Family dinners are a wonderful way to stay connected with your children, talking and bonding while sharing a delicious meal. But if you have picky eaters or find yourself falling into a routine of going to the same restaurants over and over again, it may be time to try something new! There are so many amazing restaurants in Philadelphia that it’s a shame to give in to a dining slump. If you’re looking to shake things up, check out my list of the 7 Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Philadelphia to try for your next dinner out on the town!
Check Out These 7 Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Philadelphia
617 Righters Ferry Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
The Landing Kitchen is described as an “all-day café” that serves delicious snacks and a beautiful ambiance from morning until early evening. It’s a great spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or an afternoon snack! Located along the river at the Ironworks in Bala Cynwyd, it’s a beautiful, bright, and airy spot with chic industrial vibes. You can enjoy scenic riverside outdoor seating while enjoying wine, beer, or a canned cocktail (or juice or soda for the kids!) Sandwiches, light fare, bold coffee, and other signatures are all great options from their delicious menu. Visit on a Friday or Saturday evening for outdoor games, movies, live music, and lots of family-friendly programming!
901 N Delaware Ave Philadelphia, PA 19123
Craft Hall is an amazing refurbished 35,000-square-foot warehouse that is home to…well, just about everything. Serving up classic American cuisine like barbecue and pizza, there’s also a brewery onsite and a full menu of cocktails, mocktails, and wine. The Craft Hall Unleashed Bark and Beer Garden is part dog park and part bar, and their massive 140-foot LED video wall is perfect for catching any Philly sports game. Their incredible pirate ship playground, skeeball, Nintendo games, and pool tables have earned them the accolade of Best Bar for Parents by Philadelphia Magazine! Take in the experience and the craftsmanship of their bread, brews, and BBQ every time you visit!
51 St Georges Rd, Ardmore, PA 19003
Lola’s Garden is a beautiful, eclectic Philadelphia restaurant that takes dining (yes, even with kids) to a new level. Located in the heart of Ardmore’s Suburban Square, this indoor/outdoor space features a cozy restaurant, patio, and a beer/wine garden. Specialty artwork and family-friendly amenities make it an ideal place to gather with friends and family for an exquisite meal. Their menu features “a modern, chef-driven cuisine highlighting seasonal local offerings” and a bar with an all-local Pennsylvania beer selection. Even their kid’s menu is elevated with local, premium ingredients – and every item comes with a scoop of ice cream to sweeten your kiddo’s experience!
420 S. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
If there is one thing kids and parents can agree on in this world, it just may be the inarguable deliciousness of a freshly made pizza. Pizzeria Stella is the perfect place to gather around the table and share some delicious Italian food. Their restaurant “combines the unpretentious warmth of a neighborhood restaurant with the spirit of an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria.” All of their pies are cooked in their wood-burning oven, which gets up to temperatures as high as 850 degrees! Fresh, handmade pasta, shareable antipasti, and Italian beer, wine, and cocktails make your meal even more delicious.
116 Market St., Old City, Philadelphia
Owned by two brothers with an affinity for old-school ice cream parlors, the Franklin Fountain opened in 2004 with a mission to “serve an experience steeped in ideals, drizzled with drollery, and sprinkled with the forgotten flavors of the American past.” It’s the kind of place you go when you’re splurging or celebrating with ice cream for dinner or just looking for a fanciful midday treat. Their menu features rotating whimsical flavors like Strawberry Pretzel Crust Ice Cream Pie and Apple Butter, along with more classic favorites like Rocky Road and Butter Pecan. Fill up with sundaes, splits, milkshakes, ice cream sodas, and plenty of other treats for a delicious dinner of champions at this restaurant in Philadelphia!
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While some of the other restaurants we’ve been chatting about are more geared toward grown-ups but have plenty of opportunities for Philadelphia kids to enjoy, Lulu’s Casita is all about the little ones. This amazing indoor play area is accessible with a small daily admission fee, or frequent visitors can purchase a membership. There are plenty of opportunities for kids to build, climb, scoot, jump, explore, create, and use their imaginations – and grown-ups can find a spot in the cafe to work, snack, and refresh! Lulu’s Casita hosts plenty of family-friendly events with live music, familiar characters, and storytimes for a truly engaging way to refuel and have fun!
301 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Spruce Street Harbor Park is a seasonal gathering of food stands and eateries to enjoy while taking in the beautiful Philadelphia summer weather. Whether you’re in the mood for tacos, ice cream, buffalo chicken, or apple pie, there is something to indulge every craving! The park itself has comfortable public hammocks (available on a first-come, first-serve basis) that make lounging with friends and family a true treat.
You can also pick up a snack and a drink to take in while you enjoy the floating gardens, playfully lit trees, and nearby floating barges. Be sure to check ahead of time to see what dates they are open for the season; it’s a spot you don’t want to miss out on, especially with the whole family!
Restaurants in Philadelphia
While you can’t go wrong with many of the amazing restaurants in Philadelphia, these 7 best kid-friendly restaurants are a great way to get out of the house and try something new. Whether you have adventurous eaters or simply need a place where you can get something delicious (and maybe a drink to pair with it) and your kid can find something off of the kids’ menu, these spots are some of the best. Check them out, and let me know what you think!
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