BJ's has a beautiful view and a long deck for eating in or outside. The seafood is great with a wide selection of crab, fish and shrimp dished. Signature salads reign supreme and with more than 15 specialty sandwiches, there's bound to be something for everyone in the family. There's a separate kids' menu, and a duck feeding on the deck every day at 1 p.m. They also have live music several nights a week.
•Ocean City, MD •410-289-3322
Embers Restaurant is another delicious all-you-can-eat seafood buffet. The restaurant features a wide range of seafood items, including crab legs, breaded catfish, fried shrimp, tilapia, steamed clams and mussels, as well as a carving station with prime rib, ham and beef. Additionally, the buffet selection features pasta, pizza, a raw bar, salad bar and specialty items such as fried chicken, BBQ ribs, chicken parmesan and beef teriyaki.
•Ocean City, MD •410-289-0990
At the waterfront Fish Tales, parents can enjoy a drink while the kids play in the sand on a huge wooden pirate ship or have their faces painted. There are all kinds of toys for okids to borrow, and an area where they can watch cartoons. The food is kid-friendly and unpretentious with a great mix of seafood, chicken, ribs and salads. Kids have their own menu with peanut butter and jellyfish sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, and chicken fingers, served with smiley fries and juice boxes on a Frisbee they get to keep.
Jonah and the Whale
•Ocean City, MD •410-524-2722
For a delicious all-you-can-eat seafood buffet, Jonah and the Whale is another great option for families. With over 75 mouth-watering items to choose from, even the pickiest of eaters will be satisfied. Choose from crab cakes, snow crab legs, fried shrimp, clam strips and soft-shell crabs -- or have them all! Not only does Jonah and the Whale offer a great selection of seafood, but it also features a raw bar, taco and potato bar, an all-you-can-eat pasta bar and a soup and salad bar. A special menu for kids features chicken tenders, fried shrimp and pasta marinara.
On The Bay Seafood
•Ocean City, MD •410-524-7070
You can't go to Ocean City, or anywhere on the Eastern Shore of Maryland for that matter, without eating crabs. Typically served on a picnic table covered with butcher paper, picking crabs is at least an hour-long event accompanied by pitchers of soda and beer, lots of paper towels and even more laughter - especially if you don't know how to clean or pick the meat out of a crab. Kids love it! On The Bay Seafood had great-tasting, meaty crabs available to take home or enjoy on their sand patio. Order as few as a 1/2 dozen or as much as a bushel, and take advantage of the all-you-can-eat specials.
Phillips Seafood House
•Ocean City, MD •410-250-1200
Just steps from the hotel, Phillips Crab House, one of the most popular Ocean City, Md., restaurants for families, offers an all-you-can-eat buffet, a traditional a la carte menu and a carry-out counter for family favorites on the go. The bustling, warm atmosphere is perfect for families with children of all ages. Starting at 12 p.m. daily, Phillips serves traditional lunch and dinner options, and the buffet opens at 3:30 p.m. The lunch menu features burgers, crab cake sandwiches, salads, fried shrimp and the catch of the day. For dinner, indulge in a number of delicious specialties including calamari, coconut shrimp, crab cakes, burgers, pasta, chicken and more.
Smoker's BBQ Pit
•Ocean City, MD •410-213-0040
For the best BBQ in town, head to Smoker's BBQ Pit for its real wood-smoked beef, chicken, pork, fish and tons of homemade side dishes. With a touch of southern flare, each dish is even more lip-smacking than the next. The hard part will be choosing just one! The main menu features a wide range of ribs and barbeque, as well as meatloaf, fried chicken, smoked tuna and catfish. The kids' menu offers hot dogs, chicken tenders, BBQ sandwiches and grilled cheese sandwiches. Outdoor seating provides a casual and family-friendly atmosphere for all.
The Dough Roller
•Ocean City, MD •410-289-2599
A fun family spot, the Dough Roller is known for great breakfasts, which are served until 1 p.m., and their amazing pizza. Kid-friendly and decorated with carousel ponies, the Dough Roller has 12 varieties of pancakes, and allows kids to play with pizza dough while they wait for their food. In addition to the original restaurant on 3rd Street and the boardwalk, there are three other locations in Ocean City:
South Division Street and Boardwalk 410-289-3501
41st Street and Coastal Highway 410-524-9254
70th Street and Coastal Highway 410-524-7981
The Fractured Prune
•Ocean City, MD •410-250-4400
You owe them a visit if for no other reason than the original name. This (franchise) donut shop has three locations in Ocean City and is a great option for breakfast and anytime snacks. The Fractured Prune has been keeping families happy for 30 years with their fresh, hot, sweet donuts with unique flavor combinations including Creamsicle, Peppermint Patty, Reese Cup, and Trail Mix donuts. Get there early, there will be a line; but there's always free samples and the wait is so worth it.
North Bay Shopping Center in the corner by Ledo's Pizza
127th Street and Coastal Highway
28th St./2808 Philadelphia Ave.
Corner of Route 611 and Sunset Avenue
9636 Stephen Decatur Highway