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19 of the Boston Area’s Most Kid-Friendly Dining Options

Where to eat with families around Greater Boston

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Breakfast places that accommodate kids and families are a dime a dozen, but the Boston area also offers some great options for lunch and dinner as well. From offering high-chair seating and designated kids’ menus to being particularly aware of food allergies, there are lots of family-friendly restaurants in the area.

Many of the kid-friendly restaurants on this map offer classic kids’ menu items like chicken fingers and french fries, while others stretch the scope of kid-friendly foods to include items like vegetable stir-fry, pulled chicken, meatballs, and cornmeal-crusted fish. All of these restaurants offer high chairs or booster chairs, and many have booths, large tables, and space for kids to move around easily.

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The Wellington

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Recently opened in Belmont, the Wellington is easy to reach from Boston’s suburbs and has a designated menu for kids, and there are booster seats and high chairs available to make seating easier for small kids. Food options range from cheeseburgers and chicken to mac and cheese, a raw vegetable plate, and grilled cheese, and all dishes come with fries, tater tots, or salad. The large menu for adults features burgers, seafood and meat entrees, and raw bar items like oysters and crudo.

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The Wellington
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This Union Square restaurant offers a kids-eat-free option from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and it has a spacious interior that’s comfortable to navigate for families. There are veggie burgers, cheeseburgers, sandwiches, and more kid-friendly options, including grilled cheese, mashed potatoes, and fish and chips. For adults, there’s a good selection of cocktails, wine, and beer, plus assorted whiskey, tequila, and rum.

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Grilled cheese and chicken fingers
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The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

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With a designated kids’ menu, the Kirkland Tap & Trotter also has times when kids eat for free, Sunday through Thursday, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Menu items include burgers, fish and chips, crispy chicken, spaghetti with meat sauce, and hot dogs. Meals are served with french fries and a fresh vegetable.

The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
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Brewer's Fork

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Outside of Brewer’s Fork in Charlestown, the expansive patio is perfect for accommodating families and large groups, and the restaurant provides high chairs. While there’s no designated kids’ menu, co-owner Michael Cooney says that the standard lunch, dinner, and brunch menus have fresh options for families. “We don’t believe in a kid-only menu,” he says. “Instead we encourage our families to order from the regular menu and allow their children to eat fresh food instead of fried chicken or a crappy little burger.”

Brewer’s Fork in Charlestown
Brewer’s Fork in Charlestown
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The Automatic

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Though well-known for its stellar cocktail program and hearty burgers, the Automatic also offers a kids’ menu that doubles as a coloring page. It has a spacious interior and outdoor seating on a more quiet street in Cambridge. All kids’ menu items are $5, and options include grilled cheese, burgers, hot dogs, fries, and noodles.

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Granary Tavern

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In seasonal months, dine outside with kids at Granary Tavern near the Greenway, steps from the New England Aquarium. Little ones can eat pizza, chicken fingers, and corn dogs for $8 each, including a drink and a Hoodsie Cup for dessert.

Granary Tavern French toast
Granary Tavern French toast
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Stockyard

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This longtime Allston spot has high chairs and booster seats, and its designated kids’ menu features items for $6. Options include grilled cheese, cheese pizza, a cheeseburger, grilled chicken, pasta, and chicken strips with french fries. The menu also has a few games and word scramble.

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Stockyard
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The Paramount

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Aside from the breakfast menu, which is inherently kid-friendly, the dinner menu at the Paramount includes mac and cheese, burgers, fries, vegetables, salad, and fruit, with several soft drinks and juices available for kids. The restaurant is on the smaller side, but there are high chairs and booster seats available for kids.

Kids inspect a breakfast dish at the Paramount
Kids inspect a breakfast dish at the Paramount
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Flatbread Company Brighton

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A large upstairs space at Flatbread in Brighton has movable tables and plenty of space for kids to run around in between bites of pizza. Plus, there’s a good beer selection for parents and several varieties of pizza and salads. Stay for some bowling after dinner.

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Flatbread Company Brighton
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Lumière Restaurant

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Lumière offers a family meal on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, which consists of a shared entree plus bread, salad, vegetable sides, and a dessert to share. The meal costs $60 and is available for both dine-in and take-out. It will feed up to two adults and two children. The restaurant provides a sample menu on its website.

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Lumière
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Max Brenner

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Boston’s chocolate-filled Max Brenner has a storybook-style kids’ menu that includes mac and cheese, chicken fingers, pasta, mini cheeseburgers, pizza, and sweet options like crepes and waffles. The expansive restaurant has booths and large tables to accommodate families both large and small.

Desserts at Max Brenner
Desserts at Max Brenner
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Blue Dragon

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Chef Ming Tsai famously accommodates families in his restaurants and pays special attention to how the kitchen treats food allergies. Though his well-known Wellesley restaurant Blue Ginger has closed, he runs a similar system at Blue Dragon in Fort Point: The kitchen is nut-free, and there are gluten-free lunch and dinner menus, in addition to accommodations for allergies like dairy and seafood. Additionally, the sprawling restaurant offers plenty of room for families to dine without feeling cramped.

Blue Dragon chicken
Blue Dragon chicken
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Picco serves one simple but tasty menu for adults and kids, consisting of assorted pizzas, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, calzones, and appetizers. What better way to satisfy kids than plates full of carbs? End with Picco’s acclaimed ice cream, of course.

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Pepperoni pizza at Picco
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In the heart of Coolidge Corner, Otto offers a large space that’s good for families dining with kids. The menu keeps it simple with a variety of salads and pizzas, which range from basic cheese to an elaborate one topped with blue cheese, arugula, and roasted pear. There are even gluten-free and vegan options.

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Otto’s mashed potato, bacon, and scallion pizza
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The Frogmore

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Kids eat for free every day between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Frogmore in Jamaica Plain. After 6:30, menu items for kids are $6. Options include a green salad, crispy chicken tenders, a cheeseburger, mac and cheese, and glazed carrots. It also offers patio seating.

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Canary Square

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With a kid-specific menu and plenty of kid-friendly options on the regular menu as well, Canary Square has high ceilings and ample seating for families, plus crayons to entertain kids and adults alike.

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City Feed and Supply

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City Feed is both market and deli, so it’s doubly poised to satisfy any kids’ dining needs. From peanut butter and jelly with banana or apple slices to grilled cheeses and egg sandwiches, there are plenty of simple, homey options available. Plus, it’s a short walk from Jamaica Pond, so it’s a perfect option for picnic food and dining outdoors.

A bagel with peanut butter and bananas at City Feed
A bagel with peanut butter and bananas at City Feed
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Evergreen Eatery

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This restaurant, from the same folks behind JP Seafood, offers all-day breakfast, with basic options like pancakes and eggs, as well as cinnamon brioche French toast, corned beef hash, and veggie croquettes. Evergreen offers both sit-down and takeout service.

Avocado toast with smoked salmon and ikura at Evergreen Eatery
Avocado toast with smoked salmon and ikura at Evergreen Eatery
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El Oriental De Cuba

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The menu at El Oriental de Cuba is vast, with options ranging from empanadas and sandwiches to platters. There’s also a specific kids menu, which includes chicken fricassee with rice and beans, cheeseburgers, and more.

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El Oriental de Cuba
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The Wellington

The Wellington
The Wellington
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Recently opened in Belmont, the Wellington is easy to reach from Boston’s suburbs and has a designated menu for kids, and there are booster seats and high chairs available to make seating easier for small kids. Food options range from cheeseburgers and chicken to mac and cheese, a raw vegetable plate, and grilled cheese, and all dishes come with fries, tater tots, or salad. The large menu for adults features burgers, seafood and meat entrees, and raw bar items like oysters and crudo.

The Wellington
The Wellington
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The Independent

The Independent
Grilled cheese and chicken fingers
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This Union Square restaurant offers a kids-eat-free option from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and it has a spacious interior that’s comfortable to navigate for families. There are veggie burgers, cheeseburgers, sandwiches, and more kid-friendly options, including grilled cheese, mashed potatoes, and fish and chips. For adults, there’s a good selection of cocktails, wine, and beer, plus assorted whiskey, tequila, and rum.

The Independent
Grilled cheese and chicken fingers
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The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

With a designated kids’ menu, the Kirkland Tap & Trotter also has times when kids eat for free, Sunday through Thursday, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Menu items include burgers, fish and chips, crispy chicken, spaghetti with meat sauce, and hot dogs. Meals are served with french fries and a fresh vegetable.

The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Brewer's Fork

Brewer’s Fork in Charlestown
Brewer’s Fork in Charlestown
Alex Wilking/Eater

Outside of Brewer’s Fork in Charlestown, the expansive patio is perfect for accommodating families and large groups, and the restaurant provides high chairs. While there’s no designated kids’ menu, co-owner Michael Cooney says that the standard lunch, dinner, and brunch menus have fresh options for families. “We don’t believe in a kid-only menu,” he says. “Instead we encourage our families to order from the regular menu and allow their children to eat fresh food instead of fried chicken or a crappy little burger.”

Brewer’s Fork in Charlestown
Brewer’s Fork in Charlestown
Alex Wilking/Eater

The Automatic

Interior shot of a black-and-turquoise casual restaurant
The Automatic
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Though well-known for its stellar cocktail program and hearty burgers, the Automatic also offers a kids’ menu that doubles as a coloring page. It has a spacious interior and outdoor seating on a more quiet street in Cambridge. All kids’ menu items are $5, and options include grilled cheese, burgers, hot dogs, fries, and noodles.

Interior shot of a black-and-turquoise casual restaurant
The Automatic
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Granary Tavern

Granary Tavern French toast
Granary Tavern French toast
Granary Tavern/Official Site

In seasonal months, dine outside with kids at Granary Tavern near the Greenway, steps from the New England Aquarium. Little ones can eat pizza, chicken fingers, and corn dogs for $8 each, including a drink and a Hoodsie Cup for dessert.

Granary Tavern French toast
Granary Tavern French toast
Granary Tavern/Official Site

Stockyard

stockyard brighton
Stockyard
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This longtime Allston spot has high chairs and booster seats, and its designated kids’ menu features items for $6. Options include grilled cheese, cheese pizza, a cheeseburger, grilled chicken, pasta, and chicken strips with french fries. The menu also has a few games and word scramble.

stockyard brighton
Stockyard
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The Paramount

Kids inspect a breakfast dish at the Paramount
Kids inspect a breakfast dish at the Paramount
The Paramount/Official Site

Aside from the breakfast menu, which is inherently kid-friendly, the dinner menu at the Paramount includes mac and cheese, burgers, fries, vegetables, salad, and fruit, with several soft drinks and juices available for kids. The restaurant is on the smaller side, but there are high chairs and booster seats available for kids.

Kids inspect a breakfast dish at the Paramount
Kids inspect a breakfast dish at the Paramount
The Paramount/Official Site

Flatbread Company Brighton

flatbread company brighton
Flatbread Company Brighton
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

A large upstairs space at Flatbread in Brighton has movable tables and plenty of space for kids to run around in between bites of pizza. Plus, there’s a good beer selection for parents and several varieties of pizza and salads. Stay for some bowling after dinner.