East Bay restaurants with play areas for kids - 510 Families

East Bay restaurants with play areas for kids

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.

Westbrae Biergarten – 1280 Gilman St, 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 to do near Hopkins Street]

Westbrae Biergarten in North Berkeley
Westbrae Biergarten in North Berkeley

Kensington Circus Pub – 389 Colusa Ave, 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!

Kensington Circus Pub
Kensington Circus Pub [photo credit: Bobby Maurer]
Platano  – 2042 University Ave, Berkeley
Salvadoran food is kid-friendly and the pupusas here are perfect for little ones. A rug with some toys welcomes toddlers and preschoolers.

Platano on University Ave in Berkeley
Platano on University Ave in Berkeley

The Veg Hub – 2214 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
This vegan order-at-the-counter spot has a clean, modern decor with a corner table set up just for kids.

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The Veg Hub, Oakland

Hive the Place To Bee – 2139 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
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.

Hive the Place To Bee, Oakland

Rock Wall Winery and Scolari’s at the Point – 2301 Monarch St, Alameda
Despite being a winery with 21 & over rules inside the building, Rock Wall has created a family-friendly vibe by providing an expansive space for games and running around outside with food service available from their restaurant partner Scolari’s. Parents will enjoy the Bay-facing view of San Francisco on a nice day.

Rock Wall Winery
Rock Wall Winery Family Zone [Photo Credit: Anhie.nt on Instagram, used with permission]
Zocalo in 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.

Zocalo
Kid-friendly space inside Zocalo. [photo: Megan Small Photography]
Arthur Mac’s Tap & Shack – 4006 MLK Jr Way, Oakland
With Instagram-worthy patio seating and pizza by the slice in addition to fancy beers and seasonal salads, Arthur Mac’s is looking to keep all members of the family happy. The sandbox play area means you don’t have to pound your pint.

Arthur Mac’s Tap & Snack [photo courtesy Arthur Mac’s]
Miyozen – 1147 40th Street, Emeryville
This large sushi restaurant has a kids room, furnished with IKEA stools, blocks, books, and toys. A tv may be playing something animated.

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Myozen, Emeryville
Myozen, Emeryville

But wait… there’s more!

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

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

Degrees Plato is in Oakland, known for tacos and beer and most-importantly, for being family-friend. Small tables with coloring books invite kids to enjoy restaurant time, too.

Denica’s Real Food with restaurants in Walnut Creek, Castro Valley, Dublin, and Livermore, has a train table at each location.

Brezo in 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.

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

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14 thoughts on “East Bay restaurants with play areas for kids”

  1. You need to add Degrees Plato in the Laurel in Oakland, amazing tacos and beer selection and great little play area.

  2. I want to give a shout out to Degrees Plato on MacArthur & High in Oakland. Next time I’m there I’ll grab a picture if their kids corner with some toys and books for the kiddos to enjoy.

  3. Paradise Park Cafe on San Pablo @ Alcatraz (where Actual Cafe used to be) also has a little kids’ play area with some toys and seating.

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

  5. I thought perch got rid of the play room. It didn’t surprise me when I heard that because the baristas always seemed to hate it when families came in. But then again maybe they just hated everyone. ‍♀️

    1. Senait Mengstab

      They totally hatred families. They were gross anyway and didn’t wash their hands between taking orders and making food.

  6. Pingback: 8 East Bay places to take school-aged kids for food and old-fashioned fun and games — Berkeleyside – aboutfoodandothers

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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