Searching for a family-friendly restaurant in Tucson? We've done the legwork for you and discovered all the best spots to enjoy good food with your kids.
We've taken into account which restaurants offer amenities that parents care about - changing tables, highchairs, outdoor seating, nutritious menu items, activities for kids, and more!
Note that we would love to see even more restaurants on this list - and we keep waiting for a non-fast-food restaurant to build an outdoor playground. Texas is full of restaurants (and grocery stores!) with playgrounds...and we'd love to see Tucson be hailed as equally kid-friendly.
Below please find our picks, presented in alphabetical order.
Located in Downtown Tucson, Cup Cafe is a bustling dining spot for college students, young professionals, couples, and...families!
The best part about eating at Cup with kids is the outdoor patio. There is plenty of space to play - and lots of noise/commotion to distract and entertain young diners.
For breakfast, kids can choose buckaroo bonsai ($6), silver dollar pancakes ($5), brioche french toast ($5), or fresh fruit & yogurt ($4). Lunch/dinner entrees include - pb&j ($5), grilled cheese ($6), burgers ($6), kraft mac n cheese ($6), quesadilla ($6), chicken strips ($6), or chicken breast/top sirloin ($9).
LOCATION: 311 E. Congress St., Tucson
HOURS: Breakfast is served 7:00am-4:00pm; Lunch/Dinner is served 11:00am-close
SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow Hotel Congress on Facebook.
Head up north to La Encantada for an upscale dining environment with excellent food - where kids are welcome too!
Kids menu entrees range in price from $6.25-$9.75 and come with two sides, a drink, and an Oreo cookie packet. Entrees offer lots of versatility for foodie kids - fish tacos, grilled chicken breast, grilled steak, shrimp tacos, smoked chicken wings, wood fired ribs, and more.
LOCATION: 2985 E. Skyline Dr., Tucson
HOURS: 11:00am-10:00pm Sun-Thurs; 11:00am-11:00pm Fri-Sat
PRO TIP: Stop in at Mildred & Dildred toy store while you are at La Encantada. Whimsical toys and gifts for imaginative kids!
Fresco Pizzeria boasts made-from-scratch sauces, salad dressings, dough, and desserts. Plus, 14 craft beers on tap.
Food allergies? Fresco offers a 100% vegan mozzarella substitute as well as gluten-free pizza crust.
The kids menu features four kid-approved dishes - 8" cheese pizza ($6), penne marinara ($4), ravioli ($5), and fresco mac n' cheese ($5). Drinks are $1 extra.
LOCATION: 3011 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson
HOURS: 11:00am-10:00pm Sun-Thurs; 11:00am-11:00pm Fri-Sat
SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow Fresco on Facebook.
PRO TIP: Last year, Fresco held some storytimes + children's events at their restaurant. Hoping for more of the same in 2019!
In-N-Out is a fast casual burger and shake joint based out of California. Although there is not a designated children's menu, the straightforward menu makes ordering easy - burgers, fries, and shakes!
SIX TUCSON-AREA LOCATIONS:
HOURS: 10:30am-1:00am Sun-Thurs; 10:30am-1:30am Fri-Sat
SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow In-N-Out on Facebook.
PRO TIP: Are you an In-N-Out Super Fan? You can buy In-N-Out themed beach towels, playing cards, lunch boxes, and clothes. Shop.
Family-owned and community-focused, Jason's Deli has lots to offer kids...and their parents too!
Children's meals range in price from $3.59-$4.39. Choose from healthful options like bowtie pasta & meatballs, Kids Pick 4, salad bar, baked potato, chicken alfredo, grilled cheese, ham & cheese, and more. Served w/ your choice of a drink.
One extra-special amenity at Jason's Deli is free soft-serve ice cream for all diners. Choose between vanilla, chocolate, or swirl in a cup or cone. You're also welcome to "dress up" your ice cream with unofficial toppings from the restaurant salad bar...cranberry walnut mix or gingerbread muffins. Another idea: make a root beer, Coke, or Dr. Pepper float!
LOCATION: Two restaurants - 6061 E. Broadway (Broadway & Wilmot) and 4545 N. Oracle Rd (Tucson Mall)
HOURS: 10:00am-10:00pm daily
Little Anthony's Diner is a fun 50’s themed restaurant with huge kid appeal. The diner features sparkly red seats, checkered floors, and servers in costume.
LOCATION: 7010 E. Broadway (Broadway & Kolb)
HOURS: Sunday and Monday 7:
SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow Little Anthony's Diner on Facebook.
PRO TIP: Skip the children's menu and order pizza for the whole family instead. Pair with milkshakes for added fun.
Sauce is a fast-casual eatery that specializes in pizza and pasta dishes - plus wine.
The Kids Menu offers four options ($5.50 each) - cheese pizza, mac 'n cheese, grilled cheese, or pasta with red sauce and mozzarella. Includes a roll and a kid's drink. You can request gluten-free pasta for $1 extra.
LOCATION: Four locations - 2990 N. Campbell (between Glenn & Ft. Lowell), 5285 E. Broadway (between Rosemont & Craycroft), 7117 N. Oracle Rd (Oracle & Ina), and 6450 E. Grant Rd (just east of Wilmot).
HOURS: ALL Locations - Sun-Thurs, 11:00am-9:00pm; Fri-Sat, 11:00am-10:00pm
PRO TIP: Order the Pizza Cookie for dessert. It's a "half-baked, triple chocolate chip cookie" - topped with gelato.
Sullivan's Eatery & Creamery is an old-fashioned ice cream parlor and restaurant in northwest Tucson.
Children's entrees (ages 12 and under) are $5.99 and come with a drink, shoestring fries, and a scoop of ice cream. Choose a cheeseburger, grilled hot dog, grilled cheese, or chicken nuggets.
LOCATION: 6444 N. Oracle Rd, Tucson
HOURS: 11:00am-9:30pm daily
SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow Sullivan's Eatery & Creamery on Facebook.
PRO TIP: Feel free to stop in just for dessert! Sullivan's is known for sundaes, malts, and milkshakes.
Zinburger offers an open airy atmosphere with an accommodating bar and patio seating. The simple menu includes burgers, salads, sides & fries, and shakes - plus a wine, beer, and cocktail menu.
The Kids Menu offers four entrees ($5 each) - hamburger, cheeseburger, grilled cheese, and chicken strips. Includes a soft drink and choice of hand cut fries, sweet potato fries, or ranch salad.
Kid-sized shakes and floats are available for $2.
LOCATION: Two locations - 6390 E. Grant Rd (Grant & Wilmot) and 1865 E. River Rd (River & Campbell)
HOURS: All locations - Sunday-Thursday 11:00am - 9:00pm; Friday-Saturday 11:00am - 10:00pm
SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow Zinburger on Facebook.
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