Shake Shack (Back Bay)

kid-friendly restaurant

Spork Rating: 4


The Details:

  • Neighborhood: Copley/Back Bay
  • Cuisine: American/Comfort
  • Price: Affordable
  • Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm
  • Reservations: No
  • Recommended For Dining With: Infant, Toddlers, Kids

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Shake Shack is a fast casual restaurant chain based in New York City. This kid-friendly Back Bay restaurant is the latest branch to open in the Boston area and has surprisingly manageable turn around times for ordering and getting your food. The menu includes New York-style hamburgers, hotdogs, fries and its namesake milkshakes.

family-friendly restaurant tipShake Shack is counter-service, so you will need to place your order with the cashier first and find an empty table after you place your order.

family-friendly restaurant tipShake Shack’s Newbury Street location does a very busy weekday lunch business. Arriving at 11am (when the restaurant opens) usually means no wait and plenty of seating options.


Very kid friendly! Although it seems this kid-friendly Back Bay restaurant is only accessible via stairs at first arrival, there is an elevator available upon request for handicapped and stroller accessibility. There are highchairs, stroller parking is allowed table side, and a number of larger tables for kid-friendly seating. Ample indoor seating offers the option to sit near or far from a large TV, and there is also limited outdoor seating for smaller parties.

Main Menu:

Shake Shack burger and fries

photo credit: Shake Shack

Customizable all-natural Angus beef burgers, fries (with or without cheese sauce), and all beef or chicken sausage hot dogs. Fun drink options are plentiful, including soft drinks, shakes and fun floats like root beer, purple cow or creamsicle flavors. Mom and dad can partake in their small beer and wine list. Don’t forget Shake Shack’s famous frozen custard! Get a simple scoop (or two), or customize with a large variety of mix-ins to create a “concrete” (think DQ Blizzard, only better) or dipped as a cone!

family-friendly restaurant tipGoing gluten free? Gluten free menu items are available on request.

photo credit: Shake Shack

photo credit: Shake Shack

Favorites include:

  • Shack Burger
  • Frozen Custard
  • SmokeShack Burger
  • Red Velvet Concrete (order a bonus marshmallow topping on the side)

Kid’s Menu:

There is no kids menu at Shake Shack, but this menu is universally kid-friendly. Burgers are slightly larger than a slider, so a good size for a hungry kid.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Newbury Street
  • Copley Square
  • Boston Library
  • Berkeley College of Music
  • The Esplanade
  • Hynes Convention Center
  • Prudential Center and Copley Plaza
  • Mary Baker Eddy Library/Christian Science Plaza
  • Boston Ballet


  • Highchairs
  • Stroller parking
  • Outdoor seating
  • Changing tables in men’s and women’s restrooms (hooray!)

Getting There:

  • T accessible by 2 T lines and a bus:
    • Green Line’s Hynes or Copley stops
    • Orange Line’s Back Bay stop is a quick 4 block stroll away
    • Number 1 bus
  • Parking in Back Bay can be near impossible.  If the parking gods are with you, you may find a metered spot in the neighborhood.  If not, there are a number of parking garages in the area.