26 Kid-Friendly Restaurants Around Milwaukee (2021)

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 over 25 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.​Check out our Kids Eat Free list, too! Do you know another restaurant we should add? Email hello@mkewithkids.com.

1. Organ Piper Pizza

4353 S. 108th St., Greenfield, WI 53228
(414) 529-1177

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The organ player at Organ Piper Pizza.

This Milwaukee landmark, opened in 1976, boasts delicious thin crust pizza and the country’s finest organists to entertain you. (Did you know that one of the organ players here is also the organ player at Miller Park?) There is also an arcade and a small merry-go-round. This place is known for being boisterous and noisy, so your kids will likely fit right in!

2. Safehouse

Location: Top Secret
(Okay, okay, it’s 779 N. Front St., Milwaukee, WI 53202)
(414) 271-2007

The spy themed Safehouse restaurant is currently closed.

The Safehouse, if you can find it and figure out how to pass the agent authorization process, is the largest spy museum in the Midwest. Your kids will love this restaurant meets spy adventure, where every turn 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, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and more. Adjacent to the Safehouse is the Newsroom Pub, where you find hundreds of real and authentic signatures. Theodore Roosevelt dined in this room in 1910 (he was shot in Milwaukee four blocks from the Safehouse).

3. AJ Bombers

1247 N Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 221-9999

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!

4. Hubbard Park Lodge

3565 N. Morris Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 332-4207

Located in picturesque Hubbard Park on the Milwaukee River, their Sunday Lumberjack Brunch includes warm, fried donuts, family-style plates of pancakes, eggs, hashbrowns, breakfast sausage and bacon, an omelette bar, and a selection of fresh fruits, cereals and juices. The log cabin feel is cozy and inviting for your whole family.

How to get there: Bike there via the Oak Leaf Trail, or park in the lot at the intersection of North Morris Blvd. and E. Menlo Blvd. Access the park and lodge through a pedestrian tunnel running under the Oak Leaf Trail. Your kids will love this short nature walk, and you’ll get to burn off some extra calories on the way home.

5. Highland House

12741 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, WI 53092
(262) 243-5844

Feast on Carribean-style fare with a care-free island atmosphere and plenty of food options for all ages. There is even a video game room for antsy kids and adults. It’s just one mile north of North Shore Cinema making it the perfect stop before or after a movie with your kids.

6. Beans & Barley

1901 E North Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 278-7878

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.

7. Stonefire Pizza Co. 

5320 South Moorland Rd., New Berlin, WI 53151
(262) 970-8800

Stonefire Pizza Co. was built for a family fun night. You’ll find something for everyone at the buffet, and you can even watch a movie while you eat. Afterwards, explore 40,000 square feet of games and attractions including a rock wall, bounce houses, touchscreen arcade games, bumper cars, classic pinball, skee-ball, amusement rides, a ninja course, and more.

8. Cafe Centraal

2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Bay View, WI 53207
(414) 755-0378

9. Cafe Hollander

2608 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 963-6366

7677 W. State St., Wauwatosa, WI 53213
(414) 475-6771

20150 Union St., Brookfield, WI 53045
(262) 785-4490


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.

10. Classic Slice

2797 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207
(414) 238-2406

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.

11. Maxie’s Southern Comfort

6732 W. Fairview Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53213
(414) 292-3969

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.

12. Milwaukee Public Market

400 N. Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 336-1111

You can sit upstairs at the Milwaukee Public Market for a fun view.

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.

13. 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.

14. Original Pancake House

16460 W Bluemound Rd, Brookfield, WI 53005
(414) 431-5055

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.

15. Transfer Pizzeria

101 W. Mitchell St., Milwaukee, WI 53204

16. Bavarian Bierhaus

700 W Lexington Blvd., Glendale, WI 53217

17. Dr. Dawg

6969 N. Port Washington Rd #100, Glendale, WI 53217
(414) 540-0400

This comfortable gathering spot is a quick, casual place for burgers & Chicago-style hot dogs.

18. Mineshaft

22 N. Main St., Hartford, WI 53027
(262) 673-5416

Your kids will love exploring the 5,000 square foot game room, and you’ll love the family specials and Just for Kids menu.

19. Nines American Bistro

12400 N. Ville Du Parc Dr., Mequon, WI 53092
(262) 518-0129

Nines American Bistro offers a more formal dining room or a casual sports bar atmosphere with 13 HD TVs. The Playdium Game room features 4,000 square feet of interactive games for kids. They even offer special programming for kids on the weekends so you can enjoy a date night or brunch.

20. North Star American Bistro

19115 W. Capitol Dr. #100, Brookfield, WI

Enjoy traditional American favorites along with more sophisticated fare at this upscale but casual eatery. Both locations have a separate family dining room. At the Shorewood location, the family section has toys, a chalkboard and ample play space. There is a full children’s menu, and kids eat free on Sundays (changing soon to Mondays, call ahead to confirm).

21. Bel Air Cantina

2625 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211
6817 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53213
410 W. Town Square Way, Oak Creek, WI 53154
250 High St., Brookfield, WI 53045

This modern Mexican restaurant has a few locations around the Milwaukee area, and they offer a special “niños” menu for the kids.

22. The Chocolate Factory

W62 N577 Washington Ave., Cedarburg
13475 Watertown Plank Rd., Elm Grove
7963 S. Main St., Oak Creek, WI 53154
1077 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee, WI 53072
2120 E. Moreland Boulevard, Waukesha, WI 53186
1402 S. Main Street, West Bend, WI 53095

This local chain offers fresh subs with warm crusty rolls and fresh, premium ingredients, plus a delicious homemade mayonnaise. Top it off with local Wisconsin ice cream or choose from a variety of sundaes. (If you love The Chocolate Factory, be sure to visit the airy Pewaukee location right along the beach on Pewaukee Lake.)

23. Fish Fry in the Parks

Whitnall Park Golf Clubhouse
Grant Park Golf Clubhouse

During the warm weather months from Memorial Day through Labor Day, you can have your Friday night fish fry in the beautiful surroundings of the Milwaukee County Parks.

24. Pizza Crafters

N56W15560 Silver Spring Dr, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Pizza Buffet & Chalkboard!

25. Sprecher Brewing Outdoor Oasis

2200 W. Bender Road

Who doesn’t love a root beer float? Located in a City Park just off the Oak Leaf Trail, this full-amenity location also offers Metro-Milwaukee’s newest possibility playground, indoor restrooms, a war memorial, baseball fields, and the Johnson Controls Outdoor Amphitheater.

Sprecher Outdoor Oasis is an outdoor beer garden located at the Richard E. Maslowski Community Park. It’s a family-friendly beer garden with award-winning Sprecher Beverages and a food menu filled with everyone’s favorites.

(Updated for 2021: Due to COVID-19 recommended guidelines, patrons can’t bring their own steins or cups.)

26. Wisconsin Big Boy

N116 W15841 Main St., Germantown, WI 53022
(262) 293-3098

Remember going to Big Boy as a kid? Well, it’s back in Wisconsin! Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (closed on Sunday and Monday). Wednesdays are Classic Car Nights.

Additional Reader Recommendations:

Capri Di Nuovo
8340 Beloit Rd, West Allis, WI 53219

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