The 10 Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants In Columbus, Ohio

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Dining out with kids can be a task in itself but every once in a while that you want to enjoy a family outing or just don’t want to cook, kid-friendly restaurants come to the rescue and there are enough and more of them in Columbus. Most of Columbus’ local restaurants are laid-back and casual and kids are welcome almost everywhere. While some spots have dedicated kid menus, others are more than happy to serve half portions for the little ones. Columbus has plenty of restaurants besides chain restaurants that are sure to have kids banging their spoons wanting more. Check out this list of the best kid-friendly restaurants in Columbus, Ohio.

1. Milestone 229

Serving comfort food with views of the riverfront and outdoor patio tables looking onto the Scioto Fountains work like a charm for this place. Add to the scenic view the excellent food and cocktail menu and you have a complete package. They do a delicious mac and cheese and serve amazing pizza as well, usually doing smaller portions for kids. The place is a great choice to enjoy brunch or an evening meal. Consider bringing along your children’s swimsuits so that they can spend some of their energy running around the fountains post lunch.

Milestone 229

Address: 229 S Civic Center Dr, Columbus, Ohio

Website: Milestone 229

Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)

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2. Cap City Fine Diner and Bar

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This Cameron Mitchell restaurant serves unique and delightful twists on recognizable favorites such as meatloaf coupled with trendier chef-driven dishes. The desserts here are showstopper sized and are a big hit with the kids.

Cap City Fine Diner and Bar

Address: 1299 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, Ohio

Website: Cap City Fine Diner and Bar

Opening hours: 11am - 10pm

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3. Pistacia Vera

This French patisserie is likely to teleport you back to your last visit to Paris. With pastry displays that are sure to tempt you into eating more than one, you can’t go wrong with this one, and the kids love it. Whether it is the macarons, the croissants or the quiche, they’re outstanding. The two must-try dishes here are the Chocolate Bomb and the Pistachio Mascarpone Dacquoise.

Pistacia Vera

Address: 541 S 3rd St, Columbus, Ohio

Website: Pistacia Vera

Opening hours: 7am - 5pm (daily)

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4. The Cheesecake Factory

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With a provision of over 50 styles of cheesecake and over 200 menu selections, there’s plenty to plate at the Cheesecake Factory. It features contemporary casual decor, great portion sizes, and unbeatable taste. The kid’s menu here includes pasta with a choice of sauce, pizza, corn dogs, mac ‘n’ cheese, fried chicken strips, grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers, quesadillas and more.

The Cheesecake Factory

Address: 3975 Townsfair Way, Columbus, Ohio / 1566 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, Ohio

Opening hours: 11am - 11pm (daily)

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5. The Point on Main Street

The place comes with a dedicated kids menu that houses all of the kids’ favorites- mac n’ cheese, chicken tenders, burgers. Serving everything from Mexican to Asian and American, this is a great spot for families to get together and enjoy watching sports or a live music performance while savoring a hearty meal. The place has a deck for good weather visits as well.

The Point on Main Street

Address: 1192 Noe Bixby Road Columbus, Ohio

Website: The Point on Main Street

Opening hours: 11:30am - 10pm (daily)

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6. The Brown Bag Delicatessen

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Located in the historic German Village, this casual restaurant is known for its assortment of delicious hot and cold deli classics such as The Village Addiction and the Mohawk Stroller coupled with its sensational seasonal dishes. They serve sandwiches, homemade soups, fresh and crisp salads, and unbeatable desserts. They also offer patio seating in the spring through the fall. A great favorite with the kids!

The Brown Bag Delicatessen

Address: 898 Mohawk St, Columbus, Ohio

Website: The Brown Bag Delicatessen

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 8pm; Sun: 11am - 8pm

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7. Hofbräuhaus, Columbus

Styled after the original Hofbräuhaus in Munich, ladies in Bavarian costume serve lagers and steins here and the music will almost always get toes tapping. The menu here houses all the German favorites. Some of the must-try dishes here are the Hofbräuhaus Würstlplatte (16 USD) with grilled Bierwurst, Bratwurst, and frankfurter served with mashed potatoes and imported Sauerkraut. The kid’s menu is limited and standard but with delicious options - hot dog, grilled cheese, burger, chicken tenders, and mac ‘n’ cheese. They also serve a lunch buffet Monday through Friday.

Hofbräuhaus, Columbus

Address: 800 Goodale Blvd, Columbus, Ohio

Website: Hofbräuhaus, Columbus

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 11:30am - 11pm; Thu: 11am - 12am; Fri - Sat: 11am - 1am; Sun: 11am - 10pm

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8. Katzinger's Delicatessen

This classic deli located in German Village serves giant sandwiches that are meant to be shared. The kid’s menu here starts at 4.25 USD and includes grilled hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwich, oven-roasted turkey breast sandwich, beef salami sandwich and more.

Katzinger's Delicatessen

Address: 475 S 3rd St, Columbus, Ohio

Website: Katzinger’s Delicatessen

Opening hours: 10am - 8pm (weekdays); Sat - Sun: 9am - 8pm

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9. Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant

This place serves German fare in a traditional German atmosphere. The venue that was once a livery stable and today it holds the feel of a German village eatery and is complemented by a live oompah band. It’s a great place to visit with the kids because they plate what they like and go back for more at the buffet. The cream puffs here are legendary and must definitely be on your list. It’s not very ideal for vegetarians though.

Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant

Address: 240 E Kossuth St, Columbus, Ohio

Website: Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm

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10. Marcella's

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This is a Cameron Mitchell restaurant as well. Serving a bustling burst of Italian flavor and energy coupled with a dynamic bar with a sampling from over 50 Italian wines, this place is a hit among the locals. You begin your meal with a sampling of Italian meats, cheeses and olives followed by a signature hot and cold small plate and then choose from a selection of pizzas and pasta or signature entrees. The kid’s menu here features cheese pizza, spaghetti with meatballs, chicken parmesan, lasagna bambino and buttered penne pasta. All of these are served with fresh fruit and a soft drink.


Address: 615 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 / 1319 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43240

Website: Marcella’s

Opening hours: 4pm - 10pm (daily)

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Bon appetite

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Nothing beats a happy, friendly meal with your whole family and we hope the restaurants will help you and your family enjoy great fun and good food in Columbus, Ohio.

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