With an endless amount of activities available it’s no surprise that Sunriver has been a go-to destination for families for decades. From golf courses to stunning bike trails to water slides, every member of the family is bound to be entertained.
When you need to refuel before the next hike or jump in the pool, Sunriver’s restaurants offer something for the whole family. Whether the crew is craving classic pub burgers, a slice of pizza, or authentic Mexican food, Sunriver has you covered.
Sunriver Brewing is known for its great, handcrafted beers and deliciously fresh pub food. Located in the Village at Sunriver it’s the perfect spot for a midday snack or to grab dinner as the evening winds to a close. Salads, soups, burgers and a variety of other classic pub entrees are prepared fresh each day, and adults will be happy to find an extensive list of beers on draft, as well as a selection of regional wines. The kids menu offers butter pasta with parmesan, chicken strips, grilled cheese and more, all served with a side of fries, fruit or fresh veggies. The children’s menu doubles as a coloring sheet, giving the little ones something to keep them occupied as their tasty food is prepared. There’s also a kids corner in the restaurant with children’s books, a chalkboard and a few toys to play with.
Feeling like a family pizza night? Look no further than Blondie’s Pizza, which has been serving delicious pizza to the community of Sunriver since 1988. With fifteen specialty pies, fresh salads and calzones on the menu it’s guaranteed that all members of the family will leave satisfied. The resort veggie supreme and the Italian delight are consistent favorites. Sandwiches and wraps are also available during lunch. Blondie’s also offers the kid friendly option to craft-your-own pizza. Enjoy a slice on the patio at Blondie’s downtown location at the Two Country Mall or make a call for the pizza to be delivered straight to your hotel or front door.
El Caporal Sunriver
El Caporal, a family owned and operated restaurant, has been serving traditional Mexican cuisine at its family friendly locations since 1997. Head down to the Village on Beaver Drive in Sunriver for delicious food prepared with the freshest ingredients. The menu has a variety of tacos, burritos, enchiladas and more to choose from. Parents can take the edge off with one of the 24 margarita options that El Caporal offers. The children’s menu offers kids burritos, tacos, tostadas, quesadillas and more. The restaurant is right next to the mini golf course at The Village at Sunriver, a great stop before or after filling up on Mexican eats.
Big Belly Burgers and Brew
Bring an appetite on a visit to Big Belly Burgers and Brew, a classic, low-key burger joint offering burgers, fries and more for affordable prices on Venture Lane in the Sunriver Commercial Center. Kids will enjoy the colorful tables inside and coloring sheets to keep them occupied after ordering. Menu items include a variety of burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs and a kids menu of smaller-sized entrees for children with “little bellies.” The restaurant also offers a small selection of beer and cocktails and daily food specials, which could be things like wings, “Frickles” (fried pickles) or house-roasted jalapeno poppers.
Village Bar & Grill
The Village Bar & Grill, which has been a beloved neighborhood pub centrally located at the Village in Sunriver for many years, offers a blend of traditional and contemporary American cuisine. Chill out in the laid back, kid-friendly atmosphere while grabbing lunch, dinner or a light snack. Kids can enjoy something off the extensive children’s menu, which features Island Oasis smoothies and Oreo milkshakes. The full menu rotates seasonally, using only the freshest and most in-season ingredients, with options like lettuce wraps, wings, veggies and hummus and a variety of entrees including sandwiches, burgers and salads. During the summer months there is outdoor dining available on the deck.
Cafe Sintra Sunriver
Looking to start the day off on the right foot? Grabbing breakfast at Cafe Sintra in Sunriver will do just that. With an family friendly menu, this Portuguese-inspired restaurant offers some of the best breakfast food around. Serving fresh and delicious Mediterranean-style dishes in a cute cafe, centrally located on Ponderosa Drive, there’s a reason Sintra is such a popular spot. Some of the best dishes on the menu are the Sintra benedict, French toast and veggie hash. Young diners will definitely enjoy the kid’s trio, which offers one pancake or two pieces of French toast, one egg any style and a choice of bacon, ham or sausage patties.
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