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 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.
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 mouthwatering ideas! Oh and they also do some fab milkshakes!
See our full review of Fancy Hanks here.
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.
St Helen’s Square, York
Carluccio’s is very centrally located just opposite Betty’s Tea Rooms in St Helen’s Square. It’s a large light restaurant serving traditional Italian food. The children were made very welcome and they have a great kids’ menu for a very reasonable £6.25 for three courses and a babyccino. Have a look at my review for all the details and food photos.
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’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.
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.
If you like Caribbean Food, you’ll love Turtle Bay and with a great kid’s menu, so will the kids.
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.
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.
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
This restaurant was Cosmo. 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.
York Restaurants – 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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