The 10 Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Updated 2022

kid friendly restaurants in pittsburgh

Looking for a family-friendly, easygoing dining atmosphere in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania? We have got you covered. Our list of recommendations takes the stress out of searching for places you can dine with children. Kids today are participating in their food and restaurant choices and can benefit from being in a social atmosphere that restaurants provide. We have rounded up the very best of kid-friendly options with menus, seating options, and activity corners that will keep children well-fed and entertained. No more worrying about choosing between certain generations’ happiness either, as our recommendations are filled with delicious food options and sure to keep the adults of the group satisfied and content as well. And if you’re wondering where to stay in Pittsburgh during your visit, there are some cheap hotels and vacation rentals available as well. Keep on reading for the best kid-friendly restaurants in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1. Threadbare Cider House

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

Threadbare Cider House is a warm, welcoming restaurant and Cider House where the cider is produced in-house. They also provide tours of the cider-making process. While there are adult-only tours, Threadbare Cider House also does family tours where kids learn about apples, cider, and the true and quirky tale of the restaurant’s founder, Pittsburgh’s Johnny “Appleseed” Chapman. The menu changes weekly and has some child-friendly options included, making this restaurant one of the best places to eat in Pittsburgh.

Threadbare Cider House

Address: 291 Spring Garden Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Website: Threadbare Cider House

Opening hours: Wed - Fri: 5pm - 10pm; Sat: 11am - 10pm; Sun: 11am - 4pm (closed on Mon & Tues)

2. Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh Brewery & Restaurant

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

I'll take a little bit of everything please. The "Works" Sampler Pretzels and our Signature Homemade Bier Cheese,...

Posted by Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh on Friday, June 11, 2021

Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh Brewery & Restaurant is a great Bavarian bar and restaurant with incredible views of the riverfront, located in the Southside Works district. Hofbräuhaus is family-friendly as they provide a separate kids menu, with kids’ meals being served with their choice of beverage. Adults of the group, don’t forget to order Hofbräuhaus’ famous beer which is brewed on-site daily, and still uses the original recipe from the Duke of Bavaria over 400 years ago.

Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh Brewery & Restaurant

Address: Southside Works, 2705 South Water St. Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Website: Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh Brewery & Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 11am - 11pm; Thurs: 11am - 12pm; Fri - Sat: 11am- 1am; Sun: 12pm - 11pm

3. Burgatory

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

Taking the farm-to-table concept to heart, Burgatory offers the freshest produce throughout its menu, from the natural and organic meat and dairy to the freshly baked buns and ingredients on offer. Meat eaters will be satisfied with the variety of patties on offer. Vegetarians and vegans will not be left out as Burgatory offers Impossible Meat. They have a specialised kids’ menu on offer which is as inclusive as they come–hot dogs, burgers and even a delicious grilled cheese to satisfy even the fussiest of appetites.


Address: Various outlets

Website: Burgatory

Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily but varies according to outlet)

4. Ineffable Ca Phe

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

Ineffable Ca Phe should be on every family’s list of restaurants to visit as they serve incredible coffees, fresh juices, and delicious toasted sandwiches, all of the Vietnamese variety. Ineffable welcomes children and pets with their comfortable seating choices and outdoor veranda. This cafe is an ideal environment to have a cup of coffee while playing a game of chess or enjoying a book on a rainy afternoon.

Ineffable Ca Phe

Address: 3920 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Website: Ineffable Ca Phe

Opening hours: 8am - 8pm (daily)

5. Mad Mex

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

#getmexy over the holiday weekend! We’ll be open Fri/Sat/Mon and closed Sunday. Happy 4th! #getmexyathome

Posted by Mad Mex Oakland on Friday, July 2, 2021

Mad Mex has a great family-friendly atmosphere, with its colourful wall, beautiful artwork, and bright lights. The specialised kids menu is delicious as it is affordable, with a meal, desert, drink, and a side of baby carrots all for USD 6. Look out for their specialty events such as Halloween and their Pickin’ & Grillin’ Beer Fest for their usual F&B with a twist.

Mad Mex

Address: Various outlets

Website: Mad Mex

Opening hours: until 11 pm (daily, varies according to outlet)

6. Emiliano's | Mexican Restaurant & Bar

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

With two locations in Pittsburgh in South Side and McCandless Crossing, Emiliano’s is highly rated for their restaurant as well as their different menus for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunches. Their kids’ menu is completely customisable, with several different options to choose from such as mozzarella sticks and cheeseburgers. This Mexican restaurant in Pittsburgh provides a cheerful atmosphere with live bands and an entertaining happy hour for the whole family.

Emiliano's | Mexican Restaurant & Bar

Address: Various outlets

Website: Emiliano’s | Mexican Restaurant & Bar

Opening hours: varies according to outlet

7. Square Café

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

We are serving up dad-tastic bites and cocktails for Father's Day weekend. Don't sleep on these delicious Dad's Day...

Posted by Square Cafe on Wednesday, June 16, 2021

A great option for families with children of all ages, Square Cafe has a seasonal menu and uses only fresh local products and produce. It is also one of the top vegetarian restaurants in Pittsburgh. Located at the centre of Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhood of Regent Square, we highly recommend checking out breakfast and brunch at this cafe for delicious omelettes and protein bowls, tempting pancakes, and sweet and savoury crepes. Choices from the kids’ menu sound equally delicious, from the baby buttermilk pancakes to the more decadent cheese quesadilla.

Square Café

Address: 1137 South Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218

Website: Square Café

Opening hours: 7am - 7pm (daily)

8. Stack'd Shadyside

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

Watching over the kingdom

Posted by Stack'd Shadyside on Thursday, July 15, 2021

Kids will love the simple, customisable menu at Stack’d as well as the delicious milkshakes that are on offer. Smaller portions of the sides and appetisers may be of greater appeal to those with smaller appetites, with pierogies, fried mac and cheese, and nachos available as separate portions. The shakes on the menu really piqued our interest, particularly the pretzel caramel and the chocolate peanut butter varieties.

Stack'd Shadyside

Address: 728 Copeland St., Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Website: Stack’d Shadyside

Opening hours: Sun: 11am - 12am; Sat: 11am - 1am; Mon - Wed: 4pm - 12am; Thurs - Fri: 4pm - 1am

9. Atria's Restaurant

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

Posted by Atria's on Monday, February 22, 2021

With a great all-day dining menu, Atria’s Restaurant serves up classics like a chicken pot pie, crab cakes and mouth-watering burgers. It’s always an elegant affair at Atria’s, but the warm and welcoming service will put you and your family at ease so you feel comfortable and ready for your meal. Although there is no kids’ menu listed online, Atria has a special menu with more than the usual fish fingers for children–we are told that the three-cheese tortellini is a favourite amongst the younger generation!

Atria's Restaurant

Address: Various outlets

Website: Atria’s Restaurant

Opening hours: Fri - Sat: 11am - 10pm; Mon - Thurs: 11am - 10pm; Sun: 11am - 9pm (varies according to outlet)

10. Over The Bar Bicycle Café

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

It’s a rainy Saturday, again, but there’s the Tour de France to watch while you go through our Tour de Tröegs! All Tröegs beers are $2 OFF all day! Kitchen is open until 10pm! #bikesburgersandbeer

Posted by OTB Bicycle Cafe on Saturday, July 17, 2021

Located on the historic Southside area of Pittsburgh is its first ever bicycle bar. Family bicycle rides should always end with a hearty meal and maybe a pint or two, for adults. Head to Over The Bar Bicycle Café for burgers, sandwiches, and wraps, ideal for a post-bike ride appetite. After some exercise, young biking enthusiasts can enjoy treats from a special menu at the café.

Over The Bar Bicycle Café

Address: 2518 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Website: Over The Bar Bicycle Café

Opening hours: Fri - Sat: 11am - 2am; Sun - Thurs: 11am - 12am

Family-friendly dining

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Filipe Fortes used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Dining with children could be problematic in some environments, but the options on our list of recommended restaurants in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have child-friendly menus, ample space to park strollers, and helpful staff to ensure you get a suitable table or even if you need to warm up a bottle. Enjoy Pittsburgh’s dining scene with your children at these great restaurants.

While you’re here, be sure to check out some farm-to-table restaurants and brunch buffet spots in Pittsburgh as well.

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