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Crackerjack Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Portland, Mapped

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From tiny portions to finicky eaters, dining out with children is always an adventure. Fortunately for families in Portland, more and more restaurants and gastropubs are welcoming young diners with activities, menus, and in some instances, play spaces. And when budding palates are nurtured, adults reap the benefits as much as the kids.

For this update, Eater Portland picked 15 of our favorite family-friendly spots throughout the city that offer a variety of price points, cuisines, and dining atmospheres. So whether you’re looking for a cozy café with play area or a family-style brunch al fresco, you’ll probably be able to find what you’re looking for below.

Carrie Uffindell and Chad Walsh

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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, you’ll find a quirky interior and a large outdoor patio during the warmer months.

2. 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 you and the kids can craft deep-fried goodness from a half-dozen different potato types and up to five cuts (curly, shoestring, homestyle, etc.). Don’t forget to pair with some of the nearly 20 salts and sauces. Beef, bison, and vegan burgers are available, too, if you need some protein to pair with those fries.

Sweet potato fries with blueberry ketchup
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3. Boke Bowl West

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1200 NW 18th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 719-5698
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Introduce your children to this playful Asian cafe’s popular dim sum brunch, where Chinese-meets-Southern small plates are wheeled to your table via push-carts for you to pick and choose. Kids dig the interactive element, and parents will love the prices, which range from around $6 to $9 per plate.

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4. 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.

Lovely’s Fifty Fifty
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5. Mother's Bistro & Bar

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212 SW Stark St
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 464-1122
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Like at mom’s, you and the kids 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 small play area, as well as a kids menu with things like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, grilled cheese, and plain macaroni and cheese.

6. Poa Cafe

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4025 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 954-1243
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At this counter-service café, all kids plates cost $5 — think quesadillas or scrambled eggs — and parents can order brunch all day or opt for nourishing bowls and salads paired with smoothies and cocktails. There’s also an indoor play area and a newly opened patio for al fresco dining.

Poa Cafe back patio
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7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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 up 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.

10. Laurelwood SE Public House

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6716 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 894-8267
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Laurelwood delivers kid-friendly dining in a pub atmosphere in Sellwood-Moreland, with a kids menu loaded with simple-yet-tasty entrees and a play corner stocked with toys. Good news: That means parents can kick back with great pub food and drinks while your child goes wild.

11. 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 a kids menu of burritos and quesadillas. Families are welcome to bring toys and games for the niños, so don’t feel shy about spreading out on the large patio and catching some rays while sipping a happy hour margarita or Modelo.

Tamale Boy tacos
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12. Nonna

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5513 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

Owner Dayna McErlean pulled a smart move with her happy hour kids menus, offered both at Nonna and her Yakuza (featured below). The dark-and-sophisticated restaurant’s all-night “Bambino Hour” includes mocktails as well as kid classics such as spaghetti, meatballs, and angel hair pasta tossed with nothing but butter.

13. 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 from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 5 to 8 p.m. Sundays, lets parents enjoy some grown-up time with the toddlers in tow. If your kids are still too young to be down with edamame, avocado slices, or some crunchy, honey-sesame rice balls, you can always order up chicken katsu (or “chicken fingers” in kid-speak).

14. Slappy Cakes

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4246 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 477-4805
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DIY pancakes that you and the kids can make right at your table? What else is there to say? Choose from five pancake batters and over a dozen sweet and savory toppings. Everything is made from scratch with fresh, seasonal produce, in a updated diner space.

15. The Country Cat Dinnerhouse and Bar

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7937 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 408-1414
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At this laid-back spot in the Montavilla neighborhood, chef-owners and parents Adam and Jackie Sappington offer thoughtful kids meals filled with simpler versions of their upscale American comfort food, including buttermilk pancakes with powdered sugar, fried chicken with potatoes, and pasta with Parmesan. Oh and did we mention that on Sunday nights, children under 10 eat for free from the kids menu?

Country Cat Dinnerhouse & Bar fried chicken
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1. 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, you’ll find a quirky interior and a large outdoor patio during the warmer months.

5515 SW Canyon Ct
Portland, OR 97221

2. Boise Fry Company

1902 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
Sweet potato fries with blueberry ketchup
Boise Fry Company/Facebook

French fries are the show stoppers at this uber-casual, Idaho-based chainlet, where you and the kids can craft deep-fried goodness from a half-dozen different potato types and up to five cuts (curly, shoestring, homestyle, etc.). Don’t forget to pair with some of the nearly 20 salts and sauces. Beef, bison, and vegan burgers are available, too, if you need some protein to pair with those fries.

1902 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209

3. Boke Bowl West

1200 NW 18th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Boke Bowl
Boke Bowl/Facebook

Introduce your children to this playful Asian cafe’s popular dim sum brunch, where Chinese-meets-Southern small plates are wheeled to your table via push-carts for you 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

4. Lovely's Fifty Fifty

4039 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Lovely’s Fifty Fifty
Lovely’s Fifty Fifty/Facebook

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

5. Mother's Bistro & Bar

212 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97204

Like at mom’s, you and the kids 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 small play area, as well as a kids menu with things like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, grilled cheese, and plain macaroni and cheese.

212 SW Stark St
Portland, OR 97204

6. Poa Cafe

4025 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227
Poa Cafe back patio
Poa Cafe/Facebook

At this counter-service café, all kids plates cost $5 — think quesadillas or scrambled eggs — and parents can order brunch all day or opt for nourishing bowls and salads paired with smoothies and cocktails. There’s also an indoor play area and a newly opened patio for al fresco dining.

4025 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

7. 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

8. 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

9. Tin Shed

1438 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Catering to kids of all ages, Tin Shed serves up 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

10. Laurelwood SE Public House

6716 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Laurelwood delivers kid-friendly dining in a pub atmosphere in Sellwood-Moreland, with a kids menu loaded with simple-yet-tasty entrees and a play corner stocked with toys. Good news: That means parents can kick back with great pub food and drinks while your child goes wild.

6716 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202

11. Tamale Boy Dekum

1764 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211
Tamale Boy tacos
Tamale Boy/Facebook

Known for its well-priced Oaxacan and Northern Mexican fare, the Northeast restaurant of this former food truck also dishes up a kids menu of burritos and quesadillas. Families are welcome to bring toys and games for the niños, so don’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

12. Nonna

5513 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211

Owner Dayna McErlean pulled a smart move with her happy hour kids menus, offered both at Nonna and her Yakuza (featured below). The dark-and-sophisticated restaurant’s all-night “Bambino Hour” includes mocktails as well as kid classics such as spaghetti, meatballs, and angel hair pasta tossed with nothing but butter.

5513 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

13. 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 from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 5 to 8 p.m. Sundays, lets parents enjoy some grown-up time with the toddlers in tow. If your kids are still too young to be down with edamame, avocado slices, or some crunchy, honey-sesame rice balls, you can always order up chicken katsu (or “chicken fingers” in kid-speak).

5411 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

14. Slappy Cakes

4246 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215

DIY pancakes that you and the kids can make right at your table? What else is there to say? Choose from five pancake batters and over a dozen sweet and savory toppings. Everything is made from scratch with fresh, seasonal produce, in a updated diner space.

4246 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97215

15. The Country Cat Dinnerhouse and Bar

7937 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215
Country Cat Dinnerhouse & Bar fried chicken
Country Cat/Facebook

At this laid-back spot in the Montavilla neighborhood, chef-owners and parents Adam and Jackie Sappington offer thoughtful kids meals filled with simpler versions of their upscale American comfort food, including buttermilk pancakes with powdered sugar, fried chicken with potatoes, and pasta with Parmesan. Oh and did we mention that on Sunday nights, children under 10 eat for free from the kids menu?

7937 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215

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