kid-friendly restaurant review

Spork Rating:  3


The Details:

  • Neighborhood: Coolidge Corner
  • Cuisine: American
  • Price:  Splurge.  Appetizers $8-15, entrees $20-30
  • Hours: 5pm-9pm or later daily
  • Reservations:  Yes, via phone or OpenTable.
  • Recommended For Dining With:  Infants, kids

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kid-friendly Coolidge Corner restaurant

Main Dining Room (photo credit:


Run by a husband and wife team of Jeremy and Lisa Sewall, the restaurants name is an homage to the Sewall family’s deep roots in Brookline’s history, dating back more than 300 years.  A bright, airy and modern kid-friendly Coolidge Corner restaurant, Lineage provides a lovely, upscale contrast to the many more casual dining options scattered about the bustling square.  The dining areas at this Brookline favorite are split into two sections. The bar area to your left with a wall of windows onto bustling Harvard Street, but the real centerpiece is the 11-seat, serpentine-shaped bar flanked by a wood burning oven.  The main dining room is to your right, done in a warm, inviting gray tones and white table cloths with cozy yet refined decor featuring historical maps of the area.

family-friendly restaurant tipGrown ups and adventurous young diners will find $1 oysters at the bar during happy hours.

kid-friendly Coolidge Corner restaurant

The Bar (photo credit:


Pretty good. The owners and chefs of this cozy Coolidge Corner spot have kids of their own.  The staff is professional and courteous and welcomes young diners, but you get the sense that not many kids under the age of 5 dine here (we blame the white table cloths, and the plethora of more casual establishments in the area).

family-friendly restaurant tip

If dining with an infant tucked in a car seat or an older child, the main dining room will suit you fine.  Dining with a toddler? Ask to be seated in the (slightly) more boisterous bar area.

Main Menu:

The Lineage menu is printed daily, and evolves with the seasons to feature seasonal and local ingredients.  You’ll find lots of seafood mixed with beautifully prepared meats and a few vegetarian options.  The focus is definitely on the ingredients themselves, with seasonal sides to highlight the main dish.  Favorites include:

  • Lobster tacos
  • Hand rolled gnocchi (accompaniments vary by season)
  • The 3 course seafood tasting ($38 nightly with an optional wine pairing)
kid-friendly Coolidge Corner restaurant

Lobster Tacos (photo credit: Lineage)

Kid’s Menu:

While there’s no kid’s menu at this kid-friendly Coolidge Corner restaurant, servers can always provide suggestions, including a smaller version of the hamburger, pasta, steamed or sauteed veggies, and more. What is available will depend on the season, so just ask.

Nearby Attractions:

  • JFK Birthplace
  • Boston University
  • Boston College


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

Getting There:

  • T accessible by the Green Line’s C Train, Coolidge Corner stop
  • Metered parking is available along Beacon Street and surrounding side streets.  There’s also several parking lots in the neighborhood, including:
    • 2 municipal/metered lots on adjacent Webster Street
    • The Marriott Courtyard parking garage on Webster Street for $8/hr