Restaurant: Kids Can Eat Here If They Can Sit Quietly Without Special Seating Or A Stroller

Restaurants that have tried to tell parents in the past that children or babies aren’t welcome inside have faced backlash for coming out and saying so in the past, but one restaurant has instead decided to just make it really difficult for anyone with a small child or infant to eat there.

Basically, you can bring your kids to this Monterey, Calif. restaurant, but it won’t provide high chairs or booster seats or allow strollers, reports

Oh, and noisy, crying kids aren’t allowed in the dining room, per a sign posted at the eatery reading:


Children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners, and as such are not allowed in the dining room.

So if you happen to have a young, perfectly-behaved, silent child who can sit on her own and doesn’t need a stroller to get where you’re going, you’re fine, and you should probably alert the media because your kid must be an alien. Or an adult.

Otherwise, it’s a no-go, says the owner. He adds that despite criticism from some offended parents, he’s keeping the rules as is. Don’t like it? Not his problem — there are plenty of other places to eat, he says.

“If a place has the rules, that’s what the rules are,” the owner told the news station. “You go in and abide by the rules or you find a place more suitable for you.”

And despite any angry parents, he says business is doing just fine without catering to kids.

“Well, let’s put it this way — I haven’t had a down year for over 20 years and our business continues to grow,” he explains.

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  1. MarthaGaill says:

    Sounds delightful! I get that kids are gonna be kids and make noise and cry, but I’m bothered when the parents are seemingly unaware. Take off your noise-cancelling parent headphones and realize that your kid is acting up and deal with it, please! Everyone will appreciate you and your kids that much more if you do.

    • furiousd says:

      Agreed, if parents today were attentive to their duties as parents then issues wouldn’t exist where a store owner has to set down rules such as these to follow. Further, the backlash from some pretending that they should be able to go where they want and be catered to without regard for others further underscores the shift in mentality of many of today’s consumers.

  2. mzmoose says:

    There are still parents out there that raise well-behaved children that can go to a restaurant and not scream, cry, run around, and otherwise make trouble. Many require their children to behave appropriately at home so that when they eat in a restaurant they can, at least, be basically civil. And after eating, some may also sit quietly while adults talk. Whether they sit reading a book, coloring, building with Legos, or even watching a movie [long before tablet computers I saw parents bring a portable DVD player to dinner so that after eating mom & dad could have adult conversation with friends while the kid watched a movie], I’ve seen and been with plenty of children who can behave in public while parents either interact with them or keep a third eye out. They are neither aliens nor adults, and their parents are mindful enough to know when their kids are capable of such behaviour [we all have our off days, no matter our age] and when enough is enough.

  3. trustnot says:

    This piece took me back many years. I had diligently taught my boys that when in a restaurant, it was impolite to act up. If they wanted to run about, they must wait until we were home. I also told them that parents who allowed their children to be impolite did not love their children enough. As we were finishing a meal, a child at the next booth was definitely out of line. My oldest at five, turned around and said to the boy; your other doesn’t love you very much. We pretended not to hear.

  4. Psylent1 says:

    Reminds me of a drug store in my town growing up. They would not allow any children in the store. You had to stand outside when your mom went in to get anything.

    20 years later he went out of business because all those kids grew up and still would not go into his store.