Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in the North Hills

March 24, 2019
jason wolfe
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Finding the best place to eat with your kids requires the perfect balance of kid friendly foods and a welcoming family atmosphere.

In the family-friendly North Hills suburbs of Pittsburgh, you’ll find plenty of kid friendly activities and places to eat. We’ve rounded up the best places to go out to eat with the entire family when you’re in the North Hills for your convenience.

If you’re having trouble thinking of a thoughtful gift for parents, you may want to get them a gift certificate to one of these family-friendly venues. If you use GiftYa you can purchase the gift certificate right from the app on your phone and text the certificate right to the recipient. Then they can link it to their debit card and don’t have to worry about remembering to bring the gift card on their next night out.

Hartwood Restaurant & Whispers Pub

From fine dining to pub grub in a family friendly atmosphere

Hartwood Restaurant Pittsburgh
Image courtesy of Pittsburgh City Paper. Give your kid a chance to feel fancy at this restaurant.

Hartwood Restaurant & Whispers Pub | 412.767.3500

3400 Harts Run Road

Tue-Thru 11:30am-2:00pm | 5:00pm-9:30pm

Fri & Sat 11:30am-9:30pm


Through its storied history, this space has served many functions, including a bookstore. The books still line the wall making it a charming and unique place for a meal and drinks. Parents can enjoy fine wine and cocktails one of the fanciest kid’s menus around-- from Mahi Mahi and flat iron steak to classic grilled cheese or chicken fingers. Everyone will enjoy a quality meal and leave happy!

“We went here on the recommendation of the bed & breakfast where we were staying, and we loved it. Such a nice place, the food was great, and the service was friendly. We had a young daughter with us and they were super accommodating. We will definitely be back.” - Jason D. Google Review

Happy Home Buffet

Enjoy variety of Asian cuisines from sushi to hibachi

happy home buffet
Image courtesy of Happy Home Buffet Facebook

Happy Home Buffet | 412.548.3926

4801 McKnight Rd

Mon-Sat 11:00am-10:00am

Sun 11:00am-9:00pm


Dining at an Asian buffet is quite an adventure especially for little ones, and this buffet is jammed packed with delectable options. All your favorite asian dishes are available, and kiddos can find favorites like mac and cheese and an ice cream bar. Kids are only $8.95 for all they can eat dinner, and adults are $15.95.

“I had dinner with my friends last night. Service was awesome and the room was comfortable. Food was absolutely wonderful, having fish, shrimp, roasted duck, crab and all kinds of snacks This is definitely the best Chinese buffet in Pittsburgh! Will be back!” - Ding S. Yelp Review


Bourbon. Blues. Bbq.

cool atmosphere inside Wheelfish
Image courtesy of Wheelfish. If your kids don't like BBQ, this place has plenty of kids options like mac and cheese and tacos.

Wheelfish | 412.487.8909

Tue-Thru 11:00am-11:00pm

Fri - Sat 11:00am-12:00am

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Wheelfish will definitely keep parents happy with plenty of authentic smoky BBQ options, plenty of top notch bourbon, and live music (for date night). Kids will appreciate their awesome mac and cheese, wings, and tacos. Everyone will love their amazing desserts including Leona’s ice cream sandwiches, seasonal pies, and root beer floats!

“Hidden gem! Great BBQ spot that could fit in just as easily downtown. Menu is spot on and the service was great too. Do yourself a favor and try the deviled egg appetizer. You won't be disappointed!” - Jake C. Yelp Review


A friendly joint that makes the best burgers and shakes you ever had!

burgers at burgatory
Image courtesy of Burgatory Bar Instagram . Kids can’t pass up the “Little Angels and Devils” menu featuring sliders, quesadillas, and hot dogs.

Burgatory Bar | 412.586.5846

700 Providence Blvd

Sun-Thru 11:00am-10:00pm

Fri-Sat 11:00am-11:00pm


Burgatory is one of Pittsburgh’s many quality gourmet burger joints. They definitely keep the kiddos in mind with their special mini burgers and delicious milkshakes. Plus if they finish their meal they get a free cherry Coke float! The energy is light-hearted and makes for a fun family night out with classic American fare.

“We love going to Burgatory! Food is consistently good at each location, and service is great. My kids love their food, and there's a wide variety for adults. Fast service, hot food, amazing shakes, and the atmosphere is fun! Definitely go!” - Erika L Google Review

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Mad Mex

Pittsburgh’s Favorite Tex Mex Restaurant

corn at mad mex
Image courtesy of @madmex IG. Parents come for the famous margaritas and kids will love the funky decor and artwork and simple tex mex fare. | 412.366.5656

Ross Township | 7905 McKnight Road

Sun-Thu 11am-1am

Fri-Sat 11am-2am

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When you’re looking for a fun mexican restaurant for the whole family, head to Mad Mex. Mom and dad can enjoy their famous margarita (be sure to stop by in the fall when the Apple Cider Rita is on rotation!), while kids will devour the endless chips and perfect kids menu options from quesadillas to dino nuggets.

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“It's our family's favorite place. The tofu tacos, and wingarito are our "go tos" and's a great place for couples, or families with young children; great atmosphere.” - Erin K. Yelp Review

Stoke’s Grill

A Family Bar and Grill with Top Notch Burgers

burger, fries, and beer
Image courtesy of Stoke’s Grill Facebook. Delicious gourmet burgers, decadent smothered fries, and unique sandwiches with a diverse and quality craft beer list | 412.369.5380

Ross Township | 4771 McKnight Road

Mon-Sat 10:30am-11pm

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This family-friendly grill serves quality American food including Deck oven pizza, burgers, gourmet sandwiches, homemade soups, fresh salads, and an expansive draft beer selection, with hundreds of different bottled beverages. It’s family-owned and you’ll feel like you’re part of their family once you become a regular.

“We had a great time here. Three of us came during the afternoon and there was no wait time. They had amazing drinks, food and service. I ordered the quesadillas which were great. Our waitress was quick and did a fantastic job. I would definitely recommend.” - Darla D. Yelp Review

First Watch

Healthy, Delicious Breakfast and Lunch Fare

large breakfast from first watch
Image courtesy of IG. Enjoy breakfast and brunch classics with refreshing fresh juices and endless coffee at this North Hills’ favorite | 412.367.3447

McCandless | 9176 Covenant Avenue

Sun-Sat 7am-2pm

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While First Watch does serve lunch, which is likely delicious, the reason you should visit is their amazing breakfast/ brunch menu served in their homey rustic atmosphere. With daily special juice recipes like Morning Meditation with OJ, lemon, turmeric, ginger, agave and beets, served alongside healthy meals like quinoa based power bowls and the best avocado toast in Pittsburgh, you’ll feel healthy and happy after your meal here.

Don’t worry-- there are also some less health conscious choices like Belgian waffles and an array of frittatas and omelettes. Kiddos can enjoy chocolate chip pancakes, grilled cheese, or the classic bacon and eggs.

“Worth a little bit of a wait once you join waitlist . However , the food is great . They have an abundant menu with delicious somewhat healthy food . We started off with kale tonic juice which was absolutely delicious . Then tried out some frittatas and a breakfast sandwich . You will not be disappointed with this place if you want a feel good breakfast meal !” - Devin H. Yelp Review

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

Great food and beer selection with a family-friendly atmosphere

BJ's restaurant
Image courtesy of @bjrestaurants IG. Everyone is happy when their signature pizookie arrives to the table | 412.748.1470

8970 Covenant Avenue

Sun-Thu 11am-12am

Fri-Sat 11am-1am

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The brewery has a gigantic beer menu for parents, and an expansive menu just for kids. From boneless wings and tacos to shrimp or mini corn dogs, they even have a pint size version of their famous pizookie dessert. If you’re in the mood for take out they also have family feats to go!

“This is a great place to come with little ones. I came for lunch today with my husband and son who is 18 months old and it was the nicest, most calm and pleasant meal we have ever had out with him! They give a "kids starter", a garlic knot along with some strawberries and blueberries, without even having to ask for it! How awesome! All restaurants should so something like this. So he was occupied from the getgo which was great. My husband and I started with the avocado egg rolls, my favorite! So delish. I also had the sparkling raspberry lemonade, a nice treat when you are pregnant and can't have a proper drink! Our server was super nice and helpful and all in all we had a great time.” - Kim M. Yelp Review

If you’re out in the North Hills area, perhaps enjoying the day at North Park, you’ll have plenty of option to grab a bite to eat with the kids afterwards. The North Hills suburb of Pittsburgh has plenty of family friendly activities and restaurants to enjoy!


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