HOME > Chowhound > Washington DC & Baltimore >


Good Family Friendly Place close to the National Zoo

  • 9

I am looking for a place to take my wife and daughter (5) after a visit to the zoo. I was thinking Bucks Fishing and Camping (that we have never been to), but wanted to get some other recommendations.

Any and all cuisines are welcome. Thank you

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. For rustic Italian you can go to Dino (I see kids there quite often...what kid wouldn't want a giant meatball with polenta). For pan-Asian you can also try Spices.

    1. We always go to 2 Amy's for awesome Neapolitan pizza on our way home from the zoo. It's not walking distance, but probably about 2 miles.

      1 Reply
      1. re: kcb203

        2 Amys is the obvious, best choice. For dinner, Ardeo would work, too.

      2. If you're going to head over to CT Ave, Comet Ping Pong is more family-friendly (she can even play ping pong before or after dinner). Otherwise, I like the Spices rec or, if the kiddo is tired and not up for a sit-down meal, don't underestimate the deliciousness of Vace's pizza.

        Comet Ping Pong
        5037 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

        7601 Airpark Rd Ste A, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

        1. for what it is worth, my niece and family recently went to "zoo cafe" (is that the name?). they were not happy with it.

          1. I agree with Spices - it's great for kids. While I often see kids at Dino, in my opinion, it's not a GREAT kids pot simply because the tables are close. Maybe before 7PM it's "ok", but to me the tables are too close because not everyone wants to eat at a nice restaurant next to a kid (of course, some are better behaved, and everyone thinks theirs is well behaved:) )

            But I think Spices is a great choice (and to me, has yummy food - I love their papaya salad). Also next to 2 Amys is Cactus Cantina which is great for kids.

            Cactus Cantina
            3300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

            1. 2 Amy's would be the best place in my opinion. Great place for families, maybe one of the best places in DC for kids and not too far from the zoo as well.

              I never would have thought of Cactus Cantina on my own however I would agree that this too would be a great place- kids usually love Mexican and I have seen many families there before and it is near the zoo.

              1 Reply
              1. re: drake0388

                The issue I would see with 2 Amys is the wait. Because it's so great for families, families go there, and there is often a ridiculous wait. For pizza. When you can go next door, have decent tex mex, and rarely a wait

              2. Based on previous CH suggestions, I took the kids to Dino for a late lunch after the zoo recently. It worked well-- the kids were very happy with the kid's menu selections and the staff were all quite accommodating. The noise level was high enough that no one could hear the kids. Never tried dinner, so I don't know whether that would be less comfortable...