Kid Friendly Restaurants in Austin

With the busy back to school season in full swing, a night off from cooking can seem heaven-sent. 

Taking the kids to a restaurant however can be an olympic sport.

Having a family outing over dinner can actually be relaxing when the environment is kid-friendly with a menu that satisfies even the pickiest of eaters.

Napa Flats

If your team of small fries are an antsy bunch, give Napa Flats a try.

This restaurant is home to hearty steaks, wood fired pizza and artfully assembled pastas, with presentations that add some sophistication to this casual and inviting space. and kids can construct their own personal pizzas (to their specifications of course). Mom and Dad can enjoy a glass of wine together while the kids get tired out in the in the indoor playscape.

Home Slice Pizza

Home Slice Pizza is a fun space for the family to gather and spend some quality time together after a long school day. The whole environment is tailored to kid curiosity, complete with coloring pages, a ping pong patio and dough for antsy kiddos to play with.

The bright colors and the hip feel of this restaurant makes it a super kid-friendly dinner experience in Austin. Check out their events calendar and you might even catch an evening of live music or an exciting pizza tossing competition!

Central Market

Central Market in Austin’s North Lamar location is one of our favorite school night dinner spots to bring the whole family. This experience is great because you can pick up a few groceries and get some hot food at the Central Market Cafe.

The hot food line and custom sandwich bar has a little something for everyone, and you can sit back and relax in the no-frills casual seating area. If the kids are fussy or cranky after a long day of school, a delicious and wholesome hot meal might be just what the doctor ordered.

Central Market on North Lamar Blvd is a one stop shop for any busy family looking for a simple evening out after a long day.

Mandola’s Italian Market

Browse Mandola’s authentic Italian marketplace and gather together for an incredible meal at this family friendly grocery/restaurant.

The kids can fill up on some home-cooked Italian fare and burn some energy in their indoor playspace. All the childrens’ entrees come with a free gelato, what could be better than free gelato?? While the kids get messy with their ice cream, parents can shop their impressive collection of fresh Italian bakery items or imported wine selection. 

It can be a real challenge to balance the back to school season hustle and bustle and still find time to cook on weeknights. 

Taking the kids out every so often to a space that’s fun and interactive so everyone can let off some steam after a long day.

Take more time to talk about the school and work day instead of cooking and doing dishes.

Sit back and relax at one of Austins top family dinner destinations for a school night escape.