Kid-Friendly Orlando Restaurants with Play Spaces - Grills Lakeside Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar

It’s extremely challenging to enjoy a date night dinner when venturing out with the kids in tow! Am I right??? The kids are sure to bounce off the walls, crawl under the table, and offer up sourpuss faces more tart than mom or dad’s well-deserved sour beer. But, there’s hope yet! We've compiled a playful list of kid-friendly Orlando restaurants that perfectly pair pleasing plates with playgrounds and/or play spaces.

So when you forget to book the babysitter, or plans change, just take the kids with you on date night to these places!

Updated January 2024 by Meghan Roth

BONUS – Our team has launched! Check out our list of 15 Super Fun Family Restaurants in Orlando and Central Florida over there too!

Plates with a Side of Playground

Landry's Seafood House

8800 Vineland Ave, Orlando | (407) 827-6466

No one will be crabby at this seafood establishment thanks to an awesome onsite playground featuring swirly slides, tunnels, and climbing platforms. The fenced-in area is massive so the kids can burn off some steam while adults enjoy a plethora of happy hour offerings (Monday through Friday, 3:30-5:30pm) on both bites and drinks.

Tap into Landry’s roots with the New Orleans Crawfish Bread topped with crawfish tails, mozzarella, Louisiana spices, tomatoes, and garlic while sipping Landry’s Famous Mai Tai. The regular menu prices can creep up for a typical family outing, but the added value of a nice playground makes it worthwhile.

Grill’s Lakeside Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar

4301 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando | (407) 291-8881

There is just something special about dining on the water’s edge, you know? This huge lakeside restaurant is sure to satisfy with stunning views of Lake Fairview and, most importantly, a great playground just off the tiki-style deck (pictured below). The playground is fully enclosed with fencing and has a canopy cover for shade.

You’ll find plenty of deliciousness on the main menu, like Tahitian Tuna Poke, Bahamian Fish Chowder, and a Shrimp Cuban. Grills doubles as one of our favorite places for seafood and as one of the best kid-friendly Orlando restaurants.

But as the kids brave the monkey bars, prepare to brave the Lionfish Menu featuring the invasive species with venomous spines. Grill’s safely serves up lionfish using its “Froiled” preparation, by pan frying a whole lionfish, glazing it with a sweet and savory sauce, and finishing it off with a broil.

Breakfast is served daily 7am – 11am, if you'd like to beat the lunch and dinner rush.

Kid-Friendly Orlando Restaurants with Playgrounds - Grills Lakeside Seafood Deck and Tiki Bar
Image credit: Grills Lakeside Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar

Joe’s Crab Shack

8400 International Dr., Orlando | (407) 352-2928

Thanks to Joe's pirate-themed playground, parents can savor a peaceful meal while also taking in great views of The Wheel at ICON Park nearby. Extending just beyond the comfortable patio seating, the swashbuckler wonderland will make everyone feel as happy as a clam and also inspire the kiddos to walk the plank as parents consider salmon on a plank.

Crab is, not surprisingly, Joe’s most treasured ingredient, as featured in the Crab Stuffed Mushrooms, Crab Cake Sandwich, and various Crab Platters (i.e. King, Queen, Snow). Bonus: Joe’s Crab Shack has a gluten-sensitive menu and, yes, a kid's menu.

Boxi Park

6877 Tavistock Lakes Blvd, Orlando | (407) 536-9666

If you're looking to get together with friends, Boxi Park is a phenomenal choice. Stroll around and grab eats from a variety of casual walk-up eateries, kind of like food trucks, but in former shipping containers.

All seating is outdoors, there's a bar and often live music. Best of all there is a full playground suitable for most ages, at the back of Boxi Park.

Related: A Culinary Map of Lake Nona

The Acre

4421 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804

There is a lot to love about The Acre near Edgewater Drive in College Park. This sprawling outdoor dining spot has multiple places to sit and relax, including a few bungalow style indoor dining areas, with a cute little bar hidden in one of them.

The Market offers a variety of pizzas as well as a few small bites, packaged snacks, and lots of drink options. Outdoor movies and other events are offered each week. Meeting friends at The Acre is a great idea. Everyone can bring along their kids, and those without kiddos will feel perfectly relaxed too. This place is perfect when there is a chill in the air thanks to the cozy firepits.

Pizza at The Acre - image by Dani Meyering
Pizza at The Acre – image by Dani Meyering

The Waterfront

4201 S Orange Ave, Orlando | (407) 866-0468

While there is not a full playground here, The Waterfront Orlando is very much a kid-friendly restaurant during the day because it has a swing set and a few outdoor activities, and a casual atmosphere.

You'll feel like you've escaped to the beach as you dine on some of the freshest seafood in Orlando. Beach-style music wafts over the air as you look out over a sparkling lake. Some words of caution, make sure your little ones are safely away from the water's edge at all times.

Lunch is kid-friendly, but as evening approaches it is usually an adult crowd.

The Yardery

415 E. 4th St. Sanford | (407) 878-2179

One of the most kid-friendly restaurants in Orlando, well “North Orlando”, is The Yardery. This place is so much fun, for everyone. There are outdoor yard games everywhere, and it is completely fenced in. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so you can enjoy a fun outing together any time of day.

Naturally, the most kid-friendly times are in the morning and afternoon. After about 5pm it becomes more adult-focused. The food is casual, yet delicious – the Loaded Fries are sinfully good and worth the indulgence.

The Yardery in Sanford is kid-friendly and fun with a tire swing, green astroturf, and yard games
The Yardery in Sanford is kid-friendly and fun

Day trip idea – Head towards the coast to Port Orange for a Florida classic. Aunt Catfish's on the River is a casual seafood spot that's been open for decades. It has nice outdoor seating and a small playground.

Permission to Play with Your Food

Main Event

9101 International Dr., Suite 1032, Orlando | (407) 352-3300

Prepare to make play the main course of this family dinner date. We’re all craving an extra helping of fun these days, and Main Event is like a buffet of amusement. We’re talking arcade games, a ropes course, bowling, and more; plus, a restaurant to top it all off with hearty burgers and wraps.

The kids’ menu is pretty standard, but sweetening the deal is Main Event’s Shirleys, festive non-alcoholic beverages. You can also please everyone with their Family Feast options.

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

9299 Universal Blvd., Orlando | (407) 610-5020

Andretti is also a one-stop-shop bursting with food and fun for all ages. Fuel up on hearty American fare, such as patty melts and Philly cheesesteaks, before stomping the pedal of a speedy go-kart. Fresh greens, gluten-free and vegan alternatives, are also available.

Once your tanks are full, hop into the racing simulators to train like pros, or take tech to the next level with Hologate, a 4-player virtual reality attraction (you see, it’s a good thing you brought the whole family after all). Laser tag and bowling add to the fun.

Related: Indoor Date Ideas for a Rainy Day in Orlando


9295 Universal Blvd, Orlando | (407) 218-7714 & 1010 Greenwood Blvd, Lake Mary | (407) 543-9138

For an on-par date night, get in the swing of a little family-friendly competition. Each reserved golf bay accommodates up to six people, with plenty of room to hit the ball and lounge on the plush seating. My son is mildly obsessed with ‘Angry Birds’ so our family loves Topgolf’s game theme: Angry Birds. The feathered characters (golf balls) smash down structures, defeat pigs, and help players earn points.

Graze on Cheesy Macaroni Bites, a BBQ Brisket Flatbread, and Signature Nachos.

Tip: To really make your Topgolf meal trophy-worthy, order the Injectable Donut Holes. Yup, that’s right… golf phrases “nice shot” and “get in the hole” take on new meanings with cinnamon-sugar dusted donut holes that you inject with chocolate sauce, raspberry jelly, or Bavarian cream.

Read more: Date Night at Topgolf

Drive Shack

7285 Corner Dr., Orlando | (407) 553-8820

Similarly, on the other side of town in Lake Nona, you can treat your one-and-only – um, plus the kiddos – to a hole-in-one themed date night at Drive Shack. Reserve a bay and master the small ball game (without the hassle of dragging your clubs on a hot course). Players can mix things up with nontraditional themes, like monsters, darts, and playing cards, all within the golf setting. Oh, don’t forget to test your arcade skills by playing basketball, foosball, shuffleboard, and old-school Pac-Man.

With great brunch options, Drive Shack can certainly be a Sunday Funday locale for the whole fam, or any meal of the day. Mothers-to-be can enjoy tasty mocktails too, such as the Lavender Lemonade.

Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Orlando with Play Spaces - Drive Shack
Image credit: Drive Shack Orlando

Fun Date Idea: Popstroke Waterford Lakes Orlando

District Eat & Play

1395 Oviedo Mall Blvd., Oviedo | (407) 542-3536

Orlando has plenty of escape room experiences but District Eat & Play takes it up a notch by offering four different escape room challenges (under 18 requires a parental signature; under 16 requires an accompanying adult); plus pinball, bowling, and, for kids 12+, axe throwing.

Check out the free Pinball Tournament on Fridays or BOGO pricing on bowling, escape rooms, and axe throwing on select days. Some of the kid-friendly, parent-approved fare includes Chicken Bacon Mac n’ Cheese and Spicy Hawaiian Pizza. For an adult beverage, please your youthful taste buds with a Cotton Candy Martini.

Dave & Buster’s

8986 International Dr., Orlando | (407) 541-3300

There’s no need to act your age when this arcade wonderland awaits. Seriously, this place is guaranteed fun with video games, billiards, bowling, big-screen TVs for sports viewing, and virtual reality, including the new Terminator Dark Fate, based on the franchise's latest action-packed film. If you can manage a night out mid-week, take advantage of half-price gaming on Wednesdays. The menu has a plethora of handhelds, wings, and other bar-style food.

The View at Clermont National (Clermont)

2601 Clermont National Dr. Clermont, FL 34711 | (352) 227-3535

The View at Clermont National is where delicious food meets a vibrant bar scene with incredible views, outdoor seating, and a Top Tracer Golf Range. Enjoy mouthwatering food options while you watch your favorite sports team on TV. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails, fine wines, and local brews on tap. Families are welcomed, with kid-friendly activities, outdoor yard games, and live music on the weekends.

Kid-Friendly Orlando Restaurants with Fun Settings

Salt Shack on the Lake

846 W Osceola St, Clermont, FL 34711 | (352) 562-7840

This new spot offers wild-caught seafood and family fun off Highway 50 in Historic Downtown Clermont, right on Lake Minneola. Salt Shack on the Lake offers fresh fish and seafood caught by skilled fishermen of the Gulf to compliment its seasonal, Caribbean-inspired menu. Treat yourself to an island-infused craft cocktail that will take your tastebuds on a wave of flavor.

There is plenty of outdoor seating as well as a small sandy play area along the shore of the lake. A few lawn games will keep kids and adults entertained together. Afterward, stroll the boardwalk by foot or via a 4-person Surrey bike or climb aboard a boat.

salt shack on the lake clermont
Salt Shack on the Lake – Dani Meyering

T-Rex Café

1676 East Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista | (407) 939-3463

Days of date nights when it was just the two of you may seem more ancient than dinosaurs. But, following a great day exploring Disney Springs, you absolutely can make date night history by letting the kids dig in the fossil pit at T-Rex Café. This sensory exploration will keep them happily occupied while you wait for a table (even if you made a reservation).

And once they’ve found enough bones and are ready to test their herbivore and carnivore skills, know that the dining room décor will stimulate the senses before you even order a meal. The kids' menu allows you to piece together what you think (and hope) your child may actually eat by choosing one entrée, one side, and a drink (dessert is an add-on).

Wekiva Island – Without a Paddle Café

1014 Miami Springs Dr., Longwood | (407) 951-8145

Family time seems to fly by when on island time, right? So why not spend some time at Central Florida’s favorite sandy shore: Wekiva Island. This place isn’t just a recreation paradise for kayakers and hikers… foodies are welcome too.

The onsite restaurant, Without a Paddle, may just float your boat. Let the little ones go pig wild over the Sloppy Hot Dog, followed by sandcastle building and splashy fun. If you want to commit to a full day of it, rent a cabana and opt for the easy and tasty Cabana Picnic Package, which contains enough yumminess for eight to ten people.

Wekiva Island Without a Paddle Food Truck and Pavilion
Wekiva Island Without a Paddle Food Truck and Pavilion – Dani Meyering

Plant Street Market

426 W. Plant St., Winter Garden | (786) 671-0175

Just down the road from the Winter Garden Farmers Market, the two spacious grassy areas that flank the outdoor beer garden of Crooked Can Brewing have morphed into open play spaces. Whether you came for some grub or a beer flight, impromptu fun tends to come about.

Plant Street Market next to Crooked Can Brewery
Plant Street Market next to Crooked Can Brewery – Dani Meyering

Of course, a plethora of non-alcoholic refreshments can be found within Plant Street Market, such as at AntiquiTEAs or Axum Coffee. And since there are many food vendors as well, you don’t need everyone in the family to agree on dinner (and that’s a win!). Favorites include MAC’d Out and Michael Ali’s Coal Fire Pizza, among others.

Related: Ten Kid-Friendly Breweries in Orlando

Yellow Dog Eats

1296 Hempel Ave., Windermere | (407) 296-0609

If you haven’t tried this homey sandwich place yet, you’re simply missing out. Chef Fish Morgan smokes bacon, pork, and other proteins right on-premise, which pair deliciously with fresh, local greens and goods. The vibe is eclectic and the food is extraordinary. OK, OK… I admit there’s not a typical play space here; in fact, the restaurant is somewhat cozy. However, I can attest that the retro van permanently parked on the back patio will have your children cruising along just fine so you can enjoy this meal out. My sons loved exploring within the vehicle and pretending to drive the iconic ride.

Orlando Farmers' Markets

Right in the heart of the City Beautiful sits the lovely Lake Eola Park, which includes a great playground. For a laid-back picnic date, grab some bites from vendors at the Orlando Farmers Market. And then let the kiddos run wild within the fenced-in playground.

Likewise, the Winter Garden Farmers Market has really revved up its cuisine offerings with an array of scrumptious food truck fare. Parents can snack and rehydrate as the kiddos soak up tons of fun in the sun at the on-site splash pad.

More kid-friendly Orlando restaurants to try:

  • Kings Dining & Entertainment: Family game night and date night unite at Kings on I-Drive. The HUGE Jenga-style blocks will make for sky-high fun for all.
  • Splitsville: Typically you don’t want to strike out on date night, but that’s the exact plan when it comes to magical bowling at Splitsville at Disney Springs.
  • Kitty Beautiful Café: Treat your cat’s meow and your litter to a purrrfect family lunch date in Downtown Orlando.
  • The Pinery: This spot is located on beautiful Lake Ivanhoe in the heart of Orlando, right across from Gaton Edwards Park and has a large playground.
  • Oh Hey Cafe: This daily coffee shop is located at the Open House Social Hall.