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Best family-friendly restaurants to dine out with kids in Tokyo

Eating out with the kids is a piece of cake at these child-friendly restaurants around the city

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Shiori Kotaki
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Tokyo’s intense love affair with food can be witnessed everywhere you look, yet the city is surprisingly unaccommodating to families wanting to eat together. Most restaurants are too cramped to cater to big groups, let alone offer special amenities for the little ones. But with this list, you don’t have to cramp your culinary style just because you’re eating with kids. In addition to their commendable menus for grown-ups, these restaurants provide dedicated kids’ plates, play areas, highchairs and booster seats, as well as other kid-friendly touches to make your family meal easy-peasy.

Want more family-friendly fun? Check our list of things to do with kids in Tokyo here

Eating out for the whole family

Omusubi Cafe
  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Daikanyama

Looking for a healthy Japanese meal for your little ones? This Daikanyama café offers 15 different types of rice balls that are made fresh with additive-free ingredients. These onigiri – featuring classic Japanese fillings such as salmon, plum, tempura shrimp and many others – can be ordered individually but the fixed course menu (two rice balls, three vegetable side dishes and miso soup) comes highly recommended. The table seating with sofas is convenient for older kids while there’s a dedicated parking space for strollers just outside the shop.

Shunkoutei
  • Restaurants
  • Eclectic
  • Mejiro
  • price 2 of 4

Located on the second floor of a community building in front of Mejiro Station, this yoshoku (western-style) restaurant is accessible via lift to make life easier for parents with strollers. The kids’ set meal is substantial and appetising; it features Japanese-style fried shrimp, a burger patty and salad. Shunkoutei is able to accommodate many food allergies – you just have to contact the restaurant prior to your visit. Highchairs are also available.

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Trattoria Anima Tokyo
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Yoyogi-Hachiman

This fun and stylish restaurant might just be the most kid-friendly restaurant in town as it is well-equipped with bibs, highchairs and a diaper-changing station in the bathroom. It’s even spacious enough for parents to wheel in the strollers. As for the food, there are two options for kids’ meals: one with pasta, bread and fruit for just ¥500, and the other has pasta, bread, hamburger steak, soup and salad for ¥750. If allergies are a concern, just let the staff know in advance and they will do their best to accommodate. Your kids starting to look bored? The restaurant can lend you a DVD player to keep them entertained. 

Kiwi Kitchen
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Shirokane
  • price 1 of 4

Kids will love the cute little play area on the third floor of Kiwi Kitchen, a café (and food delivery service) located between Shirokane-Takanawa and Ebisu. There are lifts big enough for strollers while the café also provides kid-friendly cutlery and dishes including sausage rolls, mini-sized pasta creations and banana bread.

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Chano-Ma
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Daikanyama

Located in the tranquil neighbourhood of Daikanyama, Chano-ma’s cool and stylish vibe will certainly attract parents, who will be even more pleased to know that the restaurant is full of kid-friendly charm, too. Take the raised tatami-style seating, for instance. It resembles a huge bed, which allows your kids to crawl and roll around safely atop the mattress to their hearts’ content. There’s also a private nursing area, lift access, stroller parking and a nappy-changing station in the bathroom. And if you’ve always wanted to get your little ones to eat more greens, get the restaurant's popular vegetable plate, which features a colourful assortment of delicious in-season vegetables.

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