When I moved back to Annapolis as a young 22 year old, family-friendly restaurants were never on my radar. Bars, nightlife, pubs… that’s what I paid attention to. Now fast forward, I still very much enjoy going out in this town, and not slaving away in the kitchen every night. The difference now? Instead of a hungry overwork tired man in tow with me, I have a hungry happy energetic toddler by my side. Yes, dining out can be an adventure… but luckily for me, there are some great restaurants in the area who are always happy to accommodate families and their children!
Known in town for their burgers, Grump’s is a great little restaurant that offers a variety of menu items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. One of my favorite parts? They assign a “toy” to your table! Yes, there are toys to keep your kids entertained and busy while you wait for food.
Metro Diner Cafe
Metro has quickly become one of my favorite places to take my son as they focus on serving locally sourced farm fresh, natural ingredients and organic beverages. They offer Touch Screen Ordering, and the food is often ready in 10 minutes or less. Every Wednesday from 5-8pm, they offer Family Night! This often includes fun entertainment, crafts, and activities for kids to participate in.
Boatyard Bar & Grill
Don’t be fooled by the “Bar” in the title! Boatyard has always been accommodating to my and son and I. Their crab cakes are delicious and the food is reasonable priced for a restaurant in the downtown area. I love that their children’s menu includes seafood.
Chick & Ruth’s Delly
Located right on Main Street, this deli is known for their breakfast, sandwiches, and colossal shakes! The atmosphere is very casual and kid-friendly. They offer 4 great “Challenges” as featured on the TV show Man vs. Food. Definitely worth a stop if you are in town with a hungry group of kids!
Mike’s Restaurant and Crab House
If you want crabs and outdoor dining, Mike’s is your place! The staff is super friendly and the atmosphere is casual and perfect for kids and families. If your kids enjoy looking at boats, definitely sit outside! Many boaters dock right at the restaurant and there is a gorgeous view of the South River.
Chris’ Charcoal Pit
If you enjoy Greek food, definitely check out Chris’ Charcoal Pit! Year after year, their gyros are voted the BEST in Annapolis. The restaurant is family-owned, and yes, sometimes you’ll see the family running around. Creates a great kid-friendly atmosphere. Plus it is also a wonderful way to introduce your children to new cuisine… GREEK!
Buffalo Wild Wings
I know, you may be thinking… “Isn’t that a sports bar??” Well yes, it is in a sense. There is a separate dining area at our Annapolis location geared towards kids though. Wednesday Nights are Kids Night where Kid’s Meals are only $0.99!! So this mom gets to enjoy a beverage and watch a game on the big screen, while my son enjoys his grilled chicken tenders, while watching cartoons on the other big screen. Win win!
I can’t help but add this establishment to the list! Yes, I know it’s a chain restaurant, but the Annapolis location is one of the best around. The staff is super friendly and always greets you with a smile. They even have a Kids Eat Free night! On Thursday, after 5 PM, you can receive a FREE Kids Meal when you purchase one adult entree. How awesome is that?
Next time you and your family are in Maryland, definitely come and stop by the State capital of Annapolis! There are plenty of family-friendly dining options and hopefully you consider one of the places I mentioned above.
I have not been financially compensated in any way from the establishments listed above. This is simply 100% my own opinion based on my time dining in Annapolis.