Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Best Los Angeles Area Kid-Friendly Restaurants

For restaurants' pint-size patrons, chicken fingers dipped in marinara can't taste any better than when there's butcher paper lining the table and a glass of crayons to color with. When the dough and toppings are put directly in your child's hands, pizza becomes an interactive sport. Okay, not all restaurants have to offer entertainment in this form or the extreme---television, clowns and video games---to keep the youngsters happy. A warm waitstaff, a kitchen open to the flexible whims of a child's palate and a room of diners tolerable of tantrums all add up to a winning formula for feeding your children outside of the home. Take a look at our kid-friendly restaurants in Los Angeles that can please both big and little diners.


 


View the Top 10 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Los Angeles


Westside
Beverly Hills/Hollywood/Midtown
Santa Monica/Malibu
Downtown
San Fernando Valley
San Gabriel Valley/Pasadena
South Bay/Long Beach
Inland Empire

WESTSIDE

The Apple Pan Burgers
Quick Bite
10801 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Menu
Longtime home of burgers and apple pie. More...

Asahi Ramen Japanese
Quick Bite
2027 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Menu
Folks sometimes line up for Asahi Ramen, a wait justified by huge bowls of bargain-priced, flavorful Japanese soup noodles. More...

Cafe Surfas Café
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Cafe Surfas, Culver City, CA Surfas Culinary District
8777 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Menu
Casual gourmet cuisine; breakfast and lunch panini sandwiches are stand-outs. More...

800 Degrees Pizza Pizza
Quick Bite
Dining Room at 800 Degrees Pizza, Los Angeles, CA 10889 Lindbrook Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Menu | Photo | Video
The fastest thin-crust pizza in the West, which you can design yourself. More...

S & W Country Diner American
12/20
9748 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

Old-school breakfasts like biscuits with gravy and massive pancakes are on offer in downtown Culver City. More...

Versailles Cuban
12/20
10319 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Menu
Prepare to wait for a table at this noisy, hipster-filled Cuban restaurant famous for garlicky chicken. More...

BEVERLY HILLS/HOLLYWOOD/MIDTOWN

Al Gelato Italian
13/20
806 S. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Menu
Gelato heaven with a list of 70 flavors, plus good simple Italian cuisine. More...

Bob's Coffee & Doughnuts Donuts
Quick Bite
Farmers Market
6333 W. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Inside the historic Farmers Market, this shop turns out traditional doughnuts topped with bittersweet chocolate or filled with raspberry jelly. More...

Canter's Deli
12/20
Dining Room at Canter 419 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Menu
The place to go if you want a deli sandwich, a bowl of chicken soup and a pickle at 3 a.m. More...

Carousel Lebanese
13/20
Hye Plaza
5112 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Menu
Family-run Lebanese kebab house boasting vibrant Mediterranean flavors. More...

Da Pasquale Italian
13/20
Dining Room at Da Pasquale, Beverly Hills, CA 9749 S. Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Menu
Crispy, thin-crusted pies are among the highlights at this charming family-run trattoria. More...

DeSano Pizza Bakery Pizza
13/20
Dining Room at DeSano Pizza Bakery, Los Angeles, CA 4959 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Authentic Neapolitan pizza in East Hollywood. More...

The Farm of Beverly Hills American
12/20
439 N. Beverly Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Menu
This popular Beverly Hills spot features a casual farmhouse décor and a terrific sidewalk café. More...

The Gumbo Pot Cajun
Quick Bite
Dining Room at The Gumbo Pot, Los Angeles, CA Farmers Market
6333 W. Third St., Stall 312
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Menu
Great Cajun/Creole food in the famous, tourist-filled Farmers Market. More...

Loteria Grill Mexican
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Loteria Grill, Los Angeles, CA Farmers Market
6333 W. Third St., Ste. 322
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Menu
A tiny stall in the center of the Third Street Farmers Market, Lotería offers authentic, Mexican flavors at a very nice price. More...

Milk Café
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Milk, Los Angeles, CA 7290 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Menu
You’ll find sandwiches, salads and baked goods at this upscale ice cream parlor-café, as well as ice creams and sorbets. More...

Mulberry Street Pizzeria Pizza
Quick Bite
240 S. Beverly Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Menu
New York-style pizza, topped with everything from pepperoni and cheese to chicken Parmesan. More...

Osteria Mamma Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Osteria Mamma, Los Angeles, CA 5732 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Menu
"Mamma" and family turn out some first-rate pastas and pizzas at this homey trattoria. More...

Papa Cristos Taverna Greek
Quick Bite
2771 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Menu
Reasonably priced Greek fare in a raucous market setting since 1948. More...

Pink's Hot Dogs Hot Dogs
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Pink 709 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Menu
Pink's has been slinging ripe, bursting-with-flavor beef hot dogs into fresh buns for longer than almost anyone can remember. More...

Roscoe's House of Chicken `n' Waffles Southern
12/20
1514 N. Gower St.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Menu
Always-jumping Los Angeles soul food café specializing in a unique combination: chicken and waffles. More...

Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill Barbecue
13/20
Dining Room at Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill, Los Angeles, CA The Grove
189 The Grove Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Menu
Barbecue and seafood fans alike will enjoy the authenticity of tri-tip roast and other buttery, grilled treats at Wood Ranch. More...

Zankou Chicken Chicken
Quick Bite
5065 W. Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Menu
Part of a small, family-owned chain, this fast-food outlet clips the wings off its big corporate competitors. More...

SANTA MONICA/MALIBU

Border Grill Mexican
14/20
Dining Room at Border Grill, Santa Monica, CA 1445 Fourth St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Menu | Video
Funky and colorful spot for Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger’s Latin American cooking. More...

Gladstone's Seafood
13/20
Dining Room at Gladstone 17300 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
| Video
Sweeping views of the Pacific and its sunset, with pleasant casual seafood cuisine. More...

Malibu Seafood Seafood
Quick Bite
25653 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu, CA 90265
Menu
This funky little place is a genuine slice of California beach culture. More...

DOWNTOWN

Casa Bianca Pizza Pie Pizza
13/20
Dining Room at Casa Bianca Pizza Pie, Los Angeles, CA 1650 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Menu
One of SoCal's stand-out pizzerias. A casual, old-fashioned dining room serves some decent pastas, too. More...

Engine Co. No. 28 American
12/20
Dining Room at Engine Co. No. 28, Los Angeles, CA 644 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Menu
Perfect for pre-theater dining, this century-old firehouse features all-American comfort food classics. More...

Fred 62 Coffee Shop
12/20
1850 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Menu
This hip version of the classic American coffee shop, open 24/7, offers twists on all the traditional favorites, and is plenty of fun. More...

Home American
13/20
Dining Room at Home, Los Angeles, CA 2500 Riverside Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Menu
Solid breakfasts all day and an endless list of all-American comfort foods draw big crowds. More...

Lago D'Argento Italian
13/20
2611 N. Hyperion Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Menu
Silver Lake's lively neighborhood pizzeria offers artisan pies, specialty cocktails and many craft beers. More...

Langer's Deli Deli
13/20
Dining Room at Langer 704 S. Alvarado St.
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Menu
Its neighborhood has seen better days, but Langer's continues to be one of L.A.'s top delis. More...

Nickel Diner Diner
13/20
524 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Menu
A hipster haunt with upscale diner eats. More...

The Original Pantry Cafe Coffee Shop
Quick Bite
877 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Menu
Former mayor Richard Riordan is the proud owner of this downtown landmark. More...

Philippe The Original American
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Philippe The Original, Los Angeles, CA 1001 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Menu
One of L.A.’s oldest and most beloved eateries, this is the place for French dip sandwiches, devoured at communal tables. More...

Senor Fish Mexican
Quick Bite
422 E. First St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Menu
Fresh Mexican seafood cuisine like shrimp burritos, ceviche and scallop tacos are the trademarks of this casual spot. More...

Taix French Restaurant French
12/20
1911 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Menu
Longtime spot for traditional French fare in Silver Lake. More...

The Oinkster Sandwiches
Quick Bite
Dining Room at The Oinkster, Los Angeles, CA 2005 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Menu
Chef Andre Guerrero’s fast food venue serves up tasty pastrami sandwiches, rotisserie chicken and Belgian fries. More...

Tomato Pie Pizza Joint Pizza
Quick Bite
2457 Hyperion Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Menu
Some of L.A.’s most authentic New York pizza draws a cult following in Silver Lake. More...

Umami Burger Burgers
12/20
4655 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Menu | Video
Los Feliz location of the gourmet burger chain. More...

Yuca's Hut Mexican
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Yuca 2056 Hillhurst Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Menu
Diminutive food shack dispensing authentic Mexican fast food, highlighted by cochinita pibil. More...

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

Art's Deli Deli
11/20
Dining Room at Art 12224 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
Menu
Gargantuan deli sandwiches whose inflated prices are worth the money. More...

Du-par's Restaurant Diner
12/20
12036 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
Menu
Hip Valley spot for good coffee, french toast, pancakes, egg dishes and pies. More...

Les Sisters Southern Kitchen Southern
13/20
21818 Devonshire St.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Menu
A neighborhood spot offering soulful gumbo and jambalaya, cornmeal-crusted catfish and barbecue with all the sides. More...

Maria's Italian Kitchen Italian
12/20
16608 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91436
Menu
Accessible, reasonably-priced Italian fare. More...

Sammy's Woodfired Pizza Pizza
12/20
12050 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604

Valley outpost of the popular San Diego pizza chain with a globally inspired menu. More...

The Stand Hot Dogs
Quick Bite
17000 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316
Menu
One of the more elaborate hot dog eateries you'll ever encounter, this place offers nice digs in which to enjoy a variety of dogs. More...

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY/PASADENA

 

Big Mama's Rib Shack Southern
12/20
1453 N. Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91104
Menu
Big Mama's offers a vast menu of barbecue and Southern standards in a smartly set room. More...

Blaze Pizza Pizza
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Blaze Pizza, Pasadena, CA 667 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101

Blaze Pizza’s assembly line pies, à la Chipotle or Subway, results in surprising quality. More...

Carousel Armenian
13/20
Dining Room at Carousel, Glendale, CA 304 N. Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91203
Menu
A lavish Armenian/Middle Eastern restaurant with a dizzying array of meze, kebabs and shwarma. More...

Eat Well American
13/20
1013 S. Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91204
Menu
Hearty American fare like steak ’n’ eggs and root beer floats plus some healthy-minded options as well. More...

El Cholo Cafe Mexican
12/20
Dining Room at El Cholo Cafe, Pasadena, CA Paseo Colorado
260 E. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 203
Pasadena, CA 91101
Menu
Renowned for its margaritas, El Cholo's festive atmosphere and reasonably good Mexican fare also draw crowds. More...

Elena's Greek Armenian Cuisine Greek
13/20
1000 S. Glendale Ave.
Glendale, CA 91205
Menu
Sophisticated preparations of Greek and Armenian classics, served in a simple setting. More...

Fair Oaks Pharmacy & Soda Fountain Ice Cream
Quick Bite
1526 Mission St.
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Nostalgic ice cream parlor where you will be transported to the '50s over classic sundaes, shakes and sodas --- while you wait for your prescription. More...

Fosselman's Ice Cream Ice Cream
Quick Bite
1824 W. Main St.
Alhambra, CA 91801
Menu
Your taste buds are in for a treat with flavors like green tea and the seasonal pumpkin at this family-owned ice cream parlor. More...

Green Street Restaurant American
13/20
Dining Room at Green Street Restaurant, Pasadena, CA 146 Shoppers Ln.
Pasadena, CA 91101
Menu
This popular local breakfast destination offers salads and burgers come lunchtime and California cuisine for dinner. More...

Gus's Barbecue Barbecue
12/20
Dining Room at Gus 808 Fair Oaks Ave.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Menu
Reinvented barbecue classics in South Pasadena. More...

Heirloom Bakery & Cafe Bakery
Quick Bite
807 Meridian Ave., Ste. C
South Pasadena, CA 91030

In the artsy Mission West district of South Pas, this colorful café features breakfasts, quiches, salads and pizza, plus freshly baked breads and scones. More...

La Grande Orange Cafe American
13/20
Del Mar Station
260 S. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105
Menu
Occupying a historic train depot, LGO Café offers satisfying renditions of comfort foods. More...

Luscious Dumplings, Inc. Chinese
14/20
704 W. Las Tunas Dr.
San Gabriel, CA 91776
Menu
Tiny family-run restaurant offering some of the best dumplings and noodle soups in the San Gabriel Valley. More...

Marston's American
12/20
151 E. Walnut St.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Menu
Charming cottage with an airy patio and satisfying American comfort food. More...

The Peach Cafe American
13/20
141 E. Colorado Blvd.
Monrovia, CA 91016
Menu
Southern-tinged café that produces unique breakfast items, pastries and coffee drinks. More...

Porto's Bakery Cuban
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Porto 315 N. Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91203
Menu
From Cuban to French to Danish to Italian --- the pastry selection is endless at this Glendale institution. More...

Robin's Woodfire BBQ & Grill Barbecue
13/20
395 N. Rosemead Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
Menu
Pasadena mainstay Robin's serves up some of the area's top barbecue. More...

Roscoe's House of Chicken 'n' Waffles Southern
Quick Bite
830 N. Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91104
Menu
What seems like a crazy combination works, especially since both the chicken and waffles are top-drawer. More...

Saladang Thai
12/20
363 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105
Menu
Modern interpretations of Thai dishes served amid sleek industrial décor. More...

Senor Fish Mexican
Quick Bite
618 Mission St.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Menu
Mexican seafood specialties are the trademark of this casual chain, alongside many heartier classics. More...

Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana Pizza
13/20
625 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
Menu
Authentic Neapolitan pizza in a bustling Pasadena location. More...

The Slaw Dogs Hot Dogs
Quick Bite
Dining Room at The Slaw Dogs, Pasadena, CA 720 N. Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91104
Menu
Offering some of the most innovative hot dogs anywhere, with specialties like a Reuben dog and Thai slaw dog. More...

Stonefire Grill American
Quick Bite
473 N. Rosemead Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
Menu
A handsome, modified fast-food restaurant offering mesquite-grilled meats, pastas and salads. More...

Zelo Pizza
Quick Bite
328 E. Foothill Blvd.
Arcadia, CA 91006
Menu
The pizzas at Zelo, served in deep dishes with crispy cornmeal crusts, are among the best in town. More...


SOUTH BAY/LONG BEACH

 

Al-Noor Pakistani
13/20
15112 Inglewood Ave.
Lawndale, CA 90260
Menu
Skillfully prepared, authentic Pakistani and Indian cuisine at bargain prices. More...

Al-Watan Indian
13/20
13619 Inglewood Ave.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Menu
Bare-bones Indian-Pakistani restaurant features knockout tandoori dishes and curries. More...

Benley: A Vietnamese Kitchen Vietnamese
14/20
8191 E. Wardlow Rd.
Long Beach, CA 90808
Menu
Benley's French-accented Vietnamese cuisine warrants a special trip to dine at this out-of-the-way café. More...

Farm Stand Mediterranean
14/20
Dining Room at Farm Stand, El Segundo, CA 422 Main St.
El Segundo, CA 90245
Menu
A hearty mix of Italian, Persian and American cuisine, served in a funky setting near LAX. More...

Kincaid's Seafood
13/20
Dining Room at Kincaid 500 Fishermans Wharf
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Menu
Pacific Ocean vistas accentuate a varied seafood-driven menu. More...

Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ Barbecue
13/20
Del Amo Fashion Center
21420 Hawthorne Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503
Menu
Expect a savory array of Southern-style barbecue, sandwiches and seafood. More...

Michael's Pizzeria Pizza
13/20
Dining Room at Michael 210 E. 3rd St., Ste. C
Long Beach, CA 90802
Menu
Michael's on Naples Ristorante owner Michael Dene presents Neapolitan-style pies along The Promenade in downtown Long Beach. More...

Michael's Pizzeria Pizza
13/20
Dining Room at Michael 5616 E. 2nd St.
Long Beach, CA 90803
Menu
Traditional Napoli-style pizzeria, where the dough and cheese are made daily and sausage is crafted in-house. More...

Nelson's American
13/20
Dining Room at Nelson Terranea Resort
6610 Palos Verdes Dr. S.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Enjoy sweeping ocean views from the patio at this casual dining spot at the Terranea Resort. More...

San Pedro Fish Market & Restaurant Mexican
Quick Bite
Ports O’ Call Village
1190 Nagoya Way
San Pedro, CA 90731
Menu
A wide selection of you-pick-’em, they-cook-’em seafood in the bustling Ports O’ Call Village, plus lobsters to-go. More...

Uncle Bill's Pancake House American
12/20
Dining Room at Uncle Bill 1305 Highland Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Menu
The South Bay's most celebrated breakfast hangout has spent decades perfecting pancakes and omelets. More...

INLAND EMPIRE

 

Anchos Southwest Grill Mexican
12/20
10773 Hole Ave.
Riverside, CA 92505
Menu
A big festive place for free-flowing margaritas and mesquite-grilled meats and seafood. More...

Centro Basco French
12/20
13432 S. Central Ave.
Chino, CA 91710
Menu
This charming, rambling Chino restaurant offers hearty, wholesome country cooking at a value price. More...

Eureka! Burgers
12/20
Dining Room at Eureka!, Redlands, CA 345 W. Pearl Ave.
Redlands, CA 92374
Menu
A slickly packaged reinvention of the old-fashioned burger joint, complete with some good wines. More...

Vince's Spaghetti Italian
12/20
1206 W. Holt Blvd.
Ontario, CA 91762
Menu
This sprawling old-school Italian joint --- going strong after 60 years --- offers big plates of red-sauced pasta dishes. More...

Back to Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants

RESTAURANT AWARDS 2014

Check out the 2014 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue, which features the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., Rising Chefs and more.

Top 10 Brewpubs in the USThese Top 10 Brewpubs in the US are prime places for locals to gather over great food and handcrafted beer made by small-time, dedicated brewmasters.