Family-Friendly Dining: Great Restaurants for Groups

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Holidays are the time for family and loved ones to come together, from grandparents to the littlest members of the family. Discover somewhere to take everyone out to eat at these kid-friendly restaurants that can accommodate your whole group.


Bring the whole family to an authentic, turn-of-the-century Austro-Hungarian eatery when you eat at Pilsener Haus & Biergarten. This bustling biergarten in Hoboken boasts a casual atmosphere that welcomes families and offers a menu of hearty European fare with vegetarian and gluten-free options. For adults in the group, take your pick from more than 20 beers on tap and 50 craft beers by the bottle.

Meanwhile, at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Lyndhurst, legend and lore come to life with live jousting competitions between knights on horseback. Fill-up on a banquet fit for kings (with vegetarian options available), and plan a night out that the kiddos will never forget.


Take part in a local tradition with a dinner at Bridgewater’s original Chimney Rock Inn, established in 1863, where pizzas, pastas, burgers and more have been enjoyed by families for decades. Large groups can enjoy one of the private dining rooms, and with vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as a kids’ menu, everyone in your group is sure to find something to please their palates.

At CB Huntington’s Family Restaurant in Bayville, enjoy a cozy atmosphere with a distinctive train theme. The whole family will delight at the toy trains that run on tracks throughout the dining room, while the extensive menu with seafood, steak, barbecue and a kids’ menu is sure to satisfy.


Head down to Atlantic City for even more family restaurants, which includes the Rainforest Cafe with a menu of tropical and Caribbean-inspired dishes as well as American classics. Children under 10 years of age can take advantage of the special kids’ menu. The jungle vibe—complete with waterfalls and animatronic animals—makes it an especially wild dining destination.

Or, if your group loves music, you won’t want to miss dinner at Hard Rock Cafe, located on the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk. With an energetic soundtrack, incredible music memorabilia and a menu of classic American cuisine and local favorites, this is the spot for a memorable night with your whole family.

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