Going to a restaurant with kids can sometimes be an expensive gamble. Will the $15 kid’s meals go uneaten? Will they drop the whole plate on the floor? Will there be a [insert a once favourite food item here] that they suddenly no longer like? Well, we have scoured the Inner West for some family-friendly venues that not only offer great food, but where kids can eat free. As an added bonus, some of these venues even have a play space, that may avert a meltdown!
So, give yourself a night off the cooking and treat the family to an early dinner out with one of these tasty suggestions.
Offers listed apply to kids under 12.
Every weeknight at this fun Mexican diner, Little Amigos eat free without the spice! The menu covers all the classics – kids can choose from a quesadilla, burrito, DIY taco kit or fish and chips. Activity packs are also available to keep the kids occupied.
On Monday and Tuesday nights at Canada Bay Club, kids eat free at both The Brasserie and Baysia, when you purchase an adult meal and show your membership card. Kids can also enjoy free games on selected machines in the kid’s arcade (6pm- 9.30pm). Dinner options include favourites like chicken nuggets, pasta, fish cocktails with chips and pizza.
Sunday is FUN day at Dock & Co, Club Five Dock! Kids eat free with a member’s main meal. There is a great play area to keep the kids entertained and a well-equipped parents room with baby change facilities.
It’s love at first slice at Epic Pizza in Drummoyne! Enjoy an easy and stress-free Sunday and treat the kids to delicious New York-style pizza slices, for free! Maximum two kids per order.
Enjoy an Italian-style family feast at Fratelli where kids eat free all day every day! The kid’s menu offers a great selection of classic and yummy meals including pasta, pizza and fresh salad. There are 7 locations across Sydney, so check the website to find your local.
Overlooking the picturesque Iron Cove Bay, the Haberfield Rower’s Club is the prefect spot for a family-friendly dinner. Kids eat for free every Wednesday night from 5.30pm with every paying member’s main meal. The kid’s menu offers the usual favourites including pasta and fish and chips as well as a ‘rainbow plate’, so you might even get the kids to eat some veggies!
Head to Leichhardt Bowlo for a mid-week dinner each Tuesday or Wednesday, and for each adult meal purchased, you get a complementary kid’s meal – which includes a scoop of ice cream for dessert. There is also children’s play equipment outside for the kids to burn-off any energy!
Made in Italy offers free kids meals on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, choose from some delicious pizza and pasta dishes and little ones can also amuse themselves with activity pads.
A popular family-friendly restaurant on the Peninsula, kids eat free every night between 5:30-6:30pm. Get one kid’s meal free with every dining adult. Kids are rewarded with a free ice cream sundae if they finish their puzzle!
The Salisbury Hotel in Stanmore, has a 2-4-1 deal on adult and kids meals on a Monday. They also have a member of staff helping out with the kids to make it easier for parents to enjoy their dinner. There is a truck for the kids to play on, as well as a dedicated kid’s play area in the loft for craft, colouring and games.
Every Saturday, kids eat free until 6pm. One kids meal free per main meal purchased. This also includes a drink and ice cream or fruit. There is also a fabulous kid’s playroom with plenty of books, toys and drawing.
Every Tuesday, kid’s dinner is just $2, with every adult meal at The Backyard at Briars – a super kid-friendly restaurant attached to the back of the Briars sports club. They have a great kid’s menu with 10 options choose from and to sweeten the deal, kids can choose any flavour gelato from the bar for dessert. Best of all, there is a huge fenced play area where the kids will love the rocking blue cows, playing with the soft toys and the colouring in.
Located in Rozelle, this beautiful, heritage sandstone pub offers a complimentary kid’s meal with every adult main meal purchased on Wednesday nights.
Balmain’s recently renovated Exchange Hotel houses Italian restaurant, Pulcinella, and offers free kid’s meals every Tuesday. The restaurant serves up wood-fired oven pizzas, fresh pastas, salads and desserts. The space also features an enclosed play area, the perfect way to entertain the little ones.
Surrounded by hanging gardens and lush greenery, The Potting Shed at The Grounds of Alexandria is a fantastic venue for an early dinner with the kids. Kids eat free every weeknight and can choose from an awesome menu including arancini, cheeseburgers and steak!
Tucked away in a residential area of Balmain, the heritage-listed Riverview Hotel is gastro pub with a delicious selection of both hearty meals and light bites. Dine upstairs in the restaurant on a Monday or Tuesday evening and kids under 14 eat free.
Located in Marrickville, this Merivale pub serves up delicious classic pub food and on Tuesdays kids eat free with every adult meal purchased.