Boston's 10best Family Friendly Restaurants That Make Parents Happy

Family friendly dining in Boston means more than heading to the the national fast food chain or pizza joint, in fact Boston's culinary scene has evolved to cater to the increasingly particular tastes that foodie parents have imparted on their offspring. 

With little gourmands developing their palates alongside their parents, their desire for a decent meal is just as strong as the adults who love them. Luckily, Boston restaurants have taken note and gone from once scoffing as families enter, to welcoming those looking to enjoy what the restaurant has to offer.

High end steak houses, were once out of the question with children, but Smith and Wollensky is working to change that outlook. With a location near the Children's Museum and Tea Party Ships, Smith and Wollensky is  developing kid friendly menus that cater to a smaller appetite while providing parents with their fill of steakhouse favorites.

Seafood is a popular option while in Boston, and many seafood spots make dining with kids enjoyable. Any Location of Legal Seafoods will suffice, but Legal Harborside really makes a weekend lunch special by providing a fisherman to let  your child try their hand at catch and release fishing.

Go ahead, make the reservation (ideally before prime dining time), or wait in line, and bring your kids, because these Boston restaurants know how to treat your family right.



The Cask n Flagon is a welcoming place, with lots of room to enjoy the big game, and an outdoor patio to savor a little sunshine on a nice afternoon. Serving standard sports bar favorites, it never hurts to indulge in a a few of the menu items....  Read More



Rosa Mexicano may pack the crowds due to its location in the popular seaport District, but customers return because of the stellar service, excellent eats and upbeat atmosphere. Enjoying a meal in this busy spot may require a wait, even during...  Read More



Traditional Italian baked in a brick oven make this kid friendly, North End pizzeria a favorite. Serving some of the best pies around, Antico Forno carries a large selection of toppings to help you make your pizza a balanced meal. One pizza...  Read More

Smith & Wollensky
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The Atlantic Wharf location of Smith & Wollensky overlooks the historic Fort Point Channel. Their outdoor dining scene is bustling during the warmer months when diners can score a seat for dinner or just drinks at their outdoor bar and take...  Read More



There's a reason locals prefer Mr. Bartley's to the chain joints, Mr. Bartley's churns out burgers made fresh, and to order, topped with quality ingredients and alongside frappes that will allow you to satisfy both your sweet and salty craving....  Read More



Summer Shack has consistently good food, excellent blackboard specials, stiff drinks and a seasoned wait staff. The laid back atmosphere is family friendly, but also offers a bar in another room for those looking to leave the kids behind....  Read More



Redbones serves Southern food that Southerners would eat. A menu filled with bbq favorites, like pulled pork and baby back ribs, are rave worthy, and served in large portions to satisfy even the largest of appetites. The relaxed, casual setting...  Read More

Legal Harborside
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Legal Harborside is hot, and very good reason. It is casual, fun, family friendly (avoid prime times with a young family), moderately priced, has a spectacular view and, good basic seafood. Located in the Seaport District's Liberty Wharf, Legal...  Read More



Full Moon is meant for kids to enjoy alongside their foodie parents. From the laid back atmosphere that matches the vibe of the Huron Village neighborhood it inhabits to the toy area where kids can roam free from the constraints of the table,...  Read More


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