Best Family Restaurants in the Bay Area

These Family Restaurants were voted the Bay Area’s 2019 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

Silicon Valley

Gold: BJ’s Brewhouse. There are a lot of options on the kids’ menu at this restaurant chain. 10690 N. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino, 408-865-6970. 925 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, 408-284-4260. 511 Coleman Ave., San Jose, 408-343-7230.

Silver: Red Robin. 248 Great Mall Drive, Milpitas, 408-493-5063. 1000 EL Paseo de Saratoga, San Jose, 408-370-1236. 3906 Rivermark Plaza, Santa Clara, 408-855-0630.

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

SF and Marin

Gold: Mel’s Drive-In Diner. This 1950s-style diner has been serving classic America fare in San Francisco since 1947 and is now across the Bay Area and in Southern California. Multiple locations.

Silver: Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers. 4138 24th Ave., San Francisco. 415-282-7770.

Bronze: Pizza Hacker. 3299 Mission St., San Francisco. 415-236-2500.

Bronze: SF Kebab Mediterranean Grill. 550 16th St., San Francisco. 415-255-2262.


Gold: Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria. This pizzeria is inspired by the traditional, Italian brick oven pizzas of New England. 880 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park, 650-329-8888. 226 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood Shores, 650-654-3333. 69 Third Ave., San Mateo, 650-342-9392.

Silver: The Counter. 41 W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo, 650-212-3200.

Bronze: Jack’s Prime.  3723 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo. 650-638-1479.

Bronze: Celia’s Mexican Restaurant. Multiple locations.

East Bay

Gold: Plāyt. It offers a melding of southern food including creole, Cajun and Gullah as well as southern hospitality. 1036 B St., Hayward. 510-888-1092.

Silver: Lazy Dog. 3100 Newpark Mall, Newark, 510-925-2424. 4805 Hacienda Drive, Dublin, 925-361-3690. 1961 Diamond Blvd., Concord, 925-849-1221.

Bronze:  Zachary’s Chicago Pizza. Multiple locations.

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