Fun, Games, & Food at Dave & Buster’s Penns Landing – Family Friendly Restaurant Review

Posted on: August 1st, 2012 by




Our Weekends in Philly series recently took us to Dave & Busters in Penn’s Landing where not only was the food delicious but the games were fantastic.


Our Weekends in series helps our readers learn about great destinations to travel to with their family and then where to eat, play, and stay once you get there. Dave & Busters was one our best stops in Philadelphia for dinner. One of the first things that impressed me about their restaurant, the menus are all available on-line. No worrying about whether or not the kids would find something they liked to eat. We could look over the kid’s menu before we even got there. We’ve included it for you below.


Dave & Busters children’s menu


After exploring Philadelphia’s fun things to do we arrived to Dave & Buster’s in Penn’s Landing hungry, ready to eat, and play some games. For an appetizer, we ordered the Spinach Dip, my new favorite way to get the boys to eat spinach.



For dinner my boys ordered the pasta, their favorite thing to eat. I ordered the Baked Chicken & Shrimp Alfredo. All were yummy. And even though we were all stuffed, we had to make room for dessert. After all, what fun is eating out without eating dessert? We had the Belgian Chocolate Fondue. Sorry, my boys dug into it before I could manage to get a picture.


Dave & Busters Baked Chicken & Shrimp Alfredo



After dinner my boys couldn’t wait to get over to the Dave & Buster’s Game area. I love love love how they had games for all age levels. My boys were never bored and played nicely together as we went from game to game, earning tickets along the way.


Our favorite Dave & Buster Arcade Games

  • Race Car – as seen above. It doesn’t give tickets, but what boy doesn’t love to race cars?


  • Skeeball – One of those classic games, we grew up on. It’s fun to now teach it to my boys.

  • Derby Owner’s Club – Roll the balls into the hole to make your horse advance in the race. The winner gets 50 tickets. Have your kids play against each other, when no one else is playing, then one of your kids will get the 50 tickets.

  • Create a Portrait – It was a little tricky to get us all onto the screen, but it’s worth it for the cute sketched out picture we got. Just don’t forget to grab it like we almost did.

  • Whack a Mole – What better game to get out some of a little boy’s energy? Plus, they can beat on something besides each other. (LOL) My boys had fun playing this game and racking up the tickets.


We had a great time at Dave & Busters. Here’s a few other reasons why we loved it.

Why we loved Dave & Busters

  • No coins needed! Yes, you have to pay to play the games but Dave & Busters has Power Cards that are rechargeable.  Put what you want to spend on them and you are set for the rest of the night. Just use the cards to pay for games. Dave & Busters also offers special Eat & Play combos that include power cards with your meals.
  • No losing tickets. Cash in your tickets, when they get to be too much and the value of your tickets will be placed on your Power Card. One great card keeps track of the value you have to play games and the tickets you’ve earned.
  • Lots of ways to earn tickets. I loved that so many of the games were very generous with their tickets. A big plus for my boys. See the most generous games over in our Facebook Gallery. We took pictures of them to share with you.
  • They’ve got the classic arcade games we love. Remember playing Centipede, Pacman, and Galaxia on your Atari or at the local arcade? They’ve got them.
  • Tickets can be turned in for iTunes.

  • The Reward Shop had prizes available at every level. My boys wore out before their power cards were empty, but even at the low end of points, my boys were each able to find something they were thrilled to take home. Use your Power Card toward the rewards. Anything you don’t use stays on the card for future visits.
  • With neon lights, the bathrooms were very easy to find.


What else should you know about Dave & Busters

  • You can have your meal upstairs in the dining area or on the game floor.
  • If you prefer to eat in the dining area, it’s best to call ahead for reservations.
  • If your children will be playing games at the same time, each of them will need their own power card.
  • For a limited time, Wednesdays are 1/2 price Wednesday where games are 1/2 price.
  • Dave & Busters has their own parking lot under their restaurant. There is a fee for parking but I appreciate that they have a lot, making it very convenient for families coming for a Dave & Buster’s visit.
  • Dave & Busters Penn’s Landing is open most days from 11:30 am to at least midnight.

To view more of our pictures from Dave & Buster’s visit our Facebook Gallery.


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In full disclosure, this is a sponsored post from Dave & Busters in Penn’s Landing. We were provided with a meal and power cards at no charge. Our parking was included. These things were arranged so that we could review Dave & Busters as a Philadelphia family restaurant. However, our opinions are honest and based on our experiences at Dave & Buster’s at Penn’s Landing.

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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! Did you know that boys behave better when they are out exploring? As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 20+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 8+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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