Of all the many fun things to do in the Napa Valley with small kids – or jaded adolescents, for that matter – going to a fancy, white-tablecloth restaurant usually isn’t at the top of the list. There’s the hushed atmosphere, the fine china and glassware, and the menus full of exotic fare that no self-respecting child will even want to taste.
Why put yourself – and them – through that when there’s a long list of family-focused restaurants in the valley that welcome children with kid-friendly menus and a relaxed vibe? At these popular eateries, everyone can have a good time. Many offer high chairs and crayons to keep the little ones safe and occupied. Most of these venues have outdoor seating, where a restless child is more easily entertained. And all of them have equally satisfying menu choices for sophisticated adults, as well.
Boon Fly Café – Kid favorites include mac & cheese, fried chicken, awesome burgers, chicken & waffles, and fish & chips.
Kitchen Door – A good selection of pizzas, a grilled Kobe beef burger (ask for the sauce on the side), and classic roast chicken.
Heritage Eats – While this spot has an eclectic international menu, it also offers some children’s favorites: grilled cheese, PBJ on Dutch-crunch bread, or a custom kid’s order on a taco, bao bun, salad, or rice bowl.
R+D Kitchen – Amazing cheeseburgers, crispy chicken sandwiches, classic spaghetti with tomato sauce, and hot fudge sundaes for dessert!
Market – Don’t miss the Market burger, grilled chicken-breast sandwich, organic fried chicken, or its famous mac & cheese.
Gott’s Roadside (also in Napa) – With an upscale spin on the classic burger joint, this place offers a wide range of burgers, tacos, and sandwiches, as well as killer milkshakes.
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch (pictured above) – If you’re in town on a Monday, this place has Family Night with meatloaf and other kid specials. Otherwise, check out the cheeseburger, potato gnocchi with beef ragu, brick-cooked chicken, or mac & cheese.
Buster’s Original Southern BBQ – Some of Buster’s items can be fairly spicy, but kids will love the tri-tip sandwich or half-chicken; if all else fails, try the hot dog.
Checkers – The menu changes daily, but there’s always a good selection of pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, and pastas. (And the pizzas can be ordered gluten-free.)