Going out to eat with kids can be…interesting. We won’t sugar-coat it, so let’s be honest, it can get downright ugly. BUT, if you choose a restaurant that is known to be kid-friendly, you’re one step ahead of the potential drama. We are lucky to live in an area with a wealth of restaurants and our team couldn’t stop naming restaurants they love to go to as a family. Here are the TCMB Top Picks: Kid-Friendly Restaurants in the Twin Cities!
Bonfire | Multiple Area Locations – They have gluten free options, make your own sundaes with every kids meal purchase, and if you put your order in before 6pm it’s half-off pizzas and apps (plus $2 off drinks).
Buffalo Tap |Savage – Dive bar with super tasty burgers (in elk, bison, venison, turkey, and beef) and a relaxed atmosphere. The wait can be long since they don’t take reservations, but if you call ahead it really helps.
Ciao Bella | – Awesome with kids...the staff always keeps them happy and entertained, and often times they bring a special “ice cream treat” to the table at the end so mom and dad can finish their dinner with happy kiddos. This would be a fun place to introduce your kids to a “fancy” meal!
Convention Grill | Edina – A classic diner style restaurant with milkshakes you’ll melt over! And in classic diner style, you can watch the cooks prepare the food, which your kids will love.
Cosetta’s | St. Paul – Cosetta’s has the feel of an Italian marketplace. Choose your food cafeteria style and hang out for a while. If you’re heading for the Xcel Center, this is the perfect spot to hit beforehand. Just don’t leave without their authentic cannoli’s in hand!
Damico and Sons | Multiple Area Locations – Great food selection, kids eat free on Sundays. Head back for a girls’ night because their house wines are bottomless.
Edina Grill | Edina – Fresh, from scratch because they have fantastic burgers and breakfast all day long, this is a perfect spot for kids.
The Freehouse | Minneapolis North Loop – a favorite of because they are awesome with kids and the kids’ meals are fantastic!
Groveland Tap | St. Paul
Hello Pizza | 44th and France – Great because you can eat quickly when the little ones are impatient (by the slice) and they love the photo booth!
Isles Buns and Bakery | Minneapolis – Great spot to hit before a walk around the lake. Treat the kids to a puppy dog tail, then walk down 28th for a happy morning at Lake of the Isles.
Mendoberri | Mendota Heights – This spot has great food and a fun little kids area.
Mill Valley Kitchen | St. Louis Park Awesome – all kids meals come with veggies and fruit (sad that that’s not common, isn’t it?) and kids eat free on Sundays.
Pat’s Tap – They have skeeball and great food (plus it’s woman owned)!
Pinstripes | Edina – Great food, bowling on site and if you head out on weekday mornings, kids bowl for just $5 and parents for free. Kids eat free on Sundays from 5pm-close.
Pizzeria Lola | Minneapolis – Amazing, new pizza styles that you’ll love and your kids will enjoy too. Add in a photo booth and everyone leaves happy and with full tummies!
Punch Pizza | Multiple Area Locations – It’s usually super fast and if you linger the kids can watch the “pizza artisans” and the hot oven crank out pizzas…
Shamrocks | St. Paul – Great spot to stop with the kids. Burgers and sports games abound!
Snuffys Malt Shop | Multiple Area Locations – There are choices for the grown-up, for the child, and for the child stuck in a grown up body.
Tilia | Great lunchbox full of kid-friendly activities.
Tin Shed | Savage – Great because the kids can play arcade games right next to the tables while the adults relax.
The Valley Tap House | Apple Valley – Great food, kids eat free on Mondays.
Yum! Kitchen | Minneapolis – The cupcakes, the food, the atmosphere. This is one of the brightest spots near Lake Calhoun and the perfect spot to please both parents and kids. But mostly, the cupcakes!
Zumbro | Minneapolis – Little boxes of toys for kids and the food is fantastic for adults and kids alike.
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