With its year-round sunshine and beautiful coastline, Tampa, Florida is a fun, adventurous destination for family getaways. When dinnertime rolls around, head to these kid-friendly restaurants for a great meal and relaxed atmosphere. Each one welcomes families and is situated just a quick drive from many incredible Tampa vacation rentals.
1. Eddie and Sam’s New York Pizza
If your vacation rental is located near downtown Tampa, look no further than Eddie and Sam’s New York Pizza. The restaurant allows you to order by the slice, so it’s a breeze to find the perfect toppings for all of your kids. Check out the available pizzas in the clear cases near the counter. Alternatively, order a whole pie for the family; local favorites include the barbecue chicken and white pizzas.
2. Burger Culture
Make the most of Tampa’s beautiful weather with a meal at Burger Culture, a permanent food truck that’s open late. Satisfy picky kids with a classic cheeseburger and fries, or go all out with the truck’s specialty chicken and waffles grilled cheese. Get there early to try the delicious empanadas, which are available until they sell out each day. After you order, take your food to the onsite picnic tables for a fun, open-air dining experience.
When your little ones are begging for fast food, but you’re in the mood for something healthier, EVOS makes a great compromise. The menu includes classic items such as hamburgers, chicken strips, salads, and wraps, but instead of deep-frying, the restaurant uses a healthier Airbake method. Plus, all meats are humanely and naturally raised. If your children are 12 or under, order corn dogs, burgers, and hot dogs off of the budget-friendly kids’ menu.
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4. Bella’s Italian Cafe
For a kid-friendly yet elegant atmosphere, look no further than Bella’s Italian Cafe. The beautiful interior satisfies the adults in your party, and the lively atmosphere masks enthusiastic kid noises. Each meal starts with a large bread basket, and servers provide crayons and coloring sheets to keep little ones occupied. Choose from pizza, hearty pasta dishes, and full Italian meat feasts.
5. Cody’s Original Roadhouse
When your kids are getting unruly, head straight for Cody’s Original Roadhouse. This casual spot encourages diners to throw peanut shells on the floor, so your little ones can enjoy a snack and make a mess. Stick to traditional burgers and fries, or opt for classic steak and chicken dishes. The restaurant also features a kids’ menu with child-friendly options such as French fries, macaroni and cheese, and chicken tenders. Service at Cody’s is friendly, fast, and entertaining for the whole family.
Dig into elevated street tacos, seafood, and Mexican-inspired dishes at Bartaco. Locals love the duck taco and the pork belly taco, and for vegans, the mushroom taco is a great choice. This funky spot attracts a blend of adults and families, so your group fits in easily. Be sure to check out the kids’ menu; order chicken, tacos, or veggies a la carte, or opt for the delicious kid trays for a full meal.
With its fantastic menu and Americana-inspired setting, Datz is a great place for kids and adults. Let your little ones loose on a plate of chicken and waffles or a Chicago hot dog while you indulge in poke tacos or a rich short rib and grits bowl. The menu also features salads, sandwiches, and burgers, each with a funky twist. At the end of the meal, split a plate of sugar-dusted funnel fries. Datz is best for a weeknight dinner with kids; on weekends, wait times can be long.
8. Columbia Restaurant
If your kids love Mexican food, branch out to another international cuisine at Columbia Restaurant. Run by a friendly Cuban family, this cozy spot features a welcoming atmosphere and lively service. Try the classic Paella A la Valenciana, which is loaded with seafood, or opt for the simple Chicken and Yellow Rice. For kids, the restaurant has everything from simple rice and beans to fun-to-eat empanadas. For a memorable culinary experience, order a selection of tapas to share as a family.
There’s no need for a long sit-down dinner at Splitsville, a charming hybrid of a restaurant and bowling alley. Order pizza and sushi for the table, and let your kids sneak bites between frames. The extensive menu is loaded with pizza, sandwiches, and classic bar snacks such as nachos and loaded fries. Be sure to arrive early, as the restaurant only accepts guests 21 and over in the late evening.
For evenings when your kids are hungry but too energetic to sit down, check out Topgolf. The admission fee grants you access to a private bay with a table and mini green. Work on your swing, and allow your kids to aim for the colorful targets. While you play, enjoy dinner from the full menu. Kid-friendly dishes include the chicken and waffle sliders, cheese fries, flatbread pizzas, and chicken wings.
11. Bonefish Grill
If your kids are older or if you’re looking for a dressy night out, head for Bonefish Grill. Although the interior looks suited for adults, the restaurant is well-prepared for children. While you enjoy steak or a spicy tuna bowl, your little ones can munch on popcorn shrimp or grilled tilapia. For picky eaters, the kids’ menu also includes the classic chicken tenders and macaroni and cheese.
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