17 Epic family and kid friendly restaurants in Dubai

by Danni B

Eating out with your little ones can be a recipe for stress! Not to fret, here’s the ultimate list of family-friendly and kid-friendly restaurants in Dubai that will put a smile on everyone’s face.

I’ve lived in Dubai for many years and now have a little one. I didn’t realise how difficult it is to find places to eat in Dubai with children. Many places are over 21 or the age of 5 or 8. Also anywhere with a shisha terrace, means you can’t sit outside. Making eating out in Dubai a minefield!

Here with all the places I take myself and my little one to in Dubai, including places with play areas or activities. So you can enjoy your meal while they’re entertained.

*Prices are correct at the time of writing but are subject to change, so please check before you go!

1. Black Tap – Dubai Mall, Mall of Emirates & JBR

black tap dubai from the outside looking into the interiors of the restaurant

Calling all burger lovers, have you tried Black Tap yet? Originating in the city that never sleeps, New York, it’s the go-to for over-the-top burgers and milkshakes. Some locations serve breakfast too.

Be warned, it’s a pretty popular spot, so you might need to queue for a table.

They have a kids’ menu and also offer birthday packages for those wanting to celebrate here.

Their giant milkshakes are loved by adults and kids alike! Make sure you get one to share unless you’re really really hungry.

They have a few different branches. Dubai Mall with an awesome view of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains. Their JBR branch is perfect for having a wander around after you’ve finished with nearby entertainment for the kids and the Mall of Emirates branch has Magic Planet plus other entertainment options for families.

So why not make a day of it?

Key information

Style: American fast-food burgers
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (Dubai Mall & JBR branches)

Kids’ meals start from 35 AED ($9.50 USD)

Reservations: +971 04 399 9076

2. Wavehouse – Palm Jumeirah

Little girl enjoying her potato wedges at Wavehouse at Atlantis Palm Jumeirah
Photo from Wavehouse Dubai

Wavehouse is a one-of-a-kind entertainment complex located in the iconic Atlantis resort on Palm Jumeirah, promising non-stop fun for all ages! With an exciting array of activities on offer including bowling, arcade games, a wave rider plus there’s a restaurant and bar.

The restaurant serves up mostly American cuisine and the bar has a wide selection of drinks.

It’s a popular destination for families and groups looking for a fun, exciting night out. In addition, there’s a soft play area for smaller ones too. The venue is pretty huge and covers two floors.

Though you may be asking, why is it called Wavehouse? Because it features a wave machine. Though you don’t need to surf if you don’t want to, you can still enjoy the none water-based activities and food if you wish or just watch from the terrace the other people surfing.

Birthday parties are also available here.

Key information

Style: International
Rating: 4.4 out of 5

Kids’ meals start from 25 AED ($7 USD)

Reservations: +971 04 426 2626

3. Maison Mathis – Arabian Ranches

Inside the restaurant of Maison Mathis at Arabian Ranches with the children's play area visible through the window
Photo from Maison Mathis

Located in the beautiful Arabian Ranches golf club, this restaurant allows you to enjoy a family meal in style. Their delicious food serves a mix of European and Middle Eastern dishes.

They have gluten-free options, such as gluten-free pasta plus do a roast on a Sunday if you’re a Brit like me and want a taste of home.

The restaurant has a play area, but be aware it is outside and so you might not be able to see the children from your table as you eat.

Key information

Style: European & Middle Eastern
4.3 out of 5

Kids’ meals start from 25 AED ($7 USD) with most options 39 AED ($11 USD)

Reservations: +971 04 450 1313

4. Masha and The Bear – JBR

Little girl dressed as Masha enjoying kebab with bread and tomatoes, sat at the table of Masha and The Bear restaurant in Dubai
Photo from Masha & The Bear Restaurant

Masha and the Bear Dubai is an interactive entertainment experience based on the popular children’s television show. The experience offers a variety of activities for children of all ages, including a live show, a play area, a photo booth and a gift shop.

Based on the Russian cartoon of a little girl and her adventures with a bear who saves her from danger. So of course the food matches the cartoon’s origins with Russian dishes being served. It also features a multi level play area.

They also are able to host birthday parties along with workshops and events. Also on Mondays, you can get a free dessert when you order a coffee.

Key information

Style: Russian, Middle Eastern & International
4.2 out of 5

Kids meals start from 25 AED ($7 USD)

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Reservations: 800 62742 (800 MASHA)

5. Origins – Emirates Hills

View of the swimming pool and across Emirates Hills Golf Course from our outdoor table at Origins at Vida Hotel Emirates Hills in Dubai
Sorry my photo isn’t great but there is a view of the swimming pool and Emirates Hills Golf Course

Located inside Vida Hotel this wholesome healthy restaurant has an outdoor play area, perfect for keeping the kids entertained either before or after your meal. The restaurant is even pet friendly too with a doggy park so you really can take every member of your family out if you desire!

I did find the adult portions a little bit small for the price and I would expect higher quality due to the hotel venue but prices are in line with the rest of Dubai. The view and location make up for it!

Also, the play area is a little bit far away from where you sit to eat but is on the same floor. So depending on the age of your children, you might need to supervise either before or after your meal. Board games are available too to keep them entertained at the table.

Key information

Style: Healthy European
Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Kids meals start from 35 AED ($9.50 USD)

Reservations: +971 04 872 8888

6. Phileas Foggs – Emirates Hills

Outdoor play area for kids at Phileas Foggs in Dubai
Photo from Phileas Fogg

A restaurant based on a fictional character? How about one based on the explorer Phileas Fogg himself?

Located in the stunning Emirates Hills, this British pub-style venue gives off serious globe-trotting vibes. With travel-themed decor adorning every corner and a giant air balloon beckoning you from outside, it’s an adventure you won’t want to miss!

There’s an outdoor play area for the little ones and a good selection of kids’ dishes on the menu. They also have fun nights out for the whole family such as Quiz night, music nights and kids’ entertainment shows every week.

Key information

Style: British, Asian & International
4.2 out of 5

Kids meals start from 15 AED ($4 USD)

Reservations: +971 (0) 4 572 4477

7. Baker’s Kitchen – Dubai Marina, Al Wasl & Umm Al Sheif

Photo of the beautiful wooden indoor play area at Baker's Kitchen Dubai Marina
Photo from Baker’s Kitchen

This is hands down one of my favourite places to go in Dubai because it was opened by a truly passionate baker from Germany who flies many of his ingredients from back home to Dubai.

He really makes a lot of effort to make you feel welcome and I always take my friends here whenever I get the chance!

On top of supporting a locally grown business, you’ll find an awesome indoor kids’ play area in their Dubai Marina branch and regular classes for kids where they can learn the art of baking or how to make sushi. The Al Wasl Branch has a small play area.

They also have some really good coffee which is of course is very important as a parent.

One of the best-hidden gems of Dubai! Plus has views over Dubai Marina! What more could you want?

Key information

Style: Healthy European
4.4 out of 5

Kids meals starting from 17 AED ($5 USD)

Reservations: +971 56 824 0790

8. Carluccio’s – Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina & Arabian Ranches

Interiors of Carluccio's with yellow seats and Italian style decoration with a view towards Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa
Photo from Carluccio;’s

This restaurant is not your typical child-friendly option! It’s perfect for families who crave grown-up vibes but still want to keep their little ones entertained with crayons and an activity book. And let’s not forget the yummy Italian food that both you and the kids will enjoy!

The Marina branch overlooks the Marina, inside Dubai Marina Mall, so you can enjoy a leisurely walk afterwards or do some shopping.

The Dubai Mall branch is within reach of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. Make sure to enjoy a Dubai Fountain Show after or even while you enjoy your meal.

Check out my 24 hour itinerary for Dubai if you want some ideas on other things to do in Downtown Dubai!

Key information

Style: Italian
4.5 out of 5 (Dubai Marina & Arabian Ranches Branches)

Kids meals starting from 20 AED ($5.50 USD)

Reservations: Branch Contact Numbers

9. The Scene – Dubai Marina

Singer performing at the family brunch at The Scene in Pier 7 and dresses as a Disney princess with diners in the background
Photo from The Scene

One of my favourite places for a classic British Sunday roast. The Scene is located in the beautiful Pier 7 at Dubai Marina with stunning views across the marina. You’ll see luxury yachts casually floating by as you dine. So make sure to book in advance to get the best seats on the terrace.

If the Dubai marina view from the restaurant isn’t enough to amuse the children, their brunch on Saturdays is the perfect family day out with kids under 6 eating free!

Key information

Style: British & Mixed International
Rating: 4.3 out of 5

Family Bruch
Every Saturday: 12:30 pm till 3:30 pm
Under 6s eat free
Ages 7-12 49 AED ($13 USD)

Reservations: +971 4 422 2328

10. Reform Social & Grill – The Lakes

Kids playing with the Reform Social & Grill mascot with a bouncy castle and food carts in the background for the family weekend brunch
Photo from Reform Social & Grill

Yet another British gastropub that caters to families!

If you’re wanting somewhere with a large outdoor area for the kids to play, this spot is ideal! After all, kids can spend so much time inside Dubai that it’s great to find somewhere to get a bit of fresh air!

It’s also a nice view for the adults right by the water.

Reform Social has different events throughout the year. I’ve been here before for an outdoor BBQ which was incredibly tasty! They also offer a family-friendly brunch on weekends, to keep the whole family entertained.

Key information

Style: British & European
Rating: 4.1 out of 5

Every Saturday – 3pm till 7pm
Kids eat free and free activities
*Booking requiring

Kids meals start from 35 AED ($9.50 USD)

Reservations: +971 4 454 2638

11. Eat Well – Zabeel

View of the Dubai skyline from Eat Well in Zabell and the tables by the window

Eat Well is an impeccable healthy restaurant situated in Dubai, enticing patrons with a plethora of sumptuous dishes including gluten-free, vegan, and sugar-free options. Whether you are looking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner options, the menu offers variety and flavour.

You can also indulge in a scrumptious range of desserts and snacks. The staff are knowledgeable about the menu and the restaurant is welcoming to children with a bespoke menu having kid-friendly options.

The food is health focused if you want something different from the typical kid’s meals menus featuring burgers and fries, perfect for the health-conscious parent!

This casual lunch spot is a hidden gem in Dubai and features an incredible view of the Dubai skyline if you journey to the 1st floor. It has activity corners for children to keep themselves entertained and kids menus.

Key information

Style: Healthy International
4.5 out of 5

Kids meal including a drink and dessert for 40 AED ($6 USD)

Reservations: +971 54 476 6326

12. The Barn – Satwa

Photo from Barn

Discover a hidden gem in Dubai’s Al Khazan Park – The Barn Cafe! This unique coffee shop offers a variety of coffee drinks, pastries, and snacks in a relaxed atmosphere with friendly staff.

It’s the perfect spot for anyone looking for a peaceful getaway and a delicious cup of coffee. And the best part? It’s located in a park waiting with a kid’s play area close by.

Established in 2015 by two friends who wanted a nice space to unwind and savour speciality coffee. The cafe is characterized by rustic decor and a large area of outdoor seating, so you can let the kids run around while you enjoy a catch-up with friends.

Key information

Style: Light bites & pastries
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Pastries start from 20 AED ($5.50 USD)

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13. Lime Tree Cafe – Various Locations

A gingerbread man and woman for children as snacks sat in a hot drink at Lime Tree Cafe on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai with the interiors of the cafe in the background
Your hot drink doesn’t come like this, just we were having fun with the yummy gingerbread!

Lime Tree Cafe is a great place to go with kids in Dubai at their various locations across Dubai. Depending on the branch you visit, some have a large outdoor seating area and many have little libraries or book corners to keep kids entertained.

They have a kid-friendly menu and I always find the staff to be friendly and a great overall relaxed atmosphere. Plus their desserts are incredible! In fact, all of their food is good and they have some great gluten-free plus vegan options too.

Key information

Style: Healthy International
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (Jumeirah Branch)

Kids meals start from 28 AED ($8 USD)


14. Pulcinella – Sports City

Kids watching a show close to the outdoor playground at Pulcinella's in Sports City Dubai
Photo from Pulcinella

Looking for a spot to take the family for a scrumptious Italian meal? Look no further! This family-owned restaurant serves up authentic, mouth-watering delights that’ll satisfy even the fussiest eaters.

The best part? There’s loads of outdoor seating, plus a playground for the kiddos to blow off some steam while you enjoy a steaming bowl of pasta. Perfect for a weekend outing.

The menu features the typical pizzas, pastas, and salads you’d expect to find in Italy along with a decent selection of seafood. Calamari fritti anyone? Yum yum and yum.

It’s also possible to have a birthday party here with a party package.

Key information

Style: Classic Italian
Rating: 4.3 out of 5


15. Arrows & Sparrows – The Greens

Coffee latte art in a cup help by a woman's hand with a plant in the background at a relaxed cafe Arrows and Sparrows Dubai

If you’re looking for a good breakfast spot that is also kid-friendly, Arrows and Sparrows is highly commended. This casual dining restaurant is located in the lovely The Greens area and was founded by the co-founders of Friends’ Avenue Cafe in Dubai.

The cafe’s mission is to inspire and energize you with its excellent food and coffee in a relaxed environment packed with good vibes!

They serve up dishes that are casual yet made with the finest ingredients. The friendly staff go the extra mile to ensure each customer feels at home and they love to create memories for everyone who walks through the door.

Key information

Style: Healthy International
Rating: 4.1 out of 5

Kids meals start from 15 AED ($4 USD)

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16. Jamie Oliver’s Pizzeria – JLT

The best garlic bread you will ever have

The famous British chef Jamie Oliver opened this restaurant as part of his global chain that is just focused on Pizza however it does serve up pasta and other Italian dishes. The restaurant is known for its fresh ingredients and commitment to using sustainable practices.

The restaurant has casual vibes and is perfect for the whole family. Outdoor seating is available and they have your typical kids-style menu with the usual options that kids just love to eat. Also make sure to try the brioche garlic bread, it’s amazing!

Gluten-free options are also available as well as vegan.

They have an offer where kids eat free on Tuesdays! (When ordering a main meal with an adult)

Key information

Style: Contemporary Italian
Rating: 4.2 out of 5

Kids meal including a drink and a salad for 39 AED ($11 USD)


17. Angel Cakes – Dubai Mall & Blue Waters

Toys available at Angel Cakes in Dubai Mall so the kids can be entertained while you enjoy a gluten free cake or coffee

A newer one onto the Dubai scene, this 100% gluten-free cafe is one you’ll need to taste to believe! Their cakes are hugely popular and by the evening you may find that several have sold out. So best to get there earlier so you can enjoy all the best flavours.

For children, there’s a good amount of toys in the play area at the back of the dining space. Focus on wooden toys including a fancy-looking wooden racer car. The toys even match the aesthetic of the cafe!

Key information

Style: Healthy brunch & desserts
Rating: 4.8 out of 5

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Make sure to check out some of my other helpful articles about Dubai here:

21 amazing restaurants with incredible Dubai views including age requirements
Affordable restaurants with a Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa view to take the children
Guide to visiting Dubai’s Butterfly Garden and is it worth it?
Guide to all the water parks in Dubai, fun for the whole family
How much does it cost to take kids to the Burj Khalifa, an insider’s guide to visiting
Eat until you pop, the tastiest buffets in Dubai
The best healthy food restaurants in Dubai
Best Kerala food restaurants in Dubai for a South Asian treat
Restaurants inside the Burj Al Arab for luxurious 7 star meal


All of the above are great options for having a nice meal with the kids and while Dubai is often seen as an adults play ground, it can equally be very family friendly. If you’re looking more for a family restaurant in Dubai, I recommend Eat Well or Bakers Kitchen. If you’re wanting somewhere to be more of a family friendly day out then I highly recommend Reform Social & Grill on a Saturday or The Scene’s Saturday Brunch. Make sure to check for some good deals from Cobone.com before you go!

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