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Diners' Choice: Kid-friendly restaurants in Coastal North Carolina

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are kid friendly in Coastal North Carolina? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of The Melting Pot - Wilmington(NC) restaurant
4.9
4.9 (710)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Wilmington
About the restaurant
Welcome and thank you for choosing The Melting Pot of Wilmington. We offer a very unique and interactive dining experience, with a heavy focus on personal service. Our Wait staff has been hand picked and extensively trained to have the ability to provide you, our guest, with nothing less than a "Perfect Night Out." Every visit will be hand tailored to fit your wants and needs during your fondue experience. We are a four-course full service restaurant. We offer a stunning variety of creamy, perfectly balanced cheeses that our servers hand craft table side for your dining pleasure. We have a selection of cold, crisp and fresh salads, paired with house made dressings. Our entrées are as beautiful as they are delicious. We offer a wide range of premium meats and seafoods with a variety of sophisticated marinades and sauces for dipping.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Service was spectacular! Food was tasty, fresh and delicious!
A photo of Genki Sushi Bar and Japanese Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (588)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Wilmington
About the restaurant
We look forward to welcoming you into our warm environment, with food so good you will swear you just stepped off of the train in Tokyo.
If you are reading this description, please take note that we will only hold your reservation for 15 minutes. After that, you forfeit your reservation. Our apologies for this, we can not hold tables past 15 minutes as this does not help with our other wait times. Also, please remember to count small children and babies as a person for seating. Thank you for your participation and understanding in this.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
We enjoy every meal we have at Genki. It’s such a special place to us. We brought our two year old there for the first time and they made it so special for him. He loved the food and they gave him kid chopsticks that he loves! It was very thoughtful of them.
A photo of The Oyster Rock Waterfront Seafood restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3105)
$30 and under
Seafood
Calabash
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Oyster Rock, a family-owned and operated waterfront Calabash seafood restaurant specializing in excellent seafood and raw bar items, mixed with a flavorful variety of mouth-watering beef, chicken and pork dishes, along with sandwiches and burgers all prepared in house every day using only the freshest and finest ingredients from local and regional suppliers and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean right outside our doors.

Overlooking the scenic Calabash River and its pristine estuaries and relaxing atmosphere, The Oyster Rock provides the most amazing view around, from our indoor and outdoor seating areas and bars featuring more than 24 domestic and imported beers on tap, 30 wines by the glass and a delicious collection of specialty cocktails.

If you would like to order carryout, orders may be placed by calling 910-579-6875.
Top review
FredButterfield
Dined 1 day ago
My wife and I chose Oyster Rock to celebrate our 46th wedding anniversary. Our meal was sumptuous and the service was outstanding. The doors opened at 4:00pm (which was the only time we could get a following-day reservation), and there was already a line forming outside; moreover, by 4:30pm, the dining room was completely full — all of which speaks to the immense popularity and well-earned reputation of this restaurant. Lord willing, we are already planning to come back again next year!
A photo of Montero's restaurant
4.9
4.9 (192)
$30 and under
American
Edenton
About the restaurant
A life long dream of Karin and Andy Montero, this 1904 home has been transformed into
Elizabeth City's premier location to "Meet. Eat. Celebrate." With our guests in mind,
Montero's is committed to providing a complete "Restaurant Experience"...exceptional service,
creative cuisine and a casual atmosphere. Our staff possesses the same passion and desire for
this restaurant that we do and we hope you will as well!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Had a great date night, good service, and great food!
A photo of The Boundary House Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2930)
$30 and under
Southern
Calabash
About the restaurant
The Boundary House Restaurant serves up some of the finest food from the highest quality ingredients available. All of our items are made fresh to order and our dressings and desserts are prepared in house.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Amazing! As always! We eat here every year we come for vacation and it’s always my favorite!
A photo of NC Coast Grill & Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (341)
$30 and under
Seafood
Duck
About the restaurant
NC Coast Grill & Bar, a new waterfront restaurant in Duck, NC, offers impressive Currituck Sound and sunset views as well as boat dockage and outdoor dining right on the Duck boardwalk. But we’re so much more than a pretty place to eat. If you’re looking for an Outer Banks restaurant that’s low-key, modern, fresh and fun, with an eclectic, chef-driven menu, craft beers and creative cocktails, this is the Duck, NC, restaurant for you.

NC Coast’s open kitchen, snazzy concrete bar and upscale coastal decor create a vibrant, hip atmosphere for gathering with family and friends over drinks, snacks, shareable plates and meals right at the water’s edge.
Top review
StephanieD
Dined on Mar 28, 2024
Great food and service! Luke (our server) was outstanding. We will most definitely be returning.
A photo of The Village Table and Tavern restaurant
4.6
4.6 (729)
$31 to $50
American
Duck
About the restaurant
Welcome to casual waterfront dining at its best. Yes, we have a stunning waterfront location overlooking the Currituck Sound, but our goal is to be a great restaurant that just happens to have a great view. From casual, familiar fare to elevated, creative originals, we offer something for everyone. Our menu includes crave-worthy appetizers, fresh salads, inspired sandwiches, creatively prepared local seafood, and scratch-made desserts. To complement our food, we serve local and international craft beers, an exceptional selection of wines, and craft cocktails that capture the essence of a seaside tavern. For a special occasion or a casual bite after a day at the beach, The Village Table & Tavern is THE gathering place for family and friends in Duck.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Can’t beat the sunset! Food and cocktails were delicious and the service was excellent. Will definitely return.
A photo of The Mash House Brewing Company restaurant
4.5
4.5 (864)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Fayetteville
About the restaurant
In a location with real character, right in the heart of Fayetteville, The Mash House Brewing Company defines what it’s like to have a unique local dining experience, whether you choose a refined, gourmet fusion dish, the best in local pasture raised beef, or more casual fare, like a pasture rasied freshly ground burger or hand-crafted sandwich. We pride ourselves on supporting North Carolina farmers and growers by using local products as much as possible. We consistently rank as one of the area’s best restaurants favorite destinations for steaks, chops and award-winning beer — hand-crafted on the premises utilizing the traditional methods of Old World brewers.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent food, great ambiance, excellent first time overall experience. We enjoyed our meal, the service and the ambiance. A hidden gem.
A photo of Solstice Wrightsville Beach restaurant
4.4
4.4 (65)
$31 to $50
American
Wrightsville Beach
About the restaurant
Solstice Kitchen + Cocktails is the place to indulge in spectacular food and stunning ocean views. Our award-winning Chef, William Roberts has designed a menu that is loved by locals and traveling foodies alike. Come taste your way through our market-fresh menu of coastal-American dishes and handcrafted drinks. We have a passion for market-fresh ingredients, honest cooking, and a beach-elegant atmosphere that’s welcoming to all.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
It was a very special Fathers Day for our family and Solstice did not disappoint. Our needs were met with a seaside table, waitress was attentive and friendly and the food was spectacular. After dinner easy access to the beach was enjoyable. Only wish was to have more selection for the dessert menu.
A photo of The Lifesaving Station - Sanderling Resort restaurant
4.2
4.2 (745)
$30 and under
American
Duck
About the restaurant
Located in the original Caffey’s Inlet Life Saving Station No. 5, the Lifesaving Station is Sanderling’s casual, three-meal-a-day restaurant celebrating southern coastal cuisine. After the winter renovations, the second level now offers sweeping views of the Currituck Sound and available for large parties with an expansive kid’s menu.

The menu changes seasonally, and specials feature the freshest of the day’s catch. This season’s highlights are Shrimp and Grits, Crab Stuffed Flounder or Pan Seared Duck Breast. Since the restaurant's inception in 1985, the Sanderling Blue Crab Chowder has been a favorite.

The Lifesaving Station maintains an impressive wine list. At the newly renovated No 5 Bar now located on the first level, local North Carolina breweries are featured on tap while specialty cocktails include “Keeper’s Watch” . A new No 5 bar food menu is available all day.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Fun “foodie” dinner with upscale ingredients and garnishes.
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