By Patricia Doherty
August 28, 2019
Courtesy of The Venetian Las Vegas

Summer vacation is now over for many students, and for families, that means getting back to school-year routines. Dinner out at a favorite spot or new restaurant would be an ideal way to ease into busy schedules, homework, and after-school activities. For many, dining out is becoming more of a family affair these days, whether it’s a special occasion, vacation meal, or a break for the cook.

OpenTable’s new list of kid-friendly restaurants includes many with multiple locations around the country. Some strive for entertaining ambiance like Aquarium, Rainforest Café, and Benihana, and others ensure familiar menu favorites and appealing kids’ choices. Most are adult-friendly too, with cocktails, wine lists, and extensive entrée choices. Several are led by award-winning chefs like Wolfgang Puck, Lidia Bastianich, and Stephanie Izard, Food & Wine’s Best New Chef 2011.

The top 50 restaurants can be found in 16 states and Washington, D. C. Florida and New York lead the list with seven honorees, followed by Hawaii, California, and South Carolina with four each. More than 12 million verified diner reviews of over 30,000 U. S. restaurants collected between July 2018 and June 2019 were used for the selections. Qualifying restaurants were scored according to the number of tags indicating “kid-friendly” or “child-friendly”

Based on those criteria, the 50 Most Kid-Friendly Restaurants in America for 2019, according to OpenTable diners, in alphabetical order are as follows:

Aquarium Restaurant - Multiple Locations

Becco - New York, New York

Benihana - Multiple Locations

Bill's Bar and Burger - New York, New York

The Boathouse - Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Buddy V's at The Venetian - Las Vegas, Nevada

Columbia Restaurant - Multiple Locations

The Dead Fish - Crockett, California

Farmers & Distillers, Washington, D.C.

Farmers Fishers Bakers, Washington, D.C.

Fire + Ice Boston - Boston, Massachusetts

Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar - Charleston, South Carolina

Founding Farmers - Multiple Locations

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant - Frankenmuth, Michigan

Courtesy of Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe - Multiple Locations

Henry's Louisiana Grill - Acworth, Georgia

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - Orlando - Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Keoki's Paradise - Koloa, Hawaii

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse - Multiple Locations

L. Woods Tap and Pine Lodge - Lincolnwood, Illinois

Little Goat - Chicago, Illinois

Loveless Cafe - Nashville, Tennessee

Maggiano's - Multiple Locations

Courtesy of Mama's Fish House

Mama's Fish House - Paia, Hawaii

Max Brenner - Multiple Locations

The Mill House - Waikapu, Hawaii

Monkeypod Kitchen - Multiple Locations

Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner - Buena Park, California

NINJA NEW YORK - New York, New York

Old Lady Gang - Atlanta, Georgia

Old Oyster Factory - Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

The Pirates' House - Savannah, Georgia

Raglan Road Irish Pub - Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Rainforest Cafe - Multiple Locations

Sea Captain's House - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Skull Creek Dockside Restaurant - Hilton Head, South Carolina

The Smith- Lincoln Square - New York, New York

Sugar Factory - Multiple Locations

Tavern on the Green - New York, New York

Tony's Di Napoli - Midtown - New York, New York

Courtesy of True Food Kitchen

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto - Palo Alto, California

Ulele - Tampa, Florida

Uncle Julio's - Multiple Locations

Courtesy of Virgil's Real BBQ

Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City - New York, New York

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth - Frankenmuth, Michigan

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