Though most restaurants in San Diego cater to kids, there are a few family-friendly San Diego restaurants that take dining to another level by allowing kids to participate in their meals or offering a place to play while parents enjoy a craft cocktail. Talk about a win-win situation.
7 Incredibly Family Friendly San Diego Restaurants
BO-beau kitchen + garden (La Mesa)
Looking for a place where you can sit and grab a beer or handcrafted cocktail while the kids play right next door? Look no more than this family friendly San Diego restaurant. Nestled in the heart of La Mesa Village, BO-beau kitchen + garden (pictured above) has you covered. We’re huge fans of BO-beau kitchen + bar in Ocean Beach, but have added this location to our to-do list as La Mesa isn’t that far from La Jolla on the freeway.
Boasting a life-size retrofitted school bus, kids can go inside the expansive space and play without leaving their parents sight. Alongside the bus, a chalkboard wall encourages kids to look to the future, by asking them to fill in what they want to be when they grow up.
When it comes to food, options abound for the growing teen with a more sophisticated palate. Smaller portions of grilled sea bass and steak frites are available at a fraction of the price for ages 12-16. There’s certainly no shortage of choices for grownups as well. Executive Chef Benjamin Moore’s menu includes several standout items such as the roasted black cod and curry moules with frites. Or belly up to the bar and grab one of the handcrafted cocktails made with fresh herbs grown on-site.
BO-beau kitchen + garden
8384 La Mesa Boulevard
La Mesa, CA 91942
Kids and Craft Beer Collide at Waypoint Public (North Park)
Waypoint Public is not only the new go-to spot for craft beer aficionados, 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 brews, over 300 different bottled beers in stock and an inventive menu created by Executive Chef Amanda Baumgarten (of Bravo’s Top Chef fame who’s also worked and trained in four Michelin-starred restaurants).
But what’s setting the restaurant apart among the young family set is its designated “kids area” complete with books, games, and a forgiving AstroTurf floor space for kiddos who don’t want to sit around listening to adults. Another draw includes the children’s menu featuring tasty options like hot dogs, cheeseburgers, mac n’ cheese, grilled cheese, fries and more at an affordable price. A play area plus great kid food is what sets this kid-friendly San Diego restaurant apart from others.
3794 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92104
Kids Become Cooks at CUCINA enoteca/CUCINA urbana (Bankers Hill/Del Mar)
Bustling Banker’s Hill hotspot, CUCINA urbana and its new Del Mar counterpart, CUCINA enoteca are a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. While the restaurants have made a name for themselves through their locally sourced California-inspired Italian fare, they’ve also taken the often-cliche kids menu to a whole new level.
Aspiring chefs can test out their skills in the kitchen by opting for the “build-your-own pizza pie” menu item. It’s a personal size, half-baked pizza that lets kids get creative by adding their own tomato sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. Then, if there’s still room left, they can get a little messy with an ice cream Sunday. Talk about a fun restaurant for kids to participate at!
CUCINA enoteca Del Mar
2730 Via de la Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014
505 Laurel Street
San Diego, California 92101
Throwback Fun for the Whole Family at Corvette Diner (Point Loma)
Consistently a leading national pick for “Top Family Friendly Travel Destinations” the iconic ’50s-style diner has been the go-to hangout for families across San Diego for a quarter century. Disc Jockeys, balloon artists, magicians and live entertainment frequent the diner on a weekly basis but the main entertainment draw for kids and grownups alike is the 5,000 square-foot Gamers Garage.
Not your typical arcade, the Gamers Garage has over 50 games including everything from the latest high-tech simulators to interactive pinball throwbacks. Servers line the restaurant corridors every hour on the hour with their infamous song and dance encouraging kids and adults to get up and shake their “tail feather” to the music creating a memorable and interactive experience.
2965 Historic Decatur Road
San Diego, CA 92106
Build-Your-Own Pizza Pie at Village Pizzeria (Coronado)
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 adults alike.
Every Wednesday, kiddos eat free from 4:00 pm to close, as the Village Pizzeria family offers a Build-Your-Own Pizza night where children receive their own pre-rolled dough, marina, cheese and 3 toppings of their choice to create their own specialty, custom pie. Adults can kick back and relax with 11 craft beers on tap while the kids play in the neighboring grassy area.
Village Pizzeria Bayside
1201 1st Street
Coronado, CA 92118
Beaumont’s Eatery (La Jolla)
Of course, I have to throw in a mention of my daughter’s favorite restaurant, Beaumont’s Eatery in La Jolla. As far as she’s concerned, this is the top choice for family-friendly San Diego restaurants. Though there isn’t an interactive element, she enjoys the upscale-casual environment, oodles of noodles entree on the kids’ menu (noodles, butter, and cheese, basically), the kids’ menu coloring paper and crayons and the fact that it’s two minutes from our house.
When the owner revamped the kids’ menu, his own children helped decide what to put on the menu! Beaumont’s works for us because we love the happy hour and revamped menu. Try the Korean street tacos, Beaumont’s burger, flatbreads and kale salad.
5662 La Jolla Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037
Which family-friendly San Diego restaurants do your kids prefer?