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Pram Friendly Restaurants in Canberra?

By 25 October 2012 60

Hi Everyone,

I have a 3 month old baby and am after suggestions on nice restaurants that are pram friendly. I know there are children friendly places that have play rooms and so forth however I’m after restaurants that are ok with prams and have the space to bring a pram through (and wont act like its a big inconvenience)… Also somewhere that’s nicer/more formal than the local club.

Looking forward to any responses.

Thanks!

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Pram Friendly Restaurants in Canberra?
jase! 9:50 am
25 Oct 12
#1

probably not the kind of response you were looking for but please consider the other people that want to go to a nice/formal place and don’t want to be a. tripping over prams and b. subjected to baby noises/tantrums

Eby 10:07 am
25 Oct 12
#2

Please ignore jasel and his/her unnecessary rudeness and lack of consideration.

What area of the ACT are you looking at Stephanie?

shirty_bear 10:34 am
25 Oct 12
#3

I’ve got a dollar that says when jase! gets around to breeding, they’ll be the one with the tantrum-throwing-stroller-riding kid right in everyone’s way, claiming it’s their right to go somewhere nice.

Nothing constructive for the question itself, sorry … gave up going to nice places longer ago than I care to remember :-\

neanderthalsis 10:40 am
25 Oct 12
#4

Whilst being childless myself, I could suggest Bella Vista in Belconnen. They are usually more than accommodating to families.

Solidarity 10:41 am
25 Oct 12
#5

Why do you need a pram, why can’t you do what everyone else does, and that is take the capsule in and plonk it on one of the chairs?

crackerpants 10:44 am
25 Oct 12
#6

Yes, this post will most likely spark a debate about babies in public, and lots of comments that parents must necessarily become shut-ins until their children leave home of their own accord.

That aside, my best advice is to simply call the restaurant/cafe of your choice to make a booking, let them know you’ll be bringing a young baby in a pram, and ask if this will be a problem. Other options are to wear bub in a sling, if that’s your thing, or just bring in the bassinet (leaving the pram base in the car) or the capsule, and park your sleeping baby under the table – this has worked a treat for us in the past. I don’t know whether you’re after dinner only, but cafes with outdoor seating are great for lunch.

You know your baby – have an escape plan to soothe crying and feed, but babies of this age are very portable, so don’t be put off by the naysayers. I don’t know any 3 month olds that have “tantrums”. Just extend courtesy and consideration and you’ll get it back :-)

jase! 10:49 am
25 Oct 12
#7

shirty_bear you make two assumptions. the first one is that I don’t have kids and the second is that if I don’t have them I want them, I will give you a clue, one of them is wrong

Postalgeek 10:56 am
25 Oct 12
#8

Try Pialligo. Several nurseries have nice eating areas and room outside to sprawl. And the surrounds are nice.

smilesr 11:03 am
25 Oct 12
#9

Ellacure in Bruce is very accommodating with children/babies, has very nice food and good, attentive service.

poetix 11:07 am
25 Oct 12
#10

Feed the baby.
Say hello to babysitter.
Go out for nice dinner.
Return home.
Feed baby.

I do not want to be in a good restaurant with other people’s children. Or anyone who can’t use cutlery properly. Or anyone who I can hear eating from the next table. Or anyone who talks loudly about real estate, for that matter. All bad.

But to put a nicer spin on it, you deserve to have a break from looking after the baby, and to go out with your partner or friends. As do the other people in the restaurant.

Solidarity 11:22 am
25 Oct 12
#11

poetix said :

Feed the baby.
Say hello to babysitter.
Go out for nice dinner.
Return home.
Feed baby.

I do not want to be in a good restaurant with other people’s children. Or anyone who can’t use cutlery properly. Or anyone who I can hear eating from the next table. Or anyone who talks loudly about real estate, for that matter. All bad.

But to put a nicer spin on it, you deserve to have a break from looking after the baby, and to go out with your partner or friends. As do the other people in the restaurant.

You’re a sad, strange, little man.

DrKoresh 11:43 am
25 Oct 12
#12

Young mum’s with big honking prams were always my least favourite customer demographic when I was working at Flathead’s (not counting one particular clan of filthy hippies and their bratty, spoiled chillen). They always park their prams in the way and then crack the shits when people have to push past or ask them to move the contraption, they let their children make disgusting messes and on top of that they all seem to possess an entitled smugness that apparently comes with being a new mother.

dtc 11:45 am
25 Oct 12
#13

By ‘nice’ restaurant do you mean ‘up market special occasion’ or do you mean ‘good food and worth going to’? Lots of the comments to date yelling at you, assume the former but your reference to something ‘nicer than a club’ suggests you actually just want somewhere good but not high end dining.

In the latter category you can count many Asian restaurants – they are generally less formal and you can fit the pram against the wall somewhere (not all – I wouldnt try Sammys, for example).

Anyway, as mentioned – what part of the ACT are you looking at?

Eby 11:46 am
25 Oct 12
#14

I can second Bella Vista in Belconnen and Ellacure in Bruce for being pram friendly and generally baby friendly.

poetix 11:49 am
25 Oct 12
#15

Solidarity said :

poetix said :

Feed the baby.
Say hello to babysitter.
Go out for nice dinner.
Return home.
Feed baby.

I do not want to be in a good restaurant with other people’s children. Or anyone who can’t use cutlery properly. Or anyone who I can hear eating from the next table. Or anyone who talks loudly about real estate, for that matter. All bad.

But to put a nicer spin on it, you deserve to have a break from looking after the baby, and to go out with your partner or friends. As do the other people in the restaurant.

You’re a sad, strange, little man.

A very strange little man indeed. As one who has been at home with a baby, I know that of which I speak.

Eby 11:56 am
25 Oct 12
#16

poetix said :

Solidarity said :

poetix said :

Feed the baby.
Say hello to babysitter.
Go out for nice dinner.
Return home.
Feed baby.

I do not want to be in a good restaurant with other people’s children. Or anyone who can’t use cutlery properly. Or anyone who I can hear eating from the next table. Or anyone who talks loudly about real estate, for that matter. All bad.

But to put a nicer spin on it, you deserve to have a break from looking after the baby, and to go out with your partner or friends. As do the other people in the restaurant.

You’re a sad, strange, little man.

A very strange little man indeed. As one who has been at home with a baby, I know that of which I speak.

If you don’t want to hear people eat, or people talk loudly, I suggest that perhaps you are the one that needs to stay at home.

Jim Jones 12:01 pm
25 Oct 12
#17

Eby said :

I can second Bella Vista in Belconnen and Ellacure in Bruce for being pram friendly and generally baby friendly.

+1 for both of those.

maxblues 12:02 pm
25 Oct 12
#18

poetix said :

Feed the baby.
Say hello to babysitter.
Go out for nice dinner.
Return home.
Feed baby.

I do not want to be in a good restaurant with other people’s children. Or anyone who can’t use cutlery properly. Or anyone who I can hear eating from the next table. Or anyone who talks loudly about real estate, for that matter. All bad.

But to put a nicer spin on it, you deserve to have a break from looking after the baby, and to go out with your partner or friends. As do the other people in the restaurant.

Ok Poetix, maybe I have been loudly extolling the lack of virtues of charnel houses in Charnwood, whilst wielding a spade in threatening manner, but please oh please don’t lump me in the same category as those smelly little people. Sure peeps will say I was once one of them, but my maternal guardian had the thrifty sense of keeping me in a cardboard box in a poorly lit room,

maxblues 12:04 pm
25 Oct 12
#19

poetix said :

Feed the baby.
Say hello to babysitter.
Go out for nice dinner.
Return home.
Feed baby.

I do not want to be in a good restaurant with other people’s children. Or anyone who can’t use cutlery properly. Or anyone who I can hear eating from the next table. Or anyone who talks loudly about real estate, for that matter. All bad.

But to put a nicer spin on it, you deserve to have a break from looking after the baby, and to go out with your partner or friends. As do the other people in the restaurant.

Ok Poetix, maybe I have been loudly extolling the lack of virtues of charnel houses in Charnwood, whilst wielding a splade in threatening manner, but please oh please don’t lump me in the same category as those smelly little people. Sure peeps will say I was once one of them, but my maternal guardian had the thrifty sense of keeping me in a cardboard box in a poorly lit room,

maxblues 12:25 pm
25 Oct 12
#20

Ok it’s not the first time I’ve called a splade a spade and I do use both utensils when I’m eating.

aceofspades 12:32 pm
25 Oct 12
#21

Solidarity said :

poetix said :

Feed the baby.
Say hello to babysitter.
Go out for nice dinner.
Return home.
Feed baby.

I do not want to be in a good restaurant with other people’s children. Or anyone who can’t use cutlery properly. Or anyone who I can hear eating from the next table. Or anyone who talks loudly about real estate, for that matter. All bad.

But to put a nicer spin on it, you deserve to have a break from looking after the baby, and to go out with your partner or friends. As do the other people in the restaurant.

You’re a sad, strange, little man.

How could you have been on RA so long and not know that poetix is female. I also entirely agree with her. As politically incorrect as it is to say, there are some places that should be baby free.

JazzyJess 12:33 pm
25 Oct 12
#22

Hello Cafe at the Campbell shops and Connect at Gungahlin Marketplace are both good for mums with prams.

velocipede 12:37 pm
25 Oct 12
#23

Come on out to Cafe Woodworks in Bungendore. You’ll be most welcome.

Watson 12:41 pm
25 Oct 12
#24

I personally wouldn’t recommend trying to eat hot food with a baby in a sling.

I never took a baby there, but I’ve been to D’Browse in Narrabundah with an older toddler and they were fantastic. Probably better on a weeknight though.

I do second the capsule idea too. I had a European one that I could rock with my foot whilst talking – not sure what the Australian ones are like. Or maybe you could take one of those rockers? Or the basinette? If you want the pram so you can rock it to soothe baby, outside is going to be your only option and it’s still a tad chilly for that.

Good luck. It’s important to go out with a baby and do normal grown-up stuff. And the more people do it the more others will get used to the idea and the less they’ll whinge. Except on here of course…

bainbridge 12:50 pm
25 Oct 12
#25

I’m sure there are plenty of restaurants who would love your business, provided that:
1) you tell them you’re bringing a baby in a pram
2) you book well in advance so they can arrange seating so that you can get in and out easily and that you aren’t seated next to the couple trying to have a romantic dinner which should not be interrupted by a crying baby.
3) you recognise that if your baby cries you should take it out of ear shot of other customers until it stops crying, make sure the restaurant has an area where you can do this and not have to stand outside in the cold.

peitab 12:54 pm
25 Oct 12
#26

Isn’t it a good thing that people are taking their kids to decent places to eat (not just fast food and ‘family-style’ restaurants)? Surely it gets the kids used to what behaviour is expected of them at these nicer places.

Of course, this doesn’t really apply to infants. But as others have pointed out, they’re hardly of the age to throw tantrums, run around, etc.

peitab 12:55 pm
25 Oct 12
#27

Also: +1 for Ellacure. They always seem happy to accommodate prams, and there’s never really much of an issue moving between tables.

poetix 1:04 pm
25 Oct 12
#28

maxblues said :

Ok Poetix, maybe I have been loudly extolling the lack of virtues of charnel houses in Charnwood, whilst wielding a splade in threatening manner, but please oh please don’t lump me in the same category as those smelly little people. Sure peeps will say I was once one of them, but my maternal guardian had the thrifty sense of keeping me in a cardboard box in a poorly lit room,

And people say I’m strange!

(They’re quite right, of course. I should totally revel in the ‘special aioli’ that is baby puke.)

Sporfs are cool, by the way. I was told that by a cool person.

EvanJames 1:24 pm
25 Oct 12
#29

…”I’m after restaurants that are ok with prams and have the space to bring a pram through (and wont act like its a big inconvenience)…”

They’re not “acting” like it’s a big inconvenience, it IS a big inconvenience, to their staff and their patrons.

That said, threads like these are very useful… they serve as a warning of where not to go if you want to avoid the Pram Brigade (shudder).

maxblues 1:34 pm
25 Oct 12
#30

poetix said :

maxblues said :

Ok Poetix, maybe I have been loudly extolling the lack of virtues of charnel houses in Charnwood, whilst wielding a splade in threatening manner, but please oh please don’t lump me in the same category as those smelly little people. Sure peeps will say I was once one of them, but my maternal guardian had the thrifty sense of keeping me in a cardboard box in a poorly lit room,

And people say I’m strange!

(They’re quite right, of course. I should totally revel in the ‘special aioli’ that is baby puke.)

Sporfs are cool, by the way. I was told that by a cool person.

And I thought sporf was something like ‘special aioli’.

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