Choosing a place to eat as grown-ups is simple. Select a cuisine, then check reviews and ratings, decide, and finally, go. On the other hand, deciding where to have a meal as a family, especially with younger kids, tends to be more cumbersome. Not all restaurants are family-friendly and unless you’re a local, finding a kid-friendly restaurant in Sydney can be a task and a half.
Nevertheless, it’s important to choose the right eatery as restless kids can cause quite a scene. So, check out the list we’ve compiled of the kid-friendliest places to eat in Sydney!
Located in the Newport Arms Hotel, The Newport is THE destination for a few hours of fun for the family. The outdoor seating has stunning views of Pittwater while indoors houses the Gymnasium. Contrary to what the name suggests, the Gymnasium is a child’s wonderland. With a variety of play options like wall Scrabble, bowling, ping pong, giant Connect-4 or huge wooden blocks, they’re sure to have a whale of a time! Furthermore, there’s ample sating around the area to keep an eagle eye on the tykes.
There are 4 unique marketplace stalls which offer mouth-watering eats such as burgers, calamari, fish and chips, wood-fired pizza, shakes, and more. Moreover, the kid’s menu features all time favourites namely cheeseburgers, schnitty burgers, Margherita pizzas and even gelato! Overall, the winning combination of children entertainment and good food makes The Newport a popular spot for locals and tourist alike. Thus, cementing their status as a kid-friendly restaurant in Sydney. Make sure you get in early to grab a spot!
The iconic Ettamongah Pub is instantly to one and all recognisable due to its kooky slanted timber facade. Contained within its expansive compound is a rock climbing wall, arcade games, and children’s playground amongst more adult-focused entertainment. Grab a seat in the courtyard so you can watch your children at play. As expected, The Ettamongah Bistro serves up quintessential Aussie pub grub and has a menu just for kids. However, a fair warning, try to plan a trip there during the week instead of the weekend as there can be an extended wait for service during the busy weekend shifts.
North Ryde RSL
RSLs or Returned and Services League of Australia is a charitable organisation which seeks to aid returned military personnel in their well-being. They created clubs in various communities across Australia, initially for these soldiers to relax and enjoy fellowship with their families and friends. Since then, RSLs have become a meeting hub in the community, a place where family and friends come together to each, catch up and play.
North Ryde has taken the idea of play and ran with it. Their Tribal Zone is a supervised area of childhood excitement. Your monkey can go wild in the jungle gym with giant ball pit, and the older ones will go nuts over the arcade games and air hokey tables. The children are free to play with everything in two-hour sessions at AUD $6 each.
The great news about Tribal Zone is that it is right next to Riverview Bar and Dining, making them a definite kid-friendly restaurant in Sydney. The menu changes each season and is simple and comforting. You can enjoy a goat’s cheese tart, followed by beef cheek in polenta mash while the little ones dine on penne bolognese paired with a drink and ice cream. A family lunch at the North Ryde RSL is a fun lunch.
Pancakes on the Rocks Darling Harbour
Pancakes on the Rocks is a Sydney institution, serving up carb-loaded deliciousness since 1975. They have various locations all around Australia, delighting families with their sweet and savoury offerings. While they do not have any play facilities within their restaurants, they have put in considerable effort into their Kid’s Menu and deserves to be commended on that.
Although most of their menu consists of, surprise surprise, pancakes, their ribs and steaks have also garnered some popularity. Furthermore, their sweet pancakes are famous for a reason. Consequently, it is hard to pass up ending your meal there with one of their sweet creations. Prepare for a post-meal family nap should you choose to dine at Pancakes on the Rocks.
SkyFeast at Sydney Tower
You will literally feel on top of the world dining at Sydney’s Tower SkyFeast. Famous for its 360 degree panoramic view of Sydney’s skyline, SkyFeast is not your regular kid-friendly restaurant in Sydney. It does not have a rock wall, nor does it have building blocks. It does have, however, rotating never-ending views of the Sydney cityscape and hopefully that will capture the little ones’ attention as well as it does ours.
During each 70 minute revolution, diners can enjoy tasting towers of delectable food ranging from seafood, barbecue, international cuisine and indulgent desserts. Point out the Harbour Bridge, Blue Mountains and other Sydney landmarks while nibbling on scrumptious fare. A meal at SkyFeast is a meal for both the eyes and the stomach.
Make your reservation through KKDay to ensure unobstructed views by securing a table by the window.
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is a cultured nature wonderland brimming with beautiful flowers and gorgeous scenery. Nestled in the heart of this idyllic landscape is Botanic House Restaurant, represented by celebrity chef Luke Nguyen. He has designed an Australian-Asian menu, inspired by his colourful heritage.
But before this treat of a meal, explore the Botanic Gardens and take in the floral displays. However, don’t forget to visit The Calyx, home to the largest green walls in the southern hemisphere. Spend the day appreciating Sydney’s most beautiful garden and end it with an unforgettable dining experience.
Make your reservation through KKDay to save on your bill!
The Grounds of Alexandria
There is no cafes more well-known than The Grounds of Alexandria with their ever-changing immersive experiences. The menu is adjusted with each change of theme to fit and highlight each experience. Whether you are dining at the Cafe or The Potting Shed, both venues focus on seasonal ingredients and that is reflected in its impressive kid’s menu as well.
At the time of publishing, The Grounds is show-casing their popular Secret Garden experience. This show however, ends early May so please check their website prior to making a booking. On the other hand, kids eat free at The Potting Shed on Mondays so head on down and chase those Monday blues away!
The Henson is a nondescript local hotel in Marrickville. There is nothing pretentious about this venue and their children’s play area is equally unremarkable if you are comparing it to bowling and air hockey tables. Equipped with a small rock climb and foam pit, mega blocks strewn on the floor in front of a colourful Mr Men murals and a wall chalkboard, the playroom looks thrown together.
However, just like the dining area, the simplicity is just a facade. There isn’t a need for fancy digs when the food speaks for itself. The playroom, while simple, is sufficient to entertain the younger ones while the older ones battle high scores on arcade machines. When its time to order, the kid’s menu is one of the more extensive ones around. Additionally, the consideration put into both that and the main menu is apparent.
If good, fresh, humble Australian tucker is priority then take the kids to The Henson where you won’t be disappointed.
Pic on the Park at Sydney Park
Sometimes, its good to head to the park and just have a picnic. Bring a ball and your tribe’s favourite game down to Sydney Park. You can feel free to leave everything else at home as Pic on the Park has your entire picnic covered.
An Everyday Indulgence for two includes your chosen platter, wineglasses, cutlery and plates, a two litre esky, a parasol, cushions, eating table, and a picnic rug. They can even set up the picnic for you! Pic in the Park even has a picnic set for little kids which contains a mini quiche, lamb roll, fruit, a juice box, and even some chocolate buttons (yummy).
So go ahead and spend a weekend outdoors as there can be no more kid-friendly restaurant in Sydney than a picnic in a park.
Armory Wharf Cafe
Blaxland Riverside Park has one of Sydney’s best playgrounds and down the hill from that lies the Armoury Wharf Cafe. It is the perfect spot for post-play refuelling. Situated right on the water’s edge, it has sheltered outdoor seating which allows you to enjoy the breeze the river brings.
Their menu has variety, their food is beautifully presented, and they have a delectable kid’s menu. Begin your lunch with some Halloumi Fried Bites. Followed by their popular Southern Fried Chicken (SFC) burger and finally capping off a delightful meal with a slice of cake from their in-house display.
Remember to make a booking early on their website as they fill up quick!
Travelling with young children can be tedious, and mealtimes can be even more so. Hopefully, you will be able to choose a kid-friendly restaurant in Sydney from this list to make lunch or dinner a little more relaxing. Check out KKDay for more deals on attractions to keep those kids entertained!