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Houston’s Essential Kid-Friendly Restaurants

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There’s no shortage of child-friendly restaurants outside central Houston. However, for those who dare to raise small ones inside the loop, eating out was typically tricky until now. These 12 essential kid-friendly spots cater not only to adult tastes, but also to the wild ones who might need a sippy cup.

This kid-friendly map offers a few must-haves: delicious food, ambiance, easy parking, a central location, and amenities (i.e. is there an outdoor area clean enough to leave a shoeless toddler in?). Access to adult beverages, as well as kid-friendly menu options, are imperative too.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Petrol Station

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985 Wakefield Dr
Houston, TX 77018
(713) 957-2875

When Montrose bar dwellers fall in love and inevitably start a family, they move to Oak Forest. Owner Ben Fullelove opened Petrol Station several years ago, perhaps sensing the oncoming migration of folks needing a quality beer and a place to chill with their kids. The Northside spot has a large back area with a house-party vibe, occasional live music on the weekends, and movies projected on an outdoor screen. Menu standouts include Rancor Burger with fried egg yolk, bacon, pesto, and cheddar cheese served with parmesan fries. Consider this the mecca for beer-nerd parents searching for a selection of top-notch IPAs and thick stouts in a laid-back child-friendly atmosphere.

2. Jenni's Noodle House

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602 E 20th St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 862-3344
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Jenni’s been slinging noodles since the 90s and many a Houstonian has their die-hard favorite. The Art Car Curry with udon noodles and a splash of Disco Dumpling sauce is a solid go-to choice. Jenni has always kept it pro-kid in her establishments, but the Heights location is a must for family nights. There’s an enclosed space out back with a simple but massive concrete tube for kids to play in and around, and the kids menu is filled with noodle and rice options, a great alternative to another another night of chicken nuggets.

3. Melange Crêperie

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711 Heights Blvd Suite B
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 393-7578
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The rotating assortment of Melange’s best crepes along with inventive seasonal varieties will entice even the pickiest of eaters. As an added bonus, minions eat for free. That’s right, with every purchase of a full-size crepe, Melange throws in free kiddie crepe too. Indulge in a rose-flavored latte and adult-worthy crepe while junior inhales a ham and cheese, then walk across the street to one of Houston’s most-loved playgrounds, Donovan Park.

Melange Creperie

4. Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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2000 Lyons Ave
Houston, TX 77020
(713) 686-9494
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At St. Arnold’s, customers can not only bring kids on the impressive beer-tour of the brewery, but can also ply them up with free made-in-house root beer. The menu is filled with pub fare done right, like freshly baked pretzel breads, bistro filet au frites, elotes en vaso, pizzas, and so much more.

5. The Dunlavy

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3422 Allen Pkwy
Houston, TX 77019
(832) 523-1777
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Perched above Buffalo Bayou is the chandelier-filled stunner from Clark Cooper Concepts. Don’t let the crystal hanging above give the wrong impression, this restaurant is very pro-kid with communal seating and a stellar menu that has a cult-like following on Instagram. The best part is the direct access to one of Houston’s most beautiful outdoor green spaces, Buffalo Bayou. Kids can grab a smoothie pre-bike ride, while mommies who lunch chow down on avocado tartines or a porchetta sandwiches.

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6. The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

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2704 Navigation Blvd
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 228-1175
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There’s just something about the Original Ninfa’s that feels like home. It’s loud, there’s always a crowd, and with plenty of space in the restaurant, Ninfa’s is a must for children and adults. Operating since the 1970s, Ninfa’s boasts some of the best Tex-Mex in the city with classics like carnitas, tacos al carbon, fresh ceviches, plus newer options like conejo en mole rojo — oven-roasted rabbit drenched in their red mole sauce which is topped with fresh herbs, pistachios, and toasted sesame seeds. Children have their pick of quesadillas, tacos, rice and beans, and a variety of other options as long as they don’t fill up on chips and queso beforehand.

The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation (resized for map)

7. Mia's Table

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3131 Argonne St
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 522-6427
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Here diners will find soft serve and an ample kids menu detailing offerings that actually have some veggies in them. Mia’s Table might not have a designated play area, but what it does have is a super kid-friendly atmosphere with good old Americana-style food from the Carrabba family, plus frozen sangrias for mom and dad. The green goddess salad with salmon is consistently great, and the children’s chicken tenders are steal-worthy. Grab a soft serve after dinner and head to Levy Park, which is just down the street off Richmond Avenue.

8. Beaver's West

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6025 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 714-4111
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Barbecue, picnic tables, corn hole, and a giant beaver — there’s much for kids to love about Beaver’s on Westheimer. Kids can enjoy the camp-like vibe of the enclosed back space, while parents can dive into fried oyster po’ boys and one (or two) of their Red Palomas with serrano-piquin-infused Lunazul tequila with ancho reyes, blood orange, lime, lemon basil micro greens, and lemon grass syrup.

9. Slowpokes

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2925 Richmond Ave #120
Houston, TX 77098
(346) 406-3985
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Nearby Levy Park has been a child’s dream since opening, the only thing missing was a latte on hand...or a craft on tap. Thankfully, the playground gods have answered our prayers, and now directly across from the entrance to the park is wine, beer, and a fully stocked espresso bar courtesy of Slowpokes. The newly opened spot has a PB&J panini for the small ones and gorgonzola and salami offerings for adults. It also has an assortment of treats on hand from Bare Bakery — desserts that are free of gluten, grains, and refined sugar — along with cookies from the local baker Michael’s Cookie Jar.

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10. Barnaby's Cafe

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1801 Binz St
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 874-1454
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Named for the beloved sheepdog that once belonged to the restaurant’s owner, Barnaby’s easily has some of the best comfort food in the city and the portions are massive. The children’s menu is extensive with options like roadside sliders, mini corn dogs, and grilled cheese with fruit and fries. Out of the eight locations, the most kid-friendly of them is in the Museum District which is walking distance to the Children’s Museum. This location has a huge enclosed front and side patio with plenty of outdoor games and comfy spots to place a tot.

Barnaby’s
Barnaby’s

11. Betsy's at Evelyn's Park

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4400 Bellaire Blvd
Bellaire, TX 77401
(713) 660-6692
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A relative newbie on the scene in a historic locale, the little yellow house in Bellaire is the latest from Adair Concepts (Bebidas, Eliose, Adair Kitchen, and more). Betsy’s serves up picnic-friendly options like a meat and cheese board with cheeses from Houston DairyMaids or a build-your-own-pizza, all while sitting pretty on the edge of Evelyn’s park. The park, which opened after an extensive re-vamp in 2017, is five acres of super kid-friendly fun and has an active calendar with events like Hot Pilates and Art in the Park.

1. Petrol Station

985 Wakefield Dr, Houston, TX 77018

When Montrose bar dwellers fall in love and inevitably start a family, they move to Oak Forest. Owner Ben Fullelove opened Petrol Station several years ago, perhaps sensing the oncoming migration of folks needing a quality beer and a place to chill with their kids. The Northside spot has a large back area with a house-party vibe, occasional live music on the weekends, and movies projected on an outdoor screen. Menu standouts include Rancor Burger with fried egg yolk, bacon, pesto, and cheddar cheese served with parmesan fries. Consider this the mecca for beer-nerd parents searching for a selection of top-notch IPAs and thick stouts in a laid-back child-friendly atmosphere.

985 Wakefield Dr
Houston, TX 77018

2. Jenni's Noodle House

602 E 20th St, Houston, TX 77008

Jenni’s been slinging noodles since the 90s and many a Houstonian has their die-hard favorite. The Art Car Curry with udon noodles and a splash of Disco Dumpling sauce is a solid go-to choice. Jenni has always kept it pro-kid in her establishments, but the Heights location is a must for family nights. There’s an enclosed space out back with a simple but massive concrete tube for kids to play in and around, and the kids menu is filled with noodle and rice options, a great alternative to another another night of chicken nuggets.

602 E 20th St
Houston, TX 77008

3. Melange Crêperie

711 Heights Blvd Suite B, Houston, TX 77007
Melange Creperie

The rotating assortment of Melange’s best crepes along with inventive seasonal varieties will entice even the pickiest of eaters. As an added bonus, minions eat for free. That’s right, with every purchase of a full-size crepe, Melange throws in free kiddie crepe too. Indulge in a rose-flavored latte and adult-worthy crepe while junior inhales a ham and cheese, then walk across the street to one of Houston’s most-loved playgrounds, Donovan Park.

711 Heights Blvd Suite B
Houston, TX 77007

4. Saint Arnold Brewing Company

2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020

At St. Arnold’s, customers can not only bring kids on the impressive beer-tour of the brewery, but can also ply them up with free made-in-house root beer. The menu is filled with pub fare done right, like freshly baked pretzel breads, bistro filet au frites, elotes en vaso, pizzas, and so much more.

2000 Lyons Ave
Houston, TX 77020

5. The Dunlavy

3422 Allen Pkwy, Houston, TX 77019
The Dunlavy/Facebook

Perched above Buffalo Bayou is the chandelier-filled stunner from Clark Cooper Concepts. Don’t let the crystal hanging above give the wrong impression, this restaurant is very pro-kid with communal seating and a stellar menu that has a cult-like following on Instagram. The best part is the direct access to one of Houston’s most beautiful outdoor green spaces, Buffalo Bayou. Kids can grab a smoothie pre-bike ride, while mommies who lunch chow down on avocado tartines or a porchetta sandwiches.

3422 Allen Pkwy
Houston, TX 77019

6. The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003
The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation (resized for map)

There’s just something about the Original Ninfa’s that feels like home. It’s loud, there’s always a crowd, and with plenty of space in the restaurant, Ninfa’s is a must for children and adults. Operating since the 1970s, Ninfa’s boasts some of the best Tex-Mex in the city with classics like carnitas, tacos al carbon, fresh ceviches, plus newer options like conejo en mole rojo — oven-roasted rabbit drenched in their red mole sauce which is topped with fresh herbs, pistachios, and toasted sesame seeds. Children have their pick of quesadillas, tacos, rice and beans, and a variety of other options as long as they don’t fill up on chips and queso beforehand.

2704 Navigation Blvd
Houston, TX 77003

7. Mia's Table

3131 Argonne St, Houston, TX 77098

Here diners will find soft serve and an ample kids menu detailing offerings that actually have some veggies in them. Mia’s Table might not have a designated play area, but what it does have is a super kid-friendly atmosphere with good old Americana-style food from the Carrabba family, plus frozen sangrias for mom and dad. The green goddess salad with salmon is consistently great, and the children’s chicken tenders are steal-worthy. Grab a soft serve after dinner and head to Levy Park, which is just down the street off Richmond Avenue.

3131 Argonne St
Houston, TX 77098

8. Beaver's West

6025 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057

Barbecue, picnic tables, corn hole, and a giant beaver — there’s much for kids to love about Beaver’s on Westheimer. Kids can enjoy the camp-like vibe of the enclosed back space, while parents can dive into fried oyster po’ boys and one (or two) of their Red Palomas with serrano-piquin-infused Lunazul tequila with ancho reyes, blood orange, lime, lemon basil micro greens, and lemon grass syrup.

6025 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77057

9. Slowpokes

2925 Richmond Ave #120, Houston, TX 77098
Alex Vickery/EHOU

Nearby Levy Park has been a child’s dream since opening, the only thing missing was a latte on hand...or a craft on tap. Thankfully, the playground gods have answered our prayers, and now directly across from the entrance to the park is wine, beer, and a fully stocked espresso bar courtesy of Slowpokes. The newly opened spot has a PB&J panini for the small ones and gorgonzola and salami offerings for adults. It also has an assortment of treats on hand from Bare Bakery — desserts that are free of gluten, grains, and refined sugar — along with cookies from the local baker Michael’s Cookie Jar.

2925 Richmond Ave #120
Houston, TX 77098

10. Barnaby's Cafe

1801 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
Barnaby’s
Barnaby’s

Named for the beloved sheepdog that once belonged to the restaurant’s owner, Barnaby’s easily has some of the best comfort food in the city and the portions are massive. The children’s menu is extensive with options like roadside sliders, mini corn dogs, and grilled cheese with fruit and fries. Out of the eight locations, the most kid-friendly of them is in the Museum District which is walking distance to the Children’s Museum. This location has a huge enclosed front and side patio with plenty of outdoor games and comfy spots to place a tot.

1801 Binz St
Houston, TX 77004

11. Betsy's at Evelyn's Park

4400 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401

A relative newbie on the scene in a historic locale, the little yellow house in Bellaire is the latest from Adair Concepts (Bebidas, Eliose, Adair Kitchen, and more). Betsy’s serves up picnic-friendly options like a meat and cheese board with cheeses from Houston DairyMaids or a build-your-own-pizza, all while sitting pretty on the edge of Evelyn’s park. The park, which opened after an extensive re-vamp in 2017, is five acres of super kid-friendly fun and has an active calendar with events like Hot Pilates and Art in the Park.

4400 Bellaire Blvd
Bellaire, TX 77401

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