Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in New Orleans

by | Apr 19, 2024 | Destinations, Family Adventures, South East, USA

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Exploring the tastes of New Orleans with kids was challenging – but it wasn’t impossible. Let’s just say that the whole Creole cooking thing New Orleans is known for has a definite kick to it. And, while there are restaurants that have a dedicated kid’s menu, there are others that have kid-friendly foods even without a children’s menu and a fun atmosphere to top it off! 

Fortunately, we’ve spent a bit of time in New Orleans restaurants. This handy guide will save families precious time on research when planning their next family meal in the Crescent City. After all, we still want it to be the Big Easy! So, let’s dive into our favorite kid-friendly restaurants in New Orleans. 

 

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Cafe du Monde

Crispy, aerated, and sweet – the beignets at Cafe du Monde are something the whole family will enjoy. Beignets are crispy, fried dough – like doughnuts but so much lighter. They come topped with powdered sugar and the option to add chocolate or strawberry dipping sauce. Mom and Dad can also grab a coffee there, known for its chicory infusion – perfect for tastefully keeping up with excited kids while exploring the French Quarter. 

 

tea, coffee and pastry mugs/plates

Crispy, fluffy beignets are a New Orleans experience even the pickiest eaters will love!
Photo by Chelsea Audibert on Unsplash

 

Reginelli’s

How many kids do you know that don’t love pizza? One of the reasons we love Reginelli’s pizzeria is the Build-Your-Own pizza on the kid’s menu – kiddos can make their own pizza and have it baked right at the restaurant! 

Reginelli’s also offers more than pizza for mom and dad. Choose from menu items, including hearty baked pasta, fresh salads, filling sandwiches, and appetizers like BBQ Shrimp & Ciabatta Toast. 

 

Make your own pizza. Kid-friendly restaurants in New Orleans.

We love making pizzas with personality at home, so Reginelli’s was a fun experience for our boys!
Photo Credit: Samantha Davis

 

The Camellia Grill

The Camellia Grill is a diner-style restaurant with a unique seating restaurant. Instead of tables, there is a single countertop that weaves through the restaurant. It’s perfect for breakfast or lunch. Kids can choose from bacon, eggs, and pancakes or chicken tenders, burgers, grilled cheese, and fries. Plus, they’ll be able to watch while the cook prepares their food, keeping them plenty entertained. While the diner usually seems pretty packed, the short wait time and behind-the-counter entertainment are great for busy kids. Adults can enjoy breakfast, burgers, or sandwiches, including specialty sandwiches like Camellia Muffaletta, Doc Brinkers Special, and the Mardi Gras.  

 

Muffaletta sandwich. Kid-friendly restaurants in New Orleans.

The Muffaletta brings together the flavors of toasted sesame seed bread, deli meats, and a delicious olive spread – it’s a NOLA staple you’ll have to try while in the city!
Photo Credit: Samantha Davis

 

Muriel’s Jackson Square

Muriel’s offers delicious food in a more kid-friendly atmosphere than some of the other fine dining establishments. Not only does it have a sign on the wall stating kids are welcome, but there’s also a table set for a ghost that my boys found fascinating! The dedicated kid’s menu has favorites like pasta, chicken tenders, and fried shrimp. Plus, kids who finish their plates get a free scoop of ice cream! 

Muriel’s is great because it appeals so much to kids, but mom and dad won’t feel like they are sacrificing. Choose from appetizers like turtle soup au sherry, shrimp and seafood crepes, or seafood gumbo, and entrees like pecan-crusted drum, roasted duck, or dijon-crusted salmon. And, don’t forget to check out the extensive wine and cocktail menu! 

 

Bowls of ice cream. Kid-friendly restaurants in New Orleans.

Muriel’s encourages kids to join the clean plate club with a free scoop of ice cream if they finish their meal!
Photo by American Heritage Chocolate on Unsplash

 

Ruby Slipper

The Ruby Slipper has three locations in different districts around New Orleans. Like most breakfast joints, they have plenty of safe options for kids including eggs, bacon and sausage, biscuits and gravy, french toast, and pancakes. My boys loved the french toast bites starter and the cinnamon roll pancakes! 

Adults can start their meal with appetizers like fried green tomatoes or pig-candy bacon bites and then choose from savory benedicts, sweet, fluffy pancakes, and flavorful omelets. The food quality and flavors are more sophisticated than the average breakfast place. Plus, the Ruby Slipper has several mimosa flavors and an award-winning bloody mary!  

 

Benedicts from the Ruby Slipper Cafe in New Orleans. Kid-friendly restaurants in New Orleans.

You can sample two bennies with the Peacemaker – the Bayou Shrimp Benedict was my favorite!
Photo Credit: Samantha Davis

 

 

Dat Dog

Dat Dog has multiple locations but the Magazine Street location is the perfect place for lunch before or after the nearby Audubon Zoo and Aquarium. Plus, it’s dog-friendly- something that my boys always appreciate! They’ll never hesitate to ask to pet someone’s dog! 

 

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This is one of the best kid-friendly restaurants because while most kids love hot dogs, even those that don’t will appreciate the bright, funky color decor and other menu items including chicken fingers, tater tots, fries, corn dogs, and grilled cheese. Parents can pile their dog high with toppings or choose from specialty dogs like Jimmy’s Chicago Dog, Bacon Werewolf, Rougarou, or the Crawfish Special. Plus, there’s a full bar if you aren’t driving! 

 

Gourmet hot dog. Kid-friendly restaurants in New Orleans.

Kids can keep it simple while adults enjoy gourmet hot dog options at Dat Dog!
Photo by Daniel Lloyd Blunk-Fernández on Unsplash

 

Wakin’ Bakin’

Wakin’ Bakin’ offers some of the freshest breakfast in New Orleans with a staff that comes in before you wake up to bake Sourdough bread and biscuits for the day. Even though Wakin’ Bakin’ doesn’t have a huge menu, they do have a few menu items just for the kids. Plus, the atmosphere in the dining room is cozy, the wait staff has great personality, and the menu items are made fresh and locally sourced! 

 

Sourdough King sandwich from Wakin' Bakin'. kid-friendly restaurants New Orleans.

I’m pretty sure the Sourdough King was the perfect fuel before a day walking around the Crescent City!
Photo Credit: Samantha Davis

 

The Blue Crab Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Diners will find the fresh seafood they’d expect from a restaurant named the Blue Crab Restaurants & Oyster Bar, sitting right on the Mississippi River! The kid’s menu has grilled cheese, chicken tenders, alfredo and pasta, hamburger, and fried shrimp, all served with french fries. Plenty of choices for pickier eaters! Plus, kiddos will have so much fun watching ships traveling on the Mississippi with live music playing in the background. For parents, the Blue Crab menu features fresh oysters, blue crab cakes, fried seafood platters, and seafood boils. 

 

People eating fresh oysters. Kid-friendly restaurants New Orleans.

You can enjoy some of the freshest oysters you’ve ever eaten right next to the Mississippi River!
Photo by Charlotte Harrison on Unsplash

 

The Market Cafe

With live jazz music, outdoor seating, and a noisy atmosphere, this is a great place that matches the energy of kids exploring the New Orleans area.

The Market Cafe is located right around the corner from the French Market. They have a breakfast menu with all the essentials that kids love, plus an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. 

The lunch/dinner menu doesn’t have a ton of options for kids, but they do have several dishes with the flavor of New Orleans, including gumbo, red beans and rice, the Muffuletta sandwich, alligator bites, and crawfish beignets. Kids will enjoy burgers, fried shrimp, and dessert options like homemade bread pudding and fudge brownie a la mode. 

 

Crawfish Beignets at the Market Cafe. Kid-friendly restaurants in New Orleans.

These beignets were crispy on the outside with a melt-in-your-mouth crawfish sauce.
Photo Credit: Samantha Davis

 

Bonus Restaurants: Where to Go for a Date Night Sans Kids in New Orleans 

If Mom and Dad are able to sneak out for a night without the kiddos, we highly recommend it. New Orleans offers fine dining at restaurants like Brennan’s, Arnaud’s, Commander’s Palace, and GW Fins. They aren’t necessarily kid-friendly, but the experience was incredible! 

We enjoyed dining at Arnaud’s while in New Orleans. I had tender, savory veal served over a decadent mushroom risotto, and my partner had blueberry-glazed duck breast. Incredible food aside, we loved that it was steps away from Bourbon Street for exploring after dinner – thankfully, I remembered to bring flats!

 

The blueberry glazed duck tasted even better than it looked – a hard feat!
Photo Credit: Samantha Davis

 

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When You Go

 

 

Where to Stay in New Orleans

A high-end, luxury option is the Maison de la Luz, a 67-room boutique hotel with 15 suite options. They have valet parking so families don’t have to fuss with finding a place to leave their car in the middle of the night. Kids stay free here and pets are welcome. There are two restaurants and bars in this Warehouse area hotel. When the kids go to bed, check out the famous Bar Marilou there for creative craft cocktails.

A high-end but affordable stay is at the Higgins Hotel, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. This Art Deco masterpiece is right across the street from the National WWII Museum and has decorations that match the spirit. See a depiction of Rosie the Riveter commanding the lobby area over the front desk. Other art pieces are strewn around the hotel, an activity worth wandering to appreciate. There are two restaurants and a speak-easy type bar. We loved staying here during one visit and enjoyed breakfast on the rooftop terrace overlooking the city.

Don’t be fooled by the low price of the Super 8 By Wyndham Hotel. This pastel-colored throwback has a pool, free breakfast, and gives guests free wifi and parking. Feel free to bring your furry friends to this French Quarter area palace conveniently located by Bourbon Street and the Superdome.

 

Getting to New Orleans from Los Angeles

Los Angeles Airport makes it easy for LA families to travel to destinations around the globe, including New Orleans. Nonstop flights from LAX to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airports (MSY) take less than 4 hours 30 minutes. Popular airlines flying into NOLA include Spirit, Delta, American, United, Southwest, and Alaska.

An excellent discount site for flights (and cars, hotels) is Expedia! This is where we start our research for the best deals!

If you’d like to be in the know for exclusive discounts to fly anywhere in the world, check out Going (formerly Scott’s Cheap Flights). Their website shows current deals, and they send emails when they find crazy cheap discounts. Some can even be booked with points.

To get discounts on tours in the area, we recommend Get Your Guide or Viator (which offers 51% off last-minute tours!).

To save time (and because we travel so much), we got an annual travel insurance policy for the whole family from this site. They have affordable policies for individual trips, too, and tools to make picking one easy.

 

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Samantha Davis is a mom to two rambunctious boys, a pittie named Ursula, a cat named Avo-Cat-o, and a bearded dragon named Cotton-Eyed Josie. When she isn’t writing and juggling her crazy life, Samantha loves traveling with her sons, partner, and sometimes the dog, too!