Best Family-Friendly Places to Dine Outside in Indianapolis

One of the perks of summertime is being able to enjoy a great meal outdoors – and if you can find a place that the kids love too, that’s even better! Here’s a list of area restaurants to check out next time your family wants to take advantage of a beautiful summer night (or morning) and dine outside.

Best Family-Friendly Places to Dine Outside in Indianapolis:


Bru Burger Bar

Who doesn’t love a good burger? It’s practically a requirement to binge on burgers during the summer months. And Bru Burger serves up a menu of gourmet burgers sure to leave you satisfied. (Kids not feeling your burger craving? There are plenty of other options available to please their palate.)
Locations: Mass Ave, Noblesville, Carmel, and Plainfield
Type of food: Creative burgers and sandwiches
Kid’s menu: Yes, including breaded chicken bites, mac n’ cheese, popcorn shrimp and grilled cheese

Bru Burger Bar
Bru Burger Bar Mass Ave Location; Photo credit:

Canal Bistro Grille

Canal Bistro
Canal Bistro; photo credit:

In the mood for Mediterranean? If spanakopita, falafel, tabouli, and gyros are what you need, you’re in luck at the Canal Bistro Grille. The owners are from Egypt and Lebanon, so you know it’s the real deal.
Location: Broad Ripple
Type of food: Authentic Mediterranean
Kid’s menu: Yes, including gyros, chicken strips, hamburgers and corn dogs

Bazbeaux Pizza

When you want a made-to-order pie, go a step above at Bazbeaux’s. Choose one of their “exotic toppings” for unique pizza designed just for you. And pizza by the slice is available Monday through Friday 11 am – 2 pm.
Locations: Carmel, Broad Ripple and Downtown Indianapolis
Type of food: Signature pizzas, salads and sandwiches
Kid’s menu: No, but doesn’t every kid like pizza?

Mug N’ Bun

Roll down the window and have dinner served up right in your car – or grab a picnic table to enjoy your meal outside on a warm summer night. Mug N’ Bun has been around for nearly 50 years (with good reason) specializing in serving up the classics.
Location: Speedway
Type of food: Tenderloins, onion rings, hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade root beer and more
Kid’s menu: Yes, including grilled cheese, peanut butter and jelly, mini corn dogs, etc.

Eiteljorg Museum Cafe

Need a bite to eat while you’re having fun on the canal? Stop at the Eiteljorg! The café is open anytime the museum is.
Location: Downtown Indianapolis
Type of food: Soups, hot and cold sandwiches, salads and quesadillas.
Kid’s menu: Yes, tacos, hot dogs, chicken fingers, grilled cheese and more

Good Morning Mama’s Cafe

Love those Italian dinners at Mama Carolla’s? Then you’ll want to try Mama’s other restaurant, too. Good Morning Mama’s Café can set you up for breakfast and lunch!
Location: East 54th St.
Type of food: Pancakes, French toast, sandwiches, specialty burgers, pizza and more
Kid’s menu: Yes, “kiddie breakfast” available

Good Morning Mama's Cafe
Good Morning Mama’s Cafe; photo credit:

Another Broken Egg Cafe

This is a gourmet way to start your day. Seasonal selections like toasted coconut quinoa power skillets, pecan praline and candied bacon French toast and sausage and fennel omelets are just the start.
Location: 9435 N. Meridian St.
Type of food: Twists on favorite breakfast and lunch options
Kid’s menu: Yes, chocolate chip pancakes, waffle, and French toast samplers, etc.

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