Spork Rating: 4
- Neighborhood: Harvard Square
- Cuisine: American/International
- Price: Splurge. Appetizers $10-14, entrees $20-34
- Hours: Open daily 4pm-12am or later, weekend music brunch 10am-3pm (opening for lunch soon)
- Reservations: Yes, via phone and OpenTable.
- Recommended For Dining With: Infants, toddlers, kids
Descend the steps from bustling Brattle Street and you’ll find the warm, welcoming and equally bustling Beat Hotel. This quirky, bohemian-inspired and intricately decorated kid-friendly Harvard Square restaurant is brought to you by the same team behind Beehive in Boston’s South End. Much like Beehive, there is a big focus here on live music (an always welcome addition to Harvard Square), and hipsters abound–both as patrons and as staff. This is a great option for a family-friendly Harvard Square brunch, but an early dinner (before the bar crowds swarm) is also a good choice.
There’s a large set of stairs leading down to the restaurant entrance. We recommend you fold up the stroller at the top of the stairs and hand to the host staff for storage.
Good. This kid-friendly Harvard Square restaurant has every amenity to make for a convenient and family-friendly dining experience, including crayons and coloring sheets, changing tables, stroller storage and more. Service is consistent and relatively attentive, but the friendliness factor is hugely dependent on which young, hipster server’s section you’re sitting in.
With a true bohemian spirit, you’ll find a menu that wanders across American standards for omnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike, with heavy (and varied) international influences. Mom and Dad will enjoy the really tasty cocktail selections as well as a great selection of beers AND wines on tap. Favorite menu items include:
- Inca and Earth bowls
- Short rib lasagna
- Buffalo cauliflower
Wines on tap you say? Use this as a great opportunity to sample some wine makers and vineyards you are less familiar with. Wines are available by the glass or carafe (and there’s a list of old fashioned bottles as well). Ask your server for suggestions!
There is a kid’s menu available for brunch, but not for dinner. The “Flower Children” brunch menu offers some basic options for the younger set. For dinner, there are some items appropriate for more adventurous young eaters to sample some from the appetizer section, the Bohemian Platter is usually a hit with all ages, and when the dining room isn’t in full swing, the kitchen can often offer suggestions for kid-friendly options from the kitchen.
- Harvard Square
- The Alexander W. Kemp playground at Cambridge Common
- Harvard Museum of Natural History
- Alden Play Area
- Curious George Bookstore
- Changing tables
- Stroller storage
- High chairs
- T accessible
- Valet parking (daily at 6pm)
- Kid’s menu (brunch only)
- T accessible from the Red Line’s Harvard Square station, as well as numerous bus lines
- Valet parking is available daily starting at 6pm for a $18 fee
- Beat Hotel validates for several parking garages in Harvard Square. Call ahead for details, prices and locations.