The Kirkland Tap & Trotter (Somerville)

(credit: Thrillist)

(credit: Thrillist)

kid-friendly restaurant reviews: 5 spork rating
Spork Rating: 5

The Details:

  • Neighborhood: Cambridge/Somerville
  • Cuisine: Comfort/American
  • Price: Affordable – Splurge. Appetizers $10-16; Entrees $16-32; Kid’s Menu $8-12
  • Hours: Mon – Thu: 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm; Fri: 5:30 pm – 1:00 am; Sat: 9:30 am – 1:00 am; Sun: 9:30 am – 11:00 pm; Weekend Brunch: 10:00am – 2:00pm
    (open for coffee at 9:30am)
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Recommended For Dining With: Infants, Toddlers, Kids

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(credit: KT&T)

(credit: KT&T)

From the James Beard Award winning chef Tony Maws of Craigie on Main fame comes Kirkland Tap and Trotter, a casual neighborhood “gastropub” on the Cambridge-Somerville line. KT&T is drawing fans for its upscale comfort food, most of which is cooked on a special wood-fired grill. The warm interior with exposed brick, open kitchen and gorgeous bar is another draw. Add a kid-friendly vibe with a terrific kids’ menu and it’s easy to see why KT&T is also drawing families.

family-friendly restaurant tip Kids eat free Sunday-Thursdays between 5:30-6:30.

family-friendly restaurant tip Little ones prefer quieter dining spots? Asked to be seated in the back half of the dining area furthest from the bar and kitchen.

Outstanding. Families are greeted with smiles and kids are offered their own kid’s menu perfectly sized for little hands. Dine before 6:30 and you will find that the relaxed dining room is filled with families. KT&T has plenty of high chairs and kid-friendly cups with lids.

family-friendly restaurant tip Antsy kids? Ask your server for some markers and scrap paper, which are available at the hostess stand.

family-friendly restaurant tip Staff will gladly stash your stroller in the vestibule and fetch it for you when you are ready to leave.

Main Menu:
KT&T’s ever-changing menu features seasonal and local produce for the freshest dishes around. Menu is divided into “Small” plates ($10-$16), “Supper” or entrees ($16-$32), and “Sides” ($6-8). The main star are “Meats” wood fired from the grill ($24-$32). The beverage program is also getting rave reviews with a great selection of local beers, ciders, wine and seasonal cocktails.

KT&T also serves Brunch on the weekends with not your average brunch fare that includes KT&T Hot Dog Hash with a soft-poached egg and Hollandaise, and Turkish Breakfast.

Favorites include:

  • Grassfed Cheeseburger with kimchee Russian dressing on a housemade brioche bun
  • Half Roasted Chicken (order 20 minutes in advance)
  • Crispy-Fried Pork Ribs
  • Sticky Buns
(credit: KT&T)

(credit: KT&T)

family-friendly restaurant tip KT&T is leading the Hot Dog trend, offering Hot Dog Mondays showcasing local celebrity chefs’ hot dog creations. 50% of celebrity dog proceeds go to Share Our Strength, national charity working to end childhood hunger in the US.


Decorated by Chef Maws’ son

Kid’s Menu:
As a dad, Chef Maws believes kids deserve quality food too. So while the KT&T kids menu include kid favorites such as hot dogs, pasta with meat sauce and fried chicken, this is elevated kid food. House-made hot dogs, fish and chips made with red snapper and meat sauce made from choice cuts of meat are just some ways this kid’s menu stands out.

family-friendly restaurant tip Worth mentioning again – kids eat free Sunday-Thursdays between 5:30-6:30

Kid's Red Snapper Fish & Chips and steamed veggies

Kid’s Red Snapper Fish & Chips and steamed veggies

Nearby Attractions:

  • Harvard Sq
  • Harvard Museums
  • Inman Sq
  • Museum of Science
  • Porter Sq


  • High Chairs
  • Stroller Parking
  • Changing Tables
  • Kids’ Menu
  • Markers for coloring
  • Cups with lids

Getting There:

  • Metered parking
  • Nearest T stop: Harvard Square (10-15 minute walk)
  • #83 and #86 bus lines: corner of Washington & Beacon Streets 
  • Hubway bike portal: corner of Washington & Beacon Streets