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Best San Diego Kid-Friendly Restaurants

 
Cucina Enoteca is one of the best kid-friendly restaurants in San Diego
Not all restaurants have to offer entertainment — television, clowns or video games, for example — 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 these kid-friendly restaurants in San Diego that can please both big and little diners.


 


2Good2B American
Quick Bite
204 N. El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024

Soy-, corn- and gluten-free savory dishes and tasty baked goods are served at this Encinitas eatery. More...

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
No Rating
Dining Room at Bistro West, Carlsbad, CA West Inn complex
4960 Avenida Encinas
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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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...

Bull's Smokin' BBQ Barbecue
12/20
1127 W. Morena Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92110
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Texas-style barbecue, draft beer and family-friendly fun. More...

Buster's Beach House Eclectic
10/20
Seaport Village Shopping Center
807 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
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This bayside eatery in Seaport Village celebrates global cuisine and surf culture. 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...

The Cheesecake Factory American
11/20
Fashion Valley Shopping Center
Friars Rd. at Hwy. 163
San Diego, CA 92110
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Popular spot for large salads, sandwiches and plates with many cheesecake choices for dessert. 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
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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
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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...

Flat Rock Eats & Drinks American
13/20
102 Aberdeen Dr.
Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007

Casual American fare with gourmet twists in the surfer hub of Cardiff. More...

The Habit Burger Grill Burgers
11/20
909 Lomas Santa Fe Dr.
Solana Beach, CA 92075

Fresh ground-beef char-burgers, crisp fries, shakes and salads at affordable prices. 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...

Ki's Restaurant California
13/20
2591 S. Coast Hwy. 101
Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007
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Organic seasonal California cuisine with views of Cardiff Beach and its surfers. 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...

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar American
12/20
Westfield Mission Valley Mall
1202 Camino Del Rio N.
San Diego, CA 92108

Burgers, beers, big plates and boisterous energy are the reasons to visit this Mission Valley eatery. More...

Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria Pizza
11/20
3448 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92104
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Chicago-style pizza for San Diegans. More...

Leucadia Pizzeria Pizza
10/20
315 S. Coast Hwy. 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
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Pizza, salads, subs and gourmet desserts in Encinitas by Moonlight Beach. 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...

Oceana Coastal Kitchen California
14/20
Dining Room at Oceana Coastal Kitchen, San Diego, CA Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
3999 Mission Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92109
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Seafood-centric California cuisine at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa with sweeping views of Mission Bay. 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...

Pizza Port Pizza
11/20
135 N. Hwy. 101
Solana Beach, CA 92075
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Solana Beach family and surfer joint known for its thick-crusted pizzas and handcrafted brews. 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...

Puesto Mexican
13/20
Dining Room at Puesto, San Diego, CA The Headquarters at Seaport District
789 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
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A colorful high-design eatery for Mexican street food and clever cocktails in The Headquarters at Seaport District downtown. 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...

SEA180 Coastal Tavern California
14/20
Pier South Resort, Autograph Collection
800 Seacoast Dr.
Imperial Beach, CA 91932

Seaside dining is the focus of this Cohn Restaurant Group eatery at Pier South Resort, Autograph Collection. 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...

Sublime Ale House American
12/20
1020 W. San Marcos Blvd.
San Marcos, CA 92078

Expansive craft beer list and casual comfort food in the North County “Beer Triangle.” 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
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Craft beer along with bistro fare from executive chef Amanda Baumgarten. More...

Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill Barbecue
13/20
Hazard Center
7510 Hazard Center Dr., Ste. 215
San Diego, CA 92108

Los Angeles-based barbecue and meat restaurant in Mission Valley. More...

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