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Feb 12, 2010 07:40 AM

Lunch and Dinner....Downtown Boston Restaurants with 9 year old and 2 year old

We have family coming to town with a 9 year old and 2 year old. We will be showing them around the city and could use some help with good restaurants that are kid-friendly. Obviously, not a quiet fancy place but also want more than pizza.

It'd be great to have some ideas of places for lunch and dinner.


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  1. There are a few options. One suggestion I'd make is Jasper White's Summer Shack (the 50 Dalton St. location).

    Yes, it's kind of expensive for what it is. Yes, it's tacky. No, it's not the best seafood in the city.

    But it won Best of Boston for kid friendly in '09 for a reason. The seafood is pretty tasty, the service is quick, and my 2-year-old niece had a great time last weekend at the Cambridge location (the tablecloth is paper, so she colored for a bit, and they have an enormous lobster tank front and center, so she was interested to walk over there and look at the lobsters -- lots of questions about why they were wearing rubber bands, etc.)

    Summer Shack Boston
    50 Dalton St., Boston, MA 02115

    1. If you haven't completely ruled out pizza, you might consider Picco in the South End. Excellent thin-crust pizza, homemade ice cream, decent salads and a few sandwich and pasta offerings. Decent beer and wine choices, and both kid- and adult-friendly.

      1. Bristol Lounge at 4 Seasons is very child friendly and food is good-somewhat expensive but you feel very comfortable with children even though it seems fancy. A lot of room for stroller and the stafff is very good with children.
        Stephanies on Newbury, Not great food but good for children
        Paramount Beacon Hill great for Breakfast Lunch Dinner. But gets very busy after 9am on w/ends.
        PF Changs
        Stella in South End if you go for early dinner.

        Also wouldn't worry about bringing kids into restaurants since most are happy to just have the business

        good luck!

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        1. re: TopCat

          Really? Stella? I wouldn't think of this spot as kid-friendly but as the mother of a toddler, I'd love it if that were the case. We always go early anyway (6ish) but I just never thought they'd even have high chairs here --do they?

        2. Went to the historic Jacob Wirth on Stuart Street a few weeks ago and really enjoyed the place- good traditional foods- burgers, chowders, salads as well as German specialties. The desserts were excellent (apple cherry strudel and german chocolate cheesecake) and well priced. The dining room area is large with tables well spaced. See for lunch and dinner menu.