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Casual dining in Massachusetts is a tasty and fun option for families

Everyone -- perhaps especially families with children -- likes to dine at a casual restaurant, diner, or drive-in on occasion, particularly on a vacation. Massachusetts has plenty of great restaurants serving American and traditional New England food that serve inexpensive and good food.

1090 Main Street Williamstown, MA, 01267 Phone: 413-458-9371

A Restaurant, Tavern, and Kids’ Menu Cover All the Dining Bases

All the dining variety you could need during a Berkshires vacation is served at two restaurants – one of them a Colonial-style tavern – at the Williams Inn on the Williams College campus. Start the day with a hearty appetite at the Continental breakfast in the main dining room. You may wish to close out a day of play or exploration in the Berkshire Mountains with dinner and drinks at the tavern. New England classics like pot roast and pan-seared Atlantic salmon and updated favorites are on the menu. Children traveling on a family vacation will find their own menu, including healthy side dishes to please Mom. Service is exception but dining is informal; you don’t need to dress up or fear an evening of stifling the kids.

138 St. James Avenue Boston, MA, 02116 Phone: 617-267-5300 Toll-Free: 800-441-1414

Sip + savor.

OAK Long Bar + Kitchen, is the stunning new Boston restaurant in the heart of Back Bay. Sip a hand crafted cocktail. Savor the dramatic results of an extensive restoration and each thoughtfully curated detail. Sample a farm to table American menu featuring local ingredients and purveyors. From charcuterie and local cheeses to pizza and small plates to grilled meat and fish to the perfect burger, taste and enjoy OAK Long Bar + Kitchen.

Serving: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, In Between and Late Night.

39 Dalton Street Boston, MA, 02199 Phone: 617-236-2000 Toll-Free: 800-325-3535

Casual atmosphere with upscale dining

One reason the Sheraton Boston Hotel stands out are the great restaurants. Cafe Apropos, open from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (and 12 p.m. Sunday) is the place for breakfast or brunch. Enjoy a Belgian waffle with Vermont maple syrup, strawberries, and whipped cream, or Irish steel-cut oatmeal with sundried cranberries and chopped almonds. The atmosphere: casual and comfortable.   Come to Side Bar and Grille, a casual eatery, for lunch, dinner, or a late night drink or snack. We're open until 2 a.m., and food is served until 12:30 p.m. Popular lunch menu items include the salmon BLT, made with Atlantic salmon and applewood-smoked bacon, the New England lobster roll, and the Reuben panini. There's also a Starbucks next to the lobby, with free wireless Internet access.

297 North Street Pittsfield, MA, 01201 Phone: 413-358-4741

Chefs Who Think Globally & Shop Locally

When you walk through the front doors, you can see that Hotel on North in a place of understated sophistication. Things are simply done well, with pretense. Similarly, the hotels’ Eat on North is a casual restaurant where fresh, uncomplicated food from local ingredients is served proudly by Chef de Cuisine Ron Reda. Menus present tasty American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Small plates, large plates, snacks, and other options satisfy every appetite. A very cool oyster bar with views of the lobby and the hotel’s coming and goings serves delicious shellfish and oyster samplers; cured meats and cheeses. A kids menu corrals the taste and needs of young ones on a family vacation.

35 Landmark Drive Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-209-2626 Toll-Free: 877-647-2328

Classic cuisine and an extensive wine list at Mirbeau

The centerpiece of Mirbeau Inn & Spa is our Bistro & Wine Bar, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and featuring an extensive list of wines by the glass as well as handcrafted, small-production spirits. Our menu features inventive salads, soups, and delicious comfort food all created by Executive Chef Stephen Coe. Outside dining is offered seasonally on the Bistro Porch overlooking the beautiful Monet-inspired Pond Gardens, and we invite you to sit with friends and enjoy the warm fire pit located in the heart of the Mirbeau Garden. We offer wine dinners and dinner shows throughout the year, as well as catered events such as luncheons, bridal and baby showers, daytime weddings, and afternoon receptions, and group meetings.

One Hotel Drive Boston, MA, 02128 Phone: 617-568-6700 Toll-Free: 800-445-8667

You'll love eating at Hilton's Boston airport hotel

Keeping you nourished and on the go is a top priority at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport. the day with breakfast a Berkshires, offering dishes like Huevos Rancheros, and a full buffet. At Cafe Presto, grab a Starbucks coffee and snack while on the run, or pack a wholesome meal for your trip. Berkshires is our breakfast cafe. Enjoy something low-fat and high-energy, like Irish steel cut oatmeal or house-made granola with berries. Or treat yourself to something more indulgent, like our Maine Lobster Towers, a New England twist on eggs benedict. For lunch or dinner, head to Connolly's Publik House and enjoy local seafood favorites -- clam chowder, lobster roll, baked scrod -- as well as stone-baked pizza, salads, and sandwiches.

81 Old Main Street Deerfield, MA, 01342 Phone: 413-774-5587

Great food, ambiance, local craft beers, and house infusions

Central to its place and reputation in town and local history, is the inn’s food philosophy of eating the view. Champney’s Restaurant & Tavern offers twelve draft beers, a good wine list, house infusions, and creative cocktails. Comfortable seating, cozy corners, fireplaces, welcoming staff, and an 18-seat mahogany dining bar invite you to gather and linger. The Chef runs a scratch kitchen and supports farmers’ markets, family farms, and other area sources of sustainably-raised food and natural produce. Gather at this New England table to enjoy a relaxed and happy ambiance, and to celebrate local purveyors and local products and taste the difference in an authentic field to fork menu.

250 Franklin Street Boston, MA, 02110 Phone: 617-451-1900

Taking casually delicious Afternoon Tea to the next level

The Reserve is a refined champagne lounge centrally located in the elegant hotel lobby. An ideal haven to sip, savor and socialize, you can enjoy a continental breakfast or dine from dawn until dusk with a menu featuring soups, salads and light entrees, along with beer, wine and champagne. Traditional Afternoon Tea is served each day. The setting blends the grand architectural elements and history of the hotel with modern design.

61 Exeter Street at Boylston Boston, MA, 02116 Phone: 617-536-5300 Toll-Free: 800-225-7676

Small plates to nosh, warm friendly service, there’s always a reason to stop in. Open nightly ‘til 2am.

City Table’s free spirited approach to the menu allows guests more freedom to share and try a wide offering of starters, entrees and sides that put a creative twist on classic American fare. We embody a casual approach and an emphasis on fresh and organic ingredients.
City Table is an intimate gathering spot for pre-dinner or after work with an extensive beverage list featuring a variety of traditional cocktails and signature libations along with one-of-a-kind martinis and an impressive wine list with many selections available by the glass. City Table’s full menu is served until 1am daily with cocktails until 2am.

1 Cathedral Avenue Rockport, MA, 01966 Phone: 978-546-6321 Toll-Free: 800-964-5550

Year-round Oceanside Dining in Rockport

At Pigeon Cove Tavern, we believe in bringing big city food to small town Rockport. Under the direction of Chef Doug and our Food & Beverage Manager Meghan Oakley, we hand-craft our menus and tailor them to creative, adventurous cuisine that breaks the norm of typical American dining. We believe in utilizing fresh, local ingredients when and wherever possible, which means sourcing nearly all of our ingredients, including produce, seafood, meat, breads, and other ingredients directly from local vendors in Rockport and other nearby communities. Our bar routinely serves specialty cocktails designed with seasonality and local ingredients in mind, and we also offer an impressive wine list and popular local craft brews. Whether you’re seeking a casual night out with friends, or a romantic dinner by the sea, Pigeon Cove Tavern has something for everyone.

Route 20 - Lee Road Lenox, MA, 01240 Phone: 800-272-6935

Eating light is just right at Sloane’s Tavern

Eat light and casual yet satisfy those hungers in a perfect Berkshire dining setting at Sloane’s Tavern located next to the Pro Shop and Cross Country Ski Center. Serving lunch and dinner daily, it features soups, sandwiches, one of a kind fresh salads, delicious clam chowder, homemade chili, specialty pizzas and burgers and grilled entrees like shepherd’s pie and meatloaf, with vegetarian dishes and gluten-free options also available. A special children’s menu is always on hand. Enjoy a meal or post-round cocktail on the deck overlooking the golf course. A take-out menu is available for poolside dining at the adjacent outdoor pool. Beginning December 2nd, the restaurant will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays except during holiday weeks. Lunch on these days will be served in the Mansion.

150 Warren Avenue (Rte. 3-A) Plymouth, MA, 02360 Phone: 508-747-0900 Toll-Free: 800-729-7263

Casual food and fun entertainment by the sea

It all started here. And people have been enjoying Plymouth ever since. Sit along the unspoiled shoreline and enjoy beachfront dining at its most casual and delicious in the Sandcastle Lounge or out on the Oceanfront Deck. Good food, fresh air, live music, trivia and games at night are the perfect bookend to your fishing and water sports during the summer days. This beachfront hotel features a private beach that takes you out to Plymouth Long Beach. Do some serious relaxing in the indoor and outdoor pool whatever the weather. You’ve got great Cape Cod Bay activity any time of the year like golfing, fishing, whale watching, antiquing and shopping. The hotel offers 62 rooms and two suites with comfortable amenities and its own coffee shop.

16 Garden Street Cambridge, MA, 02138 Phone: 617-547-4800

Delight your palate with fresh & creative dishes at this family-owned eatery

When staying at the Sheraton Commander, be sure to dine at Nubar, a Harvard Square bistro with a 60-year history that's become a mainstay of the Cambridge restaurant scene. The Guleserian family has owned and operated the establishment for three generations; it's named for Edward Nubar Guleserian, a former owner of the hotel. The staff is always enthusiastic and welcoming. Some of the vegetables and herbs used in dishes are harvested from a garden right outside the backdoor. Among the poplar dinner entrees: swordfish steak grilled with bood orange, saffron and mint; Portuguese littleneck clam stew chorizo; and pork osso bucco.  The fabulous desserts include cannoli ricotta sweetened with almond and orange and flourless chocolate espresso torta with raspberry sauce.

425 Summer Street Boston, MA, 02210 Phone: 617-532-4600 Toll-Free: 888-627-7115

Four restaurants indulge every preference or whim of the palate

For casual dining downtown, the Westin Boston Waterfront can't be beat. The hotel includes four great establishments. Sauciety, open for breakfast and lunch, is a modern American grill with a twist: we feature a selection of meats and fish that are pan-roasted or grilled; you customize your meal with a variety of flavorful sauces, spreads, and chutneys. MJ O'Connors is an Irish pub with an emphasis on seafood. Favorite entrees: butter poached lobster and steamed mussels in Thai curry sauce. City Bar Boston Harbor features a wide assortment of great whiskeys, and a menu that includes duck-comfit spring rolls and house-made potato crisps. Birch Bar, a waterfront bar, offers seasonally-inspired cuisine, made with fresh locally-grown ingredients. Find late-night menus at City Bar and O'Connors.

58 Washington Street Marblehead, MA, 01945 Phone: 781-631-2186

Romance, history and high quality casual dining

Dine casually in one of the most romantic Inns in America in one of the most beautiful small towns in America. Located in the heart of historic Marblehead’s harbor the intimate and popular tavern is open to the public and serves an extensive list of fine wines, beer, cordials and house specialty drinks and is the perfect spot for relaxing during or after an evening out. You’ll also find a limited but high-quality menu highlighting favorites like shrimp and corn chowders, cheese and fruit platters, Maryland crab cakes, shrimp cocktail, grilled Panini and great burgers. Guests staying at the Inn can also enjoy the extensive continental breakfast buffet served in the dining room each day with a special smoked salmon platter available on Sundays.

100 Stuart Street Boston, MA, 02116 Phone: 617-261-8700

Light fare in a setting to dazzle

Dine casually and participate in a variety of social activities at this hotel in historic Boston. Mix and mingle, sip and savor light fare and expertly prepared cocktails and specialty drinks at the trendy and sophisticated W Lounge, an intimate urban garden setting with expansive ceilings. You’re inside a bold, nature-inspired world of water, fire and earth elements with a flowing illustration stretching across half the room, complementing an authentic stonewall and natural hues. Mirror fragments sparkle throughout and a dynamic metal vine sculpture spans the space. Descend the grand staircase and meet by the corner fire pit or retreat to the semi-private seating area with a specially designed board game. Of simply sink into plush, oversized furniture and connect with the complimentary high-speed Internet access.

50 Ferncroft Road Danvers, MA, 01923 Phone: 978-777-2500

A cozy place to relax and enjoy some classic New England comfort food

At TradeWinds Restaurant and Lounge, our award-winning Executive Chef prepares new American cuisine ranging from seared diver scallops to braised short ribs to house-made burgers, grilled flatbread pizzas and panini’s. Featuring an expansive bar, comfortable couches, flat-screen TV’s, a double-sided fireplace, and semi-private space available for groups or events. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Conveniently located at the intersection of I-95 and Rt. 1 in Danvers, MA, a short drive from historic Salem and all of the North Shore area attractions.

1360 Worcester Street Natick, MA, 01760 Phone: 508-653-8800

Great food with a touch of Julia Child

The newly renovated hotel offers the finest creative cuisine at its signature restaurant, Pantry. Championing the art of American cooking for power breakfasts, social lunches, and business dinners, the Pantry is reminiscent Julia Child's kitchen with an uptick. Its treasure trove of design features weave the culinary tools of the trade into the room's architecture. The morning table presents an edible feast that transforms into a wine tasting table in the evening. On Sundays partake in a sumptuous brunch. The Violet Thorn is the hotel’s new lounge serving premium hand-crafted cocktails from seasoned mixologists, and a fine selection of small plates and flatbreads. The stunning interior design of the room blends fabrics and textures with special lighting; a water wall, fireplace and media wall to accentuate the venue’s vibrant ambience.

10 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA, 02116 Phone: 617-262-9600 Toll-Free: 888-627-7216

Distinctive and international flavors in a relaxed setting

For casual dining in Boston's toney Back Bay, head for the Westin Copley Place Hotel, which features several restaurants with distinctive cuisine. Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse is a dining adventure, with gaucho chefs preparing 16 different cuts of beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. Try the Picanha, the signature steak, prepared  with traditional light seasoning, or with a more robust garlic seasoning. The newly-opened ShabuMaru Restaurant features a unique and healthy Japanese hot pot dining experience unlike anything else in Back Bay. For breakfast, head to The Huntington Boston, open every day from 7 a.m. to noon. Menu favorites include smoked salmon benedict and smoked brisket breakfast tacos, made with avocado and charred tomato salsa. Bar 10 Boston is the place for a civilized nightcap or a light meal.

149 Main Street Historic Sandwich Village, MA, 02563 Phone: 508-888-3622 Toll-Free: 800-444-3566

In the top 1% of restaurants in the country!

As recipient of the DiRona Award (placing it in the top 1% of restaurants in the country) and Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, the Dan’l Webster is home to one of the most acclaimed wine cellars in the region. Enjoy fine dining in the romantic intimacy of the ­Music Room or perhaps the sun or moonlit ­Conservatory. The menu’s distinctive selections represent both traditional and contemporary tastes. Menu ­selections are true classics such as juicy Roast Prime Rib and Native Haddock; creative Chef’s Specials are always tempting creations; a Green Palate Menu features organic, balanced selections and the Early Evening Prix Fixe, 3-course Dinners are only $24. For casual fare, the Tavern at the Inn features lighter menu items and unique wood-grilled pizzas. The accomplished pastry chef creates each dessert fresh daily. A delicious breakfast menu is served every day and Sundays feature a beautiful Brunch Buffet.

1225 Iyannough Road Hyannis, MA, 02601 Phone: 877-568-4920

Casual yet sophisticated, located in the Cape Codder Resort & Spa

Cool and intimate....warm and comfortable...the Grand Cru Wine Bar & Grill. For a drink...for dinner...for innovative jazz or popular music every Friday and Saturday night. In the warm, Mediterranean-style ambiance, sample an extensive list of carefully selected fine wines from around the world... by the taste, glass or bottle. Enjoy Martinis, classic cocktails and much more.

Our menu features creatively prepared cuisine with appetizers such as Crab Cakes and Lobster Arancini; fresh salads like the Cru Chopped Salad; delectable entrees include Pan Roasted Salmon, Wagyu Beef Ravioli, New York Sirloin au Poivre and unique grilled pizzas like the Shrimp, Mascarpone and Basil pizza. Open Wednesday through Sunday at 5:00 pm and nightly in-season. Outdoor deck.

215 Charles Street Boston, MA, 02114 Phone: 617-224-4000

A touch of class and casual cuisine to match

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily. But there’s more at this elegant Boston hotel – popular drinking and dining establishments that offer cuisine and atmosphere that’s everything from casually sophisticated, sultry and seductive, to lively and reinvigorating. CLINK's new American menu is a selection of tapas-style plates. Scampo's award-winning chef Lydia Shire pairs simple rustic food, chic Italian design and a glorious open kitchen in her first-floor restaurant. Catwalk, the Liberty’s newest bar, is a hotel-guest only space that floats above the hotel’s striking lobby. Dinner service and the upscale bar menu feature small plates including Sashimi of Yellowtail with Black Garlic Ponzu and Sichuan Peppercorn Spiced Peanuts; Veal Meatball Sliders with Crispy Sage; and a twist on the classic with Ralph’s Potato Chips with Smoked Truffle Salt.

61 Market Street, Unit 1C Lowell, MA, 01852 Phone: 978-459-6150

Great food and casual settings abound in the Merrimack Valley

Thirty miles north and west of Boston are some of the best and most affordable ethnic, family, casual and fine dining choices in Massachusetts. Restaurants, pubs, bistros and cafes offer cuisines of every kind in casually friendly settings and atmosphere. Get your steak fix but don’t forget the lobster, shrimp, great seafood and salads creatively prepared, often with ingredients from local sources. You’ll find delicious seasonal menus along with ethnic specialties like Greek food and accompanying music and belly dancing. Portuguese, Mexican, Eastern Mediterranean, Thai food and sushi - not to forget the many bites, subs and salads that await. Create memories and enjoy great food and service in the comfort of a trendy lounge, cozy porch, or spacious patio.

225 Derby Street Salem, MA, 01970 Phone: 978-740-8788 Toll-Free: 888-337-2536

Enjoy New England classics and creative fusion cuisine

Get in touch with your inner gastronome at Salem Waterfront Hotel. At our Regatta Pub Restaurant, our talented chefs prepare delicious traditional dishes (including New England seafood) as well as American fusion cuisine. We offer signature cocktails, frozen drinks, themed martinis, and a wide selection of bottled and draft beers. We serve a full breakfast, too, and in-room dining is available  from 6:30 am until closing. You'll find more great restaurants in Salem and throughout the North Shore. Our hotel provides an electric shuttle cart to carry your party to other great eateries on Pickering Wharf, where you can also watch boats come and go at the marina. And if you enjoy a walk after dining, historic downtown Salem is just minutes away.