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25 Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in America

Whether you're on vacation or just planning a family day out, these restaurants are safe picks.

Bringing the whole family out to eat can be fun—and means a lot less cooking at home, at least for one day—but it can also be a challenge. Kids' menus vary from place to place, and kids' attention spans might run out before your meal is over. And there's always the chance that you could be fielding glares from other diners.

With that in mind, OpenTable decided to create a list of the best kid-friendly restaurants in the United States. To compile the list, OpenTable looked at how many times a restaurant was tagged as "kid-friendly," along with its overall ratings and reviews. Note that they're listed here alphabetically, not in a ranked list—any of these 25 picks are perfect for the whole family!

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Becco in New York, NY

pasta buffet
Becco Restaurant / Facebook

Heading to Times Square for a day of tourist fun? Try this Italian spot for a nice meal that will keep kids happy.

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The Boathouse Orlando in Lake Buena Vista, FL

exterior of the boathouse in disney springs
The Boathouse / Facebook

If you're visiting Walt Disney World, this Disney Springs restaurant has glowing reviews. You can't beat the fresh seafood and the beautiful view from the waterfront.

Benihana in Anaheim, CA

benihana restaurant storefront entrance
Jonathan Weiss/Shutterstock

Chain restaurants are popular among families for a reason. What's more fun than watching your chef prepare your food at Benihana?

Buddy V's at The Venetian in Las Vegas, NV

shrimp scampi from buddy v ristorante in las vegas
Kimberly K./Yelp

No, you can't bring your kids with you to the casinos. But you can bring them to this crowd-pleasing Italian spot!

Carmine's in New York, NY

pile of meatballs from carmines italian restaurant
Carmines Italian Restaurant / Facebook

The Upper West Side location of this popular Italian spot is the perfect place to refuel after a day at the American Museum of Natural History. Kids of all ages will love the meatballs!

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Cattle Company Steakhouse in Pearl City, HI

ribs and fries from cattle company steakhouse
Cattle Company Steakhouse / Facebook

You can't go wrong with a family-friendly steakhouse, and this Hawaii option is one of the best.

Columbia Restaurant in St. Augustine, FL

atrium of columbia restaurant in florida
Columbia Restaurant / Facebook

Kids and adults alike will love the atmosphere at this Florida restaurant. Palm trees line the dining atrium of this picture-perfect spot.

The Dead Fish in Crockett, CA

plate of raw oysters with lemon wedges
The Dead Fish / Facebook

For great food with an incredible view, look no further than this California spot. Try the oysters, crab, or pretty much anything else on the menu.

Duke's Beach House Maui in Lahaina, HI

tacos from dukes beach house
Dukes Beach House / Facebook

Kids will love the tacos and the palm tree decor. Adults will love the frozen cocktails. All in, Duke's Beach House has something for everyone.

Farmers Fishers Bakers in Washington, D.C.

brunch spread from farmers fishers bakers
Farmers Fishers Bakers / Facebook

After a day of visiting D.C.'s tourist attractions, bring the family to this Georgetown spot. If you didn't think you could enjoy waterfront dining in the heart of the city, think again!

Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar in Charleston, SC

plate of seafood pasta
Fleet Landing Restaurant and Bar / Facebook

Is your family traveling through Charleston this summer? Stop by this sunny, outdoor spot for seafood and dolphin spotting.

Founding Farmers in Washington, D.C.

plate of deviled eggs
Founding Farmers / Facebook

This brunch spot has everything from cocktails to cornbread and pancakes. It's a must-visit during your D.C. trip!

Bavarian Inn Restaurant in Frankenmuth, MI

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Bavarian Inn Restaurant/Facebook

Bavarian Inn has all-you-can-eat chicken dinners and a kids' menu that includes fun options like a Bavarian pretzel.

Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando, FL

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Shutterstock

If you're visiting Walt Disney World or Universal Studios, Hard Rock Cafe is a classic, family-friendly restaurant option.

Hell's Kitchen Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, NV

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Gordon Ramsay Hells Kitchen / Facebook

If you're intent on trying a celebrity chef's restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen is a great option.

Little Goat in Chicago, IL

pancakes topped with syrup
Little Goat / Facebook

With everything from pancakes to grilled cheese to mile-high club sandwiches, Little Goat is a must-try for comfort food in Chicago.

Mama's Fish House in Paia, HI

seafood from mamas fish house
Mamas Fish House / Facebook

Seafood lovers of all ages will love this bright Hawaii spot. Save room for specialty desserts like the coconut chiffon cake and Kuau chocolate pie.

Monkeypod Kitchen – Ko Olina in Kapolei, HI

chicken wings and side dishes from monkeypod kitchen
Monkeypod Kitchen / Facebook

Another great Hawaiian spot is Monkeypod Kitchen. Kids will love the pizzas, and adults will love options like the seared ahi steak and the fish sandwich.

Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington, D.C.

filet mignon roast with vegetables and wine glasses
Old Ebbitt Grill / Facebook

If you're visiting D.C. to teach your kids about history, stop by this tavern, which has Victorian-style decor.

Patti's 1880's Settlement in Grand Rivers, KY

sawdust pie with ice cream
Pattis 1880s Settlement / Facebook

Did you ever think you'd be able to eat dinner in a log cabin? Now there's a story for kids to bring home to their friends! Be sure to try the house special, Sawdust Pie, made with pecans and crumbled graham crackers.

Raglan Road Irish Pub in Orlando, FL

raglan road exterior in downtown disney
Raglan Road Orlando / Facebook

This waterfront Downtown Disney spot is the perfect place to unwind after a long day at the theme park.

Sugar Factory in Orlando, FL

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Alysha W. / Yelp

You'll want to try all of the milkshakes at this fun spot. (There are plenty of cocktails for adults, too.)

Tony's Di Napoli in New York, NY

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Tonys Di Napoli / Facebook

Tony's is another classic Times Square option that's frequented by tourists and locals alike. Save room for the Italian-style cheesecake!

Ulele in Tampa, FL

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Ulele / Facebook

With updated American classics like a short rib burger and crab mac-and-cheese, this spot is sure to satisfy any American food cravings. There are even hush puppies made with alligator, which is sure to entice adventurous kids.

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth in Frankenmuth, MI

chicken chipotle panini with chips and pickle
Zehnders of Frankenmuth / Facebook

If you're spending time in Frankenmuth and have already been to the Bavarian Inn, give Zehnder's a try, too. It's attached to a water park and golf course, which makes for the perfect day of fun.

Meghan De Maria
Meghan De Maria is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food, product, and restaurant coverage. Read more
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