Think Restaurant Week and kiddos don’t mix? Wrong! Here in Sonoma County, we are lucky to have many family-friendly dining options. And during Restaurant Week, many of them offer a three-course meal for $10 (lunch) or $19 (dinner). So even if your toddler’s meltdown forces a hasty exit, you haven’t blown all your savings. We’ve selected seven restaurants perfect for the entire family. Since we hope you’ll be inspired to try something new, we chose to feature restaurants by location.
Once the backdrop for scenes in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, this family-friendly restaurant serves local seafood and American cuisine.
Happy kids: Picture windows overlooking Bodega Bay, casual atmosphere, gift shop, and a kids menu.
Happy parents: With delicious offerings featuring several chowders, linguine with clams, and Dungeness crab cakes, you will be in seafood heaven. Make your reservation for an early dinner to enjoy sunset views.
Activity pairing: Get your blood moving on a half-mile hike down to Pinnacle Gulch Beach. Or if you go on Friday, check out the free Bodega Marine Laboratory tour from 2 – 4 p.m.
Enjoy American comfort food and local craft beer in an historic train depot setting.
Happy kids: Eat lunch at an old depot while sitting in their large outdoor patio. Coloring books and snacks are provided while waiting for food from their kid-friendly menu that includes mac n’ cheese, fried chicken, and barbecue.
Happy parents: $15 restaurant week lunch featuring salad, pretzel bun burger with fries, and dessert.
Activity pairing: Take a tour of the downtown Cloverdale Sculpture Trail
Feast on Northern Italian style comfort food in this Russian River gem that will please both grown-ups and children.
Happy kids: Dog-friendly patio. Nosh on a house made soft pretzel, deviled eggs, cheese pizza, hand cut fries, and (of course) spaghetti and meatballs! While most children would jump at the chance to redecorate a table with crayons, paper tablecloths for coloring please kids and management alike.
Happy parents: You can’t go wrong ordering house-made pastas and imaginative pizzas. But make sure to save room for other dishes, like the 48-hour brined pork chop.
Activity pairing: Work up an appetite at Armstrong Woods. Then peruse the aisles of the classic dime store Guerneville 5 & 10 before your 5:30 p.m. dinner.
Fresh, contemporary Chinese dining located in beautiful downtown Healdsburg.
Happy kids: Since the restaurant is off the square there easy parking and less of a walk, kids menu with $5 orange chicken and $2 chow mein.
Happy parents: In addition to classics like sizzling black pepper beef and Szechuan chicken, offerings also include fresh rolls, Singapore street noodles, and fried chocolate wontons.
Activity pairing: Create a magical dwelling during the Sprite and Fairy Miniature Homes workshop at Healdsburg Library, Saturday, March 10th at 11am.
This low key, farm-to-table bakery serves seasonal savory and sweet hand pies that will create mouth-watering memories for the whole family.
Happy kids: Pies! From chicken pot pie to strawberry cream pie, your kids will love sampling them all. While most kiddos will devour the cheeseburger pie, there are lots of options for vegetarian kids, as well! Indoor and outdoor seating. Also, it’s located off a small plaza perfect for your roving toddler.
Happy parents: With their $10 restaurant week lunch menu, you choose one meat or veggie pie, one organic side, and a nano pie or coffee or tea. If you aren’t stuffed by the end, take home a large pie to enjoy while you binge watch your favorite shows before bed.
Activity Pairing: Because you might need to get moving after all those pies, take a 10-minute stroll and go Boating at the Barn on Sunday, March 11th, 10 a.m – 1 p.m.
Tip: After your meal, enter their Pi(e)-Ku poetry contest in honor of Pi Day for a chance to win a gift card.
A family-run Northern Indian restaurant with plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options.
Happy kids: Family-friendly vibe, vegetable pakora, buttered naan, mango ice cream, and great service.
Happy parents: Grown-ups rave about their apricot chicken, mixed seafood tikka kabob, and vegetable samosas. If you aren’t ready for a drink at lunch, you can still throw back a Tumeric Wellness Shot.
Activity pairing: Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance and Drum Performance on March 10th from 12 – 1 p.m. at the Rincon Valley Library.
Sustainable seafood and a contemporary California menu served in a hip, converted Foster’s Freeze.
Happy kids: Kids menu and soft serve (need I say more?). Ordering at the counter makes it a breeze. Especially appealing is the fun decor and large outdoor patio, with space to run around behind it.
Happy parents: $19 restaurant week dinner is a steal, including appetizer and entree, as well as organic Strauss soft serve. A $15 restaurant week lunch is offered, as well. In addition, they have a large craft beer selection.
Activity pairing: Even though the soft serve may have pushed you beyond your daily sugar quota, take your family for a honey tasting at BeeKind, located next door. Seems too risky? Just check out the bee hives and purchase some honey products to go.
Enjoy sharing Restaurant Week 2018 with your family! Let us know which restaurants were your favorites, and please share any tips you have for a no-cry dining experience!