Eat & Drink

Your complete guide on where to eat & drink with the little ones

Heading out for a meal and a drink with your young family doesn’t need to be a stressful situation! Instead, just pick and choose particular venues that are perfect for the little ones and the big kids (aka, us adults)!

Whether it’s a big playground, outdoor seating, or good food deals for the kids, this guide of kid-friendly venues around Newcastle will keep you busy eating out with the whole family forever!



Some of the best Mexican in Newcastle, this place is perfect for the little ones too!
Where: 11 Steel St, Newcastle West
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Young St Hotel

Carrington’s fresh-faced pub has a brand new beer garden and family-friendly alfresco area that is just calling the little ones over to explore.
Where: 132 Young St, Carrington
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The Kingfish

The Kingfish at Honeysuckle brings together quality seafood eats with a casual outdoorsy atmosphere that's ideal for taking in those cool afternoon breezes and letting the kids get active on their scooters or bikes.
Where: 15-17 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle
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Sydney Junction Hotel

It's your local pub with something for everyone, and an epic undercover playground that lets the kids run amok letting you eat your meal and catch up with friends. The beer garden is open and spacious, with a retractable roof so it's ideal for alfresco dining- rain, hail, or shine!
Where: 8 Beaumont St, Hamilton
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Merewether Surfhouse

Combine your ocean views with your beers, wine, and pizza at the Pizza Kiosk at Merewether Surfhouse. Grab a seat inside or take it down to the beach and top it off with gelato for dessert.
Where: 5 Henderson Pde, Merewether
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The Greenroof

Not necessarily one that jumps to mind but The Greenroof well and truly has you covered when it comes to the kids with the fab little shed-like room in the courtyard. The Shed has everything your kids could want to keep them occupied.
Where: 71 Tudor St, Hamilton
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Beach Burrito

Enjoy Californian-style Mexican cuisine with a laid-back vibe. The Little Amigos menu is entry-level Mexican, without the spice, and there's an area for the kids in the courtyard.
Kids eat free weekdays 4 pm-6pm.
Where: 135 Darby St, Cooks hill
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The Argenton Hotel

The Argenton Hotel has a fresh modern feel to it and anyone with kids, or even without, will be loving it. The massive outdoor playground space and beer garden space comes complete with cabanas and a relaxed outdoorsy vibe that's ideal for families throughout the warmer months. 
Where: 515 Lake Rd, Argenton
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Sunnyside Tavern

In the heart of Broadmeadow sits the ever-so-popular Sunnyside Tavern, and has only recently launched its kids playground!
Where: 20 Broadmeadow Rd, Broadmeadow
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Blackbutt Hotel

Kids eat free every Sunday night from 5.30pm-8.30pm at New Lambton’s Blackbutt Hotel!
Where: 80 Orchardtown Rd, New Lambton
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Smokin Hot N Saucy

The very relaxed outdoor seated space in Islington has loads of room for the kids to move around in and not bother other diners.
Where: 116 Maitland Rd, Islington
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Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows

For those living out in Lake Mac or those of you looking for a reason to get out and explore, Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows is both a kids' and adults venue dream! Experience views of the ocean, a dedicated kid’s area, a beer garden, and a delicious food and drink menu!
Where: 27 Mawson Cl, Caves Beach
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Just moments from the beach and with plentiful outdoor seating, Scottie’s offers the best-relaxed dining for families serving up seafood, beers, and cocktails!
Where: 36 Scott St, Newcastle East
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Lowland’s Bowling Club 

Bowling clubs seem to be all the rage for young families at the moment and Cooks Hill’s Lowland’s Bowling Club is amongst some of the favourites!
Where: 98A Dawson St, Cooks Hill
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Adamstown Bowling Club

Another favourite in the Bowling Club world is none other than Adamstown’s Bowling Club. With the kitchen recently taken over by The Barn and with live music over the weekends, a visit to Adamstown Bowling Club is an absolute no brainer for young families.
Where: 504 Glebe Rd, Adamstown
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The Autumn Rooms

If you still like to keep it a little grown up then head out the back of The Autumn Rooms. A little space has been created to keep the kids entertained, at least long enough for you to enjoy your coffee. 
Where: 127 Darby St, Cooks Hill
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The Hood

Every kid's idea of heaven, The Hood offers up an awesome range of gelato, waffles, milkshakes and those super cool booths that you can hang out in. 
Where: 188 Union St, The Junction
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Café Habitat

If you love combining some homewares browsing with your morning coffee or lunch, Cafe Habitat have made it easy for you. With a sweet little kids' play area in the outdoor garden space, that's well away from all the beautiful things inside, it's a gorgeous setting to enjoy your morning catch-up in.
Where: 513 Glebe Rd, Adamstown
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Black Circle Cafe

Great coffee mixed with some awesome tunes gives Black Circle Cafe its own unique atmosphere. Their specially designated kids area allows you to hang around just a little longer.
Where: 12 Alma Rd, New Lambton
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Perry The Feeder

Easy to access for prams, the outdoor grassy space is ideal for mums and bubs. The beautiful little space is perfect for a coffee catch-up, and perhaps even getting your hair done. 
Where: 53 Maitland Rd, Mayfield
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The Rooftop

So many foodie choices and conveniently located at the back of The Rooftop is a children's play area to keep them occupied until the meals come out.
Where: Westfield Kotara
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Whether you've got a newborn, toddlers, or nearly teens Megamania at Charlestown is the destination to hit. From the multi-leveled play maze, ginormous slide, and jumping castles your kids will be overwhelmed and worn out by the end. The cafe offers up a quality menu and with loads of room you can settle in for a couple of hours.
Where: Pearson St, Charlestown
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Holey Moley Golf Club

With Putt Putt Golf, Karaoke, and Ten Pin Bowling you can practically eat and not even see the kids at Holey Moley, most definitely suited to the older kids. 
Where: Pearson St, Charlestown
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The Olive Branch Cafe

Not only does this cafe help young people new to the industry get hands-on work experience, but it also offers a great little menu and a fantastic, fenced-in kids area with loads of toys and things to keep them busy.
Where: 67 Cleary St, Hamilton
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