Top Family Restaurants - Check List:
This site also includes recommendations for family-oriented restaurants. We also often include commentaries of resort restaurants within particular the resort listings. Either way, here is what we look for in this category:
- General attitude towards kids in the restaurant: Annoyance or willingness to accommodate?
- Staff (waiters, waitresses, etc.) pushy and/or rushing?
- Booth or chairs?
- Babies and kids situated away from kitchen, front entry, traffic, crowds, and people carrying hot trays.
- Waiters available when you need them.
- Appealing appearance and texture.
- Bonus points for vegetarian and vegan options.
- Inventiveness of menu and items.
- Children's menu: Basic staples for kids who will not eat fancy foods.
- Openness to substitutions or special requests?
- Coloring or activity pages with crayons available for youngsters.
- For babies, changing table available in bathroom.
- Parking or valet available near front entrance. Kids don't have to cross busy streets to get to the front.
- Feeling of general spaciousness, both at table and throughout restaurant. Ability to push baby through the restaurant in stroller.
- Unobstructed passageways for strollers.
- Kids feel free to laugh and talk. Not too stodgy or quiet.
- Not a boisterous situation for the kiddos: no sport's bars or pick-up joints included.
- Appropriate, comfortable temperature in restaurant. Absence of drafts or overheating for kids and tots.
- Mellow, relaxing tunes--no booming, loud music.
- Tables and bathrooms are clean.
- Kids and babies seem generally relaxed and comfortable.