Eating out with children can be a lot of fun and can be great for their development, teaching them how to behave in social settings and exposing their palates to new foods. The flip side is you would enjoy going out to dinner and enjoying a lovely meal. Sit back and relax, treat yourself and the family to a dinner out where you can relax and everyone can enjoy themselves. Hint – if in doubt order the mini’s dinner straight away and get them a roll to munch on while they wait.

The GroundsThe Grounds of Alexandria is a one-of-a-kind venue. It’s unassuming old brick walls look nothing but a warehouse of sorts from afar, but, once inside, you’ll discover a world of its own.  This was once the site of a 19th Century pie factory, has now been transformed into a cafe, bakery, and coffee research facility. While the outskirts at the back of its main building has been transformed into a lovely landscaped herb garden complete with a picturesque pergola suitable for al fresco dining and functions.

Favourites with families includes the petting zoo, markets on the weekend selling flowers, food and face painting.  To city dwellers you can show your children what a vegetable garden looks like in their amazing garden.

Open 7 days from 7am till 4pm
Building 7A /2 Huntley Street, Alexandria 

Coogee PavilionCoogee Pavilion offers you the complete package, food, drinks, childrens menu, games room all with an ocean view. The Ground Floor appeals to a wide range of taste buds and budgets and is the ideal location for family get-togethers, weekend breakfasts, coffee dates or catching up with friends.  From freshly shucked oysters to burgers and grills to wood-fired pizza, they have a dedicated kids menu that offers perfect items for the minis including classic fish and chips, pasta risoni, bacon and peas, cheese and ham toasties, pan roasted fish with vegetable and more.

Quench your thirst an organic juice from the fresh juice bar, coffee from the coffee cart or cocktail from the bar while overlooking the beach.  There is a nostalgic games arena – complete with petanque, giant magnetic scrabble, ping pong and an in-house theatrette – ensures fun for all ages.

If you can get a cheeky child free date night organised, the Rooftop has just opened and offers four indoor and outdoors bars each with their own flair. Perfect spot for a cocktail in the last of the summer sun.

Open – Monday – Sunday from 7:30 am (serving breakfast till 10:45 pm) closing late
169 Dolphin st, Coogee

Greens3The Greens North Sydney
Lily and Nathan Fasan formerly Executive and Head Chef at the “The Grounds of Alexandira” have taken over a 125 year old bowling club in North Sydney.  They have revamped the neglected club and renamed it The Greens at North Sydney.  While they have retained some of the old warm charm they have added a modern twist to create a unique and chic new style of bowling club and amazing herb and vegetable garden, complete with a scarecrow.

There is fabulous indoor and outdoor spaces suitable for the little ones to run, lots of sun, and shaded areas with views of the harbour.   On weekends these ares become their ultimate fantasy, a beautiful fairy or a heroic spiderman with face painting between 1-3 pm or enjoy the petting zoo.

50 Ridge Street, North Sydney
Opening Hours
Monday–Thursday: 11.30 am–11 pm
Friday–Saturday : 11.30 am–2 am
Sunday: 11.30 am–11 pm

Burger Project2Neil Perry Burger Project
Acclaimed Chef Neil Perry from Rockpool, opened the Burger Project in late 2013 at World Square with the core values around sustainability and community. All burgers are made with the finest beef from Cape Grim that has be cut, minced and rolled into patties by hand daily.  The choice of burgers ranges from The Classic; lettuce, tomato, onion and their own special sauce, The Korean, a beef patty with onion kimchi, lettuce and spicy Korean sauce or chicken, pork belly and a veggie burgers with grilled confit mushrooms. Chicken wings, hot dogs and thrice-cooked hand-cut chips are great accompaniments to your visit to the Burger Project.  

Your visit to the Burger Project would not be complete without a house-made creamy milkshake and for dessert choose from individual scoops of ice cream or a classic ice cream creation, including the pavlova, passionfruit, meringue, lamington or valhrona chocolate ice cream.

The menu combined with the relaxed atmosphere is a perfect spot for your family.
Open daily from 11 am – 9 pm
World Square
644 George St

Din Tan Fung

Din Tai Fung,  an award-winning restaurant renowned for its wide range of “world famous” dumplings.  Not only known as the  “worlds tastiest dumplings”, the service is fast with something in front of the little ones to eat in no time.

Din Tai Fung has several locations around Sydney, World Square in the Haymarket end of George Street, Westfield City, Miranda, Chatswood and The Star to name a few.  Each dumpling is made with love, care and a lot of attention to detail.  The pastry should measure between precisely 4.8 – 5.2 grams then filled to weigh 20.8 -21.2 grams.  Its this precision and quality that makes Din Tai Fund stand out of the crowd.

The hustle and bustle is a great distraction for the children and if yoru little ones are  noisy, no one will notice!  This combined with fast fresh tasty food, everyone is happy.
Opening Hours
Mon-Fri: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Sat & Sun: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Mon-Wed: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Thu-Sat: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sunday: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 1, Shop 11.04, 644 George Street, Sydney