Spork Rating: 5
- Neighborhood: Cambridge, between Harvard and Porter Squares
- Cuisine: Pub, comfort food
- Price: Cheap Eats; Appetizers $3-9, entrees $5-14
- Hours: Mon-Wed 11:30-1am; Thurs/Fri 11:30-2am; Sat 10:30-2am; Sun 10:30-1am
- Reservations: Yes via phone for groups larger than 10 on weeknights
- Recommended For Dining With: Infants, toddlers, kids
From the outside, Cambridge Common looks like an enormous bar—not at all the kind of place that would welcome kids. Step inside and you’ll find one of the more kid friendly pubs in the area. The place is full of Cambridge characters of all ages, including the very young. There is music playing, giant TV screens showing various sporting events, and colorful art along the dark wood walls. The waitstaff is friendly and warm and remembers frequent customers. There is a large square bar in the middle of the restaurant, and windows lining the Mass. Ave. side. Patrons can sit at the bar, in small or long tables, or in booths.
Practically perfect. Despite the fact that it’s upstairs from the very adult Lizard Lounge nightclub and it offers 30 beers on tap, Cambridge Common is kind to children the minute they walk in the door. The staff immediately offers high chairs or booster seats and tables with room to store strollers. Kids get crayons and coloring sheets as soon as they sit down, and there is a kid’s menu with 13 different food options, as well as ice cream or chocolate brownie sundaes for dessert (not to mention milkshakes).
Cambridge Common offers quintessential pub food. They have an impressive rotating seasonal beer menu, with 30 beers on tap as well as bottles and mixed drinks for adults. There are tater tots and Buffalo wings on the starter menu, $5 burgers of varying description, and comfort foods like meatloaf and chicken pot pie. Solid pub food plus an impressive beer list make this a favorite with locals.
- Boneless Buffalo Wing Sandwich
- Portobello “Burger”
- Southern Fried Chicken
- Roasted Beet, Mesclun and Goat Cheese Salad
The kid’s menu is fairly extensive, with far more options than the standard chicken fingers and macaroni. The mac & cheese bites with curly fries are the most expensive fare at $6, and the grilled cheese is the cheapest at $3. There is a salad option, and for vegetarian kids, there are veggie burgers or various pasta options. If you want a shared meal, try the chicken fingers, which is almost an adult-sized serving.
- Harvard Square
- The Alexander W. Kemp playground at Cambridge Common
- Harvard Museum of Natural History
- Alden Play Area
- Easy entrance/access for strollers
- Stroller storage near certain tables
- High chairs
- T accessible
- Kid’s menu
- Crayons and coloring sheets
- T accessible on the Red Line at either Harvard or Porter
- There is a narrow parking lot behind the restaurant that fills very quickly. Alternatively, there is metered parking along Mass. Ave. or resident parking on the side streets.
If you are looking for the kids to burn off some energy before or after dinner, try taking them to the Alexander W. Kemp playground at the nearby Cambridge Common park. Another great playground option is the Alden Play Area, less than a block away on Sacramento and Oxford streets.