10 Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in Tucson for Kid-Approved Eats

Our top pick goes to the HUB Restaurant and Creamery in downtown Tucson. This hip restaurant and ice cream bar is built to please taste buds of all ages. Kids will love snacking on the gourmet Mac & Cheese, while adults will enjoy sophisticated foodie offerings like the fresh lobster roll or chicken ragu. And, of course, the end of the meal holds the promise of a freshly churned ice cream treat.

If your kids love Mexican food, head to El Charro Cafe, which has two locations in the city. El Charro is the oldest family-run Mexican food restaurant in the country, and it's easy to see why the restaurant has flourished over the decades. Classic Mexican food made with fresh quality ingredients and gourmet sensibility have made it a local culinary gem. Kids will love scribbling on the lucha libre coloring sheets, and the menu is full of kid-friendly bites, including ground beef tortas, beef tacos, cheese quesadillas, burritos and nachos. 

For burger-lovers, Monkey Burger is a fun, colorful burger spot serving up delicious gourmet burgers. Kids can enjoy a burger or grilled cheese and take their photo with resident monkey statue. 

Finally, if you're hunting for an authentic greasy spoon diner, head over to Bobo's on busy Grant Road. It might not be the fanciest spot in town, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a better place for flapjacks and eggs. 



A fixture in Tucson since 1971, this is the preferred stop on sweltering Arizona days when folks drop in for an "eegee," a unique fruity, slushy concoction somewhere between an Italian ice and a slightly thawed sorbet. Choose from lemon,...  Read More



Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria specializes in Chicago-style delights and classic Italian pasta dishes. Try their award-wining chicken wings and specialty pizzas. The Fungus Humongous features a grilled mixture of portabella & white...  Read More



Fresco Pizzeria and Pastaria delivers the kind of consistently good pizza and pasta that can be difficult to find at your local pizza chain. With over 50 pizza toppings available, you can design the pie of your dreams, or try one of their...  Read More



This beach-inspired neighborhood cafe brings the spirit and attitude of the beach to the sunny deserts of Tucson. Sunny Daze Cafe dishes out a great breakfast, with a huge selection of classics including hotcakes, french toast, waffles,...  Read More



Bobo's Restaurant in Tucson offers home style and country breakfasts in a friendly neighborhood dining environment. This local greasy spoon is a favorite with breakfast-lovers looking for hot, tasty breakfast platters. You'll find the usual...  Read More

North Tucson


For a quick bite on your way to work or a day of sightseeing, bypass all those fast food chains and stop at Beyond Bread. The cinnamon raisin French toast is unbeatable, but if you like protein in the morning, try a made-to-order omelette,...  Read More



The original El Charro, founded in 1922, is the oldest Mexican restaurant in Tucson; the original owner, Monica Flin, is said to have invented the chimichanga. The restaurant also claims the impressive title of oldest Mexican food restaurant in...  Read More



This colorful small burger shop is a Tucson destination for serious burger lovers, and it's easy to see why. Monkey Burger features a selection of hearty, gourmet burgers. Some of the most popular burgers include "The Kitchen Sink," which...  Read More



If diner food is your thing, Little Anthony's Diner in Tucson specializes in highly craveable breakfast, lunch and dinner plates that will satisfy your hunger for Americana fare. Tempting starters include deep fried mac and cheese, nachos,...  Read More



HUB Restaurant and Ice Creamery has quickly become a popular downtown Tucson dining destination. The menu is eclectic, fun and always fresh. Starters include a fresh calamari, jumbo lump crab cakes, and pei mussels. The Mac & Cheese is a...  Read More


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