10 Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in San Diego

The truth is that most San Diego restaurants cater to families these days which can make narrowing down where to dine a bit difficult. Sure, we have common chains like Ruby's, TGI Fridays, Islands and others, but we've chosen some more unique options that are specific to Southern California.

If you ask a San Diegan about kid-friendly dining, it's likely that they'll mention Corvette Diner first. The throw-back diner brims with a festive vibe, hearty comfort food and even has a huge game area with retro classics like skee ball. Kids love it and most adults do, too, but it's theatrical and loud at times.

A few restaurants in town, such as CUCINA enoteca in Del Mar, allow kids the opportunity to assemble their own pizza at the table. Parents will certainly not be disappointed in the fantastic main menu, full of gourmet delights and an awesome wine selection as it's popular with locals for good reason.

However, Waypoint Public is a big win-win situation for kids and parents because in the middle of craft beer heaven is a kids' play area allowing for an afternoon of relaxation (of course, we urge you to drink responsibly).

There's no better way to unwind after a long day of sightseeing than at one of these family-friendly restaurants.



Waypoint Public is not only the new go-to spot for craft beer aficianados, it's also a place to bring the whole family. Set in San Diego's burgeoning North Park neighborhood, the restaurant features a 30-tap system focused on West Coast craft...  Read More



When you're craving a big grass-fed gourmet burger, Burger Lounge is your place. While there are locations popping up all over San Diego. The Gaslamp is the latest providing take-out convenience for those who live, work and play in downtown San...  Read More

Old Town Mexican Cafe and Cantina


Old Town is one of San Diego's top attractions, and all the restaurants in the area are nearly always packed. OTMC has a bit of an edge over the competition: the "tortilla ladies" who make over 7000 tortillas every day, strolling mariachis, and...  Read More

Pacific Beach
Broken Yolk


As you might guess from its name, this lovely cafe specializes in omelets perfectly prepared with a wide variety of ingredients. The famous dozen-egg omelet comes topped with chili and a pile of potatoes on the side. Eat it all and you pay a...  Read More

Filippi's Pizza Grotto


Family-owned and operated since 1950, Filippi's Pizza Grotto is a go-to spot for Italian food in Little Italy. This casual restaurant is famous for mouth-watering pizzas (locals rave about the cheese) and monumental meatball subs. There can be a...  Read More



Need an excuse to venture across the bridge and into scenic Coronado? Blue Bridge Hospitality's Village Pizzeria located on the gorgeous Bayside offers unparalleled views of the San Diego skyline in a relaxed setting that caters to children and...  Read More



CUCINA enoteca Del Mar, set to open in July 2013, is likely to be one of Del Mar's most popular restaurants shortly after opening. Hospitality veteran Tracey Borkum's latest project involves a 7000 sq foot restaurant and wine shop just east of...  Read More



Duke's La Jolla is owned and operated by San Diego and Maui-based TS Restaurants and features a menu much like its sister restaurants in Hawaii. This Duke's also boasts spectacular ocean views from a prime La Jolla location on Prospect Street...  Read More



Sammy's creates California-style pizzas; thin-crusted beauties topped with ingredients like arugula, duck sausage, goat cheese, toasted pine nuts, grilled eggplant, and truffle oil. Large selection of tapas, sandwiches, pastas and salads, too,...  Read More



Corvette Diner is a San Diego institution now located in the Point Loma area of Liberty Station. It's a 50s diner the serves up shakes, burgers, fries and other comfort food by sassy wait staff dressed in poodle skirts. Kids love it not only for...  Read More


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