Giacomo’s — South End

kid-friendly restaurant: Giacomo's Frutti de Mare

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Spork Rating: 4


The Details:

  • Neighborhood: South End (with a more hectic sister location in the North End)
  • Price: Affordable.  Appetizers $3-10, entrees $14-20
  • Hours: 5pm-10pm Monday-Saturday, 5p-9:30pm on Sunday
  • Reservations:  Yes.  Giacomo’s in the South End takes reservations via phone.
  • Recommended For Dining With:  Infants, toddlers, kids

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With a second location in the North End, Giacomo’s is a kid-friendly restaurant serving up some of the better Italian food in Boston.  Located in the South End, Giacomo’s offers a less hurried pace, is geared towards locals, and a far more kid-friendly atmosphere than the North End location.  The South End spot has the same great menu, lots of lovely $20 and under bottles of wine, offers dessert, and because the South End is a neighborhood full of families, the South End wait staff–most of whom have been working here for over a decade–are happy to grab you a high chair, store your stroller, and even make funny faces at your little one.

Red star_15x15 Giacomo’s is a cash only establishment.  If you forgot to load up on the Benjamins before arriving, there’s a Bank of America ATM nearby. Take a right out the front door and the ATM is in the middle of the next block.


Fantastic.  Always friendly and helpful.  High chairs appear out of nowhere.  Strollers get magically stashed away in unseen corners.

Red star_15x15 Take their advice on where to place the high chair to best stay out of the wait staff’s most travelled paths.

family-friendly restaurant tip Giacomo’s has a limited number of high chairs. If you need one, make sure to request it in your reservation. If you’re a walk in and they are already taken, ask if the host if they can borrow one from next door at Anchovies (the owners of Giacomo’s have a stake in Anchovies as well).

Main Menu:

You’ll find all of the usual Italian staples in this kid-friendly restaurant, including some vegetarian items.  Some of our favorite menu staples include:

  • Butternut Squash Ravioli
  • Mussels Fra Diavlo
  • Penne Amatriciana

Red star_15x15 Have your heart set on an Italian classic like Fettuccine Alfredo but it isn’t on the menu?  Want your Chicken, Broccoli, Ziti with an oil and garlic sauce instead of the standard cream sauce?  Just ask. Giacomo’s is super flexible in making their menu work for you.

Giacomo's Butternut Squash Ravioli

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Kid’s Menu:

While there is no official kid’s menu, the kitchen will happily make ½ portions of any entree or customize a dish to your kid’s palette as best they can.  And of course they’ll do plain pasta with butter for the pickier eaters.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Copley Square
  • Prudential Center and Copley Plaza
  • South End Historical District
  • Symphony Hall
  • Mary Baker Eddy Library/Christian Science Plaza


  • Easy entrance/access for strollers
  • Stroller storage
  • High chairs
  • Valet parking
  • T accessible

Getting There:

  • T accessible by 2 lines: the Green Line’s E Train, Copley or Prudential stops; the Orange Line’s Back Bay stop.
  • Parking in this urban neighborhood can be tricky.  If you drive, we recommend Giacomo’s valet service ($14).