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Where to Eat With Kids in San Diego

18 family-friendly restaurants around town

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Taking the kids out for a meal doesn’t have to cramp your culinary style. From family-friendly brewpubs and food halls with killer outdoor play areas to revolving sushi, here are 18 spots to bring the little ones around San Diego.

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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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Kids will no doubt make a beeline for the custom tipi on Campfire’s outdoor patio while mom and dad can settle in for craft cocktails around the fire pit. While there are no child-specific dishes on the menu, although many can be served family-style, the roast your own s’mores are always a winner. 

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2. Park 101

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3040 Carlsbad Blvd
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 434-2217
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Both family and dog-friendly, the multi-level Park 101 has plenty of play room, as well as outdoor seating and fire pits. Kids menu standouts include the barbecue pork sliders and butter noodles with Parmesan.

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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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Perhaps the most kid-friendly restaurant in San Diego County, alongside a large children’s menu Landon’s also provides on-site childcare, so parents can enjoy a little time off at the same time as a night (or afternoon) out.

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4. Windmill Food Hall

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890 Palomar Airport Rd
Carlsbad, CA 92011
(442) 287-8485
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With more than dozen vendors spanning pizza and poke to trendy Thai style rolled ice cream, plus arcade games and an outdoor area, North County’s first food hall is a great place to bring the family.

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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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Alongside a kid-approved menu of fries, and macaroni and cheese, the Del Mar brewery also boasts plenty of outdoor space and a playground for kids to run around in while the parents enjoy a beer or glass of wine.

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6. Farmer & The Seahorse

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10996 Torreyana Rd Ste 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. On a rare rainy San Diego day there are boardgames to play inside instead.

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7. Gravity Heights

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9920 Pacific Heights Blvd
San Diego, CA 92121
(858) 283-8206
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Sorrento Valley’s brew pub has tons of outdoor space plus games like Connect Four and corn hole. From the menu, kids should love the mac and cheese, and wood-fired pizzas, or apple pie and cinnamon ice cream.

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8. Mikami Revolving Sushi

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7319 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 278-2166
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For interactive dining with the family, grab a booth, watch, and wait for the kid’s favorite type of sushi to wind past the table on the rotating conveyor belt. Dishes can also be ordered table-side via a tablet computer system.

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9. Pacific Beach Fish Shop

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1775 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 483-4746
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Kids can enjoy a menu that doubles as a coloring page after choosing from pint-sized versions of the fish and chips, popcorn shrimp, and chicken fingers – each comes served with a side of fries and a Capri Sun - at this popular spot in PB.

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10. BO-beau kitchen + garden

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8384 La Mesa Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 337-3445
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Children can play in a life-size retrofitted school bus and take their pick from dishes, including a cheese quesadilla or chicken nuggets with fries (kids 12 and under) and a mini steak frites for kids between 12 and 16.

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11. Classics Malt Shop

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3625 Midway Dr
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 226-1600
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Kid’s meals at this retro soda shop on Midway include a junior hamburger, hot dog, grilled cheese and a corn dog with fries, each just $3.95 a piece. Save room for a root beer float or Banana split for dessert.

12. 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 has a dedicated indoor kid’s play area for toddlers and children under seven, while the “Cub Grub” menu spans lunch and dinner combos (pick an entree, side, and drink) for $8.95 with a brunch option on weekends for $7.95. Each one comes with a chocolate chip cookie, too.

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13. Liberty Public Market

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2820 Historic Decatur Rd
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 487-9346
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Kids can take their pick from empanadas, bao buns, tacos, or pizza followed by sweet crepes, cookies, and bubble waffles at Liberty Public Market, which also has an astroturf outdoor space with tons of seating. Kid-friendly restaurants Officine Buona Forchetta and Stone Brewing are just a short walk away.

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14. Panama 66

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1450 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 696-1966
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Kids can run around and play on the sculpture garden lawn to their heart’s content at Panama 66, while mom and dad relax with a craft beer, before tucking into kid’s menu items like a PB&J and grilled cheese.

15. Station Tavern

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2204 Fern St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 255-0657
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South Park’s favorite family hangout has a train-themed playground and a special “Lil Riders” section on the menu with a hot dog or tofu “pup” served in a bun, plus all-time favorite, grilled cheese ($4 each).

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16. The Crack Shack

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2266 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 795-3299
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“Lil Cluckers” can take their pick from nuggets, tenders, grilled chix, or grilled cheese, with carrots or petite fries on the side, plus a juice box and a cookie before checking out the bocce ball court and giant chicken statue here.

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17. Filippi's Pizza Grotto Little Italy

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1747 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-5094
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The setting for many a family dinner, no-frills cheese pizzas are the move here, but there is a children’s menu too featuring spaghetti, ravioli and lasagna, with optional sausage or meatballs.

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18. Feast and Fareway

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2000 Visalia Row
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 996-3322
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Located at the Coronado Golf Course, the family-friendly Feast & Fareway has an outside patio area with superb views, plus some great kids meal options including crispy chicken thighs, grilled cheese on a brioche bun, and cheese quesadillas.

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1. Campfire

2725 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Kids will no doubt make a beeline for the custom tipi on Campfire’s outdoor patio while mom and dad can settle in for craft cocktails around the fire pit. While there are no child-specific dishes on the menu, although many can be served family-style, the roast your own s’mores are always a winner. 

2725 State St
Carlsbad, CA 92008

2. Park 101

3040 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Both family and dog-friendly, the multi-level Park 101 has plenty of play room, as well as outdoor seating and fire pits. Kids menu standouts include the barbecue pork sliders and butter noodles with Parmesan.

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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Perhaps the most kid-friendly restaurant in San Diego County, alongside a large children’s menu Landon’s also provides on-site childcare, so parents can enjoy a little time off at the same time as a night (or afternoon) out.

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

4. Windmill Food Hall

890 Palomar Airport Rd, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Yelp

With more than dozen vendors spanning pizza and poke to trendy Thai style rolled ice cream, plus arcade games and an outdoor area, North County’s first food hall is a great place to bring the family.

890 Palomar Airport Rd
Carlsbad, CA 92011

5. Viewpoint Brewing Company

2201 San Dieguito Dr, Del Mar, CA 92014
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Alongside a kid-approved menu of fries, and macaroni and cheese, the Del Mar brewery also boasts plenty of outdoor space and a playground for kids to run around in while the parents enjoy a beer or glass of wine.

2201 San Dieguito Dr
Del Mar, CA 92014

6. Farmer & The Seahorse

10996 Torreyana Rd Ste 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. On a rare rainy San Diego day there are boardgames to play inside instead.

10996 Torreyana Rd Ste 240
San Diego, CA 92121

7. Gravity Heights

9920 Pacific Heights Blvd, San Diego, CA 92121
Haley Hill

Sorrento Valley’s brew pub has tons of outdoor space plus games like Connect Four and corn hole. From the menu, kids should love the mac and cheese, and wood-fired pizzas, or apple pie and cinnamon ice cream.

9920 Pacific Heights Blvd
San Diego, CA 92121

8. Mikami Revolving Sushi

7319 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111
Yelp

For interactive dining with the family, grab a booth, watch, and wait for the kid’s favorite type of sushi to wind past the table on the rotating conveyor belt. Dishes can also be ordered table-side via a tablet computer system.

7319 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92111

9. Pacific Beach Fish Shop

1775 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
Courtesy Photo

Kids can enjoy a menu that doubles as a coloring page after choosing from pint-sized versions of the fish and chips, popcorn shrimp, and chicken fingers – each comes served with a side of fries and a Capri Sun - at this popular spot in PB.

1775 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109

10. BO-beau kitchen + garden

8384 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942
Courtesy Photo

Children can play in a life-size retrofitted school bus and take their pick from dishes, including a cheese quesadilla or chicken nuggets with fries (kids 12 and under) and a mini steak frites for kids between 12 and 16.

8384 La Mesa Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91942

11. Classics Malt Shop

3625 Midway Dr, San Diego, CA 92110

Kid’s meals at this retro soda shop on Midway include a junior hamburger, hot dog, grilled cheese and a corn dog with fries, each just $3.95 a piece. Save room for a root beer float or Banana split for dessert.

3625 Midway Dr
San Diego, CA 92110

12. Waypoint Public

3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
Waypoint Public

North Park’s popular beer bar has a dedicated indoor kid’s play area for toddlers and children under seven, while the “Cub Grub” menu spans lunch and dinner combos (pick an entree, side, and drink) for $8.95 with a brunch option on weekends for $7.95. Each one comes with a chocolate chip cookie, too.

3794 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104

13. Liberty Public Market

2820 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
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Kids can take their pick from empanadas, bao buns, tacos, or pizza followed by sweet crepes, cookies, and bubble waffles at Liberty Public Market, which also has an astroturf outdoor space with tons of seating. Kid-friendly restaurants Officine Buona Forchetta and Stone Brewing are just a short walk away.

2820 Historic Decatur Rd
San Diego, CA 92106

14. Panama 66

1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Kids can run around and play on the sculpture garden lawn to their heart’s content at Panama 66, while mom and dad relax with a craft beer, before tucking into kid’s menu items like a PB&J and grilled cheese.

1450 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

15. Station Tavern

2204 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104
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South Park’s favorite family hangout has a train-themed playground and a special “Lil Riders” section on the menu with a hot dog or tofu “pup” served in a bun, plus all-time favorite, grilled cheese ($4 each).

2204 Fern St
San Diego, CA 92104

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16. The Crack Shack

2266 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
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“Lil Cluckers” can take their pick from nuggets, tenders, grilled chix, or grilled cheese, with carrots or petite fries on the side, plus a juice box and a cookie before checking out the bocce ball court and giant chicken statue here.

2266 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

17. Filippi's Pizza Grotto Little Italy

1747 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
Yelp

The setting for many a family dinner, no-frills cheese pizzas are the move here, but there is a children’s menu too featuring spaghetti, ravioli and lasagna, with optional sausage or meatballs.

1747 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

18. Feast and Fareway

2000 Visalia Row, Coronado, CA 92118
Lucianna McIntosh

Located at the Coronado Golf Course, the family-friendly Feast & Fareway has an outside patio area with superb views, plus some great kids meal options including crispy chicken thighs, grilled cheese on a brioche bun, and cheese quesadillas.

2000 Visalia Row
Coronado, CA 92118

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