Family Friendly Restaurants in York

Looking for a family friendly restaurant in the centre of York? Here are some of our favourites and some that come recommended by other local families with children.


Swinegate, York 

I’ve always been a fan of Oscar’s since long (long!) before its move and think it’s a nice, casual to take the kids at lunchtime. Good food, well priced and a nice atmosphere.


88 Walmgate

Walmgate, York

Comfortable atmosphere with modern food and welcoming to children.

I have reviewed them in full here.



Slug and Lettuce

Low Ousegate, York

We have two Slug and Lettuce in York and they are both very popular with families. I particularly like the booths overlooking the river on the Low Ousegate restaurant. On a Monday they have a ‘half-price food’ promotion which is excellent value.



High Ousegate, York

Now, I know you will have heard of Nandos, but I need to recommend it as it is my favourite. Spicy chicken (or plain if the kids are not keen) in a nice vibrant atmosphere with a bit of a holiday feel. A step up from fast food, but quick and a good price.


Joe’s Kitchen

Coney Street, York

Joe’s Kitchen is another light and modern restaurant. It has a great kids menu and a fantastic assortment of board games to keep the kids busy.

Have a look at our review of Joe’s Kitchen here.


Jamie’s Italian

Lendal, York

I haven’t been to Jamie’s Italian but have heard good things about it from friends with kids. It’s right in the middle of York so a great location too.


Stonegate Yard

Stonegate, York

Stonegate Yard has a lovely atmosphere and lots of nooks and crannies to hide yourself away in. They also have a nice outside area to eat in the summer (or with heaters in the winter). I’d recommend the cheese and bacon potato wedges for a filling feast for not many pennies!



Bridge Street, York

My two think that Cosmo is fantastic. It’s an all-you-can-eat world buffet and has something for everyone. The restaurant itself is large, modern and comfortable. The desserts are extensive (the most popular course in our house) and on an evening they have a chocolate fountain.

The Spurriergate Centre

Spurriergate, York

It’s a bit different this one but comes recommended from a family with younger children. She says that if you want to enjoy a coffee in peace you can. They’ve got a small soft play area for under 4’s and a toy and book area for the older ones.


Il Paradiso del Cibo

Walmgate, York

This is another one I havent tried yet but comes recommended by a local family. In her words, “little friendly Italian, amazing food, and they love children”. The menu looks fab too.


Family Friendly Restaurants in York

I am always interested in suggestions if you know any fab family friendly restaurants in York that I have missed?


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