If you’re visiting Anaheim in the USA, there’s a good chance you might be there for a special reason – a visit to the Disneyland theme parks. Or perhaps it’s sport that takes your fancy, and you’re looking to catch a game or two with your favourite teams. The Anaheim Mighty Ducks perhaps? Regardless of your reasons for visiting Anaheim, you will be glad to know there are so many great options for dining out!
Anaheim has an abundance of restaurants, fast food and diners to suit every taste and budget. In fact, you may even have trouble narrowing it down because there are so many options and cuisines to try.
5 GREAT FAMLY-FRIENDLY ANAHEIM RESTAURANTS
THE PIZZA PRESS
Pizza is one of the easiest meals anytime and it usually pleases most members of the family, and it just so happened The Pizza Press was just around the corner from our accommodation and one of the highest rated restaurants in the area. We had to check it out!
They have a fun newspress theme with decor & pizza names to match, like ‘The Chronicle’ and ‘ The Tribune’, plus the added bonus of craft beers to keep hubby happy! But the coolest part was the fact the pizzas were prepared right there in front of you, made to order… and you can even ‘publish’ your own pizza! Perfect for the fussy diners! And fun for the kids to watch.
The pizzas were great. You can dine in or get your pizzas to go and overall they had a quick turnaround, although it was quite busy when we went. Best of all though, all the pizzas are just $10US and under! It makes for a very budget friendly meal when feeding the family!
Located 1700 S. Harbor Blvd, Anaheim (Several other locations in the USA also).
Notable – Cheap eats. You can create your own pizza or salad, all made right in front of you.
RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS
If you’re looking for a great burger, with plenty of variety, which is also kid friendly, Red Robin is a great choice! We did not have a rental car when we were in Anaheim, so it was quite a walk from where we were staying, but thankfully it was worth it as it was one of the best burgers of our whole trip (the only strong competitor was from Yard House next to Staples Stadium back in LA).
Red Robin has a choice of lots of unique burger toppings, plus the favourites and they are huge! But there is much more than burgers on the menu including a fantastic kids menu that comes with bottomless sides and some healthy options too. Love this! Bottomless soft drink is also an inclusion and as much as I said I wouldn’t need more than one of the giant Cokes, I went for the refill, just because I could! Still paying for those holiday eating habits 2 months later!!! But seriously, great burgers!
Located 12007 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove and other locations throughout the USA.
Noteable – Kids menu, colour-in kids menus and crayons and a cool tabletop tablet that you can use to order, pay or purchase an unlimited games pass for $1.99US to keep the kids entertained while they wait for their meal. Fun!!
BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.
Are you a fan of Forrest Gump? If so, you need to visit a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co when you’ve got the chance! We expected gimicky and overpriced and yes, it is on the slightly higher priced scale, but not unreasonably so. The menu is huge, so deciding can be a challenge when you want to try it all. But that means there is something for everyone! And they have a pretty impressive drinks menu. You could even just do a happy hour session if so inclined.
Seafood is the theme of course, with shrimp done in many ways… just like in the movie! There is fun Forrest Gump themed decor too.
Cocktails, a kids menu… with kids meals coming out in a cute boat box. We enjoyed it!
Located at 321 West Katella Ave, Anaheim (other locations throughout USA and internationally).
Noteable – Colour in kids menu with crayons, fun kids meals, cocktails and speciality drinks (some even come with a souvenir glass and fun Forrest Gump theme.
FiRE & iCE
Our last night spent in Anaheim called for something great for dinner, so we headed to FiRE & iCE in the newly opened Garden Walk complex. Fire & iCE is an interactive dining experience where you get to choose all your own ingredients and watch it cooked right in front of you on the giant BBQ by one of their skilled chefs. We have similar restaurants back home in Australia, but most are just the Mongolian cuisine. What stood out most with this place was the fact it incorporated Mongolian, Italian, Cajun & US flavours and ingredients.
There is a set price for your meal and it is all you can eat, so it makes for a great value dining option that is great fun too! You get to choose your own ingredients – meat/protein, veggies, sauce and seasoning then take it all over to the BBQ in the centre and watch the chef cook it for you while you wait. So yum!!
Plus the staff were amazing. Very attentive with table service and checking to make sure everyone was enjoying their meal, plus the chefs were great to chat to while they cooked. Very friendly atmosphere. Loved it!!
Located in the Anaheim Garden Walk complex on West Katella Ave.
Noteable – Create your own stir fry, wrap or pizza using a huge selection of ingredients, cooked in front of you. Great atmosphere, friendly staff. Unique dining experience!
Ok so if you’ve been to Denny’s, it’s probably not somewhere you go when you’re looking for a first class dining experience, right? But it is affordable and family friendly. Plus there is one directly across from the Disneyland Resort, so if you’re wanting to keep your costs down when visiting Disneyland, you can duck across the street for a quick meal at Denny’s before heading back in for more fun. Or in our case, a hearty breakfast before beginning our adventure on day 3 of our stay.
Denny’s does breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus they stay open late.. 24 hours in many cases, and has a large menu with breakfast foods, burgers and the usual diner fares. The meals are large. In fact, as an Aussie, the fact that my breakfast came on 2 full sized plates was kind of crazy! Lucky I was sharing with a toddler! The food isn’t amazing, but it fills your stomach and keeps the kids happy with their great kids menu!
Located everywhere. There is one right across from Disneyland but they are all around Anaheim and beyond. Check the location map here.
Noteable – Kid friendly, affordable, open late.
If you are looking for even more options for family friendly Anaheim restaurants and dining, the newly opened Anaheim GardenWalk, where both FiRE & iCE and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co are located is full of dining options. Some of on the higher price scale, but there is also some budget friendly options too, with a great atmosphere & close to Disneyland, at 400 West Disneyland Way. Check out the website here. Plus if you are travelling with kids, there is an indoor play centre and a bowling alley too! You will find Johnny Rockets, The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s Chinese Restaurant and plenty more. A foodie hub!!
Or there is always the huge range of dining options inside the Disneyland parks if you happen to be visiting. Every cuisine you can think of between the two of them.
And of course, if you need more ideas on great family friendly Anaheim restaurants, check out the Tripadvisor top rated places to eat in Anaheim.
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