From the boardwalk and beaches to cultural attractions, Virginia Beach keeps families busy with a variety of fun activities. Once you book a stay at one of many Virginia Beach vacation rentals and plan your itinerary, you can check out the numerous kid-friendly restaurants in the area. Ocean views, fun decor, and delicious food are just a few of the perks at these Virginia Beach eateries.

1. Sage Kitchen at Anderson’s

Trendy yet approachable, Sage Kitchen at Anderson’s serves up fresh food made with local ingredients, so you can feel good about what your kids eat while choosing your own delicious food. Not only does the restaurant serve up kid-friendly fare, but it also has a play set complete with slides, swings, and a rock climbing wall to keep your kids occupied until the food arrives. If your kids are restless, walk around the greenhouse and enjoy outdoor fire pits. Back at the table, keep kids busy with coloring sheets.

2. Pie-O-Neer Pizza Bar

Pizza is a go-to option for families, but Pie-O-Neer does pizza differently. You get to build your own pizza by choosing all of the parts of the pizza, including the crust type, sauce, and toppings. Kids get a special Young Pie-O-Neer, which is a 6-inch pizza made just for kids 10 and younger. Little ones love this option because they get to control what goes onto their pizza instead of eating what you order. They also enjoy watching the pizzas being made and baked in the wood-fired oven. If you prefer, build your own salad with your choice of toppings.

3. Pop’s Diner Co.

This family-friendly restaurant is known for its breakfast menu. It’s a favorite of locals, even winning awards multiple years in a row for best breakfast, best waffle, and best burger, sealing the deal. The premise of Pop’s Diner Co. is to serve up home-cooked meals in a family-friendly environment with exceptional customer service. Kids enjoy a simple menu with classic kid favorites. The adult menu has a little more variety, while still offering the comfort dishes you love.

4. Rudee’s on the Inlet Restaurant & Cabana Bar

Just a short walk from the beach, Rudee’s on the Inlet is the perfect stop for dinner before you head back to your vacation rental. It’s been featured on Food Network and is a local favorite when it comes to fresh seafood. Get there early for your chance to snag an outdoor spot. Kids love sitting at the outdoor gliding tables, and the boats sailing by in the marina offer another way to keep kids entertained. Sitting outdoors lets kids be a little noisy without disturbing others. The kid’s menu offers several food options, and it’s printed on a coloring page for extra entertainment. The adult menu features a variety of both surf and turf options, including fresh seafood caught in the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay.

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5. King of the Sea

Start eating right away when you choose the seafood buffet at King of the Sea. This option eliminates the wait for your food that you get at most sit-down restaurants. If you don’t mind the wait, order off the menu from a variety of entrees, salads, and other dishes. Kids get their own menu with a few seafood options mixed in with favorites like chicken and burgers.

6. Pocahontas Pancake and Waffle Shop

Located in the heart of the tourist strip on Atlantic Avenue, Pocahontas Pancake and Waffle Shop is an easy stop as you start your day of Virginia Beach fun. The restaurant delivers on kid-friendly ambiance with beautiful murals and decor honoring the Native American culture. A life-size tepee inside the restaurant is another favorite of the young restaurant crowd. The kids’ menu and regular menu focuses on the breakfast classics that make Pocahontas Pancakes famous, with multiple varieties of pancakes, waffles, and egg dishes. You can also choose from sandwiches and other lunch staples.

7. Beach Bully Barbecue

When you’re craving pulled pork, barbecue chicken, or tasty beef, head to Beach Bully Barbecue, a favorite of locals. This casual dining restaurant is kid-friendly with a comfortable ambiance and several staples on the kids’ menu. Adults choose from a variety of barbecue options and an expansive menu of sides to round out the meal. An outdoor deck is a fun and comfortable spot to dine with kids in a spot where loud voices aren’t an issue.

8. Dough Boy’s California Pizza

You can never have too much pizza, and Dough Boy’s California Pizza is a popular Virginia Beach option when your family is craving pizza pie. Three locations along Atlantic Avenue make this pizza place convenient wherever your Virginia Beach adventures take you. The casual setting and friendly service make this restaurant ideal for families. While pizza is the main focus of the menu, kids and adults alike have other options. The full menu includes salads, sandwiches, pasta, calzones, and burgers to balance out the pizza offerings. Kids get free Frisbees with their meals as a fun little extra that doubles as entertainment at the beach or at your vacation rental.

9. Big Sam’s Inlet Cafe and Raw Bar

Big Sam’s Inlet Cafe and Raw Bar serves up fun French Polynesian decor with tikis throughout the design. A stop at this extremely laid-back family-friendly restaurant feels a bit like a tropical retreat. Known for its breakfast menu, this restaurant also serves lunch and dinner with a varied menu that features several seafood dishes. Breakfast options include all of the classics with a few more creative dishes available.

10. Doc Taylor’s

Doc Taylor’s puts the choice in your hands. The casual, family-friendly restaurant serves all of their breakfast and lunch options any time they’re open. If your kids want breakfast at noon, that’s perfectly fine. If they prefer chicken tenders first thing in the morning, you don’t have to argue or explain why they can’t have them. Food arrives at your table quickly, so you don’t have to keep the kids calm for long before they’re digging into their meals. The menu features many classic comfort foods to keep you satisfied.

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