When you’ve got crave-worthy food, endless Aussie sun, and the right mix of cosmopolitan and green living in one amazing QLD location, you know we’re talking about beautiful Brisbane.
Whether you’re visiting or living in gorgeous Brisbane city, you won’t run out of fun things to do with your family. The vibrant energy, neverending eateries, and enviable outdoor lifestyle are just some of the city’s highlights. It can’t be helped, staying in Brisbane will make you want to live in the moment. What more can you ask for?
How about a list of the best family friendly restaurants in Brisbane where you can bring the little ones?
Say no more, because this article will give you 6 of Brisbane’s best family friendly restaurants that we’ve rated based on their menu and other kid-friendly perks.
While you’re at it, keep your eyes peeled for some bonus tips I’ll be adding here on how to have an awesome time with your little ones in what’s probably the best and arguably the most child friendly city in Australia.
Pig ‘N’ Whistle
You may know Pig ‘N’ Whistle as a quintessential pub with their draught and craft beers, but did you know that it’s also a popular kid-friendly restaurant? Pig ‘N’ Whistle has an extensive menu of burgers, steaks, pizza and mains that the whole family can enjoy.
For the kids, you can order the kids’ cheeseburger, their take on the classic cheeseburger sandwiched in a brioche bun, or the kids’ fish, battered Atlantic cod served with chunky chips, tartare and a slice of lemon.
Children can enjoy drawing and colouring on the activity sheets that serve as their menu, or munch on nachos as they wait. For dessert, kids will love Pig ‘N’ Whistle’s vanilla bean ice cream with chocolate topping or Belgian chocolate pudding.
Aside from Indooroopilly, Pig ‘N’ Whistle has other restaurant locations in Brisbane: Riverside, King George Square, Queen Street Mall, Brunswick Street and West End.
Mouth-watering gyoza and Japanese comfort food await you and your family when you visit Harajuku Gyoza in Southbank. Located along Grey Street, it’s walking distance to the lagoon.
Kids can order peppered chicken wings or fried chicken karaage, chicken katsudon, or cheeseburger gyoza while grown-ups can enjoy their grilled duck gyoza or prawn gyoza dipped in ginger and spring onion dressing. For appetizers, Harajuku Gyoza offers mozzarella gyoza and takoyaki (octopus) gyoza.
Can’t choose just one? Why not order all the gyoza sets and have fun with the whole family sampling everything on the menu? You don’t have to worry about burning off the calories — you and your family can go for a walk or a quick swim at the man-made beach, just a few metres away from the restaurant.
Cicada Cafe Bar
You’ve got to give it to Cicada when it comes to uniting the family over food. Cicada Cafe Bar is a friendly cafe that offers 5 kinds of burgers in their lunch and dinner menu which they call ‘The Burger Tour’. If that’s not enough to get your and your kids’ appetite going, I don’t know what will.
They have different burger creations the whole family will enjoy. For the kids, they have the American cheeseburger or the Aussie Steak burger. Their vegan Indian burger made with homemade potato cake and tomato jam and their Korean chicken burger with crispy fried chicken, house slaw, and kimchi are a unique twist on a classic burger and would satisfy more discerning adult palates.
Guzman y Gomez
If your family loves Mexican AND fast food, head to Guzman y Gomez for some on-the-fly burritos, tacos, and nachos. GYG serves tasty lunch and dinner that’s definitely got bang for your buck. Their family meal bundles are perfect for sharing and have kid-friendly dishes your kids will enjoy.
Taco Tuesday? Try GYG’s taco bundle which has 10 tacos, 1 family fries and 2 sauces for only $35. If you and your kids are coming in hungry, the $40 family fiesta can take you on. It has 2 burritos or burrito bowls, 2 kids packs, 2 regular fries, and 2 dipping sauces that will surely satisfy your and your kids’ appetite.
Another good thing about GYG? It has plenty of locations in the Greater Brisbane area so you won’t have to worry about finding one near you.
The Gap Tavern
The Gap, Brisbane
This Brisbane favourite will be your new go-to option for a no-frills family-friendly restaurant. There’s nothing complicated in what they’re offering here. Even when you’re dining with kids, The Gap Tavern’s menu of pub favourites is a straightforward list of the good old classics you just can’t go wrong with.
With crowd favorites like Chicken Parm and Fish & Chips on the menu and other staples like Caesar Salad, Buffalo Chicken Wings, and Salt & Pepper Calamari, The Gap Tavern has earned a reputation as one of the best family-friendly restaurants in Brisbane.
Another plus your kids will surely love? They have a fenced-in area where children can run around. Your kids get to play while you enjoy your meals worry-free.
Mount Gravatt, Brisbane
If you’re in the mood for something different and a menu that offers just about everything for everyone, Loving Hut is the place to be. While vegan may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re planning on dining out with your kids, you may be surprised to find that a lot of parents and kids enjoy eating here.
Loving Hut is well-loved among its community of diners (whether you’re vegan or not) and has an extensive menu. It’s a popular eatery when you’re looking for fully vegan summer rolls, crispy chow mein, lasagne, soy cutlets, curry, char siu pork buns, fried rice, and other rice and pasta dishes. They also serve pancakes and vegan egg or scrambled tofu for breakfast.
Loving Hut will happily indicate for you which are gluten free options just in case you or other family members have dietary restrictions. Their cream cheese wontons, spaghetti bolognese and mushroom carbonara will always be a crowd-pleaser. You can request for zucchini noodles if you’re going gluten free or want to try a healthier alternative to pasta.
Planning on having coffee after your meal while the kids are having dessert? Their mini cafe offers cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, long blacks, and short blacks for the adults and hot chocolate for the kids – all served with organic soy milk, of course. Kids love their chocolate chip ice cream sundae made with vanilla or chocolate ice cream and topped with chunky chocolate chips and an Oreo.
Pro Tips for Time Management
Parents have a seemingly never-ending list of things to do, and it’s not easy. Making time for simple joys like getting to eat out with kids can sometimes feel like a luxury in between work and other responsibilities, especially when you can’t make 25 hours out of a 24-hour day.
There are helpful ways on how to make the day stretch for you so you can still have time for the things you value more than others. Here are some tips you can use to achieve that:
Post-its are your best friend
There’s no such thing as too many Post-its. Think of them as your little helpers whenever you need to remind yourself about an important appointment, an email you have to send someone, or just a simple ‘hi, have fun!’ note you want to give to your little ones when they’re off to school. Post-its are 100% the best problem solvers that ever came out of a bookstore.
Make time for quality family time
Unless you have plenty of time between work, household chores, and other responsibilities, you may be spreading yourself too thin. Prioritise spending leisure time with your kids so that you can make the most out of your hours (or minutes) with them. Being mindful this way helps you and your kids to be present in the moment, and you’ll find that you’re enjoying each other’s company in that short span of time better than if you’re all stuck in one place for an hour or two while everyone’s busy or distracted.
A little bit of self-care helps
Give yourself some necessary ‘me time’ everyday, even if it’s just for thirty minutes. Whether ‘me time’ means relaxing and winding down with a cup of chamomile tea and a good book or getting your energy up and sparking excitement like working out or going out with friends, making time to ‘fill your cup’ will give you more mileage in the long run to handle the tasks on your plate more efficiently and with greater clarity.
Hire cleaners and lawn care professionals
Getting creative with sourcing help can be quite beneficial for your day to day tasks (and long-term sanity!). You’d probably prefer going out with your family and having a good time than folding the laundry or watering your lawn. While household chores such as washing the dishes, cleaning the bathroom, or mowing the lawn are important things to do, they can be sourced professionally so you have more time and energy to do the things you love.
There are many Australian home cleaning and professional lawn care services available that will do the job well for you and give you that time to relax. A reliable lawn services team in your area will be happy to help free up some of your time by taking yard care and lawn maintenance off of your hands for a very reasonable price. Professional lawn services have the right tools to help you have a well-kept lawn, so you know you’ll be leaving your yard in good hands.
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