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Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Myrtle Beach

  By  Shelbi Ankiewicz
Family dining outside at LuLu's North Myrtle Beach

Shelbi's note: Growing up with four younger siblings means I’ve been to every kid-friendly restaurant in town! I’ve curated a list of the best restaurants to visit specifically with kids, whether they are 5 years old or teenagers.

There are hundreds of restaurants in Myrtle Beach, but when traveling with kids, you’re probably looking for places they will enjoy, too. Various spots have terrific kids’ menus, and open buffets full of all-you-can-eat, and some even have arcades, so you’re not limited to staying at your table. From places I’ve been recommended by friends, to spots I grew up going to with my family, these are the best kid-friendly restaurants to visit while at the beach:

 

For kids 12 and under:

local's fav
Family dining among dinosaurs at Dinoland
1. Dinoland Cafe

Travel back in time at this dinosaur-themed, family-friendly restaurant, featuring life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, a lava mountain, a talking tree, and a flying dragon bar. It will be an unforgettable experience that your kids will be talking about for days! Sink your teeth into lava mountain ribs, caveman steaks, a saber tooth chicken sandwich, and much more. Finish it off with a chocolate dragon egg!

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament mom and son
2. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

Gather the family for a one-of-a-kind feast and show at Medieval Times, where an 11th-century-style castle will take you back to Medieval Spain. Here, knights will fight for your honor with an action-packed jousting finale, and the beautiful Andalusian horses will dance around, while you’re eating a four-course meal with your hands that’s fit for royalty. Make sure to cheer on your knight inside the massive arena!

featured Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show
3. Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

Ahoy, matey! This dinner theatre transforms the beach into a hideaway lagoon, where a swashbuckling battle between Blackbeard, alongside his quartermaster Calico Jack, takes place amidst the Crimson and Sapphire crews. You’ll take in their every move on land, on deck, in the water, and high above the full-sized pirate ship. Aerialists, mermaids, pirates, and tropical birds abound as you dine on a four-course feast.

For Kids over the age of 12:

local's fav Dead Dog Saloon
1. Dead Dog

This waterfront restaurant along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk is known as a fun, family-friendly meeting place named after the owner’s former family dog, Dudley. Since 2002, it’s been a locals’ gathering spot for lunch, dinner, and dancing to live music. Choose to dine in its indoor or outdoor areas equipped with three bars and large-screen HD TVs. Try their Boo Boo Bites, Woof Woof Wings, fish baskets, burgers, house-made barbecue and happy hour drink specials. After dinner, stroll down the MarshWalk and check out the water views.

2. Creek Ratz

Another MarshWalk landmark, Creek Ratz, is a cool-casual restaurant on the water for families to kick back and relax with its rustic, nautical atmosphere. Expect reasonable prices, a fresh seafood menu, a great children’s menu, a full raw bar, and daily happy hour. Live music is also on the schedule – everything from country to beach music – on the lawn, where the kids and everyone can dance and move around.

featured Crooked Hammock Brewery
3. Crooked Hammock Brewery

This fun, funky brewery in Barefoot Landing welcomes families to laugh, sip, and dine indoors and out, plus revel in live music with a layout of yard games and hammocks in the back. Their hand-crafted brews are delicious – and so is their menu, from the party starters to the fresh salads to the backyard cookout-themed dinners, sandwiches, and sides, like grilled pineapple.

local's fav Angelo's Steak & Pasta
4. Angelo's Steak & Pasta

Home of the “Greatest Steaks in the Universe,” Angelo’s combined two separate buffets and individual dining rooms that can easily accommodate large groups, and it’s easy to see why this has been a local family favorite for the past 41 years. From steaks to chicken, pasta to pizza, and cheesecake to pie, Angelo’s has a menu packed to the brim with delicious dinner options for the whole family.

Dick's Last Resort
5. Dick's Last Resort

Providing you and your family with tasty food and a big side of sarcasm, be prepared to laugh all night long. This restaurant is definitely not for the faint of heart, so be prepared to take a joke, or a few, from the waiters while you’re enjoying your meal. They have 20 oz moonshine cocktails served in mason jars, seafood platters, salads called ‘The Green Stuff’, and so much more. Sit inside or on the Tiki Bar patio to see if you can spot an alligator swimming in the nearby water.

local's fav Voodoo Brewing Company - Myrtle Beach
6. Voodoo Brewing

With two locations, the newest one at Broadway at the Beach, Voodoo is a great place to spend a casual evening. Bring the kids for a weekly event, like trivia every Tuesday night, so everyone can play a game free of charge while the adults enjoy some craft beers. You can also snack on some of their funky bar foods like sriracha ranch wings, flavored mussels, or a voo-dill pickle pizza. Afterward, the family can take a walk around Broadway at the Beach, so not only is Voodoo unique, but it’s also conveniently located.

featured RipTydz Oceanfront Grille & Rooftop Bar
7. Riptydz

For all the true beach lovers who like to spend an afternoon outside with the kids throwing a frisbee or playing hacky sack, you’ll love this contemporary oceanfront experience. Featuring one of the biggest rooftop bars in the city, a deck overlooking the ocean, and daily live music, you’ll feel immersed surrounded by nautical décor and an electrically crafted menu. Choose between Mahi Mahi tacos, a steak and lobster entree, or a sandwich favorite to start the night and end with a nice walk on the beach, toes in the sand and drink in hand.

Kids of all ages:

local's fav River City Cafe - Myrtle Beach
1. River City Cafe - Myrtle Beach

Who wouldn’t want to be encouraged to throw peanuts from a centerpiece bucket onto the floor and not worry about cleanup? That’s exactly the kind of family-friendly fun and service you’ll find at any of the seven River City Café locations throughout the Grand Strand. Yet, that’s only the start: you’ll also love putting your hands on the best burgers in town and digging into their world-famous onion rings, hand-cut French fries, and more. Better yet, before your order is up, check out all the license plates plastered on the walls, let the kids crayon all over the butcher paper tablecloth, and parents can sip one of the long lists of beers on tap.

local's fav Dave & Buster's
2. Dave & Buster's

This massive combination of arcade and sports bar chain is perfect for all ages. The kids can go wild on any of the countless games, from classics, like Pac-Man and Pop-a-Shot, to the latest video and VR games, like Top Gun Maverick. There is also everything in between like air hockey, Skee-ball, billiards, and bowling. Meanwhile, the grown-ups can catch a game on any of the giant TVs just about everywhere in the building, while sipping on an ice-cold beer, and ordering food, like burgers, wings, fries, and more for the whole family.

PLayer1Up
3. Player 1Up

Not only will the kids love this place that was formerly Milardo’s, but parents will have a dose of nostalgia with the lineup of 1980s arcade classics such as Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, and pinball machines, mixed in with newer games. To add on, you must pay to play with a good, old-fashioned quarter! When it’s time to refuel, order from their large menu of pizzas, munchies, sandwiches, and more.

featured The Hangout
4. The Hangout

This family restaurant at Broadway at the Beach has become a place to eat, have fun, and, well, hang out. There’s free music nightly, a fire pit, a foam pit, a courtyard complete with a sand pile, and games – dancing is also encouraged anywhere, including tabletops! The Hangout’s menu features nachos, burgers, seafood platters, salads and soups. Little ones will love the milkshakes … grownups must try their spiked slushies (or any concoction from the full bar).

featured LuLu's North Myrtle Beach
5. LuLu's NMB

LuLu's is the centerpiece of food, family, and fun at the beach! Located on the Intracoastal Waterway, Lulu’s hosts a nightly lineup of live music, a children’s paradise of ropes courses, a sandy beach with the Fountain of Youth, a beach volleyball court, and LuLu’s Beach Arcade. It’s the perfect location for families to come and unwind after a long day. Their menu includes favorites like Peel and Eat Shrimp, Fried Green Tomato BLTs, and Pulled Pork sandwiches. They also offer gluten-free, shellfish-free, soy-free, and other specialty menus for all to enjoy.

Shelbi Ankiewicz
Shelbi Ankiewicz is a senior at Coastal Carolina University studying communication, journalism, and intercultural studies. She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama, but has resided in Myrtle Beach for 14 years. She is the Editor-in-Chief of CCU's student newspaper, The Chanticleer, and is a member of a two-year leadership program called the Wall Fellows. Shelbi enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling to major cities in the SouthEast, and attending concerts. In her free time you can find her hanging out with her frenchton bulldog, Oma, or visiting the local trails Myrtle Beach has to offer.