10 Best Family-Friendly Restaurants: Dallas Serves Up Kid-Approved Cuisine and Fun

Planning an upcoming vacation to Dallas with the whole family in tow? Well, you're in luck, because Big D is quite family-friendly! Along with kid-centric attractions and activities, Dallas restaurants also cater to families. Choose from a variety of our top picks and make it a family night out on the town.

If you're in the mood for Tex-Mex, there are several Dallas restaurants that serve up this delicious regional cuisine, as well as keep young diners in mind. Mariano's Hacienda has plenty of offerings to keep the whole family happy - famous frozen margaritas for the adults and coloring book menus and crayons for the little ones. Young diners are greeted by a stuffed bear in the lobby, and they can ride on classic coin-operated rides before taking a seat at a table in one of many themed dining rooms - think beach, pinata room and rustic lodge.

Families who want to feel like they've gone to their Texan grandma's house for supper will truly enjoy Babe's Chicken Dinner House in the north Dallas suburb of Carrollton. Babe's offers kid-friendly food, like fried chicken, chicken strips, corn, mashed potatoes with gravy and green beans - and it's all served family style. Diners should save room for the over-the-top banana pudding dessert at the end.

No matter what you're in the mood for, 10Best has got your family covered!




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Café Brazil


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Babe's Chicken Dinner House
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Babe's Chicken Dinner House serves up Texan comfort food in a family style manner. While the fried chicken is always a hit, don't miss the chicken tenders served with gravy! Other popular menu items there include chicken fried steak, fried...  Read More

Lake Highlands


Crossroads Diner has been featured as D Magazine's best breakfast of 2012. This Lake Highlands spot prides itself on its fresh ingredients, friendly hospitality and comfortable environment. So if you're in Big D and want a diner-style...  Read More



Located in the popular Lakewood neighborhood, Matt's Rancho Martinez gets packed regularly, so arrive early to get a table. The menu does a great job of combining cowboy or gringo touches with Mexican style; Matt's specialties include chicken...  Read More

Lake Highlands


Located in Lake Highlands, Mariano's Hacienda is one of the best Tex-Mex restaurants in Big D. The decor is kitsch at its finest - the bar is covered by a traditional palapa roof, and there's a pinata room, a ranch room (complete with stuffed...  Read More

Truck Yard
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