10 Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in Scottsdale: Kid-Approved Eats and Treats

When it comes to family friendly dining in Scottsdale, there's no place like the Sugar Bowl.

This venerable Scottsdale ice cream parlor has been in operation since the 1950s. For many Scottsdale visitors, a family vacation in Scottsdale is not complete without a stop here. There are dozens of ice cream treats, including floats, sorbets, shakes and sundaes. But if you're hungry for something a little more solid, the kitchen also dishes out great diner food, including sandwiches, burgers and salads.

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but sometimes it's hard to convince young kids to fuel up in the morning. You won't have any trouble getting the kids to eat breakfast at Butters Pancakes & Cafe. Don't expect a greasy spoon - the food here is prepared fresh with quality ingredients. Pancakes, fruit salads, fluffy omelettes, and fresh-squeezed orange juice, along with a special children's brunch menu, make this a good family destination.

Brat Haus may seem like an adult-only beer garden, but this popular Scottsdale destination for brats and craft beer is actually pretty kid-friendly. There is a kid's menu featuring all-beef hot dogs, grilled cheese, and chicken fingers, and families will appreciate the laid-back ambiance and comfortable outdoor patio at this lively Old Town spot. 




Carlsbad Tavern
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Carlsbad Tavern & Restaurant in Scottsdale embraces New Mexico-style Mexican food and culture, making for one of the most colorful, fun lunch and dinner spots in Scottsdale. Authentic New Mexican grub uses fresh New Mexico chiles in a...  Read More



Coconut's Fish Cafe is a Hawaiian-style, fast-casual taco joint decorated with surfboard tables, bamboo, bright colors and a soundtrack of island music. The ambiance is fun, casual and friendly, but you'll come for the expansive menu of fish...  Read More



There's no use trying to resist the pull of Rehab Burger Therapy. The restaurant, which is located in the heart of downtown, is almost always filled to capacity. One look at the menu - and one bite of their burgers - and it's easy to see why:...  Read More



Hopdoddy marries two great things: handcrafted beer (the "Hop" in the restaurant's name) and great burgers ("Doddy" is a Scottish nickname for Aberdeen's native cow). The menu is chock full of gourmet burgers, including a classic Angus beef...  Read More



Located at the edge of Old Town Scottsdale, Brat Hause brings a little taste of authentic German food, culture and - what else? - craft beer to the desert. The charming restaurant has a menu full of handmade, craft sausages served on a toasted...  Read More



Habaneros Mexican Grill is a favorite Scottsdale Mexican food eatery for dining in and take out. The menu delivers straightforward Sonoran fare dripping with flavor. A house favorite is the carne asada burrito, which served with fresh guacamole...  Read More



This small, unassuming south Scottsdale cafe dishes out some of the city's best Mexican food. The Blind Pig may not sound like your typical Mexican restaurant, but the plates are brimming with traditional and authentic flavors. For starters, try...  Read More



Perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Randy's Restaurant and Ice Cream in Scottsdale promises great food at a great price any time of the day. Enjoy all your favorites at Randy's, from fried catfish to meatloaf, steak and more. After your...  Read More

Butters Pancakes & Cafe
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"Egg-ceptional eggs," moist and fluffy omelettes, original skillets, scramblers, eggs benedict, fruits and grains, pancakes, French toast, and Belgian waffles are just some of the breakfast specialties you'll find at this bright Scottsdale cafe....  Read More



Truly a trip back in time, Sugar Bowl has changed little since it opened in 1958. Pink-and-white decor, swivel stools, and plenty of cool, creamy treats make for an authentic soda parlor experience. All your favorites are here: malts, shakes,...  Read More


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