We know that eating out with small people can be a bit daunting and sometimes stressful. It’s time to put those fears to rest, because there are plenty of child friendly places and we have hand picked a few beauties, which are perfect for your budding gourmand!

Jamie’s Italian – Kids Eat FREE in the school holidays

Jamie’s Italian Kid’s Meatballs, image provided by Jamie’s Italian

At Jamie’s Italian for every main course ordered, one child can enjoy a meal on the house selected from the six dishes from the kids’ menu. No nuggets here. It’s all made with fresh produce and served with a shake-me salad and drink.

Sample Menu Items 

Jamie’s Proper Picnic Box
A delicious free-range chicken wrap with rainbow vegetable crisps, seedless grapes, juicy cherry tomatoes and a piece of seasonal fruit
Organic Mini Spaghetti and Meatballs
Lower Hurst Farm beef meatballs with Jamie’s organic seven-veg tomato sauce, homemade spaghetti and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese

Cost: FREE with main meal or $9.50 for small kids meals and $12.50 for large
Opening hours: 12pm – 10.30pm, 7 days
Location: 2 King William St, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: (08) 7109 5000
Website: www.jamieoliver.com

The Art Gallery Food + Wine

Start at The Art Gallery of South Australia
START program at The Art Gallery of South Australia, image via AGSA website

Whether your kids want to doodle all over the paper table cloths, roam free in the enclosed grassed cafe area or participate in one of the fabulous school holiday programs, The Art Gallery of South Australia is all about giving kids the opportunity to let their artistic juices flow. They also have one of the best books stores in Adelaide. The Kid’s Menu offers simple items like crustless ham and cucumber sandwiches, or if they’re feeling more adventurous they can opt for the something like ‘Pork chipolatas, roasted potatoes and a corncob with BK sauce’.

Sample Menu Items

Pork chipolatas (2), roasted potatoes and corncob with BK’s sauce ($10)
Crustless smoked ham, cucumber and mayo sandwich ($7)

Cost: Menu items range from $5 – $10
School holiday programs: range from FREE – $30 (ages 5-15 year olds)
Opening hours: 10am – 4.45pm, 7 days
Location: North Terrace, Adelaide, 5000
Phone: (08) 8207 7000
Website: www.artgallery.sa.gov.au

My Kingdom for a Horse

My Kingdom for a Horse interior, image via My Kingdom for a Horse website

Space is definitely something we take into consideration when planning to dine out with the kids. My Kingdom for a Horse is a 120-seat licensed cafe, so there’s plenty of room for a glass of wine and a pram! They also offer mobility access and baby facilities. It’s a quick gallop from the Adelaide Central Markets, if their award winning breakfast inspires you to do some grocery shopping. Best of all they roast their own coffee on-site, so you can bet that it’s going to be tasty. As for the menu, kids can opt for the ‘Kids boiled eggs with soldiers’, or the ‘Build your own brekkie’ can keep anyone happy!

Sample Menu Items

Eggs Benny with braised ham hock and dill hollandaise ($18.90)
Crispy Cornbread waffle with smoked salmon, Keta caviar and dill mascarpone ($18.90)

Cost: Menu items range from $8.50 – $25.50
Opening hours: Open 7am – 4pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 4pm Weekends and public holidays
Location: 191 Wright Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000
Phone: (08) 8410 7408
Website: www.mykingdomforahorse.com.au

Tony Tomatoes

Tony Tomatoes, image via South Australia website

Tony Tomatoes is so much more than just great pizza… although pizza is usually a pretty safe bet with anyone in the family. Tony Tomatoes has 18 different toppings to choose from! The staff are always super friendly and the open-plan bistro-style space is fun and casual. If somehow pizza isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other delectable options too. Try the ‘Italian Fish and Chips’ or the ‘Scotch Fillet Tagliata’.

Sample Menu Items

‘PSSS’ Pizza
Mozzarella, basil pesto, Barossa speck topped w house smoked salmon, fresh rocket and shaved fennel salad, dehydrated prosciutto, cream goats cheese ($23.90)
‘Italian Fish and Chips’
Lightly battered & fried squid and zucchini ($14.50)

Cost: Menu items range from $8.50 – $29.50
Opening hours:
Lunch: Sunday from 12pm – 2.30pm
Dinner: Monday – Sunday from 5.30pm – late
Location: 155-157 O’Connell St, North Adelaide SA 5006
Phone: (08) 8239 0080
Website: www.tonytomatoes.com.au