Many parents want their kids to grow into civilized diners with good palates, but children often don’t start out that way. Taking them out to eat requires patience — from parents, servers, and of course, nearby patrons. Pandemic dining (mask protocols, physical distancing, cold weather, sanitization rules) adds one more layer of complexity. That said, many area restaurants are working hard to keep dining fun for kids and sane for parents. These family-friendly restaurants are designed to please kids and adults alike, with takeout options to solve dinner. Here are 12 D.C. area restaurants that give special consideration for the District’s youngest diners.
D.C. allows indoor dining at 25 percent capacity. Many restaurants offer outdoor seating, but this should not be taken as endorsement for dining out, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More