Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in Milford-Orange, CT

by Meghan

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I am regularly asked what my favorite local restaurants are for meals out with the family, kids included.  And while there are many fine, eating establishments in town, we’ve all been to those places where you walk in, kids in tow, and the hostess grimaces.  Or worse still, they don’t have any high chairs, or the high chair they set you up with looks like it was last cleaned around 1985.  My family certainly has its list of local favorites, but I wanted to make sure we weren’t missing any, so I reached out to all my local followers for your input.  After a week of voting, and nearly 200 votes, the results are in… See who topped the list for 2015 of the Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in town!

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Best Family-Friendly Breakfast Restaurant

Congratulations to The Plate for winning Playground Parkbench’s Best Family-Friendly Breakfast Restaurant for 2015!  There was a two-way tie for second place: congratulations to Pop’s and The Corner Restaurant.

#1: The Plate

The Plate

577 New Haven Avenue
Milford, CT 06460
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Open 7 days a week, from 5:30AM to 3PM, offering breakfast and lunch, The Plate is among Milford’s newest eating establishments. The Plate promises to “bring a warm and family-friendly dining experience straight to the heart of Milford. Aiming to become a premiere dining destination of Southern Connecticut, The Plate serves only hand-crafted meals made from the freshest and highest quality ingredients available.” The Plate is  locally-owned and operated by Johnson & Wales graduate, Ryan Trevethan.

Tied #2: Pop’s Family Restaurant


134 Old Gate Lane,
Milford, CT 06460
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Pop’s is a family-owned and operated in business, in Milford since 1991.  What initially began as a donut shop, located on New Haven Ave., eventually became a breakfast and lunch full-service restaurant.  After 22 years of successful business, in 2013, the family bought its own property, built and opened their brand-new location on Old Gate Lane.  Pop’s is open 7 days a week, 5AM-9PM Monday through Saturday, and 6AM – 9PM on Sundays, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Tied #2: The Corner Restaurant

The Corner Restaurant

105 River Street
Milford, CT 06460
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The Corner Restaurant is open Monday through Friday, 7:30AM – 2:30PM, serving breakfast and lunch, and open Saturday and Sunday, 7AM – 12:30PM, serving only breakfast.  Established in 1997 with a now infamous Stuffed French Toast, the menu soon expanded to all it offers today.  Known for serving up great breakfast with amazing customer service, The Corner Restaurant welcomes a mix of customers, from big families to casual business lunches.


Best Family-Friendly Lunch/Dinner Restaurant

Congratulations to Seven Seas for winning Playground Parkbench’s Best Family-Friendly Lunch/Dinner Restaurant for 2015!  Congratulations to The Bridge House Restaurant in second place, and there was a two-way tie for third place: congratulations to Pop’s and Prime 16.

#1: Seven Seas Restaurant & Pub

Seven Seas

16 New Haven Ave
Milford, CT 06460
203.877.7327Follow Seven Seas on Facebook!

The Seven Seas is the oldest of our restaurant winners!  Owned and operated by the Smith family since 1965, the Seas, as it is affectionately referred to by locals, is famous for it’s lobster rolls and fish and chips!  The Seven Seas is also the unoffical Pub for the Dan Patrick Show, filmed next door and seen everyday on DirecTV channel 101.  It is open 7 days a week, 11AM – 1AM, Sunday to Thursday, and until 2AM on Friday and Saturdays, serving lunch and dinner daily.

#2: The Bridge House Restaurant

Bridge House

49 Bridgeport Ave.
Milford, CT 06460203.878.2800
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Opened since late December 2007, the Bridge House was the first gastropub to open in the state of Connecticut.  It offers a casual, relaxed atmosphere, similar to the English / Irish Pub, with menu choices of a quality that would be found in the best fine dining restaurants… and the kids’ menu is no exception!  The Bridge House is open Monday through Thursday, 11:30AM – 9PM, Friday and Saturday, 11:30AM – 10PM and Sunday, 4PM – 9PM.  They also offer a private party room, catering, and prix fixe dinner Monday – Sunday from 4PM-6PM.

Tied #3:Pop’s Family Restaurant


134 Old Gate Lane,
Milford, CT 06460
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Congratulations to Pop’s, our only winner in BOTH categories!

Tied #3: Prime 16 – Orange

Prime 16

464 Boston Post Road
Orange, CT
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The original Prime 16 opened in New Haven, with the Orange location opening in 2013.  Famous for its burgers, 30 taps of craft beers, and extensive bourbon selection, it is also super family-friendly (my girls love their giant pretzel sticks and sweet potato fries!).  Prime 16-Orange is open Monday to Thursday, 11:30AM – 12AM, Friday and Saturday, 11:30AM – 1AM, and Sunday 11:30AM – 11PM.

Congratulations to all our winners!  Thank you for catering to families with great service, great food and most importantly, smiles for our not-always angelic little ones.  Did one of your family’s favorites miss the winner’s circle?  Leave a shout-out for them below!

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