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Muriel’s Jackson Square is a longtime kid-friendly restaurant in the French Quarter.
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20 Kid-Friendly New Orleans Restaurants Even Adults Will Love

Where to dine with little ones in New Orleans

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Muriel’s Jackson Square is a longtime kid-friendly restaurant in the French Quarter.
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There are few restaurants in New Orleans that aren’t kid-friendly, but some are notably pleasing for parents and kids alike. It’s always a bonus to know which restaurants put in a bit of extra effort for the little ones, so Eater’s gathered the spots around town that are especially kid-friendly when it comes to menu items, entertainment opportunities, and spacious yet well-contained surroundings. Importantly, every restaurant on this list is great for adults too (no Chucky Cheeses to be found).

From casual neighborhood favorites to upscale spots that welcome kids (and have excellent cocktails for the grown-ups), these 20 New Orleans restaurants are perfect for pint-sized diners and their parents.

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The Camellia Grill

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This 1940s-era Riverbend diner has a countertop that weaves its way through the pink restaurant so diners can perch on stools while they order breakfast or hamburgers. Everything is cooked behind the counter in full view, so the kids are entertained. Save room for Camellia Grill’s chocolate freeze.

The Camellia Grill
The Camellia Grill
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Picnic Provisions & Whiskey

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This Uptown spot co-owned by Ti Martin and Darryl Reginelli serves a menu of fried chicken and picnic fixings, a childhood summer memory in a meal if there ever was one. There’s a great side patio at Picnic Provisions & Whiskey as well, very pet and kid friendly.

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Taqueria Corona

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Cute piñatas and colorful lights make for a lively atmosphere at this decades-old Magazine Street taqueria. The kids’ menu at Taqueria Corona includes a taco of choice (including carne asada), black refried beans, rice, and a drink. The food comes out quickly and the staff is always welcoming to families. Arrive early to snag one of the few tables by the front window or grab a stool at the counter to watch the kitchen in action.

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Wishing Town Bakery Cafe

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Walk by Wishing Town at the corner of Nashville and Magazine in the early evening hours and tables are often full of families, with parents wisely making sure dim sum is a staple for their kids early on. Charming and and friendly, there are non-spicy noodle dishes and dumpling options, but the star of the will probably be dessert, like the fruit-adorned Wishing Cake, pink strawberry Chantilly cake, rainbow crepe cake, or puff pastries.

The Backyard

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The Backyard is a kid and dog-friendly outdoor space that radiates a summery, Sunday afternoon kind of vibe, complete with picnic tables and playground equipment. The eats are smoky barbecue-centric for the adults, with a solid kids menu of hot dogs, burgers, sloppy joes, chicken bites, and grilled cheese served with fresh fruit, soft drink, and either fries or tots. Plus there’s a full bar with some creative cocktails and plenty of TVs to watch the game.

The Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar

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Blue Crab offers solid, fresh and no frills seafood right on the water, where kids can watch all the boats go by while snacking on fried shrimp and the like — the fried seafood is a star here. Usually live music on the weekends, adding to a fun atmosphere. See also, Lakefront restaurant Felix’s.

Origami Restaurant

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This neighborhood sushi spot on Freret has a patio with a mid-height fence all the way around it, perfect for the kiddos that need to get up and walk around a little bit on a cool day. Origami’s interior puts plenty of space between tables, but the best option for families is probably the generously sized, high-back booths lining the wall. There’s no dedicated kids’ menu, but there’s really no point since so many of the dishes are small plates anyway. Just treat the large appetizer menu as the kids’ menu and enjoy everything from tiny dumplings, like shrimp shumai, to appetizer-size portions of grilled salmon and chicken tempura or karaage (Japanese style marinated boneless fried chicken).

The Company Burger

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The Company Burger’s Freret location debuted a welcoming (and kid-friendly) patio last year. The space boasts ample outdoor seating, televisions tuned into the game, lots of lush greenery, and a happy hour Monday through Friday. For kids, hard to go wrong with burgers, tater tots, grilled cheeses, and milk shakes.

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The kids menu at MoPho is truly something to behold. Yes, there are “kids wings” and crispy chicken bites, but there’s also a steamed bun, crispy Brussels sprouts, and a whole menu of kid-adjusted pho, noodle bowls, and rice bowls. One reader says that staff is cool and accommodating, and that in addition to the surprising kids menu, their kids love going here. Sounds like the dream trifecta for dining while parenting.

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The Velvet Cactus

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Lakeview families swear by the family-friendly atmosphere at funky and colorful The Velvet Cactus. A large, enclosed outdoor patio is fit for the restless. The kids’ menu includes tacos, nachos, burritos, and — of course — chicken strips; most items ring in around $6. Plus, margaritas and a huge menu for the adults (chilaquiles, fajitas, salads, churro, and more).

Barracuda

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What’s more kid-friendly than picnic tables? Barracuda Think offers a funky picnic space meets margarita garden that’s often teeming with happy children, but also couples and groups of friends. Order food inside and then grab a picnic table out back, and for the adults, don’t miss the refreshing cocktails. A second location in Algiers Point is equally family-friendly.

Katie's

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Katie’s is such a quintessential neighborhood spot that it’s only natural the staff welcomes the little ones with open arms. Beyond the comfortable atmosphere, you also don’t need a separate kids menu to satisfy, as age-appropriate items abound with options like quesadillas, chicken parm, and even a make-your-own-pasta section.

Blue Oak BBQ

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Blue Oak offers a sunny and joyful location near City Park with ample indoor and outdoor seating for families to enjoy while savoring some of the city’s best smoked meats. Kids will love the ribs, sides, nachos, and specials, as well as the spacious patio.

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Dat Dog (Multiple Locations)

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From the bright colors and funky decor to the creative hot dogs and unpretentious atmosphere, Dat Dog is great for the little ones. Dogs are welcome on the Magazine Street location’s lovely outdoor patio as well, so you can bring the whole family for this outing. The bar program is also surprisingly great, so parents won’t be missing out here.

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Reginelli's Pizzeria (Multiple Locations)

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It’s not unusual for a pizza spot to be kid-friendly, but it is unusual for a pizza spot to let the kids make their own pizzas. Reginelli’s provides the dough, sauce, mozzarella, and any small pizza topping for less than nine bucks, now available for both dine-in and to-go. Plus, the large menu includes plenty of wines by the glass, sandwiches, baked pastas, and salads.

Pêche Seafood Grill

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On the more upscale end of the spectrum of kid-friendly restaurants (along with Brennan’s) is Peche, one of Donald Link and company’s beloved downtown restaurants. Always busy and with a bustling, upbeat vibe, occasional shrieks and shouts from the little ones won’t turn heads here on a Friday or Saturday night, and there’s plenty of room between tables, always helpful. Steamed shrimp and fancy fish sticks are great options for kids, but you’ll have a hard time keeping them from filling up on the delicious hushpuppies.

Peche, a trusty standby
Peche, a trusty standby.
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Brennan's

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The grand dame of Royal Street is so cool with kids that it released its own children’s book covering the 300-year history of New Orleans as seen through the eyes of ten tiny Brennan’s turtles (written by Simone Rathlé and illustrated by Tania Lee, A Topsy, Turvy History of New Orleans & Ten Tiny Turtles, available to purchase at the restaurant). The restaurant really does have a turtle pond in its central courtyard, providing a perfect place for the wandering child to have a break from the dinner table. For the finish, order the bananas Foster for a little table-side display of flames.

Tableside bananas Foster at Brennan’s.
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Muriel's Jackson Square

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Muriel’s is so kid-friendly that a portion of the restaurant’s website is devoted to saying that children are welcome. The thing about it that makes it really special for kids is that there’s a table set for a ghost. The kids’ menu lcovers the basics: chicken tenders, French fries, fried shrimp, mashed potatoes, grilled chicken breast, and pasta Alfredo. For the adults, there’s a lovely menu with shrimp and grits, turtle soup, gumbo, pecan-encrusted fish, and more.

Pizza Delicious

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Pick up pies from Pizza Delicious any evening during the week and the dining room will likely be host to a number of families digging into slices and bowls of pasta, so tasty it can induce silence (briefly). Crescent Park is nearby with its riverfront picnic tables, so if the kid-friendly dining room is full, get that pizza to go and head across the street towards the Rusty Rainbow.

In the kitchen at Pizza Delicious.
In the kitchen at Pizza Delicious.
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Bratz Y'all! Bistro Bakery Biergarten

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A solid stateside representation of a German biergarten all the way down to the handwriting on the menus, Bratz Y’all’s outdoor area sits far back from the street with shaded picnic tables and fans. The giant pretzels are the main draw for kids, but the kids’ menu includes a pretzel dog, chicken schnitzel fingers (basically, chicken fingers) and a sausage plate. Plus, Bratz Y’all! is just around the corner from Crescent Park, perfect for checking out the mighty Mississippi before or after the meal.

The Camellia Grill

The Camellia Grill
The Camellia Grill
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This 1940s-era Riverbend diner has a countertop that weaves its way through the pink restaurant so diners can perch on stools while they order breakfast or hamburgers. Everything is cooked behind the counter in full view, so the kids are entertained. Save room for Camellia Grill’s chocolate freeze.

The Camellia Grill
The Camellia Grill
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Picnic Provisions & Whiskey

Outdoor tables at Picnic Provisions & Whiskey Picnic Provisions & Whiskey/Official

This Uptown spot co-owned by Ti Martin and Darryl Reginelli serves a menu of fried chicken and picnic fixings, a childhood summer memory in a meal if there ever was one. There’s a great side patio at Picnic Provisions & Whiskey as well, very pet and kid friendly.

Outdoor tables at Picnic Provisions & Whiskey Picnic Provisions & Whiskey/Official

Taqueria Corona

Taqueria Corona Nora McGunnigle/Eater NOLA

Cute piñatas and colorful lights make for a lively atmosphere at this decades-old Magazine Street taqueria. The kids’ menu at Taqueria Corona includes a taco of choice (including carne asada), black refried beans, rice, and a drink. The food comes out quickly and the staff is always welcoming to families. Arrive early to snag one of the few tables by the front window or grab a stool at the counter to watch the kitchen in action.

Taqueria Corona Nora McGunnigle/Eater NOLA

Wishing Town Bakery Cafe

Walk by Wishing Town at the corner of Nashville and Magazine in the early evening hours and tables are often full of families, with parents wisely making sure dim sum is a staple for their kids early on. Charming and and friendly, there are non-spicy noodle dishes and dumpling options, but the star of the will probably be dessert, like the fruit-adorned Wishing Cake, pink strawberry Chantilly cake, rainbow crepe cake, or puff pastries.

The Backyard

The Backyard is a kid and dog-friendly outdoor space that radiates a summery, Sunday afternoon kind of vibe, complete with picnic tables and playground equipment. The eats are smoky barbecue-centric for the adults, with a solid kids menu of hot dogs, burgers, sloppy joes, chicken bites, and grilled cheese served with fresh fruit, soft drink, and either fries or tots. Plus there’s a full bar with some creative cocktails and plenty of TVs to watch the game.

The Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar

Blue Crab offers solid, fresh and no frills seafood right on the water, where kids can watch all the boats go by while snacking on fried shrimp and the like — the fried seafood is a star here. Usually live music on the weekends, adding to a fun atmosphere. See also, Lakefront restaurant Felix’s.

Origami Restaurant

This neighborhood sushi spot on Freret has a patio with a mid-height fence all the way around it, perfect for the kiddos that need to get up and walk around a little bit on a cool day. Origami’s interior puts plenty of space between tables, but the best option for families is probably the generously sized, high-back booths lining the wall. There’s no dedicated kids’ menu, but there’s really no point since so many of the dishes are small plates anyway. Just treat the large appetizer menu as the kids’ menu and enjoy everything from tiny dumplings, like shrimp shumai, to appetizer-size portions of grilled salmon and chicken tempura or karaage (Japanese style marinated boneless fried chicken).

The Company Burger

The Company Burger/Official

The Company Burger’s Freret location debuted a welcoming (and kid-friendly) patio last year. The space boasts ample outdoor seating, televisions tuned into the game, lots of lush greenery, and a happy hour Monday through Friday. For kids, hard to go wrong with burgers, tater tots, grilled cheeses, and milk shakes.

The Company Burger/Official

MoPho

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The kids menu at MoPho is truly something to behold. Yes, there are “kids wings” and crispy chicken bites, but there’s also a steamed bun, crispy Brussels sprouts, and a whole menu of kid-adjusted pho, noodle bowls, and rice bowls. One reader says that staff is cool and accommodating, and that in addition to the surprising kids menu, their kids love going here. Sounds like the dream trifecta for dining while parenting.

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The Velvet Cactus

Lakeview families swear by the family-friendly atmosphere at funky and colorful The Velvet Cactus. A large, enclosed outdoor patio is fit for the restless. The kids’ menu includes tacos, nachos, burritos, and — of course — chicken strips; most items ring in around $6. Plus, margaritas and a huge menu for the adults (chilaquiles, fajitas, salads, churro, and more).

Barracuda

What’s more kid-friendly than picnic tables? Barracuda Think offers a funky picnic space meets margarita garden that’s often teeming with happy children, but also couples and groups of friends. Order food inside and then grab a picnic table out back, and for the adults, don’t miss the refreshing cocktails. A second location in Algiers Point is equally family-friendly.

Katie's

Katie’s is such a quintessential neighborhood spot that it’s only natural the staff welcomes the little ones with open arms. Beyond the comfortable atmosphere, you also don’t need a separate kids menu to satisfy, as age-appropriate items abound with options like quesadillas, chicken parm, and even a make-your-own-pasta section.

Blue Oak BBQ