San Diego Vacation (with kids)
We are going to be in San Diego for a week (staying in Coronado) with our three kids ages 10 mos., 3 and 6. Looking for good , local (non-chain) places that are reasonably family friendly. Just a place that wouldn't cringe in horror at the site of children. We know Coronado pretty well and so we are looking for suggestions off the island.
Thanks very much.
I've said a few times on post's here, but Sammy's woodfired pizza is definitely a good bet. It seems like a nice upscale place, but is very low-key (and not pricey). It's got kid friendly pizza and mini burgers...but also great food for the more adventurous adults including duck tacos and coconut curry soup. I prefer the location in Del Mar though there are a number of them in SD (it a local single owner chain) including mission valley, downtown, la jolla etc.
The staff at Barbarella in la jolla was wonderfull w. my then 3 1/2 yr nephew... He was very cranky and we were on the verge of taking him outside when the hostess came over. She was very nice to him... gave him toys and a little stuffed animal to play with while he was there which got him quieted down enough for us to finish dinner.
Love hearing stories like that. Many of the good independent restaurants, while not seemingly particularly suited towards kids, are hidden surprises once the kids show up. I think it all depends on the owners attitudes and whether or not they have kids.
When we were at Oton with my 6 year old niece it was really charming how one of the waitresses would play peek-a-boo with her right in the restaurant. My niece loved it and was giggling furiously and having a great time!
Kaito Sushi is also very welcoming to kids. Many of their regular customers frequently dine with their kids in tow either eating along with everyone else at the Sushi bar or playing outside, coloring books, or watching videos if there's a free table. And if they're not too shy the kids just love ordering directly from the Sushi chef! (I've eaten at the Kaito's Sushi bar with my niece and she had a great time!)
However at a certain point it probably makes more sense to dine at the tables where you can still enjoy San Diego's best sushi. With all the changing bags, strollers and other items that you'll probably have tables are probably a better choice.
I would try Saffron Thai Noodles. I have been taking my kids there for years and years. They have a children's menu, but mine like the chicken skewer.
Hodads for burgers in OB is extremely loud and boisterous and kids love it.
The Gathering in Mission Hills is OK, and on Friday nights they have a strolling magician.
We went to Mariscos Godoy in Chula Vista and almost every table had kids seated.. They did not bat an eyelash about setting up a high chair for my 9 month old neice's carseat.
We had an excellent meal that included ceviche and a whole fish. Search the board for more specific recommendations for dishes there.
I second Saffron and 4th Sammy's Woodfired Pizza.
Add Mama Testa's in Hillcrest.
If you're at Liberty Station, Tender Greens is pretty casual and has outdoor dining (good for the stroller and entourage...)
I have two boys (5&7) and visit SD at least 3 times a year.
I am not a fan of Sammy's (very similiar to CPK).
We just went to downtown SD this weekend. We enjoy going to the Fish Market (a chain-downtown) because of the view and good food. We always sit outside so the boys can watch the boats (keeps them busy & on their best behavior). Sunday was pretty crazy for lunch so we ended up at the patio bar. The views were awesome. FM has good local beer on draft. Great hot sourdough bread. We usually don't order the main dishes but go for the sushi/oysters/crab cocktail. The kids meal come with drinks and ice cream (~$6.5)
On the drive down from Orange County, we like to stop by Las Olas (SD chain) in Encintas (across from the ocean but views of the trains) or Fidels (SD chain) in Carlsbad or Solana.
If you are heading to the Wild Animal Park , Stone Brewery has a restaurant and great beer!
The highlight this last weekend was a 2.5 hour sunset sailboat cruise on the America. It is pricey $85 for adults & $40 for kids. They serve cheese and crackers & sandwiches. We brought our own wine and food. There were quite a few kids and the host really kept the kids entertained. I would definately recommend the cruise. Think of it as the cost of a really nice dinner.