Does dinner time at your house look something like this? Kids running amok, eating mac and cheese with their fingers, knocking over milk, with lots of screaming and shouting.
Do you wake up delusional some days, ready to risk eating out with your kids to get a break from cooking and dirty dishes, thinking the kids will keep it together for your well-deserved break … not hardly.
You can have the best of both worlds where dinner is served, dishes are done, and you can let your kids do what they are best at — being kids. Your search for the best kid friendly restaurants in the Lake Travis area ends here.
We put together a list of the ones with good, reasonably priced food for kids (and adults) and a playscape or play area that makes it easy to keep an eye on them while you’re enjoying your meal.
Hopefully, you’ll find that moment of peace and the ability to carry on a conversation with your significant other or friends.
Here are LTL’s kid friendly restaurants in the Lake Travis area (in no particular order):
Lucy’s Fried Chicken – in addition to the beautiful lake view, Lucy’s on the Lake offers a huge amount of outside seating and a playground for the kiddos with large tires, a dome jungle gym, and a sand box.
Table 620 – knock out your dinner and grocery shopping in one trip, but first let your kids get their energy out. Table 620 has a fenced area with a playscape right next to the outdoor, covered patio.
High 5 – when it’s too hot to be outside, you can still grab a bite to eat and let the kids run around inside. You can also eat and bowl at the same time.
Mandola’s – grab a seat in the sunroom off the main dining room for easy access to the outdoor play area with playscape and let your kids go crazy.
Mangieri’s – there’s a playscape located right next to covered patio seating with TV’s. Perfect for gameday.
Craig O’s – a fenced playscape area where your little ones can play while you sit out on the deck with a slice of pizza and your favorite beverage.
P.Terry’s – the outdoor area is a little too small for running around, but has a large sandbox surrounded by turf and outdoor seating. Playing in sand and eating a hamburger doesn’t go together for me, but the kids never seem to mind.
Angel’s Icehouse – there’s plenty of room to roam at Angel’s. A huge outdoor play area is surrounded by picnic tables, trees, and an outdoor stage. Just remember … unattended children will be tattooed and sold to roadies.
Verde’s Mexican Parrilla – just one big, open grassy field for the kids to run like mad while you’re eating chips and queso.
Zacks American Bistro – this Steiner Ranch restaurant located across from Randall’s has a huge fenced-in outdoor area and playscape with plenty of seating — inside and out — that has a view of the area.
Hecho En Mexico – another Steiner Ranch restaurant with a playscape, large grassy area for running, a few boulders for climbing, and outdoor seating. The kids love it!
Flores – both locations have an outdoor playscape with the newest location at the Trails at 620 being the larger of the two. The play area is shared with Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar and you can expect a lot of kids having a lot of fun.
Boat House Grill – grab a table in the shade at this kid friendly fave in Four Points and let your kids be free to run around the fenced-in area with a playscape.
Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar – take a table outside and relax in the shade of the covered patio. You’ll have a perfect view of the play area while you enjoy some delicious food.
Napa Flats – great food, wine on tap, and a large playground located right beside the outdoor seating area.
Do you have a favorite that isn’t on the list? Let us know about it in the comments.
Editor’s note: The original version of this post was published on September 25, 2013. It has been updated with new kid friendly restaurants.