Try these theme restaurants in Atlanta for an exciting dinner experience you may not expect
Dining with kids is an adventure. And one of the best ways to keep everyone happy and entertained when dining out is to hit up a out-of-the-box restaurant that practically guarantees a tabletop of happy plates (hint: here are some of our other favorite family restaurants tips). From brunch overlooking the world’s busiest airport to dinner inside a real train car—or perhaps pizza served by robots—we’ve got eight theme restaurants in Atlanta that are worth checking out. Find your favorite spots to make a memorable—in a good way—mealtime memory.
1. The S.O.S. Tiki Bar
This Victory Brands restaurant in Decatur is best to visit when the sun is down to catch "all the tiki glow." There are plenty of neon colors, tropical flowers, and bobbling hula dolls during the day, though, so you won't be disappointed.
Insider Tip: If they've been good and let you drink your cocktail out of a giant bird of paradise vase in peace, reward them with an order of Tempur-Oreos for dessert. They're deep-fried Oreos with Nutella or vegan chocolate sauce.
340 Church St.
2. Selfie Museum
Glaze your Instagram with a visit to Atlanta’s weirdest museum that combines selfies (or perhaps family photos) with donuts. ‘Hole In The Wall’ is not a full-service restaurant, but you can nosh on delicious donuts and sip tasty drinks while snapping selfies at donut-themed selfie stations.
5471 Bells Ferry Rd., Ste. 300
3. 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.
4. 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 definitely add that to your order. 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.
255 Courtland St. N.E.
5. Orient Express
Located on railroad tracks 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 Rd.
6. Bone Garden Cantina
This Mexican restaurant with a menu inspired by authentic street food and decor inspired by the celebrations of Dia de los Muertos. 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. N.W.
7. 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, 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, the restaurant even has vintage planes on the property.
3829 Clairmont Rd.
8. 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. N.E.