Is there anything more awkward than showing up at a fancy restaurant with the kids in tow, completely shocked by the adults-only vibe? We don’t think so, and the unapproving glares from the wait staff and diners certainly don’t help.
To help you treat your whole family to a delicious meal out, we asked Canberra locals to share their favourite kid-friendly restaurants in the region. And now, the results are in. The top pick eateries welcome the little ones with open arms and serve up a tasty menu that’s sure to please even the fussiest of eaters.
So, without further ado, let’s jump right into it.
What makes a great kid-friendly restaurant?
Not sure what, exactly, you are on the lookout for when deciding on a place to eat with the kids? Not to worry. We suggest keeping an eye out for the following traits:
- A kid-friendly menu. Most kids are not like adults – they don’t necessarily like trying strange, unfamiliar foods. The best family-orientated restaurants offer at least a few kid-friendly options, whether that be tried-and-true classics like fish and chips or something a little more creative.
- A lively atmosphere. Kids make noise – there are no two ways about it. Opt for a restaurant with a lively atmosphere, so you don’t have to be worried about the kids laughing or chatting enthusiastically.
- Friendly staff. The last thing you want is a rude staff member mistreating your children. The best kid-friendly cafes and restaurants enjoy seeing happy families investing in a little quality time together.
- Fast service. While a three-hour dinner may be the preference of adult diners, kids generally don’t hold up that long. They can become tired or bored in an hour or two, so fast service is a must.
The best kid-friendly restaurants in Canberra according to you
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To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Does your family like things a little spicy? Head to Spice Affair and get an authentic taste of India’s rich culinary history. Serving up a delightful range of dishes – some of which are spicy and others that are child-friendly – the passionate team behind Spice Affair get a real kick out of sharing the 5,000-year-old tradition of Indian cooking with Canberra’s locals. The atmosphere is laid-back and fun, and the service is incredible. What more could you ask for?
Kids love pizza and pasta – and so does mum and dad. Agostinis is a family-friendly Italian restaurant that serves up some of the tastiest Italian dishes in Canberra. All pasta is made fresh daily on-site, and all pizzas are cooked to crispy, melty perfection in the scorching-hot, state-of-the-art Marana Forni pizza oven. After your main meal, be sure to indulge in a scoop or two of house-made gelato!
Hidden away on Challis Street is Trevs@Dickson, a local staple and family favourite. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the dedicated team at Trevs@Dickson serve up a creative range of dishes that make use of the best in-season produce. There truly is something for everyone, even the fussiest of eaters.
If you would prefer to just eat at home, check out our list of the best food delivery services in Canberra.
Your experience with kid-friendly restaurants in Canberra
Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.
Have you had experience with any of the kid-friendly restaurants listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.