Let's Eat! L.A.'s Best Restaurants for the Whole Family

For every super hip, slightly snobby, incredibly expensive restaurant in Los Angeles (and let's face it, there are a lot of them in this town), there is happily the counterpart in even larger numbers. By that we mean family-friendly restaurants, casual places that welcome kids, places with menus that won't break the bank, but that still know how to make top-notch fare. Many, like the recently opened Holy Cow BBQ in Santa Monica, as well as Canter's Deli, Islands, Dave & Buster's, El Segundo Fish Company, and Slater's 50/50, offer special menus just for the kids. And it isn't just the menus that draw families to our favorite places around the city, for the staff at these family-friendly restaurants genuinely seem to like children and don't mind that occasionally things might turn a bit loud and boisterous. Some of our picks are old favorites (Du-par's and Canter's Deli, for example), tried and true places that have been popular with families for what seems like forever, while others are newcomers who have proven from the very start that they are perfectly happy to hear the pitter patter of little feet heading in for a favorite bite to eat, be it a taco, a burger, a pancake or even a big plate of free-range chicken shawarma (you'll find that one at Urban Garden Lebanese Kitchen).

Holy Cow BBQ
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Holy Cow BBQ opened in September 2014 and the stampede to Santa Monica began. From the same team that created Messhall Kitchen in Los Feliz, this time out Rob Serritella and his talented chefs are all about slow-smoked goodness. They start with...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Jenny Peters

With ten outposts in the Los Angeles area, Islands is a staple of Southern California's casual dining scene. The surfer vibe is a part of all the eateries, especially in Marina del Rey, where the Islands is just a few short steps to the ocean....  Read More

El Segundo Fish Company
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El Segundo Fish Company is a cool little fish joint that makes it easy for the family to all find something to love. From the fried platters of fish and chips, popcorn shrimp or calamari to their justifiably famous tacos made from blackened Ahi...  Read More

Miracle Mile/Fairfax District
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It doesn't matter what time of day or night you are hungry, Du-par's is open and ready to feed you. Since 1938, this homey diner has been satisfying just about any craving you could have, be it a hearty breakfast of fresh eggs, pancakes, French...  Read More

Miracle Mile/Fairfax District
Urban Garden Lebanese Kitchen
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Serving up locally sourced and sustainable produce whenever possible, Urban Garden Lebanese Kitchen is a flavorful place that knows how to cook up authentic Middle Eastern food that even the kids will love. There's plenty of hummus dishes, as...  Read More

North Hollywood
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There are plenty of Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles, but the three Mercado eateries are something special. The newest is in North Hollywood and it continues the traditions of the other two (in Santa Monica and on West Third Street), as Chef...  Read More

Dave & Buster's
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There's a reason the Dave & Buster's chain has over 60 locations, including this one in the heart of Hollywood. For where else can you take the family for a reasonably priced dinner and then spend the rest of the evening playing arcade games...  Read More

Slater's 50/50
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If you love hamburgers, then Slater's 50/50 in Pasadena (and in six other locations in Southern California) is the place for you. Their burger patty drives meat lovers wild, with its special mix of 50 percent ground beef and 50 percent bacon....  Read More

Miracle Mile/Fairfax District
Canter's Deli
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Canter's Deli has been a staple of the Fairfax district since it opened way back in 1931. This classic New York Jewish delicatessen hasn't changed much in all those years (although it did move into a bigger space more than 50 years ago). They...  Read More


Meet Jenny Peters

Jenny Peters – aka Jet Set Jen – is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist, editor and party columnist specializing in travel, entertainment, film, food, wine, fashion and the other good...  More About Jenny

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