10 Surprisingly Kid Friendly Restaurants in San Francisco

Posted on October 2, 2018 |

Sure, dogs out number kids 5-1 in San Francisco. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have fun family friendly restaurants!

We get asked a lot of questions on our most popular San Francisco bus tour, but one of the most common has got to be about the best restaurants for families in San Francisco. Even though Cheesecake Factory has an  AMAZING rooftop patio overlooking Union Square, we want try to steer travelers to try local San Francisco restaurants.  

Take a peek at some of our favorite local restaurants with our top ten surprisingly family friendly restaurants in San Francisco:


SOMA Street Food Park

Type of food: Food trucks; American, BBQ, Asian Fusion, Latin and Desserts

Location: South of Market Area

Cost: $

Food truck culture is booming San Francisco. We even have a dedicated located for about a dozen different food trucks called the SOMA Street Food Park. This unique SF gem screens games and holds events in an old barn and a former school bus has been converted into a dining area. Perfect location if you’re traveling with a lot of people who all want different things and one of the really fun things to do in San Francisco with kids!

 

Foreign Cinema

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Type of food: California-Mediterranean fusion

Location: Mission District

Cost: $$$

California dishes with a Mediterranean flare make the food at Foreign Cinema approachable to even kids who are the pickiest of eaters. Many date nights in San Francisco take place at Foreign Cinema since the restaurant screens movies on their back patio wall. But the same reason this is such a popular places for dates, makes it just as popular of a destination for family friendly restaurants in San Francisco — the movie screenings!

 

MAC’D

Type of food: Macaroni and cheese, fries and brussel sprouts

Location: Marina District

Cost: $$

We’ve got four words for you: mac and cheese RESTAURANT. That’s right, San Francisco actually has a restaurant dedicated to macaroni and cheese. Can you think of a better kid friendly restaurant in SF? Here’s how it works: choose of six delicious cheese sauces (don’t worry if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant, they even have a non-dairy option), choose your macaroni (cauliflower for anyone gluten-free), choose between a variety of meat and veggies to mix in and finally choose toppings from classic breadcrumbs to the unconviental like Korean short ribs. MAC’D SF is a short Uber/Lyft/cab ride from Fisherman’s Wharf!

 

Tonga Room

Type of food: Polynesian inspired

Location: Fairmont Hotel in Nob Hill

Cost: $$$

One of San Francisco’s kitchiest bars is located inside of, arguably, one of the nicest hotels in the city. At the height of the iconic tiki craze that swept through America in the late 40s, Fairmont Hotel transformed their junior Olympic sized swimming pool into a “lagoon”. They also built a special boat so the live band could play IN THE WATER! Many are surprised to learn this kitschy tiki bar is actually one of San Francisco’s kid friendly restaurants! Reservations suggested since Tonga Room is pretty popular.

 

Straw

Type of food: New American, carnival themed

Location: North Beach/Little Italy

Cost: $$

Even though Straw offers cotton candy cocktails, it is still very much a family friendly restaurant in San Francisco with their fried chicken waffle sandwiches! By no means a healthy restaurant — but it is one of the really fun things to do in San Francisco with kids! On warm days,  you can enjoy their outdoor seating. Otherwise, small groups should try to snag a seat in the old tilt-a-whirl!

 

15 Romolo

Type of food: New American, Basque inspired

Location: North Beach/Little Italy

Cost: $$

Hidden in an alleyway in North Beach, wedged between a gentleman’s club and beatnik museum, is what looks like a dive bar without a name. The modest looking 15 Romolo (both the name and address) was once the dining hall for the Basque Hotel (which is still upstairs). For the past 20 years this surprisingly family friendly restaurant has been pioneering craft cocktails in San Francisco and turning out incredible Basque inspired American dishes.

 

Pier 23 Cafe

Type of food: New American

Location: The Embarcadero

Cost: $$

Pier 23 Cafe is the perfect spot to eat after visiting Alcatraz Island on our Alcatraz and Muir Woods tour since it’s only a 10-15 walk from Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing. The interior of Pier 23 Cafe a bit small, but head out to the back and enjoy a meal along the waterfront. Don’t worry if it gets cold — they have outdoor heaters! This casual waterfront cafe is a fun kid friendly restaurant by day, but turns into a popular live music venue in the evening. So, be sure to arrive before the cover charge starts.

 

Super Duper Burger

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Type of food: Burgers and milkshakes

Location: Castro District, Financial District, Union Square, Marina District & Metreon in Yerba Buena Gardens

Cost: $

Okay, so, Super Duper Burgers is technically a chain. But it’s a *local* chain. And a much loved one at that. Super Duper Burger started in the Castro District in 2010 offering simple, classic and affordable burgers and milkshakes. They’re also one of the only family friendly restaurants open past 10pm in San Francisco! Which makes Super Duper one of the tastiest late night dinner options in San Francisco.

 

Tommaso’s

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Type of food: Italian

Location: North Beach/Little Italy

Cost: $$

The oldest continually running Italian restaurant in Little Italy introduced the brick oven to the West Coast in 1935 and continues to be one of the most welcoming family friendly restaurants in San Francisco. Tommaso’s is a true family style Italian restaurant led by brother and sister duo, Aogstino and Carmen, who treat everyone like a part of the family.

 

St. Francis Fountain

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Type of food: Classic American, ice cream

Location: Mission District

Cost: $

This vintage All American diner has been a favorite amongst San Franciscans since 1918 and is like walking into a time machine. St. Francis Fountain is a classic American diner and often overlooked by travelers visiting San Francisco because they think it’s just an ice cream shop. This retro diner is a classic kid friendly restaurant in San Francisco and even better — it’s reasonably priced (for this city at least). St. Francis Fountain is a must for anyone looking for fun things to do in San Francisco with kids!


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