Holden Beach, North Carolina is the go-to destination for a picturesque coastal getaway. If you’re a fan of fried fish and fresh seafood, you’re going to love the family-friendly restaurants near your Holden Beach vacation rental. Most of the eateries in the area are near the beach or river, so kids can dine and watch boats sail by. When you need a break from seafood, there are plenty of dining options serving burgers, pizza, and other foods the whole family can enjoy. Check out a few of the top kid-friendly eateries in Holden Beach.

1. Captain Pete’s Seafood Restaurant

People traveling with picky eaters love the extensive children’s menu at Captain Pete’s Seafood Restaurant. This casual eatery offers burgers, fish tacos, and several shrimp dishes, so it’s easy for everyone to find something they like. To make yours a true beach vacation, order the steam pot and let the whole family dig into fresh oysters and clams.

2. Provision Company

The Provision Company is an informal restaurant that offers great food and stunning views. Children enjoy looking for the sunken boats or trying to spot your state among the variety of license plates attached to the walls. If the kids are getting cranky about eating seafood, this eatery offers options that include good, old-fashioned grilled cheese sandwiches.

3. Patronies Pizza

After a long day in the sun, sometimes the easiest thing to choose to make everyone happy is a great pizza with fresh toppings. Patronies offers finger foods like garlic knots that are easy for small hands to grab, and it has salads and calzones when you want a little variety on the table. The walls in this family-friendly pizza restaurant are covered with amusing signs to keep the kids occupied while you wait for your food.

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4. Castaways Raw Bar & Grill

Castaways has a children’s menu geared at younger kids and a large variety of seafood, burgers, and sandwiches so everyone can find something they like. This casual restaurant often has live music, so it’s a great place to take the kids when they need to burn off some energy dancing. The views from this beachside bar and grill make it a special place to share a meal with your family.

5. Mermaid’s Island Grill

You know you’re at the beach when you’re headed to a place called Mermaid’s Island Grill. This eatery is right across the street from the beach, so it’s easy to hop over to grab a sandwich, salad, or seafood platter for lunch. The inside seating area at this casual restaurant is surrounded by bright colors and nautical decorations, making it easy to keep the kids distracted while you wait for your order.

6. Inlet View Bar & Grill

Take a break from the beach and relax while enjoying the river views at the Inlet View Bar & Grill. This three-story eatery has plenty of outdoor games for the kids, including hula hoops, so you can have a fun family contest. The food and the atmosphere are casual, making it a great lunch or light dinner spot for salads and sandwiches. If you’re up for fresh seafood, try the grouper bites with French fries and cole slaw.

7. Archibald’s Deli & Rotisserie

Sometimes everyone in the family is happy if they can just get the sandwich they want, and Archibald’s Deli & Rotisserie has a wide selection. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating, and for people who want something different, it offers dishes that include quiche, crab cakes, and shrimp burgers. Chat with the locals and other travelers as you enjoy a slice of pie at this family-friendly establishment.

8. Silver Hill Grill

When it’s time to take a break from the beach, take the family to eat at the picnic tables on the screened-in porch at the Silver Hill Grill. This unassuming, casual grill has a menu that is mainly comprised of fried seafood, so it’s a great place to go when you want something that is quick and easy to eat. This restaurant is a gathering place for locals and travelers alike, so eating there is a great way to get advice on where to take the kids when you need a break from the beach.

9. Main Street Grill

Families that need a big menu with lots of variety head to the Main Street Grill for seafood, steaks, sandwiches, and several other options. The restaurant also has an extensive appetizer menu, making it easy to find things the kids like. If you’re enjoying spending your time at your vacation rental but don’t want to cook, this laid-back eatery offers takeout.

10. Boone Docks

People who love fresh crab go for the crab cakes at Boone Docks. The restaurant has plenty of fresh fish options and fried scallops, fish, and shrimp that are easy for little hands to hold. This restaurant is very casual, making it a destination for people traveling with children and families who need some down time in an atmosphere reminiscent of hanging out at a backyard gathering.

11. Seafood Barn Restaurant

Kids who love to eat with their hands love the hush puppies offered at Seafood Barn Restaurant. The atmosphere in the restaurant is very family-friendly, and the variety of seafood platters available makes it easy to let everyone dig into their favorites.

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