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December 10, 2020

7+ Kid-Friendly Restaurants You Need to Try in Tampa Bay!

By Tampa Bay Parenting

Don’t be afraid to take the kids out to dinner! We get it and we’ve totally been there–some restaurants aren’t the best place for restless kids and toddlers which is why we put together this list of 7 kid-friendly restaurants in Tampa Bay! We’ve tried them and we can guarantee the whole family will have a great time!

Related: 16 Places Where Kids Eat for Free in South Tampa

Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Tampa Bay:

Armature Works in Tampa

This is one of our new favorite places to take the kids in Tampa Bay! The Heights Public Market at Armature Works features several local restaurants, so there is truly something for everyone in your party. The Market does not have table service–you go up and order from one of several restaurants and bring your goods to a table inside or outside! Our favorite spots are Pane Rustica Due, Cru Cellars, Ava, and Astro Ice Cream Company. If you want something with table service, try Steelbach or Oak & Ola! Baken Babes treats can also be found at Armature Works. It’s all so delicious and picnic perfect with lots of space to sit outside! ArmatureWorks.com

Sparkman Wharf in Tampa

This is an outdoor collection of restaurants with a variety of  places to choose from like pizza from The Corners, healthy picks from the Naked Farmer or ice-cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice-Creams. We also really like Jotoro because of its plentiful outdoor seating and kids menu. Splitsville is another family-favorite since you can add in some bowling fun with dinner! sparkmanwharf.com

St. Pete Pier

The NEW St. Pete Pier is the perfect afternoon outing with the family! Not only are there several different eateries to choose from to fit everyone’s appetite, but there are plenty of things to do to get moving like the playground and splash pad. It’s even bike friendly too if you want to tour the Pier on two wheels as a family! stpetepier.org

Game Time in Ybor City

If you have hyper kids and need a way for them to burn some energy Game Time offers a variety of games like Skeeball, Air Hockey, and Dance Dance Revolution. While the family waits for their entrees they can enjoy playing games and winning tickets which beats them having to wait restlessly for the food to arrive. Game Time offers a complete menu of family meals to share, along with adult entrees and kids meal classics. gametimeplayers.com

Ulele Restaurant and Brewery in Tampa

We love snagging a table outside after playing at the nearby Water Works Park! Situated along Tampa’s Riverwalk, Ulele’s children’s menu won us over with the price and selection…at $6 for kids 12 and younger. Ulele.com

Bianchi’s Wine Bar + Kitchen in South Tampa

Wine, bar, and kids in the same sentence?  Heck yeah, says intimate and very family-friendly Bianchi’s, on MacDill just south of Bay to Bay.  Kids are always welcome.  This 10 year old restaurant is low key, comfortable, and very welcoming of kids (and parents!).  With dozens of wines and champagnes to keep grown-ups happy, and kid-friendly foods and snacks to make the little ones happy, Bianchi’s is a nice change from traditional kid-places!  southtampawine.com

Datz in Tampa

Datz has long been a favorite for local families, but when they released their children’s menu…they won our hearts once again with selections like ‘I’m Not Hungry (boneless fried chicken strips), ‘That Looks Gross (peanut butter sandwich with marshmallow fluff and sliced bananas), and ‘I Want to Go Home Now’ (elbow macaroni with marinara sauce). datztampa.com

Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill in Clearwater Beach

This beachfront restuarant is a long time family-friendly favorite in Tampa Bay! Sink your toes in the sand while the kids build sandcastles before you head in for lunch or dinner–the grouper is always delicious! Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill is a great place to enjoy a sunset with the family!

RumFish Grill in St. Pete Beach

RumFish Grill® has made a big splash on St. Pete Beach with its one-of-a-kind restaurant, bar and shop located in the TradeWinds Beach Resort. But did you know that it’s also a place where you can learn about Tampa Bay’s tropical environment? 

Simply dining at RumFish Grill will open your family’s eyes to the wonders of the underwater world. A 33,500-gallon tank spans an entire wall of the dining room. There’s a touch tank outside of the dining room and so much more! Learn more here.


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