Hei La Moon

kid friendly brunch hei la moon

Spork Rating: 4

The Details:

  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Price: Cheap Eats
  • Hours: Mon-Sun: 8:30am-11pm; Dim Sum served Sat-Sun 8:30am-3pm
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Recommended For Dining With: Infant, Toddlers, Kids

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Dim Sum could possibly be the quintessential family-friendly weekend brunch destination. Where else can you go and dine on small savory dishes that roll tableside (no waiting for food to arrive), share with a large party  (10-top with plenty of room for several kids), not worry about table manners (most dishes are finger food), and leave stuffed without emptying your wallet? Hei La Moon is just the place to experience traditional dim sum, and arguably one of the top dim sum houses in Boston.

family-friendly restaurant tip Hei La Moon is a popular dim sum house on the weekends and holidays. Arrive before 11am and you won’t be waiting outside for a table.


Great. You will find many young diners at this kid-friendly brunch spot. Staff will be happy to bring you a high chair and plastic forks.

kid friendly brunch hei la moon tanks

family-friendly restaurant tip If there is a wait (though often not very long), kids love to check out the tanks of live seafood at the front of the restaurant.

Main Menu:

Hei La Moon offers Dim Sum on the weekend and a regular lunch and dinner menu. For Dim Sum, Hei La Moon parades the traditional dishes on steam carts. Diners can point to what they want and the staff with track each dish with a stamp on your bill. Dishes range from $3-7, depending on the category (steamed, bigger plates, fried, specials, etc.).

family-friendly restaurant tip Not sure what is in a cart? You can ask the staff and they will tell you what is the main ingredient. Keep your bill handy so staff can easily mark your bill.

Favorites include:

  • Shrimp Hargow
  • Pork Shiu Mai
  • Chau Sui Bao (BBQ pork buns, steamed or baked)
  • Baked Egg Custard Tart
  • Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf

Kid’s Menu:

Hei La Moon does not have a kids menu. But like Spanish tapas and small plates, dim sum is great for kids. Chau Sui Bao and Sticky Rice are always a winner with kids. Dim sum is a perfect chance for them to explore lots of different dishes.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Chinatown
  • Downtown Crossing


  • Stroller access
  • Highchairs

Getting There:

  • MBTA accessible via South Station or Chinatown
  • Garage parking and street parking

family-friendly restaurant tip Hei La Moon will validate parking in a cramped garage right above the building ($6). Street parking can be tricky on the weekends.