A week ago, friends were in town from Milan, with two small children and we want to dine out.  We don’t have kids, they are not used to the restaurants here – and none of us want to be in a situation where we are treated poorly.  What to do?  We went to Giorgios Restaurant on Clement Street – at 5pm.  It was GREAT! The staff welcomed our friends, parked their incredible double wide stroller maximus and asked if the kids needed anything while we decided what we wanted from the menu.  All with a smile! I have eaten at Giorgios, they are our go-to pizza take away as well, but I have never arrived early with children. This prompted me to ask about – a lunchtime pole here at clear channel – to see if there are any other area restaurants.


This is a short list of places recommended, I am sure there are many others.  Feel free to offer suggestions or tweet me @JoelRiddell 



Giorgios Restaurant, San Francisco

151 Clement St San Francisco, CA (415) 668-1266


Carmelo and Emily, Emma and Marco 

Italian American

Dough for the kids- even the one dashing about on the banquet


Koi Palace, Dublin and Daly City

365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City CA 94015 650-992-9000


Active, exciting, sometimes loud, a great place to bring large families and extended families. Big tables, and a large menu plus Dim Sum


Jenna from WiLD 949 suggested

The Rocking Crawfish, San Francisco, Oakland, Westminster

RC SF 4724 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118 (415) 386-8648

RC OAK- 211 Foothill Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606 (510) 251-1657

RC Westminster 9211 Bolsa Ave STE120, Westminster, CA 92683 (714) 894-4536


Great for any child who likes to eat with their hands; the staff is very friendly- and you eat on paper – so clean up is a breeze!  Jenna says she has a few nephews who love to dismember the crawfish!


The Café at the DeYoung Museum, San Francisco 50 Hagiwarta Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park SF 415-750-3600 www.Deyoung.famsf.org

* It is an unwritten rule that the fenced in, grassy outdoor sculpture garden adjacent to the café is a haven for small kids who like to run and crawl. Also for parents who want to enjoy a glass of wine; and no danger of pet poop!  ** You can have lunch in the Café without visiting the museum (not that you would want to, but sometimes a little melt down dictates). 


The Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive Golden Gate Park San Francisco 415-379-8000 www.CalAcademy.org *On the flip side, their night at the Academy is a SWEET event with wine, music and cool promotions.


Pizza Antica, Lafayette, San Jose, Santa Monica and Mill Valley,

800 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley (Strawberry Village) CA 415-383-0600

* arrive early – GREAT staff, wonderful food. www.PizzaAntica.com


Boudin Bakery on Fisherman’s Warf in San Francisco

160 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 928-1849

Lots of things to look at, the staff is used to dealing with larger parties and families, and they have validated parking across the street!


Hillsotone, on the Embarcadero 1800 Montgomery Street San Francisco CA 94118 www.Hillstone.com

* They have an outdoor patio, a burger for kids, and a well prepped staff for people with children.  I have not dined at Hillstone, but appreciate the recommendation.   


Piatti, Mill Valley, Danville, Sacramento, Santa Clara, and more

100 Sycamore Valley Road West, Danville CA 94526 (415) 392-9280


* San Rafael is the corporate headquarters for Piatti, and they have 9 locations.  


The Plant Café Organic, Burlingame, Pier 3, Marina, Mill Valley

1395 Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame CA 94010 – (650) 342-0242 www.ThePlantCafe.com

 I understand from one of our team, Plant has a vegan kids menu, and for the picky eater this could be the trick! Of course, if your child is all about hamburgers you may have some creative moments.   


The General Consensus is that there are many family owned restaurants that are family friendly.  You know your own kids if you have them, if you have friends with kids, be patient – they may be amazing, but they are not little adults; they are children and deserve both respect and patience.