Dining out with the entire herd in tow can be tricky… but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve got your guide to the top independent family-friendly restaurants in Edmonton that will have picky eaters asking for seconds (and adults too!). Load up the mini-van and get ready to make memories over a delicious meal with the ones that matter most.
Ok, who doesn’t love pizza? Especially when it's this good. LovePizza is a fast-casual, family owned & run restaurant that uses only quality ingredients. You can choose from their signature pizzas, or even build your own from their impressive list of fresh ingredients. Everybody’s happy.
Kids will love: The Captain Cook Pizza
Otto Food & Drink
Otto welcomes everyone with open arms— seriously, the warm atmosphere and friendly staff here can’t be beat. This restaurant focuses on artisan sausages, and boy, are they tasty. The food is served family-style (perfect for sharing) and the offspring will enjoy yummy side dishes like the mac & cheese.
Kids will love: Pinocchio ice cream for dessert
Nook Cafe is the coziest hang out this side of the North Saskatchewan. Complete with an adorable play area, this is a great place to meet up with other parents and chat over a coffee while the kiddos let their imaginations run free.
Kids will love: hot chocolate & a shortbread cookie
Juniper Café and Bistro
Juniper Café and Bistro offers fresh, seasonal, and homemade eats that will please adults and young ones alike. They even have a kid’s charcuterie plate with carrot and celery sticks, lemon garlic aioli, cheese, and crackers. A casual (and delicious) spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Kids will love: The “Little Ones’ Breakfast” (waffles with bacon and maple syrup)
This friendly neighbourhood café in the French Quarter serves up a delightful assortment of baked treats and savoury mains. The beautiful patio stays open in the winter (you heard that right), and is the perfect spot to share one of the city’s best poutines with loved ones. C’est magnifique!
Kids will love: Focaccia bread with creamy gouda and watermelon
Urban Diner is an unpretentious hang-out that blends fresh, local fare with a retro décor. Menu items like meatloaf, shepherd’s pie, and fish ‘n’ chips are old favourites, and their weekend brunch will get the whole family ready to take on the day ahead.
Kids will love: Dutch Poffertjes (tiny little pancakes with chocolate and syrup for dipping)
Blue Plate Diner
Blue Plate Diner is a charming restaurant downtown, with eclectic décor and a family-friendly atmosphere. Their kid’s menu features classic items that will please picky palettes, and they have a great selection of vegetarian options too.
Kids will love: The Mac & Cheese
Get your caffeine fix in this family friendly café that offers up cozy seating and lighter fare. They have a tasty assortment of baked goods with many gluten free options too. Simple comfort food will please everybody, while coffee from Ace, Roasti Coffee, and Oso Negro will help the adults to refuel. They even have an awesome book exchange!
Kids will love: French Onion Dip & Wavy Potato Chips
The fam jam will love the authentic BBQ experience at MEAT. Their dishes are perfect for sharing, and come with unbeatable homemade sauces. Their pulled pork, smoked chicken, brisket, and ribs are the stuff carnivores dream of, and the sides pack a punch as well.
Kids will love: The Cornbread Skillet
Cat Café on Whyte
Edmonton’s first cat café is maybe the most unique spot on this list, and is the purr-fect place to spend an hour on two surrounded by some furry friends. They serve a variety of specialty drinks and sweet treats from local Edmonton bakeries and kids are welcome at all times (those ages 6 and under must stay in the lower lounge). They also have a free kid’s event every Sunday from 9:00am-10:00am (a reservation is required).
Kids will love: petting the cute kitties!