Family Friendly Restaurants in Covington

FamilyFriendlyDiningCOVTopofPage Here’s a list of family friendly restaurants in Covington!

This list was compiled using ideas from our fabulous readers & writers.  Not every restaurant listed may offer a traditional kid’s menu, or have coloring sheets to keep them occupied…but trying new places to eat can be fun & exciting for the whole family.  Hopefully this list will help you find the perfect place to eat in Covington with your family.

Since everyone is looking for something different for their families when going out to eat be sure to check out menus online to find the right meals and the right prices for your family.  I’ll admit, sometimes I’m looking for a cheap meal for the whole family, but other times we want to splurge and have a really nice dinner out with the kids.  And since I have a toddler, what I consider kid-friendly might vary from what someone with older children might consider kid-friendly.  My spirited two year old makes me shy away from fancier restaurants, but when he’s a bit older I might change my tune.

If you have specific dietary concerns, or would like to know if a restaurant has high chairs, changing tables, etc please be sure to call ahead and ask!  I’ve been known to call places and flat out ask…“hey, are you a kid-friendly place?”.  I have also called restaurants and said, “I would like to bring my kids to eat there, when is the best time for us to come to avoid waits and crowds?”.  If you have any tips for dining out with kids, I’d love to read them, please comment below!

 Happy dining!

 The Covington Family Friendly Dining Guide

There is something for everyone on this list!

Anchor Grill

Everyone’s favorite greasy spoon in Covington: We may doze but we never close!  Play the jukebox and watch Barbie & her band rock & roll on the bandstand.  **note: they have “smoke free” hours during the day, but allow smoking at night.

438 Pike Street ~ 859-431-9498

Anchor Grill on Facebook

Blinkers Tavern

Blinkers318 Greenup Street ~ 859-360-0840

Blinkers Tavern’s Website

Blinkers Tavern on Facebook

Family Friendly Cincinnati Review of Blinkers Tavern

Cock & Bull Mainstrasse

While the inside of Cock & Bull is a bar scene in the evenings, lunch & early dinners can be family friendly!  And they have great outdoor seating in the warmer months!

601 Main Street ~ 859-581-4253

Cock & Bull on Facebook


First Watch

50 East Rivercenter Blvd. ~ 859-491-0869

First Watch’s Website

Frisch’s Big Boy

520 West 5th Street ~ 859-261-3276

Frisch’s Big Boy Website

Frisch’s Big Boy on Facebook

Giuseppe’s Pizza Giuseppes

2607 Madison Avenue ~ 859-814-8444

Giuseppe’s Pizza’s Website

Giuseppe’s Pizza on Facebook

Family Friendly Cincinnati’s Review of Giuseppe’s

Goodfella’s  Pizzeria

A Slice of New York

603 Main Street ~ 859-916-5209

Goodfella’s Pizzeria’s Website

Goodfella’s Pizzeria on Facebook

Family Friendly Cincinnati’s Review of Goodfella’s Pizzeria

The Gruff

Dine in this charming restaurant (with a play area for munchkins) or order ahead and pick up your meal at their handy drive thru window!

129 East Second Street

The Gruff’s Website

The Gruff  on Facebook

Family Friendly Cincinnati’s Review of The Gruff

Keystone Bar & GrillKeystone

Famous for their 1/2 price Mac n Cheese Mondays!  And they have outdoor seating as well.

313 Greenup Street ~ 859-261-6777

Keystone’s Website

Keystone on Facebook

Family Friendly Cincinnati’s Outdoor Dining post (with a blurb about Keystone)

Kungfood Chu’s Amerasia

521 Madison Avenue ~ 859-261-6121Amerasia

Amerasia’s Website

Amerasia on Facebook

Family Friendly Cincinnati’s Review of Kungfood Chu’s Amerasia

Left Bank Coffeehouse

Visit Left Bank for coffee, pastries & soups.LeftBank

701 Greenup Street ~ 859-431-4655

Left Bank Coffeehouse’s Website

Left Bank Coffeehouse on Facebook

Family Friendly Cincinnati’s Review of Left Bank Coffeehouse

Log Cabin Inn

322 Madison Pike ~ 859-356-9141

Main Bite

522 Main Street ~ 859-261-2483

Main Bite’s Website

Main Bite on Facebook

Family Friendly Cincinnati’s Review of Main Bite

Molly Malone’s

Irish Pub & Restaurant

112 East 4th Street ~ 859-491-6659

Molly Malone’s Website

Molly Malone’s on Facebook

Old Town Cafe

9 West Pike Street ~ 859-291-0664Otto's

Old Town Cafe’s Website


521 Main Street ~ 859-491-6678

Otto’s Website

Otto’s on FacebookRima's Diner

Rima’s Diner

635 Madison Avenue ~ 859-261-7800

Rima’s Diner on Facebook

Family Friendly Cincinnati’s Review of Rima’s Diner

Riverfront Pizza & Sports Bar

617 West 3rd Street ~ 859-261-4800

Riverfront’s Website

Riverfront on Facebook

Riverside Korean

512 Madison Avenue ~ 859-291-1484

Riverside’s Website

Riverside on Facebook


617 West 3rd Street ~ 859-261-8474

333 Scott Street ~ 859-431-8650

Skyline’s Website

Skyline on Facebook



This German restaurant and bar is a great place to grab some authentic German grub in a casual atmosphere (think picnic benches).  Kids are welcome until the kitchen closes, then it’s strictly a bar scene. 

1132 Lee Street ~ 859-815-8027

Wunderbar on Facebook

If we’ve missed your favorite family friendly place to dine in Covington, please leave a note in the comments section below!

And for more family friendly dining ideas all over the Cincinnati/NKY area check out our Pinterest board where we pin our faves!

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  13. Mary says

    I’d definitely add Piper’s Cafe in Main Strasse and Old Town Cafe to this list.

    Piper’s is all carry out and outdoor dining but is a great place to grab breakfast or lunch during the warmer months and they serve a range of yummy ice cream treats:

    Old Town Cafe just celebrated a major anniversary (I can’t remember exactly what it is! 50 years maybe?). I have a lot of great memories of that place from when my grandmother worked in the city hall building as a social worker. My mother and I would meet my grandmother for lunch there. It’s a less “greasy” greasy spoon – great burgers and fries!

    I haven’t been here yet but there’s also The Firehouse on West 6th (formerly Tickets). They apparently serve Cincinnati chili, burgers, hot dogs, goetta, etc.

  14. Amy S. says

    Blinker’s (across of keystone) is awesome! They have a kids menu and very friendly staff.