A trip to Washington, DC should certainly make the travel bucket list of any family with kids. There’s no shortage of history and activity in our nation’s capital. There are also plenty of great spots to grab a bite to eat, that will speak to both kids and adults. Here’s my list of top kid-friendly restaurants DC has to offer.
1. Little Coco’s
3907 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20011
With indoor and outdoor seating and plenty of brightly colored artwork to look at, this adorable pizza pub is perfect for families. They use top-notch ingredients in their authentic Italian menu items and provide a wide array of delicious cocktails. Bonus: Little Coco’s is known for helping area non-profits with fundraising.
2. Ted’s Bulletin
1818 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Known for their sprinkle-laden Ted’s Tarts and other pastry items, this old-fashioned restaurant is one that kids both young and old will love. Ted’s has counter service and table seating available in their venue decorated as if straight out of the 1920’s and 30’s. Enjoy an adult shake while your little ones dine from the Tiny Tots menu.
3. Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Opened in 1856 and located just steps away from the White House, consider a visit to DCs oldest saloon more of a field trip. Countless historical celebrities have dined there, and the establishment has amassed a collection of antiques and memorabilia over the years. (Teddy Roosevelt is supposedly responsible for the animal heads found in the bar.) You’ll certainly feel as though you’re stepping back in time upon entering.
713 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001
This pizza bistro serves much more than just pizza (though the pizza is pretty widely known for being delicious), including decadent desserts and cocktails. The space has a really cool vibe, too. The three-story restaurant looks small from the outside, but is spacious and light-filled inside.
6. El Tio
3345 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
This Tex-Mex grill in Columbia Heights serves fresh, authentic dishes in a bright and fun setting. Known for their fajitas, burritos and tacos, they’ve also got an extensive menu full of other options, like soups, salads, shrimp, and steak. (They’ve got some pretty impressive cocktail specials, too!)
1064 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
This is one of the most kid-friendly restaurants DC has because it’s got bowling and bocce ball inside! But don’t expect bowling alley food; instead, expect to sample exotic teas (like white orchid), fine cocktails and gelato! They even have a two-hour bottomless brunch buffet on Sundays that includes a waffle station, and omelet station, and a chocolate fountain!
7. Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St, NW Washington, DC 20009
This epic restaurant is a must-visit destination for book lovers! Think of it as a book store, café, bar, brunch spot, and live performance venue all-in-one. This light-drenched space is a feast for the sense, with plenty of art on the walls to take in, and music playing in the background while you dine.
901 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
This upscale, Louisiana-style fish house provides an elegant atmosphere while serving up Cajun-Creole favorites. You’ll find po’boys on lunch menu, and a Southern raw bar on the dinner menu (along with soft shell crab, gumbo and fried green tomatoes). Save room for dessert, when the restaurant serves up unique and tasty treats like s’mores cake and cherry bread pudding. Acadiana also boasts the largest selection of Bourbon in DC Pro tip: Stop in for their jazz brunch on Sundays. Beignets, anyone?
9. Nando’s Peri-Peri
1210 18th Street, Washington, DC 20036
Peri-Peri, also known as the African Bird’s Eye Chili, is the key ingredient to this restaurant’s flame-grilled chicken. PERi-PERi chilli seeds are vitamin-rich and are a natural preservative (so Nando’s can keep unnatural ingredients out of their sauces). Don’t let the chili concept scare you away: all of Nando’s dishes are made to order just as spicy as you wish. Their signature sauce is also made with salt, garlic, lemon, onion, oil, and vinegar, so it’s about flavor and not making a hot entrée. Kids especially love the bottomless Dole Whip available. The venue itself is rustic, with exposed brick and wooden accents, so you’d never know it’s actually a chain restaurant.
10. Market Lunch
225 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
This cafeteria-style restaurant has been around since the 70’s, serving up breakfast and lunch comfort foods inside DC’s historic Eastern Market, all the while earning praises from the likes of The New York Times and Conde Nast Traveler to name a few. They’re especially known for their blueberry- buckwheat pancakes and their crab cakes. The weekend brunch is always changing, so you’ll always get to try new dishes.
Using this list of kid-friendly restaurants DC offers, you’ll find something to suit everyone’s cravings and a different spot to try for every meal of your vacation.
Which DC restaurants would you add to this list?
About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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