One thing I love about San Antonio is that it is SO family friendly! There are countless restaurants that welcome children and offer the hustle and bustle to drown out your child’s hunger screams as you wait for your food, but there are a few favorites on my list. To be in my favorites category, it typically has a great patio, an area where your kids can run some energy off or be entertained in some way, and offer tasty food. In no particular order, my top San Antonio kid-friendly restaurants are:
The Cove (Downtown)
Giving San Antonio a little of that “Austin-vibe”, The Cove is one eclectic joint. A laundromat, a car-wash, a restaurant, a beer garden and live music venue, it certainly offers a little something for everyone. Their patio surrounds a huge play-yard and is equipped with misters for those super hot summer days. If the heat gets to you, sit inside and enjoy the local music that kids can dance along to. Try their fish tacos and sweet potato fries – this is a great spot for vegetarians and gluten-free dining as well.
Big’z Burger Joint (1604/Bitters)
With burgers, fries, a large drink selection and a massive artificial turf yard for your kids to run around, Big’z Burger Joint is perfect for large groups. It has a Party Barn for private events and you can bring soccer balls, footballs, kickballs (heck, you get the idea) for your kids to play with. The burgers are delicious and come made to order with a variety of toppings like pineapple, coleslaw or beer braised onions. I like to hit Big’z up on a weeknight or a lunch playdate as Friday and Saturday nights can get nuts. They’ve also opened a second location on the west side of town.
MoMak’s Backyard Malts & Burgers (McAllister Park)
A soccer field, a playscape/treehouse and outdoor seating make MoMak’s a perfect spot for families. Parents can watch their children while sipping on wine, beer or sodas on the outdoor patio. If you have a group of kids, make life easy and order the Bucket of Burgers.
Cerroni’s Purple Garlic (Alamo Heights)
An Italian restaurant on Austin Highway, Cerroni’s Purple Garlic has recently renovated their back patio and play area. Their new sandbox let’s kids dig and dig until their heart’s content. And bonus! Kids eat free on Wednesdays and Saturdays with the purchase of an adult meal. Just a warning, be sure to dump shoes out before climbing into your car or you could end up with sand castles under the carseats!
Two Bros. BBQ Market (West/Bitters)
Mmmm, mmmm – I love me some Texas bar-b-que and it doesn’t get any tastier than Two Bros. BBQ Market. Just across from Walker Park, Two Brother’s has a large playscape and sandbox surrounded by picnic tables, and always a plus in my book, it’s owned by local chef Jason Dady. This is our go-to when we have a large group of friends meeting for dinner.
Mi Casa Tamales (Leon Springs)
Just up I-10 in between San Antonio and Boerne, Mi Casa Tamales is the place for great drinks, good Mexican food, a fun patio and live music. Mi Casa Tamales backs up to the showroom for Rainbow Play Yards so kids can go wild on their choice of playscapes – talk about a kids dream! They also have a sports court and private party room so keep it in mind for a casual family gathering or birthday party.
If you are going to call yourself a true San Antonian, you have to have checked eating a burger at Chris Madrid’s off of your list. Known for the best burgers in San Antonio, Chris Madrid’s is not only delicious but also family friendly. You can take your kids, sit on the patio and stuff yourself silly with a Cheddar Cheezy. Keep your kids entertained by playing “I Spy” with all of the San Antonio history and fun that hangs from the walls!
What’s your favorite local, kid-friendly restaurant?