Kid-Friendly Italian Restaurant Stella

(photo credit: Stella)

Spork Rating: 4

The Details:

  • Neighborhood: South End
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price: Splurge.  Appetizers $10-$12 entrees $16-$26.
  • Hours: Dinner: 4-11pm daily; Sunday brunch 10am-3pm
  • Reservations:  Yes, via phone or OpenTable.
  • Recommended For Dining With:  Infants, toddlers, kids

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Don’t let the sleek, modern and very white interior of this South End mainstay scare you off–this is one of the more kid-friendly Italian restaurants in Boston.  Adjusting to meet the demand brought on by the many families in the South End, Stella welcomes kids of all ages.  Stella is a great blend of delicious Italian cuisine and a grown-up atmosphere, and as an added bonus, it offers one of the larger outdoor dining areas for the warmer months.  Put it all together and you have a perfect kid-friendly restaurant choice for those times when mom and dad want an above ordinary dining experience that the kiddos will also enjoy.

Stella is located on Blackstone Park, which has a set of swings and plenty of space to run around–perfect for the little ones needing to burn off energy while waiting for a table or between courses.

Kid-Friendly Italian Restaurant Stella's dining room

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Fantastic.  Smiles abound from the staff and Stella has high chairs, a kid’s menu that doubles as a mini coloring book, crayons and sippy cups.

Main Menu:

Upscale Italian fare reigns at Stella, with antipasti, grilled pizzas, pastas and main courses rounding out the menu.  This is also a great spot for brunch, where the menu mixes breakfast classics with delicious modern Italian twists.  Favorites include:

  • Pizza with banana peppers, onions and burrata
  • Short ribs
  • Bolognese

Looking for a more casual menu and atmosphere? Check out the Stella Cafe, located right next door. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, it offers quick and easy selections that range from $3-$8. Check out Stella’s Cafe menu for more details on this equally kid-friendly restaurant option.

Kid’s Menu:

The Kid’s menu options includes a choice of entree, side and a beverage for $7.50.  The choices are on the more simple side, but are served up promptly and offer a decent variety.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Boston Ballet
  • Cyclorama
  • Copley Square
  • Prudential Center and Copley Plaza
  • South End Historical District
  • Boston Center for the Arts
  • Northeastern University


  • Easy entrance/access for strollers
  • Stroller storage
  • High chairs
  • Valet parking
  • T accessible
  • Kid’s menu

Getting There:

  • T accessible by 2 lines:
    • The Silver Line’s SL4 bus Newton St. stop.
    • The Orange Line’s Back Bay or Massachusetts Ave. stops are a 10 minute walk.
  • Stella offers valet parking for a $16 fee (cash only).
  • Parking can be tight in this urban neighborhood.  Your best bet is to look for metered parking on Washington or Tremont streets.