Back Deck

family-friendly dining: Back Deck

(photo credit: Back Deck)

kid-friendly restaurant



Spork Rating: 4

The Details:

  • Neighborhood: Downtown Crossing
  • Cuisine: American
  • Price: Affordable. Dinner appetizers, salads and small plates $6-14, entrees $11-28
  • Hours: Open daily for lunch, brunch and dinner 11:30am-10pm or later
  • Reservations:  Yes. Via phone or OpenTable.
  • Recommended For Dining With:  Infants, toddlers, kids

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Craving a good ol’ backyard barbeque but don’t feel like firing up the grill (or don’t have one)?  Head to the Back Deck. This casual, comfortable and family-friendly dining option in Downtown Crossing is the latest offering from the owners of Fajitas and ‘Ritas. Designed to bring the outdoors inside no matter what the Boston weather patterns are dishing out, Back Deck’s dining room is surrounded by huge windows (that open wide in the summer) and the open kitchen lets you get up close and personal with the grill–just like a backyard barbeque.


Fantastic. In a neighborhood with not many kid- and family-friendly dining options, Back Deck is a refreshing new option that welcomes the little ones.

Main Menu:

From small plates to backyard burgers, salads, large plates and insanely good (and nostalgic) desserts, this place has it all.  Thanks to a team of experts behind the grill, the meats, skewers and burgers come out perfectly cooked.  Feel like a fun and festive cocktail? Back Deck has oodles of options available by the glass, or in pitchers to share.  Don’t miss:

  • Smoky Creamy Eggplant Spread
  • Burgers
  • S’mores (the graham crackers and marshmallows are both housemade)
family-friendly dining: Back Deck

(photo credit: Back Deck)

family-friendly restaurant tip Heading to Back Deck with a crowd or need a good place for your kid’s birthday celebration? Back Deck offers some really fun party and group menu options, including a Burger & Dog Party, a New England Clambake and Kabob Mania. Just give them a call to get the full scoop.

Kid’s Menu:

Back Deck has a kid’s menu offering burgers, pasta, grilled cheese and hotdogs, and it offers a few fun salad options as well. We think the small plates and skewers from the main menu are also a great choice for the younger diners, providing a perfect portion size, a fun presentation and more interesting flavors for their little palettes to explore.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Downtown Crossing shopping
  • Opera House
  • Boston Common
  • Freedom Trail
  • AMC Loews Boston Common movie theater
  • Theater District
  • Financial District


  • Easy entrance/access for strollers
  • Stroller storage
  • High chairs
  • T accessible
  • Validated parking
  • Kid’s menu

Getting There:

  • T accessible by numerous lines and stations, including:
    • Orange line’s Downtown Crossing and Chinatown stations
    • Red line’s Downtown Crossing, Chinatown and Park Street stations
    • Green line’s Boylston and Park Street stations
  • Parking is near impossible during the week in this part of the city, but you can sometimes snag a metered spot on the weekends. Try the many parking garages nearby, including the Lafayette garage (below the Hyatt) and Back Deck will validate to save you a couple of bucks.