Family-Friendly Restaurants Welcome the Whole Clan to Their Welcoming Spaces

Let's face it: Everyone loves Seattle. Little kids, big kids and everyone in between. What's not to love? The city features a stunning setting (mountains, ocean and green space galore), and the culture here thrives. Whatever you fancy–music, literature, sports, the arts or beyond–there is something to sate your craving.

Kids delights in the city's whimsical touches (yes, Fremont Troll, we're looking at you), and venues like the Olympic Sculpture Park have a way of making even modern art seem desirable to visitors of all ages. So while adults get to take in the Emerald City's finer gems, children get to tag along for the ride, something not possible in every city on the map.

So what happens when it comes to mealtime? Thankfully, we've scoured our resources to offer a roundup list of eateries that offer kid-friendly menus and service, so that the whole family can enjoy meals as a unit. Whether your crew is seeking a casual cafe or a finer establishment (on the water, even!), we've found places that feature kid-friendly spaces and often kid-friendly menus too. 

Some of our choices bustle during brunch hour, while others are better-known for their dinnertime dishes. One thing's for sure: no visitor needs to go hungry in this town!



This colorful waterside facility has widespread appeal. Focusing on organic ingredients, the cafe concocts flavorful Mexican eats like quesadillas, enchiladas and burritos, and it's also a popular happy hour spot. One of the specialties of the...  Read More



A great deal for your buck, this Fremonter is known all across town for its huge breakfast portions. Indeed, the place gets packed once the doors are open each AM, with the hodgepodge clientele swapping opinions on current events while enjoying...  Read More

Lunchbox Laboratory
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LunchBox Laboratory got its start in a 400-square-foot building in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood "by the MacGyver-like culinary vision of Food Alchemist Scott Simpson. The original concept was born of Scott's love for his mother." The quirky...  Read More



A quintessential Seattle experience is having a meal at Ray's (just past Ballard, en route to Golden Gardens Beach). Views of the mountains and the water, especially in sunset's glow, thrill diners almost as much as the cuisine. While many...  Read More

Cafe Presse


This charming spot on South Capitol Hill near Seattle University (open since 2007) offers full coffee service featuring Caffe Vita coffee, house-made pastries, affordable French wines, a full bar open daily until 2 a.m., a newsstand of various...  Read More

Marination Ma Kai
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In West Seattle, Marination Ma Kai brings the delectable flavors and happy vibes of Hawaii to a stunning beachside setting (near Alki). The venue's Hawaiian-Korean cuisine "melts delicate heat and the flavors of aloha together in [diners']...  Read More



Adventurous diners need look no further than Chutney's, the local authority on spicy Indian cuisine. The popular restaurant is one of the best in the area and offers a range of dishes inspired by regions throughout the sub-continent. Among the...  Read More

Chinook's at Salmon Bay


The Seattle waterfront is a not-to-be-missed city location. With a prime location at Fishermen's Terminal, this longstanding favorite consistently serves reliable dishes at reasonable prices. A classic is tender, flavorful alder plank-roasted...  Read More

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This upscale dining room serves inventive Greek cuisine. Making an excellent starter, pita bread is served with your choice of spread, like roasted sweet red pepper, barrel-aged minty feta or skordalia. Meze, such as grilled octopus and dolmades...  Read More



This lively spot is known for its quarterly-changing menu that highlights a regional cuisine. So, in addition to the regular breakfast menu, you may find specialties like New Orleans po' boy breakfast sandwich, pain perdu (New Orleans-style...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne