Best Family Restaurants in the Bay Area

These Family Restaurants were voted the Bay Area’s 2018 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Sweet Tomatoes. This all-you-can-eat buffet provides soups and salads with fresh ingredients. Multiple locations.

Silver: Willow Street Pizza. 20 S. Santa Cruz Ave., #218, Los Gatos. 408-354-5566. 1072 Willow St., San Jose. 408-971-7080.

Bronze: Aqui Cal-Mex. Multiple locations. 408-882-0250.

SF and Marin

Gold: Barzotto. An American pasta bar that hand rolls pasta fresh every day using ingredients sourced from Bay Area farms. 1270 Valencia St., San Francisco. 415-285-1200.

Silver: Extreme Pizza. Multiple locations.

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

Bronze: Goat Hill Pizza. Multiple locations.


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.

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

Bronze: Jeffrey’s Hamburgers. 888 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. 650-322-1959. 42 S. B St., San Mateo. 650-348-8698.

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 on the menu from scratch. Multiple locations.

Silver: Zachary’s Chicago Pizza. Multiple locations.

Bronze: Jack’s Restaurant & Bar. 60 Crescent Drive, #A, Pleasant Hill. 925-849-6195.

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