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Portland is home to several kid-friendly restaurants, including brewpubs and pizzerias
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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. Note that this map isn’t ranked; it’s organized geographically.

Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Rally Pizza

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Vancouver’s Rally Pizza is far more than just a pizzeria. The kitchen churns out many promising appetizers and sides that aren’t pizza or its common sidekicks: six varieties of muffulettas, crispy potatoes with “prosciutto cracklings,” cheesy baked polenta, and a platter of roasted seasonal vegetables. The restaurant also shines for its plethora of inventive cocktails, as well as boozy milkshakes and treats for adults. For the younger crowd, it has a kids’ menu with mini pizzas and crispy potatoes, but the restaurant’s sundae and frozen custard bar is the real draw.

Tamale Boy Dekum

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Known for its well-priced Oaxacan and Northern Mexican fare, the Northeast Portland 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.

Pizza Jerk

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This old-school pizzeria is the ideal place to take kids for pepperoni and soft-serve, with beer for the booze-friendly grown-ups and Martinelli’s for the kids and non-drinkers. A large backyard with a play structure and area for kids to wander around and explore, especially in the summers. Pizza Jerk is also open for takeout and delivery.

Tin Shed

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Catering to kids (and dogs) 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. Tin Shed also offers Crayon coloring, and a selection of small toys for little ones. The key is to visit during the week or make a reservation, because the lines can get a little extreme on weekends.

Nacheaux at Unicorn Creationz Food Hall

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It’s easy for kids to get excited about Nacheaux’s nostalgic menu of mac and cheese variations and chicken tenders, with a full bar for adults who drink and plenty of cool non-alcoholic beverages for the kids and sober visitors (think: watermelon peach lemonade). The food hall layout makes it easy for parents to take antsy toddlers on little walks around the space, and kids can get excited about churro beignets or chocolate coconut cookie ice cream.

Mother's Bistro & Bar

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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.

The Daily Feast

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This downtown brunch spot maintains the all-day brunch diner tradition with some range: Alongside the biscuits and gravy and corned beef hash, the Daily Feast blends green smoothies, fills bowls with steel-cut oatmeal with berries, and slings plates of chilaquiles. Kids can opt for fresh-squeezed juices and pancakes; plus, the restaurant offers an entryway bookshelf loaded with animal figurines that the kids can bring to the table, such as gorillas, giraffes, moose, elephants, and dinosaurs. The Daily Feast is open for indoor and outdoor dining.

Punch Bowl Social Portland

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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 include grilled cheese and spaghetti and meatballs. 

Southpark Seafood

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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 fish and chips to butter-and-parmesan pasta and a green salad. It’s open for indoor and outdoor dining.

Slappy Cakes

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This extremely kid-friendly breakfast joint lets diners make their own pancakes on griddles right at the table, utilizing batter-filled squeeze bottles and adding their choice of fixins like fruit, nuts, and chocolate chips. If the adults at the table aren’t feeling the idea of eating DIY pancakes, Slappy Cakes also has a slew of à la carte options and plates prepared in the kitchen, such as country fried steak, eggs Benedict, and “Slappy Hash.”

Off The Griddle

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Vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan families will love this cheery FoPo café serving meat-and-gluten-free classics for brunch and dinner. Standouts for young diners include waffles, house-made meatless burgers, and macaroni and “chz” sauce topped with Ritz crackers. It’s open for dining indoors and out.

Double Mountain Taproom

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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. 

With its dialed-in menu of fried chicken, burgers, sandwiches, and chili dogs, Holler makes a great destination for family game day. Along with its “Kiddo’s Menu”— hello, chicken fingers, meatloaf, veggie and fruit tray — the restaurant also appeals to youth for its lineup of pinball machines and other arcade games like skee-ball and mini basketball.

Holler Treats

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The dessert-minded sister restaurant to Holler, Holler Treats offers an after-dinner pit stop for kids to get excited about, with various scoops, ice cream sandwiches, waffle cone drumsticks, floats, and much more. Holler Treats also makes an alluring slew of party cakes and ice cream cakes that would be a hit for kid birthdays.

Marco’s Café and Espresso Bar

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Located in the Nelson Thomas Building since 1983, Marco’s has an eclectic vibe and umbrella-clad ceiling that provides a conversation starter for the table. Marco’s offers a kids’ menu printed out with games like mazes and crossword puzzles. Standout lunch options for kids include chicken strips, quesadillas, and buttered noodles, and on the all-day breakfast menu, a single buttermilk pancake, and french toast.

Rally Pizza

Vancouver’s Rally Pizza is far more than just a pizzeria. The kitchen churns out many promising appetizers and sides that aren’t pizza or its common sidekicks: six varieties of muffulettas, crispy potatoes with “prosciutto cracklings,” cheesy baked polenta, and a platter of roasted seasonal vegetables. The restaurant also shines for its plethora of inventive cocktails, as well as boozy milkshakes and treats for adults. For the younger crowd, it has a kids’ menu with mini pizzas and crispy potatoes, but the restaurant’s sundae and frozen custard bar is the real draw.

Tamale Boy Dekum

Known for its well-priced Oaxacan and Northern Mexican fare, the Northeast Portland 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.

Pizza Jerk

This old-school pizzeria is the ideal place to take kids for pepperoni and soft-serve, with beer for the booze-friendly grown-ups and Martinelli’s for the kids and non-drinkers. A large backyard with a play structure and area for kids to wander around and explore, especially in the summers. Pizza Jerk is also open for takeout and delivery.

Tin Shed

Catering to kids (and dogs) 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. Tin Shed also offers Crayon coloring, and a selection of small toys for little ones. The key is to visit during the week or make a reservation, because the lines can get a little extreme on weekends.

Nacheaux at Unicorn Creationz Food Hall

It’s easy for kids to get excited about Nacheaux’s nostalgic menu of mac and cheese variations and chicken tenders, with a full bar for adults who drink and plenty of cool non-alcoholic beverages for the kids and sober visitors (think: watermelon peach lemonade). The food hall layout makes it easy for parents to take antsy toddlers on little walks around the space, and kids can get excited about churro beignets or chocolate coconut cookie ice cream.

Mother's Bistro & Bar

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.

The Daily Feast

This downtown brunch spot maintains the all-day brunch diner tradition with some range: Alongside the biscuits and gravy and corned beef hash, the Daily Feast blends green smoothies, fills bowls with steel-cut oatmeal with berries, and slings plates of chilaquiles. Kids can opt for fresh-squeezed juices and pancakes; plus, the restaurant offers an entryway bookshelf loaded with animal figurines that the kids can bring to the table, such as gorillas, giraffes, moose, elephants, and dinosaurs. The Daily Feast is open for indoor and outdoor dining.

Punch Bowl Social Portland

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 include grilled cheese and spaghetti and meatballs. 

Southpark Seafood

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 fish and chips to butter-and-parmesan pasta and a green salad. It’s open for indoor and outdoor dining.

Slappy Cakes

This extremely kid-friendly breakfast joint lets diners make their own pancakes on griddles right at the table, utilizing batter-filled squeeze bottles and adding their choice of fixins like fruit, nuts, and chocolate chips. If the adults at the table aren’t feeling the idea of eating DIY pancakes, Slappy Cakes also has a slew of à la carte options and plates prepared in the kitchen, such as country fried steak, eggs Benedict, and “Slappy Hash.”

Off The Griddle

Vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan families will love this cheery FoPo café serving meat-and-gluten-free classics for brunch and dinner. Standouts for young diners include waffles, house-made meatless burgers, and macaroni and “chz” sauce topped with Ritz crackers. It’s open for dining indoors and out.

Double Mountain Taproom

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. 

Holler

With its dialed-in menu of fried chicken, burgers, sandwiches, and chili dogs, Holler makes a great destination for family game day. Along with its “Kiddo’s Menu”— hello, chicken fingers, meatloaf, veggie and fruit tray — the restaurant also appeals to youth for its lineup of pinball machines and other arcade games like skee-ball and mini basketball.

Holler Treats

The dessert-minded sister restaurant to Holler, Holler Treats offers an after-dinner pit stop for kids to get excited about, with various scoops, ice cream sandwiches, waffle cone drumsticks, floats, and much more. Holler Treats also makes an alluring slew of party cakes and ice cream cakes that would be a hit for kid birthdays.

Marco’s Café and Espresso Bar

Located in the Nelson Thomas Building since 1983, Marco’s has an eclectic vibe and umbrella-clad ceiling that provides a conversation starter for the table. Marco’s offers a kids’ menu printed out with games like mazes and crossword puzzles. Standout lunch options for kids include chicken strips, quesadillas, and buttered noodles, and on the all-day breakfast menu, a single buttermilk pancake, and french toast.

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