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June 4, 2021

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

By Laura Byrne and Kiva Williams

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 each of these kid-friendly Tampa Bay restaurants, and we can guarantee the whole family will have a great time!

Don’t forget to keep scrolling so you can see some top picks of kid-friendly restaurants and Tampa Bay places from our favorite foodie mama, Kiva Williams of the @thefunfoodiemama!


Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Tampa Bay:

 

Armature Works in Tampa

This is one of our new favorite kid-friendly places to take the kids in Tampa Bay! The Heights Public Market at Armature Works just north of downtown Tampa features several local kid-friendly 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. And it’s outdoors, so it’s absolutely kid-friendly (and dog-friendly, too).  We also really like Jotoro because of its plentiful outdoor seating and kids menu. Splitsville is another kid friendly family-favorite since you can add in some bowling fun with dinner! sparkmanwharf.com

 

 

St. Pete Pier in St. Pete

The NEW St. Pete Pier is the perfect afternoon outing with the family! Not only are there several different eateries (all of which are totally kid friendly) 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 St. Petersburg Pier on two wheels as a family! stpetepier.org

Game Time in Ybor City, Tampa

If you have hyper kids and need a way for them to burn some energy in Tampa Bay, Game Time offers a variety of games like Skeeball, Air Hockey, and Dance Dance Revolution. While the family waits for their entrees the kids can go nuts at this kid-friendly restaurant and game place!  Let them 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 at kid-friendly restaurant Ulele in Tampa 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. We also adore the storybook statues on site from the old Fairyland in Tampa. Spot Humpty Dumpty on the roof and the Three Little Pigs on the lawn. There are 11 vignettes in all from the former Fairyland site which have been completely restored and it’s totally magical. Ulele.com

The Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History Center

We LOVE stopping by here after a visit to the Tampa Bay History Center or even as a stop during a stroll along the Riverwalk. Snag a table outside and enjoy the fresh breeze and beautiful view as you and the kids munch on Tampa Bay favorites like the Cuban sandwich or 1905 Salad. There is often live music outside on select nights too! columbiarestaurant.com 

Datz in Tampa

Datz has long been a favorite for local families, but when they released their kid-friendly 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 restaurant is a long time family-friendly and kid-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.

For even MORE ideas, head over to our media partners at TampaBayDateNightGuide.com to check out some of their favorite Kid-Friendly Restaurants for Date Night!


Since we’re always looking for more restaurants in Tampa Bay to try with the kids, we reached out to Kiva Williams of @thefunfoodiemama to share her top picks! Be sure to give her a follow too on Instagram since she’s always sharing amazing places around town!

TheFunFoodieMama at Armature Works kid-friendly restaurants in Tampa Bay

@TheFunFoodieMama and family are ready for some outdoor fun at Armature Works in Tampa!

@TheFunFoodieMama’s Favorite Kid-Friendly Places to Eat in Tampa Bay  

 

 

Eggs Up Grill

3920 US-301 N
Riverview, FL 33578
Eggs Up Grill serves breakfast and lunch food which most kids enjoy any time of the day. I love that I can come here and know that my oldest can order a burger from their lunch menu and my two younger kids can order  pancakes or waffles and all three will be happy!

Bavaro’s Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria

945 Central Ave
St Pete, FL 33705
(Additional locations Tampa & Sarasota )
This restaurant is a family favorite! Their authentic Italian flavors of sauces and cheese shine through with each bite. I love that they have a pizza that fits everyone’s taste buds, even my vegetarian husband.

Armature Works

1910 N Ola Ave
Tampa, FL 33602
With over 10 food concepts to choose from, your kids are bound to find something they like here. The best part for our family is the outdoor seating area. Perfect location to enjoy the beautiful views of downtown Tampa while your kids run around and play.

 

 

Sparkman Wharf

615 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
Come for the food and stay for the family activities. This place has a calendar full of daily events your family would be sure to love. Whenever we come here my kids never want to leave because they’re having too much fun playing. Be sure to check out Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and The Corner’s pizza spot while you’re here.

Little Midway

1205 S Howard Ave
Tampa, FL 33629
I scream! You scream! We all scream for ice cream! Need I say more? No complaints from any of my kids if I say we’re coming here. We love their ice cream, pies and shakes.

Fresh Healthy Café Wiregrass

28139 Paseo Dr
Unit 170
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
It’s never too early to introduce your kids to the healthy side of life. Come here and check out their smoothies and fresh juices that taste great and are also great for you!

Chick Fil A

28295 State Road 54
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
(Located Nationwide)
A family favorite! Something about their tasty chicken sandwiches, nuggets and waffle fries keep us coming back for more! The friendly staff and impeccable customer service don’t hurt either.

New York New York Pizza

1512 E Seventh Ave
Tampa, FL 33605
(Additional locations: Temple Terrace, Riverview, Carrollwood & Wesley Chapel)
Authentic New York pizza resides here! We haven’t had the chance to take our kids to New York yet so this as close as we can get. They enjoy the pizza and wings here so much!

 

 

Samurai Blue Ybor

1600 E Eighth Ave
Unit C208
Tampa, FL 33605
(Additional location: Carrollwood )
Are your kids foodies? My oldest is! He loves to try anything and everything. His favorite food is sushi. When we want to treat him out for special celebrations and accomplishments we always come here! Some of the best and fresh sushi in Tampa.

Mama’s Southern Soul Food Restaurant

3701 E Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Tampa, FL 33610
(Located in Brandon as well)
Come here to get a taste of homemade food just like at Grandma’s. Most kids enjoy their Grandma’s cooking so I’m sure the fried chicken and macaroni and cheese will be a family favorite just like it is to my kids.

You can also follow Kiva at: thefunfoodiemama.com


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