Perfect patio dining with kids in San Antonio

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Updated March 2018

Now that the glorious spring weather has arrived, one of the questions we get asked often is, “Where do we go for perfect patio dining with kids in San Antonio?” We compiled a short list of our favorites but decided our readers probably have great suggestions too, so we asked you on Facebook. Boy, did y’all come through! Check out this amazing, comprehensive list of the best patios for dining with kids in San Antonio (at restaurants with food parents will love too):

Two Step on Bandera and Braun
9840 West Loop 1604 N, San Antonio, TX 78254 (at the corner of Braun Rd and Loop 1604 in the parking lot of the Braun Pointe Shopping Center)
Jen Soberalski recommends Two Step on Bandera & Braun: “Nice patio and grassy area for kids to run and play!”

The Pigpen
106 Pershing, San Antonio, TX 78209
Melissa Vela-Williamson told us that, “Pigpen is good for kids but not toddlers as the playground set is a little too big. Or maybe that’s just my son who’s fearless and wants to climb on anything possible.” And, Megan Callaway noted, “We love The Pigpen. They are associated with, I believe, Smoke Shack, which is next door. They have brisket, shrimp tacos, brisket nachos, and fantastic queso with a wider array of food inside.”

Cerroni’s Purple Garlic
1017 Austin Highway, San Antonio, Texas 78209
Kids eat free all day Wednesday and Saturday with the purchase of one adult entree.

Blanco BBQ
13259 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216
A favorite of reader Marilyn Haner’s. And Ashley Zuehls said, “Blanco BBQ had a fenced in playground with picnic tables and a deck to eat while the kids play. Love the brisket!”

El Chapparal in Helotes
15103 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023
Stephanie Hall and Erika Zavala: “The location in Helotes has a rainbow playground set and lots of room to play.”

El Machito on Basse
7300 Jones Maltsberger Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209
Megan Callaway loves El Machito on Basse. “It’s a little pricey but we always just do appetizers and sneak the kid’s food, ha ha! Their bacon wrapped hotdog from the kids menu…amazing. And it’s made in house. And their playground and kids area is awesome. The service there is absolutely amazing. I’m not sure if they still offer if but on Saturday afternoons they were doing family days. Free face painting and other little activities.”

Four locations in San Antonio, but we’re not sure if they all offer playgrounds
Michelle Adams is happy that she’s found a place where the food is quick but organic and her 18-month-old loves their music playlist.

Alamo Street Eats Bar
609 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Niki Burnam recommends Alamo Street Eats Bar because, “everyone can choose what they want at different food trucks. With a toddler it can be tricky – my little girl kept wanting to run towards the busy street so it might be better for older kids!”

Two Bros. BBQ
12656 West Ave, San Antonio, TX 78216
With a shaded patio, huge kids’ playground, a sandbox, and live music on the weekends, not to mention some of the best BBQ around, Two Bros. BBQ has a perfect patio for families.

Shuck Shack
520 E Grayson St, San Antonio, TX 78215
The kids’ menu features fish and chips, cheeseburgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, and hot dogs. And, while kids will love the playground, parents will favor the fresh shucked oysters, lobster rolls, kewpie deviled eggs, and the Tijuana dog.

HEB’s 3 Double-O Nine Restaurant
17460 IH 35 N #500, Schertz, TX 78154
Cheryl Rodriquez can’t get enough of the patio at HEB’s Schertz restaurant, 3 Double‑0 Nine. “It’s a great place, especially on weekends. It’s a restaurant/bar/patio with kids’ play area. On the menu: amazing street tacos, pizzas, sandwiches, salads and awesome BBQ! The burgers includes several variations on the classic, with or without cheese, made with prime beef as well as turkey, garden, ahi tuna and brisket burgers. They also offer cocktails, wine, beer and they have live music on weekends. There is also indoor/outdoor seating with TVs to watch the Spurs. Afterward, walk down the sidewalk to Baskin Robbins for dessert!”

HEB’s Oaks Crossing Restaurant and Bar
 23635 Wilderness Oak, San Antonio, TX 78260
We wrote about HEB’s Oaks Crossing on San Antonio Mom Blogs when it first opened. Both Adrianna Sherman and Jenette Nicole love it too. Said Jenette, “I second HEB/Oaks Crossing Restaurant & Bar in Stone Oak. Kids eat free on Mondays and Thursdays and there are TON of kids there so it’s easy for little ones to make friends).

Beefy’s Backyard
25900 US-281, San Antonio, TX 78258
Jenette also likes Beefy’s Backyard’s huge patio for the parents and a playground and ball court for the kids (and game room inside if it rains).

The Pearl
303 Pearl Pkwy #300, San Antonio, TX 78215
Reader (and fellow San Antonio mom blogger!) Christina Coker recommends all of the restaurants with patios at The Pearl:
Boiler House
Bakery Lorraine
La Gloria
“Kids can run around the area no matter which place you visit!”

La Gloria at The Dominion
21819 IH 10 W, San Antonio, TX 78257
Vanessa Withers de Sovero thinks the play area here is really nice.

13838 Jones Maltsberger Rd, San Antonio, TX 78247
Rachel Morgan finds MoMak’s Backyard Malts and Burgers to be very toddler and kid friendly. “Great food too!”

Viola’s Ventanas
9660 Westover Hills Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78251
According to Katherine Jones Hurst, Viola’s offers, “a great playground for kids, on the patio-heaters in winter, fans and mist in the summer, beautiful big trees covering the deck, and live music at night for the parents!”

These great San Antonio patios also made our list (and many of yours!):

Big Bob’s Burgers
4553 North Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78249

Big’z Burger Joint
2303 N. Loop 1604 W. San Antonio, Texas 78258

The Cove
606 W Cypress, SA, TX 78212

The Friendly Spot
943 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205

8142 Broadway, San Antonio, TX. 78209

La Hacienda de Los Barrios
18747 Redland Rd., San Antonio, TX 78259

Willie’s Grill & Ice House
Four locations in San Antonio

Augie’s Barbed Wire Smokehouse
3709 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78212

The Longhorn Cafe
Four locations in San Antonio

Alamo Cafe
14250 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 78232

Tycoon Flats
2926 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78212

Pizza Mia
1005 W Bitters Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216

The Guenther House
205 E Guenther St, San Antonio, TX 78204

Sea Island Shrimp House (most locations, but not all, have patios and playgrounds – call ahead to be sure)
Six locations in San Antonio

Aldacos in Stone Oak
20079 Stone Oak Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78258
22211 Interstate 10 Frontage Rd, San Antonio, TX 78257

1439 E Sonterra Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78258

Center Court Pizza
20711 Wilderness Oak #113, San Antonio, TX 78258

The Point Park and Eats
24188 Boerne Stage Rd, San Antonio, TX 78255

El Mirasol
13489 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216
10003 NW Military Hwy #2107, San Antonio, TX 78231

Pam’s Patio Kitchen
11826 Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78230

Los Patios for Breakfast and Brunch
2015 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78217

Casa Rio
430 E. Commerce St., San Antonio, TX 78205

Scenic Loop Cafe
25615 Boerne Stage Rd, San Antonio, TX 78255

Specht’s Country Store
112 W Specht Rd, San Antonio, TX 78260

La Fonda on Main
2415 N. Main Ave., San Antonio, TX 78212

La Fogata
2427 Vance Jackson, San Antonio, TX 78213
22211 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257

Perfect patios for dining with kids in Boerne:

Random Beer Garden
11 Upper Cibolo Creek Rd, Boerne, TX 78006
Megan Callaway loves that Random offers a big open space. “There’s also this big awesome bouncy thing. Food trucks. Beer garden. Live music. Pretty awesome.”

Dog and Pony Grill
1481 S Main St, Boerne, TX 78006

A Taste of Boerne
1022 River Rd, Boerne, TX 78006
Mary Reed Phillips tells us they have amazing food trucks, sand volleyball, two playgrounds, and outdoor seating. And, the indoor seating has a bar and a bunch of TVs.

Perfect patios for dining with kids in Adkins:

Nutty’s Backyard Burgers, Beer, and More
12145 Loop 107, Ste 3 Adkins, TX 78101

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