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18 Kid-Friendly Restaurants That Grown-Ups Won’t Hate

Where to dine with little ones in New Orleans

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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 18 New Orleans restaurants are perfect for pint-sized diners and their parents.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fat Boys Pizza

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2565 Metairie Rd
Metairie, LA 70001
(504) 345-2182
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Giant pizza is the shtick at Fat Boy’s in Metairie, but diners can expect more than just quantity at this family-oriented pizza place. Owners Gabe and Karen Corchiani were inspired by needing a go-to spot to take their kids after games and practices. A large pizza measures 30 inches across (a small is 16 inches across) and toppings are among the more straightforward of this bunch, sticking to kid-friendly options like pepperoni, bbq chicken, and veggie.

2. The Camellia Grill

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626 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 309-2679
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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.

3. Picnic Provisions & Whiskey

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741 State St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 266-2810
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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.

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

4. Taqueria Corona

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5932 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 897-3974
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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.

5. The Backyard

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244 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 309-8767
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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.

6. The Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar

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7900 Lakeshore Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 284-2898
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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.

7. Origami Restaurant

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5130 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-6532
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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).

8. The Company Burger

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4600 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 267-0320
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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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9. MoPho

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514 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 482-6845
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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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10. The Velvet Cactus

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6300 Argonne Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 301-2083
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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).

11. Katie's

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3701 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 488-6582
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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.

12. Blue Oak BBQ

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900 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 822-2583
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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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13. Dat Dog (Multiple Locations)

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3336 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 324-2226
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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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14. Reginelli's Pizzeria (Multiple Locations)

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3244 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-7272
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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.

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15. Brennan's

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417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-9711
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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 followed by that sweet combo of flambéed bananas, vanilla ice cream, and a sauce of rum and cinnamon and sugar.

A bowl of bananas sliced lengthwise and flambéed in dark rum, banana liqueur, sugar, and cinnamon, served hot over vanilla ice cream
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16. Urban South Brewery

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1645 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 267-4852
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This family-friendly Tchoupitoulas brewery goes beyond crayons and a placemat to color with arcade games, cornhole, and frequent outdoor events. Food trucks pull up regularly, but they aren’t always on time. And, yes, you can host kids’ birthday parties here, which is pretty cool for the parents. (Urban South is housed in an industrial warehouse, so watch out for open garage doors that lead straight out onto the busy street.)

17. Muriel's Jackson Square

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3206, 801 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 568-1885
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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.

18. Bratz Y'all! Bistro Bakery Biergarten

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617-B, Piety St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 301-3222
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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.

1. Fat Boys Pizza

2565 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70001

Giant pizza is the shtick at Fat Boy’s in Metairie, but diners can expect more than just quantity at this family-oriented pizza place. Owners Gabe and Karen Corchiani were inspired by needing a go-to spot to take their kids after games and practices. A large pizza measures 30 inches across (a small is 16 inches across) and toppings are among the more straightforward of this bunch, sticking to kid-friendly options like pepperoni, bbq chicken, and veggie.

2565 Metairie Rd
Metairie, LA 70001

2. The Camellia Grill

626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

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.

626 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

3. Picnic Provisions & Whiskey

741 State St, New Orleans, LA 70118
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.

741 State St
New Orleans, LA 70118

4. Taqueria Corona

5932 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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.

5932 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

5. The Backyard

244 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

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.

244 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

6. The Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar

7900 Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124

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.

7900 Lakeshore Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124

7. Origami Restaurant

5130 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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).

5130 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

8. The Company Burger

4600 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115
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.

4600 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

9. MoPho

514 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
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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.

514 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

10. The Velvet Cactus

6300 Argonne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124

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).

6300 Argonne Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124

11. Katie's

3701 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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.

3701 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

12. Blue Oak BBQ

900 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

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.

900 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

13. Dat Dog (Multiple Locations)

3336 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Dat Dog
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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.

3336 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

14. Reginelli's Pizzeria (Multiple Locations)

3244 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Chicken marsala pizza at Reginelli’s
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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.

3244 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

15. Brennan's

417 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
A bowl of bananas sliced lengthwise and flambéed in dark rum, banana liqueur, sugar, and cinnamon, served hot over vanilla ice cream
Bananas Foster at 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 followed by that sweet combo of flambéed bananas, vanilla ice cream, and a sauce of rum and cinnamon and sugar.

417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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16. Urban South Brewery

1645 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

This family-friendly Tchoupitoulas brewery goes beyond crayons and a placemat to color with arcade games, cornhole, and frequent outdoor events. Food trucks pull up regularly, but they aren’t always on time. And, yes, you can host kids’ birthday parties here, which is pretty cool for the parents. (Urban South is housed in an industrial warehouse, so watch out for open garage doors that lead straight out onto the busy street.)

1645 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

17. Muriel's Jackson Square

3206, 801 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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.

3206, 801 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70116

18. Bratz Y'all! Bistro Bakery Biergarten

617-B, Piety St, New Orleans, LA 70117

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.

617-B, Piety St
New Orleans, LA 70117

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