Best Family Restaurants in the Bay Area

These Family Restaurants were voted the Bay Area’s 2021 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

San Francisco & Marin

Gold: Barney’s Gourmet Hamburgers. Since 1978, it has been serving gourmet burgers in the Bay Area, and strives to have something for everyone on its menu. 4138 24th St.., San Francisco. 415-282-7770.

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

Bronze: Goat Hill Pizza. 300 Connecticut St., San Francisco. 415-641-1440. 171 Stillman St., San Francisco. 415-974-1303. 170 W. Portal Ave., San Francisco. 415-242-4628.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Willow Street Pizza. A local favorite with families known for its variety of wood-fired pizza. 20 S. Santa Cruz Ave., #218, Los Gatos. 408-354-5566. 1072 Willow St., Willow Glen, San Jose. 408-971-7080.

Silver: Chili’s. Multiple locations. 800-983-4637.

Bronze: Red Robin. Multiple locations.

East Bay

Gold (tie): Denica’s Real Food Kitchen. Scrumptious pastries, pancakes and crepes, omelets, burritos, sandwiches and more mean there’s something for everyone on the menu. Multiple locations.

Gold (tie): Zachary’s Chicago Pizza. Zachary’s is famous for its Chicago-style stuffed pizzas, and offers thin crust and half-baked styles, too, along with salads, beer and wine. Multiple locations.

Silver: Lazy Dog. Multiple locations.

Bronze (tie): Jack’s. 60 Crescent Drive, Suite A, Pleasant Hill. 925-849-6195; 1029 Newpark Mall Road, Newark. 510-789-0027.

Bronze (tie): Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que. 7202 Amador Place Road, Dublin. 925-828-7427; 486 Sunvalley Road, Concord. 925-677-7427.


Gold: Ozuma Japanese Restaurant. It strives to be family-friendly with both modern and traditional Japanese dishes such as sushi, sashimi, appetizers, teriyakis and noodle soups. 894 Laurel St., San Carlos. 650-637-9793.

Silver: Jack’s Prime Burgers & Shakes. 3723 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo. 650-638-1479.

Bronze (tie): Maverick Jack’s. 1190 California Drive, Burlingame. 650-347-3061.

Bronze (tie): Waterdog Tavern. 1015 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont. 650-622-4642.