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Best San Diego 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 San Diego that can please both big and little diners.


 


Alfonso's of La Jolla Mexican
10/20
Dining Room at Alfonso 1251 Prospect St.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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La Jolla's go-to casual spot for Mexican fare and margaritas. More...

Barbarella Italian
13/20
2171 Avenida de la Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Lively bistro in La Jolla Shores, just blocks from the beach. More...

Beach Grass Cafe Contemporary
12/20
Plaza 101
159 S. Hwy. 101
Solana Beach, CA 92075

This Solana Beach café serves up breakfast all day and appealing lunches. More...

Beaumont's Modern American
14/20
5662 La Jolla Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Casual, high-energy setting with good food, live entertainment and a fun bar scene. More...

Big Kitchen Cafe American
11/20
3003 Grape St.
San Diego, CA 92102
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Neighborhood favorite for breakfast and lunch fare. More...

Bistro West Contemporary
13/20
Dining Room at Bistro West, Carlsbad, CA West Inn complex
4960 Avenida Encinas
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Executive chef Eugenio Martignago serves upscale comfort food and contemporary cuisine made with fresh-from-the-garden ingredients at this bustling bistro. More...

Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria Pizza
14/20
Dining Room at Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria, Encinitas, CA The Lumberyard
897 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Ste. 102
Encinitas, CA 92024
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Locals pack this cozy wood-fired pizza place in Encinitas. More...

Bread & Cie Bakery
Quick Bite
350 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
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Artisanal breads, fresh pastries, and bistro fare for breakfast and lunch. More...

The Brockton Villa Restaurant California
12/20
Dining Room at The Brockton Villa Restaurant, La Jolla, CA 1235 Coast Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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California cuisine in a charming cottage above La Jolla cove. More...

The Broken Yolk Cafe Coffee Shop
10/20
1851 Garnet Ave.
San Diego, CA 92109
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Hearty breakfasts are served all day, or enjoy causal lunch fare like street tacos, salads and burgers. More...

Cafe 222 Breakfast
12/20
222 Island Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Hip downtown breakfast and lunch spot for more than 20 years. More...

Cafe Secret Peruvian
14/20
1140 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014
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Authentic Peruvian food in Del Mar. More...

California Pizza Kitchen Pizza
12/20
Beachwalk Plaza
437 S. Highway 101
Solana Beach, CA 92075
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Family-friendly chain with pizza, salads and pastas in Solana Beach. More...

California Pizza Kitchen Pizza
12/20
Fashion Valley Shopping Center
7007 Friars Rd., Ste. 901
San Diego, CA 92108
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While pizza with cross-cultural toppings is the main draw, the other dishes also merit attention at this Fashion Valley Shopping Center location. More...

California Pizza Kitchen Pizza
12/20
La Jolla Village Square
3363 Nobel Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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While pizza with cross-cultural toppings is the main draw, the other dishes also merit attention at this La Jolla location. More...

California Pizza Kitchen Pizza
12/20
Otay Ranch Town Center
2015 Birch Rd., Ste. 725
Chula Vista, CA 91915
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While pizza with cross-cultural toppings is the main draw, the other dishes also merit attention at this Chula Vista location. More...

Claire's on Cedros Café
12/20
Dining Room at Claire 246 N. Cedros Ave.
Solana Beach, CA 92075
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Solana Beach spot for farm-fresh fare and house-made pastries in a quaint cottage. More...

Cody's La Jolla American
12/20
8030 Girard Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Enjoy breakfast all day and casual lunch fare in this quaint 1920s La Jolla cottage. More...

Corvette Diner & Gamers Garage American
11/20
2965 Historic Decatur Rd.
San Diego, CA 92106
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A 1950s-style diner with all the trimmings like neon, jukeboxes, Corvettes, singing waitresses, shakes, burgers and fries. More...

The Cottage Contemporary
12/20
7702 Fay Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Family-owned neighborhood restaurant in a renovated cottage. More...

The Counter Burgers
12/20
1923 Calle Barcelona
Carlsbad, CA 92009
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Hamburger joint with gourmet fixin's galore. More...

The Craftsman New American Tavern New American
14/20
Dining Room at The Craftsman New American Tavern, Encinitas, CA 267 N. El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024

Comfort food with clever culinary twists in a rustic tavern setting. More...

Cucina Enoteca Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Cucina Enoteca, Del Mar, CA Flower Hill Promenade
2730 Via De La Valle
Del Mar, CA 92104
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Eye-popping design, dynamic food and a good locals' scene in Del Mar. More...

D.Z. Akins Jewish
12/20
6930 Alvarado Rd.
San Diego, CA 92120
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East County New York-style deli. More...

Eno Artisan Pizzeria & Wine Bar Pizza
13/20
Dining Room at Eno Artisan Pizzeria & Wine Bar, Coronado, CA Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave.
Coronado, CA 92118

Artisan pizzas and compelling wines at the Hotel del Coronado. More...

Fidel's Mexican
10/20
Dining Room at Fidel 607 Valley Ave.
Solana Beach, CA 92075
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The Montanez family brings authentic Mexican to Solana Beach in the Hacienda-style restaurant. More...

Haggo's Organic Tacos Mexican
Quick Bite
1114 N. Coast Hwy. 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

Tacos made with garden-fresh ingredients and sustainable meats in a funky Encinitas setting. More...

Island Prime Steakhouse
12/20
880 Harbor Island Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Overlooking the bay, city skyline and Coronado, this modern eatery sports creative appetizers and straightforward main courses. More...

La Pizzeria Arrivederci Italian
12/20
3789 4th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
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Authentic Italian pizza in Hillcrest. More...

Las Olas Mexican
11/20
2655 S. Hwy. 101
Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007
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This seaside cantina serves Baja-style Mexican food and specialty margaritas to a lively crowd. More...

Milton's Delicatessen, Grill & Bakery Deli
11/20
Dining Room at Milton Flower Hill Promenade
2660 Via de la Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014
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Classic deli serving generous portions of fresh, quality food. More...

The Mission American
12/20
2801 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92104
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Traditional American and Latino fare, along with Asian-inspired recipes with a healthy bent. More...

Naked Cafe Healthy
12/20
106 S. Sierra Ave.
Solana Beach, CA 92075
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Healthy, flavorful eats in a hip neighborhood café overlooking Fletcher Cove Park and the ocean in Solana Beach. More...

Pacific Coast Grill Pacific Rim
14/20
Dining Room at Pacific Coast Grill, Cardiff, CA 2526 S. Coast Hwy. 101
Cardiff, CA 92007

Perched on Cardiff Beach, Pacific Coast Grill is a good spot for sunset cocktails, sushi and Pacific Rim-meets-Modern California cuisine. More...

Parkhouse Eatery American
12/20
4574 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92116
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Set in a former Hillcrest home, this restaurant row favorite serves up generous portions of eclectic cuisine. More...

Phil’s BBQ Barbecue
12/20
3750 Sports Arena Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92110
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Serious barbecue awaits at Phil’s in Point Loma. More...

Pizza Nova Pizza
11/20
3955 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
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A family favorite that has been serving wood-fired pizzas, hearty pastas and loaded salads since 1990. More...

The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza Pizza
13/20
1706 S. Coast Hwy.
Oceanside, CA 92054

Neighborhood favorite for coal-fired, thin-crust pizza, farm fresh appetizers and craft beers in Oceanside. More...

Ranchos Cocina Mexican
12/20
3910 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92104
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Popular North Park eatery for Mexican fare, with extensive vegetarian and vegan options. More...

Real Food & Spirits Pizza
13/20
124 S. Solana Hills Dr.
Solana Beach, CA 92075

Tasty wood-fired and artisan pizzas and unique salads in Solana Beach. More...

Rimel's Rotisserie California
13/20
Dining Room at Rimel 2005 San Elijo Ave.
Cardiff, CA 92007
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Rimel's serves up artisan meats, along with fresh salads, rice bowls and impressive homemade sauces. More...

Rimel's Rotisserie Seafood
12/20
Dining Room at Rimel 1030 Torrey Pines Rd., Ste. E
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Kid- and pet-friendly, Rimel’s has a comfortable atmosphere and hometown feel. More...

Saffron Chicken and Saffron Noodles & Sate Thai
12/20
3731 India St.
San Diego, CA 92103
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Fresh seasonal Thai cooking along with dishes from Korea, India and Vietnam. More...

Sammy's Woodfired Pizza Pizza
12/20
702 Pearl St.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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This family-friendly spot serves up wood-fired pizzas and global tapas. More...

Soleil@K California
13/20
Dining Room at Soleil@K, San Diego, CA Marriott San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
660 K St.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Contemporary California cuisine in a swank setting at the Marriott. More...

Spice & Rice Thai Kitchen Thai
12/20
7734 Girard Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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For those Thai cravings, Spice & Rice offers traditional dishes in a nice setting in La Jolla. More...

Super Cocina Mexican
Quick Bite
3627 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92104
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Authentic home-style Mexican cuisine from family recipes passed along to each generation. More...

Urban Plates American
Quick Bite
Del Mar Highlands Town Center
12857 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130

Chef-driven, farm-fresh healthy eats and great take-out in Carmel Valley. More...

Waypoint Public New American
14/20
Dining Room at Waypoint Public, San Diego, CA 3794 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92104

Craft beer along with bistro fare from executive chef Amanda Baumgarten. More...

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