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Sacco's Bowl Haven, Things to Do, Nightlife, Boston
Photograph: Bing/Creative Commons Attributions License Flatbread at Sacco's Bowl Haven

Best family restaurants in Boston

Boston offers several suitable options for a kid-friendly dining experience

By Time Out Boston Staff and Eric Grossman

Looking to get out of the house for a meal with the kiddos in tow? Dining out with the kids doesn’t have to be a stressful or sub-par experience. Boston has several family-friendly restaurants that cater to the little ones with dedicated menus, kids-eat-free deals, and even fun activities to keep them occupied so parents can enjoy dinner in peace. Before heading out with the kids in tow, pick an activity from our list of the best things to do with kids or the best things to do in Boston, and check out the best desserts in Boston for an after dinner treat.

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Best family-friendly restaurants in Boston

Sacco's Bowl Haven, Things to Do, Nightlife, Boston
Photograph: Bing/Creative Commons Attributions License

1. Flatbread Company at Sacco’s Bowl Haven

Restaurants Pizza Somerville

What’s better than pizza and bowling for a night out with the kids? Flatbread’s wood-fired pizzas are high quality, with local and organic ingredients, so parents can feel good about pizza night. Plus, the whole family can enjoy a round of candlepin bowling. Afterwards, kids will love desserts like Matt’s Maine Root Beer Float and Barbara’s Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich.

Pan-roasted lobster at Summer Shack
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Summer Shack-Boston

2. Jasper White’s Summer Shack

Restaurants Seafood Alewife

With its colorful decor and friendly vibe, this Cambridge joint always feels like a New England clam shack in the peak of summer. Fresh seafood dishes like wood-grilled lobster or fresh oysters will please parents, while kids can dig in to fish and chips, grilled cheese, or clam chowder. Grab a bucket of crayons and paper to keep them entertained. On weekends, look out for themed brunches like Star Wars or Superhero that feature plenty of activities for kids.

The Independent
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/The Independent

3. The Independent

Restaurants Contemporary American Somerville

Comforting pub fare and drinks meet trendy decor at the Independent in Union Square. The roomy interior makes it comfortable for families, and kids eat free from 4:30-6:30pm Sunday to Thursday. Kid-friendly options include burgers, grilled cheese, and fish-and-chips.

The Paramount
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Tiffanie J.

4. The Paramount

Restaurants Beacon Hill

This long-standing neighborhood favorite in Beacon Hill offers a kid-friendly, cafeteria-style breakfast spread that’s great for families. The special kids dinner menu includes standards like mac and cheese, pasta with butter, and chicken tenders. Plan ahead for Sunday brunch, when there’s always a crowd.

Legal Harborside
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Hardy L.

5. Legal Harborside

Restaurants Seafood Seaport District

Legal Sea Foods’ flagship location has three floors, each with a different dining experience. The casual first floor dining area is the best bet for kids, with plenty of seating. They can wander outside to check out boats in the harbor or watch the shucking action at the oyster bar. The kids menu has staples like pizza and chicken fingers, but also more Legal fare like kid-friendly wood grilled seafood options.

The Friendly Toast
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Rose H.

6. The Friendly Toast

Restaurants American Back Bay

The Friendly Toast has an eccentric, colorful dining space that will fascinate the kids. The whole family can find something satisfying on the large menu, and kids will love the breakfast options served any time of day. On Wednesdays, kids eat free after 4pm.

Life Alive
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Alan N.

7. Life Alive

Restaurants Vegetarian Central Sq

For a healthy, great-tasting meal, this eclectic cafe fits the bill. Even kids will enjoy smoothies, grain bowls, and fresh hummus. The Cambridge location has a colorful kids area, with small tables, chairs, and toys. It’s a great place to stop and refuel with a healthy treat while the kids stay entertained.


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