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When your family goes out to eat, you want to pick a family-friendly restaurant for a pleasant experience. Although most restaurants in Charlotte will have some version of a high chair/booster, some go an extra mile, with kids' menus, activities, and a changing table in a restroom. We've compiled the list of restaurants that meet this criteria below.

For additional information, check out AOL City Guide list of best family-friendly restaurants.

FAMILY FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS LISTED BY DISTRICT:



Charlotte - Central Links:

Anntony's Caribbean
Caribbean cuisine, kids menu
2001 E. 7th St. Charlotte, NC
(704)342-0749
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Azteca
A favorite of many, Azteca offers a lengthy roster of flavorful dishes., kids menu
116 Woodlawn Rd. Charlotte, NC
704-525-5110
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Berrybrook Farms Natural Foods
Homemade soups, herbed tofu sandwiches, bean burritos, and freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices found in a natural food shop, kids menu
1257 East Blvd. Charlotte, NC
704-334-6528
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Bistro 100
French cosine, kids menu
100 N. Tryon St. Charlotte, NC
704-344-0515
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Brixx Pizza
Brick oven pizzas, unique sandwiches, and salads.
Seventh Street Station, 225 E 6th St., Charlotte, NC 28202
704-347-2749
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Brixx Pizza
Brick oven pizzas, unique sandwiches, and salads.
1801 Scott Ave. (corner of East Blvd. and Scott Ave.), Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 376-1000
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Cajun Queen
Friendly atmosphere, jazz, and terrific service highlight the complete New Orleans-style menu. Kids Menu
1800 E. 7th St. Charlotte, NC
704-377-9017
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Diamond Restaurant
Established in 1945, this is one of Charlotte's oldest restaurants. Kids Menu
1901 Commonwealth Ave. Charlotte, NC
704-375-8959
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Mama Ricotta's
Small but imaginative menu of pastas, antipasti and pizza.
601-A S. Kings Dr. Charlotte, NC
704-343-0148
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Palomino Restaurant
A Seattle-based chain which serves uncomplicated dishes in a warm, vibrant and inviting atmosphere.
525 N. Tryon St. Charlotte, NC
704-373-9499
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Pike's Old Fashioned Soda Shop
Take a step back in time when you walk into Pike's Soda Shop. Open the door and you step into an era when children would spin themselves dizzy on cushioned counter stools and the soda jerk would serve up your favorite carbonated beverage. Nostalgia is everywhere at Pike's: the original Pike's Rexall Pharmacy sign hangs on the wall and antique pharmacy bottles are on display. The food ranges from old favorites like cheeseburgers, fries, onion rings, specialty sandwiches, soups and salads to homemade entrees like honey pecan fried chicken, roast turkey and meat loaf with plenty of vegetable sides to choose from such as broccoli casserole, mashed potatoes and stuffing. The main draw still remains the soda fountain with hand-stirred beverages, thick milk shakes, root beer floats and banana splits.
1930 Camden Road Charlotte, NC 28203
704-372-0092
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Providence Cafe
Gorgeous dining room and comfortable New American cuisine offers a neighborhood spot and place to linger in Charlotte's ultimate zip code.
110 Perrin Place Charlotte, NC
704-376-2008
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Ruby Tuesday's
Sharon Corners Independence Sq, Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 535-0340
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Shun Lee Palace
4340 Cotswold Rd. Charlotte, NC
704-366-2025
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The Penguin
Burgers, foot long hot dogs, Eastern-style barbecue, veggie burgers, fried pickles and pimento cheese sandwiches.
1921 Commonwealth Ave. Charlotte, NC
704-375-6959
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Zebra Restaurant & Wine Bar
4521 Sharon Rd. Charlotte, NC
704-442-9525
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Charlotte - South Links:

Applebee's
Kids welcome
10921 Carolina Place Pkwy Pineville, NC 28134
(704)544-0034
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Boardwalk Billy's, Crown Point
This beach-styled place may look like a bar, but offers much more. Their Billy's Steam Party (enough for two) is filled with steamed shrimp, oysters, clams, crab legs, potatoes and corn on the cob. Kids menu
1636 Sardis Rd. North Charlotte, NC
704-841-8688
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Brixx Pizza
Brick oven pizzas, unique sandwiches, and salads.
7814 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC 28226
(704)295-0707
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Buca di Beppo
Family-Style Platters
Carolina Place Mall 10915 Carolina Place Parkway Pineville, NC 28134
(866) EAT-BUCA
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Cheesecake Factory
More than 30 variety of cheesecakes
SouthPark Mall 4400 Sharon Rd Charlotte, NC 28211-3531
(704) 770-0076
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Chuck E. Cheese
Indoor play center, arcade, ballroom, animated stage show and pizza parlor
7701 Pineville-Matthews Rd, Charlotte, NC
704-541-0106
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Fuddrucker's
Burgers the way you want it
1701 Matthews-Township Parkway, Matthews, NC 28105
(704)849-6360
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Golden Corral
This restaurant gets its pick for the wonderful buffet they offer. Kids eat free on Tuesday nights.
9430 South Blvd. , Charlotte, NC
704)643-2345
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Good Ol' Days
Good Ol' Days is hands-down one of the most kid-friendly eateries in town -- tons of finger foods (pizza, fries, onion rings), tasty shakes and retro decor are as kid-pleasing as it get
Arboretum Shopping Center, 3351 Pineville-Matthews-Rd, Charlotte
(704)543-4100
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Joe's Crab Shack
seafood, crabs, stakes & more. Playground included
10405 Centrum Pkwy, Pineville, 28134 -
(704) 544-4851
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Katz New York
Hand cut fries, potato knish, matzo ball soup, house made corned beef and cole slaw, egg creams, and well-made cold cut sandwiches, all Big Apple deli style. Kids Menu
8045 Providence Rd. in the Arboretum Office Park Charlotte, NC
704-543-4666
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Noble's
6801 Morrison Blvd. Charlotte, NC
704-367-9463
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Olive Garden
9421 Pineville Matthews Rd, Pineville, NC 28134
(704) 544-2334
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Qdoba Mexican Grill
8200 Providence Rd, Charlotte
(704)295-0605
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Raucci's
Refreshingly for parents of young children, Raucci's is a kid-loving establishment. Tykes are more than tolerated here: they are downright catered to with special menu options (just ask your server) and friendly, child-tolerant service
131 E John St Matthews, NC 28105
704-841-8282
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Salsa's Mexican Restaurant
Carmel Commons Shopping Center, 6676 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, 28226
(704)759-9886
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The Fish Farm
Traditional fish camp food mixed with Southern country, steaks, and ribs.
1200 Sam Newell Rd. Matthews, NC
704-847-8578
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Trio Restaurant
10709 McMullen Creek Pkwy. Charlotte, NC
704-541-8000
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Charlotte - North Links:

O'Charleys
Adults and kids alike enjoy O'Charleys. Kids can choose from chicken tenders, cheeseburgers, hamburgers, mac and cheese and more while parents love that the kid's entree is free! (With the purchase of an adult meal and you will have to pay for the child's beverage.) The atmosphere is casual and relaxed...a must for dining out with small children!
8420 University City Blvd Charlotte, NC 28213
704-593-0106
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Amalfi
Small, family-owned Italian eatery with a loyal following. The owner, a native of Naples, prepares generous portions of simple and tasty southern Italian fare, everything from pastas to pizzas, kids menu
8542 University City Blvd. Charlotte, NC
(704)547-8651
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Boardwalk Billy's, University
This beach-styled place may look like a bar, but offers much more. Their Billy's Steam Party (enough for two) is filled with steamed shrimp, oysters, clams, crab legs, potatoes and corn on the cob. Kids menu
Shoppes at University Place 8933-2 J.M. Keynes Dr. Charlotte, NC
704-503-7427
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Boudreaux's Louisiana Kitchen
Po'Boys and muffalettas at lunch, inexpensive, traditional Creole and Cajun dishes at dinner served in a spacious, artsy dining room. Kids Menu
501 E. 36th St. Charlotte, NC
704-331-9898
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Bubba's Barbecue
Eastern NC-style barbecue. Kids Menu
4400 Sunset Rd. Charlotte, NC
704-393-2000
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Cabo Fish Taco Baja Sea grill
Set in a humble NoDa historic building, these well crafted, tasty dishes will bring you back for regular feeding forays. Kids Menu
3201 N. Davidson St. Charlotte, NC 28205
704-332-8868
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Ciro's Italian Restaurant
Simple, New York styled, southern Italian red and white cuisine served in a lively Italian-wedding/happy family atmosphere.
8927 J.M. Keynes Dr. #100 Charlotte, NC
704-510-0012
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Grandma's Country Kitchen
Small, make yourself at home place featuring Southern country cooking. Kids Menu
6615 N. Tryon St. Charlotte, NC
704-598-1221
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Romano's Macaroni Grill
How much more kid-friendly can you get than a restaurant that allows the kids to color on the tablecloth? Each table is covered in butcher paper and crayons are standard issue for each child. Romano's offers a great children's menu and delicious fare for grown-ups as well. The kitchen is bright and open and the staff is friendly.
8620 Research Dr Charlotte, NC 28262
704-595-9696
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Charlotte - East Links:

Chuck E. Cheese
Indoor play center, arcade, ballroom, animated stage show and pizza parlor
5612 Albemarle Road, Charlotte, NC
704) 532-9570
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Lupie's Cafe
This funky, semi-legendary place is home to an eclectic, down-home hip clientele and a kitchen full of some of the best burgers, chili and vegetarian chili in town.
2718 Monroe Rd. Charlotte, NC 28205
704-374-1232
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Mariscos La Mexicana, Mexican Seafood
Mexican coastal cuisine, primarily seafood, served in huge portions at reasonable prices., Kids Menu
4400 Central Ave. Charlotte, NC
704-531-4500
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Olive Garden
4336 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 532-9631
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Portofino Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
Wonderful rustic Neapolitan dishes at incredibly low prices
3124 Eastway Dr. Charlotte, NC
704-568-7933
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Charlotte - West Links:

Pan China Café
2130 Ayrsley Town Blvd, Charlotte
(704)583-6361
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Wild Wing Café
2132 Ayrsley Town Blvd, Charlotte
(980)297-7000
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Lake Norman Links:

Big Al's Pub & Gruberia
Although it sounds like a place families should keep kids away from, Big Al's is far from it! There are kid-friendly touches like board games hanging on the walls and an impressive children's menu. Adults enjoy the music and televisions showcasing the latest sporting events. The food is for those truly hungry (or those willing to share an entree or take half of it home). Bring your appetite and venture out to Al's.
8301 Magnolia Estates Dr Cornelius, NC 28031
(704)987-6582
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Brixx Pizza
Brick oven pizzas, unique sandwiches, and salads.
16915 Birkdale Commons Pkway, Huntersville
(704)894-0044
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Brooklyn Boys Pizza
pizza by the slice, salads, calzones, wings & stromboli
119-A Marketplace Ace, Mooresville
(704)696-2697
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Brooklyn South Pizzeria & Italian Eatery
A typical New York style, family-owned, neighborhood pizzeria where items are served in large shareable portions and kept at a minimal price. Kids menu
19911-C N. Cove Rd. Cornelius, NC
704-896-2928.
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Friendly's
Children receive a free ice cream with every meal.
14220 Oak Hill Park Ln, Huntersville, 28078 -
(704) 992-0500
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Fuddrucker's
Burgers the way you want it
16625 Statesville Road, Huntersville, NC 28078
(704)896-8390
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Greg's Famous B-B-Q
The menu has everything from barbecue to lasagna, chicken to foot long hot dogs and all at unbelievably low prices.
233 S. Broad St., Mooresville NC
704-664-4848
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Johnny Rockets
1940's style dining in the 21st century? It's possible at Johnny Rockets! Old fashioned cherry cokes served by the friendly wait staff dressed in "soda jerk" uniforms. Hand formed burgers served with fries and thick malt shakes. Chrome, red vinyl, and enough formica to make you feel like you are lost in a time warp. Each table has an authentic jukebox to help keep the kids entertained, that is if the singing wait staff isn't enough!!
9931 Rose Commons Dr, Huntersville, 28078
704-992-6355
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Lancaster's BBQ & Wings
Race City USA is home to some of NASCAR's greatest teams and also the greatest Eastern NC BBQ in the area. Kids will love the NASCAR filled restaurant as well as the game area and adults will love the impressive menu and reasonable prices. Every inch of the building is covered with racing memorabilia and you just might catch some of today's drivers and crews eating lunch here!
515 Rinehardt Rd Mooresville, NC 28115
(704) 663-5807
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Mama Mia Too at the Holbrook House
New Yorkers love this place primarily featuring Southern Italian cuisine in a charming house in the center of town
101 Maxwell Ave, Huntersville, NC
704-875-0505
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Pomodoro's Italian American Café
350 West Plaza Drive Ste J, Mooresville
(704)663-6686
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Sebastiano's Pizzeria
862 Brawley School Rd, Mooresville
(704)799-6936
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Texas Steakhouse
140 Regency Center Dr, Mooresville
(704)664-7557
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Tony's Pizza
688-F Bluefield Rd, Mooresville
(704)658-1926
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Surrounding Counties Links:

CiCi's Pizza
All-you-can-eat pizza with low prices meets kid-friendly fun in the form of video games and TVs.
1226 W Roosevelt Blvd Monroe, NC 28110
704-225-0829
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Quaker Steak and Lube
North Carolina's home of racing' is also North Carolina's home of race-themed eats
7731 Gateway Lane NW Concord, NC 28027
(704)979-5823
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Chick-fil-A
Chicken Nuggets and others. Check out your location on Tuesday nights for their kids eat free specials.
Multiple locations - see website


Fuel Pizza Café
pizza by the slice, salads, calzones, wings & stromboli
Multiple locations - see website


Manhattan Bagel
8706 Pineville-MatthewsRd, Charlotte
(704)541-2855
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McAlister's Deli
Deli, Specialty Sandwiches, Soups & Burgers
Multiple Locations - see website


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