15 Best Kid Themed Restaurants in Columbus - Kid 101

15 Best Kid Themed Restaurants in Columbus

Columbus has loads of restaurants that have interesting décor and even more interesting food. There are eateries that will have kids banging their spoons wanting more – from the traditional home-style Italian fare that’s really good for you to delicious organic and exotic salads and of course the menu items kids LOVE – like chocolate and waffles and pizzas. While the décor may not always be kid-themed the food definitely is!

1. The Melting Pot


The interactive dining experience will suit older children as they will be over the moon at being able to dip their bite-size chunks into the cheese fondue, blended to your requirements and the salads are wickedly good – think apple, cranberry pecan salad. The meat course with a broth in the fondue pot cooks within 3 minutes or so – there isn’t enough time for kids to get bored. And then there is the decadence of the chocolate fondue at the end with fruit, marshmallows, and blondie squares to dip into the chocolate pot – or perhaps order some of their cheesecake as an extra. Open Sunday to Thursday 12 noon to 9 pm and Friday and Saturday from 12 noon to 10 pm. For a special occasion take older kids here as it is on the pricey side.

Where: Easton Town Center, 4014 Townsfair Way, Columbus, OH 43219

Phone: (614) 476-5500

2. Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant


Take kids here for the German atmosphere and traditional food. There is a buffet so they can pick and choose what they like and if they find something special they can go back for more. Just make sure they leave room for the cream puffs – they are legendary! The place has a live oompah band – just the thing to get things swinging along in the venue that was once a livery stable and has the feel of a German village eatery.

Where: 240 E Kossuth St, Columbus, OH 43206

Phone: (614) 444-6808

3. Milestone 229


Views over the riverfront, an outdoor patio looking onto the Scioto Fountains and comfort food make this a good spot with kids. Stroll along Scioto Mile first and see the sights, then head on in for the food – they do a delicious mac n’ cheese($8.95 for a starter portion – ideal for kids) and the pizza is pretty good – Bye Bye Miss American Pie ($13.95) being a very popular choice with sausage, pepperoni, and banana peppers. All in all a great place for brunch or an evening meal – they have live music too. Open Monday to Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays until 11 pm, and Sundays for brunch from 10 am to 3 pm then again for supper from 4 pm to 9 pm.

Where: 229 S Civic Center Dr, Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: (614) 427-0276

4. The Point on Main Street


You can’t argue with burgers from $9.99 and cherry cream pie at $3.50. They have a kids menu with all the favorites – mac n’ cheese, chicken tenders, and burgers at around $5.95. The place has a deck for good weather visits and plenty of TVs for sports watching. It’s the kind of place families can get together to enjoy the games while enjoying some really good food – from Mexican to Asian and American – they have it all. They also have live music and shows – for example on 22nd December Brad Moore – well known on the local scene will be performing and on the 8th of December Right on Main, a local band will be playing popular covers.

Where: 192 Noe Bixby Road, Columbus, OH 43213

Phone: (614) 573-8500

5. Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace


It’s kid-themed if they serve hotdogs, kids’ favorite food right? Here the dogs come with all sorts of additions making them a veritable feast for a king. The spot is popular with vegetarians as there are so many options. There are notes of international currency money stapled on the bar wall, and a collection of china dogs on the top shelf – great conversation starters with kids – as well as baseball paraphernalia and rock n roll items on the walls. The place is inexpensive – under $10. Open 7 days a week from 11 am to 1:30 am.

Where: 248 S 4th St, Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: (614) 824-4673

6. Super Chef’s Breakfast and More


The Juggernaut is a sight to behold – medium eggs, American cheese, candied bacon, and fried breast of chicken between two slices of red waffles, and is a favorite at $12.99. Kids will go crazy for the Blueberry pancake stack with lemon buttercream whipped topping ($10.99). The presentation has been raised to an art form here – actually breaking into and eating the stunning creations takes a little effort! Kids’ meals are in the $7.99 category and include various pancakes served with eggs, bacon and sausage. Open six days a week from 8 am to 3 pm – closed on Mondays. There will be no trouble getting kids up early if they know they are coming here for breakfast!

Where: 199 E Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Phone: (614) 221-9663

7. Amul India Restaurant


When kids aged between 4 to 8 can eat whatever they like from the daily lunch buffet for $6.99 it’s a winner, and for adults, it’s $9.99 during the week and on Saturdays and Sundays, $11.99. The lunch buffet is available from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Introduce the kids to some authentic India food – not all of it is spicy. The naan bread is delicious and there is an array of north Indian dishes to choose from. Lots of vegetarian options too – and desserts. The dinner hours are Monday to Thursday 5 pm to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 5 pm to 10:30 pm, and on Sunday they close little earlier at 9:30 pm.

Where: 5871 Sawmill Rd. Dublin, Ohio 43017

Phone: (614) 734-1600

8. Pistacia Vera

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Looking to take the kids somewhere for a burst of deliciousness? Keen to relive your experiences of Parisian pastries? Visit Pistacea Vera. Take the kids into a swoon over the pastry displays – and finally make a choice. Everyone loves the macaroons and people usually end up buying extra to take home. Must tries are the Chocolate Bomb ($6) – chocolate buttermilk cake, marsala chocolate mousse with semi-sweet chocolate ganache and the Pistachio Mascarpone Dacquoise ($6) with gluten-free layers of pistachio, almond meringue, creamy layers of pistachio buttercream and pistachio mascarpone mousse. For brunch, the quiches are out of this world $11 for the Bacon, Swiss chard, and Onion Quiche – house made pâte brisee, double smoked bacon, onion confit, swiss chard and comté cheese served with fresh greens tossed in a lemon shallot vinaigrette. The staff is kind and friendly. Open 7 days a week from 7 am to 7 pm.

Where: 541 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: (614) 220-9070

9. Mozart Bakery and Piano Café


This is an ideal spot to take little girls for afternoon tea – listen to live piano music, the pianist may even play some Disney tunes, enjoy the ambiance of the café and sample the delicious treats. The restaurant offers great German fare with items like pork Wiener Schnitzel and Salmon Strudel. There is a lego table and bookshelves to keep kids busy. Closed on Mondays, open Tuesday to Saturday from 8 am to 10 pm, and on Sunday from 8 am to 6 pm. They have parking spaces for 70 cars so you shouldn’t be hunting for parking. It’s not the cheapest but the food is quality and it makes for an “occasion” outing.

Where: 4784 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Phone: (614) 268-3687

10. Starliner Diner


Kids will enjoy the quirky, bright murals featuring smiling suns and astronauts on spacewalks, amidst flying food. It’s the kind of place that just makes you want to smile. It has a patio out front and friendly staff. The menu is Cuban-inspired with American and Southwestern influences – popular dishes include Creole Macaroni. and Huevos Rancheros ($8) which is served with eggs, any style, on corn tortillas stuffed with jack cheese and cilantro, smothered in a spicy ranchero sauce and served with choice of home fries or black beans. Famed for its breakfast this spot has won a number of reader-voted awards from Columbus monthly, Columbus Alive and 614 Columbus. Open Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm then again from 5 pm to 9 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm and again from 5 pm to 9:30 pm, Sundays from 9 am to 3 pm.

Where: 4121 Main St, Hilliard, OH 43026

Phone: (614) 529-1198

11. Dough Mamma


The cacti and retro furnishings make for a quirky atmosphere. Bring kids for the pies – you won’t have a problem getting them to eat them – the problem will be in which one to choose from the menu! The crusts are flaky and the pie fillings tender and rich. Patrons who return regularly rave about the variety of pies. Try the crispy biscuits infused with scallion and served with avocado or ham, a poached egg and tomato and pickled onion ($7). Lemon Lavender Chess pie is $4.50 and Maple, Bourbon, Pecan Pie $5. Open Tuesday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm. Closed on Mondays.

Where: 3335 N High St, Clintonville, Columbus, OH 43202

Phone: (614) 268-3662

12. Chocolate café


Kids will love the fact that they are hot on grilled cheese, desserts, and chocolate fondues. A great place to take them for a special occasion whether it’s a light lunch or a hearty dinner – yes they serve fresh seasonal ingredients in their food dishes – it’s not all chocolate and dessert.

Where: 1855 Northwest Blvd, Columbus, OH 43212

Phone: (614) 485-2233

13. Hofbräuhaus Columbus

If you have ever visited the 400-year-old Hofbräuhaus in Munich then you will recognize that this is styled after the original. Ladies in Bavarian costume serve the lagers and steins, the menu will have all the German favorites and expect tunes to get the toes tapping, or arms linked and swaying in time to the music. For a table, platter to share try the Hofbräuhaus Würstlplatte ($15.99) with Grilled Bierwurst, Bratwurst, and Frankfurter served with Mashed Potatoes and Imported Sauerkraut. Creamy potato soup is $4.49 and the items on the kids menu are pretty standard – hot dog, grilled cheese, burger, chicken tenders and mac n’ cheese at $4.99. From Monday through to Friday they have an $11.99 lunch buffet between 11 am and 2 pm, which entitles you to a soup of the day, and entrée, wurst of the day, and a great salad bar. Open Sunday through to Wednesday from 11 am to 11 pm, Thursday 11 am to 12 am, Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 2 am.

Where: Grandview Yards, 800 Goodale Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212

Phone: (614) 294-BIER (2437)

14. Skate Zone 71


Kids love coming here for the rollerblading and in-line skating – the rink is large and can accommodate 700 skaters. The staff is friendly with helping kids who are starting off – there are also special lessons on Saturdays. The food is a secondary issue for the kids, so don’t expect gourmet here. A large cheese pizza is $15.00. They serve platters of various munchies kids enjoy, ices, snow cones, and cotton candy among others.

Where: 4900 Evanswood Dr, Columbus, OH 43229

Phone: (614) 846-5626

15. Buca di Beppo


This is a good place to stop for some decent Italian fare after taking the kids to the nearby Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Their dishes are served Family-Style so a Buca Small® serves 2 to 3 and a Buca Large® serves up to 5 – quite a cost saving when you have kids in tow. For a large Chicken Parmigiana dish at $33.99, you can feed four people at a cost of $8.50 each. With a selection of fresh bread, antipasto, pizzas, pastas, and salads as well as desserts there is something to keep the whole family happy. Open Monday to Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 11 pm, and on Sundays from 11 am to 9 pm.

Where: 343 North Front Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: (614) 621-3287

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