22 Jul 2020
The 10 best kid-friendly restaurants in Darling Harbour
These are the best kid-friendly restaurants near you in Darling Harbour, featuring nearby playgrounds, kids menus and kids-eat-for free deals.
There are so many things to do with kids in Sydney that you and the little ones are bound to work up an appetite quickly.
When those little tummies start rumbling, Darling Harbour has countless restaurants that cater to kids, featuring mini menus, kids-eat-free deals, playgrounds and even ice-cream sundaes for dessert.
1. Fratelli Fresh
Fratelli Fresh describe their Darling Harbour restaurant as an extension of the Italian family table, and they’re not wrong. The staff here are always welcoming and their kids menu features simplified Italian classics, including spaghetti with butter and parmesan and a cheesy pizza with tomato and mozzarella. Plus kids under 12 eat free here all day every day!
Rashays in Harbourside Shopping Centre is the perfect place to feed the kids after shopping up a storm. It’s got stunning views of the harbour, a Little Rascals kids menu with meals starting from $8 and lots of delicious Aussie classics for the adults (including a cracking parma for $17). If you’re a member of Rashays Rewards, kids eat free on Sunday.
3. Hard Rock Café
Your little rock stars will love checking out all the music memorabilia and instruments on the walls at the Hard Rock Café in Darling Harbour. They’ll also get excited about the kids menu which features a delicious cheeseburger and a creamy mac and cheese. If they’re well behaved and they’ve got room, treat them to the Hard Rock’s hot fudge brownie and you’ll instantly become the favorite parent.
4. Pancakes on The Rocks
The sky is blue, the sun will come up tomorrow and kids love pancakes. These are irrefutable facts. Treat your kids at Pancakes on The Rocks, an awesome family restaurant near Darling Harbour that serves dozens of types of pancakes and crepes, including both savoury and sweet. They’ve also got a kids menu with all meals under $10.
5. Betty’s Burgers
Betty’s Burgers is a Sydney favourite, among both adults and kids. They serve classic juicy American-style burgers and delicious frozen custard desserts and have a kids menu with burgers starting from $7.50. If your kid can handle the sugar rush, grab them a peanut butter brittle custard and watch their eyes up when they taste it.
6. Nakano Darling
If you and the kids need a tasty meal on a Sunday in Darling Harbour, Nakano Darling is a great place to be. Kids eat for free every Sunday from open until 8pm! There's delicious chicken karaage, crispy gyoza and cheesy corn that the kids will love - plus a low priced bill that you’ll love.
Doesn’t matter how old you are, everyone loves crispy chicken. Especially when it’s from Goobne Korean Oven Roasted Chicken, where they blitz the bird at 195 degrees to make it extra crunchy and juicy. The kids will love the fondue chicken with hot cheese and the over-the-top Oreo snowflake dessert.
8. I’m Angus Steakhouse
If parents need to treat themselves to a serious steak with the kids in tow, I’m Angus is the place to go. This Cockle Bay Wharf icon boasts stunning harbour views and one of the best steak menus in Darling Harbour, including a selection of ultra-premium wagyu cuts. There’s even a kids menu for $14.50 which features a mini-main, a drink and a yummy dessert.
9. Blackbird Café
Blackbird Café may just have the best views over Cockle Bay Wharf of any restaurant or bar. It’s also got expertly mixed cocktails and delicious modern Aussie food for the mums and dads, and a super cheap kids menu priced at $15 including a main and dessert. Plus if you come on Saturday or Sunday, kids under 12 eat for free!
10. The Social Quarter
You can find the best playground in Sydney, and arguably all of Australia, in Darling Harbour. This kids’ wonderland features enough water games, climbing frames and rope swings to keep your tykes entertained for hours. When it’s time to fill your tummies, pop to The Social Quarter - a neat little café right next to the playground that serves affordable breakfast and lunch meals to go.