Toro

kid-friendly tapas restaurant Toro Boston

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Spork Rating:  3

 

The Details:

  • Neighborhood: South End
  • Cuisine: Tapas
  • Price: Splurge (if you go with the recommended 3-4 plates/person). Dinner small plates $4-15, large plates (for two) $17-38.
  • Hours: Mon-Fri lunch 12-3pm, dinner 5:30-10:15pm or later; Sat and Sun dinner 5-10:15pm or later; Sunday brunch 10:30am-2:30pm.
  • Reservations:  No
  • Recommended For Dining With:  Infants, kids

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family-friendly restaurant tip Toro does not take reservations. Most nights, if you arrive more than 45 minutes after opening you’ll be looking at a substantial wait and a very crowded bar. Arrive right around opening time to avoid the wait.

family-friendly restaurant tip About 1/2 the seating at Toro is made up of high top tables with bar stool-style seating. Bigger kids will do fine on the stools, but if you’re with a younger child that will need a high chair or booster, make sure to let the host know so they can seat you at the right kind of table.

Overview:

Toro is often hailed as the best Tapas spot in Boston–and for good reason. Their modern, Spanish-style tapas are crave-worthy and the creative cocktails from the bar are good enough to make you almost want to have a cocktail at the bar and wait for your table…even with junior in tow. The cozy, exposed brick and beam interior at this Ken Oringer gem is always jam packed with diners and bar flies. Want to feel even better about chowing down on delicious food? Toro is sustainably run, making a significant effort to reduce waste, conserve resources and support local farmers.

KidTude:

Pretty good. Staff welcome you warmly and limited high chairs are available, making this a relatively kid-friendly tapas option. They are missing some items that make life easier with the little ones, like changing tables and room to park your stroller. If the grown ups can work around the missing pieces, the food and drink are worth the juggle.

family-friendly restaurant tip Planning to dine at Toro with a toddler? The semi-tight quarters and the constant crowd makes it tough to give toddlers the extra room they need to explore. If your little one doesn’t do well staying put in the high chair or booster, you may want to reserve Toro for date night or try it for brunch or a late lunch when things are a little quieter.

kid-friendly tapas restaurant review: Toro Boston

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Main Menu:

The dinner menu is generally organized into Pinchos (snack-sized plates), Tapas Calientes (hot) and Frios (cold), Jamones y Charcuteria (hams and other meats) and larger plates “For Two”, and the lunch and brunch menus weave in sandwiches, eggs and other lunch/brunch options. Just about everything on this menu is worth a try. You’ll find a plethora of pork-based treats, lots of fresh seafood and meats. Oh–and definitely get the corn. You will not be sorry. Favorites include:

  • Datiles con Jamon (dates stuffed with almonds and blue cheese and wrapped in ham)
  • Costilla de Buey (short ribs)
  • Atun Tartare (tuna)
  • Maiz Asado con Alioli y Queso Cotija (The Corn)

Kid’s Menu:

There’s no kid’s menu at Toro. Since the menu is mostly tapas, the majority of dishes are kid-friendly portions by nature. If you have an adventurous young eater with you, they’ll likely be thrilled to pick a couple of the tapa or pincho options all for themselves. The menu offerings can be complicated, so you may need to explain some ingredients or assist with making selections based on your little one’s palette. When in doubt we recommend the simpler items, including:

  • Hamburguesas (grass fed mini burgers)
  • Patatas Bravas (fried potatoes with dipping sauces)
  • Albondigas (fancy-ish meatballs)
  • Empanada de Pollo y Patatas (chicken and potato pocket)
  • Salt Cod Fritters

Nearby Attractions:

  • Boston Ballet
  • Cyclorama
  • South End Historical District
  • Boston Center for the Arts
  • Northeastern University
  • Boston Medical Center

Amenities:

  • High chairs
  • Valet parking (Thurs, Fri and Sat only)
  • T accessible

family-friendly restaurant tip Extra space here is hard to come by–especially if it is busy. If at all possible, leave the stroller at home. The only real place to store it is in the back by the restrooms, and you’ll have to navigate a very crowded restaurant to get there.

Getting There:

  • T accessible by 2 lines:
    • The Silver Line’s SL4 bus, Worcester Street stop
    • The Orange Line’s Massachusetts Ave. stop is a quick 7-10 minute walk
  • Toro offers valet parking for a $20 fee on Thurs, Fri and Sat nights
  • Parking can be tight in this urban neighborhood.  Your best bet is to look for metered parking on Washington Street or Mass. Ave.