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Where to Eat With Kids in San Diego

These restaurants are all child-friendly

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With so many restaurants centered around alcohol and geared towards date night, it can be tough to find a spot that provides a good atmosphere for adults while also catering to children. These 17 San Diego County spots fit the bill—with zero sacrifices made for either the largest or smallest members of the family. Here are San Diego’s most kid-friendly restaurants.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Campfire

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2725 State St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 637-5121
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Outfitted with its very own teepee, Carlsbad’s Campfire provides plenty of room for the kids to play while mom and dad enjoy craft cocktails and other menu items. The menu also provides a kid-friendly section, too, with grilled cheese, a mini-entree plate and more.

2. Park 101

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3040 Carlsbad Blvd
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 434-2217
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Both kid-friendly and dog-friendly, the sprawling Park 101 specializes in BBQ, craft beer and is outfitted with plenty of play room, as well as outdoor seating and fire pits.

3. Landon's Gourmet Kitchen

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1020 W San Marcos Blvd Suite 138
San Marcos, CA 92078
(760) 798-0600
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Likely the most kid-friendly restaurant in San Diego County, San Marcos’ Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen comes with on-site childcare in addition to a large children’s menu.

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4. The Crack Shack - Encinitas

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407 Encinitas Blvd
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 230-2968
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With its breezy indoor/outdoor space, bocce ball court (that can also be used for cornhole and mini-golf) and oversized chicken statue, the Encinitas fried chicken and egg concept is perfect for families. Kids also receive a special meal, which includes three chicken nuggets with fries, a small drink and choice of cookie of the day.

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5. Viewpoint Brewing Company

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2201 San Dieguito Dr
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 356-9346
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A kid-pleasing menu with burgers, fries, macaroni and cheese, roasted vegetables, wings and more is served at the Del Mar brewery, which is also outfitted with plenty of outdoor space and a playground for kids to enjoy while the parents sip on beers.

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6. Farmer & The Seahorse

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10996 Torreyana Rd #240
San Diego, CA 92121
(858) 260-5400
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While adults dine at Farmer & The Seahorse, kids can play bocce, corn hole or just run around on the astroturf lawn or they can opt to play boardgames inside.

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7. BO-beau kitchen + garden

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8384 La Mesa Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 337-3445
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La Mesa’s Bo-Beau comes outfitted with an actual repurposed school bus for kids to play in—calling ahead allows parents to even reserve a table close to the bus, to maximize the experience.

8. Garden Kitchen

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4204 Rolando Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115
(619) 431-5755
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Rolando’s true farm-to-table gen Garden Kitchen doesn’t have a dedicated kid’s menu but offers a choice of handmade pasta with parmesan, cheddar grilled cheese or quesadilla, all with a choice of side of fruit or vegetables.

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9. Working Class

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4095 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 642-0114
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North Park newcomer Working Class is a gussied up diner—perfect for both kids and adults, alike. The kids menu includes a cheeseburger, mac n cheese, grilled cheese and chicken tenders.

10. Classics Malt Shop

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3625 Midway Dr
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 226-1600

This old school soda shop on Midway is famed for its classic American fare, retro atmosphere and friendly service. Kid’s meals include a junior hamburger, hot dog, grilled cheese and a corn dog, which all cost $5.99 each. Ice cream freezes, root beer floats and a Banana split should keep everyone happy for dessert.

11. Waypoint Public

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3794 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 255-8778
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North Park’s popular beer bar and gastropub has a top-notch draft list, wines by the glass and hearty eats for adults, plus a dedicated indoor kid’s play area for toddlers and children under seven. A kid’s menu includes a variety of bites, from french toast dippers and forbidden cereal to chicken & veggies and Lil’ Fisherman cod and chips.

12. Officine Buona Forchetta

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2865 Sims Rd
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 548-5770
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Liberty Station’s Officine Buona Forchetta not only has more seating for adults, it also has a full playground for children, in addition to its already kid-friendly menu, which is chock-full of pizza.

13. Nate's Garden Grill

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3120 Euclid Ave
San Diego, CA 92105
(619) 546-7700
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Nate’s Garden Grill provides a good time for adults, with good beer and live music, while offering a veritable wonderland for or kids: it sits directly inside the City Farmers’ Nursery in City Heights.

14. Panama 66

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1450 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 696-1966
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While mom and dad relax with craft beer and a variety of menu items at Panama 66, kids can play on the sculpture garden lawn and run around to their heart’s content.

15. Station Tavern

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2204 Fern St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 255-0657
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Burgers, tater tots and a train-themed playground are all on the menu at South Park’s favorite family hangout.

16. Filippi's Pizza Grotto Little Italy

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1747 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-5094
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Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, with multiple locations, is locked in the memories of many San Diegans for providing many family-friendly dinners. No-frills pizzas are the move here but a children’s menu includes spaghetti, ravioli and lasagna, with optional sausage or meatballs.

17. Davanti Enoteca

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1655 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 237-9606
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Davanti Enoteca is loved by families for its large space in the back and its kids menu, which offers pastas and pizzas. More adventurous kids will enjoy the burger.

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1. Campfire

2725 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Outfitted with its very own teepee, Carlsbad’s Campfire provides plenty of room for the kids to play while mom and dad enjoy craft cocktails and other menu items. The menu also provides a kid-friendly section, too, with grilled cheese, a mini-entree plate and more.

2725 State St
Carlsbad, CA 92008

2. Park 101

3040 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Both kid-friendly and dog-friendly, the sprawling Park 101 specializes in BBQ, craft beer and is outfitted with plenty of play room, as well as outdoor seating and fire pits.

3040 Carlsbad Blvd
Carlsbad, CA 92008

3. Landon's Gourmet Kitchen

1020 W San Marcos Blvd Suite 138, San Marcos, CA 92078
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Likely the most kid-friendly restaurant in San Diego County, San Marcos’ Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen comes with on-site childcare in addition to a large children’s menu.

1020 W San Marcos Blvd Suite 138
San Marcos, CA 92078

4. The Crack Shack - Encinitas

407 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, CA 92024
Jim Sullivan

With its breezy indoor/outdoor space, bocce ball court (that can also be used for cornhole and mini-golf) and oversized chicken statue, the Encinitas fried chicken and egg concept is perfect for families. Kids also receive a special meal, which includes three chicken nuggets with fries, a small drink and choice of cookie of the day.

407 Encinitas Blvd
Encinitas, CA 92024

5. Viewpoint Brewing Company

2201 San Dieguito Dr, Del Mar, CA 92014
Sam Wells

A kid-pleasing menu with burgers, fries, macaroni and cheese, roasted vegetables, wings and more is served at the Del Mar brewery, which is also outfitted with plenty of outdoor space and a playground for kids to enjoy while the parents sip on beers.

2201 San Dieguito Dr
Del Mar, CA 92014

6. Farmer & The Seahorse

10996 Torreyana Rd #240, San Diego, CA 92121
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While adults dine at Farmer & The Seahorse, kids can play bocce, corn hole or just run around on the astroturf lawn or they can opt to play boardgames inside.

10996 Torreyana Rd #240
San Diego, CA 92121

7. BO-beau kitchen + garden

8384 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942

La Mesa’s Bo-Beau comes outfitted with an actual repurposed school bus for kids to play in—calling ahead allows parents to even reserve a table close to the bus, to maximize the experience.

8384 La Mesa Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91942

8. Garden Kitchen

4204 Rolando Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115
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Rolando’s true farm-to-table gen Garden Kitchen doesn’t have a dedicated kid’s menu but offers a choice of handmade pasta with parmesan, cheddar grilled cheese or quesadilla, all with a choice of side of fruit or vegetables.

4204 Rolando Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115

9. Working Class

4095 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

North Park newcomer Working Class is a gussied up diner—perfect for both kids and adults, alike. The kids menu includes a cheeseburger, mac n cheese, grilled cheese and chicken tenders.

4095 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104

10. Classics Malt Shop

3625 Midway Dr, San Diego, CA 92110

This old school soda shop on Midway is famed for its classic American fare, retro atmosphere and friendly service. Kid’s meals include a junior hamburger, hot dog, grilled cheese and a corn dog, which all cost $5.99 each. Ice cream freezes, root beer floats and a Banana split should keep everyone happy for dessert.

3625 Midway Dr
San Diego, CA 92110

11. Waypoint Public

3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

North Park’s popular beer bar and gastropub has a top-notch draft list, wines by the glass and hearty eats for adults, plus a dedicated indoor kid’s play area for toddlers and children under seven. A kid’s menu includes a variety of bites, from french toast dippers and forbidden cereal to chicken & veggies and Lil’ Fisherman cod and chips.

3794 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104

12. Officine Buona Forchetta

2865 Sims Rd, San Diego, CA 92106

Liberty Station’s Officine Buona Forchetta not only has more seating for adults, it also has a full playground for children, in addition to its already kid-friendly menu, which is chock-full of pizza.

2865 Sims Rd
San Diego, CA 92106

13. Nate's Garden Grill

3120 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92105

Nate’s Garden Grill provides a good time for adults, with good beer and live music, while offering a veritable wonderland for or kids: it sits directly inside the City Farmers’ Nursery in City Heights.

3120 Euclid Ave
San Diego, CA 92105

14. Panama 66

1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

While mom and dad relax with craft beer and a variety of menu items at Panama 66, kids can play on the sculpture garden lawn and run around to their heart’s content.

1450 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

15. Station Tavern

2204 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104

Burgers, tater tots and a train-themed playground are all on the menu at South Park’s favorite family hangout.

2204 Fern St
San Diego, CA 92104

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16. Filippi's Pizza Grotto Little Italy

1747 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, with multiple locations, is locked in the memories of many San Diegans for providing many family-friendly dinners. No-frills pizzas are the move here but a children’s menu includes spaghetti, ravioli and lasagna, with optional sausage or meatballs.

1747 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

17. Davanti Enoteca

1655 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
Chuck Cook Photography

Davanti Enoteca is loved by families for its large space in the back and its kids menu, which offers pastas and pizzas. More adventurous kids will enjoy the burger.

1655 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

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