Jun 11, 2024 - News

San Diego's best kid-friendly restaurants

An aerial photo of a restaurant with large outdoor patios.

Park 101 Carlsbad. Photo: Courtesy of Alternative Strategies public relations

Eating out with kids can be difficult, but restaurants designed for the challenge ease the burden.

Dig in: Readers sent along their favorite family-friendly spots for dining out — places with built-in activities for kids, where parents can enjoy themselves, too.

State of play: Panama 66, in the sculpture court at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park, is our usual top pick.

  • The food is top notch, there's live music most nights, kids can play without disturbing anyone in the sculpture court lawn, and parents can enjoy a real drink selection surrounded by fine art.
  • The Loma Club is another winner: Two mini-golf courses surround a stage for live music, casual picnic tables and a bar menu with kid favorites.

Some other great spots to bring the kids, according to our readers:

  • Park 101 Carlsbad is a multilevel barbecue restaurant in the heart of Carlsbad Village.
  • Pizza Nova in Point Loma offers waterfront views, a kid-friendly menu and a post-meal walk around the bay.
  • Novo Brazil's new Mission Valley brewpub has a giant footprint, including a playground and a kid-friendly menu.
  • Solana Beach Kitchen's food comes highly recommended for families.
  • Grand Ole BBQ in Flinn Springs boasts a giant yard with games and live music, and it makes a great destination (the North Park location is smaller, but still a winner, too).
  • The Hills in La Mesa has a game room and dog-friendly patio.
  • Farmer & the Seahorse is a large indoor/outdoor Torrey Pines restaurant with a lawn for kids to run, tractors for them to climb on and good farm-to-table food.
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