Enjoy Good Food & Epic Entertainment at Tampa's Family-Friendly Eateries

Sometimes it's difficult to find a restaurant that will suit the whole family. Parents have to find something casual, maybe with high-chairs or booster seats, and goodness knows having crayons can be a life-saver. Luckily, Tampa offers traveling families lots of kid-approved options to choose from. To help you find the perfect option for your family, 10 Best has compiled a list of ten of the city's top choices.

For a fun old-Florida experience, check out Cody's Original Roadhouse. This restaurant allows kids to be messy and throw their peanut shells on the floor while they draw on the table. Perfect, right? The food's pretty good too, featuring hearty and traditional roadhouse fare. The kid's menu here is pretty good as well with a more extensive menu that you usually see. All this and a fair price too.

If you're in a hurry, but cringe at feeding your kids unhealthy fast food, try the EVOS difference. EVOS is a local take-out restaurant that features many of the usual staples, such as burgers and fries, prepared with a healthy twist. They use fresh organic or vegan ingredients and air-bake their french fries instead of using the deep fryer. They also offer a good selection of salads and wraps as well. 



Sweet Tomatoes is an all-inclusive buffet-style cafeteria that specializes in soups and salads. Great family dining that provides healthier alternatives for both adults and kids. This restaurant features an open and airy atmosphere with tons of...  Read More

Citrus Park


Tampa has one Johnny Rockets restaurant conveniently located in Citrus Park Mall next to the movie theaters. It's the perfect spot to take the family after a day of shopping or seeing a movie. If you haven't been before, this international chain...  Read More

South Tampa
Square 1 Burgers


Owned by well-known Tampa restaurateur, Bill Shumate, Square 1 Burgers is a reference to Bill returning to his burger-making roots. Square 1's mission is simple, build the best burgers and provide an awesome dining experience. They seem to be...  Read More



EVOS is a local fast food chain that focuses on making your favorite fast food dishes more healthy, like using organic or vegan ingredients and air-baking their french fries instead of using the deep fryer. They use naturally raised beef and...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Splitsville


Conveniently located in the Channelside Bay Plaza, Splitsville bills itself as "luxury lanes and dinner lounge." Just look for the huge bowling pin and you'll know you're in the right spot. This may be the coolest bowling alley you've ever...  Read More



Beef O'Brady's is a Tampa institution delighting area families since 1984. Beefs, as it is affectionately known, is famous for its family-friendly pub atmosphere, with a game room for the kids and a large number of TVs for sports fans to enjoy. ...  Read More



For some people, an authentic New York pizza experience requires a hole-in-the-wall setting. If you are one of those people, Eddie & Sam's is for you. The ingredients, including water shipped down from New York for the dough, only add to the...  Read More

North Tampa


Serving hungry Tampa locals since 1973, Mel's takes the simple concept of a hot dog and makes it as good as you could imagine. These dogs aren't the bland approximations you find at some fast food places. Instead, they're all-beef and come on...  Read More



Tampa's version of Cody's Original Roadhouse, a small Florida chain of restaurants, is one of the city's favorite places to go with family. The atmosphere is casual and relaxing and the decor is a creative take on an old-fashioned Florida gas...  Read More

Topgolf Tampa
Photo courtesy of Topgolf Tampa


Located in Brandon, a 15 minute drive from downtown is Topgolf Tampa. This unique entertainment complex offers a 3 level golf range for players of all ages and abilities to hone their skills playing target-oriented games. A state-of-the-art...  Read More


Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye is a freelance writer that adopted Tampa as her hometown over a decade ago and never looked back. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no snow climate, and in her spare time...  More About Skye