The best kid-friendly restaurants in Sydney

Looking for a place to eat where the kids are going to be looked after?
Fruit salad with yoghurt and a view of the beach
Photograph: Daniel Boud
By Time Out editors |

We’ve picked the brains of some of Sydney’s most clued-up mums and dads to make these recommendations.



icon-location-pin Coogee

Right on the water, this café (and cocktail bar, once the sun goes down) is conveniently located next to several parks and the Coogee coastline.


Fratelli Paradiso

icon-location-pin Potts Point

The enduring classic of Potts Point has a bustling atmosphere and a solid menu, peppered with a few surprises for the adventurous parent.


Golden Star Palace Chinese Restaurant

icon-location-pin Cabramatta

This Cabramatta restaurant is huge and impressive, and caters heavily to families: pram spaces, plenty of high chairs and a menu that understands tiny tastes. There’s also tanks of fish and lobsters, which are always awesome.


Gourmet Pizza Kitchen

icon-location-pin Castle Hill

A Castle Hill favourite with a decent kids menu (including a $14.90 set menu including a main, a dessert and a drink) and a family-friendly atmosphere.


Heritage Court Restaurant

icon-location-pin Hurstville

It’s a big ol’ suburban restaurant, offering unpretentious steaks, seafood and most things in between in a friendly family environment, complete with a kids play area.


Il Goloso

icon-location-pin Haberfield

This Haberfield eatery offers unpretentious Italian with indoor and outdoor terrace seating and a friendly – not to say loud – environment, perfect for kids to act as kids will.



icon-location-pin Sydney

It’s Maroubra’s home of quality sashimi, but aside from quality Japanese dining it’s also got an excellent play area for the kids.


La Botte D’Oro

icon-location-pin Leichhardt

This Leichhardt landmark is a lively restaurant, so noisy kids are just going to blend into the ambient bustle. Prices are very reasonable, and the quality is high.

Bars, Pub dining

Lowenbrau Keller

icon-location-pin The Rocks

Sydney's home of boistrous German dining knows how to deal with rowdy littlies – and there are colouring in placemats to distract 'em with until your schnitzel arrives.


Newmarket Hotel

icon-location-pin Rosebery

Mascot's home of family-friendly dining, with a solid kids menu and a welcoming, child-friendly atmsophere.


Our Place on Darling

icon-location-pin Balmain

Balmain’s got no shortage of family-friendly places, but this modern Australian restaurant offers a decent kids menu (complete with word jumble!) as well as meals both light and coma-inducing from breakfast to dinner.


Phoenix Garden Chinese Cuisine

icon-location-pin Allawah

Right across from Allowah train station (and next door to the Allowah Hotel, if you fancy picking up a BYO bottle), this Chinese restaurant has a friendly, family atmosphere.



icon-location-pin Bondi Beach

The place can get mighty busy, but their pizza menu and desserts (especially their famous gelato) makes this a hit with Bondi’s young ones.


Sahra Restaurant

icon-location-pin Brighton-Le-Sands

This Lebanese restaurant is right on the beachfront at Brighton-Le-Sands, and contains a play area if you’d rather not just point your youngsters toward the water. Which you could also do, of course.


Silver Spur Steak Ranch

icon-location-pin Western Sydney

If you’re heading out to Penrith, this wildly popular family restaurant has an excellent play area – including a soft play section for the very small ones – and plenty of activities like face painting and kids movies.

Things to do, Classes and workshops

Sydney Fish Market

icon-location-pin Pyrmont

The sign may say not to feed the seagulls, but no-one’s told them that – and the outdoor dining area is just made for an impromptu fish’n’chip picnic beside Blackwattle Bay.

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