Family-Friendly Restaurants with Playgrounds in Austin

Dining with the little ones in tow can be tough sometimes if the restaurant environment isn’t just right. Ultimately, we just want to leisurely enjoy a bite of food away from our own kitchen and let the kiddos relax, too. Lucky for us, the Austin area has a lot to offer when it comes to dining out with children, including plenty of restaurants with play structures right there on their patio to provide a fun experience for the entire family.

Restaurants with Play Spaces Around Austin:

–> Hat Creek Burger Company
Hat Creek is family-friendly burger joint with unique play yards at all of their locations. With great menu options such as burgers, chicken, sweet potato fries, milkshakes and even breakfast tacos and pancakes, there’s something appealing to taste buds of all ages. But the best part is letting the kids play in enclosed areas while you can sit back with a beer and relax with friends.

–> Phil’s Ice House
Phil’s is one of Austin’s dreamy spots for burgers, playtime, and fun. It also helps that Phil’s is paired next to Amy’s Ice Creams at all three of their locations (Burnet Rd., South Lamar, and North Austin on 183). The menu offers up kid-friendly basics like burgers & fries, corn dogs, chicken tenders, etc. And take note that they have Parents’ Recess, which is basically happy hour Monday – Friday from 3-5:30 p.m. with discounted beer and wine specials. But the playground areas at each location are the big draw for happy families. Kids can go nuts on their colorful playscapes while you enjoy some comfort food. Just don’t forget to save room for ice cream!

–> Easy Tiger – South Lamar
The Little Tiger Den is a play area for the kiddos at this South Austin location. Enjoy the full Beer Garden menu while the kids play in this patio setting.

–> Central Market – North Lamar
This is a great choice for relaxing in a fun, outdoor setting. A diverse menu with items from Asian salmon salad to fish tacos, soups, pasta, and more offers something good and good for you, too. With a playscape, big yard space and a little pond, your kids should have a great time while you relax and enjoy lunch or dinner with the whole family. It’s a bonus that you can pop into the Market to pick up some groceries while you’re there, too.

–> Whole Foods – Lamar
(525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703)
Like Central market, the downtown Whole Foods location (525 N Lamar Blvd.), makes going to the grocery store a little more fun for kids. They offer a rooftop playground for the kids with a great view.

–>  Home Slice Pizza – North Loop
The outdoor patio with children’s play area is equipped with a unique space to run off some wiggles and play some games of corn hole with mom and dad. It’s super cute! Of course, like the South location, kids are offered a big ball of dough to play with before the meal to keep those little hands busy at the table. We also love that this Home Slice has a cool full bar and also features menu items like square Sicilian-style pie and Buffalo chicken wings.

–> Waterloo Ice House
On the scene in Austin since 1976, Waterloo Ice House offers up a huge menu of salads, burgers, sandwiches, & Tex-Mex options. They have three locations where the kids can play outdoors (360/N. Capital of TX Hwy, Southpark Meadows, Slaughter Lane & Escarpment Blvd.). Kids can enjoy a playscape, sandpit, outdoor and indoor seating with plenty of shaded tables.

–> Kerbey Lane Cafe – Round Rock & Westlake
Even the pickiest little eaters can find something delicious to enjoy at Kerbey Lane Cafe. This kid-approved Austin classic has 8 area locations, you can stop into any Kerbey Lane Cafe for huge pancakes in a great variety of flavors, even with vegan options. And take note that there are little playscapes at both the Kerbey Lane in Westlake and in Round Rock, and the Mueller location is just a short distance to the Mueller Lake Park. Also note that on Tuesdays, kids ages 12 & under eat free all day with the purchase of an adult entrée.

–> Rudy’s BBQ – 620
The Rudy’s location at 7709 Ranch Rd. 620 has an outdoor playground with a rock-climbing wall and slides connected to the restaurant’s patio. Rudy’s is a great place to grab some BBQ and play.

–> Mandola’s Italian – Cedar Park
A great italian culture with a great casual environment. Serving great menu options such as chicken piccata, baked ziti, and eggplant parm. Enjoy a nice meal while the kids are able to play on the playground right next to our outdoor seating.

–> Salt Lick – Round Rock
The Salt Lick’s north location is a great choice for a relaxing night with some good BBQ. Grab a plate for the whole family or buy brisket, chicken, pork and sausage by the pound. fun for the whole family with live music and a playground with plenty of space for the kids to run around.

–> Littlefield’s Tacos & Coffee
Grab tacos from Veracruz, coffee from Fleet Coffee Co. or shaved ice from SnoRide, and let the kids run around the large outdoor patio. There’s plenty of space to meet up with friends and for the kids to play in a casual, laid back atmosphere.

–> Mesa Rosa Mexican Restaurant
Located in North Austin, this spot has a great playscape but also a sprawling lawn and outdoor patio. With over Over 3 acres of land, it’s easy to spread out and let the kids play while the grownups can enjoy margaritas and great Mexican food on the patio.

–>5000 Burnet Rd. Food Park
Choose from a variety of foods and desserts in this food trailer park that includes a small enclosed playground. This food trailer park is open 7 days a week, but since the trailers are mostly family-operated the hours can vary per truck. To get the list of each truck and their hours, visit the 5000 Burnet website and Facebook page.

–> Bouldin Acres
This indoor/outdoor space on South Lamar resembles a hearty neighborhood block party, with an abundance of lawn games, pickleball courts, and a playground. Bouldin Acres also welcomes all friendly pups to play in their backyard.

–> The Hive
This South Austin spot is serving coffee and cocktails for adults, and there’s no shortage of kid-friendly menu choices at The Hive. This places is buzzing with events, good grub and live music performances dedicated for kids on the last Saturday of the month. Sip from your $4 mimosa and catch some tunes.

–> Aviator Pizza & Drafthouse – North Location
The outdoor space at the Parmer Lane location boasts a 7,500 sq. ft. beer garden with an updated playscape, covered seating, beer garden tables, pendant lighting, and plans for a stage to host a weekly live music series.

–> Doc’s Backyard Grill
Make plans for a trip to Doc’s Backyard Grill and enjoy one of their signature cocktails while the kids have fun in the play area. Doc’s does a great job of making you feel as if you’re in your own backyard — if your own backyard had delicious burgers and enormous chicken tenders.

–> El Mercado
This South Austin Tex-Mex restaurant has a very laid back vibe with a garden-style patio with party lights and a small playscape for kids.

–> The Triangle
Not just one restaurant, the Triangle Park is surrounded by many restaurants serving up a wide variety of cuisines including Mama Fu’s Asian House, Hopdoddy’s Burger Bar, and Mandola’s Italian Market. After enjoying your meal, head over to the Park to let little ones play.

–> Brentwood Social House
This charming North/Central Austin neighborhood cafe makes you feel like you’re entering a friend’s home, where you can explore its many rooms, back patio or front porch to find a cozy spot to settle into. There is also a room designed for families, equipped with a train table and a selection of books, toys and board games. And bonus, there is a pirate ship playground in the back yard!

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