San Diego restaurants offer a surprising number of exciting family friendly dining experiences from beaches to breweries.

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

Monkey Paw Beer at Stone Liberty Station

Outdoor recreation and an adventurous menu mix well at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Liberty Station.

Wait a minute, beer and kids? Yes! Both locations of Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens offer a dining destination, with an outstanding and challenging menu for adults featuring local meats and produce, and of course, local beers. They also have a kids menu that offers fresh veggies and their own house made soda (free of high-fructose corn syrup). You’ll find no frozen chicken fingers here. Kids can choose between chicken stir fry with noodles, carrots peas and broccoli; a cheese sandwich on freshly baked ciabatta bread and garlic mashed potatoes; chicken and cheese burrito with rice and beans on the side; or pasta in a cream sauce. Our family enjoys dining here because adults can enjoy a pint watching the kids play bocce ball at Liberty Station while we wait for the food to be served. Both locations offer outdoor gardens and paths and grassy lawns so older kids can wander and younger kids have somewhere to toddle (with escort) beyond the confines of a dining room.

Where: 1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, CA 92029
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Where: 2816 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
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Corvette Diner

Corvette Dinner

Pinky Tuscadero and friends welcome your kids to The Corvette Diner.

For pure kid-pleasing pleasure, Corvette Diner has it wired. This place is all about celebrating fun, and they have a huge menu with options for everyone, so even the pickiest eater can be accommodated. Those looking beyond the “diner” experience can find options like the “Popeye” spinach salad. Portions are huge (although there’s an extensive kids menu here too) and the food is fresh and tasty. The wait staff wear 1950s-era diner outfits and toss straws and bubble gum on to the table when they come to take your order. The space is large with many car and music themed rooms and best of all, an arcade! Kids can play pinball, video games and the like and win tickets for small prizes they select. No wonder it’s a birthday party favorite in San Diego.

Where: 2965 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
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Waypoint Public

Waypoint Public - Family Friendly Dining

Waypoint is a neighborhood joint that offers family friendly dining and a hip after 8:00 PM crowd in search of local and rare beers.

You know kids are welcome when a restaurant builds out an area just for the little guys to play. At Waypoint Public located on 30th Street, a thoroughfare with a reputation for craft beer and culinary excellence in the neighborhood of North Park, families can reserve a table next to a kids “corral” to watch their tykes while dining. This kids’ zone offers toys, bookshelves, blocks and bean bags in a little area toward the back of the restaurant carpeted with artificial grass and surrounded by a white picket fence.

While the kids menu includes favorites like cheeseburger and fries, mac ‘n’ cheese, grilled cheese and little chicken dinner, the restaurant’s philosophy of fresh, local ingredients result in healthier options all around. The regular menu offers charred Spanish octopus and duck cassoulet as well as an amazing burger. The 30 beers on tap and close to 100 bottles to choose from mean mommy and daddy will be happy too.

Where: 3794 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104
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Station Tavern

Dining, family, burger, craft beer

Casual and fun, with a play area for the kids, Station Tavern in South Park is a must visit dining stop for families looking for great local experience.

Station Tavern, in the South Park neighborhood, is one of the most comfortable places for families to dine. It reminds me of a German beer garden with its indoor-outdoor picnic tables and quality beer and cocktail selection. The menu is simple with burgers, fries and tots, salads and a few other rotating items. “Station” as the locals call it, offers a place just for the kids as they crowd inside, and on top of, a mini trolley sitting within a fenced-off area in the outside dining space. A chalkboard and other sand toys offer youngsters distraction in this play zone. The restaurant sits on what was once a trolley track running through the neighborhood, thus the name.

Where: 2204 Fern Street, San Diego, CA 92104
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The Wave House at Belmont Park

Surfer - Wave House San Diego

Dine simulator-side at The Wave House at Belmont Park for a thrilling meal.

For a true escape from everyday dining, head to Mission Beach and get a table at Belmont Park’s Wave House. This entire area sits outside on the famed Mission Beach Boardwalk steps from the Pacific Ocean. The Wave House offers tropical palms, tiki style bars, a college crowd and also a sand pit for the kids to play in (including bean bag toss and giant chess board), all next to two giant wave rider simulators. My kids were fascinated watching beginning and expert surfers alike paddle in to the Wave House’s Flowbarrel and FlowRider wave simulators. No boredom at this restaurant! The menu is varied and extensive, featuring popular favorites from many cultures – taking into account the large tourist population that visits the area. While the kids dined on quesadillas and chicken satay, my husband and I enjoyed fresh sushi made to order and the real ocean views. The Wave House offers fun, action, great people watching and a dip in the ocean for dessert.

Where: 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
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Where do you like to take your kids to dine in San Diego?

6 Responses to The Kids Are Alright – Family Friendly Dining Options in San Diego

  1. Hi Carrie, yes my entire family likes BLAH too. The food and board games and it’s a loud place filled with families. Also, the sister restaurant, Tiger!Tiger! serves a mean Nutella sandwich my kids love. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Our favorite hang out is Blind Lady Ale House and their kids pizza is only $5 and it is AWESOME!

  3. Try Da Boyz Pizza & Pasta in Rancho San Diego! They have great pizza, a pool table and beer and wine…totally laid back and kid friendly. Thursdays are Kids eat Free and 1/2 off bottles of wine!

  4. Oh, Hell no. Don’t you dare encourage parents to bring their kids to a brewery. They can wait until they are old enough to drink beer. Nothing annoys me more when I’m at a brewery than a gaggle of noisy kids running around while Mom and Dad get tipsy and ignore them.

  5. Great list! Corvette diner was great, excited to try the others.

  6. Great blog! I don’t even have kids, but I love going to every one of these suggestions. They really represent San Diego’s relaxed and unpretentious, but quality-conscious, restaurant scene.

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