The decision to dine with your kids is one that often sets hearts racing with anxiety, sweaty palms, heart palpitations and premature hair loss.
If you’ve had one of those shocking experiences where your usual angels have turned into she and he-demons during a main course, disrupting patrons, seeing you trembling with embarrassment and whispering shouting threats to your crazies; rest assured, we’re here to help.
We know what it’s like, we’ve been there and we feel your pain! To experience a pleasurable dining experience with the little ones, we’ve compiled a list of our top 3 Family & Kid Friendly Restaurants to help you re-acquaint yourself with dining out with the general public. So throw out those take-away menus, change out of your pjs and get out there amongst it tonight, with your kids.
1. Frenzy Food Court, Southport Sharks
Three words. Frenzy Food Court. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this family friendly buffet style restaurant (located in Southport Sharks) serves up a delectable range of foods (including a la carte and children’s menu options). Frenzy Food Court caters for all with an array of roasts, European Deli delights, pastas, salads and cakes and much, much more. Buffet breakfasts (weekends only) see all the favourites and for those who opt for the a la carte option, their extensive lunch and dinner menus include a little something to appease all tastes.
When it comes to the kids, you can take up the buffet option or select from the menu including favourites from chicken nuggets, fish and chips, cheeseburgers, pizza and more. All kids meals are served with a soft drink and ice cream cup.
But wait, there’s more…Southport Sharks is home to Wobbygongs Kids Fun Zone, one of the biggest and best children’s play areas on the Gold Coast! For a small fee, you can sit back and enjoy some adult time after dinner knowing that your kids are safe, entertained and having a blast.
Check out the Southport Sharks website for Frenzy Food Court’s many specials, including our favourite, ‘kids dine FREE on Monday Nights!’.
Cnr Musgrave & Olsen Avenues, Southport
Phone: (07) 5532 1155
Mon – Fri 1130am – 2pm / Dinner from 530pm
Weekends Breakfast 830am-10am / Lunch 1130am-2pm / Dinner from 530pm
This little winner in the heart of Surfers Paradise ticks all the boxes for us when it comes to family friendly dining.
Authentic Italian food, tick. Great selection of everything from entrees, mains to desserts and drinks, tick. Central location, tick. Indoor and alfresco dining, tick. And our favourite, family friendly, tick!
Let’s face it, which kids can’t find something they like off an Italian menu? Pizza is the no-brainer but for those young foodies out there, Nicolini’s provides many scrumptious pasta, meat and seafood options.
Nicolini’s has been in the game for over 35 years and with this experience comes an authentic Italian dining experience not to be missed. As is the Italian way, Nicolini’s loves families and their friendly staff will welcome you and your younger ones into their casual family dining atmosphere. Simply one of the best family and child family restaurants going ’round.
3106 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Phone: (07) 5539 0884
Opening Hours: 7 nights from 530pm and for lunch Tuesday – Friday from 11am
3. Lonestar Tavern
Who can resist a good ol’ fashion tavern? This relaxing setting is open 7 days per week for breakfast, lunch and dinner (with the Grazier’s Steakhouse open everyday for lunch and dinner). There’s indoor and outdoor dining and an awesome children’s playroom tucked away, yet still within eye shot. Lonestar have a massive menu, including a ‘kids’ and ‘mids’ menu – perfect for children of all ages. Kids can even eat free on Monday and Tuesday nights with their free kids buffet!
Cnr Markeri & Sunshine Boulevard, Mermaid Waters
Phone: (07) 5572 2500
Hours: Everyday 10am-4am (Graziers Steakhouse: Lunch 12pm – 230pm / Dinner 530pm – 9pm)