best kid friendly restaurants in houston

Taking kids out to eat is not easy. Let us help you keep the tots entertained while you eat without sacrificing taste! We’ve rounded up the best kid- friendly restaurants in Houston who have entertainment for kids, great food, and great scenery! And don’t forget to check out our guide to spots where kids eat free in Houston for more spots you can take the little ones on the cheap.

Read more below for the best kid-friendly restaurants in Houston:

 

Downtown

Downtown Aquarium

Aquarium restaurants are fun for the whole family with awesome scenery, great food, and an outdoor carnival. The Kemah location is also great, making these two eateries some of the best places to eat with kids in Houston.

The Lake House at Discovery Green

This place looks expensive but it’s actually a counter service style restaurant. The food is from the same owners as Cafe Annie so you know it’s good. Plus, it’s affordable and has an awesome outdoor area, which is always a bonus when looking for family-friendly restaurants.

Niko Niko’s at Market Square Park

Beautiful scenery, delicious Greek food, and great options for kids. When the weather is nice, this is a great spot for some outdoor dining with the whole family.

 

Inner Loop

The Boot

This Heights-area restaurant has a huge outdoor patio and a playground. They offer Cajun-style food with plenty of options for all eaters.

Cedar Creek Cafe

This laid-back restaurant has a huge patio with plenty of seating and a fire pit. If you go during the day, it’s a child-friendly restaurant, but at night, the vibe becomes much more adult-oriented as it does have a bar.

Crisp

This neighborhood-style Pizza restaurant has awesome food and a beautiful outdoor seating area. The kids will also love the breakfast.

El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

This delicious Mexican restaurant offers an outdoor patio and old western movies projected on a wall.

Hobbit Cafe

This quirky eatery offers delicious and healthy food, vegan and vegetarian options, and Hobbit- styled decor.

Last Concert Cafe

This restaurant offers live music on stage, delicious Mexican food, and a lively atmosphere.

Mia’s Table

This upscale eatery offers down-home food both you and the kids will love, offering everything from delicious chicken tenders to burgers to tacos and salads. It’s one of our favorite kid-friendly restaurants in Houston. On nice days, be sure to sit on the patio.

Natachees

This supper club has great food and tables stocked with coloring books and trivia cards. Let the kids try their famous Shirley Temples while you try their punch!

Punk’s Simple Southern Food

The name says it all- their food is great, the decor is great, and they have a play area!

The Rice Box

This is some of the best Chinese take out in Houston. Bring the kids for bar-style seating, a fun seating area, and the chance to eat out of an actual box!

 

 

Outer Loop

Beaver’s West

This eclectic BBQ joint has an awesome patio with all kinds of games like shuffleboard or Foosball.

Beck’s Prime on Westheimer

This location has an awesome outdoor seating area but if you’re just there for the great food, all of their locations have it.

BellaGreen at City Center

This cafeteria-style restaurant is loud enough that kids won’t bother anyone. You can also sit on the patio for people-watching and room for the kids to run around.

The Bistro at the American Girl Doll Store

This small eatery is inside an American Girl Doll Store- what more could little girls ask for? They also offer birthday parties and other packages. There’s room for the girls and their dolls. It’s located at Memorial City Mall.

The Del 

This cute eatery in Uptown is inside one of Houston’s most family-friendly restaurant. They have fresh, foodie cuisine but without all the pretense.

Gelazzi

This historical restaurant serves up pizza, sandwiches, and gelato. Their backyard offers comfy seating, tables, and a bike to play on.

Jenni’s Noodle House 

This restaurant has multiple locations but their Heights shop is the best. They have art everywhere, playful decor, amazing food, and an outdoor seating area.

Karbach Brewery

One of Houston’s favorite breweries offers tours and has a great little restaurant. The kids will love the patio tables and personal pizzas.

El Patio

This Mexican restaurant has a bustling bar, a great patio, plus mariachis and a balloon artist.

Little Matt’s

This isn’t just your standard kid-friendly Houston restaurant — it’s all about kids! They have an arcade, iPad station, candy station, photo booth, and complimentary booze for the grown-ups.

 

Greater Houston

Carl’s BBQ

This hidden gem in Cypress is a long- standing, family run business. Their food is delicious and their spacious dining room has historical, Texan- themed artifacts for the kids to explore.

Drix Wine Lounge

This hot spot in Katy can get pretty busy but it’s worth the wait. They have great wine, great food, and great atmosphere. Plus, the kids have a whole playroom to themselves- with a door (so it doesn’t get too loud!)

Frey’s Backyard Cafe

This counter serve restaurant is in a garage- styled building and they have a kid- friendly backyard.

Hot Spot Cajun Seafood House

This Viet- Cajun eatery will wow the kids with their couch- seating and dozens of televisions. They serve hurricanes and other adult beverages, plus awesome crawfish, catfish, fried rice, hush puppies, and more.

La Hacienda in Cypress

All of the La Hacienda restaurants have great food but the one in Cypress has a bonus: a sprawling outdoor area with a huge playground. You do not want to miss this place!

Las Ventanas

This colorful cantina has a large patio under a sprawling oak tree and fountains to throw change in. It’s beautiful, with great food and excellent service.

Monument Inn

Go see the San Jacinto Monument then watch the ships passing through the channel as you dine.

No Label Brewery

This brewery in Katy has it all- great brews, friendly staff, tons of room for the kids to run around and even a playground. You’ll also love their food trucks and live music in the dining hall.

Penas Donut Heaven

The name says it all- the best, fanciest donuts you’ve ever tried, plus donut burgers, breakfast, and more.

Rosehill Beer Garden

This food truck park with a covered seating area has plenty of options for everyone. There is a bar, a playground, restrooms and handwashing stations, awesome seating options, and more.

Skip’s 

This farm- style restaurant in Cypress is fun for the whole family. They have checkerboard tables for checkers and chess, plenty of room to run around, patio seating, arcade games, pool, and more.

 

Locations Around Town

Barnaby’s

This delicious eatery has coloring pages, toy robots, and outdoor patio games. Plus, you’ll both love the food. They have multiple locations around town.

Bernie’s Burger Bus

This school-themed restaurant is in Bellaire, the Heights, and Katy. They have great food and the kids will get a kick out of the bus.

Christian’s Tailgate

With three locations in Houston, including one in Katy, this burger joint is here to serve. They have over-sized burgers, beer, TVs, and karaoke.

Gringo’s

This Mexican restaurant has amazing food (try the Marisco bowl!) and a playground for kids. You’ll also love the patio seating and waterfalls. Don’t miss the free ice cream!

James Coney Island

This 50s- style hot dog diner also gives kids a free ice cream with a kids combo purchase. Don’t worry, they serve more than just hot dogs!

Jimmy Changas

With an awesome playground area and delicious, fusion bites, and great margaritas, you can’t go wrong.

Luna’s Pizzeria

This pizza joint has sleek, modern decor for the kids to marvel, plus games and a magic 8 ball to keep them entertained. The food is what will keep you coming back!

Lupe Tortilla

Many Lupe Tortilla locations have a kids playground. They’ll also love the decor and the food- and you’ll love the drinks!

MOD Pizza

The kids will love ordering their pizza and watching it be prepped. They can customize their pizza just the way the like it! Plus, the pizzas are delicious and they have plenty of other fun options.

Molina’s

This restaurant has some of the best Mexican food in Houston- it’s also a Bush Family Favorite! They have Mariachi bands on weekend, the patio is huge, and you’ll never have to wait for a table.

Red River BBQ

This BBQ restaurant is one of the best in town and it’s definitely child-friendly. They have a huge, wrap-around porch and a sandbox.

Skeeter’s

Each Skeeter’s locations has tables covered in butcher paper for kids to color on. Order the kids a stuffed potato- they’ll eat every bite!

Willie’s

This laid-back garage-style restaurant serves up American classics. The kids will love the sandbox. You’ll love the margaritas! It’s an excellent family-friendly restaurant in Houston.

 

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