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Chez Henri at the Bar -- Well Behaved 7 year old ok?

The final outcome:

I really wanted (and was pushing for) Portugalia, but they wanted to stay in Harvard Square. So we went to Russell House Tavern, as a few people suggested.

It was perfect. They seated us downstairs and even though the tables are close together it was loud enough and bustling enough that no one noticed or cared about the child. The food was really delicious, particularly the chopped salad (with grapes, house smoked almonds, fennel, benton’s ham) and the chicken liver crostini with prune and honey jam. Our favorite was the soft poached egg offered under the "small plates" menu. The entrees were also good, but nothing worth going into detail about. If I went back, I would consider it a treat to just order several things under "appetizers," "small plates," and/or the raw bar.

The cocktails, by the way, were super good. Very interesting, creative, different, delicious. I don't like sweet cocktails and usually can never find anything new I want to try, but I will be back to try several of their other drinks! (I had the Harvard Yard, and it'll be hard for me to not order it again).

A great experience. I will definitely go back.

A very sincere thank you to all of you who were kind enough to share ideas and suggestions. You're the best! (And now I can't wait to go to Portugalia after they leave!)

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Russell House Tavern
14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Jun 10, 2010
swbrown in Greater Boston Area

Chez Henri at the Bar -- Well Behaved 7 year old ok?

Could be that they were already filling up and she couldn't fit us...I could have misinterpreted what she said.

Jun 10, 2010
swbrown in Greater Boston Area

Chez Henri at the Bar -- Well Behaved 7 year old ok?

ooh, I've never had a caipirinha before!

Jun 10, 2010
swbrown in Greater Boston Area

Chez Henri at the Bar -- Well Behaved 7 year old ok?

Ok, you're right.

So now I looked at Highland Kitchen but didn't get excited. Muqueca, though! Oh my that looks yummy! Looks like no alcohol, though. Portugalia may be my winner -- it looks really good.

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Muqueca
1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

Highland Kitchen
150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

Jun 10, 2010
swbrown in Greater Boston Area

Chez Henri at the Bar -- Well Behaved 7 year old ok?

I actually tried to make reservations at Hungry Mother for Fri or Sat night when the rest of the family will be joining us, but they told me they're too small to accommodate a table for 6 :(

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Hungry Mother
Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

Jun 10, 2010
swbrown in Greater Boston Area

Chez Henri at the Bar -- Well Behaved 7 year old ok?

And I thought of East Coast Grill -- but we always, always go to ECG with these people because they love it so much, so I'm trying to take them someplace new.

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East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

Jun 10, 2010
swbrown in Greater Boston Area

Chez Henri at the Bar -- Well Behaved 7 year old ok?

Henrietta's Table was where I really wanted to go, but they're closed for a private event tonight (which is why I'm now scrambling).

I'm going to look up these other ones you mention right now...thanks.

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Henrietta's Table
One Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Jun 10, 2010
swbrown in Greater Boston Area

Chez Henri at the Bar -- Well Behaved 7 year old ok?

Temple Bar looks pretty good...

Jun 10, 2010
swbrown in Greater Boston Area

Chez Henri at the Bar -- Well Behaved 7 year old ok?

Thanks, everyone, for your comments. Not only will I pass on Chez Henri (we can't get there early and I'd rather not be worried about whether we'll get a table, etc), but I'm also going to pass on Bartley's since we definitely want a drink and definitely don't want a rushed experience.

Highland Kitchen sounds nice, but would prefer to stay in Harvard Square. I welcome any other suggestions (food lovers who have a kid with them, spent the day traveling and want to relax and catch up over yummy food and drinks, informal attire. I was thinking ethnic food might be a nice change which was why I thought of the cubano).

Thank you so much!

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Chez Henri
1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Highland Kitchen
150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

Jun 10, 2010
swbrown in Greater Boston Area

Chez Henri at the Bar -- Well Behaved 7 year old ok?

My family (we'll be a party of 4) is coming to visit tomorrow. We all want to try the Cubano sandwich at Chez Henri. If we have a 7 year old with us at 6:30/7:00 and are dressed casually, will that be ok?

Thanks everyone for taking the time to reply! (It's either this or we go to Bartley's, which is good, but a totally different experience).

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Chez Henri
1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Jun 09, 2010
swbrown in Greater Boston Area