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5 of the Best Kid Friendly Restaurants in Downtown Columbus

Downtown Columbus has been adding restaurants left and right since we moved here in 2008! The options for eating downtown outside of business hours have increased greatly! It can be difficult to know how kid-friendly a restaurant will turn out to be if you’re unfamiliar with the area!

We’ve got you covered if you’re visiting Columbus or taking your kids to see a show downtown and need to find a bite to eat for the whole family! Check out this list of some of the best kid friendly restaurants in downtown Columbus where kids and adults alike can chow down with ease!

1. Dirty Franks Hot Dog Palace

  • Address: 248 S. 4th St., Columbus, OH 42315
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  • Parking: street parking only
hot dogs at Dirty Frank's in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
Hot Dogs at Dirty Franks Hot Dog Palace!

Not only is Dirty Franks the most unique place to get a hot dog in Columbus, it’s also home to some crazy takes on your favorite side dishes! How about a hot dog octopus over Mac & Cheese (The Octodog) or tater tots with coney sauce and cheese sauce on top!

Some of my favorite dogs include a classic Chicago and any of the dogs with cream cheese on them! If your kids are as risk averse as mine, rest assured you can get your hot dog plain or with two toppings of your choice!

Veggie dogs, bratwurst and polish sausage are also available if hot dogs aren’t your thing! Lettuce wraps and gluten free buns are also available!


2. The Little Palace Restaurant + Bar

  • Address: 240 S. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43215
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  • Parking: street parking only
boy eating a pizza at Little Palace Restaurant in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
Pizza at Little Palace!

The Little Palace is a great spot to hit up for happy hour and dinner! This spot on N. 4th St. in downtown Columbus has a cozy 60’s vibe and reasonably priced plates. We’ve taken our kids here before seeing a show at one of the downtown theaters!

For kids, check out the Small Sandwiches Menu for reasonably priced sandwiches like a burger, mini meatball, chicken sandwich, or grilled cheese! They also have pizza and stromboli!

At the time of writing, Little Palace opens at 4:00 PM every day so keep this in mind for a dinner spot!


3. Spaghetti Warehouse

  • Address: 390 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
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  • Parking: free, large parking lot available
Boy eating at Spaghetti Warehouse, one of the most kid-friendly restaurants in downtown Columbus!
Slurping that spaghetti at Spaghetti Warehouse

Spaghetti Warehouse is a favorite of those visiting Columbus with kids for two very important reasons:

  1. You can eat in a train car!
  2. It’s within walking distance of COSI (Center of Science and Industry)!

Kids will be easy to please with an item from the kids menu like spaghetti and meatballs, pizza, or cheese ravioli, just to name a few. Adults can’t go wrong with my favorite dish: lasagna!

This is one of the most kid-friendly restaurants in downtown Columbus and not just for the food! My kids have enjoyed eating here because there are a lot of interesting things to look at in the restaurant (like a humungous bubble gum dispenser)! Eating in a train car is a pretty cool experience you can’t find anywhere else in Columbus!


4. North Market Downtown

  • Address: 59 Spruce St., Columbus, OH 43215
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  • Parking: paid parking lot is available. Make sure to get your parking ticket validated when you make a purchase for discounted parking!
Boy eating pizza at The North Market Downtown in Columbus, Ohio.
Pizza is a hit at North Market Downtown!

There are plenty of 5 star restaurants in Columbus, celebrity chefs, inventive dishes and fancy, special occasion meals, but if if your family only has one meal in downtown Columbus, I highly suggest making it at North Market!

North Market is your one stop shop for coffee, flowers, spices, wine, pasta and unique, local restaurants! Filled with vendors selling their culinary delights, there is something for everyone at North Market!

My personal favorite is Lan Viet, a vietnamese restaurant! Other good bets are Hot Chicken Takeover (located upstairs) and Jeni’s Ice Cream for dessert! My kids head to Sarefino’s for pizza! You really can’t go wrong at the North Market!


5. Pecan Penny’s

  • Address: 113 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43215
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  • Parking: street parking only
BBQ food at Pecan Penny's in downtown Columbus, Ohio.
BBQ is best at Pecan Penny’s!

Pecan Penny’s gets lots of kid-friendly points for their great patio and relaxed atmosphere! Plus they have mac and cheese and all kinds of BBQ goodness!

There’s no specific kids menu here so if you have eaters with smaller appetites, I suggest sharing meals or trying a Downtown Sampler to split amongst the family with some added sides! Kids might also enjoy side items like soft pretzel sticks, nachos, and mac + cheese.

You don’t have to be afraid to make a mess at Pecan Penny’s – you eat your food right off the tray and don’t forget to lick the BBQ sauce off your fingers!


I hope you enjoy one of these kid-friendly restaurants in downtown Columbus! If you’re looking for more things to do in Columbus, check out my list of Over 100 Fun Things to do in Columbus, Ohio or narrow down your fun to the Top 10 Things to do with Kids in Columbus!

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