List of Baby Friendly East Bay Spots
I know there have been quite a few posts like this lately, but I am trying to create a single list of baby-friendly East Bay (Alameda/Oakland/Berkeley/Albany) restaurants (sit-down places, rather than order at counter spots) where one would feel comfortable about bringing a child under 2 (without raising the ire of other guests and staff). What I am looking for are those spots that are confirmed baby-accommodating – actual babies identified at the restaurant, high chairs spotted, maybe even a changing table. Here’s a start:
Barclay's (Oakland) – adequate bar food, good beer selection, usually lots of young kids during the early dinner hour, weekends (high chairs)
Ben & Nick’s (Oakland) – subpar bar food, good beer selection, may spot a kid or two during early dinner/weekend (high chairs, changing table)
Il Porcellino (Oakland) – adequate Italian, often children at dinner, very accommodating (high chairs)
El Agavero (Oakland) – meh food, okay drinks, lots of children, very accommodating, kid’s menu (high chairs)
Chai Thai Noodles (Oakland) – super excellent thai food, no other kids spotted, but very accommodating for babies although somewhat tight fit (cannot confirm high chairs)
Triple Rock (Berkeley) – adequate bar food, good house-brewed and guest beers, have seen kids during lunch/afternoon hours on weekend (cannot confirm high chairs)
T-Rex (Berkeley) – good sides and vegetables, nice wine/drink/beer list, have seen lots of kids at lunch/early dinner hour (high chairs)
Bobby G's (Berkeley) - okay pizza, small, but good beer list, usually a kid or two (high chairs)
China Village (Albany) – best Chinese around, lots of children of all ages, very accommodating (high chairs)
Kensington Circus (Kensington) - good fish and chips, beer okay, almost too kid-friendly (high chairs)
Sea Salt (Berkeley) – good seafood, drinks, seen lots of babies in strollers outside during brunch/lunch (cannot confirm high chairs)
McGee’s (Alameda) – basic bar and beer list, lots of children of all ages, very accommodating (high chairs)
Tomatina’s (Alameda) – adequate pizza, salads, wine (chain), lots of children of all ages, very accommodating (high chairs)
Here are a few spots that worked to bring a baby, but with caveats:
Wood Tavern (Oakland) – everyone knows it is great, tight fit for babies, but have seen them on a rare occasions on the early side during off days – would not bring babies at peak times (high chairs)
Pacific Coast Brewery (Berkeley) – adequate bar food, good guest beer list, seen an occasional kid (no high chairs)
Ajanta (Berkeley) – excellent Indian, no other children identified, but not uncomfortable at lunch time on weekend (cannot confirm high chairs)
Angeline’s (Berkeley) – tasty Cajun, super loud and crowded during dinner, kids work okay during lull between lunch and dinner when not as tight (cannot confirm high chairs)
1335 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706
1300 10th St, Berkeley, CA 94710
2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702
Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen
2261 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Bobby G's Pizzeria
2074 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618
1888 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707
Pacific Coast Brewing Co
906 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607
389 Colusa Ave, Kensington, CA 94707
Barclay's Restaurant & Pub
5940 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
McGee's Bar & Grill
1645 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501
Triple Rock Brewery
1920 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
Chai Thai Noodles
545 B International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606
Ben & Nick's Bar & Grill
5612 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
6111 La Salle Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
1338 Park, Alameda, CA 94501
El Agavero Restaurant
2071 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611
Wanted to mention a couple more:
Champa Garden - they have high chairs, and are typically plenty busy enough that few will mind a boisterous kid or baby (though if they're screaming, please do take them outside until they calm down). Waitstaff, especially the female servers, like to dote on babies. On one occasion when things weren't too busy, they held my younger son (soon to turn 11 months old) for several minutes.
Han Dae Gam - former Ohgane location in San Leandro. Not sure about high chairs (pretty sure they have them) as I've only taken my older son (3.5 years old now) there. They'll provide a kid's meal of seaweed soup and rice at no charge (full disclosure - my wife & I are Korean, but I'm guessing they''ll do the same for non-Koreans). There's a flat panel TV that's visible for about 2/3 of the tables there, but the sound is typically on mute.
3915 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611
2102 8th Ave, Oakland, CA 94606
Han Dae Gam
1292 Davis St, San Leandro, CA 94577-2572
Went to Fellini's on University @ Acton on a Monday night with an infant, two 2-year-olds, a 6 year old and a 10 year old. It was fantastic. Great kids' menu with either "real food" (roast chicken, Caeser's salad) on it or a noodles and cheese option. High chairs available. Reasonable portion size for dessert. And, best of all, a window through which one can watch the cooks at work. Also Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe is a great brunch option. They give kids a small bowl of cheerios while they wait and there's lots of interesting stuff to look at. Nice, uncomplicated food.
Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe
4081 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608
Oh please, god no. Don't put Triple Rock on your kid friendly places.
Unless you want your kids sitting next to a table yelling profanities at the TV's. And allow them to hear to people yelling about vaginas and butt sex.
You may love your kids, but bar patrons generally don't.
Cesar Latino (on Piedmont Avenue) works for the kiddos (at least for lunch/brunch). Small kid's menu of quesadilla and bean burrito, plus high chairs. Our daughter was very happy with the pickled vegetables and plantains as well.
4039 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
Our kids are now 4.5 and 3...so from personal recent experience, our two favorites in the Grand/Lakeshore area:
- Spettro: they take great care of kids - crayons and paper, drinks with covers and straws, special kids menu, high chairs and boosters, very nice and accomodating staff. delicious warm soft rosemary bread (perfect for making dough balls!) comes right away. my kids love the booths or the table by the fountain, plus the eclectic menu has something for everyone.
- Mijori: good sushi, super friendly staff (when they bring our miso soup, they bring lots of extra tofu cut up in small piece, for my kids, and they are totally nice about the mess of rice all under the table after we eat there), a tree growing inside the restaurant for distraction.
3355 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
The New Zealander was very kid-friendly when I used to live on Alameda (corner of Central/Webster); I think the owners have kidlets of their own; there's even a little corner with a small table, some games, and a bookshelf, if I recall correctly.
1400 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501
I'd add Dopo and Adesso. Dopo has high chairs but recommend going when they open otherwise you'll wait a long time for a table. The last time I went to Adesso I saw kids and babies but again it was on the early end,
Also want to add that most Korean restaurants are baby/ kid friendly so should add Oghane and Sura to this list.
I've also taken my 3 year old to Tachibana and they have high chairs.
4293 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
4395 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA
5812 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
Lanesplitter's is a definite yes, one of my favorites.
Jupiter was a favorite w/ the first babe.
Tacubaya - I love the food & location. Roasted sweet potatoes are great for kids.
Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe - food is prety good, great decor & atmosphere for kids.
1788 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710
Since I have an under two this is nice to know. La Pinata, Hob Nob, Otaez, and India Palace in Alameda are also great with plenty of high chairs. La Pinata has really nice high chairs! East Ocean, Tu Thai, and Mint Leaf (Vietnamese) are other asian food places that accomadate. China Gourmet in South Shore is also good. Super quiet (empty) for weekend dimsum and my son loves their porridge (jook).
1619 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501
2210 S Shore Ctr Ste H, Alameda, CA 94501
Also in Alameda, Pappo is pretty kid friendly. I believe they have highchairs, since I know we had dinner there with my niece right before her first birthday. Really, almost everywhere in Alameda is kid friendly. We've also eaten with my niece at Havana and Angela's. Finally, you should see my comments about a recent dinner at Lalime's.
2320 Central Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501
Here are some we've been to with friends and their babies/toddlers, in addition to what's on the list above:
- Marzano (Oakland, Glenview location, but Rockridge is probably kid-friendly too)
- Sahn Maru (Oakland, Temescal---even has cute toddler plates and meal!)
- Pho 84 (Oakland, Uptown)
- Drunken Fish (Oakland, Upper Broadway)
- Trattoria La Siciliana (Berkeley Elmwood, happy to do simple pasta for kids)
- Rick and Ann's (Berkeley Elmwood, open for dinner)
- Bellanico (Oakland Glenview)
I've seen lots of babies at Barlata in Oakland's Temescal District, though it's loud and crowded so I'm not sure I'd try it....but people seem to think it works! And Digs Bistro in West Berkeley has a kids' night, so I assume they're baby-friendly too. Those are what come immediately to mind....
(Edit: Okay, I'm new to Chowhound---that is pretty amazing how it fills in all the links with addresses! Wow! :))
354 17th St, Oakland, CA 94612
1453 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94702
4238 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602
3314 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
4214 Park Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94602
4901 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
I've definitely seen babies at Pizzaiolo early in the night, and it's loud enough in there that it doesn't make much difference. They have noodles and cheese for kids. I've also seen babies at Lanesplitter on Telegraph, and I am pretty sure (though not positive) that they had high chairs.
5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609