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Best Restaurants with Kids!

December 19th, 2006

We’ve listed our favorite restaurants with kids. So far we have a Los Angeles version (ok mostly Santa Monica and the Westside) and a small San Francisco list. Anything fun, silly, funky and GOOD.

So now it is your turn! Share your favorite kid joints. We’ll even give you credit. We’re not looking for chains here, unless they really do something special. Oh, and feel free to share your faves from other cities too!

Entry Filed under: Fun, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Travel

9 Comments

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  • 2. MSGQuixo  |  January 4th, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    This is not usually my sorta thing, but it sounds pretty good. And I appreciate the comment even if it is spammy :) . I’ll add you to the list, though I can’t be responsible for any smarmy comments. Ok, i’m totally responsible… anyway…..

  • 3. abby  |  February 21st, 2007 at 10:29 am

    Good restaurants for kids: Be sure to try “the good” Cafe 50’s on Santa Monica Blvd. NOT the one on Lincoln. The SM Blvd. one is owned by the original guy, and they have lots of fun stuff for kids, including board games, magicians, and the ever-popular coloring contest, where they get a prize notice in the mail.

    Looking for kid-friendly sushi? I recommend Kifune on Washington Blvd. across from the kid-fave Islands. My kids love Kifune. It is large so you don’t have to wait, and they have a full bar (for parents and for Shirley Temples). The non-sushi people can get rice and teriyaki chicken. They remember us from time to time!

    For Mexican you can’t beat La Cabana at Rose and Lincoln. They have a kids menu that includes ice cream, and virgin margaritas for the kids.We were there on Monday night and the couple at the next table had a baby watching a video on a DVD player. I went there once years ago and saw a friend with her new infant-she had just given birth hours earlier. If you’re lucky you’ll sit near the tortilla grill where a lady is making FRESH tortillas by hand.

    For breakfast, lunch and dinner there is always the bowling alley on Pico and 3rd in Santa Monica. The kids can run around the bowling alley while they’re waiting for their pancakes, which they can have for dinner if you let them. They have some excellent salads. Older kids can go to the arcade, and adults can pick up their beverage of choice at the smoky old bar at the other end of the place. It’s called Michael D’s, and we call it our family cafeteria.

    Now, on the crow issue, we live in Ocean Park and they get worse every year. My car looks like it was in an Alfred Hitchcock movie. I have a neighbor who shoots at them with a BB gun to keep them off his porch. I only get creeped out when I find them dead.

    abby

  • 4. MSGQuixo  |  February 21st, 2007 at 10:38 am

    Thanks Abby for your GREAT post! Great tips — yes I hadn’t tried Cafe 50’s after bad experiences on Lincoln, and I love La Cabana. I also love bowling ally cafes! The one on Venice used to be great, so I’ll definitely check out Santa Monica.And I’ll have to shield my kids eyes from Islands to sneak them into Kifune! Sounds like I’ll be busy with all the restaurant trying and list updating!

    Your neighbor better watch out — if he’s killing Crows he could get in trouble. They are protected!

  • 5. CC  |  March 27th, 2007 at 5:19 am

    Shopping at Sears in Santa Monica (for kids Land’s End sandals…) this weekend we crossed Pico and just outside the west side of the Pico entrance to Santa Monica place we found the Ipanema Cafe – a month-old Brazilian place in what I think used to be a coffee shop. There may not be much ambience but the owners are very sweet, the food and the people are nice and very kid friendly. They recommended a chicken with light cheese sauce and vegetables and they even let my little skeptic taste it before we bought it – results – she loved it and ate every bite!

    The menu includes Brazilian breakfasts, lunch/dinner dishes including fish, beef,pork and chicken dishes, soup, salads and some very nice looking sweets.

    This is a very nice option that is quiet (vs the promenade or the horrible food court in SM place) and worth trying.

  • 6. GIL SANTIAGO  |  August 27th, 2007 at 9:53 am

    JOSE E. F. SALGADO IS A FAKE!!!! I WORKED FOR HIM, FOR 2 WEEKS AND THOUGHT HE WAS A VERY NICE AND KIND OLD MAN UNTIL HE TOLD ME TO GO BACK IN 2 DAYS TO PICK UP MY CHECK AND REALIZED HE WAS GONE! HE HAD CLOSED FOR EVER!!! LEAVING NO TRACK WHAT SO EVER OF WERE TO FIND HIM, I ASKED THE MAIN OFFICE IN THE MALL AND THEY TOLD ME HE LEFT A NOTE SAYING HE HAD PAYED ALL HIS EMPLOYES BEFORE HE CLOSED WITCH WAS A COMPLETE LIE!!! I WASN’T EVEN AWARE OF IT!!! IM ONLY 17 AND STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL AND CAN’T BELIEVE THIS HAPPEN TO ME!!!!

  • 7. martha Sullivan  |  January 9th, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    You are missing a fabulous kids’ play space, restaurant, boutique and spa…all in one! The Treeehouse Social Club is a one stop shop for parents with small children (birth to 6yrs) with all the fun you can handle. Excellent food, a darling boutique (toys, clothes) a magical play space, classes, and a spa for hard working mamas! http://www.thetreehousesocialclub.com

  • 8. Jeomoled  |  February 11th, 2008 at 2:42 am

    Hi all. Cool site Google
    Thank.

  • 9. Dove Barton  |  July 11th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I’ve sending your information, site, to my daughter in LA. I was just reading the resturants that are kid friendly. Doesn’t anyone live outside of Santa Monicia???? There is more to LA.

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