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Best Orange County Kid-Friendly Restaurants

For restaurants' pint-size patrons, chicken fingers dipped in marinara can't taste any better than when there's butcher paper lining the table and a glass of crayons to color with. When the dough and toppings are put directly in your child's hands, pizza becomes an interactive sport. Okay, not all restaurants have to offer entertainment in this form or the extreme---television, clowns and video games---to keep the youngsters happy. A warm waitstaff, a kitchen open to the flexible whims of a child's palate and a room of diners tolerable of tantrums all add up to a winning formula for feeding your children outside of the home. Take a look at our kid-friendly restaurants in Orange County that can please both big and little diners.


 

View the Top 10 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Orange County, CA



Angelo's & Vinci's Italian
12/20
550 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832
Menu
Over-the-top Italian décor makes this place fun, but regulars come for the thick pizzas and handmade pastas. More...

Beach Pit BBQ Newport-Mesa Barbecue
12/20
1676 Tustin Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Menu
Family-friendly Newport Beach-Costa Mesa barbecue eatery. More...

The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove California
14/20
Dining Room at The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, CA 15 Crystal Cove
Newport Coast, CA 92657
Menu
Fine seaside dining in a picturesque cottage at Crystal Cove. More...

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse Brewpub
12/20
280 S. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Menu
Deep-dish pizzas and microbrews in a kid-friendly environment across from downtown Laguna’s main beach. More...

Blue Bayou Creole
12/20
Dining Room at Blue Bayou, Anaheim, CA Disneyland
1313 S. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92802
Menu
Disneyland's only reservations-accepted restaurant serves up Southern-inspired dishes inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. More...

Bluewater Grill Seafood
14/20
Dining Room at Bluewater Grill, Newport Beach, CA 630 Lido Park Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Menu
An innovative New England-style seafood joint for the Orange County set. More...

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market Seafood
11/20
Anaheim GardenWalk
321 W. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92802
Menu
Shrimp-themed restaurant serves up Forrest Gump’s favorite food in a family-friendly environment. More...

Buca di Beppo Italian
12/20
7979 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Menu
Heaping plates of Italian food in a fanciful environment. More...

Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar Mediterranean
13/20
Dining Room at Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar, Anaheim, CA Downtown Disney
1580 Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92803
Menu
Joachim Splichal's modern Spanish-meets-Mediterranean restaurant in a sophisticated yet casual Downtown Disney setting. More...

The Counter Burgers
12/20
Woodbury Town Center
6416 Irvine Blvd.
Irvine, CA 92620
Menu
Build-your-own gourmet burger concept works well for foodies with a burger craving. More...

Duke's Huntington Hawaiian
13/20
Huntington Beach Pier
317 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Menu
The aloha spirit comes to Huntington Beach with an ocean view and good Polynesian grub. More...

Lazy Dog Cafe American
13/20
Dining Room at Lazy Dog Cafe, Westminster, CA 16310 Beach Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683
Menu
Casual, family-friendly restaurant with good eclectic fare. More...

Lazy Dog Cafe American
13/20
Stadium Promenade Center
1623 W. Katella Ave.
Orange, CA 92867
Menu
A casual, family-friendly restaurant with good eclectic fare. More...

Maggiano's Little Italy Italian
12/20
Dining Room at Maggiano South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Menu
Maggiano’s serves huge portions of southern Italy-inspired dishes meant to please the masses. More...

Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Bar Mexican
13/20
Dining Room at Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Bar, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 22322 El Paseo
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Menu
Expanded version of Costa Mesa neighborhood favorite mixes in exclusive, ambitious entrées along with casual favorites. More...

Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Bar Mexican
12/20
17th Street Promenade
296 E. 17th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Menu
Newport-Mesa staple for large portions of classic Mexican-American fare and margaritas. More...

Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant American
11/20
Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620
Menu
You don't have to go into the theme park to enjoy Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant. More...

Pete's Sunset Grille California
12/20
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
21500 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Menu
Casual dining in a breezy environment. More...

Pitfire Artisan Pizza Pizza
Quick Bite
353 E. 17th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Wood-fired pizzas, pasta and craft beers served up in a casual, communal setting. More...

Rainforest Cafe American
11/20
Downtown Disney
1515 S. Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92802
Menu
Downtown Disney’s most kid-friendly restaurant in an elaborate rainforest-themed setting featuring animatronic animals. More...

Ruby's Balboa Pier Diner
12/20
Balboa Pier
1 Balboa Pier
Newport Beach, CA 92661
Menu
American-style diner for burgers, fries and shakes as well as healthier contemporary fare. More...

Ruby's Huntington Beach Diner
12/20
Huntington Beach Pier
1 Main St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Menu
American-style diner for burgers, fries and shakes as well as healthier contemporary fare. More...

Sapphire Laguna Global
15/20
Dining Room at Sapphire Laguna, Laguna Beach, CA Old Pottery Place
1200 S. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Menu
Classy, rustic South Laguna hot-spot for modern American cuisine, coffee and gourmet snacks. More...

Steakhouse 55 Steakhouse
13/20
Disneyland Hotel
1150 Magic Way
Anaheim, CA 92802
Menu
Modern steakhouse and breakfast spot inside the Disneyland Hotel features California favorites for adults and kids. More...

Taco Rosa Mexican
13/20
Tustin Market Place
13792 Jamboree Rd.
Irvine, CA 92602
Menu
Healthy, flavorful and fresh Mexican food in a casual environment with a lively cantina. More...

Tiffy's Coffee Shop
11/20
1060 W. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92802
Menu
Family-owned coffee shop with exceptional ice cream and a wide-ranging American menu. More...

Veggie Grill Vegan
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Veggie Grill, Irvine, CA University Center
4213 Campus Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612
Menu
Vegan fare cooked with flavorful flair in a café setting. More...

Watson's Drug Store Ice Cream
Quick Bite
116 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866
Menu
OC landmark on Orange’s traffic circle for American diner fare and ice cream specialties. More...

Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill Barbecue
13/20
8022 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd.
Anaheim, CA 92808
Menu
With an all-American menu and signature dishes, this restaurant is a barbecue lover’s paradise. More...

Yard House American
12/20
Dining Room at Yard House, Irvine, CA Irvine Spectrum
71 Fortune Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618
Menu
Good food complements 200 beers on tap and a specialty martini list. More...

Z'Tejas Southwestern
13/20
South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Menu
Southwestern grill with a modern twist and tangy house margaritas. More...

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