Spork Rating: 4
- Neighborhood: Beyond Boston (Waltham)
- Cuisine: Italian
- Price: Affordable – Appetizers $4.99-$10.99; entrees $8.99 – $24.99
- Hours: Sunday 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM, Monday 11:15 AM – 9:00 PM, Tuesday – Thursday 11:15 AM – 9:30 PM, Friday & Saturday 11:15 AM – 10:30 PM
- Reservations: Yes, via phone at or online
- Recommended For Dining With: Infants, toddlers, kids
Known to locals as the place for family-style, Italian comfort food in Waltham, The Chateau is huge in both size and menu offerings. Tucked away in a partially residential area, The Chateau in Waltham features a spacious dining room with lots of booths, several private rooms, and a separate bar area. Despite its size, this super family-friendly eatery manages to be cozy, due in part to the courteous and efficient wait staff. One downside: there’s not much within walking distance. But you may need to head home and rest anyway after eating a full Italian meal!
Despite its size, Chateau can fill up quick, so reservations are recommended for large parties.
The Chateau loves your kids and makes dining with them easy as spaghetti pie with booster seats, high chairs, and changing tables in the bathroom, not to mention crayons and a special kid’s menu to color. Plus, soft bread shows up at your table right away to keep little tummies happy.
Arrived with a sleeping infant? Ask for the high chair with the car seat attachment.
The restaurant layout is perfect for walking around a fussing toddler; there’s something new to look at around every corner.
Red sauce, family-style Italian food at its finest. The menu hits all the notes you’d expect from a typical, Italian family-style dining establishment, but the quality is above average. Throw in delicious burgers and a highly recommended lunch menu, and you’d be hard pressed to have a bad meal at Chateau.
- Toasted ravioli with meat sauce
- Eggplant parmigiana
- Pan seared salmon
The Chateau offers a gluten-free menu
From spaghetti & meatballs and chicken, penne & broccoli to grilled cheese or fish & chips, Chateau’s children’s menu has something for every kid in your group. Plus, each meal includes a fun desert – like the Cup of Mud (Chocolate Pudding, Crushed Oreo Cookies and Gummy Worms) and a drink.
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- Easy entrance/access for strollers
- Changing tables
- Stroller storage
- High chairs
- Kid’s menu
- Two parking lots and street parking