Claim Jumper is a California Gold Rush themed restaurant is BIG on style and on portions.
The exterior of the building is reminiscent of a log cabin, while the interior has Disney-esque decor touches – historical maps, artifacts, and paintings.
Entree items tend to range in price from $10-$20. The menu is extensive - choose from salads, soups, seafood, burgers, sandwiches, prime rib, and much more.
On our most recent visit, I had the Absolut Tortellini ($16.99), a seasonal dish featuring blackened chicken in a creamy tomato vodka sauce. Flavorful and fresh.
Our 6-year-old couldn’t have been more pleased with her Baby Back Pork Ribs ($8.99) – and her messy face afterward proved it! There’s no denying that most parents won’t want to dole out ten dollars for a young child…but it may be a good pick for a special occasion. Other options include Grilled Cheese ($5.99), Pasta Your Way ($5.99), Two Mini Burgers ($5.99), Build Your Own Pizza ($7.99), and Fish & Chips ($10.99) – to name a few. All kids meals come with a drink, french fries, and one additional side.
The restaurant also provides colorific children’s menus with Crayola crayons! It’s easy to see why Claim Jumper was named one of the “10 Best Family Restaurants in the USA” by Parents Magazine.
As for babies, Claim Jumper features a plethora of baby-friendly amenities. Little ones 3 and under can sit in a highchair or booster and parents can request a complimentary baby plate (which features a turkey slice, cheese stick, applesauce, and mandarin oranges). Stick-on placemats are also provided free-of-charge.
While this dimly lit and popular restaurant may not appeal to everyone (especially those who are hard of hearing or vision), families will certainly appreciate the casual atmosphere. If little ones are a little bit loud, it’s unlikely that other guests will even notice. After your meal, you can walk or drive 0.9 miles to Reid Park to let the kids run wild in the grass or on the playgrounds.
Note that Claim Jumper is also a terrific pick for Happy Hour or for meeting up with a friend for dessert. The dessert portions are massive and decadent. A wonderful treat to celebrate a new job, 1/2 marathon finish, or other milestone.