San Francisco, California boasts an abundance of restaurants that are welcoming to families with children. These eateries offer children’s menus, play areas, and family-style dishes. One of the great advantages of this eclectic city is its diversity. Near many San Francisco vacation rentals, you can find cozy restaurants that specialize in a variety of cuisines including Italian, Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, and North American. Here are the top kid-friendly restaurants in San Francisco.
1. The Crepe House
If the family is in the mood for crepes, head for The Crepe House on Nob Hill at any time of day. Savory crepes include salsa, pesto, Hawaiian, Mediterranean, and breakfast egg offerings. If you’re looking for dessert crepes, choose from chocolate, strawberry, apple, or banana fillings and ice cream or whipped cream toppings. The Crepe House also offers omelets, sandwiches, bagels, and salads. Portions are large, prices are reasonable, and the ambiance is casual.
2. Kasa Indian Eatery
The Kasa Indian Eatery on Lower Nob Hill specializes in a hearty family-friendly welcome and Indian food made with hand-grown spices and fresh ingredients. If your kids are hesitant to sample west Asian cuisine, this is the place to bring them. Popular children’s choices include samosas, Kati rolls, and mango lassi.
3. The Waterbar
The Waterbar at the Embarcadero on the waterfront specializes in seafood, but it also has a special kids menu that includes chicken, ravioli, and pizza. The children’s menu also provides puzzles and pictures to color for impatient and hungry young patrons. The view of the city and the bay is breathtaking, and the two floor-to-ceiling aquariums in the dining area keep the whole family enthralled.
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4. Gott’s Roadside
Gott’s Roadside in the Ferry Building at the Embarcadero is the place to go to relax after exploring the waterfront from your San Francisco vacation rental. If the weather is good, enjoy the fresh air at the spacious outdoor seating area. Gott’s serves excellent examples of good old American favorites, such as burgers, hot dogs, onion rings, and French fries. A special kids menu offers smaller portions for the little ones. The restaurant also has a tempting variety of flavors of shakes and soft-serve ice cream.
5. Hoffman’s Grill and Rotisserie
In the dining room at Hoffman’s in the Mission District, the whole family feels at home. Order classic American meat dishes such as rotisserie chicken, beef brisket, grilled pork, or deluxe burgers. If the portions are too large for the children, they can order pasta, burgers, and fries from the kid’s menu. Hoffman’s offers the kids crayons and coloring pages to keep them entertained as they way.
6. Goat Hill Pizza
Although the popularity of Goat Hill Pizza caused it to expand into two other San Francisco locations, the restaurant at Potrero Hill is the original. This family-friendly establishment serves brick oven-cooked pizza with sourdough crust and a selection of toppings varied enough to satisfy even the finickiest of children. If you’ve got some ravenous teens, try the all-you-can-eat option.
7. Park Chow
Park Chow, across from Golden Gate Park in the Inner Sunset District, is a great place to go to relax and refuel after you’ve been sightseeing in the park. On a clear day, you can sit on the rooftop terrace or the patio in front to bask in the fresh air and sunshine. Its breakfast and brunch menus have a wide assortment of egg and pancake dishes, while the lunch and dinner menu offers you sandwiches, salads, pasta, and pizza. A special kids bar menu features exotic fruit drinks for the children.
8. Yummy Yummy
Yummy Yummy Restaurant in the Sunset District gives your kids the opportunity to sample authentic Vietnamese food. The servers are anxious to cater to your children’s needs. A highlight is the option for the kids to design their own spring rolls and wraps. Because this place is so popular, come early to avoid the crowds.
Alice’s is a clean, family-friendly restaurant in Noe Valley that serves great Chinese food. Options include prawns, beef, chicken, duck, and lamb with steamed rice, fried rice, or chow mein noodles. The service is superlative, the atmosphere is casual, and the staff is always happy to make your kids feel at home.
10. Giorgio’s Pizzeria
Giorgio’s Pizzeria in the Richmond district puts kids first, and sometimes the young customers outnumber the adults. The red and white checkered tablecloths make you feel like you’ve just stepped into a restaurant in Italy, and the friendly service has you imagining you’ve just come home. Customize your pizza by selecting a special crust and toppings, or choose one of the perennial favorites. Besides pizzas, you can order calzones, pasta, and salads; then you can top your meal off with a tasty dish of tiramisu.
11. The Cliff House
At the iconic Cliff House in the Outer Richmond District, you can choose between two restaurants: the casual Bistro or the more formal Sutro’s. Both offer breathtaking views of the San Francisco coastal cliffs and the majestic Pacific Ocean. From the terrace, you can observe marine animals on nearby Seal Rock and whales swimming offshore. The restaurant specializes in seafood, but the menu also includes kid-friendly offerings such as pasta, chicken, and burgers.
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