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Family-friendly dining on the Gold Coast

Looking for the best places to eat with your kids on the Gold Coast? This list has everything you need, from legendary burgers to vibrant night markets, here are the best family-friendly restaurants on the Gold Coast. Get ready for a fun-filled dining experience for the whole family!

Say goodbye to the days of parents sacrificing quality for convenience. These family-friendly eateries pride themselves on creating gourmet meals for kids, ensuring they enjoy every bite as much as the adults at the table.

Why family-friendly dining is important

When dining out with the family, it’s essential to find restaurants catering to adults and children. Family-friendly dining is important for several reasons. Firstly, it allows parents to enjoy a meal without worrying about their children’s behaviour or feeling restricted by a limited menu. Secondly, it will enable parents to introduce their kids to various cuisines and flavours, expanding their culinary horizons from an early age. Lastly, family-friendly restaurants provide a welcoming and inclusive environment where families can come together and create lasting memories.

Family-friendly dining is not just about providing high chairs and colouring books; it’s about creating an experience that caters to children’s and adults’ needs and preferences. From the ambience to the menu options, these restaurants understand the importance of ensuring that everyone in the family has an enjoyable time.


The best places to eat with kids on the Gold Coast


Longboards Laidback Eatery and Bar (Surfers Paradise)

Calling all burger lovers! Longboards boasts legendary burgers that will satisfy both adults and children. Challenge yourself with the “Phat Bastard Challenge” for a chance to win a prize, or let the kids enjoy their dedicated menu. Plus, $3 play packs keep them entertained while you relax.


El Camino Cantina (Surfers Paradise)

Mexican food is always a crowd-pleaser, and El Camino Cantina takes it to the next level. With delicious tacos, nachos, and fajitas, your little ones will be left happy and full. Take advantage of their themed specials like $2 Taco Tuesdays and half-price Fajita Thursdays!


Frank Jr’s (Coolangatta & Nobby Beach)

Get ready for some serious pizza love! Frank Jr’s is famous for its Detroit-style deep-dish pizzas, attracting crowds from all over. The new Lavarack location offers fast and fun table service, making it perfect for families. No bookings are needed; just grab the pizza box and add your name to the list.


Southport Sharks (Southport)

A family favourite, Southport Sharks offers something for everyone and is one of the best places to eat with kids on the Gold Coast. Frenzy’s features a diverse menu that caters to kids’ preferences, while the Wonka-esque dessert bar will leave them in awe. Once bellies are full, the supervised kids’ play area provides endless entertainment with movies, games, and even basketball.


Dune Cafe (Palm Beach)

Located right next to Pirate Park and Palm Beach Parklands, Dune Cafe is a dream come true for families. Their menu features delicious options for both adults and children, starting at only $6.50. Plus, they even have a menu for your furry friend! Enjoy a relaxing brunch and then head to the nearby lagoon or park for some fun in the sun.


The Collective (Palm Beach)

Family-friendly doesn’t get much better than five restaurants under one roof! The Collective offers a variety of cuisines, including Mexican, Greek, Asian, American, and Italian. Choose between spacious indoor seating or rooftop views to enjoy your meal. There’s also a dedicated kids’ menu, and the close proximity to beaches makes it easy for post-dinner playtime.


Miami Marketta (Miami)

Get ready for a vibrant and exciting family experience at Miami Marketta! This amazing night market boasts a wide selection of delicious food stalls, sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Live music fills the air, while kids can run around the alley and enjoy the lively atmosphere, so be prepared for a fun-filled evening.


This list offers just a taste of the fantastic family-friendly restaurants on the Gold Coast just waiting to be discovered. So, if you are looking for places to eat with the kids, gather your loved ones, grab your appetite, and get ready for a memorable dining experience!

So, the next time you’re planning a family outing or looking for a special place to celebrate, consider one of these places to eat with kids on the Gold Coast. You’ll be treated to a culinary adventure that will leave both your taste buds and your little ones thoroughly impressed.

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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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