An Insider's Top Ten Best B.I. Restaurants for Families

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 1:15pm

Grace O'Neil has grown up on Block Island for the past 18 years. Below is her list of the top 10 restaurants for families.

1. Aldo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant 

As the only fully Italian restaurant on the island, Aldo’s offers a variation of pizzas, pastas, and all the other Italian essentials. Their bakery and ice cream shop is located right next door, perfect for stopping after dinner. My favorite menu item: Pepperoni bread 

2. The Beachead 

Overlooking Crescent Beach, the Beachead is literally just steps from the beach. With both indoor and outdoor seating available, you can watch surfers and paddleboarders in the waves while enjoying the family-friendly island atmosphere of the restaurant. Aimed towards families, they offer a vast variety of kid-friendly meals. My favorite food item: Vegetable pasta 

3. Finn’s Seafood 

Just steps away from the Old Harbor ferry dock, Finn’s offers the largest selection of seafood and lobster on the island. They are known mainly for their seafood, all of which is fresh from Finn’s Fish Market next door. With indoor and two levels of outdoor seating, you can overlook the harbor while you eat, or you can get food to go from their takeout window, perfect to take with you on the ferry. My favorite food item: Shrimp scampi over linguini 

4. Mexican on the Deck 

It’s exactly what it sounds like - Mexican served on the deck of Yellow Kitten’s Tavern on Corn Neck Road. With all of the south-of-the-border staples, they serve tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadillas, sandwiches and more. With seat-yourself accommodations, the laid-back island tone is perfect for kids, though delivery is also available. My favorite menu item: Quesadillas 

5. The Mohegan Cafe 

Overlooking Old Harbor, the Mohegan Cafe is the only air-conditioned restaurant on the island and offers a range of foods, varying from burgers to pastas to General Tsao’s Chicken. The management and the menu are both family oriented and it is an easy few steps from the ferry docks. My favorite menu item: Ultimate nachos 

6. The National 

As the ferry pulls into Old Harbor, the National hotel is one of the first buildings that comes into sight. Its front porch offers a panoramic view of Old Harbor, and with a menu that accommodates every age, it’s perfect for families and large groups. My favorite menu item: Chicago Dip 

7. The Oar 

With a family-oriented and laid-back atmosphere, The Oar is the ideal place for families. With stunning views of the Great Salt Pond, you can eat on picnic tables on the lawn, have drinks on the lawn chairs, or enjoy the view from the main deck. BAGGO is also available on the lawn, and the waterfront below is perfect for kids to go crabbing and explore. The food ranges from burgers to sushi to tacos to steaks, with options for every liking. Reservations are not available, so be sure to arrive early to beat the lines. My favorite menu item: Dynamite sushi roll 

8. Papa’s Pizzeria 

With a menu comprised primarily of pizza and calzones, Papa’s is the perfect place for easy eating. You can be served inside or sit out on the picnic tables overlooking the heart of town. Pizzas are also available for pickup, making it the perfect option for whether you’re eating out or staying in. My favorite menu item: Veggie pizza 

9. Rebecca’s Seafood Takeout 

Located directly across from the ferry, Rebecca’s Seafood Takeout is ideal for grabbing lunch as you arrive or leave the island. With a variety of seafood, wraps, burgers and other kid-friendly meals, you can sit inside the restaurant, outside on picnic tables, or grab your food to go. A majority of their menu is also available at the Fred Benson Town Beach pavilion. My favorite menu item: Buffalo chicken wrap 

10. Three Sisters 

With the slogan “Good Food,” Three Sisters has a quaint outdoor ambience that you could only find on Block Island. The menu consists of a variety of sandwiches, wraps and salads, available to be picked up or to enjoy on the picnic tables or hammocks. Their all-outdoor seating is perfect for kids and families to enjoy the weather while on the island. My favorite menu item: Twisted Sister wrap