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Dubai is one of our favourite family-friendly places to go, not just because of the sheer number of incredible activities on offer but also because it has a wide range of child-friendly restaurants that will help you refuel after an action-packed day!

With cuisines from all over the world, you’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding where to eat with your family. We’ve listed 5 great places below to take the family, including one that has a football pitch that the kids can run around on!

Maison Mathis

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Located at the Arabian Ranches, this European restaurant is a popular with families thanks to its warm and welcoming vibe. You’ll find simple dishes (perfect for fussy eaters) that are well presented and just as delicious. With everything from salads and pasta to grilled meats and sandwiches, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

To help the kids burn off any excess energy, Maison Mathis has an outdoor play area where they can run around and even make new friends. So, with burgers starting at £13.50 and steaks from £20, Maison Mathis is an affordable and delicious place to take your kids for dinner!


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Located at the Dubai Creek Marina, this iconic and award-winning restaurant is a must when you’re in Dubai with you kids. Spectacular views of the Dubai skyline await you at Boardwalk so make sure you get a table outside. It’s also a great place to watch the sunset as you eat. You won’t be disappointed with the food here as Boardwalk has been one of Dubai’s best restaurants for the last 25 years.

With a Mediterranean-inspired menu, you can enjoy freshly baked pizza from the pizza oven, as well as fresh fish and seafood. Kids can also enjoy pizza-making classes (£10) and channel their inner artist in the drawing area. An affordable kids and adults menu combined with a spectacular location make Boardwalk a great spot for dinner so make sure you put this on your list!


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There’s no doubt that you and your children will be spending time in The Dubai Mall, so if you’re there at dinner time be sure to head to Carluccio’s for some delicious Italian cuisine. From risotto to pasta, salads and pizza, kids and parents alike will love the taste of the food at this authentic Italian restaurant.

Outdoors, you’ll get a stunning view of the Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalifa whilst your kids can tuck into the complimentary breadsticks and colour in their favourite cartoon on the menu. Every kid’s meal comes with fresh apple juice, orange juice, or milk, for free. All the main courses from the menu come in half portions so there’s no need to worry about sticking to a kid’s menu.

Pizzas start from £9.50, pasta from £11.50, and meals on the kid’s menu start from £7. There’s no better place to enjoy affordable and authentic Italian food in the heart of Dubai.

Reform Social & Grill

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You’ll feel right at home when you take your kids to Reform Social & Grill. It’s the city’s first authentic gastro-pub and restaurant based on the Reform’s namesake in London’s Marylebone. Located in The Lakes in the Emirates Living District, enjoy the taste of home as this gastropub serves up a first-class British menu, including a full English breakfast, if you’re so inclined, as well as a traditional Sunday roast.

With lots of kid-friendly events, usually held on weekends, with entertainment, activities, and food, there’s no better place to bring the kids if you’re feeling a little homesick. Parents can chill out in the garden area while the kids head to the playground and have a bit of friendly competition on the makeshift football pitch.

The Reform has an extensive menu at an affordable price, so whether you’re in the mood for a delicious roast, fish and chips, or something else, this place won’t disappoint.

Sugar Factory

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Located in Festival City Mall, nothing says child-friendly like a restaurant that’s called Sugar Factory. At this American Brasserie families can indulge in a one-of-a-kind dining experience to satisfy all of your cravings. With a menu that serves up sweet and savoury crepes as well as salads, burgers and pizzas, you can’t go wrong with the delicious food created by these world-class chefs.

Alongside more traditional food you can also go a little off-piste with their new menu featuring Fanta carrot cakes, chicken Cheetos burger, and a purple surprise mug cake. No matter what you order you can always expect the chefs at Sugar Factory to go above and beyond to create the ultimate family experience.