25 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Houston: Where Kids Can Play While Parents Eat

Families enjoying a night out. Photo courtesy of Paradigm Brewing in Tomball
Families enjoying a night out. Photo courtesy of Paradigm Brewing in Tomball
3/1/24 - By Rachael Cherry

Good news, parents! With tons of kid-friendly restaurants in Houston, relaxing on the patio with quality food and drinks doesn't have to be just a fond memory. That's right, you don't have to spend evenings at Chick-fil-A when you've got our list of 25 awesome kid-friendly Houston restaurants with play spaces for kids.

It's like these restaurants knew parents needed a space to unwind a bit with the kids in tow, and they deliver with patios that open up to enclosed playgrounds, sand pits (ok, this one is a catch-22 because, well, sand), and toys. For more ideas on where to eat around the city, visit our Houston Restaurant Guide for families.


Kid-friendly Restaurants in Houston

1. Crisp - The Heights

Crisp is a gastropub in the Heights with great beer on tap, wine, and comfort foods, and it also has a great outdoor space with games for kids to play.

2. Betsy's - Bellaire

Betsy's is a fast-casual restaurant serving breakfast tacos, sandwiches, pizzas, and more in Evelyn's Park. You can have a meal or glass of wine while the kids play on the playground or make it a quick stop for soft serve or popsicles.

3. Bellagreen City Centre - West Houston

Bellagreen offers chef-prepared meals in a fast-casual environment. The diverse menu includes soups, salads, pizza, pasta, and freshly prepared desserts.  The City Centre location has a patio that opens up to a green space where kids can play.

4. Little Matt's - West University Place

You'll find more than good food and a kid-friendly atmosphere at Little Matt's, as they offer an arcade for kids and a nice outdoor patio for families.

5. Clay's Restaurant - West Houston

A country-style eatery with daily specials, Clay's Restaurant is a destination in itself. Featuring a large outdoor patio area, green space amongst its "Ghost Town", and a sandbox for the kids to play.

6. Gaspachos - Upper Kirby

A fast-casual, authentic Mexican food experience, Gaspachos Mexican Bites features fresh, natural, healthy, and delicious items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And the best part is that it's located in Levy Park, so kids can play at one of our favorite playgrounds in the city.

7. Preslee's Southern Eatery - Greater Heights

With Southern food and fun for the whole family (even the furry ones), Preslee's Southern Eatery has a large outdoor space filled with patio tables, swings, hammocks, and a play area for the kids.

a picture of a playground at No Label Brewing Co., one of the best kid-friendly restaurants in Houston
A fun playground at No Label Brewing Co. Photo courtesy of No Label Brewing Co.

8. Christians Tailgate - West University

Christians Tailgate offers tasty bar food and cocktails at five locations across Houston, but the one in West University has a small arcade and a playground. That makes their happy hour specials more fun for everyone.

9. Jenni's Noodle House - The Heights

Kids can play inside a giant concrete tube structure and draw on it with sidewalk chalk, as well as run around a green space right outside of Jenni's Noodle House in the Heights while you dine on tasty Vietnamese food. 

10. Mia's Table - Memorial City

While there are several locations around the Houston area serving family-friendly made-to-order food, Mia's Table in Memorial City has an outdoor patio and area for kids to play. As a bonus, they have free self-serve soft-serve ice cream.

11. d'Alba - Garden Oaks

 d’Alba combines a casual beautiful atmosphere with elevated modern American cuisine. Combined with a fantastic patio space and a playground for kids, it's a place the whole family will enjoy.

12. Los Cucos Mexican Cafe - West Houston

There are multiple locations of the Tex-Mex favorite Los Cucos around the Houston area, but the location on Clay Road boasts an outdoor patio and a playground.

13. Blue Agave Cantina - Energy Corridor

Another one of the best kid-friendly restaurants in Houston, Blue Agave Cantina offers re-imagined authentic Mexican cuisine and a beautiful patio area with a playground.

14. Millie's Kitchen & Cocktails - Oak Forest

Millie's menu boasts coastal and local flavors alike, along with a warm and charming environment. Families can enjoy the two patio areas and the kids' play area.

15. Karbach Brewing Co. - Spring Branch

Karbach Brewing Co. doesn't just boast amazing craft beer but also has a restaurant on site that's touted as having dynamic, world-class cuisine that pairs perfectly with the beer selection on tap. Combine this with a patio that allows space for the kids to be, well, kids and you have a weekend destination that can't be beat. 

Kid-Friendly Restaurants in the Houston Suburbs

16. Jimmy Changas - Multiple Locations

For a fresh take on Tex-Mex, you'll want to check out Jimmy Changas. The chain is local to Houston, has a tasty margarita menu, and boasts an enclosed playground for the kids.

17. Texas Borders Bar & Grill 1093 - Richmond

With a blend of American fare and Tex-Mex favorites, an outdoor playground for the kiddos, daily specials, and live music on the weekends, Texas Borders Bar & Grill 1093 is a preferred dining choice for Richmond and Katy locals. 

18. No Label Brewing Company - Katy

Craft beer on tap, both indoor and outdoor picnic areas, a playground for the kids, an ever-changing selection of food trucks, and a laid-back vibe that can't be beaten. Known for its unique location in an old rice silo, No Label Brewing Company is a favorite destination for kids and adults alike.

Love spending time at breweries? Check out our guide to the best family-friendly breweries Houston has to offer.

19. Live Oak Grill - Sugar Land

There's not just one patio at Live Oak Grill, but two, allowing plenty of space for families to dine outside and play equipment for the kids to stay occupied and entertained. You'll find a little bit of everything on the menu here, so dining out is easy for even the pickiest of eaters. 

Related: 11 Kid-Friendly Texas Hill Country Wineries To Visit

20. Red River BBQ & Grill - League City, Katy

You'll find delicious barbeque items on the menu at Red River BBQ & Grill in League City and Katy, but you'll also find a huge outdoor space and a sandbox filled with kids' toys to play with at the Katy location. Kids will love spending time playing with the sand while you enjoy eating your fill of barbeque and listening to live music on the patio. 

21. MOD Pizza - Pearland

Although there are multiple locations throughout Houston, MOD Pizza's Pearland spot has a playground where kids can play until they're nice and worn out after they eat their fill of delicious pizza. 

22. Hat Creek Burger Company - Katy, Fulshear, Spring

Hat Creek Burger Company has playgrounds for the kids, happy hours for the parents, and something for everyone - even the pickiest of eaters. Every location in the Houston area has a large playground and patio.

23. Tin Roof B-B-Q - Humble

Serving true Texas Barbecue in a family-friendly establishment, adults can enjoy live music on weekend nights while kids enjoy the playground at Tin Roof B-B-Q.

24. Paradigm Brewing - Tomball

Parents can enjoy finely crafted ales and lagers and the full-service restaurant on site, kids will love the playground. A covered outdoor patio and five acres to enjoy lawn games make Paradigm Brewing a family favorite spot.

25. Creekwood Grill - Cypress

Creekwood Grill is a family-friendly Cowboy retro joint with burgers, tacos, chicken fried steak, and more. It also has a great covered patio, a large outdoor area with multiple playgrounds, and offers live music and big-screen sports.


This post was originally published in June 2017.

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