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Between fussy eaters and bundles of energy, dining out with kids is no easy feat – particularly when it comes to finding the perfect local restaurant for your family.
With restaurants having to reduce numbers to comply with state COVID-19 guidelines, and consumers becoming more and more familiar with using QR codes to safely check-in to venues, there’s been a significant change in diner behaviour as Australians look to plan and book their next meal out, with certainty and confidence.
It’s no secret that Aussie parents have a lot on their plate, so with Easter, ANZAC Day and school holidays just around the corner so we’ve taken the pressure off by finding you a selection of family-friendly restaurants in Australia available on OpenTable’s restaurant reservation platform, so you can wine and dine, without the whine of little ones and enjoy a stress free family outing minus the guess-work.
Sunset Diner, Lane Cove and Avalon
This modern diner brings the vibrance and heat of Miami to Sydney’s Lower North Shore and Northern Beaches, serving up family favourites like delicious burgers and salads.
With a bright atmosphere to keep the kids entertained, playful menu and pastel pink fit-out, this boutique restaurant group is perfect for the whole family to relax and dine. There’s even cheeky desserts on offer like smores and cookie dough sundaes, and a variety of milkshake flavours!
The Growers, Worrigee
This coast-meets-country restaurant will provide your family with an unforgettable dining experience with its delicious local produce and lush views, and plenty of space for the kids to run a muck in.
With a versatile menu of local seafood, grain- fed beef steaks, and hearty burgers, you’re sure to find something to satisfy fussy eaters. Combine that with a gorgeous outdoor dining space adorned with fairy-lights, and you’ve got yourself a memorable evening with the family!
Kokoroya Japanese Sushi Dining, Maroubra
Swap the sangas for sushi! This authentic Japanese restaurant serves up a delicious menu made with fresh ingredients that everyone will enjoy. With mouthwatering traditional dishes like sashimi, friendly staff and a kid’s play area, there’s nothing not to love!
Miz Tutti, Mortlake
This local restaurant brings you a fun, casual dining experience that puts community at the heart of its business. Operating for over 20 years, the staff at Miz Tutti have a passion for food and conversation, promising to deliver you a seamless, enjoyable experience for the family with a versatile, delicious menu.
Nancy Eatery, Pakenham
Located within the Robert Gordon Pottery warehouse, this well-lit and airy cafe is the perfect place to start your Saturday morning with a family brunch or weekend outing with the kids. With a focus on all things Australian Made, Nancy Eatery pairs its modern menu of local produce with Melbourne-based Industry Beans coffee, offering a variety of delicious bites the kids will love, and the perfect ambiance for parents to unwind on a weekend.
The Feasting Shed @ The Garden Feast, Werribee
Treat your family to the ultimate dining experience and dine amongst the garden at The Feasting Shed. This pot-to-plate seasonal produce is on show by hatted head chef, Craig Huntley. From house made cheeses, yoghurts, garden picked salads and native plants your family will be walking away with wonderful memories and full bellies.
Big Pig Canteen, Moorabbin
Big Pig Canteen brings authentic BBQ to the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Situated in a large warehouse in Moorabbin, with easy parking at night and a wide range of rotating craft beer and cocktails, Big Pig Canteen is perfect for large groups and families wanting to comfortably dine out and have a little room to enjoy the fantastic atmosphere.
Urban Ground, Mordialloc
Step into a garden oasis at Urban Ground. This sustainable venue highlights the best of street food, culture, craft and community with a weekly rotation of food trucks and vendors. With room for up to six trucks at any one time – your family will have endless options to choose from, which is perfect for those little (or big) ones who may be picky eaters.
Todd and Pup, Moorooka
Located in the hillside suburb of Moorooka, Todd and Pup shines with their extensive outdoor seating and friendly staff, making for a stress free, family dining experience. Food offered here will satisfy almost anyone, serving all-time classics from its seasonal menu, as well as a nighttime specialty burger, daily sweet and savoury house-made bakery goods and weekly specials.
For those whose family extends to the four- legged kind, you’ll be thrilled to know Todd and Pup is also a pet-friendly restaurant great for entertaining the whole household.
Kulcha’d, West End
Offering a unique Indian street food menu accompanied by unique curries, Kulcha’d is a hit among even the most novice of palettes with delicious finger food to keep your kids occupied and satisfied. Having opened on the brink of COVID-19, Kulcha’d has been keeping diners begging for more becoming an institution in the West End and bringing Amritsar flavours to Brisbane’s vibrant neighbourhood.
Panama Jacks Steak & Rib House, Bracken Ridge
This restaurant offers an idyllic combination of great casual dining that the whole family can comfortably enjoy, and high quality food that’ll keep you coming back for more. The wide range of food boasts Panama Jack’s signature ribs and a private selection of steaks, or choose from a hearty selection of pizzas and succulent chicken wings. This popular family restaurant also caters to a wide range of palettes and dietary requirements including gluten free and vegetarian options, making the booking and dining experience even more seamless.
Piccoli Piatti, North Adelaide
The newly renovated Piccoli Piatti is in the heart of North Adelaide.
The new menu boasts a variety of Italian cuisine with a modern twist.
Bread & Bone, Adelaide
Bread & Bone, specialise in the unmistakable flavour of a wood grill to deliver some damn fine burgers.
They also use the wood grill for specials such as steaks and ribs, as well as dishing up tasty hot dogs and fried chicken!
Cowaramup Brewing Company, Cowaramup
Located in a picturesque rural setting Cowaramup Brewing Company is a family owned craft brewery offering quality handcrafted ales & lagers and a range of local wines with an excellent menu focusing on local produce.
Blasta Brewing Company, Burswood
The word “Blasta” means delicious in Scottish Gaelic and this premier multi award winning food and beverage venue in Burswood sure delivers on that promise.