9 Family-Friendly Restaurants in Toronto

Family-Friendly Restaurants in Toronto - SavvyMom

Ready to Dine In Again? Here’s 9 Toronto Family-Friendly Restaurants

There are two types of parents: Those who embrace dining out with young children and those who say, “No way; that idea is madness!” If you fall into the latter group, we get where you’re coming from. Eating in restaurants with kids can be at best challenging and at worst, well, just let your imagination run wild.

But trust us; it is possible. The key, besides a well-rested child, of course, is to pick the right restaurant. You want one that in addition to serving kid-friendly food also offers a kid-friendly atmosphere; a space where shrieks of joy (or not joy) from your kids won’t be met with dirty looks. Below we round up nine family friendly restaurants in Toronto that welcome kids.


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1. Barque Smokehouse

299 Roncesvalles Ave.

Barque is beloved by West-end families for its delicious food that comes out quickly and is always preceded by a bucket of seasoned popcorn. Meals are also accompanied by crayons and colouring sheets, to keep your little ones busy while you and your partner decide just how you want to build your BBQ plate. The kids’ menu is a scaled-down version of the adult one, and with options like brisket, ribs, and pulled pork, it’s a great way to introduce your kids to BBQ.

Barque isn’t a big space—though it does offer booths and stroller parking—and it does fill up. Because of that, we do recommend that you book a table in advance.

2. Churrasqueira Martins

-605 Rogers Rd.
-2700 St. Clair Ave. W

The warm, family-friendly atmosphere of this popular Portuguese restaurant (now with two locations) makes it an ideal place to bring the kids and enjoy some succulent, charcoal-grilled chicken. While traditional Portuguese meals dominate the main menu, the kids’ menu offers a few pasta options and of course that perennial favourite of all children’s menus: Chicken fingers.

There’s also an extensive dessert menu that is ideal for bribing your kids into eating their vegetables.


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3. Lakeview Restaurant

1132 Dundas St. W

My family is a big fan of this Toronto institution (it’s been open since 1932). While many restaurants along this stretch of Dundas West are too-cool-for-kids, the Lakeview welcomes them with crayons and a Captain Canada-themed activity sheet that also includes a just-for-kids menu.

Options on that menu include mac and cheese, chicken fingers, and grilled cheese. The adult menu is also packed with kid-friendly meals including several 24-hour brunch options. And of course let’s not forget the amazing milkshakes that yes parents, you can get “fortified.”

4. Old Spaghetti Factory

54 The Esplanade

You can’t have a list of family-friendly Toronto restaurants without this classic. It’s designed for families and no one will look twice if your precious angel decides to melt down. The adult menu is pretty much just as child-friendly as the kid menu, with both offering lots of pasta options.

While waiting for your food to arrive, explore this massive space, which can seat up to 600 and houses a 100-year-old carousel. Want to take your kids’ dining experience up a notch? Call in a reservation and arrange to eat on an old streetcar or a king-sized bed.

5. Paramount Middle Eastern Kitchen

-1585 The Queensway
-1090 Don Mills Road
-2450 Sheppard Avenue East

Want to expose your kids to something different then the usual burgers and pizza? Then check out this local chain that is built around authentic Lebanese cuisine. Paramount serves up shawarmas, pitas, and a variety of meats barbequed over a charcoal grill. There are also ample vegetarian options and all meat is halal and raised right here in Ontario.

While all Paramount locations strive to be kid-friendly, the locations noted above all house indoor playgrounds, a feature we think makes them extra-ideal for hungry families.


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6. Piano Piano

88 Harbour St.

Dining out with young kids at an elegant Italian restaurant may sound like a nightmare but thanks to Piano Piano, that dream is completely possible. This well-reviewed Annex restaurant is notably welcoming, so you can indulge in dishes like roasted scallops and black truffle linguini in peace. There’s also a kids’ menu—created by a certified nutritionist—that features fruit, pizza, and even a snickerdoodle cookie.

Piano Piano locations now also include midtown and Oakville.

7. The Pickle Barrel

9+ locations in the GTA

While The Pickle Barrel has a number of locations across the GTA, we’d like to draw your attention to its Yorkdale and Sherway Gardens locations. What a great way to reward a day of well-behaved shopping.

This spacious restaurants offer menus to match with dozens and dozens of choices including deli sandwiches, steak, and fish. The kids’ menu is also surprisingly varied and features such options as fajitas, corned beef sandwich, and even salmon. All kids’ meals also come with a drink, a side, and a dessert and you can expect to be seated with a cup full of crayons to help entertain your kids.

8. Uncle Betty’s Diner

2590 Yonge St.

With a name like Uncle Betty’s, you know that this North Toronto spot is going to be a bit silly. Run by a husband-and-wife duo, this space knows that kids aren’t always going to be quiet—or still—and they’re okay with that.

Your family will be more than okay with Uncle Betty’s menu, which offers classic diner food including burgers, salads and a variety of spins on hot dogs. All meals from the kids’ menu include a choice of fries or veggies and dip, with options such as chicken fingers and spaghetti as the main. And let’s not forget about the homemade donuts. Pair with a scoop of Kawartha Dairy ice cream and create your own Uncle Betty’s ice cream doughnut sandwich.


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9. Ricarda’s

134 Peter Street

Taking a toddler to a nice restaurant can be… challenging. Taking a toddler to a nice restaurant that’s also buffet-style can be down right impossible. But not at Ricarda’s all-you-can-eat Sunday buffet, a lovely place that offers a feature that should be more common: A supervised play area.

Ricarda’s specializes in Mediterranean food and if you stop in for dinner, you can dine on such dishes as rack of lamb and a variety of flatbreads. But on Sundays, no a-la-carte plates are available; instead it’s all about the restaurant’s live jazz brunch buffet. I know that sounds not particularly child-friendly but trust me, on Sundays, Ricarda’s is more kid-focused than McDonald’s. It’s true!

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