If you’re looking for an enticing combination of fresh, inventive cuisine and delicious favorites, then you’ve come to the right city.
Boston has so much to offer on the culinary front that it can nearly impossible to decide where to dine. Traveling with family can often present another challenge, as you look for kid-friendly restaurants amidst a sea of trendy outfits.
Fortunately we’ve put together a guide to the best (and tastiest) family friendly restaurants in the area.
These restaurants are located in Boston or nearby surrounding areas, and are within walking distance or a short drive from a few great Boston attractions, so they can be easily worked into your vacation itinerary.
If you’re looking for the opportunity for a night out without the kids, check out our recommendations for foodies!
Kid-Friendly Boston RestaurantsNote: the below ads are not affiliated with SmartDestinations.com
With an eclectic menu designed just for families, there’s bound to be something for everyone at this casual Cambridge café.
They serve brunch, lunch, and dinner at Full Moon, a restaurant created by two young mothers who know the importance of a menu that appeals to both adults and kids.
Kids’ menu items include selections like chicken fingers, fries, and fruit or mac and cheese with a side of green beans, but the European-American style “grown-ups” menu will leave you more than satisfied, too.
Nearby Attractions: Fresh Pond, Harvard Yard, Harvard Tour
This option is slightly pricey, but if you want to dine in style while eating delicious food, check out Durgin-Park.
All kids’ menu items come with a beverage, cornbread, and French fries. Options for the main course include cheeseburgers, franks & beans, and several pasta dishes.
The regular menu features classic New England fare and your favorite comfort foods. This century-old establishment provides a great meal and a slice of history all in one. Be warned, the servers are intentionally a little playful and smart-mouthed – it’s all part of the experience!
Treat your family to a taste of Italy at this modern family-friendly restaurant. They serve lunch and dinner and have a wonderful kids menu.
Children will enjoy options like grilled cheese or ravioli followed by the kids-only sundae or served with an IBC root beer.
Papa Razzi boasts an eclectic, cozy, and comfortable atmosphere for a dinner experience you won’t soon forget.
Nearby Attractions: Copley Square, Trinity Church, Swan Boats
Jasper White’s Summer Shack
This fun New England clam shack is renowned for its kid-friendliness. It even won Boston Magazine’s award for the most kid-friendly restaurant in Boston! Jasper’s menu is so diverse that there’s no need for a separate kids menu.
In addition to the seafood classics, Jasper’s serves things like corn dogs, French fries, and corn on the cob – there’s something for everyone.
Nearby Attractions: Newbury Street Shopping, Emerald Necklace Park System, Mary Baker Eddy Library
Cheap Eats in Boston
McCormick and Schmick’s
This popular eatery, located in historic Quincy Market, offers one of the best happy hour menus in the city. They have two happy hours – one from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm and the other from 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm.
With each plate costing less than $5 a pop, you can choose from such items as a chicken sandwich and fries, grilled shrimp, fish tacos, and more.
Beware of the cocktail prices though. Beer and wine are relatively inexpensive for the area, but martinis can end up costing upwards of $12 each.
Nearby Attractions: Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall, New England Aquarium
Uno Chicago Bar and Grill
Okay, okay. I know it’s a chain, but give this one a shot. Not only is the bar located in a completely separate area from the restaurant (making you feel like you are in an actual downtown bar), but the happy hour menu is the best for bar food.
We’re talking cheese sticks, quesadillas, mini sliders and more. And you can’t beat the $2.95 beer special!
Nearby Attractions: Fenway Park Tour, Boston University
Grendel’s Den and Restaurant
This is a favorite among locals because of the laid back attitude. You come in, seat yourself, and call the place home.
Plus, EVERYTHING on the menu is half-price from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm every evening and from 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm Sunday – Thursday!
Keep in mind that they can get very busy toward the end of the half price hours, so plan to arrive early.
Vegetarian & Foodie Options
Clover Food Lab (multiple locations)
Although it started as one of Boston’s most popular food trucks, this innovative fresh food venue now has several brick-and-mortar restaurants in the Boston area.
With offerings ranging from sandwiches and salads to their famously irresistible fries, Clover features creative vegetarian cuisine to satisfy every palate.
Nearby Attractions: Harvard University, Peabody Museum of Archaeology, Harvard Art Museum.
Craigie on Main
This local icon of the Boston restaurant scene has long been a foodie favorite. Featuring the tastiest French cuisine this side of the Atlantic, the menu here is well worth the higher price tag.
We definitely recommend that you make reservations if you’re interested in an evening here – it’s so popular that it always fills up fast. For a nice romantic evening out, try one of their multi-course menus.
Nearby Attractions: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Museum, Kendall Square
If you’re looking for something that appeals to a foodie sensibility without the expense, then Toro is the place for you.
Featuring creative small plates with a Mediterranean influence, Toro’s menu is bound to have something to delight your senses.
It’s a fun dining destination with friends, partners, or older kids – everyone will love the décor and it’s conveniently located in the beautiful South End neighborhood of Boston.
Nearby Attractions: South End shopping, Back Bay, Boston Center for the Arts
Of course, this is just a small selection of the fantastic and diverse restaurants you’ll find all across the Greater Boston area.
Some of the best dining experiences happen by surprise, so if you’re interested in wandering until something strikes your fancy, a few good areas to roam include the South End (for more creative options), the North End (for authentic Italian), Central Square (South American cuisines), Harvard Square (French and American gastro pubs), and Chinatown (Asian cuisines). Bon appétit!