Ashland, OR Family Friendly Restaurants

Ashland, OR 541-482-2808
The vegetarians in your family will love the wide variety of offerings at the Greenleaf Restaurant. Their focus is on healthy ingredients, which includes gluten-free and organic ingredients. Parents will love the huge salads packed with local vegetables. Kids will love the nice selection on the children's menu, which includes a yummy pita cheese pizza.

Grab an outdoor table for prime people-watching on Main Street. Try their wonderful Hummus Platter, served with sliced cucumber and pita, then follow it with a Wild Alaskan Salmon Burger. Greenleaf is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and we recommend enjoying any of your meals here.
Ashland, OR 541-488-5558
You don't have to get all dressed up for the fine dining experience of Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine. Located inside the stately and historic Ashland Springs Hotel, the atmosphere of Larks remains casual and comfortable. You'll see tourists in shorts and people dressed up after church eating here.

The focus is on American comfort foods featuring fresh, local ingredients. Parents will love to see familiar dinner dishes like meatloaf, southern fried chicken, and ribeye steak. Larks also has the best brunch in town, for which you'll want to make a reservation.
Ashland, OR
It's right there in the name. Hand tossed. This gourmet pizza restaurant next to the Shakespeare Festival prides itself on fresh, hand-tossed crusts, New York style. It's a popular place before and after shows, but they offer a speedy pizza-by-the-slice deal if you're in a hurry. Pizza, salad, and soda for $7.

If you have more time, settle in at a table and try out one of their many gourmet pies. Kids will love the classic cheese, while parents might appreciate the large number of vegetarian pizzas on the menu. Martolli's also makes huge calzones for those with big appetites. It's a casual atmosphere, and usually always busy with theatre goers. They've opened a second location on the south end of town, perfect if you're staying in a hotel in that area.
Ashland, OR 541-488-9885
To get your morning caffeine fix, head to Mix Sweet Shop at the north end of Main Street, across from the Shakespeare Festival. Some locals will recommend Mix for the best cup of coffee in town. What they do even better, however, are their homemade pastries, breads, and scones.

Another busy place before and after shows, the outdoor patio is a great place to sit and people-watch while you enjoy an espresso and a salted caramel tart. At breakfast, try a savory egg pie. At lunch, try the freshly made baguette sandwiches. Kids will just want to try the homemade ice cream no matter the time of day.
Ashland, OR 541-488-8636
This classic American-style restaurant is on the eastern end of Main Street, about a mile from the Shakespeare Festival. It's a great place to start your day with a big breakfast as you head toward downtown. In fact, most locals say the Morning Glory offers up the best breakfast in Ashland, Oregon.

Big and best, that should be their motto, because the servings here are huge. We've never seen bigger omelettes and waffles, so consider sharing with each other if you don't want to leave half your plate uneaten. Unlike their meals, the restaurant itself is a bit on the small side, so expect a wait. Once you're seated, they get your food out to you quick. The freshly baked blueberry muffins, by themselves, might just fill you up. Leave room, however, for the best bacon you've ever tasted.
Ashland, OR 541-488-7717
Walking into Ruby's feels like going to dinner in someone's home. The cozy, casual atmosphere of this neighborhood restaurant prepares you for the most amazing home-cooked breakfast or lunch. Ruby's owners focus on healthy, organic, local ingredients, and it really comes through on their menu.

Their breakfast burritos might just be the best breakfast in town. Kids will love the Cheesy Chinga Dera, a grilled cheese sandwich with fried egg and bacon or ham.

Besides the all-day breakfast, Ruby's also serves a wonderful lunch menu, using locally raised beef for their specialty burgers. We recommend the very simple, but tasty, Ashland Burger, with a side of sweet potato fries. Inside seating is limited, but they have plenty of tables on their front patio. On a nice day, that's the place to be. Ruby's can get busy at peak hours, so be prepared for a short wait.
Ashland, OR 541-708-6055
Every town should have a quirky sandwich shop where you can find handmade creations loaded with meat and fixings and topped with fresh baked bread. In Ashland, Oregon, that place is Sammich. Located on the south end of town, near Southern Oregon University, this deli serves up Chicago-style sandwiches, on a long baguette roll, the meat freshly roasted, cut in thin slices, and dripping with juices. All of their meat is cooked on site, the veggies are from local farms, and the bread is baked fresh at a bakery in town.

Kids will love any of the sandwiches, but the grilled cheese will satisfy most picky eaters. Parents will want to try the Sammich specialty, the slow-roasted Chicago Italian Beef Sandwich, with a side of homemade cole slaw. Any sandwiches can be made gluten-free.
Ashland, OR 541-482-0119
Sitting on the front patio of the Sesame Asian Kitchen, you'll have a prime spot for watching people come and go from the Shakespeare Festival's Elizabethan Theatre directly across the street. It's ideal for a pre-show meal.

The Asian-fusion menu emphasizes fresh, local ingredients. Try the Vietnamese fish and chips for a different take on that classic dish. Picky eaters will love the dedicated children's menu, from which they can order a simple chicken bento or panfried noodles. There are also plenty of gluten-free and vegan options on the menu. This is the kind of place you might eat at twice during your visit, just because there are so many specialties. Plus, the location can't be beat.
Ashland, OR 541-482-2448
Parents will love this family-friendly downtown restaurant and brewery. They make a wide range of ales and lagers onsite, while their menu is focused on local and organic ingredients. The atmosphere is fun and casual, catering to families in town for the Shakespeare Festival.

There's an extensive kids' menu, with cheeseburgers, pizza, and fish sticks. They even offer a healthy snack plate for toddlers. Older kids will want to explore the Standing Stone specialties, their wood-fired pizza and One Mile Farm burgers. We recommend the Black & Blue Burger, featuring bacon, blue cheese, and a tangy chili rub.
Ashland, OR 541-482-4794
The best place in Ashland, Oregon to get a scoop of homemade ice cream, Zoey's is a family-run cafe located a few blocks from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Most people stop in for the ice cream, but it's also a good bet for lunch. They offer a nice selection of sandwiches, wraps, salads, and soups. We recommend the Turkey Melt Croissant with a side of roasted red pepper soup.

Be careful, though -- you'll want to save room for a waffle cone of any of dozens of flavors of ice cream. Zoey's stays open late for the festival crowd to grab dessert after a show. During the day, the outdoor patio is a perfect spot for people-watching on Main Street.

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