Top 10 Kid-Friendly Restaurants In Carlsbad, California - Updated 2021

kid friendly restaurants in carlsbad
Celeste
Celeste
Updated

Carlsbad is a city in California that is 56.2 km (34.9 mi) from San Diego and 140 km (87 mi) from Los Angeles. Top attractions in Carlsbad include Carlsbad Village, South Carlsbad State Beach and LEGOLAND California. Carlsbad Village is also home to Tamarack Beach. The nearest train station is Carlsbad Village Station. Just nearby are the cafes, restaurants and the farmers’ market along State Street. A family trip with kids can be followed by a visit to LEGOLAND California, which is 7.2 km (4.5 mi) from Carlsbad Village. SEA LIFE Aquarium, Miniland USA and the Museum of Making Music are some of the attractions to see while you’re there. Read on as we introduce you to the top kid-friendly restaurants in Carlsbad, California.

1. Campfire

Belgian Waffle
Source: Photo by user Ralph Daily used under CC BY 2.0

Campfire is an American restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails, and more. It is a two-minute walk from Carlsbad Village Station along State Street. There’s a small outdoor play area for kids — a teepee to be exact — to keep your children occupied while waiting for food to arrive. A peek at their brunch menu will give you a couple of kid-friendly options like Belgian waffles, French toast and cheesy eggs. They even have sundae ice cream and gelato for desserts!

Campfire

Address: 2725 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008, United States

Website: Campfire

Opening hours: Mon: 5pm - 11pm, Tue - Thu: 11:30am - 11pm; Fri: 11:30am - 1am, Sat: 10am to 1am & Sun: 10am to 11pm

2. Sammy's Woodfired Pizza

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Who are you going to bring with you to try our tasty Short Rib Sandwich? 😋 Tag a friend and let us know! ⬇️ *Our California locations are currently serving takeout ONLY

Posted by Sammy's Woodfired Pizza on Monday, January 4, 2021

This pizza restaurant is a 15-minute drive from Double Peak Park and some steps away from Grand Plaza Mall. Las Posas Road and Grand Avenue bus stop are located across the street with bus numbers 247 and 445 available for the visiting guests. Being a family-friendly restaurant, you can surely bring your little ones to this eating place. Consider these dishes for your kids: mini duck tacos, pork dumplings, truffle fries and mini Kobe beef hamburgers. Amaze your kids with their famous messy sundae ice cream at the end of a satisfying meal.

Sammy's Woodfired Pizza

Address: 121 S Las Posas Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078, United States

Website: Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza

Opening hours: Mon - Thu & Sun: 11:30am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 9:30pm

3. Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen

kids' table
Source: Photo by user Loren Kerns used under CC BY 2.0

Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen is a casual eatery offering Californian cuisine and family-style meals-to-go. Situated along El Camino Real street, it has an outdoor patio seating area for your kids to run around. Not only are they family-friendly, but they are also eco-friendly too. While you’re there, notice how their tabletops are made from recycled plastic milk bottles and you will find no beverages sold in plastic bottles. Want to be part of this green effort? Request for paper drinking straws during your next visit.

Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen

Address: 6985 El Camino Real #108, Carlsbad, CA 92009, United States

Website: Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen

Opening hours: Mon - Thurs & Sun: 11am - 8:30pm, Fri - Sat: 11am - 9pm

4. Ruby's Diner

Ruby's Diner: Hickory Burbon Sliders
Source: Photo by user Clotee Pridgen Al... used under CC BY 2.0

A five-minute drive from North Ponto Beach will get you to Ruby’s Diner, a perfect go-to place to after a day’s fun at the beach. This retro-style dining chain along Paseo Del Norte street has an exciting interior and serves a variety of kids’ menu items. Interesting dishes include “pigs in a blanket”, chicken fingers and Baro’s root beer float! The little ones will love their milkshakes too. Just around the corner are branded stores like Converse Factory Store, Calvin Klein Outlet Store and Kipling. Some shopping after dinner is a good idea, isn’t it?

Ruby's Diner

Address: 5630 Paseo Del Norte #130 D, Carlsbad, CA 92008, United States

Website: Ruby’s Diner

Opening hours: 7am - 9pm (daily)

5. Beach Plum Kitchen

French Toast with Banana and Blueberries and Honey
Source: Photo by user Marco Verch Profe... used under CC BY 2.0

Beach Plum Kitchen is just a four-minute walk away from Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen, which is ranks third in our listing. In fact, the two are sister companies. You will be happy to know that Beach Plum Kitchen uses fresh, natural and minimally processed ingredients — great for both children and adults. The outdoor patio is not only kid-friendly but also welcomes pets of all kinds! Eggs, omelettes, waffles, pancakes and several French toast options are popular among kids.

Beach Plum Kitchen

Address: 6971 El Camino Real #201, Carlsbad, CA 92009, United States

Website: Beach Plum Kitchen

Opening hours: 7am - 2:30pm (daily)

6. The Naked Cafe


Visiting San Diego Botanic Garden and looking to dine at somewhere near with the kids? Drive for about six minutes from the garden to get to The Naked Cafe at Camino Village Plaza. Apart from the usual French toasts and pancakes on the kids’ menu, they have burritos and healthy oatmeals served with blueberries and brown sugar. Smoothies and juices are available as well. As with many other kid-friendly restaurants, The Naked Cafe also has an outdoor patio for children and pets.

The Naked Cafe

Address: 288 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024, United States

Website: The Naked Cafe

Opening hours: 7:30am - 2:30pm (daily)

7. Casa de Bandini

Ice cream and freshly made churros at Maizal
Source: Photo by user Ruth Hartnup used under CC BY 2.0

Located 5.2 km (3.2 mi) away from Moonlight State Beach is Forum Carlsbad shopping mall, where Casa De Bandini Mexican restaurant can be found. From the entrance to the interior, both adults and children will adore the decoration. There’s a large outdoor sitting area great for families with kids and a water fountain beside the seating area. Evening vibes are awesome at this Mexican dining place! Try ordering Tiritas de Pollo from the kids’ menu and complete your kids’ meal with hot churros and ice cream. Healthy options are available for children as well.

Casa de Bandini

Address: 1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009, United States

Website: Casa de Bandini

Opening hours: Mon - Thu & Sun: 11am - 9pm, Fri - Sat: 11am - 10pm

8. Miguel's Cocina


Miguel’s Cocina is a 15-minute walk from Terra Mar Point. As with our previous listing, it’s a restaurant that sells Mexican food. Families with children will fit into this dining spot right away as it is a popular place for families to hang out. Happy-hour discounts are available but do come earlier to secure a seat. There’s a range of party platters with servings up to five people. These party platters are good for sharing!

Miguel's Cocina

Address: 5980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008, United States

Website: Miguel’s Cocina

Opening hours: Mon - Thu & Sun: 11am - 9pm, Fri - Sat: 11am - 10pm

9. Bricks Family Restaurant

Legoland California entrance (5712056741)
Source: Photo by user Simon_sees used under CC BY 2.0

Conveniently located at the LEGOLAND Hotel, this colorful eatery is made to attract the kids and young-at-heart. If you’re lucky, you might even spot LEGOLAND Hotel Heroes (character mascots) — superb for photo-taking opportunities. Open daily for breakfast, they also offer dinner buffets and “Just for Kids Buffet” as well. It’s a wonderful initiative for the restaurant to offer free dining for children aged two and below. Of course, if you’re a LEGOLAND Hotel guest, a complimentary breakfast buffet is provided by the restaurant.

Bricks Family Restaurant

Address: 5885 The Crossings Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008, United States

Website: Bricks Family Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon - Fri & Sun: 7am - 10:30am, 5pm to 8pm, Sat: 7am - 10:30am, 5pm to 8:30pm

10. Don's Country Kitchen

Eggs Benedict with Bacon - The Maling Room AUD13
Source: Photo by user Alpha used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Don’s Country Kitchen is a three-minute walk away from Carlsbad Village Station. This cosy American eatery started in the 1980s serving delicious home-style meals. As written on their website, they welcome both kids and dogs. Must-try menus include homemade biscuits with sausage gravy and eggs benedict topped with Canadian bacon and potatoes. It surely is a spot to visit with kids after a tiring walk.

Don's Country Kitchen

Address: 2885 Roosevelt St, Carlsbad, CA 92008, United States

Website: Don’s Country Kitchen

Opening hours: 7am - 2pm (daily)

A kid-friendly dining spot in Carlsbad

There are many kid-friendly dining spots which you can try out with your family during your stay at Carlsbad, California. These dining spots cook kid-friendly cuisines and guarantees quality time with the family.

Disclosure: Trip101 selects the listings in our articles independently. Some of the listings in this article contain affiliate links.

Get Trip101 in your inbox

Unsubscribe in one click. See our privacy policy for more information on how we use your data

Celeste believes that life is a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. She's going to get that one-way ticket someday!

 Want to contribute as a Local Expert?
Explore Carlsbad
Good things are meant to be shared!