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Kid-Friendly Dining in Baltimore

Skip the babysitter, bring the kids to eat with you.

Looking for a place in Baltimore to take the kids where you won’t have to worry about how loud or messy they might be? Charm City has plenty of casual restaurants with mighty good food so you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.

R. House

R. House, a popular food emporium in the Remington neighborhood, is not just hopping with twenty-something foodies, it’s a hit with families as well. Order from one of the food stalls along the outer walls, grab a seat where you can and let your kids make as much noise as they want. They’ll be in good company with the adults.

Two people hold colorful ice cream cones

Grab a delicious sweet treat at Taharka Brothers Ice Cream in R. House.

Peabody Heights Brewery

Yup, you read that right. On Friday nights, Peabody Heights’ taproom hosts a family-friendly happy hour, where you can enjoy a local brew while your kids make new friends. With bookshelves, toys and even arcade games, Peabody has everything your kids need to stay entertained. So go ahead, order another round.

Red Canoe Cafe

If you’re up for a short drive, Red Canoe Cafe, a children’s bookstore and restaurant in the Lauraville neighborhood, is worth the effort. Come over for a healthy homemade meal, a welcoming place for the kids to play or to add a new story to your home collection.

Woodberry Kitchen

Spike Gjerde, a James Beard Award-winning chef, isn’t kidding around when he says Woodberry Kitchen makes everything in-house. That philosophy extends to its multi-hued play dough, which is made on-site and colored with vegetable byproducts such as beet skins or carrot tops. The kids’ menu comes with farm animal drawings for the little ones to color and food items that aren’t run of the mill, including oven-roasted chicken and a small tavern steak.

Mother’s Federal Hill Grille

Families won’t have to wait too long for a seat at this casual South Baltimore eatery. Mother’s Grille reserves an entire dining room for kids and their parents and opens up two other rooms during weekends and other busy times. Kids can also draw on white paper on the tables with their crayons while savoring the pasta, chicken tenders and hot dogs from the kids’ menu.


Kids under 10 get free pizza at this Canton establishment on Wednesday nights and the restaurant will accommodate dietary requests, such as gluten-free, any night of the week. Verde indulges kids’ creativity by offering crayons at the table and chalk to draw on the sidewalks. Or, they can play with pizza dough and watch the experts cook up a pie in the downstairs open kitchen.

Miss Shirley’s Cafe

When you get seated at this breakfast, brunch and lunch spot, little ones will get an activity mat with games and puzzles to keep them occupied throughout your meal. Plus the kids menu at Miss Shirley’s is a great deal—only $9 for an entrée and a healthy side.

A stack of waffles are topped with fruit and chocolate chips

Miss Shirley’s has locations in the Inner Harbor, Roland Park and BWI Airport.

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