24 of the Best Kid Friendly Restaurants in Austin

If you live in Austin, Texas and have kids or are coming here soon on a family trip, this post is for you! The restaurant makes all the difference when you’re dining with littles, so we rounded up 24 of the best kid friendly restaurants in Austin just for you!

Not only are kid friendly restaurants in Austin something that I get asked about frequently, but it’s actually something I rack my own brain for some weekends! It’s so easy to frequent the same couple of spots and forget that there are a myriad of great dining options here in Austin that are also great for kids.  I have dined at every single restaurant on this list with kids and can say that I would go back again in a heartbeat! If you have a favorite spot that we missed, be sure to leave it in the comments!

Kid Friendly Restaurants in Austin with a Playground or Play Area:

El Dorado

El Dorado is our spot! We mostly dine in for breakfast, but if you don’t mind waiting dinner is great, too! They have great breakfast tacos and arguably the best queso in town! In the front of the restaurant is a kid’s play area complete with cars, books and other toys. It’s far from fancy, but when the girls are done eating and getting antsy they’re happy to go play there.

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Hat Creek: 

We eat at this spot almost every week after gymnastics. It’s nearly the end of the week and the perfect night to grab a burger on the way home! I really love their burgers, but the girls love the playgrounds! We typically frequent the Burnet Road location, but the Domain is also great if you live North.

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Central Market (North Location):

If you’re looking to get your grocery shopping done, eat dinner and let your kids play this is going to be your spot! They regularly have live music and there’s ample space indoors and outdoors on the patio. There’s also a little pond not too far from the playground with ducks, tadpoles and plenty more to entertain littles.

(image via Live Grow Play Austin)

Phil’s Ice House:

Their are now three locations, but the one we frequent the most is Burnet Road. There’s a great playscape for kids and giant cow statues begging to be climbed. The burgers and chicken sandwiches don’t disappoint. The highlight, though, will always be Amy’s Ice Cream next door for dessert!

(image via Lauren Petrowski)

Maudie’s Tex-Mex:

Maudie’s is good, don’t get me wrong, but if we are coming here for Mexican food it’s because we love being able to sit on the patio and still keep an eye on the kids on the nearby playscape. The skinny sheryl’s enchiladas with tomatillo sauce is my favorite and the girls love their chicken quesadillas.

(image via Austin American Statesman)

Downtown Whole Foods:

This flagship location is full of great food options. Head back to the fish bar for freshly grilled fish tacos, grab sushi, go for barbecue or any number of other delicious things to choose from. The playground is located on the second floor with plenty of tables for dining and room to run around.

(image via Keepin It Kind)

Kid Friendly Restaurants in Austin with Room to Run:

Sour Duck:

This is a favorite spot among some of my girlfriends with kids. It’s on the Eastside and has an outdoor area full of picnic tables and an open-sided airstream type situation that’s been turned into a really fun play area for kids. What sets this spot apart from so many other kid friendly restaurants in Austin is the food! It’s so good. The roasted butternut and sunchoke salad is one of my faves and their burger is one of the best in town!

(image via So Much Life)

Fresa’s (South Location):

Plenty of space to run around, delicious margaritas and don’t skip the sweet potato wedges! I could survive on these alone! This spot definitely checks all the boxes for family friendly in Austin, Texas.

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Contigo:

I’ve always thought of Contigo as more of a date spot, but since they fenced in the yard and added corn hole, it’s very family friendly! On Wednesdays from 5-6:30pm the delightful kid’s menu is half price. Pass the Shirley Temples, please!

(image via Contigo)

Easy Tiger:

The newest location of Easy Tiger right of I-35 at Middle Fiskville Road, boasts a lot more space than its downtown location making it the ideal place for meeting up with your friends with kids on Friday for happy hour. Think burgers, kale salad, and a variety of sausages with all of the fixings. I like the Kielbasa on a pretzel bun.

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Little Deli:

This spot is walking distance from our house and dear to my heart! We have spent so many nights here with the girls, bumping into friends in the neighborhood. The pizza is great, but their sandwiches are the unsung heros! I love the meatball sub!

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Texas French Bread:

The dinner service is full service and more upscale, but Texas French Bread is great for breakfast or lunch with kids. You order at the counter and can opt to sit outdoors on the other side of the back parking area for a more free range kid experience.

(image via Female Foodie)

Lou’s Bodega:

We stumbled upon Lou’s Bodega while trying to go to Veracruz one day, but immediately driving past when we caught a glimpse of the line wrapped around the block. We ended up having the best brunch and were so glad we found it! There’s plenty of room for kids, plus corn hole and ping pong. For breakfast get the old-fashioned donuts, breakfast sandwich and Intellgentsia coffee of your choice.

(image via Lou’s Austin)

Home Slice (The North Location):

The South location was a favorite of mine in college. They opened their second location not far from us and it boasts a lot more tables than the original location as well as a really cool area for kids to play.

(image via Michael Hsu)

Chuy’s (The North location on 183):

I don’t know why, but this spot is so great with kids! Parker was taking ballet for a minute in Cedar Park and we always ended up here afterwards for dinner. There’s a really fun area for them to run around outside and lots of menu options for them.

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Matt’s El Rancho:

This is an Austin staple! It opened in 1952 and there are plenty of romanticized stories about their more famous patrons. This place is sprawling, so if your kids are sensitive to noise or crowds this is not the spot for you. That said, no one will notice if your kid is screaming or the baby starts to cry. This is the only place where I order a frozen margarita and starting the meal with their Bob Armstrong Dip is a MUST!

(image via Eater Austin)

Cosmic Coffee:

I first came here one weekend when Aaron was out of town for work and it was exactly what we all needed! The boast a pumpkin patch in October and an oversized chicken coop and rolling outdoor space year round. There are three to four food trucks on the property serving a wide variety of dishes to please any crowd and a full bar serving coffee, beer and more indoors.

(image via Austin Culture Map)

Veracruz Truck + Radio Coffee (the Menchaca location):

The Veracruz migas tacos is hands down the best breakfast taco in Austin, but their lunch tacos are also great. I love the Chicken Milanesa taco.

(image via Eater Austin)

Shady Grove:

If you’re in the mood for home cooking, this is the spot! Tortilla fried queso catfish, anyone? Located on Barton Springs Road, this is the perfect pitstop on your way home from Zilker Park.

(image via Austin Food Bloggers)

Fareground Market:

This is exactly like the mall food court of your childhood except with beautiful architecture and natural light, all of your favorite upscale restaurants like Henbit, Kome and Dai Due, and a sprawling outdoor hillside and dining area for the kids to roam free while I finish my spicy tuna roll.

(image via Food Banjo)

Taco Deli (The Burnet location):

This spot is in our hood and just so easy! I actually prefer their lunch tacos to their breakfast tacos. There’s a nice grassy area out back for dining al fresco, too.

(image via Plano Magazine)

Kid Friendly Restaurants in Austin with Great Kids Menus:

Hank’s:

I love the kid’s menu here! First, it’s $5 which feels so reasonable. Even at burger places we go to the kid’s menus are like $8 and $9! They have such great choices and sides including fries, seasonal fruit  or carrots and hummus. They also have happy hour everyday from 3-6:30 and half price burger night on Mondays. Personally I love the pesto rice bowl, the grilled salmon and the braised meatballs. Also, the decor is beautiful!

(image via Texas Monthly)

Kerbey Lane Cafe:

Kid’s eat free on Tuesdays at this all-american classic cafe and the vibe is so chill that it’s the perfect place for littles.

(image via 365 Things Austin)

Hula Hut:

This quirky polynesian tex-mex spot offers more than just a tubular taco and pipeline enchiladas. Come for the vibe, the Lake Austin views, and Mozart’s next door for coffee and dessert. My girls love their chicken quesadillas just as much as they love the Hawaiian feel.

(image via Trekaroo)

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