When you want to take the family out for a meal, it’s important to consider a restaurant that offers menu options kids will enjoy. Family-friendly restaurants sometimes have a special kids’ menu and activities to help keep the child interested and engaged while at the table waiting for food, such as coloring pencils or mazes on the placemats. Fortunately, the Cedar Park, Texas, area has plenty of family-friendly restaurants to bring everyone together with dishes to please all palates.

Blue Corn Harvest Bar & Grill

A plate of hard shell tacos at a Mexican restaurant in Cedar Park, TX.

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Whether you’re craving tacos or chicken diablo pasta, you’ll appreciate the Southwestern-inspired dishes offered at Blue Corn Harvest Bar & Grill. This restaurant has a kids’ menu with offerings such as organic beef tacos, mac ‘n cheese with a grilled chicken breast, or a burrito filled with organic beef, cheese, and refried beans. All items on the children’s menu come with a drink and ice cream.

While the youngsters enjoy their meals, you can order shareable foods like freshly made guacamole with chips, blue corn pork taquitos, or flash-fried oyster shooters. For your main entree, enjoy the house specialties such as artichoke-stuffed chicken, seafood enchiladas, or the ground rib-eye beef taco salad.

After a fun day taking advantage of free things to do in Cedar Park, the family will enjoy refueling their bodies at Blue Corn Harvest Bar & Grill.

Location: 700 E. Whitestone Blvd. #204 in Cedar Park.

Contact: 512-528-0889.

You can also find Blue Corn Harvest Bar & Grill in Georgetown and Leander.

Niki’s Pizza & Pasta

Pizza and pasta are perfect meals for the family, and you’ll find a wide variety of Italian favorites at Niki’s Pizza & Pasta. Once you sit the family down, start your meal with an appetizer everyone will enjoy, such as hot chicken wings or cheese sticks.

For an entree, the youngsters can enjoy pasta with tomato sauce, cheese ravioli, or layered lasagna. When choosing a pizza, you can either order by the slice to please everyone or pick a family-friendly pizza like the supreme topped with meats and vegetables, the barbecue chicken pizza with barbecue sauce and a grilled chicken breast, or the cheese-only version. Be sure to save room for dessert with tasty offerings like cheesecake or tiramisu.

Location: 508 N. Bell Blvd. 

Contact: 512-250-1188.

J&J Barbecue and Burgers

J&J Barbecue and Burgers is the perfect place to bring the family for affordable and delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Kids will love the variety of breakfast items, including pancakes, waffles, potato and egg taco or sandwich, or a sausage and cheese omelet. If you’re craving a burger, order a quarter pounder, half pounder, or the 3/4 pounder called The Texan. Complete your burger with crispy onion rings and a milkshake made with Blue Bell ice cream. Nothing beats barbecue and you can take advantage of one of the family packs that can feed up to eight people.

This large pack includes three pounds of your choice of meat, and three quart-size sides like potato salad, macaroni and cheese, or coleslaw. This pack also includes pickles, onions, barbecue sauce, and bread. Order sandwiches made with barbecued meat, pulled pork, or chopped chicken with a couple of sides to satisfy any sandwich craving you or the family have. Stop at J&J Barbecue and Burgers to grab some to-go food perfect for a picnic at any of these awesome parks near Cedar Park.

Location: 300 W. Whitestone Blvd.

Contact: 512-918-0314.

J&J Barbecue and Burgers also has a restaurant in Leander. 

Amy’s China Cuisine

You can’t go wrong with taking the family to Amy’s China Cuisine to find something everyone will enjoy eating. The staff at this restaurant breaks the menu down into proteins, vegetables, rice, noodles, or chef’s specials so it’s easy to find just what you want to eat. Before your meal arrives, order appetizers to share, like vegetable egg rolls or barbecue spare ribs. House specials include sesame shrimp, coconut curry chicken, or Szechuan spicy duck.

Amy’s China Cuisine offers a special kids’ meal with offerings like sweet and sour chicken, chicken fingers, or chicken lo mein all served with steamed rice. Stop by Amy’s China Cuisine daily between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for affordable lunch specials such as General Tso’s chicken, beef with garlic sauce, or shrimp with mixed vegetables. Lunch specials include your choice of soup and rice.

Location: 1335 E. Whitestone Blvd. #190.

Contact: 512-528-9963.

C.R Surf & Turf

C.R. Surf & Turf is a family-friendly restaurant serving fresh seafood, steaks, Cajun boils, sandwiches, tacos, and burgers. Youngsters often enjoy fried seafood and can order fried baskets like the popcorn shrimp basket, clam strips basket, or catfish basket. If you want fries, hushpuppies, and garlic bread with your fried seafood, try one of the platters like jumbo shrimp or crawfish tails.

Aside from fried seafood baskets, C.R. Surf & Turf offers plates of grilled, broiled, or blackened fish. Meat lovers will appreciate the variety of steaks, chicken offerings, or pork loin served with your choice of two sides like sweet potato fries, baked potato, or grilled asparagus. Anyone looking for tacos will enjoy the shrimp or fish tacos or the Cajun-style fried crawfish tacos all served with fresh salsa, cabbage, homemade cream sauce, and your choice of corn or flour tortillas.

If you want a fun, interactive family meal, order one of C.R. Surf & Turf’s Cajun Boils complete with corn, potatoes, mushrooms, onions, oranges, and lemons. Choose from favorites like Louisiana crawfish, head-on Gulf shrimp, or black Alaskan snow crab.

Location: 601 E. Whitestone Blvd. # 200.

Contact: 512-260-0600.

Are you hungry reading about the delicious food you can find at these local restaurants? Which one is your favorite? What dish does your child order over and over? Is there a restaurant perfect for families to dine at in our area we missed on this list? If so, drop a line to our team at Crème de la Crème of Cedar Park (Lakeline Blvd.) for any recommendations of other family-friendly restaurants in our area.