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American Restaurants in Boston that are Family Friendly

Best kid-friendly restaurants near Boston, including places where children and adults can enjoy a meal together, along with good food and fun activities. Take a look at our guide to some of our favorite family-friendly restaurants in Boston for some great ideas on where to dine with the kids.

Arlington DinerArlington, $
This fun, local joint offers quick service with a smile. Choose from eggs, pancakes, omelettes, and waffles. The food comes super fast so you don't have to worry about entertaining the kids 'til the food comes.
Bullfinch'sSudbury, $$
Jazz Brunch - Enjoy live jazz while you dine on tasty brunch dishes in this quaint Sudbury restaurant. Patio dining is available.
Cheesecake Factory7 Locations, $$$
An eclectic menu, big portions and cheesecake without end.
Classic CafeArlington, $
Fruit filled pancakes and omelets are specialties and the coffee is great. There’s also a small selection of toys and books to keep the kids busy!
CLOSED: Durgin ParkBoston, $$
A Boston historic establishment serving a variety of traditional New England foods such as chowders, Indian puddings, apple pan dowdy, johnny cake, and New England boiled dinners.
CLOSED: Rainforest CafeBurlington, $$
This venue has closed. Kind of a 'safari meets cheescake factory' for kids. Offers a wide variety of items to choose from on the menu.
Finagle A Bagel9 Locations, $
Finagle A Bagel, a local favorite, was founded in Boston in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Visitors will find seventeen varieties of bagels - each one delicious in its own right.
Fresh City5 Locations, $
Fresh City is a 'quick food' chain that serves salads, soups, sandwiches, noodles, smoothies, coffee, and much more. Its goal is to provide 'the freshest ingredients, the freshest recipes, made fresh-to-order.'
Full Moon RestaurantCambridge, $$
Full Moon stands out for being a family-friendly bistro with tasty food for adults and a toy area for the kids.
Halfway Cafe7 Locations, $$
The Halfway Cafe was founded in Dedham, MA in 1964 and was purchased by the current owner, John Grasso, in 1990. The Halfway Cafe has grown to seven locations in Canton, Watertown, Dedham, Holbrook, Marshfield, Marlborough, and Maynard.
Jasper White's Summer Shack3 Locations, $$$
Seating 350 diners, this Summer Shack has become a favored place for all kinds of celebrations from kids’ birthday parties and sports victories, to corporate holiday parties.
Joe's American Bar & Grill11 Locations, $$
Focusing on American favorites from sirloin to seafood to burgers to milkshakes with many locations around the Greater Boston area.
Michael's HarborsideNewburyport, $$$
In a great location right on the water in Newburyport, Michael's offers American cuisine, lots of fresh seafood, and theme nights. Enjoy eating on the deck while the weather is still nice!
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Mike's Food & SpiritsSomerville, $
This is a great restaurant which includes numerous different types of food, including many different kinds of pasta, pizza, calzones, burgers, wraps, sandwiches, seafood, salads and more!
Mr. Bartley's Burger CottageCambridge, $$
If it's burgers you want - you can't really go wrong at Bartley's. Choose from pages of celebrity named creations piled onto toasted sesame buns, and don't forget the sweet potato fries!
Not Your Average Joe's11 Locations, $$
Not Your Average Joe's is a colorful, playful dining venue with a most casual feel. Friendly service, kids menu and a colorful fun atmosphere round out this chain favorite.
S&S DeliCambridge, $$
A classic restaurant located in Inman Square - founded back in 1919 and serving up some particularly yummy breakfast items.
Stephen Anthony's RestaurantMarlborough, $
If you are looking for the 'best breakfast in town and for miles around' you have found it. Stephen Anthony's has been in operation since 1984 serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Sullivans Castle IslandBoston, $$
Grab a snack at Sullivan's during your visit to Castle Island. Hots Dogs, Seafood, Lobster Rolls, as well as a terrific breakfast menu. Don't let the long lines deter you - they move food fast!
Tempo BistroWaltham, $$$$
Tempo's menu of American bistro menu includes everything from Kobe beef burgers and grilled pizzas to braised short ribs and pan-seared duck breast. The bar/restaurant has an inviting upscale yet casual ambiance.
The Ninety Nine2 Locations, $
A great family restaurant that everyone can enjoy!
The Purple OnionNewburyport, $$
A 'not so typical cafe' serving lunch and dinner in downtown Newburyport. Menu features soups, salads, wraps, 'bowls,' sandwiches, quesadillas, and great choices for kids. And it's located right next to a playground!
Willy's PhillysMaynard, $$
Willy's Phillys specializes in fresh shaved steak for all chesse steaks. Rare roast beef slow cooked and shaved ready to order and the freshest bread and produce delivered daily.
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