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List of Baby Friendly East Bay Spots

The Dive Mar 30, 2010 03:26 PM

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)

China Village
1335 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

T-Rex Barbeque
1300 10th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

Sea Salt
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

Wood Tavern
6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

Ajanta Restaurant
1888 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

Pacific Coast Brewing Co
906 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607

Kensington Circus
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

Il Porcellino
6111 La Salle Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

1338 Park, Alameda, CA 94501

El Agavero Restaurant
2071 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611

  1. The Dive Nov 8, 2011 11:45 AM

    More to add:

    Brown Sugar Kitchen - excellent for lunch, highchairs confirmed. No changing area. Fantastic waffles and ribs.
    Henry's - high chairs confirmed. Lots of small plates make it a good option for kids.

    Brown Sugar Kitchen
    2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607

    1. Glencora Aug 7, 2011 08:52 PM

      Lots of kids, including toddlers in highchairs at Zut on 4th street. Also quite noisy. Good place for families, not so good for couples.

      1820 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

      1. Eugene Park Jan 13, 2011 07:05 PM

        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

        Champa Garden
        2102 8th Ave, Oakland, CA 94606

        Han Dae Gam
        1292 Davis St, San Leandro, CA 94577-2572

        1. j
          jessinEC Jan 12, 2011 08:14 PM

          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

          1. The Dive Dec 30, 2010 09:50 AM

            Update on Angelines -- worked well for early dinner. High chairs confirmed.

            1. Jumbo_Jack Nov 29, 2010 11:36 AM

              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.

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              1. re: Jumbo_Jack
                The Dive Nov 30, 2010 11:05 AM

                I've been going to Triple Rock for more than ten years (and have brought the kiddo a half dozen times in the last year) and have never experienced any issues with the "bar patrons."

                1. re: Jumbo_Jack
                  rich.f May 22, 2011 11:50 PM

                  We've brought our infant to Triple Rock, and found it to be kid friendly. I like the tables in the back, away from the TVs. Also, they have changing tables located in the handicapped stalls in the bathrooms.

                2. The Dive Nov 29, 2010 09:59 AM

                  Wanted to confirm high chairs at Sea Salt -- really works well with kiddos. Also Dona Tomas has high chairs and some child-sized meals.

                  Sea Salt
                  2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

                  Dona Tomas
                  5004 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609

                  1. achefsbest Sep 27, 2010 02:30 PM

                    Cactus Taqueria on Solano, and I'm sure on College Ave., always has lots of kids in there. Baby chairs too.

                    Cactus Taqueria
                    5642 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

                    1. The Dive Sep 27, 2010 12:43 PM

                      Went to Boot and Shoe Service on Saturday -- great salad, pizza and dessert, and very accomodating for kids. High chairs and crayons provided. Definitely recommend getting there early, though.

                      Boot and Shoe Service
                      3308 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

                      1. The Dive Jun 16, 2010 02:28 PM

                        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.

                        Bar César
                        4039 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

                        1. The Dive May 5, 2010 11:41 AM

                          Also, Speisekammer in Alameda -- very family friendly atmosphere and kid's menu.

                          2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

                          1. c
                            Cassia Apr 27, 2010 10:00 PM

                            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

                            1. kleine mocha Apr 23, 2010 02:40 PM

                              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.

                              New Zealander
                              1400 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

                              1. lucymom Apr 22, 2010 08:35 PM

                                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

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                                1. re: lucymom
                                  The Dive May 5, 2010 11:39 AM

                                  I just saw some babies at Adesso's 5-6 happy hour the other day -- kind of surprised, but it seemed to work.

                                  4395 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA

                                2. m
                                  macadam Apr 21, 2010 08:45 PM

                                  Il Porcellino in Montclair is now closed.

                                  Il Porcellino
                                  6111 La Salle Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

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                                    Allfrog68 Mar 30, 2010 10:16 PM

                                    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

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                                    1. re: Allfrog68
                                      The Dive Apr 21, 2010 05:12 PM

                                      I wanted to add Fonda on Solano Avenue -- high chairs confirmed, good food options for the kiddos (at brunch at least).

                                      1501 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94707

                                    2. myst Mar 30, 2010 05:51 PM

                                      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

                                      China Gourmet
                                      2210 S Shore Ctr Ste H, Alameda, CA 94501

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                                      1. re: myst
                                        Ruth Lafler Mar 30, 2010 09:39 PM

                                        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

                                        1. re: myst
                                          The Dive Mar 31, 2010 02:26 PM

                                          I forgot about the Hob Nob -- high chairs are confirmed!

                                          1. re: The Dive
                                            The Dive Dec 30, 2010 09:49 AM

                                            Just as a follow-up, Hob Nob is great with kids -- games, high chairs and changing table, plus a varied menu of smaller plates.

                                        2. a
                                          artemis78 Mar 30, 2010 04:23 PM

                                          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! :))

                                          Pho 84
                                          354 17th St, Oakland, CA 94612

                                          Digs Bistro
                                          1453 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94702

                                          4238 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602

                                          Drunken Fish
                                          3314 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

                                          4214 Park Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94602

                                          4901 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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                                          1. re: artemis78
                                            The Dive Jan 18, 2011 01:46 PM

                                            Went to Barlata recently for brunch -- worked well. High chairs confirmed.

                                            4901 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

                                          2. m
                                            ML8000 Mar 30, 2010 03:52 PM

                                            The two places I always see lots of kids are at Pyramid Alehouse and Picante. The food is okay (nothing special but you can get something okay) at both but it seems the convenience of parking is a big plus.

                                            1328 6th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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                                            1. re: ML8000
                                              The Dive May 5, 2010 11:38 AM

                                              I'm not a fan of Pyramid's food or beer, but wanted to confirm high chairs.

                                            2. JasmineG Mar 30, 2010 03:47 PM

                                              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

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                                              1. re: JasmineG
                                                The Dive Mar 30, 2010 04:01 PM

                                                That's true -- I should have added Pizzaiola -- tight for some tables, but accomodating and loud (cannot confirm high chairs).

                                                1. re: The Dive
                                                  Cicely Mar 31, 2010 10:01 PM

                                                  I can confirm high chairs at Pizzaiolo - took my kid there a few weeks ago for a very early dinner.

                                                  5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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