Dining, Family

Top 5 Kid-Friendly Downtown Restaurants

Katie Almazan

Are you packing the kiddos into the car for a downtown Sacramento adventure? We’re here to help eliminate the frantic Google search of kid-friendly restaurants and provide our top downtown Sacramento restaurant picks where the whole family can relax and enjoy a delicious meal. Because happy kids, happy life – are we right?!


Pizza Rock: 1020 K Street

Gourmet pizza, a decorative semi-truck emerging from the wall, extensive drink options, and an opportunity for kids to color on the table. No need to keep the kids quiet in this energetic and fun pizzeria!

For the adults: Sausage & Stout pizza

For the kids: Classic pepperoni pizza


Joe’s Crab Shack: 1210 Front Street

This informal seafood chain serves up some stellar crab buckets, shrimp and all the American comfort dishes you love. The relaxed atmosphere in Old Sacramento lends itself to a family-friendly environment that makes you feel right at home. Walk out with a full belly and a beautiful view of the Sacramento River.

For the adults: East Coast Platter

For the kids: Fish fingers, fries, veggies, and a fruit cup


Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar: 1530 J Street

Fresh and unique Japanese dishes and a lively, but relaxed atmosphere make for an ideal dining experience for both kids and parents alike. This beloved sushi restaurant not only serves an eclectic variety of dishes, but also offers a variety of kid-sized bento box options for the little ones.

For the adults: $45 for 2 menu special

For the kids: Chicken Teriyaki and Crispy Gyoza bento box


Sauced: 1028 7th Street

Authentic BBQ cuisine with an unmatched Southern charm and ambiance. You will undoubtedly feel part of the family while dining here. Tasty drinks, innovative dishes, and a place where even a toddler meltdown will hardly be noticed.

For the adults: Sliced Brisket

For the kids: Mini pulled pork sliders, tots, and fruit cup


Ma Jong’s Asian Diner: 1431 L Street

An inviting and spacious atmosphere with fast service! Everyone will fall in love with the pillowed benches and gourmet Chinese food with Panda Express prices. Your stomach and wallet will thank you. Ma Jong’s has great indoor and outdoor seating and a variety of authentic Chinese menu options. This place will surely become a family favorite.

For the adults: Orange Peel Chicken

For the kids: Lo Mein