Spork Rating: 5
- Neighborhood: South End (second location in Davis Square)
- Cuisine: American
- Price: Affordable. Appetizers $5-10, entrees $13-20.
- Hours: Daily 11:30am-11:30pm or later. Sat and Sun brunch starting at 10am.
- Reservations: Yes, via phone, OpenTable.
- Recommended For Dining With: Infants, toddlers, kids
Five Horses Tavern in Boston’s South End is a cozy neighborhood restaurant serving modern American comfort food. Nestled into the ground floor of adjoining brownstones, this kid-friendly pub has big booths, quiet corner tables and a bustling bar, and also sports a cozy patio surrounded by greenery. But the star of the show for some folks is the beer selection, with 40 selections on tap and more than 50 bottles to choose from. Not sure what beer to order? The plaid shirt-clad servers are beer aficionados, able to offer suggestions based on your tastes. While you wait for it to be delivered, check out the very cool artwork on the walls–colorful mosaics made from beer bottle caps.
The inside dining room and bar are u-shaped, making it easy to settle in next to the hustle of the bar, or tucked quietly on the opposite side of the wall. If you have a preference on noise and activity levels, just mention it to the host staff.
Excellent. The front of the house staff is helpful and welcoming, and the kitchen does its best to accommodate junior’s palette. Bonus points: changing tables are in both bathrooms (hooray!).
American comfort food is the star here, with creative starters, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, tacos and more traditional entrees rounding out a large menu. You’ll find a good number of options for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Favorites include:
- Tacos (request the Toro without the thai peppers if you’re not feeling VERY spicy)
- Tater tots (delicious old school style with ketchup, or with the rotating topping specials)
- Fried chicken sammy
- Mac and cheese
There’s no official menu for the little guys at this kid-friendly pub, but the main menu offers a number of selections that will work for junior. There’s usually a kid’s pasta with butter or red sauce available, and sides of veggies as well–just ask your server to find out what’s available that day. Great picks include:
- Kid’s pasta
- Mac and cheese
- Chicken tenders
- Copley Square
- Prudential Center and Copley Plaza
- South End Historical District
- Symphony Hall
- Boston Ballet
- Mary Baker Eddy Library/Christian Science Plaza
- Easy entrance/access for strollers
- Changing tables
- Stroller storage
- High chairs
- T accessible
- T accessible from multiple stops:
- The Orange Line’s Back Bay Station (5-7 min walk)
- The Oragne Line’s Mass Ave Station (5 min walk)
- The Green Line’s Copley Station (10 min walk)
- The Number 1 bus (2 min walk)
- Street parking can be hard to come by in the South End. Keep an eye out for the 2 hour visitor spots of the corner of most side streets, or cruise the westbound/outbound side of Columbus Ave, which is all 2 hour parking.