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Kid-Friendly San Francisco Restaurants


At these kid-friendly spots around San Francisco, conveniences like booster seats, highchairs, and coloring pages--not to mention better-than-average kids’ menus—will help keep dining parents sane. That's right--it is possible to get a good meal and keep your kids happy at the same time.

1. Firewood Cafe

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Delicious, thin crust wood-fired pizzas are the top choice here; rotisserie chicken, and jumbo salads and pastas are also good options at this highly dependable restaurant in the Metreon Center. A great kids’ menu, fast service, and affordable prices make this a perfect place to catch a bite after shopping or a movie. Parents will appreciate the wines by the glass; kids watch their pizzas sizzle in open kitchen.

Address:101 4th Street, ground floor
Website:Firewood Cafe

2. Magnolia Gastropub

This is a great place to take a break for brunch, lunch or dinner while shopping or people watching in the Height. Known for its artisan brews and casual atmosphere (dark wood booths, large windows) this Magnolia is sophisticated enough for adults and accessible to kids with items like pizza, burgers, and milk and cookies rounding out the fancier fare.

Address: 1398 Haight Street
Phone: 415-864-7468
Website: Magnolia Gastropub

3. Just For You

Huge breakfasts are the draw at this funky neighborhood dive decorated with Rock ’n Roll posters. Just for You serves whopping portions of southern-inspired cooking; locals come for the piping hot beignets dusted with sugar, savory hash, and biscuits and gravy. Standards like hamburgers and fries are also served.

Address: 732 22nd Street
Phone: 415-647-3033.

4. Park Chow

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Located just a block from Golden Gate Park, Park Chow it a good bet for weekend brunch before or after visiting the park. Diners can sit outside on the deck or in the main dining room warmed by a fireplace. The menu emphasizes comfort food, with a huge selection of pastas, grilled meats, eggs, sandwiches and soups. The kids menu offers burgers, chicken fingers, and such. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Address: 1240 9th Avenue
Phone: 415-655-9912
Website: Park Chow

5. Mel's Diner

Festooned with balloons and juke boxes, Mel’s Diner is sure to satisfy even the most petulant toddler. Kids’ meals are served in a miniature paper car, menus for the little ones double as coloring pages—and Mel’s supplies the crayons. Its convenient downtown location is near parking, shopping, and public transportation.

Address: 801 Mission Street
Phone: 415-227-4477

6. Buca di Beppo

Boisterous and bustling, this casual restaurant serves family-style portions of home-style southern Italian fare, with dishes like spaghetti and meatballs and Mac ‘n cheese for the kids.

Address: 855 Howard Street
Phone: 543-7673
Website: Buca di Beppo

7. Gialina Pizza

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This neighborhood newcomer is a favorite among young familes who arrive early with infants and toddlers in tow. Toppings are inventive and wonderfully fresh; salads are hearty and delicious. A roast of the day is also served as is a good selection of Italian wines. Ask for the kids’ pizza; it’s not currently on the menu.

Address: 2842 Diamond Street
Phone: 415-239-8500
Website: Gialina

8. The Cheesecake Factory

Located within Macy’s department store in Union Square, this family friendly chain has something for everyone, from soup and salads to pastas and sandwiches.

Address: 251 Geary Street, 8th Floor
Phone: 415-391-4444
Website: The Cheesecake Factory
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