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Child Friendly Restaurants....

Original post made by Jill on Jan 8, 2007

I would love to hear where you take your kids out for dinner. I am getting tired of California Pizza Kitchen and Buca De Beppo's.

What restaurants are child friendly? Do they have kid's menu's?
Would love to hear recommendations for north palo alto, menlo park or mountain view!


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Posted by Carol, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 8, 2007 at 8:45 pm

Good question, I have the same problems.

We like Sizzlers, Chilis and Fresh Choice in Mountain View, Applebees in Redwood City. Depending on the age of your children, we like The Roadhouse on Castro Street in Mountain View, but it isn't really for the very young.

Unfortunately, can't think of anywhere suitable in Palo Alto, but would really love to get ideas from others.

Posted by Bill, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 8, 2007 at 10:12 pm

Compadres in south Palo Alto on El Camino and Hobees are both good places, depending on the age of your kids. Compadres has a special deal for kids, I believe on Sunday nights, and Hobees has a kids menu that is very reasonable. With a Hobees coupon from Pizzaz you get a two-for-one adult meal any night of the week too!

Posted by RS, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 9, 2007 at 12:39 am

Pennisula Creamery - Emerson and Hamilton
Taxis - on University
Casa Isabel - On Park near California
Joannies Cafe -California Ave
Stacks - Menlo Park - Santa Cruz and El Camino

Posted by DJ, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 9, 2007 at 11:32 am

Fresh Choice
Olive Garden - they have a kids menu, very reasonable prices. They let you substitute wheat pasta in most cases.

Posted by Mary, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 9, 2007 at 2:10 pm

That Pizzaz coupon for Hobee's is not for all locations. Be sure to check the fine print.

Posted by A Guy, a resident of Woodside
on Jan 9, 2007 at 2:43 pm

Buck's in Woodside (our fav)
Max's Opera Cafe Stanford Shopping Ctr
PF Chang's Stanford Shopping

Posted by A Guy, a resident of Woodside
on Jan 9, 2007 at 2:46 pm

Oops, forgot:

Chevy's Redwood City
Chuck E Cheese (haven't been there but other's like it)
Pizza and Pipes (Santa Clara)
Bullwinkles (Santa Clara, is this still open? It's kind of quirky Chuck E Cheese with a neat water show).

Posted by Yet More, a resident of another community
on Jan 9, 2007 at 2:56 pm

Marie Calender's
The Fish Market

Posted by RS, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 9, 2007 at 3:52 pm

and pretty much anything fast food.

Posted by A Mom, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jan 9, 2007 at 8:16 pm

Try The Counter and Salsa on California St.

Posted by We eat out too much!, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 4, 2007 at 8:56 pm

We out with our kids way too much...but we find that there are many restaurants that on the outside seem to 'fancy', but are so friendly when you get inside. My kids don't run around in restaurants, but are very picky, and these restaurants have always been so great about making things 'to order'. Good luck!

- Tai Pan (yes, it looks fancy, but they are always sooo kind to our kids!)
- Hunan Garden
- Nola
- Mike's Cafe (both in Palo Alto and Menlo Park)
- Fuki Sushi

The regulars:
- Olive Garden
- Boston Market
- Baja Fresh

Posted by eric, a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 12, 2007 at 2:32 pm

La Fiesta in Mtn View

Posted by Tax paying Mom, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 20, 2007 at 7:49 pm

I'll second the ideas for Mikes in Midtown,The Creamery, Bucks, & the FIsh Market.
Also, if no one has mentioned it yet, Max's @ Stanford shopping center. Med. Wraps on California Ave. is also great for kids - you can dine outside in the warmer weather, too.

For a slightly more special night out, my children & I have been very, very, well received @
St. Michael's Alley. We've gone there 6-7 times, & have always had an excellent evening.

In general, I think dining out with children depends mostly on the parents. I've never really had any problems with my 2 very normal, active boys.
Good luck!

Posted by Grandma, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Apr 22, 2007 at 3:26 am

Try California Cafe, it's slightly more up-scale than some of the other restaurants mentioned. They do have a children's menu for the younger ones but it is a great place to take your older children and get them used to choosing what maybe different foods off a menu. Don't let them eat too much bread first!!!!!

Posted by eric, a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 23, 2007 at 4:10 pm

Maybe the better topic would be restaraunt-friendly kids...

Posted by Marie, a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 8, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Pizz'a Chicago is one of our favorites. Also, my kids love Curry House (Japanese) in Cupertino.

Posted by Marie, a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 8, 2010 at 10:49 pm

I should add: Curry House has very reasonable and yummy kids meals, i.e., meatballs in Japanese curry sauce over rice, corn chowder, breaded prawn, potato wedges, egg slices and cantaloupe for 4.95. They also have spaghetti in tomato sauce and chicken teriyaki with similar sides.

Posted by Sarah, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 8, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Any Chinese restaurant will be child-friendly. Dishes are served "family style" so kids and adults can eat as much as they want; and you can easily take the left overs home for tomorrow. Different styles of Chinese food (Cantonese vs. Sichuan vs. Shanghai vs. Beijing vs. Mongolian, etc.) taste very different, so you have lots of variety to choose from.

Posted by Charlotte, a resident of Duveneck School
on May 15, 2011 at 11:27 am

My kids love Juban!

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