The 5 Best Family Friendly Taco Restaurants in St. Pete and Tampa

Welcome back to the Fun Sized Photo Co. blog, where we not only capture precious moments of your little ones, but also share our love for all things family-friendly in the St. Petersburg and Tampa areas. Today, we are turning our attention to a universally loved culinary delight (and my top dinner choice) – tacos! Check out this list of the 5 best family friendly taco restaurants in St. Pete and Tampa. These places are perfect for families and will leave your taste buds dancing with delight.

Red Mesa Mercado 

Location: 1100 First Ave North, St. Petersburg

First on our list is the first restaurant we went to when our family moved to St Pete. Situated right by Green Bench Brewing and some perfectly instagramable murals, Red Mesa Mercado is a great outdoor spot to meet friends for a quick bite. Boasting the “urban drive-by dining style”, this is a no nonsense eatery perfect for noisy kids and tired parents to grab a delicious, fresh ingredient meal when cooking at home just isn’t on the menu. 

With a variety of street tacos, delicious queso, and a solid drink selection, Red Mesa is always a family favorite.

Casita Taqueria

Locations: 2663 Central Ave, St. Petersburg; 2991 66th Street N, St. Petersburg; 2701 4th Street N, St. Petersburg

Prepare your taste buds for a fiesta of flavors at Casita Taqueria, friend. These vibrant and family-friendly taqueria locations offer a delightful blend of traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern twist. Their tacos are filled with a variety of tasty meats, fresh vegetables, and mouthwatering sauces, creating an explosion of taste with every bite. The casual and inviting atmosphere of Casita Taqueria makes it a perfect spot for families to enjoy a delicious taco feast together.

You’re most likely to spot me and my crew at the Central Ave location where my kids will be befriending any fellow diners that arrived with a pup in tow. 

The Green Lemon

Location: 915 S. Howard Ave, Tampa

OK, I have to be honest that we haven’t yet ventured across the bay to Tampa’s Green Lemon yet, but it’s on the list! This lively eatery is known for their signature margaritas (no salt for me, please) and epic Taco Tuesdays. Their extensive menu features a wide variety of tacos bursting with flavors, including a variety of Fiesta Bowls sure to please everyone’s palate. 

The Green Lemon prides itself on its family-friendly environment, ensuring an enjoyable experience for everyone in your crew and ours.  

Chile Verde Restaurant

Location: 2801 22nd Ave N

With outstanding flavors, wonderful service, and affordable prices perfect for families, Chile Verde is a must-try destination that will for sure satisfy your taco cravings. Don’t just take our word for it – check out the incredible Google Reviews that rave about the food (lots of love for their chimichangas!) and no-fuss vibe. 

Get ready to embark on a taste bud-tickling journey that captures the fun and excitement we bring to our photography at Fun Sized Photo!

Grumpy Gringo

Location: 2510 22nd Ave N, St Petersburg, FL

Last but certainly not least, let us introduce you to our family’s personal favorite, Grumpy Gringo! This family-friendly establishment boasts a menu filled with delicious, freshly prepared tacos and serves up a variety of Mexican classics, like tamales, cochinita pibil, horchata and many others. And let’s not forget the highlights for the little ones – their sweet Churros and kid-friendly quesadillas with the oh-so-good cheese. 

While the kids gobble down their treats, my wife and I relish the blissful silence of contented

eaters, raising a toast with a cold draft beer and savoring the outstanding flavors of their birria tacos. Grumpy Gringo truly knows how to create an atmosphere of casual culinary joy for the whole family.


Embarking on a taco adventure in St. Petersburg and Tampa is not only a treat for your taste buds but also an opportunity to create cherished family memories. We hope you enjoy the delicious flavors and create lasting memories in the family-friendly ambiance of these Tampa gems. Let us know some of your favorite spots so we can add them to our 5 best family friendly taco restaurants in St. Pete and Tampa, and don’t forget to snap a few pics of your adventures for the gram!