10 Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in Phoenix for Foodie Families

Beckett's Table is one of Phoenix's best reviewed restaurants. The menu is sophisticated, elevating modern American comfort food with its emphasis on locally-sourced, farm-fresh ingredients. The restaurant also happens to be family friendly, offering a special kids menu featuring sliders, mac and cheese, pasta with red sauce or butter, PBJ with no crust, grilled chicken skewers, quesadilla or a hot dog. Kids plates come with fruit or fries, a beverage and a cookie.

Chelsea's Kitchen is another casually upscale neighborhood restaurant with a family friendly dining room. The kid's menu includes chicken tacos, grilled cheese, mac & cheese, a fresh fish plate, and special Chelsea creations like the PB&J sushi rolls and "Little Monkey" pancakes.

If you're looking for a fun, quick meal out with the family, stop by Rocket Burgers & Subs. The huge list of hamburger specialties will entice burger-lovers of all ages, and you can feed the whole family without breaking the bank.

For a fun, Western-themed dinner, head over to Rustler's Rooste. This landmark restaurant offers a family-style dinner that comes with barbecue chicken, shrimp, beans, baked potatoes, swordfish, pork ribs, sirloin steak strips, corn-on-the-cob, fresh raw vegetables, and rolls with a side of butter. It's enough food to feed the whole family, and then some.

Windsor is trendy, cozy and friendly all in one. No live entertainment: The buzz is from lively conversation. Stop by after dinner and linger over such numerically named cocktails as the No. 17 with cucumber vodka, green tea syrup, fresh...  Read More

Old Spaghetti Factory is downtown Phoenix's favorite family-friendly restaurant destination. The fun and unique ambiance, including an indoor trolley dining room and antique decor, will appeal to hungry diners of all ages. The straightforward...  Read More

Rustler's Rooste
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Rustler's Rooste is Phoenix's down home gem, a destination cowboy steakhouse serving up thick and juicy steaks, ribs, chicken and the freshest seafood around. Appetizers are rather unique at this popular restaurant (rattlesnake, anyone?), but...  Read More

Comedor Guadalajara

Comedor Guadalajara, situated on a quiet stretch of Central Avenue, has been catering to South Phoenix Mexican food-lovers for more than 40 years. The Sonoran-style menu is straightforward but consistently delicious. Tamales, burros, flautas,...  Read More

A local institution, Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffle's popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, prompting an expansion into all corners of the city. But the original location on Central Avenue is still the best, offering a taste lesson in...  Read More

This classic hamburger shop features made to order burgers made with fresh, never frozen, 100% angus beef patties. Burgers come in singles, doubles, or if you're really hungry, the signature rocket size burger, a 12 inch sub role stuffed with...  Read More

Once a humble downtown Phoenix food truck, Short Leash Hot Dogs is now one of downtown Phoenix's most-loved local eateries. The restaurant specializes in gourmet hot dogs - but these are not your typical ballpark hot dogs. They come wrapped in...  Read More

What this tiny traditional diner lacks in square footage, it more than makes up in style and heart. The vintage diner ambiance and modern American menu of comfort food classics has made Welcome Diner a downtown favorite. The food menu includes...  Read More

Chelsea's Kitchen
Photo courtesy of Chelsea's Kitchen

Occupying a canal-side brick building, this decidedly popular, neighborhood-casual restaurant is part of a local dynasty. The enterprise appeals to upscale families and maintains a solid menu that capitalizes on premium ingredients. Organic...  Read More

Beckett's Table is the brainchild of Chef Justin Beckett, who wanted to create a restaurant that celebrates the values of farm-to-table cuisine in a friendly, communal setting. The interior at Beckett's Table is industrial chic, with concrete...  Read More


Meet Patricia Escarcega

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

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