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30 Kid-Friendly Restaurants Around Milwaukee (2022)

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. But that doesn’t mean you have to avoid taking your kids out to eat.

Sometimes it’s just a matter of finding a place where you and your littles can feel welcome.

We found more than 30 of the best places in the Milwaukee area that are locally-owned AND serve up good food, even on the kids menu. From downtown Milwaukee to the surrounding suburbs, these fun restaurants do their best to help all their guests (big and little) feel at home.

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-OK for the whole family.

No matter if it’s a special occasion or just because, rest assured knowing that you won’t be the one doing the dishes tonight. Now that’s what we call a happy hour!


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MILWAUKEE

1. 3rd Street Market Hall

275 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53203
(414) 249-5062
3rdstmarkethall.com

New in October 2021, this market allows you to explore the culinary traditions found throughout Milwaukee all in one place. From Dairyland burgers and frozen custard to fresh bread and homemade pasta, there’s something for everyone in the family.

After grabbing a bite to eat, unwind in the gaming lounge, play a round of shuffleboard, take a swing in a virtual golf sumulator, or toss a few cornhole bags. Plus, you won’t want to miss the Photoverse Selfie Museum, where you’ll find 27 interactive and dynamic photo stations (including the one pictured above) for taking Instagram-worthy selfies and family portraits.


2. SafeHouse

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

The SafeHouse, if you can find it and figure out how to pass the agent authorization process to enter, is the largest spy museum in the Midwest. Your kids will love this spy-themed restaurant, where every turn presents an adventure full of 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. 

The junior spy menu includes “Golden Bullets” (mini corn dogs) and “Goldfingers” (chicken tenders), and all kids meals are served with a beverage in a souvenir color-changing cup.

Adjacent to the SafeHouse is the Newsroom Pub, where you’ll 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
ajbombers.com

kids eating at AJ Bombers in Milwaukee Wisconsin
Photo Credit: Facebook, @AJBombersMKE

This downtown Milwaukee 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
hubbardparklodge.com

Hubbard Park Lodge in Shorewood Milwaukee Wisconsin
Photo Credit: Facebook, @hubbardlodge

Located in picturesque Hubbard Park on the Milwaukee River, their Sunday Lumberjack Brunch is an all-you-can-eat buffet that includes pancakes, eggs, carved ham, chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, frittata, Door County cherry French toast bake, cheesy hashbrowns, breakfast sausage and bacon. There’s even a made-to-order omelette bar! All meals are served with homemade doughnuts and fresh fruit. 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. Beans & Barley

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

A great place to stop for breakfast or lunch, this East Side staple offers healthy vegetarian (and non-vegetarian) options, a fun market to peruse while you’re waiting, and an all-homemade deli. Many of the ingredients used come from local farms and producers.


6. Café Hollander

2608 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211
7677 W. State St., Wauwatosa, WI 53213
20150 Union St., Brookfield, WI 53045
cafehollander.com

Cafe Hollander in Brookfield Wisconsin
Photo Credit: Facebook, @HollanderBrookfield

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.


7. Classic Slice

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

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.


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8. Milwaukee Public Market

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

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.


9. Miss Katie’s Diner

1900 W. Clybourn St., Milwaukee, WI 53233
misskatiesdiner.com

Milwaukee’s original 50’s diner, located two blocks west of Marquette University campus, has hosted Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, Henry Winkler, and more legendary figures. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.


10. Transfer Pizzeria

101 W. Mitchell St., Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 763-0438
transfermke.com

The love of pizza knows no age or size! This establishment welcomes all ages through their doors. Everyone can order their own personal pizza, so there’s no quibbling over toppings.


11. BelAir Cantina

1935 N. Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
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
belaircantina.com

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


12. Zócalo Food Park

636 S. 6th St., Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 433-9747
zocalomke.com

Zocalo Food Park food trucks and vendors Milwaukee Wisconsin
Photo Credit: Facebook, @ZocaloFoodPark

Milwaukee’s first and only food truck park, Zócalo has something for everybody. The name Zócalo is Spanish for “plaza” or “town square.” It’s a gathering place where everyone belongs. The expansive patio is the perfect spot to snag a seat and enjoy some global cuisine.


13. Oscar’s Frozen Custard

2362 S. 108th St., Milwaukee, WI 53227
7041 South 27th St., Franklin, WI 53132
21165 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, WI 53186
oscarscustard.com

Frozen custard joints are always a safe bet for kid-friendly cuisine in the Milwaukee area, and Oscar’s delivers at three different locations. The Franklin location has a model train setup that will delight young children.


NORTH SUBURBS

14. Highland House

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

Highland House in Mequon Wisconsin
Photo Credit: Facebook, @HighlandHouseMequon

Feast on Carribean-style fare with a carefree 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.


15. Bavarian Bierhaus

700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale, WI 53217
(414) 236-7000
thebavarianbierhaus.com

On Tuesdays, kids 12 and under eat FREE at this longstanding German restaurant nestled in Old Heidelberg Park (one free kids’ menu meal with the purchase of each Adult Bavarian Specialties Entrée).


16. Dr. Dawg

6969 N. Port Washington Rd #100, Glendale, WI 53217
853 N Mayfair Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226
drdawg.net

puppy dawg trio at Dr. Dawg in Wauwatosa Wisconsin
Photo Credit: Facebook, @drdawgwauwatosa

With locations in Glendale and Wauwatosa, Dr. Dawg is a quick, casual place for burgers & Chicago-style hot dogs. The menu features “Puppy Dawgs” for patrons of all ages. They are slider-sized franks, available with a variety of toppings. Mix and match different styles for a trio, or buy them buy the half dozen or dozen so everyone in the family can sample.


17. Mineshaft

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

arcade games at Mineshaft in Hartford Wisconsin
Photo Credit: Facebook, @MineshaftRestaurant

Your kids will love exploring the 5,000-square-foot game room, and you’ll love the family specials and Just for Kids menu. Sunday Brunch (8 a.m.-2 p.m.) features bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, assorted salads, bread pudding, fresh fruit, homemade bakery and desserts, and pancakes made to order.


18. Nines American Bistro

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

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.


19. Pizza Crafters

N56 W15560 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
(262) 781-9400
pizzacrafters.net

This fun and healthy pizza buffet committed to using simple, local ingredients. Kids can create their own masterpieces on the chalkboard wall.


20. Sprecher Brewing Outdoor Oasis

2200 W. Bender Rd., Glendale, WI 53209
Website

Who doesn’t love a root beer float? 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.

Just off the Oak Leaf Trail, this full-amenity location also offers a possibility playground, indoor restrooms, a war memorial, baseball fields, and the Johnson Controls Outdoor Amphitheater.

Note: Opens for the season on June 1, 2022.


21. Wisconsin Big Boy

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

kids with German Big Boy in Germantown Wisconsin
Photo Credit: Facebook, @bestburgerwi

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 Monday). Wednesdays are Classic Car Nights.


SOUTH SUBURBS

22. Centraal Grand Café & Tappery

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

Centraal Grand Cafe and Tappery in Milwaukee Wisconsin
Photo Credit: Facebook, @CafeCentraalMKE

The menu here features fresh ingredients, many of which are sourced from local purveyors and farmers. They sometimes host kid-friendly events, and the kids’ menu is delivered on a fun activity/coloring sheet to keep your little ones busy. Outdoor dining options include a courtyard and a streetcar that can be reserved for private groups of 6-8 people (beverage package included).


23. Fish Fry in the Parks

Whitnall Park Golf Clubhouse
Grant Park Golf Clubhouse
county.milwaukee.gov

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. Georgie Porgie’s Treefort

9555 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek, WI 53154
(414) 571-9889
Facebook Page

kids eating at Georgie Porgie's Treefort in Oak Creek Wisconsin
Photo Credit: Facebook, @GeorgiePorgiesOakCreek

Burgers and frozen custard served in a unique, family-friendly treefort atmosphere.


WEST SUBURBS

25. Organ Piper Pizza

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

organist at Organ Piper Pizza in Greenfield Wisconsin
Photo Credit: Facebook, @organpiperpizza

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!


26. StoneFire Pizza Company 

5320 S. Moorland Rd., New Berlin, WI 53151
(262) 970-8800
stonefirepizzaco.com

bumper cars at StoneFire Pizza Company in New Berlin Wisconsin
Photo Credit: Facebook, @stonefirepizza

StoneFire Pizza Company 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, mini bowling, amusement rides, a ninja course, and more.


27. Original Pancake House

16460 W. Bluemound Rd, Brookfield, WI 53005
(262) 797-0800
originalpancakehouse.com

Expect fresh orange juice, great coffee, friendly servers, especially delicious pancakes, and omelets larger than your head. There are always plenty of families here, plus comfortable large booths to accommodate squirmy kids. They offer coloring sheets for children and kids’ meals.


28. North Star American Bistro

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

Enjoy traditional American favorites along with more sophisticated fare at this upscale but casual eatery. There’s a separate family dining room and a full children’s menu.


29. The Chocolate Factory

W62 N577 Washington Ave., Cedarburg, WI 53012
3230 Golf Rd., Delafield, WI 53018
13475 Watertown Plank Rd., Elm Grove, WI 53122
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
thechocolatefactorywi.com

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.)


30. Kopps

18880 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, WI 53045
5373 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale, WI 53217
7631 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield, WI 53220
kopps.com

A local landmark, this frozen custard chain has not one but TWO flavors of the day. We dare you to pick only one!


OTHER READER RECOMMENDATIONS

Capri Di Nuovo
8340 Beloit Rd, West Allis, WI 53219
capridinuovo.com
Kids get a small ball of pizza dough to play with while you wait for your food.

Cleveland Pub & Grill
14000 W. Cleveland Ave., New Berlin, WI 53151
clevelandpubandgrill.com
Arcade games are available to occupy wiggly kids.

Delafield Brewhaus
3832 Hillside Dr., Delafield, WI 53018
delafieldbrewhaus.com
The full kids’ menu includes a carnival corn dog, BBQ pork and a quesadilla.

Point Burger Bar – New Berlin
4900 S Moorland Rd, New Berlin, WI 53151
pointburgerbarnewberlin.com
Always full of families with little kids.


Local shopping malls are another place to find kid-friendly places to eat.

Check out our Kids Eat Free list, too!


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