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Best Restaurants in Philadelphia for Kids

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Philly cheesesteaks, water ice, soft pretzels…there are plenty of snacks and foods associated with Philadelphia! Before you sit down and have a meal with your family, take a look at my recommendations for the best restaurants in Philadelphia for kids.

City Tavern

City Tavern is a historic restaurant where George Washington once dined. The decor and servers’ uniforms are from the 1800s and even some of the dishes on the menu are made from authentic 18th century recipes. But don’t worry, there are many modern interpretations as well, and this restaurant holds the award for “Best Kids Menu in America.” It is located in historic Old City Philadelphia and does accept reservations.

Mama Palma’s

Mama Palma’s is a gourmet pizza spot near Rittenhouse Square and is one of our favorite pizza restaurants in any city. It has a neighborhood feel with upscale pizza options and is great for kids of all ages. You can order a pizza without toppings or with such unique combinations as veal sausage and brie, or Maryland crab and asparagus.


Jones is run by well-known Philadelphia restauranteur Stephen Starr. It has a retro 1950’s feel and is the most family-friendly restaurant in the Stephen Starr group. Kids and adults alike will enjoy classic old-style dishes such as Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Fried Chicken and Waffles, Thanksgiving Dinner, and Meat and Potatoes. Everyone will have fun with the Brady Bunch decor! Reservations are not accepted here.

Marathon Grill

With three locations near Rittenhouse Square, this local favorite is a great choice for a casual lunch or dinner. The Marathon Grill menu includes family-friendly classics sourced locally and served fresh and quickly. Menu items include plenty of sandwiches and even some all-day breakfast choices.

Pat’s King of Steaks or Geno’s Steaks

It’s hard to imagine a trip to Philadelphia without cheesesteaks, and all kids seem to love steak on a roll with cheese sauce! The two best known restaurants, Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks, are located across the street from each other at 9th and Passyunk in South Philadelphia. Whichever one you choose you can go anytime—they are both open 24 hours a day.

Reading Terminal Market

For a different experience, be sure to try eating lunch or a snack at Reading Terminal Market located on 12th Street not far from City Hall. This is an indoor food market that has stalls of fresh and prepared foods including meats, produce, baked goods and Amish specialties. Everyone can try something different!

Philadelphia offers a wide variety of restaurants and unique food for everyone in the family so enjoy eating out on your visit to Philly!

We hope you enjoy our list of best restaurants in Philadelphia for kids; all of which are convenient to The Inn at Penn, a Hilton hotel.

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