10 Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants In San Diego, California

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San Diego is a great place for families with kids – whether you live here or are just visiting. Situated in sunny California, it makes for an excellent year-round destination. The city abounds in tourist attractions that range from scenic beaches to amusement parks to historic landmarks. Prominent among these are San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, SeaWorld, Balboa Park, Seaport Village, and Point Loma. Walking for long distances especially in summer can get tiring quickly and more so for young children. Stopping at restaurants that are likely to appeal to children with their décor and facilities such as play areas or kids’ menus can cheer up even the most forlorn child. It can prove to be a refreshing break for everyone in the family and you can head on to your next destination with renewed vigor. So, head for these best kid-friendly restaurants in San Diego, California next time!

1. Waypoint Public

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A local restaurant with a cheery, casual vibe, this place gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘kid-friendly’. They have a substantial kid’s menu that offers all-time favorites like spaghetti and grilled chicken breast alongside staples such as fries and choice of eggs. The menu card itself has interesting activities to keep children occupied until their order arrives. And don’t miss their play area which is sure to be a hit with the little ones.

Waypoint Public

Address: 3794 30th St San Diego, CA 92104

Website: Waypoint Public

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri: 11am - 1am; Sat: 9am - 1am; Sun: 9am - 10pm

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2. Tribute Pizza

This cozy family pizza place serves brunch, lunch, and dinner with a variety of choices for everyone in the family. Their kids’ menu is intended for those under the age of 10 and offers cheese pizza with an option to add pepperoni, mac and cheese, and vanilla soft serve for dessert. The efficient and friendly service adds to the experience.

Tribute Pizza

Address: 3077 North Park Way, San Diego, 92104

Website: Tribute Pizza

Opening hours: Tue - Wed: 4pm - 9pm; Thu - Fri 4pm - 10pm; Sat: 11am - 10pm; Sun: 11am - 9pm (closed on Mon)

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3. Station Tavern

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Known for its all-American burgers and tater tots, this casual dining place has a tavern-like vibe true to its name, perfect for a leisurely lunch with family or friends. Kids are sure to enjoy dining at the communal picnic tables. The kid’s menu has hot dogs with a tofu option and grilled cheese besides the different types of fries. There is also a play area for the little ones with a half-scale trolley and chalkboards. The open dining area is also pet-friendly so your child don’t have to leave their four-legged friend out in the car.

Station Tavern

Address: 2204 Fern St San Diego, CA 92104

Website: Station Tavern

Opening hours: 11am - 12am (daily)

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4. The Crack Shack - Little Italy

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Known for its interesting twist on Southern California fried chicken and eggs, this restaurant uses meat that is antibiotic-free. The open-air dining combined with lawn games makes for a fun ambiance. The kids’ section, their menu aptly titled, “Little Cluckers” offers a choice of grilled chicken or grilled cheese, nuggets, a side of carrots or petite fries, juice, and a cookie. They also have Happy Hour specials for the adults.

The Crack Shack - Little Italy

Address: 2266 Kettner Blvd San Diego, California

Website: The Crack Shack - Little Italy

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

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5. Corvette Diner

This 50s style diner is complete with waitresses in bouffant hairstyles and poodle skirts. If the cotton candy platter, root beer floats, handmade shakes, and malts are not enough of a draw for the children, the Corvette car in the middle of the diner should be! Balloon animals and a section for gaming sweetens the deal. Their kids’ menu is quite extensive with options like spaghetti and meatballs, grilled chicken strips, and crunchy peanut butter and jelly apart from the staples.

Corvette Diner

Address: 2965 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego, CA

Website: Corvette Diner

Opening hours: Sun: 11am - 9pm; Mon - Thu: 11.30am - 9pm; Fri: 11.30am - 11pm; Sat: 11am - 11pm

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6. Puesto At The Headquarters

Famous for their tacos and other Mexican delicacies, this restaurant promises authentic cuisine, founded and managed by first-generation Mexican Americans. Even kids who are not taco fans are bound to find the ice cream taco that features on their kids’ menu, irresistible. They offer mix and match options for children who can choose from tacos and quesadillas. This menu also provides allergy and diet details.

Puesto At The Headquarters

Address: 789 W Harbor Dr Suite 155, San Diego, CA 92101

Website: Puesto At The Headquarters

Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)

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7. The Old Spaghetti Factory

This unique Italian restaurant features antique lighting, exquisitely stained glass displays, big, colorful booths and a trolley car to dine in. Their three-course meals are not just for adults, kids 12 and under get to enjoy it too. The young ones can choose an entrée of applesauce or salad, juice, milk, or a soft drink, and vanilla ice cream or spumoni for dessert.

The Old Spaghetti Factory

Address: 275 Fifth Avenue San Diego, CA 92101

Website: The Old Spaghetti Factory

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11.30am - 10pm; Fri: 11.30am - 11pm; Sat: 12pm - 11pm; Sun: 12pm - 10pm

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8. San Diego Pier Café

Sitting right on the water, this is a great place to enjoy the sunset along with your meal. This quaint, New England-style full-service restaurant offers a choice of seafood specialties. Their kids’ menu caters to those under the age of 12 and features pizza, grilled chicken or fish with rice, burger, and fries, and popcorn shrimp among others.

San Diego Pier Café

Address: 885 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Website: San Diego Pier Café

Opening hours: 11am - 9pm (daily)

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9. Filippi's Pizza Grotto Little Italy

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From a family line of restaurants that dates back to the 1950s, this place serves authentic Italian cuisine for all. Kids get to choose from spaghetti, ravioli, or lasagna with choice of meatball or sausage. The delicious food is prepared using family recipes that date back more than half a century.

Filippi's Pizza Grotto Little Italy

Address: 1747, India St, San Diego, CA 92101

Website: Filippi’s Pizza Grotto Little Italy

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

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10. Panama 66

Situated at the San Diego Museum of Art at Balboa Park, this counter service restaurant uses only quality-sourced ingredients and offers live music. Sandwiches and soups are the choices on their kids’ menu. The bread used is country white loaf with ample amounts of fruits or vegetables.

Panama 66

Address: The San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101

Website: Panama 66

Opening hours: Mon - Tue: 11am - 3pm; Wed - Fri: 11am - 9pm; Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 10am - 7pm

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Keep children happy at meal times

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Ensuring kids are happy is important especially when traveling or sightseeing. A hungry child can be cranky and throw a damper on what was to be some quality family time. Keep this list of kid-friendly restaurants in San Diego handy so you never have to face this issue while in the area!

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