11 Toddler-Friendly Restaurants in Charlotte

Spots where kids of all ages can enjoy a great meal
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These Charlotte restaurants have the menu options, ambiance and entertainment to keep wiggly kids occupied while parents enjoy a satisfying meal.

Cabo Fish Taco

Find coastal Mexican cuisine in a laid-back Baja surfer environment. Guy Fieri visited the flagship NoDa location for “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” Both locations have ample patio dining, kid’s artwork on display, lively music, outdoor games and award winning margaritas for parents.

Location: NoDa and Ballantyne (see website for addresses)

Phone: See website

CO

CO, which means “feast” in Vietnamese, offers modern flavors with Japanese, Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese flair. Though probably the most unassuming kid-friendly spot on this list, the ambiance and raw material in the décor is a feast for little eyes. Both locations offers kids menus.

Location: Park Road Shopping Center and Waverly (see website for addresses)

Phone: See website

Cowfish

Cowfish’s sushi and burger concept means that parents don’t have to wait for date night to get their sushi fix. Kids can chow down on their own bento boxes, Ninja Nuggets and a PB&J “sushi” roll and indulge in a decadent milkshake.

Location: SouthPark, 4310 Sharon Rd.

Phone: 704-365-1922

Hawthorne’s New York Pizza & Bar

A family-owned establishment that really knows how to treat its customers like family. Many choices on the kids menu, from pizza to pasta to waffle fries.

Location: Multiple locations (see website for addresses)

Phone: See website

Kid Cashew

This modern restaurant has a large patio for enjoying Mediterranean specialties. Family friendly and dog friendly, with many vegan creations.

Location: 1608 East Blvd.

Phone: 704-208-4148

King’s Kitchen

Teach the fam about giving back while having a fantastic Southern meal at the same time. 100% of all profits from King’s Kitchen goes to feeding the hungry in Charlotte. All kids meals come with a beverage.

Location: 129 W. Trade St.

Phone: 704-375-1990

Mellow Mushroom

A local favorite for over a decade, each of Mellow Mushroom’s three Charlotte locations have highly engaging atmospheres and kid-friendly touches—including booths inside a large school bus in Myers Park and touch screen game tables in Ballantyne. All locations have bright pop art décor and $5 kids meals on Mondays.

Location: Uptown, Myers Park, Ballantyne (see website for addresses)

Phone: See website

Mert’s Heart & Soul 

This place just exudes family—come for the amazing Low Country favorites and feel connected while viewing family portraits and other homey touches on the wall. Also visited by Guy Fieri on “DDD.” Kids menu.

Location: 214 N. College St.

Phone: 704-342-4222

Pinky’s Westside Grill

The whole family will love the fun foods found at this established featured on Food Network. Guy Fieri loved the Corn Dog Shrimp and Viking Corn Dog, and so do the little ones.

Location: Morehead Street and Huntersville (see website for addresses)

Phone: See website

Pizza Peel

From the restaurant group that brought The Improper Pig and Flying Biscuit Cafe to Charlotte comes this family-favorite casual eatery. On Tuesdays, get a kids meal for $1 for every $10 spent.

Location: Cotswold, Plaza Midwood and Matthews (see website for addresses)

Phone: See website

Zapata’s

Zapata’s serves authentic Mexican food in three locations throughout Charlotte. Each one has ample patio dining and a family-friendly atmosphere that’s great for gatherings large or small.

Locations: Ballantyne, University, Lake Norman (See website for addresses)

Phone: 704-752-6869