Eating Out in Greater Austin with Kids

 Thursday, June 28, 2012



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For us, summer means extended adventures, spontaneous swims and relaxed schedules.

We also tend to eat out more during the summer. Grocery store trips become irregular, my interest in trying out new recipes wanes and my motivation to turn on the oven or even the stovetop disappears.

But, if you are anything like my family, we tend to get in dining out ruts, where we frequent the same few family-friendly restaurants for months at a time.

In the hopes this will help your family as well, I decided to come up with a list of restaurants, not only that were kid and family-friendly, but also which offered some outdoor space or a playground to burn off some steam or to play with friends. You might also want to keep in mind that at places like Southpark Meadows, the Arboretum, the Domain and the Hill Country Galleria you can order take out and play in their outdoor spaces. Oh, and if your kids aren’t picky eaters, you can try a food trailer. Yes, there are also fast-food playgrounds, but we’ll assume for these purposes you know about them.

Austin’s Pizza – playscape
3638 Bee Cave
Austin 78746
(512) 795-8888

Boat House Grill – playground
6212 N RR 620
Austin 78732
(512) 249-5200

Central Market North Lamar – playscape, great tree to climb on, pond, trail
4001 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin 78756
(512) 206-1000

Cherrywood Coffeehouse – outdoor patio
1400 East 38th
Austin 78722
(512) 538-1991

County Line on the Lake – kids can feed the turtles on the back deck
5204 FM 2222
Austin 78731
(512) 346-3664

Doc’s Backyard – playground
5207 Brodie Ln
Sunset Valley 78745
(512) 892-5200

Flores Mexican Restaurant – playground
8300 N FM 620
Austin, TX
(512) 996-9636

Freddie’s Place – playscape and outdoor space
1703 S. 1st
Austin 78704
(512) 445-9197

Hat Creek Burgers – playscape
5902 Bee Caves
Austin 78746
(512) 296-2151

Home Slice Pizza – outdoor back patio
1421 South Congress
Austin 78704
(512) 444-PIES

Hot Mama’s Cafe – outdoor patio
2401 E 6th #1004
Austin 78702
(512) 476-6262

Hula Hut – lakeside seating
3825 Lake Austin Blvd.
Austin 78703
(512) 476-4852

IKEA Round Rock - Kids Eat Free every Tuesday
1 IKEA Way
Round Rock 78665 

Jason’s Deli – backs up to playscape in Southpark Meadows
9600 S Interstate 35
Austin 78748
(512) 280-0990

Joe’s Crab Shack – playscape and sand pit
2401 S. IH 35
Round Rock 78664
(512) 246-8500

Joe’s Place – back outdoor space with sandbox
1814 East MLK
Austin 78702
(512) 472-3105

Mama Fu’s – backs up to the playscape in Southpark Meadows
9600 S. IH35, Ste. C-100
Austin 78748
(512) 637-6772

Mandola’s – outdoor patio with fountain (not always with water)

4700 W Guadalupe, Suite 12
Austin 78751
(512) 419-9700

Mandola’s
12815 Shops Parkway, Suite 400 – playscape
Bee Cave 78738
(512) 600-8500

Mandola’s
4301 W. William Cannon/S. Mopac, Bldg E-1 – playscape
Austin 78749
(512) 524-2222


Nutty Brown Cafe – large outdoor space plus sandbox
12225 Highway 290 West
Austin 78737
(512) 301-4648

P. Terry’s – sandbox on the patio
3303 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin 78705
(512) 371-9975

Patsy’s Cafe – playscape
5001 E. Ben White
Austin 78741
(512) 444-2020

Phil’s Icehouse – playground, shuffleboard, hopscotch
5620 Burnet Road
Austin 78756
(512) 524-1212

2901 S. Lamar
Austin 78704
(512) 707-8704

Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q – lots of outdoor space and/or picnic tables
2400 North IH-35
Round Rock 78681
(512) 244-2936

11570 Research Blvd.
Austin 78759
(512) 418-9898

7709 Ranch Road 620
Austin 78726
(512) 250-8002

2451 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.
Austin 78746
(512) 329-5554

Shady Grove – outdoor area
1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin 78704
(512) 474-9991

Silver Grill Cafe – playscape
4005 West Parmer
Austin 78727
(512) 291-6994

Ski Shores Cafe – playground and lots of outdoor space
2905 Pearce Rd.
Austin 78730

(512) 394-7511

Texas French Bread – playscape
2900 Rio Grande
Austin 78705
(512) 499-0544

Trattoria Lisina – huge playscape
13308 FM 150 West
Driftwood 78619
(512) 894-3111

Walberg Restaurant – lots of outdoor space and an arcade
3777 FM 972
Walburg 78673
(512) 863-8440

Waterloo Ice House – playground and lots of outdoor space
6203 N. Capital of Texas Hwy.
Austin 78731
(512) 418-9700

14900 Avery Ranch Blvd.
Austin 78717
(512) 255-4873

9600 Escarpment Blvd.
Austin 78749
(512) 301-1007

9600 S. IH35 Service Road Southbound – backs up to the playscape in Southpark Meadows
Suite D-100
Austin 78748
(512) 292-7900

Whole Foods North Lamar – playscape on upper patio
525 N. Lamar
Austin 78703
(512) 476-1206

I’m sure I have left out something. I’d love it if you helped me add to my list. Feel free to add your recommendation in the Comments section and I’ll keep adding to this list.

A recovering workaholic, Nicole Basham now spends her time rediscovering Austin through her 6-year-old son's eyes. A soccer-playing mom, Nicole also enjoys tickling too close to bedtime, making and consuming baked goods, and being silly. You can also find her writing at LiveMomSavvy Source for Parents and CultureMap.

This article was originally published on LiveMom.com.  A big thanks to LiveMom for sharing!

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