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Diners' Choice: Kid-friendly restaurants in San Diego

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are kid friendly in San Diego? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Bay Park Fish Company restaurant
4.7
4.7 (307)
$30 and under
Seafood
Bay Park
About the restaurant
WE ARE OPEN!

Founded by two fishing buddies in 2005, Bay Park Fish Company has become a local hot spot for the freshest seafood in San Diego. Our menu features the freshest of locally sourced seafood. We are proud to be located in this quaint little neighborhood in San Diego & proud to support local fishermen.

For limited capacity dine-in, and take-out! We are excited to invite you back in! The health and safety of our staff and customers is our top priority. Please be assured that we are implementing all necessary health & safety measures as outlined in the published COVID-19 Restaurant Operating Protocol. Face covering is required to enter the restaurant at this time. You are permitted to remove your face covering once you are seated, and for the duration of time you are at the table.
Please be patient and understanding with our staff, we are all putting forth our best efforts to provide the best experience under this new normal!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Delicious seafood. Great service. I will definitely return when I next visit San Diego.
A photo of Smokin J's BBQ - Gaslamp restaurant
4.6
4.6 (21)
$30 and under
Barbecue
Downtown
About the restaurant
Grab your partner and hitch up that wagon, Smokin J's BBQ is now open in the Gaslamp Quarter! Located 5 minutes from the Convention Center, and a mere 10 minutes from Petco Park or the Rady Shell by foot, we are your new favorite spot for slow-smoked brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and craft beer. Smokin J's BBQ won Reader Magazine's poll for Best BBQ in San Diego in 2022 and at our spot in the Gaslamp Quarter we strive to create a warm and inviting atmosphere perfect for date nights, family outings, Sunday football, weekend brunch, or for anytime you want eat a great meal with great people. Open for lunch, dinner, and breakfast on the weekends, we offer plenty of indoor seating, a spacious bar, and patio seating.
Top review
MaryF
Dined on May 27, 2024
Went with a group of 14 people and we loved the food! A couple people didn’t eat red meat but loved the smoked jackfruit and blackened shrimp. All the meats are perfectly cooked and I would highly recommend going!
A photo of Seaview restaurant
4.5
4.5 (341)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
'California coastal' sophisticated and comtemporary design with views of the courtyard and marina set the tone for a delightful dining experience. Join the family for a relaxing meal on our outdoor patio while planning another exciting day of activities in America's Finest City. The spacious setting of our indoor tables allows you to easily convene with colleagues or entertain a client while enjoying Seaview's Grand Breakfast Buffet.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent selection of brunch items including gluten free; eggs and omelets to order; great ambience
A photo of Guadalajara Mexican Grill restaurant
4.5
4.5 (31)
$30 and under
Mexican
Temecula
About the restaurant
OUR STORY:
Founded in 1986 the Solano family opened Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant in Lake Elsinore, California. Eleven years later in 1997, we opened our second location Guadalajara Mexican Grill and Cantina in Temecula, California. At Guadalajara’s, we take real pride in providing the freshest ingredients to ensure high-quality Mexican food. We pride ourselves in having generous portions, a festive environment, and the best margaritas in town!
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crystal
Dined on Apr 21, 2024
Food was excellent as well as the portions. Service was pleasant and the Sunday DJ Cafe made the atmosphere fun.
A photo of My Yard Live Beer Co restaurant
4.5
4.5 (677)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
San Marcos
About the restaurant
The “My Yard Live Beer Co.” experience brings together all the elements of a brewery, family-friendly restaurant, community center, park, and a one-of-a-kind live entertainment and events venue. For the young, or young at heart, MYL Beer Co. combines the comforts of your own fantasy backyard with the convenience of a brewery and full-service restaurant. Enjoy our house-smoked meats, or our beers which have medaled at both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. My Yard Live Beer Co. has something for everyone!

We also offer an amazing indoor/outdoor bar, walk-up bar service, open seating at the fire pit with a view of the band cabana, and seating throughout the rest of the venue.

MYL Beer Co. can create a semi-private or private event experience including seated or buffet-style scratch kitchen catering, open bar/drink packages, and entertainment booking. For more information please visit https://www.opentable.com/private-dining/restaurant/1047
Top review
BidenusPervertus
Dined 7 days ago
The new bike night was great. We have been to MyYard dozens of times and even though we moved a little farther away we still make the trip back to have a good time!
A photo of Petrini's restaurant
4.4
4.4 (401)
$30 and under
Italian
Little Italy
About the restaurant
Petrini's, in the heart of San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood, serves homemade Italian dishes with a traditional authentic dishes. If you go to Music box, stop by for a dinner and a cup of wine before the show. We offer Brunch, Lunch and Dinner menus 7 days a week.

The diablo shrimp in spicy wing sauce with lemon and cream, served with garlic cheese bread makes the perfect starter to your meal. Some of Petrini's' specialty entrée dishes include the smoked salmon alfredo sautéed with tomatoes and basil, garlic and rosemary served with spaghetti with tangy Pomodoro sauce and the baked white fish coated in seasoned bread crumbs in wine, butter and garlic sauce with Tuscan vegetables. Handhelds, such as the classic meatball hoagie, the vegetarian caponata sandwich with tomato-stewed eggplant and the craft-your-own pizzas, are other diner favorites.
For a sweet end to your meal at Petrini's, enjoy a homemade classic Italian dessert, the layered tiramisu cake.
Top review
Snapvip
Dined 3 days ago
Love this quiet, quaint and beautiful eatery with old world recipes!
A photo of Events at Rancho Bernardo Inn restaurant
4.4
4.4 (101)
$50 and over
American
Poway / Rancho Bernardo
About the restaurant
Join us at Rancho Bernardo Inn for our special event series! Whether you choose to join us for a Holiday Brunch, a special Private Barrel Release Party, or an exclusive Chef's Garden Dinner, reserve here to ensure your table or ticket with us!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
We absolutely can’t say enough about Chef Sergio & Chef Mike and the Avant staff! Always an incredible menu, excellent service!!
A photo of Buca di Beppo - Mira Mesa restaurant
4.3
4.3 (834)
$30 and under
Italian
Mira Mesa
About the restaurant
Just off the Interstate 15 Express, near the Legacy Apartment Homes, in the Mira Mesa Market Center, your Mira Mesa, CA Buca is ready to serve you all your favorite Italian specialties for lunch or dinner all week long. Our chefs create delicious, authentic Italian pastas, entrees, and pizzas and our attentive staff serves them up family style.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 27, 2024
Our server, Jean Pierre, made our experience exceptional and memorable. He was very attentive and sat us at our table even though folks were running late. He ensured the birthday celebrant felt special throughout the meal. The food was wonderful - we had the mixed green salad, chicken carbonara, & chicken parmigiana. The bread was fresh. We truly enjoyed ourselves and will be back again soon.
A photo of BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Temecula restaurant
4.2
4.2 (59)
$30 and under
American
Temecula
About the restaurant
Time counts at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we've continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ's a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ's to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back. We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we've put on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies®, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better. So in many ways we haven't just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it's because of them we're continually striving to make sure every moment they choose to spend with us counts. Welcome to BJ's, a restaurant with a Brewhouse soul.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
Service was great, food was great too! We made a reservation for 8, we arrived a bit earlier and they sat us quickly.
A photo of BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Mission Valley restaurant
4.2
4.2 (38)
$30 and under
American
Mission Valley
About the restaurant
Time counts at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we've continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ's a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ's to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back. We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we've put on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies®, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better. So in many ways we haven't just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it's because of them we're continually striving to make sure every moment they choose to spend with us counts. Welcome to BJ's, a restaurant with a Brewhouse soul.
Top review
Premonsdaydinpvip
Dined on Mar 31, 2024
Our server was amazing! The pizookie desserts were our favorite!
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