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Dining out with a new baby

My wife and I are thrilled to have our first child and are looking for good non-chain restaurants where we might feel comfortable bringing a baby - maybe suggestions for dinner and lunch? We live in Newton. Thank you.

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  1. I see people with babies all the time at Redbones in Davis Square; the staff take really good care of kids, and the place is lively enough that nobody minds baby noises!

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    1. re: Boston_Otter

      Redbones was our go-to place. Go on the early side of the dinner hour. Lots of families are there and babies are welcome.

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      Redbones
      55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

    2. List is too long to even break out. We hit Bergamot recently. Key is go early, and go during the week when things are a bit mellower.

      I'd also consider Rendezvous. For excellent Chinese Golden Garden in Belmont has some space and killer food. (Stick to house specialties don't order Americanized standards.)

      Also, larger places with a bit of elbow room tend to be more conducive.

      Seriously, just call your fav spots & ask.

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      Golden Garden
      63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

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      1. re: StriperGuy

        Striped nailed it. Go early and at off peak times and you can go anywhere you want with the baby.

        Places that have been particularly accommodating and happy to see us include Green Street, Highland Kitchen, ICOB, Basho, Tasty Burger, and Rialto. If the baby starts to fuss, daddy rocks her or takes a walk while mommy eats, but that wasn't really a frequent issue with o newborn.

        I honestly can't name one place which has given us any attitude. I wouldn't expect the same treatment if I rolled in at a peak time though. However that would be more stressful for us and the baby as well so it is a non issue.

        Congrats in advance and enjoy your new addition.

        1. re: Gabatta

          Also Buffs in Newton since it is local to you. Our hour wait went to next booth once the baby worked her mojo.

        2. re: StriperGuy

          Have you gone to Connelly's avec bébé? I've got a hankering for pub food.

          I could definitely see going for a booth at Buff's, midweek, non-game night.

          1. re: Alcachofa

            No, but I'm sure Connelly's would be fine.

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          1. i agree with the other posts, you can bring a newborn most places especially if you go earlier. i took my newborn to neptune oyster...sometimes you've got to take care of your cravings. :)

            check out the family restaurant 'full moon' in cambridge in a couple of months for some decent food where you won't feel self conscious.

            http://www.fullmoonrestaurant.com/

            congrats!

            1. Congratulations!

              I agree with others -- for the first few months, it's easy. You can go anywhere while the baby naps or is calmly awake, just go on the early side to avoid bothering anyone, and be prepared to have one of you duck out with the baby if s/he gets fussy.

              For future reference, I recently asked a similar question about where people eat with their young kids and got lots of good answers: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/767877