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Aug 14, 2013 06:33 PM

Help! Need recommendations for dining with a toddler in Cambridge

My wife and I are celebrating our anniversary soon and need a recommendation for a good non-chain restaurant in Cambridge that can accommodate a pretty well behaved 20 month old.

While we would love to knock some of the Eater 38-type places off of our list, it seems like many of them are the intimate, small table variety. I was considering Helmand or Puritan & Co., but having never been to either, didn't know if they would be appropriate.

Can any of you fellow Chowhounders comment or make any other suggestions? Of course we would be aiming to dine at off peak times.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I think both Oleana and EVOO were not too formal and if you go early, should be fine with a younger child. EVOO was much better than expected, particularly the vegetarian items

    1. There are actually very few places in Cambridge I would not take my toddler (who is also very well behaved at restaurants) Bondir and Craigie are probably the only two that come to mind where I would have some pause and call the babysitter.

      One place that I think has wonderful food, is on the eater list last I checked and has always been very accommodating to us and our daughter is West Bridge. Otherwise as mentioned below EVOO, Oleana and Helmand would all be great as well.

      1. Here are some pastorates which may be helpful. Unless you can get a seat in the courtyard I would avoid Oleana as referenced.

        1. so many restos are well behaved kid friendly these days. why not try west bridge? food is excellent and the staff is very accommodating. many interesting things for your kid to eat as well. we also love Helmand. same story.

          1. I would agree with others - most places in Cambridge are very child-friendly. We brought our (yes, well-behaved) baby to Puritan & Co and felt totally welcomed. Other suggestions here are great as well. If you're looking for something with outdoor seating, we've had good experiences at Area Four and Gran Gusto with both dog and baby in tow...

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            1. re: kr147

              Another place we just were welcomed with dog, baby and toddler was the patio at Atwood's. I've actually been meaning to post about that meal separately. We really love that place.

              1. re: Gabatta

                gab, plse do post about Atwood's patio; we've been wanting to try it ever since Smallplates raved their fish tacos. As far as their inside area, what is the seating like?(I couldn't find readable web photos .) Do they have banquettes, or regular tables (not all high tops) ? If we went early, do you think the noise level would be conversable?thx again!

                1. re: opinionatedchef

                  They do have some regular tables on the back. Unless a band is playing its not that noisy compared to other bars.