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Diners' Choice: Kid-friendly restaurants in Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are kid friendly in Grand Rapids / Western Michigan? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Matchbox Diner and Drinks restaurant
4.9
4.9 (87)
$30 and under
American
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
Matchbox Diner & Drinks is a neighborhood restaurant located in the heart of Eastown in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our modern diner and delicatessen features breakfast all-day, mile-high deli sandwiches, burgers, comfort food, delicious dinners, and a full bar. Matchbox Diner & Drinks is meant to be an extension of our home and our family, so expect good food and good people all year round.
Top review
LaurelDvip
Dined on May 17, 2024
Great food, excellent service, family run, family friendly environment. East town gem, a weekly staple for us. 
A photo of Brewster’s New Buffalo restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1979)
$30 and under
Italian
New Buffalo
About the restaurant
A beautiful, locally owned restaurant located in downtown New Buffalo, Michigan; Brewster’s New Buffalo puts a modern twist on traditional Italian fare. Our Chef uses a wide variety of fresh, innovative ingredients to create dishes. Our sommelier and bar manager take pride in curating the finest selection of liquor, beer and wine, including wonderful locally and Michigan made specialties.

We are open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner every day, all year round! (Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)

We look forward to having you as our guests!

Top review
KenG
Dined 1 day ago
Great food - excellent servers - good vibes. Had to wait a bit even with a reservation.
A photo of Crazy Horse Steakhouse and Saloon restaurant
4.7
4.7 (493)
$30 and under
Steak
Holland
About the restaurant
Crazy Horse Steakhouse and Saloon in Holland, Michigan has received the "Best of Michigan" award for 18 years in a row now. While it's obviously a steakhouse, there is so much more at Crazy Horse Steakhouse and Saloon to enjoy. For nearly 25 years, the menu here has also featured ribs, sweet marinated chicken and lots of seafood options.

There are some great sandwiches and burgers at Crazy Horse Steakhouse and Saloon, too. The bacon cheddar burger, boot kicken' bleu burger and Zeek's classic burger are just three specialties worth considering. If you like barbecue, try the big pig. You'll get a plate of slow-cooked pork barbecue piled high on a home-style bun.

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fgtg3
Dined 2 days ago
Overall excellent! But, fresh dinner rolls were very small like tiny logs-about half the size of the previous squared dinner rolls.
A photo of HopCat - Grand Rapids restaurant
4.6
4.6 (72)
$30 and under
American
Grand Rapids
About the restaurant
The original HopCat location is located in a historical building downtown Grand Rapids. Steps from Van Andel Arena, GLC Live at 20 Monroe, and the Grand Rapids Art Museum, our restaurant features a dog-friendly outdoor patio, oversized wooden bar, and comfortable seating.

HopCat was founded on the principles of bringing local craft beer a bit closer to the communities we love. We’re known for our award-wining Cosmik fries, which are beer battered, sprinkled with our signature cracked black pepper seasoning, and served with a side of warm cheese sauce. From burgers to tacos, our menu offers a range of delicious options.

We live the craft lifestyle - beer, cocktails, and even craft food made from scratch. With a dedication to local breweries sustainability and community engagement, HopCat offers craft beer and great food in a vibrant atmosphere for an inclusive, unforgettable experience.

No matter who you are or where you come from, you're always welcome in our community.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
I highly recommend "Hop Cat"! It's SO conveniently located by the Van Andel Arena (330 feet away!), so it's great for anyone attending events there. It's clean, the food and cocktails were wonderful, the ambiance was cool, along with the music, and our server was so sweet and very attentive!
A photo of Farmhouse Kitchen & Market restaurant
4.6
4.6 (73)
$31 to $50
American
Shelby
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
We were celebrating my sister's birthday and her request was to eat at the Farmhouse Kitchen outside on the patio. When we arrived at our 6:00pm reservation time we were told we couldn't eat outside because it was suppose to rain even though it was a clear sky. We realize you can't control the weather it was just dissapointing since it ended up being beautiful outside. We wanted sweet potato's with our dinner but there was only one left when we ordered which was disspointing. Your fryer was broken so there was no fried food which was fine but we felt bad for our server because she had to keep going back to the kitchen to see exactly what food was available. Even though we couldn't eat on the patio and had to make substitutions our food was delicious. Because of my sister's birthday we recieved a delicous cherry/lavender bar with Country Dairy ice cream and it was much appreciated, thank you. We won't be back for dinner but will definitely plan to come back to eat on the deck for lunch.
A photo of Black Rock - Portage - PRIORITY SEATING restaurant
4.4
4.4 (837)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Kalamazoo
About the restaurant
Black Rock Bar & Grill, an award winning steakhouse specializing in certified angus beef steaks served on a sizzling stone.

Due to our high volume and traffic, we cannot hold tables for parties like a reservation system. We have a system called Priority Seating. This system secures a table within our restaurant, however, it does not guarantee an exact seat by time. Priority is placed on your party, and if we are on a wait, your party is placed on top of the wait list as a priority. We will seat you as fast as possible, but cannot guarantee an exact time. If the restaurant is not busy, we will seat the party upon arrival.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Great service and food came out quick , I always say though they need better ventilation it’s very Smokey from all the food and sizzling on the stones
A photo of Smuggler's at North Shore restaurant
4.4
4.4 (139)
$30 and under
American
Newaygo
About the restaurant
Smuggler's at North Shore is a modern & casual dockside eatery featuring a broad, classic American-style menu, with home-made favorites ranging from classic steak & seafood dishes, to pasta, wood-fired pizza, and pub grub. Also, we offer a signature cocktail menu spotlighting all-Michigan-based distillers, a range of draught beer options, a casual-to-fine wine selection, and slushie options.
Top review
GRFoodie
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
Beautiful outdoor area with live music. Very nice setting! Great service and food!
A photo of Sandy Point Beach House - West Olive restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1085)
$31 to $50
American
West Olive
About the restaurant
Sandy Point Beach House is a casual fine dining restaurant featuring gourmet burgers and a market driven rotating feature menu. These features will showcase Chefs ingredient focused fusion cuisine that the lake shore knows and loves. Located minutes from Lake Michigan, near Kirk Park and West Michigan bike trails, the beach house atmosphere is best described as modern Chicago loft space meets lake-shore cottage. An easy drive from Holland, Grand Haven or Grand Rapids and just down the road from Camp Blodgett.
Top review
Anonymous
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Father's Day and server was very accommodating to move us to an outdoor table with shade. Despite being told over phone when we made reservations, there were no Father's Day specials which was disappointing.. Tomato soup with Borsin cheese was excellent. Another member of our party had fish chowder and said it was amazing. Fish tacos were disappointing.. soggy taco shells and despite all the interesting Toppings somehow lacking much flavor. I wouldn't order tacos again. Beach House Burger was enjoyed. Veggie Burger needed much more flavor.. was very dry and bland. Needs sauce or at least mustard. Beet Salad was good. Lemon Cake was nice but too sweet. Pistachio Creme Brulee was inspired. Overall food was average but good and we'll come back. It was lunchtime when we dined and would like to see what the chef does with breakfast and dinner.
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4.1
4.1 (86)
$30 and under
American
New Buffalo
About the restaurant
Enter our restaurant in New Buffalo and you’ll instantly experience a sense of belonging, reminiscent of a family gathering. This is the secret behind our four-decade-long success in the restaurant business, and the reason our patrons return time and again. Join us for a delectable meal today while.

Classic American with Italian Flare!

Open For Lunch & Dinner Monday-Friday at 12 est.

Now Serving weekend Brunch Saturday & Sunday Starting at 10am!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Angie was a very attentive, patient server. Nice selection of food and drink. 👍🏼
A photo of BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Grand Rapids Center restaurant
3.9
3.9 (45)
$30 and under
American
Coldwater
About the restaurant
Time counts at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse. Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we’ve continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ’s a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ’s to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back.

We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we’ve put on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies®, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better.

So in many ways we haven’t just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it’s because of them we’re continually striving to make sure every moment they choose to spend with us counts.

Welcome to BJ’s, a restaurant with a Brewhouse soul.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
My favorite place to eat! Was a little sad the patio wasn't open. Never had a bad meal here.
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