Area Four (Kendall Sq)

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kid-friendly restaurant reviews: 5 spork rating

Spork Rating:

The Details:

  • Neighborhood: Cambridge (Kendall Sq)
  • Cuisine: Pizza
  • Price: Affordable
  • Hours: Mon 9am-12am; Tue-Wed 7am-12am; Thurs-Fri 7am-1am; Sat 9am-1am; Sun 9am-9pm
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Recommended For Dining With: Infants, Toddlers, Kids

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Overview:

Area Four, named after the Cambridge neighborhood between Central, Inman and Kendall squares, has won pizza connoisseurs over with its wood-fired pies. Throw in locally-sourced ingredients, craft beer and cocktails, hand-crafted coffee, soft-serve ice cream plus a cool vibe, and Area Four has become a favorite for adults eating out with kids.

family-friendly restaurant tip The dining room at the Area Four flagship restaurant in Kendall Square is divided into several areas. For families with young kids, ask to be seated in the quieter and more open café or low tables in the main dining room.

family-friendly restaurant tipIf sitting in the large area near the pizza ovens, navigating a few stairs and the large, communal tables doesn’t leave much room for strollers. Just ask the host staff where to park your stroller before being seated.

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personal clipboards to keep kids busy

KidTude:

Great. Young diners are greeted warmly with personal clip boards with coloring sheets and crayons. There are high chairs and just the right noise level for families eating out with kids.

family-friendly restaurant tip If there’s a wait or if adults need to wrangle restless kids, there are some green spaces adjacent to the restaurant where kids can burn off some energy.

Main Menu:

The dinner menu is organized in two categories: Not Pizza and Pizza. Pizza is the main attraction here. Pizza dough fermented for 30+ hours and fresh ingredients identified by where it is coming from signals this is not your ordinary pizza. For those avoiding carbs, Not Pizza includes salads, ½ Roast Chicken and Pork Ribs.

Favorites include:

  • Garlic Knots
  • Margherita Pizza
  • Sausage & Banana Peppers Pizza
  • Sundae of the Day
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family-friendly restaurant tip The small pizza is their “personal-sized” pie cut into 6 slices. The large pizza includes 8 slices and

Banana Split

Banana Split

is big enough for a family of four with room for dessert.

family-friendly restaurant tip Save room for dessert! Area Four’s dessert menu includes soft-serve ice cream and a Sundae of the Day. The Banana Split is not to be missed.

Kid’s Menu:

There is no kid’s menu but families eating out with kids will have plenty to choose from. The Margherita is a basic pie with hand-pulled mozzarella and fresh basil. Kids can also choose to add extra toppings such as bacon and chicken. There’s also Mac & Cheese and a Trio of Spreads even the pickiest of diners will enjoy.

family-friendly restaurant tip Area Four pizza is cooked in a wood-fired oven until the crust is crisp and slightly charred. Some kids may not like pizza cooked this way, though after a taste, they might not even notice.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Community Skating Rink
  • Kendall Cinema
  • MIT Museum

Amenities:

  • High Chairs
  • Stroller parking
  • Changing Tables
scavenger hunt for the restrooms

scavenger hunt for the restrooms

family-friendly restaurant tip The men’s room has small urinals behind stalls

Getting There:

  • MBTA Redline to Kendall
  • Metered parking and parking lots

family-friendly restaurant tip Address is 500 Technology Square, however the restaurant is located on Main Street if you are driving or walking.