Steep cliffs rise out of the sea near Lincoln City, a charming town on Oregon’s Central Coast. Many Lincoln City vacation rentals provide convenient access to beautiful beaches, rugged hiking trails, and adorable downtown shops. Head to nearby Devils Lake to try water sports with your kids, or dig for clams in the ocean during low tide. Be prepared: days of adventure and sea breezes can work up a healthy appetite. When hunger strikes, check out these great Lincoln City restaurants for a fantastic meal with your kids.
1. Nelscott Cafe
Get your Lincoln City vacation off to a great start with breakfast at Nelscott Cafe. This cozy restaurant wraps you in warmth from the moment you walk in, and the attentive staff make you feel like part of the family. Along with kid-friendly breakfast staples including pancakes and French toast, the restaurant serves hearty breakfast burritos and beignets. If you’re hungry, try the Wipeout, which features biscuits, gravy, egg, and bacon. Nelscott Cafe is a popular breakfast spot, so arrive early to get a table.
2. Vivian’s Restaurant and Bill’s Barbecue
Feel at home on the Oregon coast at Vivian’s Restaurant and Bill’s Barbecue, a small spot with a relaxed, ultra-friendly vibe. The casual atmosphere is perfect for kids; if your little ones are feeling energetic, ask for a table on the patio. Barbecue takes center stage, so your whole family can indulge in chicken, pork, brisket, or sausage. For pickier eaters, opt for burgers or sandwiches, both served with a generous portion of fries.
3. J’s Fish and Chips
Get the full seaside experience at J’s Fish and Chips, a rustic joint known for its affordable prices and excellent fish. You can’t go wrong with a traditional order of fish and chips, or try the coconut shrimp or clam chowder. For kids, be sure to upgrade to the restaurant’s popular curly fries. The lines at J’s can be long, so it’s a good idea to go for an early dinner or call in your order in advance to minimize wait times.
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4. Grill 1646
With its super-affordable hot dog and fry combinations, Grill 1646 is a great place to take light eaters or particular children. Kids also love the tater tots and simple cheeseburgers. The menu has plenty of options for adults, including a popular guacamole burger and lamb burger. For a special treat, end your meal with a hand-spun milkshake made with locally sourced Oregon ice cream. Feel free to head to Grill 1646 straight from the beach; the restaurant has a casual interior and laid-back atmosphere.
5. Yatai Sushi
If your kids are sushi eaters, don’t miss a visit to Yatai Sushi. Here, a friendly family makes creative sushi rolls and sashimi using fresh fish. Go simple with a spicy tuna roll, or try the enormous scallops roll. Portions are generous, and many come with a vegetable slaw on the side. Take your food to go, or enjoy a quick meal in the small dining area.
6. Thai Bay
Indulge your kids’ requests for noodles at Thai Bay. Pad Thai is a no-fail choice; ask for light spice if you’re ordering it for kids. Other child-friendly options include fresh spring rolls, Pad See Ew rice noodles with veggies, and chicken satay. For the adults in your group, the Crying Tiger steak and the larb salad are flavorful and filling. Don’t worry about long waits; service is fast and efficient.
7. Hwy 101 Burger
When it comes to hamburgers, it’s hard to beat Hwy 101 Burger. The restaurant sits about 3 miles from downtown in south Lincoln City, but the food is well worth the short drive. Each burger is made to order from fresh, never-frozen meat. The menu is simple: burgers, fries, and grilled cheese. Satisfy a huge appetite with a four-patty burger, and wash it down with a thick milkshake. Service is fast, and the pool table and pinball machine keep your kids entertained throughout the meal.
8. Wild Flower Grill
When you’re after fresh food and beautiful ambiance, Wild Flower Grill fits the bill. Tucked into an adorable cottage surrounded by well-maintained gardens, this cafe has a surplus of charm. Ask for a table by the window so your little ones can search for birds and wildlife in the marsh during dinner. The restaurant offers full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus each packed with hearty homestyle meals. If you’re going for dinner, try the homemade pot pie or freshly caught seafood. Each meal comes with a kids’ menu that features child-friendly portions of grilled cheese, chicken nuggets, waffles, and more.
9. McMenamins Lighthouse Brewpub
Settle in to the nautical vibe at McMenamins Lighthouse Brewpub. This boisterous eatery is fun and lively, so energetic kids fit in easily. Dishes here focus on fish, seafood, and cheese from nearby Tilamook. Steamer clams are popular with regulars, and the pizza is great for families. With a wide selection of sandwiches and salads, there’s something for everyone. The varied kids’ menu caters to a variety of food preferences; go for a mini burger or pizza, or opt for a lighter hummus and veggie plate.
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