The best kid-friendly restaurants in Sydney

Looking for a place to eat where the kids are going to be looked after?

Photograph: Daniel Boud

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

Barzura

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.

Coogee

Fratelli Paradiso

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

Potts Point
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Golden Star Palace Chinese Restaurant

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.

Cabramatta

Gourmet Pizza Kitchen

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.

Castle Hill
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Heritage Court Restaurant

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.

Hurstville

Il Goloso

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.

Haberfield
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Kokoroya

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.

Sydney

La Botte D’Oro

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.

Leichhardt
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Lowenbrau Keller

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.

The Rocks
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Our Place on Darling

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.

Balmain

Phoenix Garden Chinese Cuisine

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.

Allawah
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Pompei's

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.

Bondi Beach

Sahra Restaurant

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.

Brighton-Le-Sands
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Silver Spur Steak Ranch

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.

Western Sydney

Sydney Fish Market

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.

Pyrmont
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