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Jun 28, 2010 07:53 PM

Restaurant suggestions for a 2-3 day visit with a 4 year old

We will be in Seattle for a few days with our 4 1/2 year old son. He is pretty good in a restaurant - but can't tolerate a 2-3 dinner. So I am hoping for some suggestions of places with good food but child friendly. He's not too picky - will eat seafood, ethnic, any type of restaurant would work. Thanks!

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  1. we have 5 1/2 year old twin boys, very active, and we find that seattle in general has restaurants that are tolerant of and provide a good experience for kids. it's a fairly informal place overall and there are tons of young families here. in particular i might recommend tutta bella for neapolitan pizza. that place is crawling with kids, they serve mighty quick, and they have a kids pizza that just a simple cheese pie that's as good as any of their special pies. other suggestions might depend on what part of town you're staying in. as for keeping the boy entertained i would definitely suggest you go to boeing's museum of flight, the science fiction museum/experience music project, the science center and children's museum, and aquarium are pretty good. and, though it's small, soundbridge, which is connected to the benaroya concert hall is pretty cool.

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    1. re: ericlutzker

      Thanks. We are staying at the Inn at the Market for 2 nights. Then heading to Portland for a wedding. And then back to the Seattle Area at the Hood Canal for 2 more days. Any additional restaurant ideas or activities for those areas would be great. Thanks!

      1. re: JennyHunter

        For the first day, you got entertainment for the whole fam damily at the Market, for sure. A tourist trip, for sure, but one from which even locals can benefit is Blake Island. I do not speak 5 year old all that fluently, but the giant clacking masks of the Indian mask-dances are a trip. Maybe in a few years??

        1. re: JennyHunter

          Jenny, When on the Hood Canal, don't miss Xinh's for dinner. Located in Shelton, it is a Chowhound destination and should be fine with kids. (Open dinner only.)

          1. re: Leper

            Thanks. I think I remember seeing this place on Dirty Jobs. We'll eat there for dinner for sure! Thanks again.

            1. re: JennyHunter

              In the market, Steelhead Diner is great seafood, but no so high end they couldn't accomodate children. Long Provincial has handled kids for us in the past; good vietnamese food. In Ballard, the Hi-Life cafe (in a former fire station) is very, very family friendly and decent food. Nearly any place in the international district or other ethnic venues will welcome kids, so search the boards for the type of food you seek, and it will be easy for you to add a toddler to the formula. For example, we take our kids to 7 Stars so we can eat the schezuan crab, and they eat noodles of some type. Quinns is not really meant for kids, but the owners have children, so it works. On the waterfront, Anthony's and Elliotts will both welcome families. We have 2 kids and take them most places in the mid-price range.

              Steelhead Diner
              95 Pine Street, Suite 17, Seattle, WA 98101

              The Hi-Life
              5425 Russell Avenue, Seattle, WA 98107

      2. We have an 18 month old and there are several restaurants that we take him to -- certainly a four and a half year old could be more patient than a toddler.

        Vios Cafe in Capitol HIll has a play room in the back that may tend toward the younger end of the spectrum, but is quite good Greek and very welcoming of families with small children.

        Tamarind Tree is great Vietnamese with a ton of action and speedy (though at times inconsistent) service. There is enough going on and my son is always interested in what's going on around him.

        Quinns (named after the owner's child) is high end pub-grub. I've seen many an under five year old there, though there are plenty of cool-kid hipsters too.

        Palace Kitchen was amazing with our child -- the service was thoughtful and we love their food. They were great about bringing milk and bread early, sat us in a back corner surrounded by other families (this was a plus in my book) and there are many child friendly dishes (the plin is my favorite).

        Flying Squirrel PIzza in Seward Park is very good pizza and very easy with kids -- yummy seasonal combos and I like the crust. I'm not a big fan of Tutta Bella's crust, but I definitely think it's a personal preference thing.

        Palace Kitchen
        2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

        Tamarind Tree
        1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

        Tutta Bella
        4918 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

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        1. re: blue2000

          Really? Quinn's? I'm not sure that's the right place for kids (do they even allow kid's at dinner time?) I mean it's dark, it's boozy and the food (while good), might be a bit much for a kid.

          Maybe for lunch, but not for dinner.

          1. re: GreenYoshi

            Definitely an early dinner -- I wouldn't even try past 6:00, but if you get one of the tables by the window there are plenty of things to watch, there are many options for kids (their fries) and a parent can enjoy a cocktail.