If dinner prep isn’t on your to-do list, these nearby kid-friendly restaurants should do the trick
When it comes to kid-friendly restaurants in Seattle, families have more than a few to choose from. And that’s a plus when cooking isn’t high on your busy family priority list. Trade dishes for dinner when you head to one of our favorite spots to dine out with kids. 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, these nearby family-friendly Seattle restaurants are where you can dig in when you dine out around the Emerald City.
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If burgers are your thing, Uneeda Burger. (See what they did there?) 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 we know your kids won't be able to resist the Apple Cider Malt Shake, even if they're bundled up. Did we mention all shakes are hand-dipped and made with Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream in flavors like salted caramel, blackberry, strawberry, chocolate, and oreo? A wide variety of microbrews, artisan sodas, and wines are also on tap.
Insider tip: Although they don’t have a kids' menu, Uneeda’s classic no-frills burger is just $5, and kids can also order soup, hot dogs, or grilled cheese.
4302 Fremont Ave. N.
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 its 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. There’s also a centrally located play area, crayon cups, and step stools in the bathrooms to help the littles wash their hands.
2901 E. Madison St.
Every parent knows that pasta is an easy fallback 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.
Good to Know: A West Seattle location is in the works.
Locations: Capitol Hill, Roosevelt & The Village at Totem Lake
Tipsy Cow Burger Bar
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.
14111 N.E. Woodinville Duvall Rd.
16325 Cleveland St
Anthony's Beach Cafe
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.
456 Admiral Way
Diamond Knot Craft Brewing
This North Sound gem caters to all its patrons (affectionately called Knot Heads) young and old. Petite pizzaiolos 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.
621 Front St.
Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
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. 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 kids' menu with favorites like pasta al burro or the Neapolitan meatball.
Locations: Columbia City, South Lake Union, Wallingford, Bellevue, and Issaquah
Beecher's Handmade Cheese
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. Stop by the cheese counter on your way out and take home one of Beecher’s award-winning cheeses.
1600 Pike Pl.
Elliott Bay Brewing Company
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 to serve 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. 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.
12537 Lake City Way N.E.
255 S.W. 152nd St.
4720 California Ave. S.W.
Portage Bay Cafe
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 that you could likely share with tinier appetites, but the kids' menu of scrambled eggs, French toast, pancakes, and grilled cheese is so good they’ll want their own.
900 N.E. 65th St.
4130 Roosevelt Way N.E.
2821 N.W. Market
391 Terry Ave. N.
With 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. 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. 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 boozy shake by adding your favorite spirit!
Locations: South Lake Union, Green Lake, Bellevue, Redmond, and Gig Harbor
Frelard Pizza Company
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.
The Fisherman's Restaurant & Bar
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.
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 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.
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.
1301 Alaskan Way S.
Waterleaf Restaurant and Bar
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.
223 Andover Park E.