Cook (Newton)

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(credit: Cook)

kid-friendly restaurant reviews: 5 spork rating

Spork Rating: 5

The Details:

  • Neighborhood: Beyond Boston (Newton)
  • Cuisine: American, comfort
  • Price: Affordable; Appetizers $3-$15, Kid’s Entrees $6-9, Entrees $12-$25, Desserts $8
  • Hours: Dinner Sun 4:30-9:30 p.m., Mon-Thu 4:30-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 4:30-11 p.m. and bar until midnight. Brunch Sat-Sun 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes – call (617) 964-2665 to make a reservation.
  • Recommended For Dining With: Infants, Toddlers, Kidscook kid-friendly restaurant in newton

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Cook is a welcome addition to the burgeoning restaurant scene in Newton. From the team behind Arlington favorite Tryst restaurant, Cook is quickly becoming a neighborhood favorite in this village of Newton. Unlike it’s sister restaurant on the other side of the Charles, Cook offers a casual yet stylish dining experience with matching fare to boot. Even more welcome is that families are welcome, making Cook a top kid-friendly restaurant in Newton.

family-friendly restaurant tip Avoid waiting for a table on busy weekends by arriving before 6pm and/or dining mid-week. Plus call to make a reservation.


Excellent. Kids are greeted warmly at this kid-friendly restaurant in Newton. The staff will happily give young diners a coloring sheet and their own box of crayons as soon as you’re seated. Drinks comes in plastic cups with lids! Plus the wait staff is quick to offer to put in kids meals in first. Plenty of families can be found happily dining throughout the spacious dining area.

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family-friendly restaurant tip The open dining room can get noisy when busy. If you need a quiet corner, ask for a booth furthest from the bar area.

Main Menu:

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NFC: Newton Fried Chicken

Executive Chef/Owner Paul Turano describes the food as something he would want to eat at a neighborhood restaurant – nothing too fussy, just amazing food. The menu ranges from innovative snacks ($5-7), to homey sandwiches ($12-15), fresh salads ($10-15) and sophisticated entrees ($16-25). Cook also features a wood-burning oven where they crank out creative flatbreads ($12-15).

Favorites include:

  • Bacon, caramel popcorn
  • Chips & Dip
  • Kale Salad
  • Smokey Pepper Grilled Cheese
  • NFC (Newton Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes, biscuit and gravy)
  • Wild Mushroom Flatbread

family-friendly restaurant tip For parents looking for an adult beverage, be sure to check out Cook’s beverage program, which is getting rave reviews from serious cocktail connoisseurs.

Kid’s Menu:

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Not from a box!

Cook restaurant offers a sizable kid’s menu which includes starters, entrees and dessert for the under 12 set. The Kid’s Menu offers your typical kid food fare such as mac and cheese, pizza and grilled cheese. But the quality of the food at Cook is so much better than you’d expect from a “kid’s menu.”

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Mushroom Flatbread

family-friendly restaurant tip Want to skip the usual kid food? There is plenty on the main menu kids will enjoy as well. Starters are portioned well for kids (shrimp tacos anyone?). Flatbreads can be shared between two tots.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Newtonville town center & shops
  • West Newton Center and Cinema
  • Newton North High School


  • Stroller parking
  • High Chairs
  • Changing area
  • Crayons
  • Kid’s Menu

Getting There:

  • Street parking
  • Commuter Rail to Newtonville Station