What are the Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in San Antonio?

By Ebony Porter, June 6, 2016, Family

Welcome to Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Texas! In this Bounce Energy series, we’ll share our favorite dining establishments in major Texas cities that are perfect for the whole family. Just don’t look to us for chain restaurants and popular entertainment pavilions – we’re going outside-the-box!

What are the Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in San Antonio?

Welcome to the super family-friendly city of San Antonio! Alamo City is a great place to both visit and live with families, with its colorful culture, Texas history roots, and a laid-back vibe that is warm and welcoming. While it’s a large city, it has that small town feel that we love.

What are the Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in San Antonio?

The San Antonio River Walk is a great family-friendly destination.

In the heart of the city along the San Antonio River is the River Walk, a network of walkways lined with restaurants, shops, and hotels. A perfect getaway for the family that’s located one story beneath the streets of San Antonio, it’s the heartbeat of this city, and a great place to experience the central city by foot. Boat tours are also available on the River Walk, which the kids will love. Given that it’s a tourist destination,The River Walk features lots of Tex-Mex restaurants that are family-friendly, colorful, and loaded with enchiladas, tacos, and fajitas: the regional cuisine that we love so dearly in this part of the world.

What are the Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in San Antonio?

Remember The Alamo!

For history, a walk through The Alamo is an absolute must, and for basketball fans, why not take the kids to see a San Antonio Spurs game? And beyond the standard tourist spots in the middle of the city, check out some of San Antonio’s eclectic historical neighborhoods, like Alamo Heights or King William. When you visit where the locals hang out, you’ll find more boutique style restaurants and mom and pop shops, along with streets lined with historical homes and gorgeous trees.

So where to eat? Let’s dive in.

Beto’s Alt-Mex

What are the Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in San Antonio?

An empanada might be the perfect street food because, unlike a taco, there’s no opening where the fillings can fall out!

In existence since 1997. Beto’s describes itself as a place where Mexican street food meets Latin American soul food. We love it because of the friendly wait staff, the playful nature of the colorful interior, and its super-fresh and delicious food. Take a step beyond typical Tex-Mex so prevalent in San Antonio, and enjoy the great patio to boot!

Beto’s claim to fame are the best house-made empanadas in the city. These pockets of savory deliciousness are wrapped in flaky pastry and baked to perfection. Some include fillings that are a bit spicier like Chicken Mole and Beef and Red Chile, but for the kids, the Bean & Cheese or Spinach, Potato, and Cheese offerings will hit the spot. If empanadas are too experimental for your little one, their kids’ menu includes grilled chicken strips or a cheese quesadilla, served with carrot sticks, chips, jello and a drink. And you can’t leave without trying their famous banana with leche quemada empanada for desert.

The Cove

What are the Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in San Antonio?

Serving sustainable, local, and organic food, The Cove is a super funky place that includes a car wash and a laundromat! If your kid is like mine, she’s terrified of the car wash. Having a cool and quirky restaurant to eat at and stepping out to wash the car while Dad watches the kiddos sounds like a great idea to me!

The Cove also offers ping-pong tables, a playscape, live music, and a dog-friendly environment that includes a dog run, so pack up the pooch for a visit.

But what about the food? Seeking as much organic and free-range food as possible, The Cover offers grass-fed beef, bison, and lamb, alongside free-range turkey. We love their warm beet salad and shrimp tacos, but for the kids, there’s either a cheeseburger, veggie burger, or hot dog, all served with either fries or apple slices. Load up the family and bring them here for a relaxing afternoon for both Mom and Dad.

MoMak’s Backyard Malts and Burgers

What are the Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in San Antonio?

Burgers and fries will sate almost everyone’s appetites!

With a playscape, soccer field, sports turf measuring 10,000 sq feet in a secured fenced in area, and outdoor seating, MoMak’s is a great eatery to kick back, enjoy a burger, and let the kids run off steam.

Their menu is loaded with a creative list of burgers (like the Brunch Burger, a burger patty on hash browns, with cheese, bacon, and a fried egg on Texas toast!) and sandwiches along with tater tot and sweet potato fries options on the side. If you have a large family, or have brought a few friends along for dinner, why not order the Bucket of Burgers? It’s literally a pile of burgers, brought to you in a tin can bucket!

Cerroni’s Purple Garlic

What are the Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in San Antonio?

And what kid doesn’t love pizza?!

Italian food is always a winner for every member of the family. Cerroni Purple Garlic’s takes the family night out a notch further by including a huge sand pit for the kiddos to dig in while Mom and Dad relax. The family can then enjoy a thin crust pizza on their newly updated patio.

“Come as strangers and leave as friends” is their motto, so you know it’s a warm welcoming atmosphere where families enjoy a meal out. Your regular Italian staples of spaghetti and meatballs and fettuccine alfredo are on the menu, along with the “Build It Yourself” thin-crust pizza. Yum.

Know of any hidden kid-friendly eateries in San Antonio we failed to mention? Let our readers know in the comments section!

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Born in Australia, Ebony has been in Texas long enough to consider herself a Texan-Aussie. Ebony has been writing for magazines, newspapers, and blogs, for more than 10 years. When she's not writing she's building quilts, growing her own food, or camping with her family somewhere far from the sounds of the city.

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