Spork Rating: 3
- Neighborhood: Beyond Boston (Belmont)
- Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
- Price: Affordable (sandwiches $7-10; salads $10; plates $12-17)
- Hours: Tue-Fri: 10 AM – 8 PM; Sat: 9 AM – 8 PM
- Reservations: No
- Recommended For Dining With: Infants, Toddlers, Kids
This small and bright café on a busy street in Belmont is the brick-and-mortar post of farmers market favorite Seta’s Mediterranean Foods. Opened less than a few months, locals and farmers market customers line up to order the fresh, simple yet sophisticated Mediterranean and Armenian dishes chef Seta Dakessian thoughtfully prepares. The casual atmosphere and helpful staff make this a kid-friendly café option.
Good. You’ll find some families seated at the handful of tables or in line ordering takeout. While Seta’s is self-service, the staff is happy to answer questions from behind the counter or accommodate requests for more ketchup or an extra plate for sharing.
Seta has three rules when it comes to cooking: 1) Use no more than five ingredients when making a dish, 2) Buy from local farmers, and 3) Eat/cook within season. So it comes to no surprise that the Mediterranean and Armenian-inspired menu features the freshest ingredients prepared “without much fuss.” This kid-friendly café offers breakfast (Saturday 9-12), sandwiches served with Kohrovats (grilled meats) or vegetarian options, some of the freshest salads you’ll ever taste, and Plates that come with bulghur pilaf and grilled vegetables. The menu changes regularly based on what’s in season. Some favorites include:
- Grilled Lamb Plate
- Rotisserie Chicken Family Meal (for four)
- Greek Salad Sandwich (wrapped in homemade Lavash Bread)
- Homemade desserts
Portion sizes are generous and large enough to share. The Rotisserie Chicken Family Meal for $30 (includes French fries, salad, hummus and garlic sauce) will easy feed a family of four with leftovers.
Every dish is made to order, so be prepared to wait for your food to arrive.
There is no kids menu but families eating out with kids will have plenty to choose from. Kids can snack on Lavash and homemade hummus or dine on some sides such as Falafel, rice pilaf or daily soups. Plus leave room for the homemade desserts such as the baklava and butter cookies.
- Cushing Square
- Payson Park
- Fresh Pond
- High Chairs
- Stroller parking
- MBTA #73 from Harvard Sq to School St. stop.
- Street parking