your little beach beauties playing away in their faux seaside happy place!
Good to know: Bongos is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so plan for a Hump Day or after chow down!
6501 Aurora Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Holy cow! This next brasserie would even coax Vanellope to make Wreck-It-Ralph knock down the door to get inside! And it goes by the name of Sugar Factory. You and your little chocolate covered peanuts will go nutty over this sweets-themed restaurant. Located in Bellevue at The Shops at The Bravern, Sugar Factory offers up the most tempting meals and desserts you can imagine. The vibe is fully sacchariferous, luscious and luxe, but perfectly suited for families. The large menu consists of apps, soups, salads, sandwiches, ridiculously large burgers, pastas and entrees alongside insane milkshakes that are awe-inspiring pieces of edible art, and will likely leave you wondering who the creative candy genius is who thought them all up. Psst! The restaurant also serves their signature goblets filled with confectionery garnishes and dry ice as well as martinis and cocktails, all of which can be served sans alcohol, too. Don't forget your camera!
11111 N.E. 8th St., #120
Bellevue, WA 98004
The Pink Door
Move over, PT Barnum. The greatest show on earth might just be housed right here in Seattle! If your kids are ready to be a ring leader, let their imaginations run away with the circus at The Pink Door, a spectacular trapeze and entertainment-themed Italian-American restaurant in Post Alley. Each night features an eclectic mix of entertainment such as jazz and blues musicians, tap dancing, and tarot card reading. While some of these gigs start a bit late for the miniest of maestros, don’t let this culinary, old-timey experience pass you by. You will want to hit this joint up on either Sundays or Mondays for their delightful aerial performances, with all the twists, turns and contortions performed right above you! There are four performances between 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., so make sure to set up your reservations on their website in advance. Then take your little tots to get their big top on. This is one pasta and farm-to-table eatery where you and your posse can enjoy your vittles while someone else swings from the rafters!
1919 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
Drunky Two Shoes
Well, we’ll be! If this barbecue place isn’t fixin’ to knock it outta the park! With two locations in White Center and Ballard, this Wild West-themed joint is where you go if your little cowboys and cowgirls are jonesin’ for a meat fix! Menu items include pulled pork, ribs, chicken and brisket, plus sandwiches, pot pie, mac and cheese, wings and more. Psst! Order a few meats and a couple of family-sized sides to share and we guarantee you'll go home with the bona fide buckaroo vibe you were searching for and some amazing barbecue grub, too.
9655 16th Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98106
4105 Leary Way N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
XXX Rootbeer Drive-In
There is no place more decked out in mid-century nostalgia then the one and only vintage-themed restaurant, XXX Rootbeer. Literally covered from floor to ceiling in '50s and '60s memorabilia and antiques, this former drive-thru will be so captivating for your groovy little gang they won’t want to leave. One of only two XXX Root Beer restaurants in the entire country (with the largest lighted Plexiglass sign in the west!), it’s definitely a landmark you will want to experience. Grab some American diner fare for your little sock hoppers from the kids’ menu (hot dogs, burgers, fries), play a few songs on the old-fashioned jukebox and grab a sweet for the road from the ginormous gumball machine.
Good to know: The restaurant also has outdoor seating for sunny days and a classic car show on most Sundays. It's always a good day to check this eclectic diner out!
98 N.E. Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA 98027
NEKO: A Cat Cafe
Got a crew of feline fanatics? Head over to this Capital Hill cafe right meow! It’s not just a cat decorated cafe with "Hang In There" posters on the wall. It’s an actual café where you can dine and also play with the furry critters IRL. At NEKO (it means cat in Japanese, and where the cafe got its inspiration), your little kittens can nibble on light treats (think: donuts, cookies, bentos, savory breads), while you sip on coffee, wine or beer. If an afternoon spent petting the purr-fect pal is on your bucket list, also make a reservation in the cat room. It’s $11 per person for 55 minutes. Reservations are highly recommended, but if the kitty room is full, the café is always ready to welcome you and your feline fanatics. This will be an experience your tomcats and tabbies won’t want to hide from!
Good to know: Kids ages 13 & under must be accompanied by an adult and there must be one adult for every two kids under the age of 10 when in the cat room. Also, the feline friends here are adoptable!
519 E. Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Shug's Soda Fountain
O Decadence, Decadence, wherefore art thou Decadence? As it turns out, apparently in downtown Seattle. Tiny confectionery cuties, we know where you want to be. And that is at Shug’s Soda Fountain, a nostalgic old-school soda fountain and ice cream parlor located at Pike Place Market. Leave your no-dessert-for-me persona at the door. You and your wee Willy Wonka wannabes will be in a candy-coated oasis. Shug's serves everything from extravagant ice cream, shakes, sodas and floats, to embellished sundaes, sugarlicious cocktails and coffee. This adorable, pastel-hued joint is dripping with sweetness, so go ahead and cap those little monsters off with a sweet sugar high.
Good to know: Shug's is opening a mini version of their Pike Place Market soda fountain in West Seattle. Stay tuned for the details!
1525 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Queen Mary Tea Room
Who says you have to be a queen to enjoy a spot of tea? The petite lads and lasses in your life can feel like princes and princesses when they visit the Queen Mary Tea Room. Located in Ravenna, this quaint tea room and Victorian-themed restaurant will charm your booties off. Come for brunch, lunch or afternoon tea and let your kids order off the kids' menu which includes shortbreads, sorbets, fruit, tea cakes, tea sandwiches and grilled cheese (plus they can don crowns and tiaras!). Set up your two-hour reservation, get your little royalty ready to put their pinkies up and head over to Queen Mary for a tea-rrific time!
Good to know: Blimey! Booster seats and highchairs are not available, so plan accordingly. Also, Queen Mary needs her beauty sleep on Mondays and Tuesdays, so schedule your visit Wednesday through Sunday!
2912 N.E. 55th St.
Seattle, WA 98105
Summit House, Crystal Mountain Resort
Want to dine with your adolescent alpine lover? While not a themed-restaurant per se, this place certainly has its own particular milieu that makes it worthy of this list, and your pocket-sized explorers will go gaga over it. It’s Washington’s highest elevation restaurant, the Summit House at Crystal Mountain Resort. While it’s got the lodge/ski resort feel, the novel fun for your young cliff connoisseurs is how you get there. When you get to Crystal Mountain Resort, you will need to climb the mountain. And by climb, we mean ride the enclosed ski gondola all the way up to the top, to 6,872 feet! Summit House gives you the most spectacular views of Mt. Rainier. (Like you could reach out and touch it views!) The Summit House offers a full kid's menu with all the traditional faves, as well as a scrumptious "pasture, land and sea" menu for adults. There is also outdoor seating (yes, please!) available first-come, first-served. Walk-ins are welcome at lunch, but reservations are strongly recommended and are only open on Fridays and Saturdays.
Good to know: Always check the website before you go. If bad weather strikes, the gondola may not be operational. Also, your reservation does not include the gondola ride ($25/Adults; $15/Youth; Free for Kids (0-4). Want to save some money? Tickets can be purchased an hour before your reservation for 50% off! Also, be sure to arrive 30 minutes in advance to accommodate for the trip up.
33914 Crystal Mountain Blvd.
Enumclaw, WA 98022