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Best kid-friendly restaurant

YOUR PICKS

nav_041) Stevi B’s

You say, “We love going to Stevi B’s …  It makes the kids happy, and they are entertained by the game room.

2) Mellow Mushroom

3) Doc Chey’s

4) Osteria 832

5) Joe’s Crab Shack

OUR PICKS

Adults can dig into grown-up pizzas like this arugula and prosciutto beauty in an atmosphere that welcomes the young ones, offering plenty of tasty menu items that will keep them satisfied.

Adults can dig into grown-up pizzas like this arugula and prosciutto beauty in an atmosphere that welcomes the young ones, offering plenty of tasty menu items that will keep them satisfied.

1) Osteria 832

AJC’s Food and More blogger John Kessler says, “This always-welcoming Virginia Highland pizzeria attracts so many families because the staff gets it. Customers here are treated with respect and sensitivity to their needs, whatever their age.”

2) Fickle Pickle

3) The Original El Taco

4) Nakato

5) Red Hen

126 comments Add your comment

KL

July 6th, 2010
12:43 pm

Henry’s Louisiana Grill in Acworth!!! Chef Henry is awesome!

Zeike

July 6th, 2010
12:46 pm

Cheesecake factory does a great job w/ my toddler. Bringing out a plate of sliced bananas and bread just for her before we even order, as most little ones can’t wait for the food to arrive. And while the kids menu is certainly ample, the adult food portions are usually so large that we rarely have to order a kids meal.

Kristen

July 6th, 2010
1:49 pm

The Burger Club in Vinings- Adult Burgers and Beverages- but totally kid friendly!

Paige

July 6th, 2010
2:28 pm

Flying Biscuit! My kids love the biscuit!

JJM

July 6th, 2010
2:50 pm

Taco Mac at Perimeter.

Matt

July 6th, 2010
3:04 pm

if the bill for two is higher than $50 leave your kids at home.

kevin

July 6th, 2010
3:24 pm

Matt,

Thanks for the advice, despite it having direct correlation to the article.

Osteria in the Highlands a place both grown ups and kids alike can enjoy.

kevin

July 6th, 2010
3:27 pm

Sorry that should have read, “…despite it NOT having any direct…”

Elizabeth

July 6th, 2010
3:30 pm

Noodle in Decatur. The servers are so sweet to my son, plus the menu has several kid-friendly options, in addition to the kid menu. We love it because the food is really good, plus the options for my son are things he will eat, but not the usual gross fried kid options we find in lots of other places. I

Drew

July 6th, 2010
4:20 pm

I’m anxiously awaiting the results of this poll so I know exactly what restaurants to avoid.

SCG

July 6th, 2010
4:24 pm

Osteria
Doc Chey’s
Little Azio

What can I say, we like noodles.

FM Fats

July 6th, 2010
4:29 pm

The Shed at Glenwood seems to deal very well with the toddlers of Glenwood Park.

MW

July 6th, 2010
4:31 pm

Stevi B’s Pizza!

Beth

July 6th, 2010
4:34 pm

Dakota Blue in Grant Park (near the Zoo) — they even have a toy area! A little more upscale is the new Farmstead in Decatur — they even serve the kid’s meals in cute cars that double as toys.

Wendy D

July 6th, 2010
4:43 pm

Raging Burrito in Decatur. I say this as someone who doesn’t have kids but is thrilled when a restaurant can make families happy while at the same time keeping the atmosphere tolerable for everyone else. So yes, there are lots of babies and young kids and old kids at Raging Burrito, having a good time, drawing, ordering either kids or regular food, but meanwhile no one without kids is suffering bleeding ears or tripping over kids. I don’t know how they do it, if it’s a combo of the parents of Decatur or the staff or what, but I wish more places were like this.

Sk8ing Momma

July 6th, 2010
4:44 pm

I am a firm believer that well-behaved children should be able to eat at any restaurant. I’ve always taken my children (starting when they were toddlers) to any restaurant, from $ to $$$$. They’ve never been a problem (Honestly!…In fact, patrons often complimented their behavior.). In addition, I’m not a big fan of children’s menus…Yes, sometimes my children select meals from them; but, they are just as happy (and often prefer) to choose from the “adult” menu. I don’t cater to kid-friendly taste buds at home; hence, they are experienced in eating “grown up” food. Home training and manners go a long way ~ try teaching them!

SB

July 6th, 2010
4:46 pm

OK Cafe…fun atmosphere and good food

Lisa

July 6th, 2010
4:47 pm

Right, every mother thinks their kids are the exception and that their behavior is always good. What about the parents that let the little darlings run wild as soon as they are bored sitting at the table??

mrj

July 6th, 2010
4:50 pm

To the bloggers that clicked on a link that they had no interest in adding to, other than to make immaterial comments about folks with kids dining out: get a pet so you get the attention that you would seem to desperately need.
WE only go out when our 3 yr old is in a frame of mind that will allow us to not be a nuisance to other patrons. In that vein, we also have not had to alter the places that we frequented previously.
My vote is Locos (in particular Sandy Springs). They have been great to us!

Paul

July 6th, 2010
4:50 pm

My kids both agreed that Yum Yum Thai in Tucker is their favorite kid-friendly restaurant. We have been eating there since the kids were little, and the staff are always very welcoming and go out of their way to find dishes that the kids like. My super-picky son was won over by their chicken and broccoli.

heather

July 6th, 2010
4:55 pm

Stevi B’s Pizza is great. great food, game room and the location new my house does a lot to support the local schools.

Steve

July 6th, 2010
4:58 pm

El Taco, Doc Chey’s and Rosebud in Morningside
Nino’s on Cheshire Bridge
Osteria and Hand in Hand (yes, a pub) in Va Hi
Houston’s, Roaster’s and Lenox Grill in Buckhead
My kids are 2 and 3 and love all of these places (and are loved back, usually by name).

mag burdett

July 6th, 2010
5:04 pm

Doc Chey’s

hello newman

July 6th, 2010
5:06 pm

Vintage Pizzeria in Chamblee is a fantastic family joint. They have an 18+ side and a family side. Really nice exposed brick/ambiance and great italian food (not just pizza) to boot.

Jess

July 6th, 2010
5:07 pm

Elevation Chophouse (Kennesaw) has a menu just for Junior Pilots and kids are entertained watching the planes take off!

Dad of Three

July 6th, 2010
5:11 pm

We have enjoyed the neighborhood atmosphere and friendly service at “Seasons at Northlake” since they re-opened Crescent Moon under the new name. They have a great children’s menu that consists of the normal “kid’s fare” as well as a few of the adult dishes in a smaller portion. Then there are the milkshakes – great atmosphere and family fun – and it’s at Northlake Mall… It can come back you know…

PJ

July 6th, 2010
5:16 pm

Fickle Pickle in Roswell is awesome for kids, especially when sitting outside. Twisted Taco is also very kid-friendly. Flip is not tailored toward kids, but the loud atmosphere, off-menu grilled cheese & flavored sodas are awesome for little ones. And, all of the above offer adult beverages, so adults & kids can both have nice evenings out.

KL

July 6th, 2010
5:24 pm

Osteria- Highlands
Roaster’s -Buckhead
Vintage Pizza- Chamblee
Verde-Brookhaven

Pegster

July 6th, 2010
5:29 pm

My kids are not picky eaters but they usually can’t agree on a place to go. However they all love Sweet Tomatoes in Dunwoody. Yes, it is a chain but there’s something for everyone, the kids prices are reasonable, and the food is really quite good. All three of my kids will eat an enormous salad plus plenty of soup (and dessert too).

JM

July 6th, 2010
5:39 pm

I absolutely agree with Sk8ing Momma. Also, thanks to my husband and I teaching our children good manners, we are able to take them to any restaurant!! So my point is ‘parents’ are the problem, not the children!!

MeliMom

July 6th, 2010
5:46 pm

We love going to Stevi B’s as well. It makes the kids happy, and they are entertained by the game room.

Sharon

July 6th, 2010
6:08 pm

1.Osteria in Virginia-Highland
2.Pure Taqueria in Inman Park
3.Six Feet Under in Grant Park and on West side
4.All La Fondas
5.Atkins Park (has a family-friendly dining room with toys)

Ron

July 6th, 2010
6:13 pm

Mellow Mushroom on Johnson Ferry in East Cobb – we love to sit outside and the kids love to walk up and down the sidewalk looking at the cat rescue/feline vet, with all the cats, and the gymnastics and karate facilities. Safe, clean, great food, great beer for the grown ups and they always make the kids feel welcome.

snb

July 6th, 2010
7:25 pm

Doc Chey’s

Jim

July 6th, 2010
7:37 pm

Drew, you don’t have many friends do you?

Keith J

July 6th, 2010
8:00 pm

Osteria in Virginia Highlands. Great pizza and very kid friendly!

Brian Shriver

July 6th, 2010
8:15 pm

Someone should mention the Mellow Mushroom on Peachtree in Brookwood. The train up on the ceiling is mesmerizing to little boys.

Ann

July 6th, 2010
8:22 pm

Upscale Pizza (Fayetteville) – Thursday nights they have face painting & balloon artists, but every night feels like a festive family atmosphere!

ATLien

July 6th, 2010
8:27 pm

Agave. They have a pretty good (not boring) kids menu, kids cups, a small patio, and servers who don’t talk to my 4 year old like she’s 4 months old.

Daina

July 6th, 2010
8:34 pm

Fish Tales in Flowery Branch at Hideaway Bay Mariana. Delicious food and a GREAT sand area for kids to play next to the tables. Stocked with sand toys and all.

RL

July 6th, 2010
8:54 pm

Figo in Decatur on College Ave. The staff is very kid friendly and because you order and pay at the counter it is easy to leave as soon as you (or your child) are done with the meal.

Rosebud and Leon’s Full Service are also good options that make both parent and child happy.

allen_AU

July 6th, 2010
9:08 pm

I gotta go with Fox Brothers on this one. My two kids are treated very well, given crayons, coloring books and the girls come by and pass out stickers. So many restaurants pass on families it is refreshing to see one of the busier spots in town cater to families.

Fred

July 6th, 2010
9:15 pm

Mo’s Pizza on Briarcliff near Clairmont, and as mentioned above Seasons at Northlake. Also the Northlake location of Taco Loco. Kids love to be seated in “the cage” and their kid menu is large.

But then, like sk8tingmom, I don’t pay much attention as my daughter has been eating at fine dining establishments since she was 6 weeks old. (The Better Birth Foundation is just down the street from Rudolph’s in Gainsville and we had lunch there when she was 6 weeks old). A well behaved child is welcome anywhere. Well anywhere except that crappy place at Peachtree dekalb airport………. The Downwind. There’s a place for you Drew and Matt. You can go on your dates there.

Tucker

July 6th, 2010
9:26 pm

Tucker area choices:
Sangrias
Matthew’s
Bambinelli’s

Father Murphy

July 6th, 2010
9:27 pm

I love all the kid friendly restaurants.

Christa

July 6th, 2010
9:44 pm

Willys is a great place to take kids, and we also love Nakato for a more expensive meal.

Drew

July 6th, 2010
9:44 pm

plenty…how does my dislike of spending money on a meal only to have it ruined by a unruly child and my social network correlate? Granted, Im not talking about the type of establishments mainly brought up here. I expect a family enviroment when I go to Osteria, Fellinis or Six Feet Under. However, recent meals at Fritti and Shauns left me wonder what some parents are thinking.

bandic

July 6th, 2010
9:53 pm

Stevi Bs near Northlake, my 2 year old eats free, free drink they give him a glass with a lid.Good pizza and salad, family of 4 for less than $20.00

JATL

July 6th, 2010
10:04 pm

I agree with many listed in the Grant Park /Inman Park area, but Tin Lizzie’s is also great! No, I wouldn’t take them later when the bar scene really heats up, but for lunch or an early dinner, they’re super friendly to the kids and have a great kids menu, crayons -and the place is LOUD, so your kid doesn’t really cause a commotion if he/she yells out. Sorry -I DO believe in teaching kids great manners, but 20m olds don’t get the finer points of Emily Post quite yet.

CJDawg

July 6th, 2010
10:10 pm

The concessions stands at the Zoo, on top of Stone Mountain, Six Flags, White Water, or at the Aquarium. These are the restaurants that have kid friendly built in.