13 Child and Family Friendly Restaurants in York 2021

Child friendly York restaurants – Are you looking for a family friendly restaurant in and around York? Here are some of our favourites and some that come recommended by other local York families with children.  


Dyls Cafe and Bar

Skeldergate Bridge, York YO1 9WJ

Dyls is a contemporary café & bar situated in the iconic Motor House on Skeldergate Bridge, overlooking the River Ouse and Clifford’s Tower.   They serve breakfast, brunch and lunch and also have a fabulous array of cakes.   Quirky rooms and indoor and outdoor seating by the river.  They have a small private dining space in the Tower Room that would be perfect for a family gathering.

Read our full review of Dyls Cafe and Bar here.


Dyls York - Brunch in York


The Old Bank

6-12 Lendal, York YO1 8AA

The Old Bank is on Lendal, opposite Judges Lodging.  Recently reopened after a big refurbishment, the decor is modern and comfortable.  There are several booths with individual TV’s, plug sockets and USB chargers, making it a perfect spot for a recharge on a lunchtime and great for kids.  Great affordable option.

See our full review of The Old Bank here on our sister site ‘Best Things to do in York‘.


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Fancy Hanks

Goodramgate, York

Fancy Hanks is a newly opened American style restaurant, and serve ‘Deep South, good mood food’.  I reviewed them without the kids, but it’s definitely somewhere my kids would love.  They have chicken and cheeseburgers, mac and cheese and buttermilk fried chicken.  Have a look at our review for some mouth-watering ideas!  Oh and they also do some fab milkshakes!

See our full review of Fancy Hanks here.


Fancy Hanks Burgers


The Balloon Tree

Gate Helmsley, near York

The Balloon Tree is a few minutes outside of the York ring-road but a perfect place to take the kids.  They have a large enclosed children’s play area and have ‘Pick Your Own’ fruit and veg like strawberries or pumpkins at various times of the year.  We recently had a lovely relaxed lunch there.

See our full review of The Balloon Tree here.


The Balloon Tree Cafe near York


Bruks Cafe

1 Peter Ln, York YO1 8SW

Bruks is a lovely little cafe, a bit hidden down an alley to the side of Superdrug.  They have lots of toys and books to keep younger kids happy as well as a nice kids’ menu.  The food is great for adults too!


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Bruks Cafe
kid friendly restaurants in York
Bruks Cafe



88 Walmgate York

Walmgate, York

Restaurant with a comfortable atmosphere, modern food and welcoming to children.  It’s part of Hotel Indigo and just a few minutes walk into the city centre.

I have reviewed 88 Walmgate in full here.

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Oscar’s Restaurant York

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.

See a review of Oscar’s here.


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Slug and Lettuce, Bar and Restaurant York

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 at the Back Swinegate location which is excellent value.

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Turtle Bay, York

If you like Caribbean Food, you’ll love Turtle Bay and with a great kid’s menu, so will the kids. 

Have a look at our review here.


Child Friendly Turtle Bay York Review (Just Jerk Platter)


Nandos, York

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.

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Joe’s Kitchen York

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.

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Stonegate Yard, York

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!


Panda Mami, York

Bridge Street, York

Panda Mami is 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.


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


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