kid-friendly restaurant review

Spork Rating: 3

The Details:

  • Neighborhood: Harvard/Porter Square
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Price: Mid-range; Appetizers $5-10, Entrees $10-15
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-10pm or later, Sat-Sun 12pm-10pm or later
  • Reservations: Yes, via phone or company website
  • Recommended For Dining With: Infants, kids

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Mix-it is a kid-friendly sushi restaurant between Harvard and Porter Squares with a trendy vibe and lively atmosphere. The restaurant consists of mostly small tables surrounded by creative lighting. There are a few larger and more sheltered tables available upon request, often a great option for families dining out with kids. The bar and TV area in the middle creates just enough noise and activity to add atmosphere without being too loud. The service here is prompt and attentive, and this kid-friendly sushi spot uses tableside credit card machines, making it easy to get and pay the bill in a snap.


Lovely. The staff will go above and beyond to find a table where you can tuck a baby asleep in a stroller in a quiet corner, or a more central spot for kiddos who like to watch the action.

Main Menu:

The menu is quite extensive and has Japanese, Chinese and Thai flavors incorporated into the offerings. You’ll find sushi, noodle and rice dishes galore, a selection of entrees and many of the usual Asian-American restaurant favorites sprinkled in. Fresh, healthy ingredients are prevalent. Favorites include:

  • Red curry with chicken
  • Shrimp teriyaki and miso soup
  • Sushi, sushi, sushi!

Kid’s Menu: 

mixit_cambridge_signWhile there’s no kid’s menu here, this is a great spot to experiment with Asian flavors and textures with your kids. Appetizers like edamame, scallion pancakes and veggie tempura are easy and safe options, as are many of the noodle and rice dishes, Any veggie on their menu can be ordered steamed, perfect for little ones just getting started with solids.

family-friendly restaurant tipSubstitutions are easily accommodated, and very much appreciated for picky eaters.

Nearby Attractions: 

  • Harvard Square
  • Porter Square
  • The Alexander W. Kemp playground at Cambridge Common
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History
  • Alden Play Area
  • Made by Me – paint your own pottery



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  • Easy entrance/access for strollers
  • Changing table
  • Stroller storage
  • High chairs (limited number)

family-friendly restaurant tipThe high chair inventory here is limited, so make sure to make a reservation and specifically request a high chair if you need one.

Getting There:

  • A short walk from both the Harvard Square and Porter Square T stops.
  • There’s a decent amount of metered parking along Mass Ave., with some additional spots along the side streets.

family-friendly restaurant tipLooking for the kids to burn off some energy before or after dinner? Take them to the Alexander W. Kemp playground at the nearby Cambridge Common park or the Alden Play Area, less than a block away on Sacramento and Oxford streets.