Along with some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, the Oregon Coast offers countless opportunities for unforgettable family meals. From Astoria near the Washington border to Coos Bay at the southern end of the state, many Oregon Coast vacation rentals are situated just a step away from delicious dishes and delightful culinary experiences. Here are some of the top kid-friendly restaurants along the Oregon Coast.
1. Bowpicker Fish and Chips, Astoria
Housed in a converted gillnet boat just opposite the Columbia River Maritime Museum, this unique restaurant specializes in creating the ultimate fish and chips experience. A husband and wife team cooks pieces of Albacore tuna in light beer batter and serves them over delicious and crunchy steak fries. All that’s needed besides a hearty appetite is the tartar sauce and malt vinegar to dip the chips and fries in.
2. Norma’s Seafood and Steak, Seaside
Norma’s Seafood and Steak in downtown Seaside specializes in a family-friendly atmosphere and the freshest and healthiest of food. The wild salmon, scallops, and tuna are all from natural and sustainable sources, and the Angus beef is antibiotic and hormone free. The building simulates a coastal lighthouse, and when you walk in you are immediately made to feel at home. The menu features an extensive selection for children and another section of even smaller portions for toddlers.
3. The Lazy Susan Cafe, Cannon Beach
The Lazy Susan Cafe, situated just a block from the water at Cannon Beach, is a family-run restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch. The staff welcomes families with open arms to the warm, cozy, rustic dining room. The breakfast menu includes special items such as eggs Benedict as well as perennial favorites like waffles with butter, maple syrup, and whipped cream. For lunch, you can order from an assortment of salads, stews, and sandwiches. Top it off with apple walnut cake, carrot cake, or chocolate peanut butter pie.
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4. The Big Wave Cafe, Manzanita
Located in the town of Manzanita in the breathtakingly beautiful Nehalem Bay area, the Big Wave Cafe considers it a work of art to provide family-friendly dining and a relaxing ambiance to its customers. The menu includes burgers, specialty sandwiches, and a variety of entrees such as grilled halibut, pan-fried oysters, and razor clams. Fresh home-made desserts include apple crisp, key lime pie, and chocolate éclair pie.
5. Old Oregon Smoke House, Rockaway Beach
This popular old-fashioned smokehouse sits near the waterfront at Rockaway Beach. People from all over Oregon come to search it out. Enjoy the fresh air at the outdoor seating area while you feast on fish and chips, clam chowder, crab melt sandwiches, and other specialties. The establishment is pet-friendly so bring your canine companions, too. If the kids are not seafood fans, the restaurant also serves burgers, chicken strips, and other tasty treats.
6. Wild Flower Grill, Lincoln City
The Wild Flower Grill in Lincoln City is in a rustic old house whose entire back wall is composed of glass to give you a lovely natural view of a nearby marsh and forest. Quaint wood furniture, as well as plenty of flowers and interior plants, add to the homey ambiance. The breakfast menu has a wide selection of omelets, eggs Benedict, and pancakes. For lunch, you can choose from multiple varieties of burgers, sandwiches, salads, and soups. Dinner offers chicken, duck, steak, pork, and seafood. Special kids menu options are available all day long.
7. Georgie’s Beachside Grill, Newport
Georgie’s Beachside Grill in Newport offers an unforgettable panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and the Oregon Coast along with abundant smiles and mouthwatering food. This family-friendly establishment specializes in large portions of Dungeness crab, salmon, halibut, Yaquina Bay oysters, and other seafood dishes. You can also choose from steak, burger, chicken, and pasta meals. The kid’s breakfast menu includes Belgian waffles, buttermilk pancakes, French toast, and other treats. For lunch and dinner, young ones can order special portions of chicken strips, macaroni and cheese, pizza, hot dogs, and other favorites.
8. Harbor Light Restaurant, Reedsport
The family-friendly Harbor Light Restaurant in Reedsport on the coastal side of Highway 101 obtains much of its fresh seafood from the local harbor and its fresh vegetables from farmer’s markets. The results show in the flavors of its seafood specialties such as salmon, lingcod, red snapper, Albacore tuna, and clam chowder. Other favorites are elk burgers, steaks, smoked chicken, and pasta. For dessert, the kids can choose from bread pudding, peanut butter pie, homemade cookies, and molten chocolate cake.
9. Little Italy, Coos Bay
If the kids are in the mood for Italian cuisine, head for Little Italy at Coos Bay, which combines a charming ambiance with superlative service. When you step inside, you wonder if you have been transported to a trattoria in Italy. This is the place to indulge your craving for pasta, with choices such as spaghetti and meatballs, fettuccine Alfredo, bucatini carbonara, and lasagna Bolognese. For dessert, try an Italian specialty such as tiramisu, cannoli Napolitano, or spumoni ice cream.
10. Outdoor-In, Coos Bay
Outdoor-In at Coos Bay is the perfect place to combine a play experience and a fun meal. The play area includes a bouncy castle, climbing structures, an arcade room, and numerous oversized toys. When the kids get hungry, they can choose from a menu that includes a variety of burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, nachos, and French fries.
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