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15 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Maine

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Flatbread Pizza in Portland welcome families
| Michael B./Yelp

Whether you've got kids of your own or are looking to entertain family visiting Vacationland this summer, finding that perfect kid-friendly restaurant is a bit like searching for the Holy Grail. Families want a menu that will please pint-size and adult diners alike, perhaps some sort of children's play area or entertainment, and most of all, a good beer list. Here's 15 spots around Maine that are in that elusive family-friendly sweet spot.

Note: Seafood shacks are generally kid-friendly destinations as well. Check out the map of 15 Essential Maine Lobster Rolls to find one near you. Map points are listed south to north.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. When Pigs Fly Wood-Fired Pizzeria

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460 US Route 1
Kittery, ME 03904
(207) 438-7036
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Kids will love this wood-fired pizzeria’s menu, with plenty of choices for picky palates like pepperoni pizza, burgers, and soft pretzels. Adults will love the craft beer selection, with 20 different taps available, and the friendly servers’ seemingly endless reserve of patience.

2. Federal Jack's Brewpub

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8 Western Ave
Kennebunk, ME 04043
(207) 967-4322
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The kid’s menu at this family-friendly brewpub in downtown Kennebunkport is surprisingly large, while the beer choices will please the adults in the group. Should restless kids need a break, the game room in the back offers video games, pool, and a claw machine.

3. El Rayo Taqueria

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245 US Route 1
Scarborough, ME 04074
(207) 494-1000
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Kids will love the Mexican menu at this taqueria and the brightly colored decor. Smaller portions are available for los niños and they’ll love the non-alcoholic frescas that come with a plastic mermaid topper.
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4. Otto Pizza

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159 Cottage Rd
South Portland, ME 04106
(207) 517-3051
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All of Otto’s locations are kid-friendly, but the Cottage Rd. location is particularly so, with its garage doors that let kids roam yet stay within eyesight of their parents.

5. Salvage BBQ

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919 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 553-2100
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Salvage BBQ is loud no matter the clientele, so a few shrieking kids won’t draw any notice. After enjoying kid-pleasing sides like mac and cheese and hush puppies, retro video games will keep them entertained while parents enjoy some much-needed bourbon.

6. Slab Sicilian Street Food

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25 Preble St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 245-3088
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Slab’s large patio and casual service is perfect for large groups and families. Kids will love the carb-y comfort foods that come from baker Stephen Lanzalotta’s kitchen.
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7. Flatbread Company

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72 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 772-8777
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Sit in the dining room and kids will be mesmerized by the wood-fired oven and the busy kitchen. Kids will love the flatbread pizzas, while adults will be happy with the restaurant’s selection of nitrate-free meats and local vegetables.

8. Silly's Restaurant

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40 Washington Ave
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 772-0360
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Silly’s expansive menu will satisfy every kind of diner, from young to vegan to gluten-free. The quirky decor will entertain kids, and a selection of games will help pass the time until the food comes.

9. Buck’s Naked BBQ

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568 Route 1
Freeport, ME 04032
(207) 865-0600
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The kid’s play area is a life-saver for parents who are looking to relax at this casual barbecue restaurant. Buck’s other locations in Windham and Portland are kid-friendly as well.

10. Watershed Tavern & Brewery

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301 Adams Pond Rd
Boothbay, ME 04537
(207) 633-3411
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This brewpub serves Boothbay Craft Brewing’s beer and a from-sratch menu. Families will appreciate by the cozy tavern vibe and the industrial brewing equipment visible from the dining room. Kids under 12 can order off the special kids’ menu.

11. Edna & Lucy's

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407 Hallowell Rd
Pownal, ME 04069
(207) 688-3029
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Located near kid-friendly Bradbury Mountain, this casual cafe is the perfect spot to stop post-hike for some filling sandwiches and soups. Don't forget one of the famous donuts for the road.

12. Frontier

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14 Maine St
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 725-5222
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The global cuisine of this filmhouse, art gallery, and cafe might scare off some picky eaters, but even conservative diners will love chicken tacos, burgers, and loaded fries. The renovated mill space creates a convivial environment in which kids will feel right at home.

13. Cafe Miranda

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15 Oak St
Rockland, ME 04841
(207) 594-2034
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This eclectic menu has something for diners of all stripes, and kids will love the kitschy bathrooms—especially the velvet Elvis themed one.

14. Thirsty Whale

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40 Cottage St
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-9335
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This nautically-themed tavern in downtown Bar Harbor has family-friendly pub classics like fried mozzarella sticks and grilled ham and cheese. Adults will appreciate the thoughtful list of craft beer.

15. The Family Dog

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6 Mill St
Orono, ME 04473
(207) 866-2808
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Kids of all ages will love this casual eatery’s menu of hotdogs and hamburgers. Even the dog’s allowed, and kids and dogs alike can play in the fenced-in park.

1. When Pigs Fly Wood-Fired Pizzeria

460 US Route 1, Kittery, ME 03904
Kids will love this wood-fired pizzeria’s menu, with plenty of choices for picky palates like pepperoni pizza, burgers, and soft pretzels. Adults will love the craft beer selection, with 20 different taps available, and the friendly servers’ seemingly endless reserve of patience.
460 US Route 1
Kittery, ME 03904

2. Federal Jack's Brewpub

8 Western Ave, Kennebunk, ME 04043
The kid’s menu at this family-friendly brewpub in downtown Kennebunkport is surprisingly large, while the beer choices will please the adults in the group. Should restless kids need a break, the game room in the back offers video games, pool, and a claw machine.
8 Western Ave
Kennebunk, ME 04043

3. El Rayo Taqueria

245 US Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074
Adam H. Callaghan/Eater
Kids will love the Mexican menu at this taqueria and the brightly colored decor. Smaller portions are available for los niños and they’ll love the non-alcoholic frescas that come with a plastic mermaid topper.
245 US Route 1
Scarborough, ME 04074

4. Otto Pizza

159 Cottage Rd, South Portland, ME 04106
All of Otto’s locations are kid-friendly, but the Cottage Rd. location is particularly so, with its garage doors that let kids roam yet stay within eyesight of their parents.
159 Cottage Rd
South Portland, ME 04106

5. Salvage BBQ

919 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102
Salvage BBQ is loud no matter the clientele, so a few shrieking kids won’t draw any notice. After enjoying kid-pleasing sides like mac and cheese and hush puppies, retro video games will keep them entertained while parents enjoy some much-needed bourbon.
919 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102

6. Slab Sicilian Street Food

25 Preble St, Portland, ME 04101
Adam H. Callaghan/Eater
Slab’s large patio and casual service is perfect for large groups and families. Kids will love the carb-y comfort foods that come from baker Stephen Lanzalotta’s kitchen.
25 Preble St
Portland, ME 04101

7. Flatbread Company

72 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101
Sit in the dining room and kids will be mesmerized by the wood-fired oven and the busy kitchen. Kids will love the flatbread pizzas, while adults will be happy with the restaurant’s selection of nitrate-free meats and local vegetables.
72 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101

8. Silly's Restaurant

40 Washington Ave, Portland, ME 04101
Silly’s expansive menu will satisfy every kind of diner, from young to vegan to gluten-free. The quirky decor will entertain kids, and a selection of games will help pass the time until the food comes.
40 Washington Ave
Portland, ME 04101

9. Buck’s Naked BBQ

568 Route 1, Freeport, ME 04032
The kid’s play area is a life-saver for parents who are looking to relax at this casual barbecue restaurant. Buck’s other locations in Windham and Portland are kid-friendly as well.
568 Route 1
Freeport, ME 04032

10. Watershed Tavern & Brewery

301 Adams Pond Rd, Boothbay, ME 04537
This brewpub serves Boothbay Craft Brewing’s beer and a from-sratch menu. Families will appreciate by the cozy tavern vibe and the industrial brewing equipment visible from the dining room. Kids under 12 can order off the special kids’ menu.
301 Adams Pond Rd
Boothbay, ME 04537

11. Edna & Lucy's

407 Hallowell Rd, Pownal, ME 04069
Located near kid-friendly Bradbury Mountain, this casual cafe is the perfect spot to stop post-hike for some filling sandwiches and soups. Don't forget one of the famous donuts for the road.
407 Hallowell Rd
Pownal, ME 04069

12. Frontier

14 Maine St, Brunswick, ME 04011
The global cuisine of this filmhouse, art gallery, and cafe might scare off some picky eaters, but even conservative diners will love chicken tacos, burgers, and loaded fries. The renovated mill space creates a convivial environment in which kids will feel right at home.
14 Maine St
Brunswick, ME 04011

13. Cafe Miranda

15 Oak St, Rockland, ME 04841
This eclectic menu has something for diners of all stripes, and kids will love the kitschy bathrooms—especially the velvet Elvis themed one.
15 Oak St
Rockland, ME 04841

14. Thirsty Whale

40 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
This nautically-themed tavern in downtown Bar Harbor has family-friendly pub classics like fried mozzarella sticks and grilled ham and cheese. Adults will appreciate the thoughtful list of craft beer.
40 Cottage St
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

15. The Family Dog

6 Mill St, Orono, ME 04473
Kids of all ages will love this casual eatery’s menu of hotdogs and hamburgers. Even the dog’s allowed, and kids and dogs alike can play in the fenced-in park.
6 Mill St
Orono, ME 04473

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