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Best Restaurants For Kids in San Francisco

Some of the best restaurants for kids in San Francisco will truly surprise you as not only do they offer mouth-watering food, but they also provide an interactive and exciting atmosphere to make the dining experience even more enjoyable.

From tiki themed lounges to waterside restaurants with views of the Bay Bridge, San Francisco really has some of the best family-friendly eateries around

Best Restaurants For Kids in San Francisco


So, if you’re planning your next trip to San Fran, then this article will help you decide which restaurants to visit. And for your convenience, I’ve specifically concentrated on restaurants that are close to attractions or other things to do in San Francisco with kids.

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Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in San Francisco

Toy Boat Dessert Cafe

One of the first must-visit restaurants in San Francisco is actually a cafe. And if you’re a dessert-loving family, then Toy Boat Dessert Cafe will be right up your alley. 

From ice creams in all different flavours to extravagant sundaes and gooey warm cookies, Toy Boat Dessert Cafe is the perfect stop for an afternoon pick-me-up while visiting San Francisco.

The cafe does also serve sandwiches, salads, and, of course, coffee. But when there are incredible desserts on the menu, we all know what your little ones will pick. 

Address: 401 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118


Urban Putt

Urban Putt is quite possibly one of the most fun restaurant options for kids in San Francisco. And that’s because it combines food with high-tech indoor mini-golf!

As of December 30th, 2023, Urban Putt will be transforming into Holey Moley. However, it will still offer its visitors the chance to score a hole-in-one while enjoying foods like sliders, pizzas, salads, and tacos.  

Address: 1096 South Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110


Cheesecake Factory

There are over 200 Cheesecake Factories in the US alone. So that just goes to show how loved it is by both Americans and tourists alike.

Luckily for families visiting San Francisco, there is a Cheesecake Factory location in Union Square. And although the restaurant’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus have something for everyone to enjoy, what really draws people in is the extensive cheesecake options—hence the name!

We love the vast variety of food – there is literally something for everyone. Before devouring one of the delicious cheesecakes, however, adults can choose from pastas, seafood, steaks, salads, and burgers.

And kids can browse the children’s menu, which features favourites like chicken tenders, mac and cheese, and flatbreads. I really did mean they have something for everyone!

Now, I will warn you: deciding on a cheesecake flavour will be hard, as there are over 30 to choose from. But I personally love the Oreo® Dream Extreme Cheesecake, and I order it every time we visit without fail! 

Address: Union Square, 251 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, 8th Floor


Java Beach Cafe

For families in need of a tasty breakfast or a light lunch, then look no further than the Java Beach Cafe. This quaint little cafe right near the beach offers homemade and locally sourced eats, including croissants, bagels, subs, and salads. 

Plus, with freshly roasted coffee and an outdoor patio area, it makes for the perfect morning hang-out spot before spending a few hours on the sand. 

Address: 1396 La Playa St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Hollywood Cafe

Open for breakfast and lunch, the Hollywood Cafe is a great restaurant option for kids in San Francisco, as the menu has well-known classics that are guaranteed to be a hit. 

With options like pancakes, french toast, and eggs for breakfast. And sandwiches, burgers, and salads for lunch, you can enjoy a yummy meal surrounded by headshots of famous Hollywood Stars. 

Address: 530 North Point St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Eight AM

Another great restaurant for kids in San Francisco that serves mouthwatering breakfast and lunch dishes is Eight AM. Similar to Hollywood Cafe, Eight AM has a menu consisting of waffles and French toast.

However, the cafe’s speciality dishes are its crepes and frittatas. 

With both sweet and savoury crepes to choose from, as well as a vast selection of frittatas, you really will struggle to decide on your final order. In fact, it’s likely that you’ll return for a second time during your San Francisco stay! 

Address: 1323 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Waterbar

If your kids enjoy seafood, then I highly recommend booking a meal at Waterbar. Not only does Waterbar have an extensive seafood menu, but it also has incredible views of the Bay Bridge.

On a pleasant summer evening, families can even sit out in the restaurant’s patio to enjoy the fresh ocean air. 

One thing I will say, however, is that the adult menu does mainly consist of seafood and not much else. So, if you aren’t the biggest fan, then it may not be for you.

But the kids’ menu does have quesadillas, ravioli, and chicken tenders. So, the little ones are well-catered for regardless of their preferences.

Address: 399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

Spark Social

A unique restaurant option for kids in San Francisco actually comes in the form of food trucks with vendors selling various cuisines at Spark Social

My family personally loves to visit food trucks as it means everyone can enjoy different foods. And if you have fussy kids, then you know how hard it can be to find a restaurant to suit everyone.

The food trucks at Spark Social rotate, so you’ll be greeted with new dishes every time you visit. However, Spark Social also has a permanent bar and cafe, along with four cosy fire pits and a double-decker school bus.

Address: 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North, San Francisco, CA 94158

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Tonga Room

One of my favourite restaurants for kids in San Francisco is the Tonga Room—a tiki-themed lounge with a large central lagoon and tropical rain, thunder and lightning storms, which blow through the restaurant from time to time. 

While dining on Asian fusion dishes, guests can enjoy music from a live band, which only adds to the experience even further. 

Address: 950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108


Bubba Gump Shrimp Co

And for all “Forrest Gump” fans out there, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co is the place to be. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co restaurants (there are 35 locations that operate worldwide) aim to capture the charm that made Forrest Gump a hit by including decor that is reminiscent of the movie’s setting in Alabama.

With memorabilia and photos from the movie, along with storyboards, costumes, and script pages, the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurants are a fun place to grab a bite to eat. And speaking of eating, the menus at Bubba Gump, of course, include shrimp.

However, you can also choose from salads, seafood, ribs, chicken, and burgers. 

Similar to adults, kids will also have the choice of a range of different dishes, including chicken strips, burgers, and mac and cheese. 

Address: Pier 39 Box M-211, San Francisco, CA 94133

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