It’s never easy picking a restaurant, and worrying about whether or not you’ll be welcome if your young kids break out into a fit doesn’t make choosing a restaurant any easier. But not to worry! In the case you find yourself looking for a family-friendly restaurant in Omaha, just refer to this list of our favorite family-friendly restaurants in the area. You’re sure to feel welcome whether your family is big or small, loud or quiet, and you’ll find there’s something on the menu to satisfy everyone in the family.
There’s lots to do in Omaha, but whether you’re visiting the Old Market District, taking a brewery tour, checking out one of the many museums, or exploring the Henry Doorly Zoo, you and your family need to eat! Check out our favorite family-friendly restaurants in Omaha - we promise you won’t be disappointed!
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Korean BBQ that you can cook at your own table.
5352 S 72nd St | Ralston | koreagardenralston.com
If you’re not against cooking your own food at a restaurant, Korea Garden is the ideal dining experience for you and your family.
Not only will you have fun playing with the ingredients and cooking your food right at your own table, but your kids are more likely to eat something they made themselves. It’s a win-win!
Korean dishes include Chicken Fried Rice, Bulgogi, and Tofu with Kimchi, but they also serve kid-friendly foods like wings (in case your kid is a picky-eater), bento boxes, and of course, dessert!
“Best Korean food in Omaha! If you are looking for authentic Korean food, come here! Every single side dish was excellent and added great flavor/spice to the meat. You also get a bowl of rice. You will leave full and satisfied!” - Yelp Review
Burger and shake joint located just a short drive from the zoo.
1718 Vinton Street | Southeast Omaha | louiemsburgerlust.com
Could you think of a better meal than a juicy burger and a thick shake after a long day at the zoo? Neither can we!
Pair one of Louie’s Famous Award Winning Hand Pattied 1/2 Lb. Burgers with a Big Kids Malt or Shake with Rum Chata, Bailey’s, or Kahlua (or with a regular shake for the kids!). And don’t forget to enjoy the bits of small town Americana around the room, the atmosphere is half of what makes the experience!
“The restaurant has a very nostalgic Omaha feel to it. The cherry on top was the owner walking around and engaging with each table. He was helping buss, interacted with our kids, and checked in on us while we were there.” - Yelp Review
Pizza for the kids and an amazing Happy Hour for the parents.
17808 Burke St | West Omaha | pitchpizzeria.com
Nothing screams family-friendly quite like a pizzeria, but the treat for adults is that they specialize in specialty pizzas and an amazing Happy Hour.
Each week Pitch’s chefs create new never-before-seen pizzas, and you can even submit an idea for a pie yourself!
Not only is there coal-fired pizza, there’s also homemade pasta, house-cured meats, and more!
Don’t forget to check out their website for their Happy Hour deals!
“The pasta was FRESH just like the server said. It was delicious. It's a fun and bustling place. Our server was friendly and quick. Our food was delicious! Prices are decent. Will most likely be back!” - Yelp Review
Donuts made with favorites like Fruity Pebbles and Oreos your kids will love!
3824 Farnam Street | Midtown | eatbobsdonuts.com
Artisan donuts, gourmet coffee, and fried chicken, what more could you ask for?
There are so many different flavors to choose from, the only problem will be your kid easily deciding which one they want. Oh, and there’s vegan and gluten-free donuts as well!
Make sure to come on a Tuesday when it’s buy one, get one free Chicken Sandwiches!
“Delicious donuts. I loved the Oreo. Lots of donut options with fun flavors. Cute little place with only a few seats, but yummy nonetheless. I've heard only good things about their fried chicken, so will be returning to try.” - Yelp Review
Farm to table street food, good vibes, and delicious ice cream.
5402 S 108th St | Millard | biggreenq.com
Owners Kevin and Gail take the term “farm to table” to heart. You can find them on the weekend mornings picking up veggies from the farmer’s market, sourcing tofu from one of their favorite local vendors (Old Capital Foods), and using to-go containers, bags, and utensils that are 100% compostable or recyclable.
They do all this, and more, providing great food and an even better family-friendly atmosphere. Enjoy classic sandwiches such as the Pulled Pork or Pulled Chicken, or try a signature sandwich like the Carolina Reuben, made with smoked wagyu corned beef, pulled chicken, havarti cheese, tangy coleslaw, and Q Carolina Sauce. Order some sides the kids will love like tater tots, white cheddar mac and cheese, and chips, and finish the night off with some yummy ice cream. Leave with your heart and your stomach full!
“The tater tots are a must try and the pulled pork nachos were quite tasty. I would eat that meatloaf sandwich all over again, very good. Of course sharing space with Ted and Wally's makes getting ice cream a must.” - Yelp Review
Great food and even better beer.
514 S 11th St | Downtown | upstreambrewing.com
“Eat well and drink better” is the motto at this brewpub, where they’ve been making visitors feel like locals since 1996.
Enjoy thin crust pizza, salads, hand-cut steaks, burgers, and more entrees like the Baja Grilled Salmon. Wash them down with beer brewed thirty feet away from your table, wine, and other cocktails.
Kids get little bendy sticks to play with while you wait, and if you visit on Tuesday nights, you may be lucky enough to encounter a magician! Kid’s meals also come with a choice of vanilla ice cream or a rootbeer float for dessert, so you know the little ones will be satisfied in their own way while you sip your beer!
“LOVE upstream. The salads are very good and the fried cauliflower is FANTASTIC. We ate outside, had great service and enjoyed the great weather. Beers are great. My family loved it - came back two days later.” - Yelp Review
Perfect spot for large groups and a big breakfast.
3461 S 84th St | South Central Omaha | farmhousecafe.com
Although this cafe & bakery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you most likely want to stop in around breakfast time for griddle cakes, omelettes, and a pecan roll from the bakery.
Be sure to try the Cinn-Ful Chicken, a scoop of their chunky chicken salad atop a large hot cinnamon roll with a side of fresh fruit.
The only downside is that there may be a wait for breakfast on the weekends, but a wait is hardly that bad when FarmHouse is connected to Mangelsen’s, a craft shop that’s fun to explore while you wait.
“The perfect breakfast that they prepare will alter the course of your road trip. When you ask your children, ‘What was the best part about driving through Nebraska?’, they will say ‘the cinnamon rolls we had in Omaha.’ You will nod your head and tell them that they're correct.” - Yelp Review
You can find family-friendly restaurants with just about any kind of food your heart desires, from pizza and burgers to Korean bbq and cinnamon rolls with chicken on top.
Although there’s a lot of family-friendly fun to be had in Omaha, don’t skip out on making sure your dining experiences are family-friendly as well. Mealtimes are such an important part of any trip, so you’ll want to make sure they are just as special to the kids as the zoo or the museum.
Hopefully you can refer to this guide to help you pick a spot for you and your family to eat at during your trip to Omaha. Let us know where you go in the comments!