Family-Friendly Restaurant Orinoco's arepas

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Spork Rating: 4


The Details:

  • Neighborhood:  Brookline Village (also in South End and Harvard Square)
  • Cuisine: Latin
  • Price: Affordable.  Appetizers $4-9, entrees $13-19
  • Hours:  Tues-Sat 12-2:30pm/5:30-10pm or later.  Sun 11-2:30pm/5-9pm.  Closed Mondays.
  • Reservations:  No
  • Recommended For Dining With: Infants, toddlers, kids

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Red star_15x15 If you arrive at the Brookline Village location on the early side (before 6pm) and you’re generally guaranteed a table within 20 minutes.  Stuck with a wait?  Check out Henry Bear’s Park across the street. Open until 6 or 7pm most nights, it is one of the Boston area’s great local toy stores with a play area and train set in the back to help pass the time.


What do you get when you mix a funky, casual, Latin decor with a good vibe and the best mojitos in Boston? Orinoco, of course!  It is rare that you’ll walk into this Latin kitchen’s Brookline location and not see at least 1 or 2 kids chowing down alongside parents sipping delicious adult beverages at this family-friendly restaurant. The menu offers a whole host of delicious flavors that you don’t often see in Boston, from empanadas to arepas (grilled corn pocket sandwiches) as well as a delicious selection of main dishes.


Fantastic.  Smiles all the way around as they help you park your stroller and tuck a high chair into the right spot.

Main Menu:

Traditional South American flavors and ingredients like slow cooked meats, plantains, rice and beans are prevalent on the menu, with a few delicious surprises sprinkled in.  There’s always some interesting specials on the menu, and the wait staff is happy to help you decipher any unfamiliar ingredients.  Our favorites include:

  • Empanada Mechada
  • Mahi mahi
  • Pabellon Criollo

Red star_15x15 Given the nature of the ingredients and cuisine, this food is filling. We find that mom and dad can generally walk out perfectly satisfied by splitting a number of small plates, empanadas, arepas, or salads, or splitting an entree.

Kid’s Menu:

While there’s no official kid’s menu, kids love just about anything on the Al Lado (the sides) section of the menu at this family-friendly restaurant.  Beans and rice, plantains and the yuca are all big hits.  There are also some veggie sides that are generally available if you’re looking to squeeze some green items into dinner.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Longwood Medical Area
  • Riverway/Olmstead Parks
  • Larz Anderson Park


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

Getting There:

  • T accessible by the Green Line’s D Train, Brookline Village stop
  • There’s usually plenty of metered parking on Harvard St., surrounding side streets, as well as several municipal lots within 2 blocks.