Our Favorite Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Columbia, SC

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Are you looking for kid-friendly restaurants in Columbia, SC? Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly place to grab breakfast or even enjoy a sit-down dinner, we’ve got you covered! The Kidding Around Team has lots of experience with kids in restaurants. We’ve been there and seen just about all there is to see. On this list we included the truly kid-friendly spots. These are family restaurants that include built-in ice cream or dessert shops, arcade games, and endless kid-friendly meals, and we’re thinking this list will have the perfect spot for you! 

Need more restaurant ideas? Discover some of the best date night, BBQ, pizza, and dessert restaurants – we’ve got it all!

Messy Hands, Hungry Bellies, Let’s Eat! 

Taking the whole family out to eat can sometimes be a bit stressful. Will there be high chairs? Outside areas to sit or walk antsy legs? Or how about every parent with young children’s worst nightmare…white tablecloths? Have no fear! We’ve got a great list of family and kid-friendly restaurants all around Columbia. And good news for you, no, there won’t be any white tablecloths! 

Where to Eat Out With Kids in Columbia, SC

Great Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Columbia, SC:
Burgers, Wings, and Sandwiches
Mexican Food
Family Friendly Breweries

Family Restaurants, Columbia, SC: The Burgers, Wings, and Sandwiches

Burger Tavern 77 

About: Burger Tavern 77 is known for their delicious hamburgers…and everyone loves hamburgers! They also have a decent-sized kids menu with things such as chicken tenders, grilled cheese, and sliders. 
Location: 2631 Devine St., Columbia, SC 29205
Hours: Daily from 11 am – 9 pm
Burger Tavern 77

Chubby’s Burgers and Brewhouse

About: Chubby’s burgers and Brewhouse offers amazing burgers and a large brew selection, all in a family-friendly atmosphere, complete with an arcade. They offer kids eat free on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Location: 420 McNulty Street, Blythewood, SC
Check out our review of Chubby’s Burgers and Brewhouse

Chubby's Burgers
Photo Credit: Chubby’s Burgers & Brewhouse

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

About: I think it’s so convenient to eat at a restaurant that also has delicious and well-known dessert, not only for the kiddos, but the adults as well! Freddy’s has a variety of signature custard as well as burgers, chicken sandwiches, and hot dogs. 
Location: 457 Killian Rd., Columbia, SC 29203
2879 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, SC 29169
10611 Broad River Rd., Irmo, SC 29063
Hours: Sunday – Thursday from 10:30 am – 10 pm
Friday and Saturday from 10:30 am – 11 pm
Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers

Groucho’s Deli

About: At Groucho’s there will be a deli sandwich for everyone! If you go, be sure to try their famous “Formula 45” dressing and be warned that you might be tempted to eat it on everything! Sandwiches are served with chips and a pickle and they also have sweet treats such as cookies available. 
Location: 611 Harden St., Columbia, SC 29205
111 Sparkleberry Crossing Rd #8, Columbia, SC 29229
4717 Forest Dr., Columbia, SC 29206
2265 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, SC 29169
700 Columbiana Dr., Suite B, Irmo, SC 29063
Hours: Monday – Saturday from 11 am – 9 pm
Hours vary based on location for Sunday, most locations open at 11 am and close at 8 pm 
Groucho’s Deli

Hickory Tavern

About: Hickory’s has burgers, wings, tacos, great appetizers and a great kid’s menu with things from mac & cheese to grilled salmon and everything in between. 
Location: 907 Senate St., Columbia, SC 29201
141 Pelham Dr., Columbia, SC 29209
Senate St. Location
Sunday – Thursday from 11 am – 11 pm 
Friday and Saturday from 11 am – 12 am 
Pelham Dr. Location
Sunday – Thursday from 11 am – 10 pm 
Friday and Saturday from 11 am – 11 pm 
Hickory Tavern

Highway 55 Burgers, Shakes, and Fries

About: Highway 55 is set up like an old-fashioned diner. Complete with burgers, cheesesteaks, custard, sundaes and more! There is something for everyone to love at Highway 55. 
Location: 2558 Main St., Elgin, SC 29045
828 US-1, Lugoff, SC 29078
1180 Dutch Fork Rd., Irmo, SC 29063
1792 S Lake Dr., Lexington, SC 29073
Elgin Location
Sunday – Thursday from 10:30 am – 9 pm
Friday and Saturday from 10:30 am – 10 pm 
Lugoff Location
Daily from 10:30 am – 9 pm
Irmo Location
Sunday – Thursday from 11 am – 9 pm
Friday and Saturday from 11 am – 10 pm
Lexington Location
Monday from 11 am – 3 pm 
Tuesday – Sunday from 11 am – 9 pm 
Highway 55 Burgers, Shakes, and Fries

Lizard’s Thicket

About: Lizard’s Thicket is most known for their meat and veggie meals for lunch and dinner, but it is important to note that they also serve breakfast! This restaurant will give you “home-cooked meal” vibes with all the country sides and fixin’s you could ever dream of. 
Location: 10170 Two Notch Rd., Columbia, SC 29229
711 University Village Dr., Blythewood, SC 29016
3147 Forest Dr., Columbia, SC 29204
818 Elmwood Ave., Columbia, SC 29201
1824 Broad River Rd., Columbia, SC 29210
7938 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia, SC 29209
7569 St. Andrews Rd., Irmo, SC 29063
Hours: Hours vary based upon location. Please check the specific restaurant before heading out. 
Lizard’s Thicket

Pasta Fresca

About: The whole family will love it at Pasta Fresca. The made-from-scratch pasta and sauces are hard to beat and are sure to fulfill any Italian-flavored cravings you might have. The kids menu is full of kid-friendly options such as buttered noodles, spaghetti, ravioli, chicken tenders, and more. They even offer patio seating – perfect for a warm, sunny day or to give you extra room for wiggly littles.
Location: 4722 Forest Dr., Columbia, SC 29206
Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:30 pm – 9 pm
Thursday – Saturday from 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Sunday from 4:30 pm – 9 pm
Monday – Closed
Pasta Fresca

Red Robin

About: Red Robin has a large menu with a little bit of everything as well as an excellent kid’s menu. Be sure to try out one of their famous milkshakes while there and keep in mind that they are large enough to share, especially with littles! 
Location: 247 Forum Dr., Columbia, SC 29229
Hours: Sunday – Thursday from 11 am – 10 pm 
Friday and Saturday from 11 am – 11 pm
Red Robin

Rosewood Dairy Bar

About: You’re sure to love the famous Rosewood Dairy dipped cones! More than just ice cream, they’ve also got lunch and dinner baskets, snacks, and more. This is more of a “locals” restaurant, but you don’t want to miss it.
Location: 3003 Rosewood Dr., Columbia, SC 29204
Hours: Monday – Saturday from 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday – Closed
Rosewood Dairy Bar

Tiffany’s Sweets, Eats, and Meeting Place

About: This bakery and bistro offers soups, salads, sandwiches, and delicious bakery items that your children are sure to love! 
Location: 9704 Two Notch Rd., Columbia, SC 29229
Hours: Sunday – Closed
Monday – Thursday from 8 am – 6 pm
Friday from 8 am – 9 pm
Saturday from 8 am – 6 pm 
Tiffany’s Sweet, Eats, and Meeting Place


About: Zesto has the vibes of an old-school restaurant with hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken, soft-serve ice cream, sundaes, and milkshakes! This is the perfect place to take your family for a low-key lunch or dinner complete with a sweet tasty treat. 
Location: 504 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169 
Hours: Sunday – Closed
Monday – Saturday open from 10 am – 10 pm


Best Kid-Friendly Pizza in Columbia, SC

Blaze Pizza

About: Do you love pizza? You’ve got to try Blaze! All ingredients are free of artificial flavors and preservatives. They also have gluten-free and keto-friendly crust as well as vegan cheese options! 
Location: 275 Park Terrace Dr., Suite 100, Columbia, SC 29212
471 Town Center Pl., Columbia, SC 29229
Hours: Monday – Thursday from 11 am – 10 pm
Friday – Saturday from 11 am – 11 pm
Sunday from 11 am – 9 pm
Blaze Pizza

CiCi’s Pizza 

About: At CiCi’s you will find a pizza buffet with several different pizza’s, salads, and desserts! Some CiCi’s even have small arcade rooms for kiddos to enjoy after they are done eating. 
Location: 715 Fashion Dr., Suite 4, Columbia, SC 29229
6120 St Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC 29212
Hours: Open daily from 11 am – 10 pm 
CiCi’s Pizza

Vinnie’s Pizza and Frozen Yogurt Cafe

About: Vinnie’s is a cozy and quaint pizza shop complete with delicious frozen yogurt treats! There isn’t much better than pizza and ice cream, especially not for kiddos…am I right? 
Location: 300 Long Pointe Lane, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29229
Hours: Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Saturday from 11:30 am – 9 pm 
Sunday from 12 pm – 5 pm
Vinnie’s Pizza and Frozen Yogurt Cafe

Village Idiot

About: Village Idiot is one of the longest-standing restaurants in the famous “five-points” area of Columbia. Here you can order pizza by the slice or a whole pizza, salad, wings and more! 
Location: 4517 Forest Dr., Columbia, SC 29206
2009 Devine St., Columbia, SC 29205
612 Whaley St. Suite A, Columbia, SC 29201
Forest Dr. Location
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Sunday from 11 am – 9 pm
Devine St. Location
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Friday 4 pm – 12 am (midnight)
Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 12 am (midnight)
Whaley St. Location
Monday – Closed 
Tuesday – Sunday from 11 am – 10 pm
Village Idiot

Family-Friendly Restaurants that Serve Breakfast and Brunch Around Columbia, SC 

Cafe Strudel 

About: While Cafe Strudel has both breakfast/brunch and lunch and dinner options, their brunch is arguably some of the best in town! They’ve got amazing “hangover hashbrowns” and a famous “breakfast bowl”, a self-serve coffee bar and freshly squeezed orange juice daily. 
Location: 300 State St., West Columbia, SC 29169
309 S Lake Dr., Lexington, SC 29072
Hours: Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm 
Monday – Saturday from 8 am – 4 pm
Cafe Strudel

Eggs Up Grill 

About: Eggs Up is a popular family breakfast restaurant and there are several locations around Columbia to choose from. They’ve got breakfast staples such as eggs, muffins, and biscuits as well as omelets, brunch bowls, benedicts, french toast, and pancakes. Eggs Up also has several gluten-free options available! Keep in mind, they are also open for lunch. 
Location: 961 Roberts Branch Pkwy. Suite 114, Columbia, SC 29229
4711 Forest Dr., Columbia, SC 29206
2930 Devine St., Columbia, SC 29205
1180 Dutch Fork Rd., Irmo, SC 29063
Hours: Daily from 6 am – 2 pm 
Eggs Up Grill

The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli

About: If you or anyone in your family loves cinnamon rolls, you’ve got to try out this place! They’ve got uniquely flavored, award-winning cinnamon rolls, delicious breakfast sandwiches, specialty grits, and so much more. The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli has been featured on Food Network, voted Best Breakfast in South Carolina by People Magazine, and in 2017 they won Best New Restaurant. Such a hidden gem that will leave you (and your kiddos) wanting more! 
Location: 2617 Devine St., Columbia, SC 29223
Hours: Monday – Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday – Sunday from 7 am – 2 pm 
The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli

Our Favorite Kid-Friendly Mexican Restaurants in Columbia, SC 

Cantina 76 

About: Cantina 76 always has such a fun, upbeat atmosphere. With delicious Mexican-inspired cuisines and outdoor dining options, your family will love it here! The Main St. location is a bit smaller than the Devine St. location and oftentimes has a little bit longer wait times. If you’re in a hurry or your littles are extra hungry, the Devine St location might be your best option! 
Location: 2901 Devine St., Columbia, SC 29205
1301 Main St., Columbia, SC 29201
Hours: Sunday and Monday from 11 am – 9 pm
Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 am – 9:30 pm
Thursday – Saturday from 11 am – 10 pm
Cantina 76

Columbia, SC Best Family-Friendly BBQ 

Home Team BBQ

About: This BBQ restaurant combines traditional BBQ styles with the comfort and taste of classic BBQ. The kid’s menu consists of things such as tacos, quesadillas, chicken, and pulled pork. Heads up, their smoked chicken wings are phenomenal! 
Location: 700 Harden St., Columbia, SC 29205
Hours: Daily from 11 am – 12 am (midnight)
Home Team BBQ

Little Pigs BBQ 

About: At Little Pigs you can get delicious buffet-style Carolina BBQ and sides. Buffets are always so convenient with kids – they can get however much of something they want, if they decide they don’t like it, they can get something different, and they can eat as much as their little heart’s desire! You won’t be disappointed at Little Pigs BBQ!  
Location: 4927 Alpine Rd., Columbia, SC 29223
Hours: Monday and Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday from 11 am – 2 pm
Thursday – Saturday from 11 am – 8 pm 
Sunday 11 am – 3 pm 
Little Pigs BBQ

Love BBQ? Don’t miss our whole list of the best BBQ in Columbia, SC. It has 10 amazing options for you to try!

Kid-Friendly Breweries in Columbia, SC 

Steel Hands Brewing Co.

About: Steel Hands has a large outdoor seating area with a small stage and countless umbrella-shaded tables. If you’d rather sit inside, their indoor dining is also spacious. There are plenty of options for food such as pretzels, sandwiches, nachos, and more! 
Location: 2350 Foreman St., Cayce, SC 29033
Hours: Monday – Closed
Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 pm – 8 pm
Thursday from 4 pm – 10 pm 
Friday and Saturday from 12 pm – 11 pm
Sunday from 10 am – 8 pm 
Steel Hands Brewing Co.

River Rat Brewery 

About: At River Rat Brewery you will find places to sit and mingle both indoors and outside. If the weather is nice, enjoy the outdoor greenspace and let your kiddos play. Dogs are also welcome at River Rat! To eat, you can order tacos, salads, quesadillas, sandwiches, and several appetizers. 
Location: 1231 Shop Rd., Columbia, SC 29201
Hours: Monday and Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday from 4 pm – 9 pm 
Thursday from 4 pm – 10 pm
Friday from 3 pm – 10 pm
Saturday from 12 pm – 10 pm 
Sunday from 11 am – 6 pm 
River Rat Brewery  

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Talk! Make the Most of Family Meal Time

You’re already doing great, sitting down together as a family for a meal. Make the most of your time together and get talking to your kids and family. To get started, grab these free table talk cards from Girl Scouts Mountains to Midlands. Make it a fun game and you’ll be talking to each other about everything before you know it.

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Kayla Simmons
About the Author
Kayla grew up right outside of Charleston, SC and is a proud graduate of the University of South Carolina. She has lived in Columbia for a combination of 5 years. Kayla has a background working with special needs children, but now enjoys nothing more than being a stay-at-home mom of two. She enjoys keeping her kids busy by finding unique play spaces and events, involving them in hands-on activities and watching them learn about the world through play. In her free time she enjoys reading, exercise and spending quality time with her family and friends.

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