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Primo Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Portland

You can have children and eat good food, too

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Portland is home to several kid-friendly restaurants, including brewpubs and pizzerias
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From tiny portions to finicky eaters, dining out with children is always an adventure. Fortunately for Portland families, more and more restaurants are welcoming young diners with activities, menus, and, in some instances, play spaces. And when budding palates (and minds) are nurtured, adults reap the benefits as much as the kids.

This latest update features stellar spots throughout the city, keeping in mind various price points, cuisines, and dining atmospheres. Those looking for a cozy café with play area, a posh dinner after a show, or a family-style weekend brunch will probably find what they’re looking for below.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tamale Boy Dekum

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1764 NE Dekum St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 206-8022
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Known for its well-priced Oaxacan and Northern Mexican fare, the Northeast restaurant of this former food truck also dishes up burritos and quesadillas for the niños. Families are welcome to bring toys and games, so parents shouldn’t feel shy about spreading out on the large patio and catching some rays while sipping a happy hour margarita or Modelo.

2. Yakuza

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5411 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 450-0893
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Yakuza’s known for its sleek dining room, serene garden, and polished izakaya, but the spot’s kid-friendly happy hour, running daily from 5 p.m. until closing, lets parents enjoy some grown-up time with the toddlers in tow. Kids who aren’t down with edamame, avocado slices, or some crunchy, honey-sesame rice balls can always order up chicken katsu (or “chicken fingers” in kid-speak).

3. Pizza Jerk

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5028 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218
(503) 284-9333
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This old-school pizzeria is the ideal place to take kids for pepperoni and soft-serve, especially in the summers: A large backyard with a play area was made for kids to wander around and explore.

4. Tin Shed

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1438 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 288-6966
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Catering to kids of all ages, Tin Shed serves bright, flavorful American-style dishes at family-friendly prices. Kids plates range from buttered noodles to free-range chicken bites; there’s also an outdoor patio and garden space for frolicking. The key is to visit during the week, because the lines get excessive on weekends.

5. Lovely's Fifty Fifty

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4039 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 281-4060
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The wood-fired pies are literally a thing of beauty at this casual-yet-cozy Mississippi Avenue pizzeria, with organic, hyper-seasonal toppings such as fennel sausage, porcini mushrooms, salty pancetta, and edible flowers. For the non-adventurous, there’s plain cheese on the menu as well. Kiddos will love it for the house-made ice cream, with rotating flavors ranging from burnt honey with toffee to strawberry buttermilk.

6. Life of Pie Pizza

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3632 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 719-7321
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Kids love pizza, and their parents like good pizza, especially when it’s wood-fired with a nice, blistery crust. The long tables at Life of Pie are often packed with sets of parents and their many progeny, and it offers $5 happy hour margarita pizzas for seven hours every day of the week.

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7. Boke Bowl West

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1200 NW 18th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 719-5698
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This Pearl District Asian cafe is an all-ages hit for its popular dim sum brunch, where Chinese-meets-Southern small plates are wheeled tableside via push-carts for diners to pick and choose. Kids dig the interactive element, and parents will love the prices, which range from around $6 to $9 per plate.

8. Boise Fry Company

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1902 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 946-1849
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French fries are the show stoppers at this uber-casual, Idaho-based chainlet, where kids can craft deep-fried goodness from a half-dozen different potato types, up to five cuts (curly, shoestring, homestyle, etc.), and nearly 20 salts and sauces. Beef, bison, and vegan burgers are available, too, for those who need some protein to pair with their fries.

9. Mother's Bistro & Bar

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121 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 464-1122
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Like at mom’s, families will find a warm welcome and a comfortable vibe at this Portland institution, made famous for its brunches, high-quality comfort food, and special Mother of the Month dishes. Younger children will enjoy the kid’s menu with things like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, grilled cheese, and plain macaroni and cheese.

10. Punch Bowl Social Portland

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340 SW Morrison St #4305
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 334-0360
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Family game night hits a whole new level at this swanky, 32,000-square-foot restaurant-slash-entertainment center located on the third floor of Pioneer Place — activities range from bowling to private karaoke room to an old school arcade. Classic favs on the kids menu includes grilled cheese and spaghetti and meatballs. 

11. Southpark Seafood

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901 SW Salmon St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 326-1300
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Those looking for a child-friendly, upscale dining experience will dig the sustainably-minded Southpark. For the tykes who love to compare oysters to boogers, the kids menu pleases all ages and palates, from a hamburger and green salad to a cheese pizza and carrot sticks.

12. Pacific Pie Company

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1520 SE 7th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 381-6157
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This homey, old-school Australian pie shop features salads and sandwiches, along with hearty meat pies, vegetable pasties, and classic Aussie favorites. The menu has a sweet side, too, with chocolate bourbon hazelnut and other pies. All kids meals come with crunchy veggies and an Anzac biscuit, Australia’s unofficial national cookie.

13. Verde Cocina at Sylvan Highlands

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5515 SW Canyon Ct
Portland, OR 97221
(503) 297-5568
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Here Mexican flavors are fused with Pacific Northwest ingredients to create fresh, inexpensive dishes, many vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo, and/or vegan friendly, with plainer options for the kiddos. At the Sylvan Highlands location, one mile west from the zoo, diners will find a quirky interior and a large outdoor patio during the warmer months.

14. Off The Griddle

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6526 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 764-9160
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Vegetarian, Celiac, and vegan families will love this cheery FoPo café serving meat-and-gluten-free classics for brunch and dinner. Standouts for young diners include pumpkin cheesecake waffles, house-made meatless burgers, and macaroni and “chz” sauce topped with Ritz crackers. 

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15. Double Mountain Taproom

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4336 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 206-5495
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Home to a casual, no-frills atmosphere and brick oven-baked pizzas, the sole spin-off of the popular Hood River-based brewery is a magnet for neighborhood families. If pizza’s not the kiddo’s thing, this Woodstock pub slings sandwiches and quesadillas for tiny diners. Coloring pages and crayons available upon seating. 

1. Tamale Boy Dekum

1764 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211

Known for its well-priced Oaxacan and Northern Mexican fare, the Northeast restaurant of this former food truck also dishes up burritos and quesadillas for the niños. Families are welcome to bring toys and games, so parents shouldn’t feel shy about spreading out on the large patio and catching some rays while sipping a happy hour margarita or Modelo.

1764 NE Dekum St
Portland, OR 97211

2. Yakuza

5411 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211

Yakuza’s known for its sleek dining room, serene garden, and polished izakaya, but the spot’s kid-friendly happy hour, running daily from 5 p.m. until closing, lets parents enjoy some grown-up time with the toddlers in tow. Kids who aren’t down with edamame, avocado slices, or some crunchy, honey-sesame rice balls can always order up chicken katsu (or “chicken fingers” in kid-speak).

5411 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

3. Pizza Jerk

5028 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218

This old-school pizzeria is the ideal place to take kids for pepperoni and soft-serve, especially in the summers: A large backyard with a play area was made for kids to wander around and explore.

5028 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218

4. Tin Shed

1438 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Catering to kids of all ages, Tin Shed serves bright, flavorful American-style dishes at family-friendly prices. Kids plates range from buttered noodles to free-range chicken bites; there’s also an outdoor patio and garden space for frolicking. The key is to visit during the week, because the lines get excessive on weekends.

1438 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

5. Lovely's Fifty Fifty

4039 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217

The wood-fired pies are literally a thing of beauty at this casual-yet-cozy Mississippi Avenue pizzeria, with organic, hyper-seasonal toppings such as fennel sausage, porcini mushrooms, salty pancetta, and edible flowers. For the non-adventurous, there’s plain cheese on the menu as well. Kiddos will love it for the house-made ice cream, with rotating flavors ranging from burnt honey with toffee to strawberry buttermilk.

4039 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217

6. Life of Pie Pizza

3632 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97219

Kids love pizza, and their parents like good pizza, especially when it’s wood-fired with a nice, blistery crust. The long tables at Life of Pie are often packed with sets of parents and their many progeny, and it offers $5 happy hour margarita pizzas for seven hours every day of the week.

3632 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97219

7. Boke Bowl West

1200 NW 18th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

This Pearl District Asian cafe is an all-ages hit for its popular dim sum brunch, where Chinese-meets-Southern small plates are wheeled tableside via push-carts for diners to pick and choose. Kids dig the interactive element, and parents will love the prices, which range from around $6 to $9 per plate.

1200 NW 18th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

8. Boise Fry Company

1902 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

French fries are the show stoppers at this uber-casual, Idaho-based chainlet, where kids can craft deep-fried goodness from a half-dozen different potato types, up to five cuts (curly, shoestring, homestyle, etc.), and nearly 20 salts and sauces. Beef, bison, and vegan burgers are available, too, for those who need some protein to pair with their fries.

1902 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209

9. Mother's Bistro & Bar

121 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204

Like at mom’s, families will find a warm welcome and a comfortable vibe at this Portland institution, made famous for its brunches, high-quality comfort food, and special Mother of the Month dishes. Younger children will enjoy the kid’s menu with things like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, grilled cheese, and plain macaroni and cheese.

121 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97204

10. Punch Bowl Social Portland

340 SW Morrison St #4305, Portland, OR 97204

Family game night hits a whole new level at this swanky, 32,000-square-foot restaurant-slash-entertainment center located on the third floor of Pioneer Place — activities range from bowling to private karaoke room to an old school arcade. Classic favs on the kids menu includes grilled cheese and spaghetti and meatballs. 

340 SW Morrison St #4305
Portland, OR 97204

11. Southpark Seafood

901 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205

Those looking for a child-friendly, upscale dining experience will dig the sustainably-minded Southpark. For the tykes who love to compare oysters to boogers, the kids menu pleases all ages and palates, from a hamburger and green salad to a cheese pizza and carrot sticks.

901 SW Salmon St
Portland, OR 97205

12. Pacific Pie Company

1520 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

This homey, old-school Australian pie shop features salads and sandwiches, along with hearty meat pies, vegetable pasties, and classic Aussie favorites. The menu has a sweet side, too, with chocolate bourbon hazelnut and other pies. All kids meals come with crunchy veggies and an Anzac biscuit, Australia’s unofficial national cookie.

1520 SE 7th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

13. Verde Cocina at Sylvan Highlands

5515 SW Canyon Ct, Portland, OR 97221

Here Mexican flavors are fused with Pacific Northwest ingredients to create fresh, inexpensive dishes, many vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo, and/or vegan friendly, with plainer options for the kiddos. At the Sylvan Highlands location, one mile west from the zoo, diners will find a quirky interior and a large outdoor patio during the warmer months.

5515 SW Canyon Ct
Portland, OR 97221

14. Off The Griddle

6526 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206

Vegetarian, Celiac, and vegan families will love this cheery FoPo café serving meat-and-gluten-free classics for brunch and dinner. Standouts for young diners include pumpkin cheesecake waffles, house-made meatless burgers, and macaroni and “chz” sauce topped with Ritz crackers. 

6526 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206

15. Double Mountain Taproom

4336 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97206

Home to a casual, no-frills atmosphere and brick oven-baked pizzas, the sole spin-off of the popular Hood River-based brewery is a magnet for neighborhood families. If pizza’s not the kiddo’s thing, this Woodstock pub slings sandwiches and quesadillas for tiny diners. Coloring pages and crayons available upon seating. 

4336 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97206

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