The Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Alexandria
Having kids doesn’t mean you’re destined to eat in Chuck E Cheese and McDonalds until they go off to college! We’re fortunate to live in Alexandria, home to several fabulous restaurants that are incredibly family-friendly and accommodating to babies and children. So read on for our round-up of the best kid-friendly restaurants in Alexandria.
IN OLD TOWN
119 S. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
This Old Town gem is best known for its amazing variety of sweet and savory crêpes (and other French favorites). While this tiny restaurant is not stroller-friendly (leave the stroller at home), it is incredibly kid-friendly. Its Kinder Crepes menu includes crepe varieties made with banana and chocolate sauce, peanut butter and strawberry jam, and ham and cheese. Is your child gluten-free? No worries, Gluten-free, organic buckwheat flour crepes are available. Insider tip: visit on Wednesdays for half-price bottles of wine (with entree purchase). Fontaine opens at 9 a.m. daily for breakfast/brunch (offered until 2:30 p.m.on weekends).
203 The Strand, Alexandria, VA 22314
Chadwicks is a local favorite for any kid-friendly meal. The staff generously seats families at larger tables to accommodate high chairs and strollers (and they’re genuinely ok with crumbs and messes!). Chadwicks has a good, appropriately-priced, kids menu. Insider tip: Stop by on Monday for half-priced burgers all day. Brunch is served on weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
124 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
This expansive restaurant has lots of room for kids and all of their stuff! The welcoming staff gives kids uncooked pizza dough to play with (vs. crayons), which kids of all ages love! Pizza Paradiso also has a great happy hour. Stop in Monday through Friday from 3 – 6:30 p.m. for $3 off draft beers, $3 off wines by the glass, $7 appetizers, and discounted pizza.
702 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Spacious and with plenty of room for strollers, Nando’s in Old Town is a relaxed place to bring the kids. It offers a comprehensive kids’ menu, which includes four meals with its signature South African style Peri-Peri chicken (with a sauce with salt, garlic, lemon, onion, oil, and vinegar). This kids’ meal also includes a side and BOTTOMLESS frozen yogurt!
212 Queen Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Owned and operated by a friendly husband and wife team, Han and Yeon Son, Momo Sushi is a warm and welcoming spot for families. You’ll enjoy amazing sushi, bowls, sashimi and noodle dishes served by an extremely attentive wait staff. While Momo is not great for strollers, bring the kids for lunch — great lunch specials start at just $9.
ELSEWHERE IN ALEXANDRIA
1501 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301
Kids will love the menu here, which offers six options (including grilled chicken and corn dogs); parents will love the price — all just $5 each! Charlie’s opens at 3 p.m. during the week and at 11 a.m. on the weekends for brunch. Tons of great appetizers, salads, and sandwiches. Kids will love Charlie’s floats (root beer and cream soda) and amazing lemon bars.
3950 Wheeler Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304
This local brewery is surprisingly kid-friendly! It has a section with picnic tables in the brewing area so the kids have room to roam. Stop by for one of Port City’s award-winning brews and food truck fare. Port City also offers lots of fun events for an outing without the kids — tastings and tours, trivia nights, events (BEERYOGA and Joggers N Lagers to name a few), and pub crawls!
1401 Belle Haven Road, Alexandria, VA 22307
This locally owned restaurant (a sister to Del Ray Pizza) is truly dedicated to outstanding service and offering the freshest ingredients in its pizza, salads, pasta, and sandwiches. Its onsite 1,000 square foot garden provides over 60% of its salad greens and the produce used in most specials. Kids will love seeing the garden up close and sitting on the outside patio. The staff is quite accommodating of allergies and dietary restrictions. Adults will enjoy its selection of local craft brews and three TVs in the bar area to watch the game. From March to September (sometimes longer, weather permitting), stop by the Custard Shack next door to complete your meal! The Haven is also open for weekend brunch from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
6124 Franconia Road Alexandria, VA 22310
The best part of this traditional Italian restaurant is the supervised children’s dining room where kids can sit together and order on their own while watching a Disney movie or doing an activity. A one-way-mirror allows parents to keep an eye on the kids while enjoying their own meal, such as shrimp scampi, sausage and peppers, and cioppino. Kids meals are just $9 and include ice cream for dessert. Paradiso also offers live music on Friday and Saturday nights and is closed on Mondays.
2615 Mount Vernon Avenue Alexandria, VA 22301 (plus locations in Alexandria City, Crystal City, and Leesburg)
The kids will love the amazing Tex-Mex and Salvadorean food, outdoor dining, and friendly staff at this Del Ray establishment. Los Tios offers fantastic weekday lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. plus brunch on weekends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2400-B Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301
Using fresh local ingredients, Taqueria Pablano serves up Mexican and L.A.-style cuisine such as Fish Tacos, Duck Carnitas, and Tacos al Pastor. Taqueria’s margaritas have been voted the best in the DC area by Washington City Paper for four years! For the kids, you’ll enjoy dining the outside patio and the super cheap kids’ menu (everything’s just $4.50!) which features a mini bean and cheese burrito, chicken taquitos, and a cheese quesadilla. Note: Taqueria is closed on Tuesdays.
2016 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301
This Del Ray establishment has a fantastic playroom with toys, a train table, loads of books, and kid-sized tables where the little ones can eat (and comfy couches for adults). Bon Vivant prides itself on its 100% grass-fed meats and dairy, and being paleo, keto, vegan, and gluten-free friendly. Enjoy and amazing salads, sandwiches, entrees, smoothies, and bowls while the kids can pick from a variety of PB&J sandwiches or Mac n’ Cheese. Be sure to finish your meals with its locally-made Italian artisan gelato.
COFFEE AND BREAKFAST
901 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314
This spacious coffee shop has a small area where kids can play while the adults enjoy their coffee. Buzz also sells decadent muffins, cupcakes, cookies, bars, breads, plus savory quiches and sandwiches. Buzz is closed on Tuesdays.
6919 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA 22310
This homey, family-friendly French country-inspired coffee shop prides itself on being kid-friendly, complete with a cozy sofa and fireplace, and a train table. Grounded also features a window into the kitchen where kids can watch their pastries being made. Grounded also proudly serves organic, fair-trade coffee and an amazing selection of tarts, smoothies, soups, salads, quiches, and European-style desserts. Enjoy live music every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grounded is closed on Mondays.
1512 Belle View Boulevard, Alexandria, VA 22307
This casual spot is perfect to bring the kids for a quick coffee, breakfast, or lunch. There is plenty of room for strollers and kids will love its pastries, breads, and desserts. Bread and Water also serves fantastic savory options as well, including soups, stews, chili, eggs, and salads.
THE BOTTOM LINE
There are so many kid-friendly restaurants in Alexandria! Whether you’re seeking coffee, brunch, dinner, or somewhere to drink a beer and watch the big game, there is an option for your family!
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