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Dec 18, 2013 03:14 PM

Are there any restaurants in the Bay Area with kid play areas?

We just got back from a trip to Portland and were amazed by the number of restaurants with kid play areas (toys, little chairs, chalkboard, etc.), even at nice eateries and breweries. Those places made dining out with our toddler enjoyable! He played and made new friends while we dined and conversed.

Does anyone know of any restaurants in the Bay with similar qualities (other than McDonald's)?

By the way, we are aware that most people don't want to deal with kids when they eat out, but we can't afford to hire a sitter every time we want to grab a bite. To make the situation less painful for others, we always make sure to arrive at restaurants between 5 and 6pm.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        True I think they clear the Weeones out round 7

    1. interested to hear the answer to this. a brief web search turns up rigolo cafe:

      and chenery park on tuesday nights:

      have also always meant to check out wine and whiners:

      1. Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael has games and toys in the lounge area.

        1. Two places that I know of are:

          Bumble in Los Altos - Their play area is supervised (pay by hour) where the adults can enjoy quiet meals. I've never been but get a bit of a mixed review by other mothers I know.

          Hachi Ju Hachi in Saratoga - There is a playroom in the back of the restaurant with foam flooring where kids can play with parents' supervisions. I always liked this Japanese restaurant in the past but the last time I went back in Sept.,my chawanmushi was overcooked yet the inside temperature was lukewarm. For $15(!) per each plate of chawanmushi, I was quite disappointed. However, their Battera was as excellent as ever.

          1. Esther's German Bakery in Los Altos.