Dacha, which means a "country house", is located in a beautiful historical building on Frantsuzky (French) Boulevard. The restaurant recreates the interior and atmosphere of the 1930s holiday houses so popular in Odesa. The abundance of light and greenery topped with attentive service make it one of the most kid-friendly fine dining spots in Odesa. Dacha offers a separate kid's menu available in English, a large playground and even a culinary school. The latter is opened for 6-14 y.o. kids and teaches the cooking secrets in a fun way. Moreover, kids are welcome to take their culinary masterpieces back home to share with parents.
Address: 15, Frantsuzky (French) Boulevard
Despite being a popular tourist place thanks to its location on Derybasivska Street, Kompot nevertheless keeps its cozy vibe. The main menu delights with a wide variety of desserts like apple strudel, cheesecake, eclairs and a caramel sorbet. Kids are offered a separate menu with more healthy and nutritious picks before the sweet treat. Kompot also serves breakfasts available all day long starting as soon as 8 A.M. The open-air green terrace on Derybasivska is especially popular with guests.
Address: 20, Derybasivska Street
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The restaurant embraces the narrative of “Odesa-mother”, reflecting the famous saying in their name and style. Maman is located near the Odesa Opera House and has an amusing landmark of its own — a small statue of “Odesa-mother”. The metal monument depicts a woman in a long homey dress and apron, holding a ladle in her hands, which symbolizes comfort and coziness of the city. The family restaurant introduces kids and adults to the wonders of traditional Besarabian cuisine, including Vorschmack, stuffed peppers and homemade cutlets.
Address: 18, Lanzheronivs'ka Street
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A real paradise for kids, Pinokkio is not merely a restaurant but a whole entertainment complex. The spot has two spacious kids’ rooms filled with toys and coloring books, where kids are entertained and looked after by animators. Visitors pointed out a pirate-styled hall with a ball pit and a fairy room for the smallest visitors. The menu includes popular dishes from international cuisine with a big focus on Italian picks. A separate kids’ menu is available as well.
Address: 6, Havanna Street
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As the name suggests, Jardin is located in the Odesa City Garden right in the heart of the downtown. Despite the busy tourist flow on Derybasivska Street, entering the restaurant feels like traveling to Provence thanks to the cozy interior, an open-air terrace and French cuisine. Guests are welcome to relax in gazebos on the terrace and enjoy the fresh air of the city park while kids play on the grass or explore fountains. The green location makes it a good spot to spend quality time with kids without leaving downtown. Visitors have pointed out exquisite oysters beloved even by children. Crêpes with orange or berry flambé sauce are one more popular pick here. Jardin holds regular culinary workshops for kids.
Address: 10, Havanna Street
“Family & Yummies,” says the tagline of Mama Casalla located not far from the French Boulevard. The restaurant is known for organizing theme events for adults and kids. The most popular by far are Meat Wednesdays and Sweet Tuesdays with special offers on the respective menu positions, and Khalabuda — an entertainment day for kids with quests, book readings and culinary workshops. The menu is heavily focused on seafood, the Odesa special. Every Sunday visitors can enjoy live blues and jazz music.
Address: 1/1, Oleksandra Matrosova Lane
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Italian cuisine, especially pizza, is often very popular with kids — choosing and combining unusual toppings can turn a simple dinner into something special. The menu includes all the classics from pizza and bruschetta to lasagna and spaghetti Bolognese. This summer Olio Pizza also created a special berry menu — each month the chef and his team introduce strawberry, raspberry and watermelon in various dishes and drinks. Besides, Olio hosts regular kid’s entertainment events and culinary workshops.
Address: 114/1A, Dobrovolskoho Avenue; 35, Bunina Street; 7, Havanna Street
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7 Child-friendly Dining Spots in Odesa
Going out with kids might seem an ordeal in a tourist city like Odesa — all popular locations are often cramped and not suitable for kids. Each year more and more kid-friendly locations appear both in downtown and near the sea to satisfy the needs of families. We chose a top-7 to visit with the little ones.