Miami is full of kid-friendly restaurants. From classic kids’ menu favorites like chicken fingers and mac ‘n’ cheese at Big Pink to rice and beans at Cuban spot Puerto Sagua, there’s a menu to suit even the fussiest eaters. Or, you could just skip all that and go straight to Jaxson’s for ice cream sundaes.
Kid-friendly restaurants in Miami
Locals call this place the Shack because of its ramshackle, tiki-bar atmosphere, but it's a term of endearment rather than a slur. It has been in business forever, and customers keep coming back for the laid-back vibe, along with the view across the bay to Downtown, best appreciated from the outdoor terrace, where salty beach babes and boaters snack on fresh seafood, such as conch fritters and fried fish sandwiches, all served on paper plates.
The best place for breakfast on Collins is this trad (as in authentically old, rather than retro) Cuban diner. Choose from a long list of set combinations, many of which give change from six bucks. Later in the day, an entertaining mix of old-time Cubanos, hip-hop kids and beach bums drop by for paella-style chicken and rice, ham croquettes and fried pork chops.
Part ice-cream palor, part ode to American childhood, Jaxon’s has a 50-year-long-established reputation as a specialist in kids’ dessert wish-fulfillment. A fabled collection of Americana, focusing on license plates, adorns the ice-cream parlor and restaurant—oh yes, they do non-frozen, non-dairy dishes too—to give the place an appealing vaudeville charm.
This charming Italian restaurant has a woody, rustic setting—the building is actually an 18th-century barn relocated from Vermont to Downtown Miami. Attractions include excellent wines, pastas and salads, child-friendly facilities such as bibs and high chairs, and a sumptuous Sunday brunch. For gourmet grub on the go, there’s a fantastic Italian marketplace.
A Miami Beach mainstay, this big square room is studded with big TV screens tuned to sports and big pink menus of all-American favorites—the likes of sandwiches, burgers, pastas, pizzas, all-day breakfasts and even TV dinners on a tray. The family-style table arrangement promotes camaraderie, which, late at night, erupts into full-blown rowdiness. For the pickiest little eaters, the kids' menu includes macaroni cheese and chicken fingers. Takeouts are delivered by a fleet of little pink VW Beetles.
Top of the list for good-time dining, Opa is a big spartan barn of a place that quickly fills most nights with rafter-raising raucousness. The inspiration is festive Greek; the eats are meze, meat and grilled seafood; the plates are for smashing; and the tables are for dancing on. Order a Zorbatini—vodka, blue curacao, pineapple juice and banana liqueur—and let it be known: Greece is the word.