Where to eat with kids
Eating out with kids can be about as much fun as pulling teeth. Getting little ones to sit still long enough is challenging enough, let alone leaving time for parents to enjoy their meal.
Thankfully these Newcastle eateries are putting the fun back into eating out with kids.
36 Scott Street, Newcastle East
This iconic East End eatery with its cosy restaurant space and alfresco eating under marquee lights has long been a local favourite.
The biggest drawcard for families is undoubtedly the busy hole in the wall take away and adjoining grassy patch - perfect for throwing out a picnic rug and eating in the fresh salty air. Families can order fish and (hand cut) chips, fish burritos and burgers.
Mum and dad can enjoy a glass of wine or beer while the kids explore the local surrounds.
11 Steel St, Newcastle West
If there’s one cuisine adults and kids seem to agree on, it’s Mexican. And this family friendly eatery doesn’t just serve up authentic Mexican street food – everything on the menu is made from scratch – it offers a fun caravan cubby house for kids too.
Expect all the Mexican classics: burritos, mulitas, nachos and tacos but with a contemporary twist served in an airy warehouse in Newcastle West’s burgeoning west end.
Pizza Kiosk, Merewether Surf House
5 Henderson Pde, Merewether
Pizza and million-dollar ocean vistas are the winning combination on offer at the Pizza Kiosk at Merewether Surf House.
Located on the beach promenade level (top floor is the adults only alfresco bar and adjoining Surf House restaurant) order a $10 or $15 pizza, glass of wine or beer and eat-in or take away to eat on the glorious stretch of beach.
Pop back for a gelato from the gelataria...Winning!
The Hood Milk Bar
188 Union St, The Junction
If the kids are old enough to sit still for more than 10 minutes, they’ll love the retro inspired Hood.
Grab a cosy booth and order dishes like corn fritters or fried chicken burgers from the all-day menu.
It’s the desserts however which are the standout here. Order a milkshake, waffles or a decadent sundae. You can also grab a house made gelato for kids on the move.
*Speaking of gelato, check out where to get your hands on Newcastle’s best icy treats
Sydney Junction Hotel
8 Beaumont St, Hamilton
A pub with a play room? Need we say more.
This Beaumont Street watering hole near Hamilton Train Station has had a revamp and now offers a cool beer garden, undercover kid’s play area and family friendly menu.
All kids’ meals are $10 and include a free ice cream. Better yet, visit between Tuesday - Thursday and kids eat free.
Grab a pint and let the kids loose!
The Kiosk, Newcastle Beach
42 Shortland Esp, Newcastle East
Beach vistas and miles of sandy playground make The Kiosk an ideal family lunch or (early) dinner spot.
While there’s little in the way of official seating here, order the takeaway family fish and chip pack and nab a picnic table overlooking the waves. The delicious Pure Pops make a great dessert.
Or if you’re up early, grab a coffee (babycino for the rug rats) and watch the kids play from the tiered steps overlooking the sand.
Lowlands Bowling Club
98a Dawson St, Cooks Hill
Neighbouring the brilliant Centennial Park playground, with a large viewing window from the restaurant, Lowlands is a firm family favourite.
Food is by Little Castro, known for serving up delicious Caribbean dishes (try the lamb rice bowl) as well as great burgers.
If you have young kids that can’t sit still why not order takeaway, grab a picnic table beside the playground and they’ll buzz you when your order is ready.
It’s a win-win for families.