June 18, 2024

The Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Carlsbad

A blond toddler boy in white overalls runs toward the surf during a Carlsbad, California beach sunset.


After a fun day at Legoland or the beach, you’re probably ready for some food that isn’t served from a cart or a plastic bag, am I right?

But the kids are tired and maybe even a little cranky, and you don’t want to temp fate by taking them someplace they’ll need to be on their best behavior.

So this is for you, mom or dad – a few of the best kid-friendly restaurants in Carlsbad!

Just click on the name of the restaurant to be taken to their website for hours, menu and directions.


Pizza Port

Carlsbad’s Pizza Port is the ultimate family-friendly pizza joint. This local favorite serves up delicious, hand-tossed pizzas with a variety of toppings that will satisfy even the pickiest kids. The laid-back, casual atmosphere means you don’t have to worry about your kids being too noisy or messy – it’s all part of the charm here. The best part? There’s an arcade where the kids can play while you enjoy a cold brew from their impressive selection of craft beers.


Carlsbad: Park 101

Park 101 in Carlsbad is more than just a restaurant – it’s an experience. This multi-level, indoor-outdoor dining space is perfect for families. The kids can enjoy a dedicated play area while parents relax with a drink and some delicious BBQ. The menu offers a wide range of options, from hearty meats to fresh salads, ensuring there’s something to please everyone. The laid-back, community vibe makes it a great spot to spend a warm summer evening with the family.


The Windmill Food Hall

I’ll keep this list short and sweet by ending with Carlsbad’s fun and lively food hall. Featuring great food from local vendors, craft beer, a full bar, games for kids and a relaxing vibe, it also has a convenient ordering system so there’s no standing in line.


Before you go…

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Happy dining!