Cincinnati April 16, 2018
Here Are The 11 Absolute Best Family-Friendly Restaurants In Cincinnati
There are so many delicious options throughout Cincinnati to enjoy a good meal, but some of them are definitely more kid-friendly than others. While it seems that most restaurants have made their atmosphere welcoming for all ages, some have done it so well that you will absolutely love taking your family there for a meal out. These 11 restaurants around town have great menus for kids, a relaxed vibe, and several features that make them ideal for little diners. The next time you want to round up the kids or grandkids and take them out to eat, check out these absolute best family-friendly restaurants in the Cincinnati area.
1. Zip's Cafe
Zip's in Mt. Lookout is known for their burgers, and it's also a very family-friendly spot to chow down. The food appeals to kids (hello, burgers, grilled cheese, and fries), and the train that runs along the wall of the restaurant is a fun touch. It is also typically a little on the lively side, so no one will notice if your kids let out a yell (or two). Check out our previous feature article about this
for more details.
Address: 1036 Delta Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208
2. The Gruff
The Gruff is a fun dining spot for all ages, but your little ones will especially love it! They have a designated play area for the kids with coloring books, stories, and nostalgic toys, and their Kid's Menu is picky eater-approved! They also happen to have a drive-thru for carryout orders, and what family doesn't love that on a busy night?
Address: 129 E. 2nd St., Covington, KY 41011
3. Eli's BBQ
Kids love a good picnic and you can have the ultimate one as a family at Eli's. This eastside favorite not only has mouthwatering BBQ and sides, but plenty of fun atmosphere to entertain younger diners. Eli's was even earned a top spot on
list of the
best BBQ joints in the nation
. Kids will love that everyone here gets messy when they eat and that they can play outside when they're finished!
Address: 3313 Riverside Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45226
4. Pirate's Cove Tropical Bar and Restaurant
Close to Eli's BBQ, right along the river, is Pirate's Cove Tropical Bar and Restaurant. Although this is an adult hot spot on the weekend nights, it's wonderfully family-friendly all other times. Monday nights are perfect for the kids, with specials on their meals and a meet and greet with everyone's favorite pirate. Check out our
recent feature article
about Pirate's Cove for more details.
Address: 4609 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45226
5. Skyline Chili
Cincinnati families document their children's first steps, their first words... and their first trip to Skyline. It's a tradition in our city and this family-favorite will always be one of the best places to eat with kids. Where else can you get crackers within seconds of sitting down and a big bowl of cheese?! Luckily, they have several locations to choose from, so it's easy to find one close to home.
6. The Schoolhouse Restaurant
The Schoolhouse Restaurant was made for families; in fact, the food is served family-style and will please every single craving. Even though many kids say they don't like school, they'll love eating at this nostalgic restaurant. Don't forget to enjoy the grounds and say hello to the goats! Learn more about the fascinating history of this unique restaurant
Address: 8031 Glendale Milford Rd., Camp Dennison, Ohio 45111
7. The Original Pancake House
Everyone loves breakfast food, so what better place to please all members of your family than The Original Pancake House? Top your pancakes however you like and add a side of bacon. Kids will love the scrumptious menu and you'll love the tradition of this Cincinnati favorite eatery.
Address: 9977 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45242
8. Sky Galley Restaurant at Lunken Airport
Sky Galley at Lunken Airport is a hidden gem and wonderful spot to take the plane-lovers in your family. Eat a delicious meal inside this historic building and watch planes land and take off. The family can also head just a minute down the street to a great playground! For details, check out our recent feature about this
Address: 262 Wilmer Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45226
9. The Root Beer Stand
The Root Beer Stand in Sharonville is another Cincinnati tradition and a destination all families should experience. The classic drive-in menu is filled with kid favorites and they even have a playground where little ones can run off all that energy.
Address: 11566 Reading Rd., Sharonville, Ohio 45241
10. MadTree Brewing
You may not think of a brewery as a great place to take children, but many of the local favorites are making them extremely kid-friendly. MadTree Brewing is one of the best for families with young children, thanks to plenty of open space, entertainment (especially all of the dogs that diners bring along!), and the delicious pizza.
Address: 3301 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209
11. Rivertown Brewery and Barrelhouse
Rivertown Brewery and Barrelhouse in Monroe pride themselves on being extremely family-friendly. In fact, every Monday night is family night, when the kids can enjoy free arcade games, face painting, and more! A child can also eat free with the purchase of an adult entree. It's the perfect spot to hang out as a family and there's something fun for everyone.
Address: 6550 Hamilton Lebanon Rd., Monroe, Ohio 45044
Cincinnati is a wonderful place for families and for foodies, so it only makes sense that we have a wide variety of restaurants that are perfect for all ages. What do you think of this list? Any kid-friendly spots you would add? Let us know in the comments!
And for more restaurants that are family-friendly and have a classic mom & pop vibe, check out our previous article