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Best San Francisco/Bay Area 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 Francisco/Bay Area that can please both big and little diners.


 


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SAN FRANCISCO CITY

Academy Cafe Vietnamese
Quick Bite
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118

A modern café in the California Academy of Sciences More...

Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers Burgers
Quick Bite
4138 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
Menu
Huge burgers and irresistible fries satisfy at this better-than-fast-food Noe Valley burger bar. More...

Beach Chalet Brewpub
12/20
Dining Room at Beach Chalet, San Francisco, CA Beach Chalet
1000 Great Hwy.
San Francisco, CA 94121
Menu
The draw here is the spectacular 180-degree view of the waves crashing on Ocean Beach. More...

Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop Ice Cream
Quick Bite
3692 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Indulgent small-batch ice creams and baked goods crafted with local ingredients. More...

Bill's Place Diner
Quick Bite
2315 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94121
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No swanky digs and small plates here. Devoted locals come for the straightforward, homemade diner fare and honest, small-town conviviality. More...

Bistro Boudin Seafood
13/20
Boudin at the Wharf
160 Jefferson St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
Menu
Sleek, modern bistro at Boudin Bakery's flagship store offers better food than most restaurants on the Wharf without exorbitant prices. More...

Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar Seafood
12/20
Haslett Warehouse
Argonaut Hotel
471 Jefferson St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
Menu
Seafood classics and eight varieties of chowder served in a setting reminiscent of old Gold Rush-era San Francisco. More...

La Boulange de Polk Café
Quick Bite
2300 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Cakes and baskets of flaky croissants line the wood counters of this casual neighborhood boulangerie. More...

Buca di Beppo Italian
11/20
855 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Menu
Large groups always seem to descend on this wacky branch of a Midwest chain that gaudily celebrates everything Italian American. More...

BurgerMeister Burgers
Quick Bite
Dining Room at BurgerMeister, San Francisco, CA 759 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133
Menu
Neighborhood charmer serves a top-quality Niman Ranch beef patty grilled to juicy perfection for one of the best classic burgers in town. More...

Burma Superstar Burmese
13/20
Dining Room at Burma Superstar, San Francisco, CA 309 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Burmese cuisine, as authentic as you can get it stateside, is served up to a mixed crowd including college students and older couples. More...

Chenery Park American
12/20
683 Chenery St.
San Francisco, CA 94131
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A friendly neighborhood restaurant that draws a mostly local crowd craving straightforward American cuisine. More...

Chow American
13/20
215 Church St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Chow is a beloved spot known for affordable comfort food and some eclectic dishes as well. More...

Cupola Pizzeria Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Cupola Pizzeria, San Francisco, CA Westfield San Francisco Centre, 4th Floor
845 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Menu
Cupola Pizzeria serves fresh Italian fare under the dome at Westfield San Francisco Centre. More...

Delancey Street Restaurant American
11/20
600 Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94107
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The moderately priced food is traditional American fare highlighted by ethnic and regional specialties. More...

DeLessio Market & Bakery American
Quick Bite
1695 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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A dreamy café with serious pastries and an eye-popping deli case. More...

Ella's American
13/20
500 Presidio Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Ella's promises neoclassical American cooking and delivers the goods---think meatloaf and chicken potpie---but the real draw is the popular weekend brunch. More...

Flipper's Gourmet Hamburgers Burgers
12/20
482 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Casual café known for its brunch favorites, big burgers and outdoor patio. More...

Foreign Cinema California
14/20
Dining Room at Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, CA 2534 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Foreign classics and independent feature films are screened nightly on the wall of this Mission District restaurant. More...

Gialina Italian
13/20
2842 Diamond St.
San Francisco, CA 94131
Menu
The pizza-tossing pride of Glen Park, a family-friendly village sliced in half by I-280. More...

Gott's Roadside American
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Gott Ferry Building Marketplace
1 Ferry Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Simple, fast food with a California style at the Ferry Building Marketplace. More...

Green Chile Kitchen New Mexican
Quick Bite
1801 McAllister St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Organic salads, rotisserie chicken and burritos are offered at this casual eatery. More...

Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream
Quick Bite
2790 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Requisite foodie stop in the Mission that raises ice cream to new and quirky artisanal heights. More...

The Ice Cream Bar Ice Cream
Quick Bite
Dining Room at The Ice Cream Bar, San Francisco, CA 815 Cole St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

Retro fixtures and recipes deliver ice cream treats and lunch counter favorites for kids and adults. More...

Kate's Kitchen American
12/20
471 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

Lower Haight locals line up at Kate's for large plates of Southern-influenced breakfast and lunch fare. More...

Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar California
14/20
Dining Room at Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar, San Francisco, CA The Fairmont San Francisco
950 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Located in the lobby of The Fairmont San Francisco, this restaurant serves as the centerpiece of the hotel. More...

The Little Chihuahua Mexican Restaurant Mexican
Quick Bite
292 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
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Divisadero taqueria’s devotion to organic, sustainable ingredients means upgraded quality and farm-fresh flavor with plenty of heat. More...

Little Griddle American
Quick Bite
1400 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Big portions served within sight of Twitter's headquarters make the Little Griddle ground zero for high tech and hominess. More...

Little Star Pizza Pizza
14/20
846 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
Menu
Gourmet pizzeria packs in a hip neighborhood crowd with decadent deep dish and thin crust pies. More...

McCormick & Kuleto's Seafood Restaurant Seafood
13/20
Ghirardelli Square
900 North Point St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
Menu
A restaurant in Ghirardelli Square with an encyclopedic seafood menu and panoramic views of the waterfront and San Francisco Bay. More...

Max's Opera Cafe American
11/20
Pacific Union Condominiums
601 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Menu
American fare---sandwiches, specials, salads---and generously sized desserts. More...

Mel's Drive-In American
11/20
2165 Lombard St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
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American fare like burgers and milkshakes are served up at this Marina eatery. More...

Mel's Drive-In American
Quick Bite
3355 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Classic 50's diner serving comfort food favorites. More...

Mission Pie Café
Quick Bite
2901 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

This casual corner eatery serves pies sweet and savory along with true neighborhood friendliness. More...

Original Joe's Italian
13/20
601 Union St.
San Francisco, CA 94133

Classic, colorful Italian restaurant that woos the city's politicos, business big-wigs and socialites to its red vinyl booths. More...

Pacific Catch California
13/20
2027 Chestnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94123

Pacific Catch finds its niche with sparkling fresh seafood served up in casual, healthy dishes that span the Pacific Rim from Mexico to Asia. More...

Pancho Villa Taqueria Mexican
Quick Bite
3071 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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A local favorite for tacos and burritos, which also means a long line but it moves quickly. More...

Park Chalet American
13/20
Golden Gate Park
1000 Great Hwy.
San Francisco, CA 94121
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A garden restaurant and microbrewery near the ocean at the foot of Golden Gate Park. More...

Park Chow American
12/20
1240 Ninth Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94122

American comfort food rules at this homey Inner Sunset restaurant that's an easy walk from the de Young Museum. More...

Pasta Pomodoro Italian
12/20
3611 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Pasta house with multiple locations concentrates on reasonably-priced better-than-average noodles and generous portions. More...

Pasta Pomodoro Italian
Quick Bite
4000 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Chain pasta house features reasonably priced traditional Italian dishes and generous portions. More...

Pauline's Pizza Pizza
12/20
Dining Room at Pauline 260 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Putting California on the map for pizza, this pizzeria offers veggies and artisan cheeses on a crisp and flavorful crust. More...

Plow American
13/20
Dining Room at Plow, San Francisco, CA 1299 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Menu
Lovely neighborhood spot with soaring ceilings and striking views of the city serves up breakfast and lunch. More...

Q Barbecue
13/20
Dining Room at Q, San Francisco, CA 225 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94118

Southern-inspired fare served amid a brightly colored décor. More...

Rigolo French
13/20
3465 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Nibble on Niçoise salads, fresh pastries and baker's pizzas with three types of crust. More...

Roadside BBQ Barbecue
Quick Bite
3751 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Family-friendly atmosphere to grab decent barbecue. More...

St. Francis Fountain Diner
12/20
Dining Room at St. Francis Fountain, San Francisco, CA 2801 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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San Francisco's oldest ice cream parlor doubles as a popular brunch spot. More...

Tacolicious Mexican
12/20
741 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Menu
Can this Mission District outpost of a Marina favorite compete with the city's most authentic taquerias? More...

Tartine Bakery Bakery
Quick Bite
600 Guerrero St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Sophisticated corner café known for its baked goods, sandwiches, eternally crowded tables and long lines out the door. More...

Tony's Pizza Napoletana Pizza
14/20
Dining Room at Tony 1570 Stockton St.
San Francisco, CA 94133
Menu
Expect a wait --- but it's worth it for Tony Gemignani's pizza. More...

Umami Burger Burgers
12/20
Dining Room at Umami Burger, San Francisco, CA 2184 Union St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
Menu | Video
Burger chain with a hip, lively atmosphere, where chef Adam Fleischman's team makes nearly every ingredient in-house. More...

Yank Sing Chinese
14/20
Rincon Center
101 Spear St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Menu
Nearly 100 items, from creative to traditional, roll by on the trolleys at one of the Bay Area's best spots for dim sum. More...

EAST BAY

Aunt Mary's Cafe American
13/20
4307 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
Menu
Southern-inspired breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner in a roomy-yet-homey neighborhood space. More...

Bakesale Betty Bakery
Quick Bite
5098 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609

Famous for its fried chicken sandwiches, this bakery also sells cookies, brownies and scones made from the best ingredients. More...

Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers Burgers
Quick Bite
4162 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94611
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Still a classic place for burgers. More...

Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers Burgers
Quick Bite
1600 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94709
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Still a classic place for burgers. More...

Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers Burgers
Quick Bite
1591 Solano Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94707
Menu
Barney’s, part of a small family-owned local chain, is known around the Bay Area for its unusually wide selection of burgers. More...

Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers Burgers
Quick Bite
5819 College Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618
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Still a classic place for burgers. More...

Bette's Oceanview Diner Diner
13/20
1807 Fourth St.
Berkeley, CA 94710
Menu
View or not, Bette's is a good spot for a slow morning of pancakes and satisfying omelets. More...

Bistro 1491 American
13/20
1491 Solano Ave.
Albany , CA 94706
Menu
Cross-cultural comfort food in a cozy setting. More...

Cactus Taqueria Mexican
Quick Bite
1881 Solano Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94707
Menu
The tortillas are lard-free, the chips are fried in safflower oil, and the meat is from high-quality purveyors like Fulton Valley and Niman Ranch. More...

Cactus Taqueria Taqueria
Quick Bite
5642 College Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618
Menu
The tortillas are lard-free, the chips are fried in safflower oil, and the meats are from quality purveyors. More...

Cheese Board Pizza Pizza
Quick Bite
1512 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94709
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Its chewy-crunchy sourdough crust topped with gourmet cheese, this pizza is an East Bay favorite. More...

Chow American
13/20
La Fiesta Square
53 Lafayette Cir.
Lafayette, CA 94549
Menu
This location of Chow shares its menu and style with those of its three other branches. More...

The Counter Burgers
13/20
1699 N. California Blvd.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Thousands of possible combinations for custom built, above average burgers at this lively, modern chain. More...

Fat Apples Restaurant & Bakery American
12/20
1346 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94709
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Baked goods and comfort classics at this family-friendly Berkeley institution. More...

Fentons Creamery & Restaurant Ice Cream
12/20
4226 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94611
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Serving handcrafted ice cream for well over a century, Fentons has delighted generations of dessert-lovers. More...

Gioia Pizzeria Pizza
Quick Bite
1586 Hopkins St.
Berkeley, CA 94707
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Foldable, thin-crust pies and slices with seasonal toppings. More...

Grand Lake Kitchen Deli
13/20
576 Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA 94610
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More than a simple deli at the eastern tip of Lake Merritt. More...

Home of Chicken & Waffles Southern
12/20
444 Embarcadero W.
Oakland, CA 94607
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This Oakland eatery serves crispy fried chicken, waffles and other soul food specialties. More...

Homeroom American
13/20
400 40th St.
Oakland, CA 94609

Mac ‘n’ cheese is king at this vibrant restaurant. More...

Jupiter Brewpub
12/20
Dining Room at Jupiter, Berkeley, CA 2181 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
Menu
Brick oven pizza and a huge beer garden elevate this downtown Berkeley brewpub. More...

Picante Cocina Mexicana Mexican
12/20
1328 Sixth St.
Berkeley, CA 94710

Fine Mexican cuisine off the beaten track. More...

Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe American
13/20
Dining Room at Rudy 4081 Hollis St.
Emeryville, CA 94608
Menu
Fun, punk diner known for satisfying, down-home cuisine; co-owners include a member of Green Day. More...

Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen Deli
12/20
1475 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94709
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A New York style deli that feels like the real thing. More...

Trueburger Burgers
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Trueburger, Oakland, CA 146 Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612

A modern-classic burger restaurant with flavor as honest as its serious foodie cred. More...

Zachary's Chicago Pizza Pizza
13/20
1853 Solano Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94706
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Excellent Chicago-style pizza. More...

Zachary's Chicago Pizza Pizza
13/20
Dining Room at Zachary 5801 College Ave.
Oakland, CA 94601
Menu
Zachary's, an East Bay standout beloved by locals, serves up quality stuffed and thin crust pizza. More...

MARIN COUNTY

Amici's East Coast Pizzeria Pizza
12/20
Dining Room at Amici 1242 Fourth St.
San Rafael, CA 94901
Menu
This comfortable pizzeria offers reliable East Coast-style thin-crust pies, a generous antipasto salad and extras such as soy cheese. More...

Buckeye Roadhouse American
13/20
Dining Room at Buckeye Roadhouse, Mill Valley, CA 15 Shoreline Hwy.
Mill Valley, CA 94941
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Creative twists on modern American comfort food attract crowds to this hunting lodge-style restaurant. More...

The Club at McInnis Park California
13/20
McInnis Park Golf Center
350 Smith Ranch Rd.
San Rafael, CA 94903
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This large, clubby restaurant has a solid menu of American dishes and one of the county's best outdoor patios. More...

Fish. Seafood
Quick Bite
350 Harbor Dr.
Sausalito, CA 94965
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This dockside Sausalito restaurant serves sustainable seafood in all its forms, from fish ‘n’ chips to pristine raw oysters. More...

Phyllis' Giant Burgers Burgers
Quick Bite
2202 Fourth St.
San Rafael, CA 94901
Menu
The space may be tiny but the burgers definitely aren't---Phyllis' serves up some of the biggest and best burgers around. More...

Piazza D'Angelo Italian
13/20
22 Miller Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Menu
Piazza D'Angelo offers classic Italian fare, a strong bar scene and friendly, solid service. More...

Pizzeria Picco Pizza
Quick Bite
316 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939
Menu
One of Marin’s hottest “Neapolitan-inspired” pizza spots, Pizzeria Picco specializes in extra-thin crusts topped with often organic ingredients. More...

PENINSULA

Applewood Pizza Pizza
13/20
1001 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Menu
An old-fashioned neighborhood pizza parlor that serves some of the Bay Area's best gourmet pies. More...

Buck's of Woodside American
12/20
Dining Room at Buck 3062 Woodside Rd.
Woodside, CA 94062
Menu
Join the venture capitalist crowd for some buckwheat pancakes at this Silicon Valley institution. More...

California Pizza Kitchen Pizza
12/20
531 Cowper St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Menu
While pizza with cross-cultural toppings is the main draw, the other dishes also merit attention at this Palo Alto location. More...

Il Fornaio Italian
13/20
520 Cowper St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Menu
For upscale Italian cuisine and weekend brunch in downtown Palo Alto. More...

Mayfield Bakery & Cafe California
13/20
Town & Country Village
855 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Menu
Bakery-driven dishes and desserts top the offerings at this quality casual eatery from the owners of The Village Pub. More...

Pampas Brazilian
13/20
Dining Room at Pampas, Palo Alto, CA 529 Alma St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Menu
This luxe Brazilian-style steakhouse presents an edible carnival for carnivores, and redefines the concept of meat on a stick. More...

Patxi's Chicago Pizza Pizza
13/20
441 Emerson St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Menu
This Chicago-style pizzeria offers deep-dish and thin-crust pizzas, and a smattering of appetizers, salads and wine. More...

Peninsula Fountain & Grill American
13/20
566 Emerson St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Menu
This classic soda fountain serves good burgers and creamy milk shakes. More...

Sam's Chowder House Seafood
13/20
Dining Room at Sam 4210 Cabrillo Hwy.
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

This seafood eatery overlooking the ocean offers New England-style specialties among other regional seafood dishes. More...

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