We know just how difficult it is to find a place for the whole family to enjoy dinner. The long battles over where to eat out can cause parents an immense amount of frustration. When did having family dinner mean you had to sacrifice food quality?
That’s why we have put together a list of the best family and kid-friendly restaurants right here in San Antonio. No more loud arcade play with subpar food or wrestling the tikes into their seats at a fancy place. These places will revitalize your family night out and make sure the whole family has a great time that makes you want to go back again and again!
This themed building will immediately grab any kid’s attention with the flashy characters and decor. The staff is all dressed in costume and play characters that everyone will recognize like Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter, Draco Malfoy, and many more. The inside consists of different areas to sit and one’s even an old refrigerator! Your young ones will be so excited by the new adventure they’ll probably forget it’s even a restaurant. And, of course, the food has rave reviews from kids and parents alike.
902 NE Loop 410, San Antonio, TX, 78209
One of the prettiest locations on the list, there are massive oak trees to lounge underneath on a hot day. The BBQ is highly rated and is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. The large playscape outside lets your kids expend all of their energy while you enjoy the shade. And if it wasn’t great enough, there is also live music for parents to enjoy and some surprises in store for the kiddies on the weekends. But don’t tell them that!
13259 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX, 78216
For our first Mexican location look no further than this restaurant. With all sorts of options from fish tacos, burgers, quesadillas, and more, the menu is sure to please all parties. There is a kids menu and each food item comes with Jello! The food is highly rated as are the adult drink options. And with a large outdoor patio and kids play area, this Mexican place is a surefire stop for a night on the town.
8142 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX, 78209
This cozy place has a menu of variety. From fish tacos to burgers, wings to a Greek panini, there is something for everyone to enjoy here. The food is highly rated from customers and the staff is friendly and welcoming. With an outdoor patio and a kid’s area aimed at tiny tots in preschool, this place is sure to please everyone.
2926 N. St Mary’s, San Antonio, TX, 78212
A fun ramen place is over on the East side of the city, the atmosphere is fun and exciting. With a bunch of choices on the menu and the ability to make it vegan/vegetarian, no one will be left out. There is a large outdoor play area for kids and a stage for music. But what really makes this place unique is the fact that there are sensitivity rooms for differently-abled kids to get away from all the chaos. With proceeds being donated to charities, there is no better place to stop at and bring your kids to.
302 Montana St, San Antonio, TX, 78203
No kid-friendly restaurant list is complete without a pizza place. As the go-to favorite for most tots, Peter Piper Pizza is a fun, more refined version of famous chains that you know about. This location has a variety of pizza options, soft-serve ice cream, and Coke products for the family to enjoy. The arcade and large indoor play area make this a perfect outing for a party or just for valuable family time.
4474 Fredricksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX, 78201
A tried-and-true favorite by the UTSA campus, this unique outdoor restaurant is a food park that combines different food trucks in one area for any taste you prefer. There is a large patio to lounge upon and big screen TV’s to enjoy the big game. What really sets this food park in a different league is the open park area that is dog and kid-friendly. There are games set up like giant Jenga and frisbee to give the tots something to do. So, make sure your furry friend is with you and have a family day out in the park.
14530 Roadrunner Way, San Antonio, TX, 78249
In the same vein of outdoor establishments, this beer garden has great food like nachos and tacos. For the adults there is an outdoor bar, indoor bar, and a trailer that serves alcohol. A giant play area outside and a stage for music makes it an entertaining place for all. The best for many kids who go: being so close to the railroad to feel the train passing and watch it go by!
430 Austin St, San Antonio, TX, 78251
A 24-hour Tex-Mex place that has a ton of fun packed in. The food is jumbo-sized with reasonable pricing and great taste. The margaritas are great to enjoy and very stiff for parents. For the kiddos there is an outside patio and karaoke on Thursday and Sunday evenings! Let your tikes sing on stage while you enjoy your drinks and relax. This self-serve location is a favorite of families in the San Antonio area.
7870 Callaghan Rd. at I-10, San Antonio, TX, 78229
Don’t let the humble front fool you, this cozy place has great food and an inviting atmosphere. There is a spacious indoor area with friendly waitstaff and a colorful outdoor patio to make any kid’s eyes grow with excitement. The best part is the patio is dog-friendly so bring your furry family member with you! The food has rave reviews, specifically the mac-and-cheese menu items, and their smores dessert will please adults and tikes alike. Go down to Grayze for great food, service, and family time with everyone invited.
521 E. Grayson St, San Antonio, TX, 78215
A highly-rated burger place that offers gourmet food for the adults. The variety of options for your food will delight the adults and the fun atmosphere delights the kids. Outside there is a dining area and a playscape for the tots. Of course, no burger joint is complete without offering milkshakes and your kids will definitely convince you to buy them one. Big’z is a great choice for your burger cravings that will make your young ones very happy.
2303 N. Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX, 78258
Rounding out this list is a highly rated Italian restaurant. Everyone loves the food here and the pizza will pleas your young ones. The atmosphere is friendly and the waitstaff are great. The most unique factor of this location is the sandbox play area outside the restaurant. This is a nice change for kids who often have play areas to scale and not much else. There is no better stop for all of your hungering for Italian dishes.
1017 Austin HWY, San Antonio, TX, 78209
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