Sweetwater Cafe named one of top family friendly restaurants in Marin

Just because you had kids and moved to Marin doesn’t mean you have to give up all those seriously good SF meals for quesadillas at Chevy’s. When considering what makes a restaurant kid friendly we realized it’s more about the presence of distractions (and no, not iPads) than offerings of macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets. You won’t find any chains here but we swear your kids will eat the food and you will enjoy a glass of wine, a delicious meal and maybe even get a few moments to actually relax.

Tamalpie

Mill Valley
Address: 475 Miller, Mill Valley
Kids Menu: Yes
Paper and crayons: Yes
Booths: Yes

A neighborhood trattoria of sorts with a bit of a cyclist theme, the wood-fired pizzas are creatively named after the hiking and biking trails of Mt. Tam. Kids LOVE the veggies here, happily devouring fried brussel sprouts and roasted cauliflower even without the requisite ice cream bribery (promise). There is a cool outdoor fire glass pit, large flat screen TV, and just in case, Straus soft serve gelato.

Fish

Sausalito
Address: 350 Harbor Drive, Sausalito
Kids Menu: Yes
Paper and crayons: Yes
Booths: Yes

For a restaurant with fresh, sustainable seafood and spectacular waterfront views, the mood is decidedly casual and relaxed. Cash only, you order at the counter and get your own utensils and water. Sit outside on the deck where the little ones can run around, check out the boats, and play with their new friends.

Terrapin Crossroads

San Rafael
Address: 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael
Kids Menu: Yes
Paper and crayons: Yes
Booths: Yes
Weekend brunch: Yes

If live music is the ultimate kid crowd pleaser, then Phil Lesh’s newish dining spot is the holy grail of family restaurants. Too busy singing and dancing, picky tots will barely notice when you sneak some buttermilk fried asparagus on their plate. If anyone needs a break, there’s a quiet hang out space upstairs with couches and books, and a display of Grateful Dead memorabilia to gaze at by the entrance.

Bar Bocce

Sausalito
Address: 1250 Bridgeway, Sausalito
Kids Menu: No
Paper and crayons: No
Booths: No

Located right on the water, it offers sourdough pizzas with super yummy vegetarian options (please try the kale, pesto, roasted garlic, ricotta), entrée-size salads, and kid-approved appetizers. The heated outdoor patio opens up to a full-length bocce ball court and a small beach perfect for rock skipping. If there’s a wait, take the family on a quick nature walk.

Marinitas

San Anselmo
Address: 218 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo
Kids Menu: Yes
Paper and crayons: Yes
Booths: Yes
Weekend brunch: Yes. Sunday only.

Always packed, this large and lively restaurant with attention-seeking décor—think skulls, pumpkins, sombreros, chandeliers twinkling with Christmas lights, even a plastic Santa Claus—boasts cozy leather booths and delicious Latin-inspired cuisine. Room for dessert? We love their hot churros with chocolate sauce.

Sweetwater Music Hall and Café

Mill Valley
Address: 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley
Kids Menu: No  [COMING SOON!]
Paper and crayons: No
Booths: Yes
Weekend brunch: Yes. Free live music all day Sunday.

One of the best ways we can think of to spend a Sunday morning is a live music brunch at the Sweetwater. Kids are free to dance and snack on sweet and savory scones while you enjoy your Stumptown coffee and brown butter French toast.

Farley Bar at Cavallo Point

Sausalito
Address: 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito
Kids Menu: No
Paper and crayons: No
Booths: Yes

Perfect for the après-Discovery museum crowd, lunch at the Farley means world-class views, outdoor patio seating (blankets kindly provided), quinoa mac ‘n’ cheese, and truffle popcorn. Tired babes can easily nap in the stroller, while older kids can play on the front lawn.

Allison Klein Backer lives in Mill Valley with her husband and daughter. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she has lived in Marin for five years, and prior she lived in San Francisco and Tahoe. She is a freelance editorial director and fashion writer, snowboarder, and mama who loves exploring the Bay Area with her family and friends.

reposted from: http://blog.littlelane.com/2014/09/29/kid-friendly-restaurants-marin/