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Kid-friendly restaurants in Miami

Discover the best family-friendly Miami restaurants for dining with your brood

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Chris Goldberg
Burger and sweet potato fries at Big Pink

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

Bayside Seafood Hut

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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.

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Biscayne Boulevard Historic District

Puerto Sagua

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.

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South Beach

Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlour

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.

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Dania Beach

Perricone's Marketplace & Café

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.

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Brickell

Big Pink

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.

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South Beach

Fuddrucker's

Honest burgers, lots of neon and noise—you can’t go wrong. Kids like the Oreo shakes and rootbeer floats, not to mention the sundaes and fudge brownies.

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Coconut Grove

Monty's Raw Bar

Skip the pricey stone crab restaurant upstairs and head directly to the casual bayside seafood house downstairs. On weekends, order a basket of fried seafood and a pitcher of beer for yourself, and send the kids off to dance to the live music.

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Coconut Grove

Shorty's BBQ

This friendly barbecue pit is a last vestige of pre-developed, pre-trendy Miami. Barbecued chicken and ribs are served in a casual atmosphere at long picnic tables. Prissy folk need not apply—eating with your hands is de rigueur.

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South Miami

Taverna Opa

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.

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Downtown

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