Family-Friendly and Kids Eat Free in Venice

Just south of Sarasota, Venice is a small city on the Gulf of Mexico mainly known for its retirement communities. However, in recent years families have been moving in and making Venice their home. With a number of wonderful places for families to spend their day like the splash pad near Centennial Park, the various playgrounds or hunting for shark’s teeth at the beach, at the end of the day the question remains. What family-friendly restaurants are in Venice?

Family Friendly Restaurants in Venice

Venice is a great place to spend time with kids and enjoy the beach. There are many restaurants in Venice that offer kids menus, kids specials, or even have outdoor events for kids! Here are some of the restaurants in Venice that will make your family feel welcome:

What Restaurants are Family Friendly in Venice?


Two locations in Venice: 370 Commercial Ct & 525 Tamiami Trail
*Note: The location on Venice Island is moving to the end of the plaza and is not currently open. The previous location is their newest concept Brew-za-Bagels, a combination bagel shop and pizzeria!

BrewBurgers has all the makings of a hometown favorite place. With fun retro-style decor for casual indoor/outdoor dining, you can feel comfortable bringing in your kids and still enjoy an awesome meal. Serving bar and grill-type fare with a flair, they are kid and pet-friendly. BrewBurgers is well known for huge specialty burgers, and they have a large beer selection.

Off the Wagon Brewery & Kitchen

2107 Tamiami Trail
Don’t let the bar imagery fool you, while this is a local hotspot for nightlife, it is extremely family-friendly the rest of the day. With a kids menu featuring items like macaroni and cheese with hot dogs and adult entrees that will delight your tastebuds, this restaurant has something for the whole family. They serve craft burgers (voted #1 Best Burger in our Venice Foodies Community!), tacos, sandwiches, steaks and more. Come ready to be entertained, as they have live musical acts nearly every night. Early-bird specials are offered daily, and kids eat free all day every Tuesday. An added note, this is a brewery, so be sure to check out the fantastic beer selection and see how it is made right behind the glass window from the dining room!

Gold Rush BBQ

661 Tamiami Trail S.
All about delicious BBQ, Gold Rush is a very family-friendly option. On certain days of the week, they offer various All You Can Eat Options, which makes it a great value when trying to feed your entire family well. On Mondays from May 1st to November 1st, Kids EAT FREE! On the flip side, if you want to grab a bundle to bring home, they have packages available to feed groups!

Snook Haven

Snook Haven in Venice, FL offers views of the Myakka River and its bountiful wildlife. The restaurant’s newly redesigned dining room allows visitors to take in an unspoiled slice of Old Florida while they enjoy tasty meals. On Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., they offer Family Fun Nights, rain or shine. Kids will enjoy family karaoke and participate in a talent show on stage with Joey O. Don’t forget about interactive games! You can enjoy delicious meals and specials as well.

Kids Eat Free Bonuses

In addition to all the local family-friendly small business type spots, there are several chain restaurants in Venice offering specials for kids:

  • Perkins – offers free kids meals every day from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Firehouse Subs– offers free kids meal with the purchase of a medium sub on Wednesdays and Sundays.
  • Bob Evans – kids eat free after 4 p.m. on Tuesdays.
  • Pinchers – Free Kids Meal with each adult meal over $13.99

There are plenty of restaurants in Venice to suit everyone’s tastes. This is sometimes a challenge when eating out with children. Not only does Venice offer great family-friendly options, but most of the places on this list offer take out or use Door Dash for delivery! If you want to add a little adventure, there are plenty of parks and areas to have a picnic as well.

Family Meal Bundles

Sometimes you want to serve a meal family style at home, but you just don’t have the time or the energy to cook. (Trust me, I’ve been there.) It’s great to know that in these moments, there are restaurants in Venice offering wonderful bundle options!

Cafe Evergreen

Every Thursday is Family Night at Cafe Evergreen! Healthy, delicious meals at a great price!

There are also Family Bundles at our local chain restaurants such as:

  • Applebees
  • Chili’s
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Metro Diner
  • Cracker Barrell


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About The Contributor
Raye Wiedner is an active widow, living in the Midwest. She has been a health care worker for most of her life, with a passion for trying new adventures.

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