- 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
- Boston Ballet
- 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
- 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.