Best of Philly

Best Restaurant for Kids

2017 BEST Family-Friendly Restaurant


A kids’ menu that runs all day, a happy hour that runs every day, a location that’s steps away from the Schuylkill River Trail, and fancy pastas and wood-fired pizzas from Jose Garces, the city’s OG celeb chef? Who says it’s impossible for parents to find balance these days?

2401 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-333-3331 | Website

2016 BEST Kids' Menu

Whetstone Tavern

700 South 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Chef Jeremy Nolen clearly put as much thought into what went on his kids’ menu as he did his grown-up one. The result: a list of little-one favorites (burgers, mac and cheese) made from scratch with quality ingredients. We suggest nudging your kids to order pappardelle with butter and cheese — it’s creamy and simple… Read more »

2015 BEST Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Farm & Fisherman Tavern + Market

1442 Marlton Pike East, Cherry Hill, NJ

Chefs Josh Lawler and Todd Fuller have unlocked the mystery of getting kids to eat well: Make their meals fun, and at least as delicious as grown-up dishes. Every kid’s entree here (think fried-to-order fish and grass-fed beef burgers) is served on an old-school TV tray with a veggie that actually tastes good and a… Read more »

2013 BEST Adventurous Restaurant for Kids

Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant

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A respectable kid’s menu for junior (including a gluten-free version) and a growler of Full Nelson for Dad, no glass necessary. Read more »

2013 BEST Family Meal Restaurant


249 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA

Serious Neapolitan pies (try the Covaccino) in a tiny, casual dining room where no one hates you for bringing a stroller through the door. At least, not immediately Read more »

2013 BEST Classy Restaurant for Kids

Legal Sea Foods

680 West Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia, PA

Perfect for your little fancy-pants, because the kitchen does wood-grilled kids’ portions of the catch of the day and offers a one-pound kid’s lobster for $17.50 Read more »

2012 BEST Restaurant for Kids

Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant

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No matter where you live, there’s probably one in shouting distance. And we’ve never seen a restaurant that consistently handles children-even unruly, picky ones-better than Iron Hill. There’s plenty for kids to eat other than chicken fingers and hot dogs (though don’t worry, they have those, too). And best of all, there’s good beer for… Read more »

2011 BEST Kids' Menu in a Grown-Up Restaurant

Marathon Grill

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The young staff at the various Marathon outposts are surprisingly tolerant of your shrieking spawn, and the kids’ menu here (which includes a rugrat version of their famous matzo ball soup) is the best around. Plus, all of the locations have liquor licenses, so when the kids ask why you’re walking so funny on the… Read more »

2010 BEST Kid-Friendly Spot


7402 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Avenida doesn’t just say it’s kid-friendly. The kids’ menu is nugget-free (flat-iron steak! Pollo frito pan-roasted chicken!), and the staff talks to, sings to and jokes with el nios all while Mom and Dad eat grown-up food like the succulent pork pibil. Read more »

2009 BEST Kid-Friendly Dining

Trolley Car Diner

7619 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Running a family-friendly dining spot is harder than it looks: Cater too much to the kids, and parents want to blow their brains out; cater too much to the parents, and parents still want to blow their brains out (because if the kids ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy). This neon-bright ’50s-style Mount Airy spot gets… Read more »