Kid-friendly Restaurants

There are plenty of adventures and family-fun to be had in the Bradenton Area, especially when it comes to dining. Most parents would agree that engaging activities and a broad menu are key to an enjoyable experience. We’ve assembled a list of some family-friendly restaurants that are sure to score five-stars (and full tummies).

Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Gulf Drive Café

Who doesn’t love the idea of dining with sugar-soft sand sifting between your toes? Kids will enjoy playing on the beach while watchful parents delight in the tropical ambiance and inspired menu, and teens will love the endless Instagrammable opportunities. Established in 1987 on nearly two-acres of beachfront, the Gulf Drive Café is an island mainstay for countless locals and visitors alike. You’ll soon learn why this is one of the top places for live music, splendid service, and delicious meals—all while overlooking the serene Gulf of Mexico. 

Whisky Joe’s

With an impressive view of the historic Manatee River, Whisky Joe’s should be high on the list of all al fresco fans. From nachos to shrimp, salads to pizza, the Floribbean menu is sure to please nearly every dining preference. The laid-back vibe is in perfect harmony with the thatched palapas, white sand, and warm firepit that’s lit every evening. Kids will be entertained by the endless parade of boats and parents will love the view of the sunset melting into the water.

Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Ugly Grouper

Don’t let the name fool you, there’s nothing ugly about the Ugly Grouper. This family-friendly establishment features games, live music, and fresh seafood. With ring toss, giant Jenga and cornhole, you’ll have no trouble keeping the kiddos entertained while waiting for your made-to-order meal. Speaking of meals, this is the place to grab some of the freshest seafood around—be sure to try their grouper tacos or famous grouper sandwich. Not into seafood? No worries, this restaurant has fare for everyone to enjoy, including sandwiches, salads and barbeque. Don’t forget to snap a picture of the giant grouper sculpture for your Facebook feed!

Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Seafood Shack

Anything but a shack, the Seafood Shack is next door to the historic fishing village of Cortez, so you know there is fine seafood to be found. With a spectacular view of the intercoastal waterway, kids (and kids at heart) will be amazed watching the Cortez drawbridge open and close for sailboats to come and go. Decked out in a shabby-chic nautical theme, you’re destined to dine near some maritime memorabilia. The food is just as impressive, too—be sure to check out the chalkboard as you walk in to learn about the fresh catch of the day. 

Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Hickory Hollow

Delicious, Carolina-style barbecue? Check. A small petting zoo? Check. A giant, roadside pig mascot? Yep, check again. Hickory Hollow serves up some of the tastiest hickory-smoked meats this side of the Appalachians. With over 25 freshly-prepared sides and veggies, you’ll soon learn that Florida really knows how to barbeque. While you’re here, enjoy a quick stroll under the massive oak trees and say “Hi!” to the goats and chickens that call this property home. And did we mention the heavenly hush puppies?