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Jun 30, 2010 08:07 PM

Idea for nice but kid-friendly Melbourne restaurant?

Hi fellow hounds,

I'm spending this weekend in Melbourne, FL with an old friend and his family. As part of my "thanks" for letting me stay with them, I'd like to take the family to a nice meal (probably Sunday brunch or dinner) in the vecinity of Melbourne. I'd like somewhere nice--not a chain and sort of special occasiony--but that can still accommodate their 2 year-old daughter without the other diners being annoyed about a child in the restaurant. I'm open to any type of food and care more about the quality of the meal, rather than a particular type, but since I'm visiting from the mid-atlantic maybe a nice fish or southern brunch style place would be fun.


Melbourne, FL
Melbourne, FL, Melbourne, FL

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  1. Even though it's a chain, we love the Chart House, especially the one in Melbourne. I have seen small children in there every time we've been. I have two toddlers, and my philosophy is, if a place has highchairs, they expect babies and children, and so should their patrons.

    As for patrons who don't care to see children in restaurants, here is a story for you. A man in Cracker Barrel (Cracker Barrel!) approached my sister with her small children and told her there was no reason for her to have her children there, and she promptly told him it was a family restaurant and he could take it up with the manager.

    Chart House
    2250 Front Street, Melbourne, FL 32901

    1. As for Sunday Brunch, I've seen all ages at the one at River Rocks. That probably is due to the fact that a lot of the seating is out on a deck on the Indian River. The food is a nice blend of both breakfast & lunch dishes.