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East Bay Restaurants with Kids’ Play Areas

When restaurants have play areas, or even a small basket of chalk and a chalkboard, it can make a parent’s life easier. We are grateful for these East Bay restaurants who welcome our kids with open arms, and a handful of toys.

The Terminal Tap Room at Line 51 Brewing Company, Jack London Square-ish

Hot dogs, beer, and a real city bus to play in? Score! This relatively new spot is a hit with little kids and their parents. The large 7,500 square-foot space has an actual AC transit bus that kids can go inside while parents sample beer and chow down on some Vienna Beef. Website >

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The AC Transit bus is a huge hit with kids | Photo: Michele Yuen

Westbrae Biergarten, Berkeley

A KIDS ONLY sign invites young patrons into a sandbox area that’s actually covered with shredded tire material (you’ll leave dirty, but happy). Even our tweens like taking their conversations into the clubhouse area, away from the beer connoisseurs. More info here> And more in the Westbrae neighborhood >

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Westbrae Biergarten is family-friendly

Kensington Circus Pub, Kensington

Take comfort if you feel like you’re bringing a circus into every restaurant you try to enjoy. This British-style pub welcomes diners who get up and play with toys mid-meal. A chalkboard and toys mark off a kid zone. You do need to watch out that they don’t escape out the door, though! Website >

Kensington Circus Pub
Kensington Circus Pub [photo credit: Bobby Maurer]

Public Market, Emeryville

There’re lots of great food options at the Public Market, so you’re sure to find something for everyone. Pizza, ramen, burger, ice cream, and more. They also offer free pool tables, foosball, and air hockey to keep kids and adults entertained. For the small kids, grab your food to-go and head out to cute Christie Park playground outside. Website>

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Families can play foosball or watch games on the giant screen | Photo: Public Market Emeryville

Monster Pho, Oakland

Monster Pho serves up delicious Vietnamese dishes with a futuristic twist. It is super appealing to kids with its food delivery robots, refurbished robot ride from the 80s, and arcade games. One highlight is a retro claw machine that only works with “monster pho coins,” which are earned by kids who eat all of their food. More about Monster Pho >

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Play games while waiting for food | Photo: Maureen Burke

Hive the Place To Bee, Oakland’s Dimond District

This mom-owned coffee shop has a full menu of fresh sandwiches and salads, plus a couch positioned just so that parents can relax while their children examine all the toys on an inviting bookshelf. Website>

hive the place to bee
Hive the Place To Bee, Oakland

Faction Brewery, Alameda

Faction Brewery is a former Alameda Navy base so it’s a neat spot and with pretty views. The brewery is both kid (so long as kids are supervised and able to stay within your seating area) and pet friendly. Faction Brewery allows patrons to bring their own food or to grab bits from partnered food trucks. Skee-ball is always a big hit. Website >

Find other family-friendly breweries in Alameda >

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Faction Brewery makes it fun for kids of all ages | Photo: Anna Azimi

Zocalo Coffeehouse, San Leandro

This coffee company offers a cafe menu for breakfast and lunch and welcomes little ones to sit in a kid-scale dining area to enjoy their cafe treats. Also, Zocalo is home to a train table, a book cart, and two chalkboards. Website>

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Kid-friendly space inside Zocalo. [photo: Megan Small Photography]

Miyozen, Emeryville

This large sushi restaurant has a kids’ room, furnished with IKEA stools, blocks, books, and toys. A tv may be playing something animated. Website >

Myozen, Emeryville
Myozen, Emeryville

The Junction Beer Garden, Mill Valley

Not in the East Bay, but if you happen to be near the Bay Area Discovery Museum, The Junction Beer Garden is only about a ten-minute drive. Kid-friendly pizza and a fun jumbo boat play structure make this place worth the drive. Read more about our trip there>

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“Kids” Cheese and MARINara Pizzas. Isn’t that kids pizza huge? | Photo: Michele Yuen

But wait… there are more eateries with fun features!

Here are the next few spots we want to check out, recommended by readers. If you’ve been, please send a photo to info@510Families.com.

Richmond Backyard is a newer outdoor restaurant in Richmond that offers a super family-friendly outdoor space with games and real food, like tartines, sandwiches, and breakfast favorites. Note: they’re currently closed due to construction updates until late January 2023. Check their Instagram for updates >

Skipolini’s Pizza, Walnut Creek. In downtown Walnut Creek, this fabulous pizza place has a playground and games in the back patio area. (Where to play in Walnut Creek or nearby Concord) Website >

Ocean View Brew Works, Albany. Look for a giant Connect Four game and a whole collection of toys and games. Ocean View Brew Works often runs events that have something for the whole family. The Kitchenette next door has panini, hot dogs, and smoothies. Website >

Paradise Park, Oakland. This cafe with real food — breakfast burritos and salads — offers a small play area for kids in the back. On the corner of San Pablo and Alcatraz in North Oakland. Website >

Degrees Plato Taproom & Bottle Shop, Oakland. This community gathering restaurant is known for tacos, beer, and most importantly, for being family-friendly. Small tables with coloring books invite kids to enjoy restaurant time, too. Website >

Brezo, Point Richmond. Recommended by a reader, Brezo is a California restaurant with a Latin flair, and a back deck for outdoor dining. Toys and books are on-hand to entertain the kids. Website >

See our whole list of Kid-Friendly Restaurants in the East Bay >>

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5 thoughts on “East Bay Restaurants with Kids’ Play Areas”

  1. Mo’ joes cafe on Sacramento and dwight in berkeley has a small corner with toys too. Also peets on n shattuck in berkeley.

  2. I enjoy a vegan breakfast at Two Mommas in Oakland with my kiddo… they have a kids menu and kids play corner with a play kitchen, books and plenty of board games.

  3. Arthur Mac’s is NOT kid friendly. There’s no sand play area either. Came here based on this post. Cafeteria style seating, no high chairs in sight, crowded with 20 year olds.

    Please take this place off the list.

  4. Arthur Mac’s still has the sandbox area, it’s hidden around the corner. Patio is covered/shaded.

    Crooked City Cider in Jack London has an indoor play area with toys/low tables/cushions that’s great for toddlers. Pinball machines for older kids. Pizza.

    Almanac Brewery in Alameda has an epic sandbox. No shade though, so bring a sun hat / SPF.

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