Family Friendly Restaurants for Dinner

The Dolphin Coast is home to some of the best restaurants for children in South Africa. Parents can relax and enjoy their dinner while the children have fun on the playground. A number of local restaurants even have childminders to keep the little ones safe and entertained in the play area. The kids menus have a wide choice of delicious food items that will encourage even the fussiest of children to eat. Contact Utopia Ballito to find your perfect holiday accommodation on the beach and try some of the wonderful, local restaurants. 

Here is a list of four awesome kid-friendly restaurants that are perfect for a dinner out:

La Piazza

This restaurant is a popular choice for locals and visitors so make sure to reserve a table during the holiday season. They have a large, fenced outdoor play area that, includes a jungle gym, chess set, rocking horses, and plenty of grassed area for the kids to run around. Inside, you will find a smaller climbing area with a ball pit that is perfect for pre-schoolers. They have a giant movie screen and arcade games for older children. La Piazza serves a range of delicious pizzas, pastas, and Italian specialties including gelato.

45 on Eat Street

Try this unique new restaurant in the vibrant market area of the Lifestyle Center. The play area is close to a number of tables so parents can keep an eye on their kids and they employ a few wonderful childminders who are happy to play with the children. This outdoor play area, includes a glass and wood playhouse, water play areas, giant dominoes, wooden swings, and a chalkboard. The menu is large and offers sushi, tapas-style dishes, and a variety of mains such as pork belly, prawns, and lamb curry. 


Katmandu is situated in the Lifestyle Center and the menu offers a diverse range of dishes from around the world, including a confit of duck, Gambas Algrave prawns, and a classic chicken and prawn curry. They serve a selection of delicious pizzas that are always a winner with children and adults alike. The playground includes an obstacle course with a massive try in the center and there are plenty of toys to play with for the younger kids. The childminders are very caring and spend time actively playing with all the children.



The entire staff of this restaurant seems to just love kids. They will go out of their way to make sure that the whole family has a wonderful evening out. The small play area is enclosed and has a roof for those rainy evenings. In the play area, they have slides, swings, drawing boards, and a climbing net. The menu is based on Afro-Portuguese cuisine with a variety of seafood, steak, and chicken dishes available. Little ones will love the brightly coloured menu that is just for them and features funny names for all the dishes to entice kids to eat.  

Mikes Kitchen

If you are looking for a familiar taste while you are on holiday head to the Mikes Kitchen in Salt Rock. This particular Mikes Kitchen has three separate play areas for children of different ages and plenty of childminders to watch the kids

The Junction Mall is home to a Wimpy, Spur, Panarottis, and John Dorys which all have play areas. 

Contact Utopia Ballito today and enjoy a holiday on the stunning Dolphin Coast. 


Elsbeth Terblanche

Elsbeth Terblanche

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