Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Seattle
It’s back to school time, and that means families are busier than ever. When you don’t have time to cook, take the family to dinner at these kid- and parent-pleasing restaurants.
Burger Hero [AMERICAN] Your superhero wannabe is going to love this place, where the friendly owners give the youngest diners free ice cream. At the teeny spot, which is the former home of the original Lunchbox Laboratory, the burgers are mighty fine, too. Plus: Donkey Kong! Lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat. 7302½ 15th Ave. NW; 206.783.0204; Facebook: “Burger Hero”
El Camión Adentro [MEXICAN] The old Zesto’s is now home to the first brick-and-mortar location of Seattle’s best taco truck. Here, everything’s tasty and cheap: tacos (especially the grilled fish), burritos, horchata and salsas made from scratch. And there’s a Pac Man machine to ease the sometimes long wait, as well as free parking. Lunch and dinner daily. 6416 15th Ave. NW; 206.297.1124; elcamion-seattle.com
Chace’s Pancake Corral [BREAKFAST] Chace’s is a come-as-you-are classic that’s been pleasing kids and parents alike with affordable, rib-sticking breakfasts since it opened in 1958. Who doesn’t love tender buttermilk pancakes? Even better are the piping hot crêpes. And it’s probably the only place that’s up as early as your youngest, opening at 6 a.m., six days a week; 6:30 on Sundays. Breakfast daily. 1606 Bellevue Way SE; 425.454.8888
Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub [AMERICAN] Cozy into a booth with the whole family at this lively, friendly local chain of brewpubs. Here, mom and dad can sip a beer and dig into classics such as a Brewhouse BLT, while the kids color and crunch through a pile of some of the best nachos around (topped with chili and melted cheese). Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.–Sun. 255 SW 152nd St.; 206.246.4211; elliottbaybrewing.com. Locations also in West Seattle and Lake City.
Vios [GREEK] New parents looking for a place to have a nice meal with little kids should head directly to Vios, where the food is a good balance of parent-approved (lamb kebabs, falafel, dolmades) and kid-friendly (tender pita with house-made hummus with grilled chicken skewers, plus mac and cheese for the pickiest palates). But the main draw is the dedicated play space in the back, where children are free to play while mom and dad enjoy a meal in (relative) peace and quiet. Lunch Tue.–Fri., dinner Tue.–Sat., brunch Sat.–Sun. 903 19th Ave. E; 206.329.3236; vioscafe.com. Second location in Ravenna.
Coastal Kitchen [American] The kids are welcome at Capitol Hill’s charming mainstay, open all day. At dinnertime, a children’s menu (noodles with butter, smaller burgers, quesadillas) and a grownup menu (now with perfectly fresh oysters from the restaurant’s new oyster bar) make this a spot the whole family will enjoy. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 429 15th Ave. E; 206.322.1145; coastalkitchenseattle.com
Geraldine’s Counter [American] Morning, noon and evening, this neighborhood diner hums with happy conversation, as tiny babies are held close, toddlers dip house-made chicken fingers into ranch dressing, and mom and dad sup on the superb chicken pot pie. In the morning, all ages enjoy the city’s finest French toast. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.–Fri.; brunch and lunch Sat.–Sun. 4872 Rainier Ave. S; 206.723.2080; geraldinescounter.com