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Eating out the kids + nice place = impossible?

margareteats Nov 16, 2007 10:48 AM

Hey everyone -

So our babysitter bailed on us and we have friends from NYC coming to visit, which means I need a decent restaurant where I can bring young ones (10, 7 and 4 - well behaved, but they are kids). Any suggestions? Otherwise, it's Joe's American . . .

Thank you!

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  1. ScubaSteve RE: margareteats Nov 16, 2007 10:52 AM

    i will throw out Eastern Standard Kitchen in Kenmore Square.
    nice menu, great drinks and an atmosphere conducive to adult with well behaved kiddies.
    you can search the board for menu favorites.

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      cambridgeMike RE: ScubaSteve Nov 16, 2007 11:03 AM

      ES. is a good choice. I bet any place in a hotel would work since they're probably more used to having kids around. What about the Bristol Lounge in the Four Seasons. I've definitely seen children there before and it's big enough with the tables spaced far enough apart that they shouldn't be a disturbance.

    2. bgavin RE: margareteats Nov 16, 2007 10:58 AM

      What about one of the steak houses in town?
      I have been in Palmers and seen kids that age...
      Might turn the evening into a very expensive one, though,

      1. DavisSquare RE: margareteats Nov 16, 2007 11:01 AM

        If it's not too cold/raining, we've had some luck at the Blue Room. There's a large outdoor courtyard where one of you can take the kids outside to blow off some steam. Wherever you go, eat early if you can.

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          Bostonbob3 RE: margareteats Nov 16, 2007 11:08 AM

          I've seen plenty of kids at Antico Forno. Plus, the menu has items that appeal to kids and adults alike.

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            margareteats RE: Bostonbob3 Nov 16, 2007 02:39 PM

            Thanks for the suggestions. Anything in the 'burbs? I'm in the western suburbs. I'll check out ES - I'm trying not to make it too expensive an evening . . .

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              emilief RE: margareteats Nov 16, 2007 02:51 PM

              We go out with kids often ( 4 and 6 yo). Their favorite place is Bernards in Chestnut HIll for Chinese. They eat like little piggies there. Another kid friendly place in the burbs is Oga- Japanese on Route 9. Brasille in Framingham is very kid friendly- Brazilian chuchasscaria. Not sure how kid freindly it is but Sel de la Terre is new in Framingham. Vela- nice Italian Restaurant in Wellesley is reasonably kid friendly. Another place we frequent with the kids is the Biltmore in Newton Upper Falls. Really casual and inexpensive, nice comfort food, fish specials, good cocktails. No reservations, but if you go early you will be pleased and the kids will be fine. Good luck

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                MrsCheese RE: emilief Nov 16, 2007 03:23 PM

                The new Sel de la Terre at Natick has a kids menu, so I'm assuming it's fairly kid friendly. Haven't taken the toddler there yet, but planning on it based on good reviews.

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                  AnnieP RE: MrsCheese Nov 16, 2007 06:24 PM

                  I took my daughter to the Boston one when she was around 10; she ordered pasta w/butter from the kids' menu, then proceeded to share my steak frites. It was a Sunday evening in Dec. so they weren't very busy. The mall location is likely to be busy, but at least they can walk around the mall if they need to. Other choices out there that can accommodate kids are Skipjack's and Legal; my daughter used to love the fish shaped ravioli when she was little- they really have a decent kids menu (at Legal). I've been to Skipjack's a few times, and have always seen families with kids. I agree about Biltmore, but if it's early. I think Bernard's would be good, because like Sel de la Terre, it's in the mall. Depending on how far you want to go, Arturo's in Westborough is good.

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            bear RE: margareteats Nov 17, 2007 05:18 AM

            Dolphin Seafood in Natick Center is pretty casual, but the food is decent and not too expensive.


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              Albie RE: margareteats Nov 17, 2007 11:41 AM

              Legal Seafoods is a solid option for fish that would be kid friendly that is our standard better than burgers kid destination. I came upon another suggestion last weekend when a group of us went to an early 6pm dinner at Hennrietta's Table and is was excellent and very kid friendly. The room was big and loud enough that some typical children chatter at the table was unoticed by other diners. Also, the food was a pleasant suprise. Fresh ingredients well prepared.

              1. Eatin in Woostah RE: margareteats Nov 18, 2007 05:47 PM

                Melting Pot in Framingham might be a good option. My 6 year old loves the cheese and chocolate fondues, and the booths are nice and high and roomy.

                Emilief mentioned Oga - my daughter likes it there too, but we go early and eat at the sushi bar. Three kids might be a bit much there - it's sort of a date-night place for the Natick crowd.

                1. ScubaSteve RE: margareteats Nov 18, 2007 06:06 PM

                  i gotta see if i can sneak this in:

                  uhmmm, "Eating out the kids..."???


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                    bostonfoodie111 RE: ScubaSteve Nov 18, 2007 06:17 PM

                    THanks for the laugh - I needed that. :)

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                      ScubaSteve RE: bostonfoodie111 Nov 18, 2007 06:21 PM

                      thank you, thank you very much,,,, i'll be here all week! Try The Veal!

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