Dining with children in Paris can be tricky, especially at night. Dinner service in most restaurants begins at 8pm, which requires keeping kids awake later than they might be used to, and not many restaurants offer kids' menus. Because very few Parisians bring their children to restaurants, chefs aren't in the habit of creating special dishes that aren't on the menu. Exceptions to this rule exist, and you may find them if you're extremely charming and polite, but don't count on it. Still, you can always order a plat du jour or plat garni (a garnished main-course platter), which will be suitable for most children, particularly if a dessert is to follow.
If you'd like to introduce your childrento a real French restaurant, consider bringing them for lunch. Prices are often half of what you might pay at dinner, and daytime dishes tend to be less intricate (and potentially off-putting for a child). Hotel dining rooms can also be a good choice for family dining. They usually have children's menus or at least one or two plats du jour cooked for children, such as spaghetti with meat sauce.
In addition to the restaurants we recommend below, cafés are a great option for traveling families because they're cheaper, they often serve simpler food, and they welcome children during the day and early evening. At a café, children seem to like the sandwiches (try a croque-monsieur, or toasted ham and cheese), the omelets, and the pommes frites (french fries). Kids will also enjoy eating crêpes at a crêperie.
Here is our list of top restaurants that children will enjoy:
Breakfast in America -- This American restaurant in the Latin Quarter serves breakfast all day, hamburgers and fries, milkshakes, and other familiar kid favorites.
Crémerie-Restaurant Polidor -- This reasonably priced restaurant is so family friendly, it calls its food cuisine familiale. This might be a good place to introduce your child to bistro food.
Crêperie Josselin -- This local favorite (a sit-down restaurant, not a stand on the street) is a great option for kids because they offer early dinner seating and easy prices. What kid doesn't love a crepe?
Le Relais de l'Entrecôte -- This affordable restaurant offers unlimited servings of steak and fries, and desserts such as profiteroles never fail to make kids happy.
Rosa Bonheur -- Located inside the city's biggest park, Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Rosa Bonheur boasts a beautiful outdoor terrace where parents can nibble on tapas while watching their kids roll down the hill. There's also an indoor play area and kids' menu.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.