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Families from all over come to Asheville because of its many family-friendly activities like hiking, rafting, camping, ziplines, waterfalls, swimming holes and more. While most all Asheville restaurants welcome families with their kiddos, there are some that stand out for having extras for kids.

Many parents know the stress of taking the family out to eat, especially when you have small children. Keeping the kids entertained long enough to enjoy a meal is somewhat of a juggling act where parents worry about letting their kids be kids. A children's menu with crayons doesn’t always cut it. Don't fret! Below you’ll find many kid-friendly restaurant options with extra “kid perks” like more casual settings with outdoor space, play areas, arcade games and more. 

Kid-Friendly Restaurants

The Hop Ice Cream Cafe

This local ice cream cafe has served up hand-crafted cones since 1978. A local favorite, Hop offers free family entertainment and events at each of their 2 locations in Asheville. Parents can… read more

This local ice cream cafe has served up hand-crafted cones since 1978. A local favorite, Hop offers free family entertainment and events at each of their 2 locations in Asheville. Parents can enjoy their coffee and espressso bar while kids enjoy the kid-friendly space with toys and things to do.

Asheville Pizza & Brewing

Slinging pizzas since 1998, this independently owned & operated pizza joint and brewery is a local family-friendly hang-out. Kids enjoy the $3 dine-in theatre and the large arcade room with… read more

Slinging pizzas since 1998, this independently owned & operated pizza joint and brewery is a local family-friendly hang-out. Kids enjoy the $3 dine-in theatre and the large arcade room with big TV screen, air hockey, ski ball, arcade games and more. 675 Merrimon Ave, Asheville.

Sierra Nevada Brewery & Taproom

This large brewery offers a great kid-friendly outdoor space where families can enjoy the more casual Back Porch menu, sit fireside, explore the natural trail, and play in the large sandbox with… read more

This large brewery offers a great kid-friendly outdoor space where families can enjoy the more casual Back Porch menu, sit fireside, explore the natural trail, and play in the large sandbox with cool toys. Kids also love the brewery’s full vegetable & herb garden. 100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River

Creekside Taphouse, Asheville

Located in the Haw Creek neighborhood of East Asheville, this taphouse specializes in burgers, wings and brews. This large, casual setting is great for kids with games,  large outdoor space with… read more

Located in the Haw Creek neighborhood of East Asheville, this taphouse specializes in burgers, wings and brews. This large, casual setting is great for kids with games,  large outdoor space with patio, volleyball court, playground area and flowing creek. Kids and dogs are welcome! 8 Beverly Rd

White Duck Taco, Asheville

This popular riverfront taco shop located in the River Art’s District of Asheville is a casual, kid & dog-friendly restaurant. Large outdoor space has picnic tables and room for kids to run… read more

This popular riverfront taco shop located in the River Art’s District of Asheville is a casual, kid & dog-friendly restaurant. Large outdoor space has picnic tables and room for kids to run around. 388 Riverside Dr, Asheville

Tips for eating out with kids in Asheville

  • Bring along a bag of activities for kids to enjoy at the table like coloring books, markers, board games, cards, play-dough or puzzles. Some restaurants have larger outdoor spaces with room to bring along things like chalk, bubbles, bouncy balls, toy trucks or cars. 
  • Check the restaurant's Facebook page for events and weekly specials like "Kids Eat Free" or discount nights.
  • Does your child have allergies? Many Asheville Restaurants offer gluten-free, vegan, and other options for kids with allergies. 
  • Plan ahead and make reservations to avoid a long waitlist. During the warmer months (peak season), many restaurants operate on a waitlist all day due to the volume of visitors to the region.  
  • Asheville’s breweries and cideries are also very family-friendly with large indoor and outdoor spaces, giving kids plenty of room to play. Breweries often have food trucks on-site, allowing parents to enjoy craft beer and food in a family-friendly, relaxed setting. See our Brewery Guide, along with our Food Truck guide for more info.
  • Looking for family-friendly hotels and lodging? See our guide here

See more pages from our Family Guide: Top 20 Family VacationsKid-Friendly Hikes | Waterfalls for Kids | Biltmore for Kids | Family-Friendly Hotels & Lodging | Top 20 Indoor Activities for Kids | Hands-On Learning & Children's MuseumsKids in Parks | Places for Kid's Birthday PartiesOvernight Summer Camps | Day & Half-Day Summer Camps | Family Date Ideas

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