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Kid-Friendly Restaurants In Ocean City, Maryland

Updated: Apr 6

Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Ocean City, Maryland
Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Ocean City, Maryland

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants In Ocean City, Maryland

Looking for a good place to eat with the kids in Ocean City, Maryland? Look no further than one of these great kid-friendly restaurants! Perfect for a family meal or happy hour, these spots have something for everyone. With delicious food and a fun atmosphere, you're sure to have a great time at one of these great places.

We have all been there, we take our kids on vacation and we have this vision of how happy everyone is. Fast forward to reality, the kids are melting down, they are hungry and tired and all you want to do is have a drink. With these suggestions you will be sure to please everyone in your party.

Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Ocean City, Maryland
Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Ocean City, Maryland

AlleyOops; Are you looking for a kid-friendly restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland? Look no further than Alleyopps! With two locations in the city, Alleyopps offers kids and adults alike an enjoyable experience with a variety of activities to choose from.

From watching them feed the sharks in the aquarium to bowling and arcade games, there's something for everyone - plus delicious food and a bar for the adults. I listed this one first as this is one of the newest kid friendly and honestly THE BEST.

This is a great stop on your family vacation with it being a local favorite with games for younger kids and older kids. Check out the kids chicken tenders meal on the children's menu, these are delish tenders that you will want to revisit.


de Lazy Lizard Bar & Grille, Ocean City; 305 N. 1ST STREET, OCEAN CITY, MD;

Waterfront view family restaurant with a large separate play area for the kids and an open-air tiki bar for the adults. Check out their entertainment schedule for live music and other outdoor events. De Lazy Lizard situated on 1st and the bay is definitely a must-mention restaurant when it comes to kid-friendly beach eateries. It boasts an incredible playground with multiple slides and play-structures right on the dock, all securely fenced off for peace of mind about your children's safety. There is also is outdoor seating situated right next to the playground with a direct view of the playset, The indoors feature a game room for less than ideal weather days, and comfy booths, delicious food and drinks, as well as a newly refurbished open-air tiki bar are just some of the reasons why you won't want to leave. Your kids? They will not want to leave either. They can even have cool drinks like ‘Kid’s Slushy’ served in a souvenir palm tree cup or a ‘Fish Tank’ served in a souvenir coconut-shaped cup. They can have a cool drink and so can mom and dad with a full bar. We are found of the crab cake sandwich and their happy hour with some great drinks. Make sure you put this fantastic destination with plenty of kid-friendly activities on your list of the best things to do while on vacation.

*****We have recently been to Lazy Lizard and sitting on the bayside at dusk and seen some dolphin very close to the edge of the water right by where we were sitting, so if you are looking to see some dolphin, this may be a place to try.


Parched Pelican; The expansive kids’ playground and the to-die-for crab bisque are just a few things that attract families to this nautical canal-front eatery. Baked Mahi and shrimp tacos are a few notable dishes of the house, but the guaranteed kid-pleasers are the crispy chicken fingers.


Fish Tails; 2107 Herring Way, Ocean City, MD 21842;

Located at the Bahia marina, Fishtails is one the favorite kid-friendly restaurants on the eastern shore. Waterfront restaurant with American pub eats & seafood, plus a dock bar & playground on the sand.

The 21st Street spot is always popular with people of all ages from the start to end of summer. Not just for adults, they have an awesome playground, where children can be free and face-painting sometimes occurs, as well as tables directly situated in the sand and breathtaking views from the dock make it a sought-after spot. Arrive early if you would like to claim a place near the action or take a nap in a hammock in the shade.

Furthermore, there is an arcade next to the playground that many kids enjoy but not everyone is aware of. With a dock-bar, eatery, gaming area and spacious playground all in one location, you have everything required for an enjoyable family outing. The restaurant’s kid's menu, titled ‘Lil Skippers’ has a variety of options like cheeseburgers, hot dogs, mac and cheese, pizza, etc. and the food is served on a frisbee that the kids get to keep after the meal.


Dead Freddies Island Grill; 105 64th St, Ocean City, MD 21842;

Family friendly venue with a sandy play area, including a pirate ship playground, offers seafood-inspired American grub & outdoor dining. This family-friendly restaurant on Coastal Hwy and 64th Street offers a perfect bayside dinner experience.

A playground with a pirate ship to climb on and slide down is ideal for keeping an ey

on the kids while enjoying a meal. Appetizers like crab balls and rockfish bites will please even the pickiest of pirates, while various salads, burgers, wraps, and other favorites round out the menu. Kids' meals even come with complimentary eye-patches! The pirate theme of this restaurant is great or kids of all ages. There’s also a separate fun kid’s desserts menu where children can customize their ice cream which is served in a souvenir bucket and shovel. As a personal favorite I am suggesting you try the crab cakes. You will not regret it. This is the perfect place to enjoy lunch on the bay.


RopeWalk; 8203 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, Maryland 21842

O.C.'s Ropewalk on 82nd is an ideal destination for parents and children. Offering a roomy environment and playground in the sand, there is no need to hurry through your meal as you take in the spectacular ocean sunset view. The Bada-Bing shrimp, among other budget friendly happy hour bites, can't be missed, while kids meals come served on a souvenir frisbee.

With a bar outdoors, fire pits, and outdoor playset, cornhole, many outdoor games and plenty of space to explore, everyone can have an enjoyable time at Ropewalk. Why do you need to try this place? During the summer on Sundays,; Barn Hill Preserve of Delaware pays a visit from 2-6 pm. Where, for a small donation you can hold a baby kangaroo, sloth, and see a variety of animals. As always, check their Facebook page and website to confirm they will be there.

This is one of the best places in Ocean City Maryland to to stop. With good food and a great atmosphere this is a favorite place for people of different ages. All kids meals are served on a souvenir frisbee and a fishbowl slushie is also available with fountain drinks.


Tailchasers Restaurant & Dock Bar; 12203 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842. One of the newest additions to restaurants in OC MD, Tailchasers is the perfect spot for Families. Tailchasers Restaurant & Dock Bar, part of Off the Hook's restaurant group, is a great spot located on 122nd Street. Their menu features elevated bar food such as calamari, smoked fish dip, and raw bar selections as well as delicious seafood entrees like fish tacos, surf n' turf, and lobster pasta prepared with the freshest ingredients. On top of all that, its laid-back atmosphere is perfect for the whole family; you can sit out in the sand sipping your favorite beverage while the kids play nearby. I suggest trying the crab dip! You will not be disappointed.

Honorable Mentions

Macky's Bayside Bar & Grill ; 5311 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842; Located bayside, Macky's Bayside Bar & Grill serves fresh seafood offering a family-friendly environment. What gives this an honorable mention is that you can sit right in the sand on the bay and the kiddos can take nets to the edge of the water and discover little minnows and fish. This keeps them busy while the family is enjoying an orange crush or fresh catch of the day. It also has a great kids menu that their dinner comes in a frisbee that they can take home.

BEST BREAKFAST: You have to try Bayside Skillet for Breakfast! Located right on Coastal Highway, you cannot miss this iconic pink building . Winner of Ocean City’s Beauty Spot Award, The Bayside Skillet is located on 77th Street and Coastal Highway on the bayfront of Ocean City, Maryland. Since opening the doors on July 5th, 1977 “The Crepe and Omelette Place” has established itself as the premier upscale breakfast restaurant in the area. MY ONLY ADVICE, if you get a breakfast meal, come with an appetite. The portions are HUGE and is the most filling breakfast you will find in Ocean City. I always share with someone whom is with our party.

Belly Busters is a must try when in OC; a local favorite, Belly Busters offers no frills but big thrills on food. I can tell you this is on our list every visit. Everyday they have specials that are so delish but even more delicious on your wallet. My husband loves the french dip sub that comes with a mound of fries for under $10.00 (was the price for a while, may have went up) Belly Busters is a great place to have steamed crabs. This is one place that we go to for Maryland Steamed blue crabs. The crabs are always full and delish. You can buy crabs buy the dozen and even half dozen. From the first time we went to Belly Busters we knew it was going to be someplace we would never miss when we hit the beach. We even have the boys hooked. No Pun Intended.

You cannot go to OC without trying some Dough Roller Pizza, yes labeled a tourist trap, there is something about the pepperoni pizza that you cannot miss.

Another staple of OC is an iconic one. Thrashers Fries; You have not had french fries until you have tried Thrashers boardwalk fries. Old Bay & Vinegar, I KNOW!! Sounds gross but OMG, you have got to try it.

Last but not least, Dumsers; Their ice cream and sundaes are to die for. Soft serve ice cream is a must have for dessert. Locations serving food are a must try also. Fried chicken is something on the menu you must try. Make sure you visit the locations that serve food as you will find a wide variety of menu items.

Now, one place that I have to mention is Sunset Grille in West Ocean City. Located at Sunset Marina, 12933 Sunset Ave, they have outdoor seating with an outdoor bar where almost every night they have live entertainment. This is one of our favorite places to go as we fish out of Sunset Marina so after a successful day of fishing I meet the husband and boys at the boat and we hang out there for the night.

This is a really great place if you have a little bit older kids that don't do the playsets but want to be entertained as they can watch the bands play and walk around the marina. Sunset Grille and Teasers Bar is a Maryland favorite restaurant. Try to check them out during one of the fishing tournaments that weigh in at the Marina for a unique experience. Their website has an entertainment schedule so you can see who is playing.

I hope that these suggestions of best family-friendly restaurants of Ocean City, Maryland will be on your list of Maryland restaurants that you choose on your next family getaway.

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