The Abbey

Kid-Friendly Pub: The Abbey

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The Details:

  • Neighborhood: Washington Square
  • Cuisine: American/Comfort
  • Price: Affordable.  Dinner appetizers $4-12, entrees $12-20
  • Hours:  11am -2am daily
  • Reservations:  No.
  • Recommended For Dining With: Infants, toddlers, kids

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Red star_15x15 If you call ahead, most nights they will add you to the wait list.  Just make sure to check in with the person working the door when you arrive so they know you’re there.

Overview:

Bring a baby to a bar?  Yes!  The Abbey has an upscale pub atmosphere and a is very kid-friendly pub at that, with a perfect balance of just loud enough to drown out most general kiddie noise, but not so noisy that it scares your little ones or inhibits normal conversation.  Their creative twists on many comfort food favorites are complimented by a great selection of beers, a decent wine list and pretty hefty scotch selection for grown ups.  On nice days, they have 4-ish tables outside in perfect view of the passing Green Line trains for the budding train conductors in your world.

Red star_15x15 The Abbey has a good sized bar but limited dining tables, so get there on the earlier side to grab a table without the wait–the crowds start to arrive after 7pm.

KidTude:

Great.  They offer up high chairs and kiddie cups before you even have to ask as this kid-friendly restaurant.

Main Menu:

The menu changes seasonally, and there’s usually at least one addition to the menu daily as well as a special flatbread.  Favorite menu standards include:

  • Bison Bolognese (spicy and delicious)
  • Grass Fed Hangar Steak
  • Truffle fries

Kid’s Menu:

There’s no official kids menu, but they have kid-friendly pub fare like pasta, pizza/flatbreads and burgers and there is often something on the appetizers/starters list suitable for the younger set.  Ask your server for a list of what they can and can’t tweak for the kiddos.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Boston College
  • JFK Birthplace

Amenities:

  • Easy entrance/access for strollers
  • High chairs
  • T accessible

Getting There:

  • T accessible by the Green Line’s C Train, Washington Square stop
  • Metered parking is relatively plentiful in/around Washington Square.

Red star_15x15 Valet is available at the Chinese restaurant next door if you find yourself in a bind.  You can also try turning off the main drag to one of the nearby side streets—many don’t have meters, but remember to observe Brookline’s 2 hour parking limits to avoid a ticket.