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Embark on a gastronomic journey like no other with our comprehensive guide: ‘Savor the Flavor: Exploring Townsville’s Top 10 Family-Friendly Dining Destinations!’ Nestled in the vibrant heart of North Queensland, Townsville boasts a rich culinary scene that’s as diverse and welcoming as its stunning landscapes. With an abundance of eateries that serve a delightful mix of international cuisines and local favorites, Townsville is every food-loving family’s dream destination.

Our guide will navigate you through the city’s top 10 dining spots, where friendly atmospheres, kids’ menus, and delicious dishes coexist to promise unforgettable dining experiences. So, whether you’re a Townsville local searching for new food haunts or a visiting family keen on tasting the local fare, it’s time to pull up a chair, grab a fork, and let Townsville’s culinary delights tickle your taste buds. Excited to embark on this flavorful adventure? Fasten your napkins, and let’s get started!

Townsville RSL

Townsville RSL is a favourite with locals and a common meeting place for a bite to eat and a catch up with friends and family. The menu features classic meals such as barramundi and chips, chicken parmigiana, seafood platter, juicy ribs and fresh salads. If you’re after great value for money and a full belly, Townsville RSL is the place to go.
139 Charters Towers Rd, Hermit Park Qld 4812
(07) 4759 9500



Who doesn’t love a juicy burger? Grill’d is loved for its huge variety of burgers, including beef, chicken, pork, lamb, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Served with a side of Grill’d’s famous seasoned chips and a refreshing cold drink, and you’ve got yourself a satisfying meal. There’s not one, but two kids menus catering to younger kids (under 7) and older kids (8-11). If you haven’t tried Grill’d, you’re missing out.
T33/2, 30 Lakeside Dr, Idalia 4811
Shop R00-167B, Willows Shopping Centre, Kirwan 4817
P (07) 4976 9990

Otto’s Fresh Food Market

This popular fresh food market really has it all, from fresh fruit and veggies, meats, seafoods, baked treats, coffee, and more. If you do stop by, make sure you try one of the pretzels from the Artisan Bakehaus – they’re mouthwatering.
3 – 5 Illuka St, Currajong, Qld 4812
12 – 8 Village Rd, Idalia, Qld 4811
James Cook Dr, Douglas, Qld 4814
+61 (7) 4759 1755

Centenary Hotel

A favourite with Townsville locals, Centenary Hotel has everything kids of all ages could want. A children’s menu featuring spaghetti bolognaise, nuggets and chips, steak and chips, and grilled chicken and vegetables (to name a few), and a big area with a playground and massive jumping pillow to burn off some energy. However, be prepared to hear “please, just 5 more minutes?” Once you’re ready to leave.
35 French St. Pimlico, Qld 4812
(07) 4779 2575

Kirwan Tavern

Looking for a classic pub meal with kid-friendly options? There is even a kids’ playground at this modern pub – they’ll definitely have a good sleep after a meal and a big play.
154 Thuringowa Dve, Townsville, Qld 4817
(07) 4773 3366

Tobin Fish Tales

What’s a trip to the beach without some fish and chips? Mackerel, coral trout, calamari, barramundi, prawn cutlets, fish cakes and more – Tobin Fish Tales has it all. Pair your fish fillet with crunchy hot golden chips and a cold drink, and you’ve got a classic beachy meal. Why not bring your meal down to the shore and eat it while looking out over the ocean for a true North Queensland experience?
A 2/1 Rose St, North Ward, Qld 4810
(07) 4772 4662

Ribs and Rumps

A classic family-style restaurant, Ribs and Rumps is all in the name. Delicious juicy beef, lamb, and pork ribs and rumps – or a chicken parmigiana or scrumptious burger if you’d rather opt for that! The large kids menu at Ribs and Rumps offers plenty of variety for the pickiest of eaters – plus, each kids meal comes with a complimentary soft drink and ice cream.
2 Dibbs St, Qld 4810
(07) 4448 7655

The Balcony Restaurant

Breakfast, lunch, and high tea; at The Balcony Restaurant, you’re well looked after. At The Balcony Restaurant, you can enjoy an array of sweet treats such as waffles and pancakes, or savoury meals including risotto, southern fried chicken, and battered fish. Delicious.
287 Flinders St, Townsville City
(07) 4771 2255

GYO Japanese Tapas Bar and Restaurant

If you’re looking to introduce your kids to food from other cultures, Gyo Japanese Tapas Bar and Restaurant is a great starting point. The menu features donburi, udon, okonomiyaki, lunch and dinner bento boxes, and of course, a number of sushi rolls.
A Shop 2/48 Gregory St, North Ward, Qld 4810
P (07) 4771 5151