Fine dining and young children may not seem like they mix, but it turns out some of the best restaurants in San Francisco are also great family destinations. So parents, make the most of this foodie city with some of our picks for the best family-friendly restaurants in town.
Yank Sing is practically a San Francisco institution and quite possibly the best place to introduce your child to the world of dim sum. Kids are able to see and pick the foods that they find interesting or exciting, giving them some much needed autonomy as they explore a new world of cuisine. The high energy and almost choreographed dance of the many servers wheeling carts brimming with tasty morsels will entertain and entrance your family. Even with two locations they can get quite busy but there always seems to be ample seating and fast service. As an added bonus, the Rincon Center location is home to some amazing murals depicting California History.
Oh sure, other places might have children’s menus but do theirs also fold up into a taco truck? While it’s pretty much impossible to throw a stone and not hit an amazing Mexican restaurant in the city, almost all reviews point to Tacolicious and their three restaurants as the most kid friendly of them all. Reasonable prices, an accessible menu and top-notch flavors all contribute to the success of Tacolicious. And just how much does Tacolicious love kids? Well, during the school year 15% of their proceeds on Mondays go to local public schools. Taco Mondays? We’re in!
When you’re trying to appease your ravenous offspring, there’s almost no more sure of a bet than Italian cuisine. Puccini & Pinetti rises to the top of the list for two reasons: one, it’s conveniently located in the heart of down town shopping and two, its phenomenal kids menu complete with a build your own pizza that you literally build yourself. Pizza dough is brought to your table and your kid can create their own dream pizza which is then baked for them. If your family has just spent the day exploring the bustling world surrounding Union Square, do yourself a favor and make your dinner reservations here.
Fancy food and children? Is such a thing actually possible? Foreign Cinema actively encourages families to visit and make kids feel as special as the grown ups. Parents get to enjoy some of the consistently best food in town while their kids get their very own menu catered to their pallets but not dumbed down for their age. It’s a perfect brunch or date night experience that the whole family can enjoy.
With two locations in San Francisco and more in the East Bay, Chow is one of the best places to get delicious, wholesome food suited for your whole family. Chow on Churchis located in the Castro and serviced by four muni lines. Park Chow is a stone’s throw away from Golden Gate Park, meaning a full days worth of activity after a delicious brunch. While kids have the option of ordering off their own menu there’s a good chance they would be able to find something on the main menu as well. Vegetarians in the group? Don’t worry, they’ll also be find something here to enjoy.