Best Family Restaurants in the Bay Area



These Family Restaurants were voted the Bay Area’s 2017 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

East Bay

Gold: Denica’s Real Food Kitchen. From pancakes to crepes to artisan sandwiches, husband and wife team James and Denica Freitas make food from scratch. Multiple locations. denicascafe.com.

Silver: Zachary’s Chicago Pizza. Multiple locations. zacharys.com.

Bronze (tie): Zakuro Japanese Bistro & Sushi Bar. 6700 Santa Rita Road, Pleasanton. 925-469-9060. www.zakurobistro.com.

Bronze (tie): Lazy Dog Concord. 1961 Diamond Blvd., Concord, 925-849-1221; 4805 Hacienda Drive, Dublin, 925-361-3690. www.lazydogrestaurants.com.

Peninsula

Gold: Jack’s Prime. A nostalgic atmosphere and burgers like “Phoenix from the Flame” and “Whiskeytown Express” are among the reasons this family restaurant is consistently popular. 3723 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo. 650-638-1479. www.jacksprime.com.

Silver: The Counter. 369 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, 650-321-3900; 41 W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo,  650-212-3200. www.thecounterburger.com.

Bronze (tie): Pizza My Heart. Multiple locations. 650-344-9800. pizzamyheart.com

Bronze (tie): Jeffrey’s Hamburgers. 888 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 650-322-1959; 42 S. B St., San Mateo, 650-348-8698. www.jeffreyshamburgers.com

Silicon Valley

Gold: Willow Street Pizza. Wood-fired pizza, pastas and a kids’ menu that will please even the pickiest eater make this a good choice for family dining. Multiple locations. willowstreet.com.

Silver: Aqui Cal-Mex. Multiple locations. 408-882-0250. www.aquicalmex.com.

Bronze (tie): Sweet Tomatoes. Multiple locations. souplantation.com.

Bronze (tie): Red Robin. Multiple locations. www.redrobin.com

San Francisco/Marin

Gold: Barney’s Noe Valley. A California tradition since 1978, Barney’s uses high-quality ingredients for its gourmet hamburgers. 4138 24th St. 415-282-7770. www.barneyshamburgers.com.

Silver: Mel’s Drive-In Diner. Multiple locations. melsdrive-in.com.

Bronze (tie): Bashful Bull Too. 3600 Taraval St., San Francisco. 415-759-8112. www.bashfulbulltoo.com.

Bronze (tie): Extreme Pizza. Multiple locations. www.extremepizza.com.

Bronze (tie): Rigolo Café, 3645 California St., San Francisco. 415-876-7777. www.rigolocafe.com

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