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Kid-Friendly Dining Options

Getting the kids fed and keeping your sanity doesn't have to be an impossible mission.

Let’s face it, dining at your favorite restaurant with the kids isn’t always a joy or worth it. Depending on age, eating out with children is like trying to enjoy classical music while a car alarm is sounding.

What’s meant to be a relaxing break from a night cooking and cleaning at home can quickly turn ugly. Fortunately, there are plenty of family-friendly dining establishments in Capitola and Soquel that will leave the parents feeling nourished and the kids smiling, too. Here are some of our family favorites:

  • , located at 1000 41st Ave. The service is fast, the food is delicious and the shakes, made with Marianne’s ice cream, are irresistible.
  • Taqueria Vallarta, located at 200 Monterey Ave. in the Capitola Village. The tasty taqueria offers a reasonably priced menu and is a great choice for quick dinner ideas.
  • , located at 1501 41st Ave. This pizzeria has something for everyone. Their jalapeno-topped, pepperoni and garlic pizza is a favorite among adults, with the plain-cheese pizza being a foolproof choice for the kiddies. With robust salads to keep the meal balanced and beer on tap, everyone leaves feeling satisfied.
  • , located at 504 Bay Ave. This rosticceria is a site for hungry eyes. With nightly dinner specials and a casual atmosphere, it’s easy to find something appealing for even the pickiest little ones.
  • , located at 2605 Main St. The downtown restaurant offers dine-in and take-out options for families. The staff is always welcoming and the kitchen accommodates special orders without complaint. For the parents, try Mollie’s Margie, served in a mason jar. It will take the edge off even the most difficult of days.
  • Restaurant, located at 2400 Porter St. Carpo's has been consistently rated the best kid-friendly restaurant in the area, and it’s easy to see why. The popular eatery has everything from hot dogs to Teriyaki-Chicken Kabobs and some of the best milk shakes in town. Carpo’s is undoubtedly a quick-kid pleaser.
  • , located at 3555 Clares St. This restaurant has been a favorite of my son for some time. He likes the buffet-style service because he can be as picky as he wants, or at least he can until I tell him he to eat some veggies. This is definitely a fast and easy dinner option for families.

Enjoy eating out around town with the kids, and save the fancy places for a night when the kids are at a sleep over or when the grandparents are in town.

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