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Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in Gainesville

by | Jul 17, 2023

It’s summertime, so the kids are out of school, and you can have fun spending time with your whole family. What’s better than a great meal where you and your children can enjoy the food and have fun? So what are the best family-friendly restaurants in Gainesville? Here are a few to consider checking out.

Blue Highway Pizzeria

This family-owned and operated pizzeria has been around since 2004. The restaurant serves more than just pizza, though that may be the draw for the kiddos. You can enjoy plenty of different dishes with Italian flair. They use fresh and local ingredients, so you can feel good about what you eat there. They have two locations in the area – Mcanopy and Tioga.

Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant

This Tex-Mex chain is popular throughout the southeast and even as far north as Ohio. It’s always family-friendly, and the food is out of this world. Unlike similar chains, Chuy’s makes their own tortillas daily, including flour and corn. They only use fresh ingredients, never frozen. And they make the best New Mexico green chili sauces outside New Mexico.

Gator’s Dockside

The Gainesville location has daily specials, including Tuesday’s Kids Eat Free Night. And if your family is into sports, this is the place to be. The company is committed to giving back to the community and regularly supports many charities and organizations. The expansive menu has something for everyone.

One Love Café

Located in Magnolia Park in Gainesville, One Love Café is an outdoor space perfect for you and your entire family. That includes your furry family with a massive outdoor field for dogs to play. The outdoor environment is also very kid-friendly. Join them for the UF games or live music.

Pink Flamingo Diner

If you want to head to High Springs, don’t miss out on the Pink Flamingo Diner. Even though this is a 30-minute drive from the heart of Gainesville, it’s more than worth it. The diner has its mini golf course! They have various delicious diner classes and updated options, including vegan choices. And check out the live entertainment when you’re there.

What are your favorite family-friendly restaurants in Gainesville?

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