Spork Rating: 2
- Neighborhood: Coolidge Corner
- Cuisine: American, Comfort
- Price: Affordable. Dinner appetizers $4-15, entrees $12-25
- Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-1am, Sat and Sun 11am-1am.
- Reservations: Limited reservations by phone.
- Recommended For Dining With: Kids
Snuggled into a small space in the middle of Coolidge Corner, the Regal Beagle has a lot of promise. Cozy, loungey and comfortable inside, the long and narrow space is a quiet haven from the hustle and bustle of Harvard Street. While the neighborhood is rooting for this newer, hip addition to Coolidge Corner to thrive, the Regal Beagle never seems to be firing on all cylinders, making it hard to live up to the promise–especially when you are dining out with kids. The only consistency here is the presence of inconsistencies–from questionable, inattentive service to painfully long wait times for your food and appetizers gone missing–all making dining out with kids a challenge at this neighborhood joint. Reserve this spot for a night out with friends sans kids, when you have time to leisurely chat over cocktails.
Luke warm. While they have some of the basics, including high chairs and a kid’s menu, the college-aged host staff often greet you with a ‘tude. The wait staff is less than efficient, seem to lack basic training, and often have poor follow-through on the most basic server skills. From 30+ minute waits for your meal (challenging with a toddler, fussy infant or active kid), to an overall sense of indifference from the staff, you’ll be better off selecting from one of the many more kid-friendly dining options in and around Brookline–whether dining out with kids or alone.
Much like the restaurant itself, the menu is promising, presenting many creative twists on American classics. And while most dishes are tasty, others might make you go “hmmmmm…”. You’ve got a good chance of picking a winner, but proceed with caution.
You’ll be safe with:
- Mac & Cheese (truffle oil…yes please!)
- Beagle Burger
- Pulled Pork Melt
The Regal Beagle kid’s menu offers the usual staples, including chicken fingers, grilled cheese and pastas. There are also some more interesting options, including a creative quesadilla. Side items from the main menu are also a good choice.
Quirk alert! Most of the kid’s menu items arrive with a side salad on the plate. While this is a nice, healthy option for an adult, salad isn’t always a favorite for kids. If your kid isn’t a fan of mixed greens in a vinaigrette, ask the server what others sides are available.
- JFK Birthplace
- Boston University
- Boston College
- Easy entrance/access for strollers
- High chairs
- T accessible
- Kid’s menu
- T accessible via the Green Line’s Coolidge Corner Station
- Metered parking is available along Harvard Street and there’s a sizeable municipal lot located behind the Regal Beagle.