Picture this: dinner time is approaching. You’re exhausted from a long day, the kids are starting to get in that hangry mood and the thought of cooking a meal sounds like torture. You want to eat out, but you know the little ones will be squirming out of their chairs before you’re even able to place the order. Lucky for us, Austin is a very child friendly city with many options of restaurants with playgrounds and kid areas to run free and burn off all of that energy while parents sit back, relax and enjoy their meal! Here are my family’s favorite restaurants with playgrounds.

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Hat Creek Burger Company

With so many locations, burgers that hit the spot every time and playgrounds to keep the kids occupied, Hat Creek is definitely at the top of my favorites list and is a must visit in Austin. Their kids menu always hits the spots with the little ones. It’s a classic choice that never disappoints!

Easy Tiger (South Lamar)

Easy Tiger serves delicious comfort food and has a simple green playscape for the kiddos to run off their energy. It doesn’t look like much, but the open space is great for imaginative play and running around! This is a great spot to grab a cocktail or beer and a delicious soft pretzel or bratwurst sausage while watching the little ones play.

Home Slice Pizza (North Loop)

The perfect place to visit when you’re craving pizza and wings! And don’t forget a side of garlic knots, too. They have a great fenced in greenery area for the little ones with outdoor seating nearby to keep a look out. My toddler loves to hide in the little tunnel and chase after the big kids. The pizza is New York style, thin crust, fresh ingredients and a very family friendly ambiance.

Phil’s Ice House and Amy’s Ice Cream

With three locations throughout Austin, delicious burgers and ice cream next door, Phil’s is a staple amongst parents and non parents alike. The playgrounds are big enough to keep the big and little kids occupied for awhile. We love their bacon cheeseburger, called the Brentwood, and they have an extensive children’s menu.

Casa De Luz

Eating at Casa De Luz feels like such a treat every time. The food is healthy, the space is calm with great energy and it’s easy to connect with likeminded families eating by the playground right in front. The restaurant has a rotating daily menu of delicious vegan, gluten free fare. The playground itself caters more to older children, but my toddler still always enjoys it here.

Bouldin Acres

Coming to Bouldin Acres is always a blast! I love that they have a big open patio with lots of seating and lawn games, a great playground for the kids and a pickle ball court as well! They also boast a fun menu, with items like the brisket crunch wrap and delicious cocktails. It can get very busy here, sometimes they have live music and there can be lots of pups running around – something to keep in mind if you have very small children or little ones who get overstimulated easily.

Littlefields Tacos and Coffee

Where Veracruz Tacos and Fleet Coffee meet – a central Austin gem! My family loves the vibe here. Lots of shade and a clean, calm environment with space and simple greenery for the kids to run around. The perfect place to grab breakfast or lunch and beat the heat. The breakfast tacos from Veracruz are a must have!

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