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Best Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia that can please both big and little diners.


 


Bassetts Ice Cream Ice Cream
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Bassetts Ice Cream, Philadelphia, PA Reading Terminal Market
45 N. 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Cones, cups, shakes and hand-packed pints at this old-time ice cream parlor. More...

Bella Trattoria Italian
11/20
4258 Main St.
Philadelphia, PA 19127
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Bella vista and Italian comfort food in Manayunk. More...

Bertucci's Italian
10/20
Bryn Mawr Square
761 W. Lancaster Ave., #763
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
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Brick-oven goodness geared to families. More...

Bona Cucina Italian
12/20
66 Sherbrook Blvd.
Upper Darby, PA 19082
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Neighborhood BYOB offering Southern Italian-style fare. More...

Bridget Foy's South Street Grill American
13/20
200 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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South Street mainstay serves consistent American fare. More...

Capogiro Ice Cream
Quick Bite
117 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Farm fresh artisanal gelato just like in Italy. More...

City Tavern American
14/20
Dining Room at City Tavern, Philadelphia, PA 138 S. Second St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Colonial culinary history comes alive in the shadow of Independence National Historical Park. More...

Cosi Coffeehouse
Quick Bite
1128 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Cozy up at a popular all-day-dining chain. More...

Dim Sum Garden Chinese
12/20
1020 Race St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Bargain dumpling house offers a sure thing from Shanghai. More...

Down Home Diner Southern
11/20
Reading Terminal Market
12th & Filbert Sts.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Renovated diner offers down-home meals at Reading Terminal. More...

El Vez Mexican
13/20
Dining Room at El Vez, Philadelphia, PA 121 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Mexican specialties in a convivial setting. More...

Elevation Burger Burgers
12/20
Wynnewood Shopping Center
50 E. Wynnewood Ave.
Wynnewood, PA 19096
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Elevating the humble burger to a higher consciousness. More...

Famous 4th Street Delicatessen Deli
Quick Bite
700 S. 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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A Jewish deli tradition for matzoh ball soup, pastrami sandwiches and much more. More...

Federal Donuts Donuts
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Federal Donuts, Philadelphia, PA 1219 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Fried chicken and donuts: a fine match. More...

Fette Sau Barbecue
Quick Bite
1208 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
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Southern-style barbecue by way of Brooklyn. More...

The Franklin Fountain Ice Cream
Quick Bite
116 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Here's the scoop: homemade, seasonal ice cream at this Old City destination. More...

Fuel American
13/20
1225 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Fuel for healthy living at an affordable price. More...

The Gold Standard Cafe American
11/20
4800 Baltimore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19143

Tasty American fare at The Gold Standard Café. More...

Gullifty's American
11/20
Rosemont Shopping Center
1149 Lancaster Ave.
Rosemont, PA 19010
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Good snack food makes this a mecca for students and families. More...

Hymie's Deli
10/20
342 Montgomery Ave.
Merion Station, PA 19066
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Everything from hot brisket to smoked fish at this neighborhood institution. More...

Imperial Inn Chinese
11/20
146 N. Tenth St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Dim sum rules at this vast Chinatown eatery. More...

Jones American
11/20
Dining Room at Jones, Philadelphia, PA 700 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Indulge in comfort food and kitsch on Chestnut Street. More...

La Fourno Italian
11/20
636 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Pizza is just the beginning at this bustling trattoria. More...

LaScala's Italian
13/20
615 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Find real-deal Italian-American family fare at LaScala's. More...

Little Pete's Diner
11/20
219 S. 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Home-style cooking is on the menu 24/7 at Little Pete's. More...

Maggiano's Little Italy Italian
12/20
1201 Filbert St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Channel the Rat Pack at this chain restaurant turning out big portions of Italian fare. More...

Marathon Grill Eclectic
10/20
16th & Sansom Sts.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Family friendly and locally owned, Marathon delivers. More...

Maria’s Pizza & Pasta Italian
12/20
8100 Ridge Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19128
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Authentic Italian cuisine in Roxborough well worth the trip. More...

Melrose Diner Diner
11/20
1501 Synder Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19145
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The original diner of everyone’s dreams. More...

More Than Just Ice Cream American
12/20
1119 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Family-friendly fare and standout desserts. More...

Morning Glory Diner Diner
12/20
735 S. Tenth St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Line up for one of the best breakfasts in town. More...

Pei Wei Asian Diner Chinese
Quick Bite
4040 City Ave., Ste. 2
Philadelphia, PA 19131
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P.F. Chang's fast-casual sib spices up City Avenue. More...

Pho 75 Vietnamese
12/20
Wing Phat Plaza
1122 Washington Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Eat Vietnam’s favorite beef noodle soup for breakfast, lunch or dinner. More...

Pietro's Coal Oven Pizza Pizza
12/20
1714 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Thin-crust pizza and more at this kid-friendly eatery. More...

Positano Coast Italian
13/20
212 Walnut St., 2nd fl.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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A slice of the Amalfi Coast in Society Hill. More...

Pub of Penn Valley American
13/20
863 Montgomery Ave.
Penn Valley, PA 19072
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Comfort food and good service in the Main Line. More...

Royal Tavern Gastropub
13/20
Dining Room at Royal Tavern, Philadelphia, PA 937 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Italian Market gastropub with one of the city's best burgers. More...

South Street Souvlaki Greek
11/20
509 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Dependable gyros and Greek fare in the heart of South Street. More...

Talula's Daily American
Quick Bite
208 W. Washington Square
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Farmhouse-style café offers fresh tastes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. More...

Villa di Roma Italian
13/20
936 S. Ninth St., #36
Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Villa di Roma throbs with life and gallons of red sauce. More...

Winnie's Le Bus Bakery
10/20
4266 Main St.
Philadelphia, PA 19127
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An old friend is the driver of healthful food in Manayunk. More...

Zwahlen’s Ice Cream & Chocolate Co. Ice Cream
Quick Bite
670 Shannondell Rd.
Audubon, PA 19403

Specialty flavors make this ice cream and chocolate shop a good stop for a creative treat. More...

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