Grab the whole family and eat at one of these kid-friendly restaurants

Not all restaurants are designed to accommodate children, or a family of varying ages. These six restaurants are proven places where it doesn’t matter if you’re big or small, you’re going to have something great to eat.


Located in the Downtown Hyatt Regency along Stephen Avenue, Thomsons is known for its delectable Sunday brunch. It’s recently renovated dining room shines alongside the “free-range culinary” lunch and dinner menus that change weekly. Smaller portions are available for children and Thomsons tries to make sure its menus are healthy for you. Parking is a breeze too, as the underground parkade is available for your use along with a validated ticket.

700 Centre St. E., 403-717-1234,

Kensington Pub

On weekends during the days, minors are allowed into the Kensington Pub. With family-friendly foods like burgers and quesadillas, it’s easy to take the kids for a walk around the neighbourhood and then out for lunch. Bonus – this pub is family owned and operated too!

207 10A St. NW, 403-270-4505,, @kensingtonpub

Big T’s BBQ and Smokehouse

For a dinner served family-style, head over to Big T’s BBQ and Smokehouse located across Crowchild Trail from McMahon Stadium. Order the Big T’s platter and have the whole family dive into brisket, pulled pork, ribs and more. Have a big family? Order the Elvis platter for double the meat. All menu items are available for takeout as well.

2138 Crowchild Tr. NW, 403- 284-5959,

Matador Pizza

A staple in the northwest community of Varsity, Matador Pizza has been serving delicious pizzas and pastas since 1976. Its homemade crusts and sauce are the perfect base to the classic pepperoni or Hawaiian pizza. Add a side salad with the creamy dill dressing to complete your pizza night dinner. Gluten-free crusts are available too.

4625 Varsity Dr. NW, 403-286-3133,, @MatadorPizza

Redwater Rustic Grille

With four locations across the city, Redwater Rustic Grille is an easy drive from many communities. Adults can dine on classic entrees like steaks, fish and pastas while children have the option of choosing from the well-priced kids menu.

Aspen Estates, Bow Valley, Macleod Trail, Stadium,, @RedwaterYYC

Calgary Farmers’ Market

Although not technically a restaurant, the Calgary Farmers’ Market is a must-visit for any family, young or old. From healthy eats to scrumptious desserts, there’s something for everyone in the food court. Bring your grocery list and pick up some last minute ingredients for dinner to complete your afternoon outing. A kid’s play area and monthly activities including children’s cooking classes are added bonuses.

510 77 Ave. SE, 403-240-9113,, @cgyfarmersmarkt

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