Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Seattle
Pomegranate Bistro [Eclectic] You’d never guess that this sweet spot, owned by catering legend Lisa Dupar, would be hidden in this industrial part of Redmond. But open the doors and the smells of espresso grinding and fresh flatbreads baking in the hot oven will pull you in. Comfort food is Pomegranate’s forte, so opt for the ham and maple-glazed pineapple firebread, the fried chicken with mashed Yukon gold potatoes; for kids, cheese quesadillas and grass-fed beef hamburgers (maybe to split; they’re quite large). And note: The seasonally inspired cocktails are especially tasty. Lunch daily, dinner Tue.–Sat., brunch Sat.–Sun. 18005 NE 68th St.; 425.556.5972; duparandcompany.com
Grub [ECLECTIC] This relative newcomer feels like it’s been here forever, with its sophisticated offerings for parents—farro salad with grapefruit, avocado and hazelnuts, and a perfect pork chop with romesco sauce—and the dedicated kids’ menu, which ranges from hot dogs to mini steaks with mash and veggies. Lunch and brunch are also winners. Lunch Tue.–Fri., dinner Tue.–Sat., brunch Sat.–Sun. 7 Boston St.; 206.216.3628; letsgogrub.com
Pizzeria Pulcinella [PIZZA] If the thin-crusted pizzas of Naples are your weakness, it’s worth the trip to Pulcinella to taste the wood-oven-baked pies at this often overlooked South End treasure. It’s not unusual to witness three generations supping on a slew of chewy-crusted pies (the Pompeii, with pesto and Parmesan, is especially good), with the Chianti flowing. And, of course, there’s spumoni ice cream for dessert. Lunch and dinner daily. 10003 Rainier Ave. S; 206.772.6861; pulcinellapizza.com
Blue C Sushi [SUSHI] Let’s be honest: Watching a rainbow of sushi dishes travel around the dining room via conveyor belt at Blue C is just as much fun for the adults as it is for the kids. And the best part? Even the picky eaters (raw fish? yuck!) will gobble down the soy-sesame noodles, while everyone else can enjoy the always fresh ahi, salmon and seaweed salad. Lunch and dinner daily. University Village, 4601 26th Ave. NE; 206.525.4601; bluecsushi.com. Other locations include Alderwood Mall, Bellevue Square, Downtown, Fremont and Southcenter.
Tutta Bella [PIZZA] Hunks of dough keep little hands busy while the parents choose from the long list of Neapolitan-style pies. Kids will adore the cheese pizza, made with whole-milk mozzarella. Thoughtful servers deliver drinks, lids firmly in place, so there will be no spills. Lunch and dinner daily. 4411 Stone Way N; 206.633.3800; tuttabella.com. Additional locations in Columbia City, South Lake Union and Issaquah.
Chutneys [INDIAN] Don’t look so surprised when your toddler gets a taste of your mango lassi (the irresistible yogurt and mango smoothie) and refuses to give it back. Or when the tandoor chicken and tender, warm naan disappear before your eyes. At this Wallingford mainstay, the chicken tikka masala hits the spot, the lunch buffet is bounteous, and everybody leaves happy. Lunch and dinner daily. 1815 N 45th St.; 206.634.1000; chutneysbistro.com
Proletariat Pizza [Pizza] Mom-and-pop-owned and supremely kid-friendly, this pizzeria on White Center’s main drag is so popular that it had to expand to keep up with demand earlier this year. And with fun (and really good) thin-crust-style pizzas—such as the ham-and-egg, along with more traditional pepperoni and Hawaiian versions—a good beer list and a kids’ play area in the back, it’s no wonder the place is packed with families. Dinner daily. 9622 16th Ave. SW; 206.432.9765; proletariatpizza.com