Eating out with kids can be tricky. There are the fussy eaters, the fidgeters, the kids who forget that spaghetti is best eaten with a fork rather than hand. But, thankfully, there are some Central Coast restaurants and clubs who know that elbows on the table are the least of your worries and that just getting through a meal without a spilt drink is a victory.
Some of these restaurants also offer “Kids Eat Free” deals. We’ve noticed there’s not too many at the moment, so we’ve traipsed the Central Coast to find them for you. Here’s all the details you’ll need to enjoy a night off from cooking without worrying about breaking the bank.
Kids Eat Free restaurants on the Central Coast
The following restaurants have Kids Eat Free deals all year-round.
Here’s how to use this feature:
1. Choose your night and pick a venue (kids eat free is available on the days that have a tick).
2. Click on the venue name to be redirected to our write up on the restaurant. We share what places have playgrounds, what’s on the kids menus, what weekly activities each venue hosts and more.
OR simply scroll down to read all of our reviews.
Kids love going to Gosford RSL. It could have something to do with its incredible Mini Mania indoor play area equipped with slippery dip and climbing frames. Plus, there’s a baby area and parents feeding room. And also an outdoor grassed area where the kids can run about and shake off some energy. A contemporary a-la-carte menu (including Italian, American, Asian and Modern Australian cuisines) is served at the RSL’s Luminous Brasserie.
Kids eat free: Thursday dinner, 5.30pm – 8.30pm. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Members only, kids aged 12 and under. PLUS, you receive a free entry into the weekly kids raffle with every kids meal purchased – for your chance to win 1 of 11 prizes! Simply place your entry in the barrel; the raffle is drawn on Thursday evenings.
On the kids menu: Mac & cheese, nuggets and chips, cheeseburger and chips, bolognese linguine, boscaiola linguine. Kids meals include a drink and ice cream.
Where: Gosford RSL – 26 Central Coast Hwy, West Gosford.
Gosford RSL accepts Dine and Discover NSW vouchers.
A favourite in the north, Norah Head Sporties is not too far from Soldiers Beach and the Norah Head rockpool, making it the perfect place to grab a bite to eat after a day of sand and sun. The club boasts a bistro with club classics – think schnitzels, steaks and burgers. It also has an ocean-themed indoor playground for the kids to enjoy.
Kids eat free: Sunday dinner, members only. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Children must be under the age of 12. Excludes school holidays and public holidays.
On the kids menu: Chicken nuggets and chips, fish and chips, schnitty with chips and gravy, cheeseburger with chips, pasta bolognese. All kids meals come with an ice-cream cup.
Where: Norah Head Sporties Bowling & Sports Club – Victoria Street, Norah Head.
Norah Head Sporties accepts Dine and Discover NSW vouchers.
The Dam Hotel is a fab family-orientated pub. It has a fenced playground and a large outdoor seating area, so you can watch the kids burn off energy while you kick back with a drink and a bite to eat. On the last Sunday of every month, they also host a petting zoo for members of their kids club.
Kids eat free: Monday nights, one free kids meal with every adult meal purchased over $22.
On the kids menu: Spaghetti bolognese, fish and chips, chicken nuggets, cheeseburger.
Where: The Dam Hotel – Cnr Minnesota Rd & Pacific Highway, Hamlyn Terrace.
The Dam Hotel accepts Dine and Discover NSW vouchers.
Perched on the banks of Erina Creek, this iconic pub has a fresh and contemporary feel. The Garden Bar overlooks the creek and is an ideal spot to unwind in the sunshine and enjoy a meal. The Bistro is another great spot to take the family and serves up traditional pub favourites as well as Italian and Mexican dishes.
Kids eat free: Every day. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase.
On the kids menu: Pasta with sauce, fish and chips, chicken nuggets and chips, margherita pizza.
Where: The Sunken Monkey – 207 The Entrance Road, Erina.
The Sunken Monkey accepts Dine and Discover NSW vouchers.
Wallarah Bay Recreation Club’s location definitely has the wow factor. It sits right on Tuggerah Lake and showcases stunning water views. It also has a huge grass area where kids are free to roam, run and play – just be mindful of the proximity to the water. The club’s restaurant, Dish, whips up club favourites as well as popular stone grills.
Kids eat free: Thursday from 5pm. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Children must be aged 12 and under.
On the kids menu: Battered fish cocktails and chips, spaghetti bolognese, mini chicken schnitzel and chips, tempura chicken nuggets and chips. Meals come with a soft drink, dessert and kids activity pack.
Where: Wallarah Bay Recreation Club – 40 Wallarah Rd, Gorokan.
Wallarah Bay Recreation Club accepts Dine and Discover NSW vouchers.
This cheerful little club is home to Angkasa Malaysian Restaurant, bringing you entrees like prawn toast, spring rolls and dim sims, plus hawker specials, curries, vegetarian dishes and the ever-popular curry prawns, honey chicken, sweet and sour pork and combination chow mein. They also offer a small selection of Western dishes if you’re feeling like prawn cutlets or a chicken burger instead.
Kids eat free: Sundays from 5pm. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Children must be aged 12 and under.
On the kids menu: Honey chicken with boiled rice, fish and chips, prawn cutlets and chips. All meals come with a soft drink, ice cream and an activity pack.
Where: Budgewoi Soccer Club – 1 Millington Way, Buff Point.
Budgewoi Soccer Club accepts Dine and Discover NSW vouchers.
What’s better than a kids eat free deal? A kids eat free deal located just around the corner from an awesome playground! After trying out all the equipment and musical instruments at Canton Beach Community Park and Playground, head on up to Canton Beach Sports Club. Its restaurant, Fusion, has a selection of Malaysian cuisine and the usual club fare.
Kids eat free: Fridays from 5:30pm. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Children must be aged 12 and under.
On the kids menu: Chicken nuggets and chips, calamari rings and chips, fish pieces and chips, crumbed chicken and chips. All meals come with a soft drink, ice cream and activity pack.
Where: Canton Beach Sports Club – 11 Hibbard Street, Toukley.
Canton Beach Sports Club accepts Dine and Discover NSW vouchers.
Kincumber Hotel is such a go-to for families on the Coast and it’s easy to see why. Kids can explore the outdoor pirate ship play area while parents/carers can relax on the bistro’s terrace that overlooks it. There’s also sandpit and an indoor games room. Dinner options include burgers, pizzas, pasta, risotto, seafood and BBQ grill. Click here to read our full feature on the Kincumber Hotel.
Kids eat free: Sundays with any adult meal purchased.
On the kids menu: Sausages with mash and veg, nuggets with chips and salad, cheeseburger with fries, linguine with tomato sauce and cheese, grilled steak with mash and veg, ham and cheese pizza, fish and chips.
Where: Kincumber Pub – 6 Carrak Rd, Kincumber.
Kincumber Hotel accepts Dine and Discover NSW vouchers.
This is a fab option when the family are all in the mood for different things! Wyong Rugby Leagues Club has two restaurants with large menus, so you’re spoiled for choice. Jake’s Place has the classics – schnitzels, parmis, crumbed lamb cutlets, fish and chips, salads and steaks. Then there’s Sentosa, offering Malaysian meals, satays, curries and create your own noodle dishes.
Kids eat free: Sundays from 5:30pm with any adult meal purchased at Jake’s Place or Sentosa. Members only. Children must be aged 12 and under.
On the kids menu: Ham and cheese pizza, meat lovers pizza, chicken nuggets and chips, battered fish and chips. All meals come with a soft drink voucher, ice cream vouchers and activity pack.
Where: Wyong Rugby Leagues Club – 40 Lake Haven Drive, Kanwal.
Wyong Rugby Leagues Club accepts Dine and Discover NSW vouchers.
Bateau Bay Bowling Club is incredibly popular with local families, with its indoor playground and easy-going atmosphere. Walk or drive past on weekends and you’ll see kids and parents sitting at the picnic tables out the front and enjoying the grassy spaces. Inside, you’ll find a restaurant and café. For dinner, The Kitchen At The Bay Restaurant serves up noodles, clay pots, sizzling plates and Western dishes.
Kids eat free: Sunday from 5pm. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Children must be aged 12 and under.
On the menu: Chicken nuggets, battered fish, spaghetti bolognese, chicken tenders. All meals are served with chips, a drink, ice cream and activity pack.
Where: 5 Bias Ave, Bateau Bay.
Bateau Bay Bowling Club accepts Dine and Discover NSW vouchers.
This sprawling pub boasts a large indoor dining area, beer garden, grassy hill for kids to play on. This area gets packed in warm weather with locals and tourists alike. There is also an expansive outdoor (but covered) playground that’s fenced and includes three slides. Inside, the bistro serves up generous portions of traditional pub grub.
Kids eat free: Sundays. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase. Kids must be aged 12 and under.
On the menu: Sausage with mash and veg, chicken nuggets with chips and salad, cheeseburger with fries, linguine with tomato sauce and cheese, fish and chips, ham and pineapple pizza. All kids meals include ice cream for dessert.
Where: Bateau Bay Hotel – 65 Lumby Drive, Bateau Bay.
Bateau Bay Hotel accepts Dine and Discover NSW vouchers.
Craving schnitzel after a bit of late-night shopping? ASH Schnitzelhaus & Bar at Erina Fair has you covered. You’ll find it downstairs at the shopping centre’s entertainment quarters – The Hive – surrounded by three different play spaces and Hoyts Cinema. What’s more, ASH Schnitzelhaus & Bar has its very own playground. It’s a fantastic spot to enjoy a bite to eat, especially in the warmer months when the days are longer.
Kids eat free: Wednesdays and Thursdays 5pm – 9pm. One free kids meal per adult meal purchase.
On the kids menu: Battered flathead fillet with chips and tartare sauce, chicken nuggets and chips, crumbed chicken schnitzel and chips, grilled chicken breast and vegetables. Meals come with a free glass of soft drink.
Where: Austrian Schnitzel Haus – Erina Fair, Terrigal Drive, Erina.