City of Yakima is pretty much a family-oriented town. You'll see big families small families but definitely families with lots of kids. The covid pandemic has changed the way a lot of us with families go out to eat including where we take our families when it's family night out.

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Before the pandemic hit in 2020, the busiest place in town where you would always see a lot of families going out to dinner at any night of the week was Red Robin, located on West Nob Hill Boulevard. As life is painstakingly getting back to normal, I've noticed Red Robin is starting to get crowded again.

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Here is a list of some of the best places in town where families can go out to eat. In Yakima.

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Red Robin, 2702 W Nob Hill Blvd, Yakima, WA 98902

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This place is so popular because all the servers would come by your table and sing Happy Birthday to you. I will forever love their Bleu cheeseburger and Jojo fries!

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Applebee's Grill + Bar, 1505 E Washington Ave, Union Gap, WA 98903

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My daughter loves to play on the portable computer games they have at each table. For a small fee, kids can play games while the food is cooking in the kitchen. I love their chicken and baked potato meal and Willow loves getting Mac n cheese, broccoli, and yogurt + strawberries from the kid's meal.

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Powerhouse Grill, 3807 River Rd, Yakima, WA 98902

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Families love to eat here for some home-style meals and their assortment of pies.

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El Porton, 4808 Tieton Dr, Yakima, WA 98908

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Yakima is surprisingly home to some of the BEST Mexican food on this side of the border. I love ordering chicken mole with no lechuga (lettuce) and devouring their chips and salsa.

Abby's Legendary Pizza, 4804 Tieton Dr, Yakima, WA 98908

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You can get some extremely good pizza at this joint. It is very family-friendly. You might even walk in and see kids birthday parties popping off in the banquet area.

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Ozeki Japanese Restaurant, 1527 Summitview Ave, Yakima, WA 98902

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Families love eating here because of the zen-like atmosphere and phenomenal sushi. My family loves ordering their Avocado rolls and California rolls. It is a special treat to eat in the pit (I call it the pit but it's not an actual pit).

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Valley Italian Pizza and Pasta, 2304 S 1st St unit b, Yakima, WA 98903

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You can't go wrong with the Italian food served here, as many families have discovered at this hidden gem. Pizza? Pasta? You want it, you got it!

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Mod Pizza, 2550 W Nob Hill Blvd Suite 100, Yakima, WA 98902

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This has been Willow's favorite restaurant since she was in kindergarten. You might not think of it as a family restaurant until you come here on the weekends. It gets packed with families of all sizes. There are 2 Mod Pizza locations in Yakima.