Best Family-Friendly Restaurants

The Crystal Coast is a superb place to take the kids. The waters are calm, the neighborhoods are safe, and everyone seems to live harmony with one another. It’s a peaceful place where people go to enjoy the ocean and the many family-friendly events and outdoor activities.

The wide variety of family-oriented restaurants help make the Crystal Coast extra-easy for parents. Families can find delicious places to eat that are affordable, welcoming for kids, and featuring water views.

Below are a few of the best restaurants for the whole family – all nearby Crystal Coast rentals.

crystal coast family friendly restaurants

Amos Mosquitos

Location: 5425, 703 E. Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach, NC

Amos Mosquitos is located on the water in the heart of Atlantic Beach and is almost universally considered one of the best restaurants on the Crystal Coast.

While adults can indulge in the acclaimed Bang-Bang Shrimp followed by Caribbean Spice Seared Tuna, kids can order the creatively named Slimewich (grilled cheese), the Swampburger (a cheeseburger), or Snake Skins (French fries).

Adventurous kids can grab chicken, shrimp, or flounder shish kebabs – or as Amos Mosquitos likes to call them, Swampmonsters.

Ruddy Duck Tavern

Location: 509 Evans St., Morehead City, NC

The Ruddy Duck Tavern is the go-to local restaurant for seafood in Morehead City. The owners are incredibly friendly and dedicated to providing great service.

The restaurant culture is founded on serving classic, high-quality food, caring for the Earth with eco-friendly packaging, and appreciating customers for years – or just an evening! – of patronage.

Here, the quality of the menu matches the quality of their service. Try the calamari or nachos, Philly cheese steak sandwich, or a Reuben. There are even some non-traditional dishes, such as duckling, pecan fish, and jambalaya. Younger guests can’t go wrong with the kid-friendly staples: burgers, shrimp, grilled cheese, and more.

Ruddy Duck Tavern is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and weekends.

The Sanitary Fish Market and Restaurant

Location: 501 Evans St., Morehead City, NC

The Sanitary Fish Market and Restaurant makes for a delightful counterpart to the Ruddy Duck Tavern. Both based in Morehead City, they lie about a block from each other along Harbor Channel.

The Sanitary is an unapologetic fish market and restaurant in one. If you love fresh seafood with a rotating, seasonal menu, you’ll love this popular joint.

Lunch specials are available with local specialties such as fresh gulf shrimp salads and wraps, fried clams, and chicken and steak entrees. A kids menu with favorites such as burgers, fish sandwiches, grilled cheese and pasta will keep the young ones happy.

The Sanitary is located in a huge square building with accessible boat docking. Take a seat by the bar, which is decorated as an authentic boater’s watering hole. At every turn, you will find something authentic and mementos from days gone by.

The Sanitary is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.


Location: 330 Front St., Beaufort, NC

Finz is a whole lot of fun. This casual eatery is a nice fit for the families out there who need affordable prices and reasonable portions for the kids.

Enjoy your meal by the water in a rustic pier-like setting. As for the menu, you have hot wings, crab fritters, black bean nachos, sweet baby bacon burgers, oyster burgers, and sautéed shrimp soaked in onions, peppers, mushrooms, and cheese and much more to choose from.

The hours here are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. all week long.

Looking for an amazing place to eat? Be sure to explore the many cafes, bakeries, coffee shops, and waterfront restaurants on the Crystal Coast.

Don’t hesitate to give us a call for more information about available rental homes on the Crystal Coast. You can reach us at 252-247-7610. We have an impressive variety of Crystal Coast rentals for you choose from to make the most of your next family vacation.