Coming to Houston with young children and looking for an enjoyable dining experience? Well, you're in luck! Houston has many places where fun meets food. Check out these kid-friendly restaurants with fantastic food and drink options and great playground spaces to keep the kids in good times while you make fun new memories in town. Some of these restaurants have traditional play areas and arcade games. Others are close to splash pads and open green spaces, which offer diverse activities to keep kids entertained during meals.

Lake House at Discovery Green

1600 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010

Lake House

A scenic, fast-casual, family-friendly restaurant located on the south shore of Kinder Lake with easy access to the playgrounds and variety of play spaces within Discovery Green, downtown Houston's premier urban park area. Enjoy a variety of burgers, salads, and drink options while watching the kids play nearby.

Little Matt’s

6203 Edloe St., Houston, TX 77005

Little Matt's

This restaurant has a unique kid-friendly atmosphere and a menu for the entire family. Your kiddos have a lot to explore and have fun with, including a candy shop, arcade consoles, and several wall-mounted iPads. Enjoy different salads, burgers, sandwiches, and Little Matt’s specialties like Chicken Enchiladas, a perfect blend of roasted chicken, onion, garlic, and mozzarella cheese, served with rice and beans. Special prices on the kids’ menu are a great bonus.

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020

A visit to this huge outdoor beer garden is a distinctly Houstonian historical experience. Open seven days a week and offering an extensive casual food menu, it is Texas's oldest craft brewery for adults and a great playground and fun outdoor games for kids.


1430 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008


Located in the Heights area, this restaurant serves up Southern-style comfort food with a side of cocktails. The vibe is laidback, comfortable, and fun. Sports-friendly and playground-inclusive, this family-friendly restaurant includes a shaded play zone and a fan-powered patio.

Betsy's at Evelyn's Park

4400 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401


Located in the Bellaire area within Houston and self-described as a play-all-day cafe, Betsy's has a spacious patio area with immediate access to the freshly renovated and newly updated expansive playground at Evelyn's Park. The menu is fast-casual. Think homemade breakfast tacos, yogurt, quiche, oatmeal, avocado toast, and coffee in the morning to smoothies, cheese boards, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, and salad bowls through the evening hours.

Christian's Tailgate Bar & Grill - West University

5114 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098

Come enjoy happy hour or a lunch special while the kids enjoy the arcade and the playground. There's also reverse happy hour from 7 pm to close. The menu includes a variety of fast casual options, from sliders and wings to wraps and sandwiches.

Gaspachos Mexican Bites at Levy Park

3709 Eastside St, Houston, TX 77098

Gaspachos Mexican Bites

A fast-casual authentic Mexican food option at Levy Park in Upper Kirby is a perfect spot for lunch. Enjoy tacos, tortas, refreshing fruit bowls and much more. Kids will love the park’s unique, colorful playground. With its wide slide, splash area, hills, tunnels and climbing structures, you’ll have a hard time getting your kiddos to leave this playground.

Blue Agave Cantina

14555 Grisby Rd, Houston, TX 77079

A bright and authentic Mexican restaurant located in the Energy Corridor section of Houston has a large tree-covered patio with a playground space for the kids.


3715 Alba Rd, Houston, TX 77018


Located in Garden Oaks, d'Alba serves modern American cuisine. This craft kitchen with cocktails also features a beautiful patio, playground space, and kids menu, which, as a bonus, donates a portion of profits to a local non-profit children's organization.

Millie's Kitchen and Cocktails

3542 Oak Forest Dr, Houston, TX 77018

Enjoy a wide variety of seafood dishes for lunch rush or dinner at this sports and kid-friendly restaurant that also includes vegetarian options. Millie's has a focus on coastal flavors, featuring an extensive brunch menu, a kid's play space, and two patio sections.

There are so many excellent choices around Houston for creative, fun, and enjoyable dining with something for everyone. Check out one of these great kid-friendly restaurants during your next visit to Houston. Explore other kid-friendly restaurants in Houston here.


Photos: Courtesy of restaurants and parks mentioned in this post. Header photo: Levy Park, opening photo: Discovery Green.