Spork Rating: 3
- Neighborhood: Washington Square, Brookline
- Cuisine: American
- Price: Splurge. Snacks $8, small plates $13, entrees $19-25+
- Hours: Daily 5pm-1am or later (dinner seatings until 10:30pm), Sat and Sun brunch 10am-3pm
- Reservations: Yes, via phone.
- Recommended For Dining With: Infants, toddlers, kids
Inspired by (and named after) famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead’s Brookline estate, Fairstead Kitchen’s cozy interior and charming patio are welcoming and casual, with tiny glimpses of formality. Much like Olmstead, tradition and the beauty of things as they naturally are provide the inspiration for the decor and menu here, striking the right balance between homey comfort and touches of formality at this kid-friendly Washington Square restaurant. The fancy aura of the ornately patterned, traditional china and flatware are offset by their mismatched patterns and casual napkins. The service-oriented, hipster staff somehow appear to magically refill water glasses and clear away plates without you even noticing. It is a welcoming, comfortable environment, created to celebrate good food, good service, and the neighborhood in which it resides.
Lovely. While Fairsted Kitchen is by no means your typical kid-friendly restaurant option, the hospitality and service from the friendly, attentive staff make everyone feel right at home, going above and beyond to craft an enjoyable experience for all. The host staff offers paper and crayons when they see your toddler getting antsy. Bartenders pop out from behind the bar, offering to entertain with their own stash of wind up toys. The staff goes above and beyond to make families feel welcome, despite the lack of traditional kid-friendly amenities.
Rolling with a stroller? Be conscious of the size of the dining room, which is on the cozy side. Your best bet is to fold it up and ask the host to store it in the back, or stash it by the coat rack by the restrooms.
The small, seasonally evolving and creative menu is divided into Snacks & Sides, Small Plates, Large Plates, and Table Plates (meant for sharing). With a primarily American flair, the flavors take inspiration from Middle Eastern and European ingredients. Oh–and the cocktail menu…do not miss the cocktail menu. While we’ve never seen the same items stay on the menu for long, some often available favorites include:
- Pig head lettuce wraps
- Rotating vegetarian selections
There’s no kid’s menu at Fairsted Kitchen, and the menu is small. Ask your server what options are available based on what’s currently in the kitchen. Options most often offered include:
- Pasta or gnocchi (based on current menu items) with varying sauce options
- Hummus snack plate (we always request extra bread/toast for dipping, and some kids may prefer to have the pickled fennel and/or pine nuts on the side)
- Veggies, based on what’s seasonal and available
This is a sophisticated menu with revolving ingredients. Super picky eaters may be more challenged to find something that will work, but the staff and kitchen will offer what they can based on the rotating menu.
- Boston College
- JFK birthplace
- Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
- Easy entrance/access for strollers
- Stroller storage
- High chairs
- T accessible
- T accessible by the Green Line’s C Train, Washington Square stop
- Metered parking is relatively plentiful in/around Washington Square, as well as 2 hour non-metered parking on the surrounding side streets.