9 Kid-Friendly Restaurants Around Columbus That Parents Will Love Too

Looking for kid-friendly restaurants that the whole family will love? Have no fear.

Finding the balance between taking your kids someplace they’ll enjoy while also enjoying it yourself isn’t always as easy as it should be. Luckily, Columbus is, on the whole, a family-friendly city.

There are so many unique places you can swing in with the kids for a bite to eat, whether you’re looking for somewhere with built-in activities or a super kid-friendly menu, this city has your back.

Schmidt’s | German Village

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There are a lot of reasons why taking your kids to Schmidt’s is a great idea. The most obvious is that no matter how old you are, you can a creampuff for dessert. Afterward, you can all snap some adorable pics outside the restaurant. That’s a win, friends.

Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace | Downtown

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I feel like I could just say, “hot dogs” and most parents would be like, “Yep, for sure.” But allow me to elaborate. Dirty Franks has a fun atmosphere with lots of kid-friendly food options, including mac and cheese topped with a hot dog octopus. Trust me, they’ll love it.

Budd Dairy Food Hall | Italian Village

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If you’ve got a family that all likes their own things, a visit to Budd Dairy Food Hall is in order. There are a variety of vendors at the food hall offering everything from fried chicken to lobster rolls. Budd Dairy Food Hall is open for lunch Thursday-Sunday starting at 11 a.m.

Hot Chicken Takeover | Various Locations

Nothing appeases an upset child quite like chicken tenders. For the kids, you can order the chicken cold, which is the spice level, not the temperature. Get your spice on while the kids snack on chicken and mac and cheese. Finish the afternoon with some banana pudding and you’ll be everyone’s favorite.

Starliner Diner | Hilliard

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The artwork alone at Starliner Diner will keep the kids entertained. The diner itself is super fun and the menu is Latin-inspired, so it’s a great way to get kids to try new things and expand their palates from the aforementioned chicken tenders and hot dogs.

Swensons Drive-In | Dublin

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Swensons Drive-In is a great option for when you’re sort of tired and don’t want to load all of the kids into the car only to bust them out again 15 minutes later. You order from the comfort of your vehicle and the food will be brought out to you! They have a great menu, and it includes milkshakes, so you really can’t go wrong.

Melt Bar & Grilled | Various Locations

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Rainy day? Kids melting down? Treat them, and yourself, to a grilled cheese from Melt. If you have an adventurous little foodie, they can try all sorts of crazy grilled cheese options. If your kids enjoy the simpler things in life, that’s okay too, because Melt has you covered.

Combustion Brewery | Pickerington

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It may not seem like the most obvious choice, but Combustion Brewery is so family-friendly that it hurts. They’ve got a kids’ area where your children can stretch out and have some fun, and they’ve got a nice, cold beer waiting for you. Everybody will leave happy, I swear.

Super Chef’s | Various Locations

Super Chef comes highly recommended by my nieces and nephews who are all between 4th and 8th grade. They love the bright, colorful food, the superhero vibes, and the portions. You can get a few different things to share amongst the group, and trust me when the menu says it feeds two, they mean it.

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