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Let’s be honest — After a long day out with the kids, the last thing you want to do is drive home with a hungry one and then cook. Fortunately, Olde Towne Portsmouth is filled with restaurants that both kids and parents love. So, whether you’re looking to start your morning off with a healthy bite, build-your-own pizza for lunch, eat healthy with tasty veggies, explore international cuisine, or dessert to finish the evening, here are 10 kid-friendly spots that are perfect for the whole family.
Location – 515 Washington St.
Kids Favorite – French Toast Combo
The perfect place to take the young ones before starting your day’s journey. Start the day with one of their signature meals, or let the kids chose from their own tailored menus. There’s something for the whole family. The best part is that it’s open seven days a week and a full patio to enjoy the brisk air.
Location – 10 Crawford Pkwy
Kids Favorite – Popcorn Shrimp
Let the kids feel like adults with their own menu and dining on the water with beautiful views of the Elizabeth River. In addition to their great food, drinks, and views, let the little ones have their own seafood feast with popcorn shrimp, crab cake, or meatloaf.
Location – 337 High St.
Kids Favorite – Tenders & Shrimp
This is a great place for a quick lunch or a leisurely dining experience. Enjoy a variety of seafood at your fingertips. Let the grown-ups take in the peaceful, elegant atmosphere, while the kids order items off the kid’s menu.
Location – 455 Court St.
Kids Favorite – Cheese Pizza
You can never go wrong with pizza! It’s a favorite for all ages, so let the whole family enjoy their favorite or split a whole pie. Local pizzeria Gino’s is close to the Children’s Museum and is popular for their variety of foods, their $5 deals, and even catering for kids’ parties!
Location – 316 High St.
Kids Favorite – Philly Steak & Triple Chocolate Brownie.
Another place with a great outdoor patio and a local fan favorite! From their sports days to their live entertainment; from their Southern fusion dishes to classic American fare, this will be one place your kids will love. Here, you can start your culinary adventure with warm, tempting rolls and end it with a kid-approved triple chocolate brownie.
Location – 467 Court St.
Kids Favorite – Sirloin Steak & Fries
A variety of fare from stone fired pizza to crab cakes & filet mignon. Enjoy a selection of classic American appetizers and entrees and Southern cuisine platters. Kids will love the tasty meals too, including the creamy mac, brisket sandwich, and toasted grilled cheese. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy their craft beer, scratch made sides, and smoked BBQ.
Location – 702 High St.
Kids Favorite – Chicken tenders and tater-tots
It’s the go-to, classic neighborhood tavern in Olde Towne Portsmouth, serving all your favorites from seafood to burgers! Their friendly staff will make you and your loved ones feel like a part of the family. Kids will love the tailored kids’ menu, including fried shrimp, BBQ Grilled Chicken Sandwich entrees, and deserts.
Location – 300 High St.
Kids Favorite – Mac & Cheese (muffins & bagels for snacks)
Another local favorite, this coffee shop is another family-friendly breakfast option. They are open every day, serving breakfast, lunch, drinks, and all kinds of pastries. It’s even pet-friendly and has tables and chairs outside. This location is also part of the Toads on High Street adventure for kids!
Location – 438 High St.
Kids Favorite – Schnitzel and Wieners
The most authentic Southern German cuisine and restaurant in the region. True to tradition, each dish is prepared from scratch. It is also home to Oktoberfest Portsmouth, and has 23 taps and over 400 styles of bier! The kids’ menu offers Weiner sandwiches, Grilled Cheese, Spatzle, and chicken tenders.
Location – 612 Court St.
Kids Favorite – Cheese Quesadilla & Burrito
Guad’s offers a variety of West Coast fusion Mexan cuisine, with highlights such as the Calabzas Tiernes – Mexican stuffed zucchini – and Los Tres Guacamoles, which includes a guacamole made with pomegranate and mangos! Don’t forget to check out the nearby mural art highlighting QQ.
Hopefully this has helped you prepare for your next visit to Portsmouth, Virginia’s Historic Seaport®. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Have questions about what to do, where to stay, or where to park? No problem, we have you covered! Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you. Reach out to us via email, phone (757-393-5111), or stop by our Portsmouth Welcome Center (206 High St), conveniently located across the street from the Children’s Museum of Virginia.