School’s out and you may feel like eating out more than usual – we definitely will be.

Let’s face it eating out with the family in tow is a costly exercise, so we’re dishing up some cost saving tips for cheap(er) eats in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.

Here are five picks for eating out with the kids these holidays.


The kids’ menu is great value and includes a soft drink with every meal. Family dining is very welcome and it’s a great pit stop after a busy day of shopping!

Burger Trip
This gourmet burger joint is offering kids half price burgers for the school holidays and a new ‘build your own burger’ option parents will love! Cheap, delicious burgers – what more could you want? (mention ‘haven’ for half price kid’s burgers).

Pancakes on the Rocks
There is something for everyone here – the kids menu has some cool creations with funky-shaped pancakes. If some of your don’t feel like pancakes, they also sell steak, ribs, pizza and even salads.

Southport Sharks
Southport Sharks is perfect for the whole family and is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Across their different restaurants they have sit-down dining, la carte and an extensive buffet selection featuring dishes inspired by cuisines from around the world.

Surf Clubs
Surf clubs are always a welcome place for family dining. We’re digging kids meal options, especially at North Burliegh Surf Club where they have created more than chicken nuggets on their menu! Brekkie, lunch, dinner and the best beach views!



South Bank
Rather than list a single restaurant in Brisbane’s South Bank we recommend having a walk around to find some great deals! While you’re there you could visit the cultural precinct or go to Streets Beach for a swim.

Jamie’s Italian
The international chef’s restaurant in the middle of Brisbane is perfect for families. It has a comprehensive kids’ menu that includes pasta, burgers and chicken. All of the kids’ menu items are served with a salad. There are also some delicious items on the adult menu, because who doesn’t love Italian food.

Sirromet Winery
This fantastic winery is family friendly and a local gem on Brisbane’s southside. They serve coffee, cakes, vineyard platters and light lunches with the addition of live music on the weekend. There’s also a kids’ menu and a large playground nearby.

Hog’s Breath
Kids eat free with any main meal purchase of over $20 at Hogs Breath. They also have their $9.90 lunch menu during the week.

Pancake Manor
If you can’t make it down to the Gold Coast for Pancakes on the Rocks you should definitely visit Pancake Manor. With sites in the city and at Westfield Garden City it’s easy for anyone living in or around Brisbane to get to.



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