kid-friendly restaurant reviews: 5 spork rating

Spork Rating:  5


The Details:

  • Neighborhood: Fort Point
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price: Affordable.  Appetizers $6-13, pizzas $10-23, entrees $11-25.
  • Hours: Lunch 11:30-3pm, dinner 5pm-10pm or later, mid-day menu 3-5pm, late night menu until 1:30am.
  • Reservations:  Yes, via phone and their website.
  • Recommended For Dining With:  Infants, toddlers, kids

kid-friendly fort point restaurantBaby_3p HiChair_3p Menu_3p Parking_3pt PubTrans_3p Stroller_36pt

Looking for a delicious and family-friendly restaurant by the Boston Children’s Museum? Look no further. Step inside of this kid-friendly Fort Point restaurant and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into an industrial farmhouse. Tin ceilings, exposed beams, reclaimed wood and charmingly mismatched furniture somehow blend perfectly to create a cozy yet modern space. To the right, you’ll find the main dining room, open and airy with big windows looking out onto Congress Street. The bar is tucked to the far right beyond a creative partition of old windows. To the left is the kitchen, the beautiful, cherry red, wood-fired pizza oven, and Pastoral’s quick take out area.

family-friendly restaurant tipIn a rush? Mon-Fri the take out area offers up pizza slices, calzones, mini pizzas, pucci sandwiches, salads, vegetables, cookies, and beverages to go during lunch hours.


Fantastic. Service is speedy, friendly and efficient, host staff will supply your little ones with crayons and paper, cups with tops and straws are available and more. The industrial feel of the space makes for a somewhat louder dining experience, perfect for drowning out any unwelcome noise from the under 4ft tall crowd. Wait staff not even assigned to your table has been known to stop by with smiles, high fives and chatter for the kiddos, creating a welcoming vibe for all.

family-friendly restaurant tipYou’ll find changing tables in both the women’s and men’s room. Hooray!

family-friendly restaurant tipThe tin bucket at the center of each table holds silverware–including steak knives. Save yourself a battle and shift it out of the way before those little hands start exploring.

kid-friendly fort point restaurantMain Menu:

Amazingly chewy, tasty and delicious pizza is the star of this show–and can’t be missed. The chef/owner is certified by Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana, insuring that these pizzas are made in the authentic Neapolitan style (if you don’t want it for your main meal, split a pizza with the table as your first course!). Pizzas are cooked in the 900 degree, wood-fired oven and come zooming out piping hot and delicious. Runners up include the salad and pastas, all rounded out by some small plates, entrees and more. Must try items include:

  • Pizzas (veal meatball, margherita, and sweet potato are divine)
  • Garlic knots
  • Mezzi rigatoni bolognese

Kid’s Menu:

The kid’s menu is simple, offering smaller sized pizza and pasta options for junior for $8, all of which zoom out of the kitchen in a very timely manner for impatient and hungry diners. In addition to the menu, the kitchen is usually willing and able to offer sides of veggies they have on hand and some other modifications. There are also some other kiddie-sized offerings, including drinks with free refills and mini desserts.kid-friendly fort point restaurant

Nearby Attractions:  

  • Boston Children’s Museum
  • Boston Fire Museum
  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
  • Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA)


  • Easy entrance/access for strollers
  • Changing tables
  • Stroller storage
  • High chairs
  • T accessible
  • Parking ($5 with validation after 5pm)
  • Kid’s menu

Getting There:

  • T accessible via the red line’s South Station or silver line’s Courthouse stop
  • There’s some metered parking in the neighborhood, but it can be tough to come by M-F mid-day. Alternatively, there are several parking garages and lots within a 2-3 block radius.

family-friendly restaurant tipDining after 5pm? Pastoral offers validated parking for $5 at the 17 Farnsworth St. Garage, just across the street.