Loretta Restaurant

kid-friendly restaurant review

Spork Rating:  3


The Details:

  • Neighborhood: Newburyport
  • Cuisine: American
  • Price:  Affordable,  appetizers $5 – $12, entrees $9 – $24
  • Hours: Open daily 11am – midnight
  • Reservations:  Yes, via phone
  • Recommended For Dining With:  Non-mobile infants, older kids

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kid-friendly restaurant Newburyport Loretta

(photo credit: Loretta Restaurant)


Named after the owner’s mother and located in the heart of downtown Newburyport, Loretta has a prime location, surrounded by fun and interesting shops in every direction. With a casual, cute bistro atmosphere, the space at Loretta is cozy, offering just 10 tables in the dining room (2 of which are high tops), a small bar area and 2 tables outside in warmer weather–a tight squeeze for a kid-friendly Newburyport restaurant. The walls are lined with an array of signed memorabilia to add a nostalgic feel and the owner, Ted Epstein, can be found in the restaurant every night.


OK. The staff greets kids with a smile, has a kid’s menu, and the kitchen will work with you to customize menu items to your needs. While the attitude is welcoming, the space is not. They do their best to accommodate the kiddie crowd, but with a dining room this small, it may not be your most kid-friendly Newburyport restaurant option–especially if you have energetic kids or toddlers who like to move around. Loretta might be better reserved for a casual date night.

family-friendly restaurant tipGiven the size limitations, it goes without saying that there’s no room for strollers. Your best bet is to leave it in the car or park it out front on the sidewalk.

kid-friendly Newburyport restaurant LorettaMain Menu:

Loretta’s menu focuses on fresh, seasonal and local American fare. If you do venture in–with the little ones or without–the food will not disappoint. You’ll enjoy delicious food, including:

  • Fresh swordfish with rice and vegetables
  • Grass Fed Burgers
  • Ribs (a house specialty)

family-friendly restaurant tipSpecials change daily to focus on what’s seasonal. Be sure to ask your server what’s new on the menu.

Kid’s Menu:

Given the focus of the regular menu, the kid’s menu offers surprisingly uninspired and basic items like hamburgers, pasta, and chicken fingers. Prices range from $4.95 – $6.50 for a kid’s entree.  Drinks and other items are not included in the price.

family-friendly restaurant tipAvoid the kid’s mac and cheese–unlike the many homemade items on the main menu, the kid’s mac and cheese is made from a box.

family-friendly restaurant tipDining with kids (or adults) with allergies? The kitchen is very willing to accommodate dietary restrictions whenever possible–just ask!

kid-friendly Newburyport restaurant Loretta

Nearby Attractions:

  • Newburyport waterfront
  • Inn Street Playground
  • Newburyport Bike Path
  • Cashman Park
  • Firehouse Theater


  • High chairs
  • Outdoor seating (limited)

Getting There:

  • T accessible (sort of) from the Newburyport commuter rail, located about a mile outside of downtown.
  • Driving is your best bet. Newburyport is located off 95. There are a number of parking lots in the area, with the closest being about 2 blocks away from the restaurant.

family-friendly restaurant tipIf you’re up for a walk, Newburyport’s bike path will take you directly from the commuter rail station to downtown.