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Kid Friendly Restaurants in Pittsburgh

Planning to visit and need some ideas of kid friendly restaurants in Pittsburgh. I'm sharing the ones I've personally tried out and loved and think you and your family will enjoy too. City of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Remember when you were a kid and you couldn't wait until you were all grown up so you could eat whatever you wanted when you wanted? Well, now that I'm all grown up I can eat my dessert first (that's my story and I'm sticking to it) or at least I can talk about my desserts first right? 

On my very first visit to Pittsburgh, heck it was my first visit to Pennsylvania state too, I got to try out several kid friendly restaurants in Pittsburgh and other fun eateries. Oh, what a delight for this foodie but because I like my desserts I'm going to start with them first and work my way down the list.

Pittsburgh Restaurants the Milkshake FactoryDesserts

Love Chocolate?!

One of my last kid friendly restaurant in Pittsburgh that I had the pleasure of trying was the Milkshake Factory which yes had amazing milkshakes from what I saw but oh the variety of chocolates. I have a weakness for dark chocolate with caramel or nuts or both and chocolate covered strawberries oh my. Don't tell my family but I enjoyed a nice variety of chocolates all to myself and no I didn't bring any home for them because they would have melted anyway, right?

pittsburgh restaurants chocolateI was with a large group that had adults and kids of all ages so our group made the line-up quite long but as I looked back at the line-up there were suddenly several people who weren't a part of group there. At past 8pm at night, it was most certainly a popular venue for those seeking out a sweet treat to delight their tastebuds. Pittsburgh restaurants chocolateI have to admit I was like a kid in an um well candy store because hello Milkshake Factory. Watching the kiddos press their noses up to the glass trying to decide what they wanted was fun itself. When I say kids I mean of all ages from 2 to 42 and beyond. I personally had such a hard time deciding that I asked one of the Milkshake Factory people to select for me based on what I liked.

They did well because I enjoyed every single bit of the delicious high-quality chocolate to the fresh strawberry yum! While the lighting at this eatery may not be conducive to better photos it does not take away from the pure delight of the taste of their wares. pittsburgh restaurants

Kid Friendly Restaurants for Breakfast in Pittsburgh

Kelly O's Diner

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Okay now that we've done dessert let's talk about breakfast. I'm going to break down the kid-friendly restaurants in Pittsburgh by what meal we had so we'll start with mornings and breakfast. First up Kelly O's diner in the Strip District. I don't know why it's called the Strip District, but don't worry it's a family-friendly area from what I saw during the daytime as I was mostly there in daylight hours. Now back to breakfast, first stop as mentioned Kelly O's diner which has been featured on the Food Network as a one of a kind greasy spoon.pittsburgh restaurants Imagine what you think a classic diner would look like and you might not be far off. It's small, crowded with tables but those tables were full and they have some unique dishes. This placed was packed on a Friday morning at 8:30am and even though they knew our large group was coming we just fit in. It's obviously it's a popular place and with the variety of items on the menu it's no wonder. pittsburgh restaurants I'm not a big breakfast eater and when I do eat it, it's usually later in the morning so it was still too early for me to be making decisions so I went with a classic, the eggs benny. It was good, nothing fancy and not the best one I've had but it was good. I can't say I loved the coffee as it was your classic diner coffee with glass pots on burners.

I'm a coffee snob I admit it and some would say not a real coffee drinker as I like my cream and sugar or a good latte or mocha. That said I don't think people go there for the coffee, they go for the classic feel, decent prices and in my opinion the more interesting dishes like the grilled cinnamon roll with ice cream below. pittsburgh restaurants One of my table mates, Lisa from Mom on the Side ordered this scrumptious dishes and I can say scrumptious because I got to have a bite. There are other delectable sounding dishes on the menu that you might not see anywhere else so it's worth stopping by.

Oh and there was the freshest orange juice, like squeezed on the spot by some fancy machine but it was good! We were also treated to meeting Ms. Kelly O herself so naturally, I had to have her pose in a photo with me. She makes my 5 foot 3 frame look tall. She was as sweet as her grilled cinnamon roll. Just a lovely lady.pittsburgh restaurants

Waffles INCaffeinated

Next up for breakfast (no not the same day silly) it's Waffles INCaffeinated located on the South Side of Pittsburgh. As you can imagine there were all sorts of waffles to be had. Pittsburgh restaurantsAnother morning to choice to be made for breakfast, this time I did go for something sweet but it was a hard decision between crepes or waffles but given the name I went for waffles. Well the French Toast Waffles that is, it was tasty a bit sweet for me but that's to be expected as I'm not keen on overly sweet but my daughter would have LOVED this.Pittsburgh restaurantsMy table mate Lisa again from Mom on the Side (as there were four of us who sat together a lot as we were the four whose children were not with us. and I won't say we enjoyed it without our kids but I won't say we didn't either) ordered the chicken and waffles. She really does select some yummy looking foods and you know us travel writers we're always taking photos of food (when it's not scenery or places) to share. Pittsburgh restaurantsI also got to enjoy a fancy latte at Waffles INCaffeinated, not bad at all and I say that as someone who doesn't love some of the coffee from some of those big coffee houses whom I won't name.Pittsburgh restaurantsLunch and Dinner

Up next lunch and dinner! I'm saying both as all of these could be for both meals and because I'm starting to get lazy here ha ha.

Since we're speaking of lunches and especially dinners I will mention that these are all kid-family restaurants in Pittsburh but there was also some adult beverages for mom or dad to partake of (responsibly of course) if they so wished. Some did, some didn't but this momma decided to try one adult beverage at two of the restaurants.

Why not I wasn't driving, my family wasn't with me and I got to hang out with some new friends also sans kids like Nicky from Little Family Adventure and another fabulous Michelle from Simplify Live Love. One of the many reasons I love trips like this one is meeting other travel writers, sharing the experiences with them and hearing about places they've travelled to that I haven't. Make sure you stop by and check out their sites you'll love them too.

Primanti Bros - Strip District
pittsburgh restaurantsSo the first restaurant I actually visited in Pittsburgh was Primanti Bros also in the Strip District. While I'm showing a photo of the bar above I actually did not partake in any adult beverages here. I just liked the neon light with their name on it. Primanti Bros is known for the sandwiches that have French fries and coleslaw on them. It's a Pittsburgh thing apparently. Full disclosure I'm not a sandwich person, I like very few sandwiches and it's just not a meal I'd seek out but I'm always willing to try something new especially when visiting a new city.pittsburgh restaurantsI ordered a roast beef with cheese minus the coleslaw as I don't like coleslaw. I know I'm sounding like a picky eater but I'm really not. The bread was really good, fresh and tasty, as was the roast beef. I know my hubby would love their sandwiches and he would have them with the coleslaw too. I found at first all I could taste was the French fries so I took some of them off. 

Primanti Sandwich

Above is another one of their sandwiches but with the coleslaw on it as well. I can't remember if this was Nicky's or Michelle's sandwich lol but it gives you an idea of what one of their sandwiches looks like with all the fixins.

Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh - German Cuisine

I've actually been to the Hofbräuhaus in Chicago but I was by myself that time and going to one with others is way more fun. Inside the restaurant, there are long tables with benches or chairs. Each restaurant is modeled after the legendary 400+ year-old Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany! In fact, Michelle from Simplify Live Love has been to the one in Munich.Pittsburgh restaurants HofbrauhausIt was fun to share the food family style with my table mates. We got to try a bit of everything, I have to say my favourite was the potato pancakes and the fried pickles.kid friendly restaurants in PittsburghThis kid-friendly restaurant in Pittsburgh was also great for moms and dads as everyone was having a good time and didn't have to worry if anyone was being too loud as there were exuberant conversations happening all over the restaurant. It's not a quiet restaurant and as mentioned everything is set up family style but it's good food, conversation and for those who want it some adult beverages too.kid friendly restaurants in PittsburghNot my beer but naturally one of the parents had to give it a try, after all Germany is known for it's beer right? kid friendly restaurants in PittsburghOverall a lot of good food is to be had at Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh and there's even a beer garden...kid friendly restaurants in PittsburghLast but certainly not least was The Porch Restaurant. This might have been my favourite as I enjoyed the casual but nice atmosphere and it most definitely qualified as a kid-friendly restaurant in Pittsburgh. There were several tables with young kids and the servers just worked their way around them. I like that they believe that the best meals start with the best ingredients – and that means fresh and local.

On their rooftop, they nurture an annual garden so that they can use fresh-picked herbs and produce in their kitchen everyday. In addition, their roof is also the home to several bee hives, which help to give them a great supply of honey. They also partner with local producers & distributors like Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance and Wild Purveyors.

kid friendly restaurants in PittsburghAll of the food looked delicious. I particularly enjoyed my pizza which they bring out on its own pan with some herbs, chili and parmesan on the side to put on as you please. It was simply delicious. 

The rare-seared tuna niçoise that a few of my table mates ordered also looked simply scrumptious. kid friendly restaurants in PittsburghEveryone seemed to enjoy their appetizers and meals and overall it was a delicious experience. I know it probably seems like all I did was eat in Pittsburgh and I did eat quite a bit. So many wonderful kid-friendly restaurants in Pittsburgh to try so little time. I thoroughly enjoyed trying them all. Next time you're in Pittsburgh give one or all of them a try! 

kid-friendly restaurants in Pittsburgh

Make sure to check out travel section for more travel tips and reviews HERE. Stay tuned for our article on all the kid-friendly activities to do in Pittsburgh!

I was invited by Visit Pittsburgh and hosted at the restaurants but this does not guarantee a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


By on September 9th, 2018

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I’m Michelle aka Powered by Mom. I’m married with one daughter, my hubby was my high school sweetheart, our two dogs Nyx and Cleo and our cat Oliver. As you can see we’re a family of animal lovers. We love to travel when we can, try different food and activities all over the world and enjoy being together. My passions are writing, travelling, creating new recipes, encouraging people to adopt not shop and just to enjoy life while we can.

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71 thoughts on “Kid Friendly Restaurants in Pittsburgh”

  1. I haven't been to Pittsburgh in a couple of years. The next time I go I will have to check out these restaurants everything looks delicious. Every picture looks better then the one prior.

  2. These are the types of restaurants I like. I like family friendly places, not the high priced, stuffy places.

  3. Waffles INCaffeinated is one of our FAV places to go...we life about half hour north of Pitts....on our next trip with the grandkids I'm looking forward to trying the Milkshake Factory!!!

  4. The French Toast Waffles look insanely good, with the blueberries...Yum! I also like the look of the grilled cinnamon roll. I don't go out for breakfast very often, but these are the kinds of things I would get.

  5. Oh my goodness......my mouth is seriously watering over your pictures of pure deliciousness. If I ever visit Pittsburgh- I will definitely be eating these goodies.

  6. Ok so lets talk about this milkshake factory for a minute oh my god heck yes! Am i right!? That looks so bomb i want it so bad! My dream meal is eggs Benedict for breakfast followed by as much chocolate as possible hey i should open my own restaurant for moms lol and by the way you take beautiful pictures i have never been to Pittsburg but i felt like i was right there with you its a beautiful feeling in my soul of peace thank you mamas great blog

  7. I think I just had a sugar rush - then coma, looking at all of those exceptional candies and chocolate covered strawberries and pretzels at the Milkshake Factory. There are so many delicious food pictures that I am getting hungry! We had German food that looked something like the meal we actually ate in Germany. There is something yummy for everyone! It’s a win - win. This is enough to make me want to take a road trip to Philadelphia! Thank you for sharing! I’ll be dreaming of sugar plums in my head ????

  8. We live about 25 miles north of Pitts. and I've only heard about half of these places.... with 5 grandkids we are for sure going to try the other half...thanks

  9. Those are a lot of great places. I would love to go to Pittsburgh someday. I'm glad to see there are a lot of kid friendly restaurants too.

  10. I live about 2 hours from Pittsburgh. We often go there for my medical appointments. This information is good to know because we sometimes take the kids. The food and places look amazing!

  11. I haven't had the chance to visit Pittsburgh yet, but this article sure makes a compelling argument to plan a trip! The sampler platter from Hofbräuhaus, looks soooo good!

  12. That food looks so yummy. If I lived closer I would want to go eat there all the time. I have not been to Pittsburgh before.

  13. Those waffles look amazing! Thank you for posting! It is nice to see a couple of places that are kid friendly, both kids and kids at heart, as I would also be a kid in a candy shop with the Milkshake Factory.

  14. I visit Pittsburgh once every few years and we like love going to new places and trying new things. Definitely have want to check out milkshake factory in our next trip.

  15. This reminds me of Guy Ferro's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives show. I wonder if he has filmed some of these places. The pictures made me so hungry. We are going to find these places one of the times we go to Pittsburgh

  16. My aunt lives outside the Burg. Lots of fantastic places to eat, sightsee and antique shops. OUTSIDE key, because traffic is awful. 🙂

  17. I've traveled this country over from 3 corners (never been to San Diego) but have never been to Pennsylvania. Pittsburg is in top 5 cities I would like to visit. Saw a movie filmed there & I was hooked! The architecture, rivers everywhere, museums,etc. this city is most definitely on my bucket list. Oh & not to forget the perogies!

  18. This is really great info. Thanks so much. We visit family in Pittsburgh about 3 times a year and this is really good to know. It helps out more then you know..

  19. My family is taking a trip to Pittsburgh this summer. Great tips, so many delicious looking chocolate foods on your post.

  20. Oh wow! I hope some day I get to travel to Pittsburgh, would love to try a few of those places out and taste
    some delicious! food.


  21. Someone need to make a blog on this. Traveling with grandchildren as they get older has proven much more difficult than when they were little. Having something like this for every larger city would be such a stress reliever.

  22. OMG these food pics have me drooling. My family was talking about plans for our next family vacation and P.A. was on the short list, saving this just incase we make the trip from ohio. Thanks for sharing.

  23. I have never been to pittsburgh before but it is on my bucket list. It sounds like so much fun. The food looks great. It is really making me hungry this morning. Thank you so much for sharing this

  24. OMG the pictures are killing me!! I want a bite of everything................ I had breakfast at Kelly O's years ago and still remember it. Some of the others I have saw but not been there. Only live about 2 hour from Pittsburgh.

  25. It is so much fun to go to new places and explore the various restaurants and local foods. Nice to know of the places that are kid friendly. The milkshake factory looks like a destination for me.

  26. I live near Pittsburgh and I haven'y heard of most of these restaurants. It is definitely good to know what restaurants are kid friendly.

  27. After seeing the photos from the Milkshake Factory, I totally want some chocolate. I am such a foodie and love all the unique photos of food from different restaurants that I don't have around here. That pizza an those sandwiches look extra yummy! 🙂

  28. Yum!! We go to Pittsburgh alot to visit family and these are a great variety for us to try. We have been to a few and love Primanti Bros place. Pittsburgh has so many great places to go to eat in and the festivals are great to go to also for some fine eating for all.


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