Spork Rating: 4
- Neighborhood: South Shore (Hingham)
- Cuisine: American
- Price: Splurge. Appetizers $10-$19, entrees $25-$35
- Hours: Lunch 11:30am-3pm, Dinner 5pm-9pm or later
- Reservations: Yes, via phone, and their website.
- Recommended For Dining With: Infants, toddlers, kids
Always buzzing with people, family-friendly Square Cafe in Downtown Hingham somehow manages to make a cozy, friendly vibe coexist with white table cloths (but only at dinner). The comfortable yet upscale dining room is welcoming, with banquettes lining the walls without obstructing the windows overlooking the street out front. The staff plays a big part in the friendly vibe and the food is some of the better to be found on Boston’s South Shore. This Hingham hot spot is busy every day of the week, but is especially lively on the weekends, so be sure to call ahead or make a reservation.
Really great. While the tablecloths are indeed white at dinner time, the entire restaurant is used to welcoming kids at this family-friendly Hingham restaurant. Servers will offer up crayons and paper, kids’ cups with lids and straws, and proactively let you know what off-menu items are available for the kiddos.
There are no changing tables at Square Cafe, but both the men’s and women’s bathrooms are singles and have small tables that can serve for diaper changes in a pinch–just be sure to bring along a changing pad.
You’ll find refined American cuisine, with a French or Asian twist thrown in here and there and organic and local ingredients whenever possible. The menu is divided into 3 sections: Café Menu (think burgers, salads and sandwiches), Small Plates (a smaller portion, but still a complete meal) and Large Plates (larger portions of a full meal, with some fun house specialties). The menu offerings change with the seasons, but you can’t go wrong with:
- Chili Seared Yellow Noodles
- Any of the tuna dishes
- Pork chop or tenderloin
There’s no official kid’s menu here, but servers will gladly share the options for more typical kid-friendly fare, including your standard pasta, grilled cheese, etc. Dining with a kid that has a more adventurous palate? Check out the Cafe and Small Plates menus, as well as the appetizers. You’ll find more adventurous options like fish tacos, pizzas, burgers, and more creative pasta options.
- Hingham Harbor
- Downtown Higham shopping and activities
- Hingham Shipyard
- World’s End
- Easy entrance/access for strollers
- Stroller storage
- High chairs
- Parking is available on the surrounding streets