Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Washington, D.C.

D.C. has a burgeoning foodie scene, but what about the pint-sized eaters in your life? Kids know what they want in a restaurant, too, and for foodies-in-training that often means something plain and simple with a little entertainment on the side (for parents and child). From bars with happy hours for adults and kids to restaurants with ping-pong and old-time entertainment, there's a kid-friendly restaurant in D.C. to satisfy every little person you know.

Updated: July 27, 2010

Family-Friendly Dining in D.C.

Comet Ping Pong

5037 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

The early evening hours at this Van Ness pizzeria are a great time for parents to kick back with a glass of wine and a quality piece of pie. Kids will be happy too--pizza is a no-brainer and rounds of ping-pong will keep them entertained through at least half a bottle of vino.


2446 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Reef, the aquatic-themed bar at the top of Adams Morgan's 18th Street, hosts a kiddie happy hour every Friday at 5pm. Fish tanks, laser lights and a children's menu will keep the little ones entertained while the adults enjoy the full bar. Sometimes mama just needs a cocktail.

Ted's Bulletin

505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

The "Tiny Tots" menu at this Capitol Hill diner includes favorites such as peanut butter and jelly, grilled cheese and chicken fingers, all served with fries. They'll stay entertained by watching old school movies, like "Shirley Temple" and "The Wizard of Oz" projected onto a large screen on the wall.

The Front Page Restaurant & Grille

1333 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

You wouldn't suspect that this Dupont bar beloved by interns would cater to (younger) kids during dinner hour, but it's true: The loud, casual environment is perfect for talkative little ones, and the "Kids Edition" menu features pasta with butter or marinara, a small hamburger and chicken tenders.


1620 I St Nw, Washington, DC 20006

This Farragut West saloon boasts one of the largest kids menus around. Youngsters can choose from 10 different entrees such as fish sticks, pizza, and pasta with cheese, as well as sides. Healthful options--such as steamed veggies and grilled chicken--are also available for kids with picky parents.

Cleveland Park Bar & Grill

3421 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

This Cleveland Park sports bar is a great choice for dads who want to spend time with the kids--and watch the big game. With 27 televisions sprinkled throughout the establishment, he won't miss a play while kiddos enjoy children's favorites such as chicken tenders, pizza, sliders and pasta with tomato sauce.