kid-friendly restaurant reviews: 5 spork rating



Spork Rating:  5


The Details:

  • Neighborhood: South Shore
  • Cuisine: American
  • Price:  Cheap Eats.  Nothing over $10.00
  • Hours: Monday – Thursday 11:30am – 9:30pm, Friday 11:30am – 11pm, Saturday 11am – 11pm, Sunday 11am – 9:30pm
  • Reservations:  No
  • Recommended For Dining With:  Infants, toddlers, kids

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Years ago the Hingham Shipyard was known only as the departure port for the commuter boat to Boston, but recent years have seen it evolve into a retail and gastro destination.  Wahlburgers, brainchild of chef Paul Wahlberg (yep those Wahlbergs) is a tasty option for fresh, affordable food amidst the higher priced and more formal Shipyard options. Add it to your repertoire of  kids restaurants on the South Shore and you won’t be disappointed.

kids restaurants south shore: Wahlburgers

(photo credit: Boston.com)

Wahlburgers is split into two sections – bar/table service for those that want to be waited on and counter service for quick, self-service convenience. Table service includes low tables and group-sized high boys as well as a large outdoor patio, complete with heaters and an outdoor fireplace for chillier nights.  The bar can be packed with customers watching events on the big screens, but table service doesn’t suffer thanks to an attentive staff.  Counter service is a great option if you’re pressed for time – just order at the counter and wait at your booth with a buzzer until your food is ready.  Short on time and/or patience and need dinner on the go? Wahlburgers even offers the option for curbside pick up from 5-9pm – just call in your order and they will deliver to your rowdy crew in the car.

family-friendly restaurant tipDietary amends are easy at Wahlburgers. Watching your weight? Sub the homemade brioche roll for lettuce wraps.  Gluten free? Wahlburgers will help customize your choices upon ordering.


Awesome. Packed with ample high chairs and booster chairs, Wahlburgers doesn’t shy away from catering to the junior set and is a great option for kids restaurants on the South Shore.  If you order from the counter, employees will often help carry trays to your table as well as clear up when you’re finished.

family-friendly restaurant tipWhile you wait for your food, have fun looking at the ceiling and walls filled with large-scale text spotlighting words close to the Wahlburger family and the local area.

family-friendly restaurant tipAfter dinner kids love to climb on the giant anchor just across the way by the marina – there is also a nice path to stroll along the harbor.

Main Menu:

kids restaurants south shore: Wahlburgers

(photo credit: Boston.com)

The menu is chock full of burger options, as well as salads and sandwiches. From the very basic ‘Our Burger’ to the spicy salmon burger, there is an option for everyone. Favorites include:

  • Jenn’s Chicken Sandwich
  • Crispy Haddock Sandwich
  • Double Decker
  • Onion Rings (more like onion straws – the Bermuda onion makes these sweet and delish)
  • Sweet Potato Tots

Kid’s Menu:

kids restaurants south shore: WahlburgersThe kid’s menu is small but the taste is not.  You’ll find the ‘Smahlburger’ a good option for kids, as well as favorites like grilled cheese, chicken fingers and hot dogs. You can load the “dirty water style” hot dog with a variety of adventurous toppings like shredded cheddar cheese, sauerkraut, ketchup sriracha sauce or fresh jalapenos.

family-friendly restaurant tipThe size of these kids meals is nothing to joke about – they come with full-sized sides. If you’re dining with toddlers, you could easily share their side with your regular-sized burger.

family-friendly restaurant tipMilk options (chocolate or regular whole milk) are sourced from Norwell-based Hornstra Farms. Hornstra’s vat pasteurization method makes for a rich taste not found in milk from the grocery store.  The local dairy focus doesn’t stop there – go ahead and indulge in a milkshake made with Hingham based Nona’s homemade ice cream.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Hingham Shipyard includes activities such as a movie theater, mini golf, playground, shopping and many dining options
  • MBTA commuter boat to Boston
  • Bare Cove Park


  • Easy entrance/access for strollers
  • Changing table
  • High chairs
  • T accessible (boat)
  • Parking
  • Kid’s menu

Getting There:

  • MBTA Boat from Rowes Wharf
  • Parking