Why should Mom and Dad have all the fun when it comes to eating out? Maybe you're celebrating a milestone or school achievement. Maybe it's a birthday or you're here on vacation. Whatever your reason, here are eight fun Atlanta restaurants the entire family will enjoy.
For knights and jousting fun, take a trip back in time to medieval Spain through a dinner theater experience at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Experience action-packed sword fights in an authentic atmosphere all while enjoying a four-course feast. 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway Suite 517, Lawrenceville
Mary Mac's Tea Room
Mary Mac's Tea Room, "Atlanta's Dining Room," has been serving authentic made-from-scratch Southern home cooking since 1945. It’s the last remaining “tea room” in Atlanta, serving up genuine Southern hospitality. Located just two blocks from Fox Theatre, it’s a great option for making a special day out even more memorable. 224 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta
Be transported to an island oasis at Trader Vic’s, located at the Hilton Atlanta Hotel. Families can enjoy Polynesian cuisine, and adults will love the tiki-inspired tropical cocktails. The unforgettable ambiance features “traditional tikis, giant blowfish and palm-thatched ceilings, influenced by the traditions of the South Seas.” Here are 5 things to love about Trader Vic’s. 255 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta
American Girl Boutique and Bistro
American Girl has been an iconic pastime for little girls of the last three decades. Located a short drive outside Atlanta is one of the nation's few American Girl Boutique and Bistro locations. Share a special brunch, lunch or afternoon tea and crafts, schedule an appointment with a personal shopper and visit the doll hair salon. 1202 North Point Circle, Alpharetta
Johnny Rockets is a classic Americana restaurant that resembles a '50s diner and boasts “The Original Hamburger.” You’re in luck if you’re spending the day at Georgia Aquarium or LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Phipps Plaza. There is a Johnny Rockets located near both of these favorite Atlanta venues. 280 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta, and 3500 Peachtree Road NE. Suite G9, Atlanta, respectively.
Hard Rock Cafe
For music lovers, head Downtown for lunch or dinner at the casual American classic, Hard Rock Cafe. Kids will love the retro music videos and a visit to the gift shop for fun memorabilia. 215 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta
"What'll ya have?” This is how you’ll be greeted at the counter of Atlanta icon The Varsity. The main branch is located across from Georgia Tech and boasts the largest drive-through in the world, able to accommodate 600 cars and more than 800 inside guests. Interesting fact: On days of Georgia Tech football games, up to 30,000 people visit this location. For the full experience, order yourself a chili cheese dog, the rings and a Frosted Orange. Ingredients are fresh and everything is made from scratch daily. 61 North Ave. NW, Atlanta
The Sun Dial Restaurant
The Sun Dial Restaurant Bar & View is located in the Westin Peachtree Plaza and is Atlanta’s only tri-level dining complex. It features an upscale restaurant that offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of Atlanta from 73 stories up. 210 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta
Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the family travel and lifestyle blogger behind Love, Joleen.
Originally published in 2016 for Atlanta.net.