4 Great Columbus Restaurants For Kids

On a recent foodie trip to Columbus, Ohio, we discovered some great restaurants. Not only are these great foodie places, but these Columbus restaurants are great for kids! Read on for ideas on where to go for breakfast, lunch, dinner and, of course, where to get the best ice cream in Columbus.

Planning just a day for the family in Columbus, Ohio? Here are restaurant recommendations for breakfast, lunch & dinner (plus ice cream, of course). These are great Columbus restaurants for kids! #FamilyTravel #Columbus #Ohio #tips

Recommended Columbus Restaurants For Kids

Let’s start with a great breakfast place since breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day!

Belgian Iron Wafel Co. offers flights, which allows you to order three different waffles of your choice. This is perfect for families to share! Everyone gets their waffle of choice and it helps to keep the cost down.

Where to eat in Columbus, Ohio with kids - Have breakfast at Belgian Iron Wafel Co.
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Even though Belgian Iron Wafel Co. does not have an official kids menu, they do offer their delicious original wafels (plain waffles with no fancy “green stuff” that kiddos tend to hate).

Their Chicken & Wafels are another huge favorite with the young crowd.

Where: 19 W. Russell St.

Where to eat with kids in Columbus, Ohio - Try the lunch buffet at the Mexican restaurant, El Rodeo.
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If your family likes Mexican food then you will most definitely love El Rodeo. They have one of the best lunch buffets we have ever seen. The buffet is perfect for even the pickiest little ones.

If menu ordering is more to your liking then you will find tons of scrumptious options to enjoy also!

Their table-side guacamole is a huge hit with their customers. They roll the cart up to the table and prepare your own dish of fresh guacamole.

This is so much fun for children to watch. Who am I kidding? Adults love watching them prepare our guacamole also!

Where: 3133 Stelzer Road

Favorite restaurants in Columbus, Ohio for families - Try a variety of pizzas at Flyers Pizza & Subs.
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The pizza place that made the favorite Columbus restaurants list for kids is Flyers Pizza & Subs.

They offer traditional cheese pizza for the plain jane pizza eater in your family. For more daring eaters, mix it up by choosing from four different styles of pizza crust, eight sauces and 29 toppings.

Where: Flyers Pizza & Subs has eight locations on the outer belt of Columbus.

Where to get dessert in Columbus 

Good ice cream in Columbus for kids - Johnson's Real Ice Cream is a Columbus staple with several locations
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What do you say we take a little break from meals and have some ice cream? We had some amazing ice cream from Johnson’s Real Ice Cream.  

Sydney had the Cookies & Cream in a waffle cone and I had their Fudgy Dessert. Both were amazing (of course we had to taste test each other’s goodies)!

They also make their own specialty ice cream cakes.

Where: There are several Columbus locations. The main location is at 2728 E. Main St., Bexley, Ohio. 

Related post: Planning a trip through Ohio? Check out this guide to Cincinnati, Ohio with kids. It has recommendations on where to eat, where to stay and where to play in Cincinnati.

About the guest bloggers

Hello to all you food lovers out there! My name is Stephanie and I am the mom part of Small Town Living USA. My daughter, Sydney, makes up the daughter part.

Small Town Living USA is a mom and daughter team, Stephanie and Sydney

Just as the name implies, we love all things small town. We both live in a two-traffic-light town. Even though we love small towns, you will still find us traveling to the big cities in search of food.

Did I mention that we love food? We love to cook, bake, dine out and go on foodie travel adventures. 

We hope you enjoyed seeing a tiny few of some of our favorite Columbus restaurants for kids. Thanks so much Kim for letting Small Town Living USA share some of our favorite foodie places for kids on Oh My! Omaha. We had a blast! 

Planning a family vacation to Columbus, Ohio? Here are recommended some Columbus restaurant for kids. #familytravel #Ohio #eatlocal

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Guide To Cincinnati With Kids

Sitting along the scenic Ohio River is a lively city that boasts big fun for families looking for adventure – Cincinnati. This city in Ohio is quickly rising as a popular family-friendly destination and it is easy to see why. From a thrilling amusement park, interactive museums to a celebrity hippo, Cincinnati has the perfect itinerary in store for your family. Keep reading for local’s guide to Cincinnati with kids.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking the link, I receive a small referral stipend.

Roebling Suspension Bridge and the Ohio River - A must-see view in Cincinnati, Ohio
Photo courtesy Stephanie Taleghani

Where to stay in Cincinnati

For the family that loves adventure a stay at the Great Wolf Lodge located near the Midwest’s biggest theme park, Kings Island, is a must. Plan your next family getaway now at Great Wolf Lodge. Save up to 25% on your stay of two nights or more with Promo Code WOLF2019.

Another great family option is the 21 C Hotel located in downtown Cincinnati. There are plenty of budget-friendly accommodations throughout the Cincinnati area such as Holiday Inn Express and Hampton Inn.

Good restaurants for kids in Cincinnati

Any good Cincinnati explorer knows that a stop at Skyline Chili is mandatory. Sampling the famous “Cincinnati Style Chili” should be on every Cincinnati Bucket List. Pair that with a scoop of ice cream from Graeter’s and a fresh donut from Holtman’s. Other notable spots for families to grab a bite to eat at out is the Eagle in Cincinnati’s Over-The-Rhine (OTR) District, The Senate, and Taste of Belgium.

Things to do with kids in Cincinnati

Things to do in Cincinnati with kids - A view of Music Hall taken at Washington Park

A Cincinnati Reds’ baseball game is a great way to kick off your visit to the Queen City. As home to the first professional baseball team, don’t miss out on seeing how Cincinnati does baseball.

A great way to see Cincinnati is via streetcar. The streetcar route stops along downtown Cincinnati’s most iconic landmarks, foodie scenes, and trendy boutiques. Developing your own streetcar itinerary is the perfect way to spend a day in Cincinnati.  

Take in great views of the city from the top of Carew tower or discover intriguing art at the Unmuseum located in the Contemporary Art Center (it’s an interactive space for kids in the museum).

Things to do with kids in Cincinnati - Find the foot piano at Smale Riverfront Park
Photo courtesy Stephanie Taleghani

A visit to Smale Riverfront Park offers sweeping views of the Roebling Suspension Bridge and the Ohio River. Families will fall in love with multiple playgrounds and splash areas. Don’t miss the foot piano!

No trip to Cincinnati would be complete without a visit to the Cincinnati Zoo, voted Best Zoo In The Nation for 2019. Feed the giraffes, visit Fiona the hippo and hop on the train to get a taste of what the Cincinnati Zoo has to offer.

Guide to Cincinnati with kids - A mural of Fiona, the famous hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Mural by Joshua Stout. Photo courtesy Stephanie Taleghani

This is just the beginning of all there is to discover in Cincinnati. Come participate in the chicken dance at Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati or be inspired at the National Underground Freedom Center.

Like off-the-beaten-path places? Check out Consistently Curious’ guide to unique things to do in Cincinnati or buy the book “Secret Cincinnati: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful & Obscure.”

About the guest blogger

This post was written by Stephanie, the voice behind Consistently Curious. Stephanie says hers is an inquisitive family seeking to discover, create and inspire unique adventures and experiences. “Our mission is to motivate families to collect moments and not things. We enjoy exploring our hometown of Cincinnati, finding unique travel destinations and discovering roads less traveled.”

A local's guide to Cincinnati with kids - Helpful suggestions on things to do in Cincinnati, including parks to visit and must-see museums. Post also includes recommended Cincinnati restaurants and hotels for families! #FamilyTravel #Cincinnati #Ohio #Guide

Want to find more things to do in Ohio?

Ohio is a state I have yet to explore, though there are places within the state that have been included on several lists on Oh My! Omaha. Travel bloggers have found a lot to love in Ohio! Here are a few lists that Ohio restaurants and attractions have been included in:

Where To Find The Midwest’s Best Donuts

Beautiful State Parks To Visit In 2019

Best Small Town Coffee Shops In The Midwest

Midwest Restaurants With Memorable Breakfast

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