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Published June 27th 2012
The key to happy family dining is finding something that everybody likes. At a restaurant, if there is nothing on the menu suitable for the kids then no-one is happy, same can be said for places that have nothing much on the menu for adults.
Burger bars are fine sometimes and fancy five-star restaurants are great but tend not to accommodate children very well so there needs to be a happy medium.
These are a few places where the whole family will be happy.
The Burrendah in Willetton is open every day for lunch and dinner and has quite an extensive menu. Plenty of options to choose from for entrées, main meals, pasta, wood-fired pizza and side dishes. The kids menu has five different options with things like lasagne, sausage and mash and steak and mashed potato. Enjoy your meal in the lounge bar or in the alfresco area.
Zanders at Scarborough Beach is a popular family restaurant. This award winning restaurant overlooks the white sand of Scarborough Beach, so there is a fantastic view. The menu is full of top notch dishes and although it does not have a separate children's menu, children can eat for only $10.00 each, every day.
The Brooklands Tavern Bistro in Southern River is very family friendly. Plenty of yummy options on the menu and there is always some sort of meal deal on offer including a 'Kids Eat Free' deal every Tuesday. There is a great play area full of tunnels and slides to keep the kids happy and this area is easily visible from the restaurant.
The Kardinya Tavern Bistro or 'Kardy' as it is known locally is a great family restaurant. The food is always top notch and the children's menu has five or six options including things like Chicken Parma and Chips, Steak and Chips or Spaghetti Bolognese plus the salad bar is included with all children's meals.
The Lava Stonegrill Café and Restaurant in Mt Lawley has a brilliant children's menu with meals like Fish Goujons, Fettucine Napolitana, Marinated Chicken and Fillet Medallion on offer. The meals on the main menu are fantastic too with plenty of variety, side dishes and desserts to choose from everyone will be happy.
Places like Cafe Elixir, Salt On The Beach, the Atrium Garden Restaurant and the 7th Avenue Bar and Bistro are great for family dining. They have menus offering great food and they all have kids meal options or dedicated kids menu's.
There are plenty of restaurants and cafes that welcome the whole family and cater to the needs of adults and children but where is the best family-friendly restaurant in Perth?
Not to be picky but a Family Friendly restaurant is not just having a childrens menu because (as we have discovered many a time) they can be anything BUT friendly... I would love to see more listed that really do cater for the family like Sienna's, Wanneroo Tavern, Ninniku Jip, Beach Shack which all have play areas and great food! If they are listed I would love to see WHY they are classified as Family Friendly just so it's easy to sort out which ones to take boistrous little ladies & lads too. Loving the site too xxx