Wakefield, MA area - family dinner for 10
Can anyone recommend a good place for a family dinner - 6 adults, 4 kids (some picky). Not strictly seafood. Moderately priced. Takes reservations.
There's an Italian place called Ristorante Molise on Main St. that might suffice - a little bit on the more expensive side, but would cover all the bases, including the picky kids and those who didn't want fish. http://www.ristorantemolise.com/
A little bit further down Main St. towards Melrose is Porto-Bello's - Italian and Portuguese. http://www.porto-bello.com/index.html
I'll second Molise. I also really like PortoBello but I wouldn't go there with younger kids, as the pace of service is leisurely.
Don't, in the name of all that is holy, go to Dockside, on the Melrose/Malden line. Blech. You'd be better off at the 99 in Stoneham if you want that kind of family food. Another family style eating place is D'Agostino's in Stoneham although the food is not great, just OK.
If you head about 10 minutes south to Melrose, you can't do better than Turner's, and there are non-fish options on the menu, although not a lot to choose from. The menu is at http://www.turners-seafood.com
There's also Mexico Lindo in Melrose which is very good and they do have a kids menu although I don't think it's on their website at http://mexicolindomelrose.com/
re: Chris VR
D'Agostino's is closed. Sign is still up, but there is a big empty space.
Zalek's in Wakefield is good Greek.
There is also Duck Walk which is excellent Thai food, both in Wakefield Center.
Felicia's in Stoneham is very good NorthEnd Italian in the suburbs, but not sure how it would be with kids (depends on their ages I quess).
Haven't been to Georgie D's in Stoneham, but reviews have been good.
Of course of the previous posts, I would recommend both Turner's and Mexico Lindo as no. 1 and 2 choices.
re: kate used to be 50
Thanks for correcting me on D'Agostino's.
I peeked in the windo at Georgie D's and it might be a tough place to go with such a large group- wonder if they take reservations for large groups?
I like Duck Walk a lot but as a mom of a picky kid we'd never bring him out for Thai food. There isn't a single thing he'd eat. Sigh.
re: Chris VR
Actually, the Duck Walk has other offerings- they have a dish that is just steamed meats and vegatable ( yuck!), and they also have a create your own stir fry option. Duck Walk is one of my moms favorite places, and we go every year for her b'day. Two of my relatives are picky to the extreme- and even they can someting they like. We are a large enough group to be able to use the back room. A group of ten would be seated in the main dining room, and the tables are two tops they put together, so it may be difficult for everyone to be included in the conversations.
re: Chris VR
re: Hungry GR
back on topic. I agree that Mexico Lindo would be fun and delicious. Zaleks is very casual, so depends what you want for atmosphere, but its the best food. The Restaurant is okay, less casual than Zaleks, cafeteria style food line, and okay food. I like Molise, but took relative who didnt. They do have a back area good for groups though. I see a lot of family groups at Capri up the road in Reading. Decent italian and pizza. Comfortable.
Brothers Kouzina up the road on Rte 1 is a little more upscale and better Greek food than The Restaurant. I am getting a same size group together for a birthday and am thinking of going outside Wakefield for the Flatbread Company in Bedford, just outside the Burlington mall. Its just pizza salad and dessert but its amazingly yummy and kids love the giant clay wood burrning ovens with flames shooting out. Also Bostonville Grille in Lynnefield on Rte 1. They are full of TV screens so could be noisey but if you want entertainment they have a large room of sofas and pool tables, a large arcade and make your own sundae bar with Richardsons icecream and a big pub style menu with great pizza, burgers, and ribs, etc.
No, I had scallops one time and some fish- I think halibut- the second. It's not a seafood place, I'm just on a perpetual diet! But my husband has lunch there frequently and is always happy with his meal.
Off topic, and not for 10 people with picky children- but have you tried La Vita Mia on Main Street in Saugus? (Off Route 1 take Main Street -Wakefield exit. First shopping center on your right.) YUM. Really terrific food.
There is also Gaetano's in Stoneham which serves some very good italian.
Hope this helps!
Just because I've got a bit of time on my hands today, and we've got a nifty new "Places" feature that will help me get all of this info in the same place, I'm adding listings of restaurants mentioned in this thread.
449 Main St, Melrose, MA 02176
464 Main St, Wakefield, MA 01880
979 Main St, Wakefield, MA 01880
Turner's Seafood Grill & Mrkt
506 Main St, Melrose, MA 02176
21 Princess St, Wakefield, MA 01880
Felicia's of the North End
423 Main St, Stoneham, MA 02180
Duck Walk On Wakefield Sq
397 Main St, Wakefield, MA 01880
Georgie D's Restaurant
Main St, Malden, MA 02148
The Blues Grille
454 Main St, Melrose, MA 02176
Tremonte Restaurant & Bar
397 Main St, Woburn, MA 01801
489 Main St, Woburn, MA 01801
25 Newbury St, Peabody, MA 01960
213 Burlington Rd, Bedford, MA 01730
North End Cafe
124 Broadway Ste B, Saugus, MA 01906
La Vita Mia
331 Main St, Saugus, MA 01906
107 Water St, Wakefield, MA 01880
271 Main St, Stoneham, MA 02180
325 Broadway, Lynnfield, MA 01940
Hahaha sure, right after I get every Boston restaurant entered into the Places ;-)
It's selfish, though, I'm mostly doing the places in my own area because once they're in there, it's easier than digging through my bookmarks every time I want to discuss takeout menus with hubby! I am also loving the parking and other tips people are putting in. it's a lot easier than wading through 20 threads for that kind of info.