Sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking. Let someone else do the work for once at one of these local restaurants.
If you’re a parent or guardian or older sibling whose entire family has just come to visit unannounced, you’ve probably found yourself not wanting to cook for a bunch of people at one point or another. That’s the beauty of restaurants, though, so the next time you find yourself with a big family to feed and no motivation to cook, there are always restaurants you can all go out to. The only struggle is figuring out exactly what restaurants are good for the whole family in the Scottsdale area. That’s where we come in.
Below, you’ll find eight restaurants in Scottsdale where you can bring the whole family.
Whether you’re a small family of three or a large family of eight, there are pros and cons to choosing to eat out instead of cooking something at home. Pro: It’s convenient! You don’t have to cook. Con: You can wrack up quite a bill for your family’s meals, especially in larger families. GiftYa understands that bringing the whole family along to a restaurant can take quite a chunk out of your bank account, and that’s why they’ve partnered with a number of local family restaurants. You can order e-gift cards for the whole family to get some use out of with the click of a button! Send one to your favorite large family today.
Address: 17001 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
There’s no denying that kids can be picky. If you’re looking for a place that will offer both food options that your little ones will happily eat and offer a clean and friendly environment for them to be in, Charleston’s is a favorite in Scottsdale.
Not only do they have some of the friendliest staff who will treat your kids like some of their own, but they also have a kid’s menu with plenty of options for your kiddos to munch on.
At the same time, though, their menu is packed with choices that you’ll enjoy, too, with a more sophisticated palette. While the children enjoy their grilled cheese or kid’s hamburgers, you can just as easily enjoy some chicken piccata.
“It was terrific. I ordered the ciabatta chicken sandwich which was also so good! The service was fantastic and everyone in my family loved their meals.” - Yelp Review
Address: 7904 Chaparral Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
A good family restaurant will make it feel like you’re truly dining with your huge, extended family (with less arguments). That’s exactly the kind of community they’ve built at Randy’s Restaurant and Ice Cream.
Serving the Scottsdale community for over forty years now, the staff at Randy’s have been fostering strong relationships with many of the regular patrons in the area. Whether you’ve been before or you're a first time guest, they’ll be happy to see you.
There’s a little something for everyone to enjoy at Randy’s (your kiddos will love their tater tots!), and the homemade ice cream is a destination in its own right, so if you feel like giving them an extra special treat, order them some ice cream after your meal.
“Best cinnamon roll in town!! Extremely fast service and the same gals have been waiting tables there forever! Great food at a great price!! YUM!!” - Yelp Review
Address: 8777 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253
If your kids are a little on the older side, they might be just starting to become a bit more adventurous when it comes to eating out. If you’ve seen your kids expressing some interest in trying some new foods recently, Hash Kitchen is the perfect place for you all to test the waters.
All about creating a culinary experience to remember, Hash Kitchen has taken brunch and raised it to a whole new level. Here, you’ll find amazing presentations on every meal and delicious, inventive flavors fused with old favorites.
Your kids can enjoy things like breakfast potato tacos or coconut and almond crusted french toast, which are close enough to dishes they’re familiar with, while you plunge into the more unconventional side of the menu. Don’t miss out on their Bloody Mary bar while you’re at it!
“My son and I had so much fun eating brunch here during July 4th weekend. They had a dj and cool disco ball right in the middle. The waiter was wonderful and the food was definitely delicious.” - Yelp Review
Address: 4800 N Scottsdale Rd, Ste 1700, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Over the years, Roaring Fork has opened up locations all throughout the southwest, but none of them really compare to the original - which is located right in Scottsdale! At Roaring Fire, you can give your kids a history lesson while you all enjoy some of the most delicious food around.
At this local family restaurant, they love to challenge modern cooking conveniences by reverting back to the way they used to do their cooking in the Old West - using a simple wood fire to prepare their meals.
This wood fire gives most of their dishes a slightly smoky flavor, but combined with all of the other bold flavors they put in their food, it’s absolutely delicious! Don’t forget to sign up for their rewards program for access to future discounts!
“What a wonderful overall experience!! My family and I had dinner here last night and I can't say enough good things about our service and food.” - Yelp Review
Address: 9393 E Bell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Looking for a place to bring the whole family that has both insanely scrumptious food and a funky setting that everyone will enjoy? The Thumb BBQ has been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and for good reason.
They offer five - that’s right, five - different services, and you might find yourself scratching your head a bit when you see what they are all together, but somehow it works. Here goes: The Thumb is a BBQ restaurant, a bakery, a gift shop, a car wash, and a gas station.
With BBQ meals that will leave everyone in your family licking every last drop off of your fingers, this is a place you shouldn’t skip out on. It definitely doesn’t hurt that it’s been backed by Guy Fieri, too!
“OMG, just go, bring family, great to eat there, such a cool place to check out and AMAZING food!” - Yelp Review
Address: 8120 N Hayden Rd, Ste E-100, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Is there any restaurant out there that’s more family-friendly than a restaurant owned and operated by a family? That’s exactly how they run things at Grassroots Kitchen & Tap, which means you can guarantee you’ll be treated like family there.
Their menu is packed with traditional American cuisine fused with southern-style influences, so everyone in the family will find something to enjoy.
At Grassroots, you’ll find top-notch service to round out your entire experience. Since 2011, they’ve been doing everything they can to create an experience for their customers that is friends-and-family-friendly. Here, you are family.
“Great meal...The kid's Mac and cheese was a gnocchi with fresh cut fries. The service was very attentive. The patio was perfect for an Arizona fall evening.” - Yelp Review
Address: 7246 E 1st St, Ste 101, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
If your kids are big sports fans, you’ll definitely want to bring them out for a bite to eat at Karsen’s Grill. During football season, they play football on the screens on Monday Football nights, but they actually refer to it as Pork Chop Night.
Karsen’s can get a bit rowdy late at night, especially when the games are on, so you might want to save later night trips for your kids who are a little older, but you can absolutely stop by for lunch or dinner earlier in the day and bring your kids of any age along.
The burgers at Karsen’s are some of the best in Scottsdale, so you absolutely will not want to miss out on the big bold and beautiful flavors they have to offer!
“This is our new favorite spot for burgers! I was asked how I wanted it cooked & I got it exactly how i wanted it cooked. A def hidden gem just like our waiter/bartender told us it would be.” - Yelp Review
Address: 9330 E Poinsettia Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Everybody loves pasta, but kids especially. At Basil & Garlic Bistro, families of all ages and backgrounds will find something to enjoy with their extensive menu overflowing with traditional Italian cuisine.
When we say this place is family friendly, we mean it. Think about that neighborhood Italian restaurant you’ve seen in every Hallmark movie in existence. That’s exactly what this restaurant is.
From simple and classic meals like spaghetti and meatballs (which your little ones will love!) to something a little more upscale, like bolognese or Quattro Stagioni Pizza, you’ll all be leaving Basil & Garlic Bistro happy and satisfied.
“Decided to have dinner with my daughter and searched Yelp for restaurant ideas. Found Basil and Garlic Bistro. Oh. My. God. Sooooooo good! Mom and pop shop...the food is perfect as well as the service.” - Yelp Review
Nothing says family time quite like the opportunity for everyone to gather around a table and enjoy a meal together. Let us know which restaurant your kiddos liked the most in the comments below!