Let's face it. Dining out with kids can be a challenge. Their attention spans are, well, limited. And meltdowns happen to the best of us.
We found 11 Milwaukee restaurants that are locally-owned, delicious, AND kid-friendly. Whether they have a playroom, a killer coloring sheet, or just a really friendly wait staff, our team and readers have identified the following restaurants as A-OKAY for families.
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Featured Milwaukee Restaurants For Kids:
(Okay, okay, it’s 779 N. Front St., Milwaukee, WI 53202)
The Safehouse, if you can find it and figure out how to pass the agent authorization process, is a unique experience for the whole family. Your kids will love this restaurant meets spy adventure, where every turns presents interactive elements, spy technology, gadgets, and riddles. You’ll learn about 50 years of spy history and see the world’s largest puzzle wall.
More Milwaukee Restaurants For Kids:
1247 N Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
This burger joint actually allows you to write on the wall with markers, which is great news for any family with young kids. There are all kinds of kitschy decorations to keep you entertained. Don’t miss the peanut delivery system that sends you peanuts through a rocket tube near the ceiling. Get a free burger on your actual birthday!
Beans & Barley
1901 E North Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
This East Side staple offers healthy vegetarian (and non-vegetarian) options, a fun store to peruse while you're waiting, and an all-homemade deli.
2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Bay View, WI 53207
Cafe Hollander Downer
2608 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211
Lowlands Group restaurants strive to bring the Dutch concept of “gezellig” to their restaurants, which is roughly translated as a cozy atmosphere or the warm feeling you get when spending time with friends.
Their food is made from scratch, often organic, and they use Wisconsin suppliers for many products. There is no high fructose corn syrup in their food, and their beef is grass-fed and grain-finished with no antibiotics. They have plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options, and every choice on the kids’ menu comes with fresh fruit and vegetables.
2797 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207
Classic Slice is indeed a Bay View classic. The slices are so huge they can probably feed more than one child. There are always plenty of families in this casual pizzeria, so you won't get the evil eye when your toddler throws a fork across the room.
Maxie's Southern Comfort
6732 W. Fairview Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53213
Stop in for Family Night on Sundays when kids 12 and under eat for $1.00, and enjoy traditional slow-smoked Creole and Cajun barbecue and southern comfort cooking of all kinds.
Milwaukee Public Market
400 N. Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
You won't have to worry about keeping your kids still and quiet at the bustling Milwaukee Public Market, though you will have to deal with some crowds. The best part? You’ll find lots of different food options to please everyone’s pallet, and you can eat in the casual dining area upstairs. You’ll find a local coffee shop, artisan cheese and sausage, fresh fish, soups and salads, a variety of ethnic food options, and an amazing bakery. Don’t miss the vegan restaurant with a real vintage bus.
Miss Katie's Diner
1900 West Clybourn Street Milwaukee, WI 53233
Milwaukee's original 50's diner on the Marquette University campus has hosted Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, Henry Winkler, and more legendary figures.
Original Pancake House
2621 N. Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211
Expect fresh orange juice, great coffee, friendly servers, especially delicious pancakes, and omelets larger than your head. There are always plenty of families here and comfortable large booths to accommodate squirmy kids. They offer coloring sheets for children and kids’ meals.
101 W. Mitchell St., Milwaukee, WI 53204