Seaside, Oregon is the perfect spot for a relaxed family vacation. This peaceful town sits along the northwestern Oregon Coast. Many Seaside vacation rentals are within walking distance to the beach and an abundance of fun water-based activities. Plenty of shops and eateries offer handmade crafts and delicious local fare. From seafood to over-sized sandwiches, there are numerous options to choose from at Seaside’s family-owned restaurants, which include roadside food stands and classic diners situated around the 1920’s promenade. Here are 12 of the most recommended restaurants in the area, ideal for when you’re traveling with your kids.

1. Dooger’s Seafood and Grill

For some fresh coastal seafood and great views of the Pacific Ocean, take the kids to Dooger’s Seafood and Grill. In business since 1983, this family-owned business is a local favorite, thanks to its tasty food and friendly staff members. The junior menu has smaller portions of the “big kid” menu items, including Shrimp Louie and Crab Louie, as well as a grilled cheese sandwich with chicken strips on the inside called the Carnwich, which is actually named after the owner’s son Carnegie.

2. Camp 18 Gift Shop and Restaurant

Have some fun with the kids, while learning about local history and enjoying a meal, at Camp 18 Gift Shop and Restaurant. A large log cabin houses a restaurant, museum, and gift shop dedicated to the early history of the Oregon Coast. Tour the museum and check out the displays of logging equipment and train cars from the 1920s, then feast on hearty menu items that include “Flatcars” (pancakes) and “Corks” (waffles named after the imprints on logger boots).

3. Grizzly Tuna

For some of the tastiest fish and chips along the Oregon Coast, head over to Grizzly Tuna. Your kids are sure to love the bright red shack-style restaurant and airy outdoor seating, and locals and visitors alike can’t stop raving about the fish. What makes Grizzly Tuna’s fish and chips so special is the fact that the fish is deep fried albacore tuna instead of whitefish, and the fries are cooked to perfection.

4. Tsunami Sandwich Company

If your kids enjoy a good sandwich, a visit to Tsunami Sandwich Company is definitely in order. This quaint little shop sits in a strip mall on Broadway in the center of town and serves up some of the most delicious sandwiches on the Coast. Choose from sandwiches with cool names like the “Summer Breeze” turkey sandwich and “Tsunami Pastrami,” while your little ones order up the “Tugboat” ham sandwich and “Howdy Partner” hot dog from the kid’s menu. The sandwich shop also offers 16 flavors of ice cream, so make sure to save just a little room for dessert.

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5. The Boardwalk Restaurant and Lounge

Check out the sights and sounds of the Seaside Promenade and Carousel Mall when you take your family for a bite to eat at The Boardwalk Restaurant and Lounge. Conveniently located in the town center, this family-friendly restaurant is a great place to stop during a day of shopping or sightseeing. The Boardwalk is known for its fresh seafood, and the kid’s menu even offers mini clam chowder and fish and chips, but your little ones may be more interested in the seashell pasta macaroni and cheese. Once they clean their plates, treat the kids to a junior ice cream sundae, complete with a cherry on top.

6. Bigfoot’s Steakhouse

Referred to as a “Family Grub and Pub,” Bigfoot’s Steakhouse is a great place to bring the kids for a fun family dinner. The excitement starts with a sign by the door featuring a scary-looking Bigfoot who’s ready to welcome you, and it only gets better inside with the “Best Burgers in Oregon” and a “Li’l Foot Vittles” menu for the kids. Rustic decor gives this popular local spot a cozy vibe, and the friendly service can’t be beat.

7. Patty’s Wicker Cafe

If you’re in the mood for a cozy family breakfast before a day of exploring, give Patty’s Wicker Cafe a try. Homey decor and friendly service make up this local gem, and the omelettes, pancakes, and other goodies are the true definition of comfort food. Wake up with a cup of freshly-brewed coffee as your kids sip on hot chocolate, then enjoy a breakfast feast before starting your day.

8. Flashback Malt and Gift Shoppe

For a sweet treat and a touch of nostalgia all rolled up in one, stop by the Flashback Malt Shoppe, located in the Carousel Mall. Munch on hot dogs and French fries while taking in the 1950’s decor, and treat the kids to an ice cream sundae, signature malt or an old-fashioned egg cream. When you’ve finished your meal, head over to the carousel and snap some photos of your kids as they enjoy the rides.

9. Ruby’s Roadside Grill

Take a little road trip from your vacation rental to enjoy the sights and sounds of Seaside, then pop over to Ruby’s Roadside Grill for a late lunch. Ruby’s sits right on Highway 101 and offers airy outdoor picnic tables and delicious burgers, barbecue shrimp tacos, extra-creamy milkshakes, and much more. The “Kid’s Stuff” menu is perfect for the little ones, with classic kid-friendly fare such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and made-to-order junior burgers.

10. BeeBop’s Burgers

Enjoy some of the finest clam chowder on the Coast paired with a fun, laid-back atmosphere at BeeBop’s Burgers. This no-frills burger joint is popular among locals and travelers, and it’s also known for the best peanut butter milkshakes in town. Located on Broadway just a few minutes from the beach, BeeBop’s is a great place to grab a quick bite before a day of fun on the water.

11. Daisy May’s Sandwich Shop

If you’re planning to do some shopping at the Seaside Factory Outlets, fuel up for your shopping day at Daisy May’s Sandwich Shop, conveniently located right in the mall. The most popular items on the menu are the Reuben and the bacon cheeseburger, and Daisy’s homemade cinnamon rolls are a must-try for anyone who loves sweets. Daisy’s also offers a kid’s menu with chicken strips, grilled cheese sandwiches, and individual cheese pizzas.

12. Guido and Vito’s

On a day when your kids work up a monster appetite, take them to Guido and Vito’s family restaurant. The dining room is cozy and welcoming, making it the perfect place to relax after a long day, and the large kid’s menu has plenty of “grown-up” options in junior sizes. Guido and Vito’s is family-owned and operated, and locals can’t say enough about the friendly staff and prompt service.

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