Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Boston

Take the Tykes
June 16, 2015
by Zagat Staff

Take the whole family to these kid-friendly restaurants in the Boston area.

Galleria Umberto
Pizza · North End · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.1

"To-die-for" Italian eats taste "like grandma made them" at this "old-school" , cash-only "institution" , where Sicilian pizza and arancini are among the "inexpensive" attractions served "until they run out" ; "fancy it’s not, but it’s the real thing" say fans who brave "long lines" and assure it’s "worth the wait" to "experience the North End like locals do."
Italian · South End · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

This "go-to" in the trendy South End draws fans with its "awesome, wood-fired" pizzas and "homemade" ice cream, while there’s also "always something new and delicious" in its comfort-food lineup; "if you can get in" , the modest-sized space offers "accommodating" service, and there’s also a "superb draft-beer selection" , plus a patio where "eating outside on a summer’s night is one of the greatest pleasures."
Flour Bakery & Cafe
Bakery · Back Bay · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

Chef/ "idol" Joanne Chang’s "upscale" breakfast-and-lunch bakery chain earns a "cult following" for her "thoughtfully prepared" sandwiches on "wonderful" fresh bread and "tasty pastries" , including the "infamous" "rave" -worthy sticky buns ( "every dieter’s worst nightmare" ); most locations are typically "bustling with hip young families" and urbanites "planning their next startup" , so they’re "chaotic" and "usually swamped" , but "very solicitous service" keeps things moving.
La Famiglia Giorgio's
Italian · North End · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.3

"Like eating at an Italian relative’s home" , this North End spot doles out "huge, heaping" portions of Roman dishes doused in "fantastic" sauces in a "no-frills" "brick" setting; since "you get more than you can eat" for "very reasonable prices" courtesy of a crew that "allows you to just relax" , most leave "happy and full."
The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
Gastropub · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

"Anything grilled" is the way to go at chef Tony Maws’ younger, laid-back Somerville sibling to his Craigie on Main, where the "funky" yet "well-executed" New American fare revolves largely around a wood-fired oven turning out dishes featuring local products; the "bar jumps" with craft-brew fans (true "beer geeks" should request the reserve list), and though it can be "loud" and "a bit pricey" , patrons tend to leave the rustic-chic quarters quite "impressed."