The 10 Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants In New Orleans, Louisiana

kid friendly restaurants in new orleans

For a city with a reputation of drunkness and debauchery, particularly during Mardi Gras, New Orleans can actually be a kid-friendly place. From exciting swamp tours to child-focused art workshops at museums, New Orleans wants little ones to have a good time. Given New Orleans indulgent attitude and colourful history, it’s no surprise the culinary landscape is rich in flavorful Southern and Creole-style cuisine. Gumbo and jambalaya are plentiful but restaurants also cater to kids’ tastes with a supply of burgers and chicken tenders. If you have children in tow keeping them fed in The Big Easy is simple. Scroll down to see a can’t-miss list of 10 best kid-friendly restaurants in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

1. Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar boasts a wonderful menu of Lousiana classic plates and Creole-inspired dishes. That doesn’t mean the establishment forgets about its younger patrons. Offering a boisterous establishment with large windows where kids can watch the streetcars rumble by or revellers during Mardi Gras, Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar has a special menu for children featuring simple delights like seafood - either shrimp or fish, chicken strips, pasta, and hamburgers. There’s even a gooey grilled cheese sandwich to make them smile.

Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

Address: 4338 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115

Website: Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

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

2. The Ruby Slipper Café

A breakfast hot spot, The Ruby Slipper Café provides a cheery atmosphere with fluffy omelettes and tasty Southern brunch fare. The kid’s menu is small but hearty, offering enticing choices such as French toast sticks tossed in sweet cinnamon sugar, buttermilk or cinnamon swirl pancakes, and even watermelon-flavoured pancakes that’ll blow kids minds! For a fairly healthier choice, there’s the Lil’ Champion Platter with one egg, one slice of savoury bacon, and a nutritious multi-grain toast. Kids eat free during the Thanksgiving school break!

The Ruby Slipper Café

Address: 1005 Canal St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

Website: The Ruby Slipper Café

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 2pm; Sat - Sun: 7am - 3pm

3. Dat Dog

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Awash in a chill vibe, a colourful ambience of flashy colours and funky decor and displaying a down-to-earth attitude, Dat Dog is a great eatery to bring the kids. The fact that one of the kid-fave foods, hot dogs, is dominant on the menu is also encouraging. In fact, the menu is packed with hot dogs and a large inventory of crazy toppings. But don’t worry if your tyke wants to go simple with a plain hot dog meal, Dat Dog has that too. Take the kids to the decorative upstairs balconies for a great place to relax.

Dat Dog

Address: 5030 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70115 (also located in 3336 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115; 601 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 70116)

Website: Dat Dog

Opening hours: Sun: 11am - 9pm; Mon - Sat: 11am - 10pm

4. The Original French Market Restaurant and Bar

Everything is made completely from scratch at The Original French Market Restaurant and Bar. Stocked with only the best and freshest ingredients, this Creole-kitchen eatery creates dishes that have been around for over 80 years! Kids have a choice of a hamburger or cheeseburger. There’s a chicken tenders plate and seafood options include popcorn shrimp or catfish fingers. If your kid loves cheese, the menu has a child’s portion macaroni and cheese served with fries.

The Original French Market Restaurant and Bar

Address: 1001 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70115

Website: The Original French Market Restaurant and Bar

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

5. Russell's Marina Grill

Russell’s Marina Grill opened its doors in 1985 and has been a favourite of locals ever since. Kids will love that this eatery is on the waterfront. Russell’s Marina Grill serves traditional homestyle breakfast and lunch items. Dinner choices are top seafood fares like salmon, shrimp, and catfish. Your kid is not a seafood fan? No worries, because along with the children’s fried shrimp plate, there’s spaghetti and meatballs, hamburgers, chicken tenders, and angel hair pasta. Kids are sure to go wild for Russell’s Marina Grill’s pies like the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Pie which is made fresh daily.

Russell's Marina Grill

Address: 8555 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124

Website: Russell’s Marina Grill

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 7am - 3pm; Fri - Sat: 7am - 9.10pm

6. Cowbell

Strap your child in a highchair and enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere of Cowbell. This eatery serves mouthwatering indulgent comfort food along with eclectic items like figgy toast with blue cheese croutons and chicken wings with smoked bacon and pickled chiles. Kids may forgo these tasty items but they’ll surely go for Cowbell’s epic macaroni and cheese, a decadent grilled cheese sandwich, a curly noodle plate, or beef sliders called Mini Moos. After your meal, Cowbell’s homemade ice cream is the ultimate sweet treat for kids as well as adults.


Address: 8801 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Website: Cowbell

Opening hours: Sun: 11am - 3pm; Tue - Thu: 11.30am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10pm (closed on Mon)

7. Oceana Grill

Boasting the best gumbo and crab cakes in the French Quarter, Oceana Grill offers top-notch Creole and Louisiana cuisine in a family-friendly environment. Children can enjoy a range of food from golden fried shrimp to the juicy Big Cheesy Burger. There are even fried-to-perfection cheese sticks. If your child wants to eat like a grownup, a good bet is the fried catfish plate with fries, cole slaw, and jalapeño hush puppies. To complete your meal, maybe you can get your kid to share the Bananas Foster ice cream.

Oceana Grill

Address: 739 Conti Street New Orleans, LA 70130

Website: Oceana Grill

Opening hours: 8am - 1am (daily)

8. Mulate's | The Original Cajun Restaurant

Serving succulent shrimp, tasty crawfish, and savory grits is the legendary Mulate’s | The Original Cajun Restaurant. This eatery is a great chance to introduce your kids to flavorful Cajun cuisine. Made with the freshest ingredients, the kid’s menu offers everything from popcorn shrimp and catfish bites to shrimp pasta alfredo and chicken strips. Adorned with colorful murals and a huge paper mache accordion, Mulate’s | The Original Cajun Restaurant offers live Cajun music and dancing to give your brood an immersive Louisiana experience.

Mulate's | The Original Cajun Restaurant

Address: 201 Julia Street, New Orleans LA 70130

Website: Mulate’s | The Original Cajun Restaurant

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

9. Deanie's Seafood Restaurant in the French Quarter

Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant in the French Quarter is a locally owned family eatery that’s been in business for over 50 years. A prime destination for visitors to the French Quarter, Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant provides large portions of authentic Louisiana cuisine that includes signature entrees along with delicious po'boy sandwiches. If you can, grab a table on the traditional Vieux Carre courtyard. The kid’s menu offers fried oysters, shrimp, or catfish and a drink is included. If your kid’s not a seafood eater, go with the homemade macaroni and cheese, a burger, or chicken tenders.

Deanie's Seafood Restaurant in the French Quarter

Address: 841 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

Website: Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant in the French Quarter

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

10. Red Fish Grill

Red Fish Grill showcases an innovative twist on casual New Orleans seafood. The vibrant décor and cool laid-back vibe lure the young and the young at heart. Although the kid’s menu options at Red Fish Grill are fairly basic, such as fried shrimp, grilled cheese sandwich, and burgers, what kids will go crazy for is the ice cream that’s included in the entree’s price. You can even get them a frothy root beer float for an extra 3 USD (2.65 EUR).

Red Fish Grill

Address: 115 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Website: Red Fish Grill

Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)

Kid-friendly eateries in New Orleans

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If you’ve got small ones to feed then New Orleans is a great city to be in to give them an exciting and different dining experience. When it comes to nourishing the youngest members of your travelling party, the Big Easy is the city that can happily oblige.

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