The 20 Most Kid-Friendly Restaurants in DC

national-mall-washington-dcWashington DC has always been a strong tourist draw for families—nearly unlimited museums (many of them free), and access to some of the nation’s most famous monuments and buildings.

But what to do when the kids get hungry? We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the 20 most kid-friendly restaurants in Washington DC. Our criteria:

  • Restaurants had to be located within DC city limits.
  • Restaurants could not be part of a regional or national chain.
  • Restaurants had to have a dedicated kid’s menu, kid-centric atmosphere, or established kid-friendly reputation.

The myriad options below should reassure every parent. You’re sure to find a familiar, winning meal or, for the more adventurous, a chance to expand the palate of your foodie-in-training.

The Standards

While plenty of DC-area restaurants cater to a wide range of tastes, a few are known as reliable spots for a family meal. All offer dedicated children’s menus, straightforward but thoughtful American cuisine, and a casual atmosphere.

teds bulletin logoTed’s Bulletin

Location: 505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003; 1818 14th Street NW

Washington, DC 20009

Phone: (202) 544-8337; (202) 265-8337

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Why: Plenty of family classics plus all-day breakfast has made Ted’s Bulletin a multi-year winner of best family-friendly restaurant in Washington DC.


old-ebbitt-grillOld Ebbitt Grill

Location: 675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 347-4800

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Why: Any restaurant in business since 1856 has been doing something right. Combine that history with a dedicated children’s menu and a location just steps from the White House, and you begin to understand why it’s a standard stop for hungry families.


pinstripes dc logoPinstripes

Location: 1064 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Phone: (202) 625-6500

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Why: Given the combination of bowling and bocce, it’s no surprise that this Georgetown eat-and-play bistro serves everything from pizza and pasta to sandwiches and burgers.


clydes georgetown logoClyde’s of Georgetown

Location: 3236 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Phone: (202) 333-9180

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Why: Consistently listed among top family-friendly restaurants in DC, Clyde’s of Georgetown offers good if predictable fare, for children and adults.


Classic American

Classic American food—hamburgers, sandwiches, and blue-plate specials—is often the safest bet when away from home. Prices are always reasonable and most menu items are familiar to kids and parents alike. We’ve blended low-key options with some dedicated farm-to-table establishments to provide a range of choices for families eating out in DC.

founding farmers dc logoFounding Farmers

Location: 1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

Phone: (202) 822-8783

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Why: Founding Farmers offers clean flavors and locally sourced ingredients. While there’s no official kids’ menu, there are a number of kid-friendly options to introduce taste buds to something new, without leaving the familiar.


firefly dc logoFirefly

Location: Kimpton Hotel Madera, 1310 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Phone: (202) 861-1310

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Why: Every kids’ meal includes a cookie to decorate at the table before it’s cooked—giving you ample time to browse the menu and enjoy a refined, adult meal in peace.


brookland pint logoBrookland Pint

Location: 716 Monroe St NE, Washington, DC 20017

Phone: (202) 758-2757

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Why: Looking for an exceptional craft-beer spot that will happily seat you and your toddler? This is it. Burgers, sandwiches, and salads provide ample options.


brooklyns-finest-bar-kitchenBrooklyn’s Finest Bar & Kitchen

Location: 3126 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20017

Phone: (202) 636-0050

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Why: Plenty of classic American options with the feel of a friendly neighborhood restaurant.


logan-tavern-logoLogan Tavern

Location: 1423 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 332-3710

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Why: Logan Tavern has built its reputation on brunch and pre-theater meals, served in a casual atmosphere. There’s no official kids’ menu but an array of tavern staples to please taste buds of all ages.


open-city-dc-logoOpen City

Location: 2331 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008

Phone: (202) 332-2331

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Why: This beloved breakfast spot ensures you’re never too late—enjoy pancakes or eggs all day, or switch to pizza or upscale diner fare, if you prefer.


Pizza and Pasta

Pizza is always a safe (and enjoyable) choice for a family meal. Fold in some sophisticated Italian menu choices—as many of these restaurants do—and you get a balance that makes for a memorable DC meal.

2 amys pizza dc logo2 Amy’s Pizza

Location: 3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016

Phone: (202) 885-5700

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Why: It’s more than just high-end pizza. There are plenty of small plates, too, and the bustling atmosphere will drown out boisterous squeals.


comet ping pong logoComet Ping Pong Pizza

Location: 5037 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Phone: (202) 364-0404

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Why: Pizza ensures the kids love it. Gluten-free and vegan options cover every diet. And a great beer list satisfies adults in the crowd. Oh, and ping pong!


il canale logoIl Canale

Location: 1065 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Phone: (202) 337-4444

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Why: Looking for something a bit upscale? You’ll find it here, all while retaining access to a kid’s menu that includes more than just pizza.


Cultural Exchange

Washington DC is known for its exceptional range of cuisines. Those opportunities filter down from fine dining to casual family dinners. If your kids are looking for new flavors, here are family-friendly DC restaurants that take advantage of the city’s many culinary traditions.

cactus cantina logoCactus Cantina

Location: 3300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Phone: (202) 686-7222

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Why: Tex-Mex cuisine made with care—even tortillas are freshly baked—and an exuberant atmosphere to match the energy of younger diners.


kaz sushi logoKaz Sushi

Location: 1915 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Phone: (202) 530-5500

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Why: If you’re lucky enough to have kids that enjoy sushi, Kaz Sushi is a favorite spot for sushi-lovers of all ages. Don’t be fooled by the casual atmosphere: It’s serious sushi.


oyamel logoOyamel Cocina Mexicana

Location: 401 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 628-1005

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Why: Legendary chef Jose Andrés’s lively restaurant has plenty of small plates to ensure younger diners find something they love—and have the chance to try something new.


Museum Eats

Combine two stops into one with a pre- or post-museum meal. Museum eats in DC often surprise in their sophistication and always offer quick service and a stimulating backdrop to keep kids entertained.

courtyard cafe national portrait galleryThe Courtyard Café at the National Portrait Gallery

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 329-2423

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Why: Grab a boxed meal or sandwich, or even an artisan cheese board and charcuterie plate. Saving time—and stress—on lunch should free you up to visit one more museum.


mitsitam native foods cafe logoMitsitam Café at the National Museum of the American Indian

Location: Independence Ave SW & 4th St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Phone: (202) 633-1000

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Why: Access to authentic Native American food is a rarity but a pleasure. Fusion options blend Native American ingredients with classic American preparations.


pavilion cafePavilion Café at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden

Location: The Sculpture Garden, 7th St SW & Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC 20565

Phone: (202) 289-3361

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Why: The seasonal menu includes thoughtful soups, salads, and sandwiches (hot and cold), as well pizza and tarts. Fresh ingredients and whole grains abound.


union station logoUnion Station

Location: 50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 289-1908

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Why: Sometimes a food court is the quickest and easiest solution to hunger. Roughly two dozen options guarantee sustenance while taking in the ambiance of historic Union Station.