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Though San Francisco is famous for its stellar restaurants, which tend to be expensive and oriented to adults, it is possible to dine out with kids in this food-savvy city and leave with a smile on your face.  Ten choice restaurants to visit with kids are:

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.  Based on the shrimping scenes in the movie Forrest Gump, this Pier 39 theme restaurant has magnificent views of the bay and serves up fun drinks, including several kinds of margaritas and some non-alcoholic, good-for-you concoctions that kids like--a peanutty-chocolate Alabama Sweet Smoothie and a frothy pink Run Forrest Run.

Buca di Beppo  Kids grow saucer eyes when they see the softball-sized meatballs and find out soft drink orders include unlimited refills.

Far East Cafe  Dining in the old-time private wooden booths here is too much fun.

Ghirardelli Chocolate Manufactory  I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.

Hard Rock Cafe  This rockin’ spot makes a great burger and lots of squabble-drowning noise.

Hornblower Cruises brunch  After visiting the bounteous buffet, the whole family can tour the boat.

Mel's Drive-In  Kids love that their meals are served in boxes that look like cars, and teens call this place "cool."

Mifune  Easily digested udon and soba noodles are the house specialty.

New Asia  Kids enjoy signaling servers for more tea by turning over the lid on the teapot, and the dim sum here is the best.

North Beach Pizza  A decidedly untrendy kind of pizza is served here in a relaxed, easy atmosphere.

Carole Terwilliger Meyers blogs at
Travels With Carole.
Ms. Meyers is also the author of “Miles of Smiles:  101 Great Car Games & Activities”
copyright 2013 Carole Terwilliger Meyers; updated 2018

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