Best Family Restaurants in the Bay Area

These Family Restaurants were voted the Bay Area’s 2020 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Red Robin. This chain is known for its gourmet burgers and popular side dishes. Multiple locations.

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

Bronze: Bill’s Cafe. Multiple locations.


Gold: Jack’s Prime Burgers & Shakes. Serves classic favorites like flame-grilled burgers and hand-spun shakes. 3723 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo. 650-638-1479.

Silver: Waterdog Tavern. 1015 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont. 650-622-4642.

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

San Francisco/Marin

Gold: Rigolo Café. This family-friendly restaurant is a combination of French home cooking and modern cuisine found in French cafes. 3465 California St., San Francisco. 415-876-7777.

Silver: Rocco’s Café. 1131 Folsom St., San Francisco. 415-554-0522.

Bronze (tie): 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.

Bronze (tie): Pacific Catch. 133 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 415-927-3474. 1200 Ninth Ave., San Francisco. 415-504-6905. 2027 Chestnut St., San Francisco. 415-440-1950.

East Bay

Gold: Zachary’s Chicago Pizza. Zachary’s sets the gold standard with its Chicago-style stuffed pizzas, and offers thin crust and half-baked styles, too, along with salads, beer and wine. Multiple locations.

Silver: Denica’s Real Food Kitchen. Multiple locations.

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

Bronze (tie): Saul’s Restaurant & Delicatessen. 1475 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. 510-848-3354.