The Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Atlanta
Atlanta’s food scene has exploded and with this came a lot of great kid-friendly restaurants. Here are Atlanta Parent’s favorite family-friendly places to go. We have articles categorized by individual restaurants and restaurant roundups based on type of food below.
City Barbeque brings delicious barbecue and more to families with easy, order-at-the-counter service. Patio Parties are coming this spring and look for Family Nights where kids eat free twice a year. A second location is opening in June in Johns Creek.
From the decorations to the music, and of course the food, travel to Hawaii just by walking in the front door of this barbecue joint. The inside is filled with fun, tropical décor including the light-up palm tree at the entrance.
Trader Vic’s transports you to a south sea island with carved wooden masks and thatched hut decor. As you walk by the wood fire ovens you wonder if you are in a different place and time. It is easy to forget you are dining on the lower level of the downtown Atlanta Hilton.
There’s no Chick-fil-A in Hawaii, but take a short drive to Fayetteville and you will discover a Hawaiian-themed Chick-fil-A. When you walk in, choose from traditional counter service, dinning with table service or eating out on the lanai complete with waterfall. We chose table service, and immediately felt the Island vibe from a waiter playing ukulele music.
Visit Gusto for bowls, wraps or salads packed full of flavorful sauces and toppings. Former NFL quarterback Nate Hybl started Gusto in Atlanta as a means of providing fast, but healthy food. Your kids will love watching the chefs prep the food in the open kitchen, which includes slicing fresh fruits and vegetables, preparing a sauce on the stove or cooking their signature savory sweet potato chips that come as a side with each meal.
Self-described as a “Southern restaurant with Mountain South roots,” Tupelo Honey Café succeeds in serving up a menu that anyone, regardless of regional upbringing, can savor. This newest location of the Asheville, N.C.-based original maintains a focus on responsibly-sourced, scratch-made creative Southern fare. They do it well.
Looking for a dining experience well above the chain variety with delicious food and a classy, welcoming atmosphere? Parents and kids can eat well at Decatur’s No. 246. With kids in tow, brunch is the best bet but dinner is also a delicious and doable option, especially with kids comfortable with eating out.
When it comes to eating out, I live in a house divided. When it’s a challenge for your family of five to agree on one type of cuisin, try The Cowfish. It’s where two worlds collide – sushi and burgers!
Head over to Inman Park, and be prepared to put Folk Art on your list of favorites. The restaurant is decorated wall-to-wall with old timey art collected through the years by Head Chef Jason Hill. Be on the lookout for both the classic GE ad featuring Mr. Magoo, and the Fisher-Price Doll sign. The place was featured on Guy Fieri’s Food Network show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
If you consider yourself a burger aficionado (and even if you don’t), then run, don’t walk to Bocado Burger! This is one of those burger places that you just have to try for yourself. My family was eager to check out this Alpharetta eatery where you make your selections at the counter, take a number, and find a seat inside or on the large open-air garage door patio, which is equipped with powerful heaters to keep diners comfortable year round.
Self-described as a “nerdy Cracker Barrel” and “Your friendly neighborhood comic book bar,” My Parents’ Basement is one of the newest restaurants in downtown Avondale Estates. The concept is one of a kind: a combination comic book store plus restaurant and bar.
Shake Shack’s fun energy and high-quality ingredients separate it from your typical burger and shake joint. You and your kids will enjoy the homespun milkshakes,the unique all-natural beef flat-top hot dogs, and those juicy cheese burgers.
Walls are adorned with photographs and posters of period film stars and antique cars. Old music records surround a 50s-styled soda counter. Our visit to KirbyG’s Diner felt like a trip to the 1950s with slaw dogs, salads, cheeseburgers and more.
Grilled cheese fanatics will be excited to visit Tom+Chee, a “fast casual” eatery that boasts a variety of grilled cheese sandwich combinations along with tasty tomato soups. This sandwich and soup pairing is classic comfort food, but Tom+Chee updates the concept with an expansive “Fancy Grilled Cheese” menu that offers seemingly endless options for customizing with various breads, cheeses, veggies and meats.
Is there anything new for breakfast? Yes! At First Watch, we were excited to find new nutritious twists on breakfast fare. We were happy to see multi-grain breads and griddle options, fat-free and cholesterol-free choices and many veggies and superfoods we don’t usually see on a brunch menu. It was easy to have a guilt-free meal.
Cheeky’s extensive menu is perfect for an easy family meal. The restaurant specializes in Latin America-inspired food, but has options to please the child who liked tacos yesterday but not today. Diners are surrounded by flat-screen televisions showing all the games. In warm weather, patio seating is available
Tin Drum Asia Café is inspired by street food in Asia, and we noticed that theme everywhere, from the music to the soda machine (the Coca-Cola sign on the fountain is written in Japanese!) The décor at Tin Drum includes cement floors, silver ‘tin’ tables and various pictures in an Asian theme. We found ourselves transported, both by our surroundings and by our meal.
R. Thomas’ Deluxe Grill is a rarity in Atlanta – a restaurant that’s been around for almost three decades. Driven by the zeal of its recently passed namesake owner, Richard Thomas, to bring healthier fare to Atlanta, R. Thomas serves mostly organic, vegetarian and “super foods.” You can still get peanut butter chocolate pie or a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, but these options sit side-by-side with raw veggie dinners and freshly squeezed juices.
Star Provisions is not only an easy spot to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner, but also features individual markets for baked goods, cheese, wine, meats, seafood, locally roasted coffee, and other gourmet food items and an array of gifts and cookware. It’s a fun, order-from-the-counter restaurant with a nice open seating area with tables between the shops and an outdoor dining space.
Located in Alpharetta, Lenox, and Sandy Springs, Roasters is known for its chicken, ribs and veggies, and these items alter daily. Other choices include delicious soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, tacos and our personal favorite, spicy spinach cheese dip.
Still pondering that age-old question about which came first, the chicken or the egg? Wonder away as you “cross the road” and arrive at Marietta’s Chicken and the Egg for a tasty brunch, lunch or supper. Northern ’burb dwellers can rejoice; located just past the historic Marietta Square, Chicken and the Egg offers delicious food.
Pollo Tropical is a bright, colorful and friendly Caribbean restaurant with two locations in the metro area: Lawrenceville and Marietta. We had a great time with the delicious food and extremely attentive service. Pollo Tropical offers a huge variety of choices, including salads, soups, wraps, platters of chicken, roast pork, wings, salmon, fajitas and riblets. Kids have “Little Pollito” meals, with options such as mac and cheese, rice bowls, or a piece of chicken with a side item.
At first, with the deep burgundy color scheme and heavy furnishings, Oak Street Café seemed too elegant for a casual family meal. However, the European ambience, and the wonderful aroma of Italian-influenced cooking was instantly welcoming to the whole family.
In Emory Village, look forward to a huge variety of breakfast items, from Rise -n- Dine’s famous sweet potato pancakes (a personal favorite) to Polish omelets with pierogis. You’ll find pretty much anything you may want to start your day: fruit, granola, biscuits, waffles, breakfast burritos and tacos, and much more!
If your family is in the mood for some soul food, This Is It! We’re always on the hunt for kid-friendly restaurants with delicious food. With seven locations around Atlanta, you only need to drive a short distance to satisfy your craving for soul food and genuine barbecue.
Whether a transplant from another region or a born-bred-and-buttered Southerner, Egg Harbor Café has the menu to please all ages. I’m a mom who loves breakfast, and this is my favorite place to go – hands down. (And a top lunch spot.) Originating in Illinois and Wisconsin, the third-generation family owners recently brought their cozy, country-style café to Georgia.
We recently visited the Smyrna/Vinings location. It’s official: we joined the ranks of the many who are over the moon for Blue Moon Pizza. With four metro locations, it’s easy to reach a Blue Moon for lunch or dinner
Voilà – Figo! As an “IBM” (Italian By Marriage), I’ve come to appreciate good Italian food. It’s not just about the taste, it’s about the overall dining experience. Figo doesn’t disappoint – mangia!
Don’t be put off by the towering restaurant sign on Savoy Drive that could use a little love. This Mexican restaurant is a find. Its interior is unexpectedly welcoming, with spotless tables and colorful paper maché parrots hanging from the ceiling. Employees greet you with a friendly “Hello, amigos!” as your family steps through the door.
The green-and-red sign is small and easy to miss while driving down Peachtree Road, but Galla’s Pizza reveals a gem of a pizzeria. Best known for its “Buffalo Style” pizza, this joint is definitely worth a visit. The signature square slices offer a pleasant departure from the usual pizzeria fare, and its wide selection of Italian dishes is sure to please all the picky eaters in your party.
Located in Historic Roswell, the Fickle Pickle sits in a charming Victorian home built in the late 1800s. This cute restaurant offers a good – and delicious – array of options. And kids eat free every Tuesday night!
If your family is looking for a detour from the same old fast food fare, look no further than Twisted Kitchen. This unique, energetic family-friendly eatery demonstrates the “fast casual” concept of dining where you can build your own pasta, noodle, or wrap dishes on the fly. It’s instant gratification.
One of Atlanta’s first farm-to-table restaurants, Radial dishes up healthy and delicious kid-friendly food and stays open for dinner patrons Thurs.-Sat. Parents will like the industrial-diner vibe, and kids will love the cleverly named menu items and thoughtful touches such as paper bags and crayons to make reusable puppets.
While The Diner at North Point feels a tad formal, the atmosphere is very relaxing, with jazz music playing through the speakers. The diner entices you right away, with an amazing pastry counter of Greek cakes and dessert selections made daily by the pastry chef. We knew we would simply have to save room for dessert!
There are many great Mexican restaurants around metro Atlanta, and we find that cuisine to be especially popular with kids (say cheese!).
Here are our favorite Atlanta pizza places to enjoy crispy crust, mouth-watering cheeses and perfectly-cooked toppings. Whether it’s old-world Italian style or New York style, these spots create the best pies in the city.
Warm up with a tasty bowl of soup at one of Atlanta’s best soup places.
Here are our picks for nutrient-rich options the kids and you will enjoy. These low-fat menus of salads and sandwiches are full of healthy options. Also, we share the best places for natural juices, smoothies, energy shots and vegan meals.
Looking for a great lunch spot to take the kids? These local spots offer fresh ingredients for mom and dads and kids to love. We provide “mom’s choice” and “kid’s choice” for the restaurants featured.
If you are looking for a nostalgic, old-fashioned candy store or want to sample sweet, homemade treats, these stores offer some of both.
If you are a sushi lover, here are some ideas to get your kids into the fun. We provide you with some fun sushi related ideas and our picks of top local sushi restaurants to try with kids.
Bagels are the perfect quick breakfast item for when you want a more casual meal during the week or Sunday morning. Here are our picks for the most savory bagels, cream cheese and other toppings you can find in Atlanta.
When you have the urge to run to the drive-thru, turn the other way and pick up a homemade dish at these hot meal takeout places. You find local places that serve read to eat casseroles and other home cooked meals that all you have to do is heat and eat.
When families go for coffee, they discover fun and bonding in an unexpected place. Five shops that welcome families with more than just an open door.
We highlight three of our favorite tea places to take your kids. These tea places are a fun way to spend some quality time with your child daughters in an elegant setting, while teaching them how to conduct themselves in a more formal tea.
Why not combine airplane watching and fun dining? Kids love watching airplanes fly. With the world’s busiest airport, the seventh busiest general aviation airport (DeKalb-Peachtree), and several other general aviation airports in the metro area, there’s ample opportunity to marvel at the miracle of flight. Here are two restaurants where you can do just that.
Whether you’re in the mood for a quick weeknight bite or a big family dinner, we’ve rounded up some reader faves for burger joints around the metro area.
No need to book a flight to the Windy City to get a good, Chicago-style hot dog. These local hot dog places will hit the spot.
Celebrate Chinese culture by tasting Asian cuisine and learning about Chinese culture. Here are three places to enjoy.
Consider popping into a bakery with your child for a chance to sit and linger over a muffin, brownie or pastry – and maybe a cup of tea or cocoa. Bakeries come in many styles. Our roundup features five places to go with your kids that promise an array of specialty baked goods.
Leave the portable highchair and placemat at home. When you’ve got a sitter and you’re ready for an adult meal out, check out one of these date night restaurant picks in Buckhead.
Atlanta Parent staffers love taking our kids out to breakfast. Here are a few we have recently reviewed. Click on the links for all the details! Keep us posted on Facebook about your favorite spots.
We rounded up a list of the places where kids eat free in metro Atlanta. A reminder, restaurants often change their deals and menus.