Kid-friendly, Wallet-friendly, and Parent-friendly Restaurants In and Around Austin

Where did the feeling of relaxation go and where did this anxiety come from when dining out?
Why does eating out all of a sudden take twice as long although I’m eating twice as fast?
And how in the world did eating out get so expensive?

Ah, yes – we have kids now!
So, the question is: How to enjoy your meal with kids outside of your home?

Unfortunately, not all restaurants embrace children and just the fact that a restaurant has a kids menu or outside seating, doesn’t necessarily make it kid-friendly (we know you're just kidding, El Arroyo, we just love your signs!).

We therefore have compiled a list of kid-friendly, wallet-friendly, and parent-friendly restaurants in and around Austin, based on the following equations:

Kids eat free = Wallet-friendly

Kids Playscape = Kid-friendly

Wallet-friendly and/or Kid-friendly = Parent-friendly


If you've dined at any of those restaurants - successfully or not - why don't you leave a review for other peace-and-sanity-seeking parents out there? And if we're missing any restaurant, please let us know.

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