LA’s Best Spots for Outdoor Dining

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One thing Los Angeles has going for it over other cities? Outdoor dining pretty much all year round. But when it comes to outdoor dining with kids, not all places are the same. Which outdoor restaurants are best for babies, toddlers, picky-eaters and those sometimes surely teens? Here’s our running list of our go-to family-friendly restaurants in Los Angeles—no matter who makes up your brood. Three cheers to outdoor dining spaces where everyone (including the adults) can enjoy a great meal.

LOS ANGELES

Bacari

This Silver Lake newcomer is delivering its much-loved Mediterranean-style menu to the east side—kid-friendly dishes include the margherita pizza and of course their double chocolate cake for dessert. The patio and outdoor space feels like you've been transported to some small European town—the perfect remedy as we await travel guidelines to relax once and for all. 

3626 Sunset Blvd.
Silver Lake
Online: eatwithbacari.com

Golden Road Brewing Company

This family-friendly brewery is a great choice for those looking for a more casual night out where you won't need to worry so much if your young ones are bouncing off the walls. Golden Road's outdoor patio is great for those wanting some good eats and tasty brews surrounded by a fun noisy atmosphere where the waitstaff takes safety seriously! Got a picky nosher? No problem as their kids' menu has all the faves like mini corn dogs, mac & cheese, and chicken nuggets to name a few. But the real draw here for your little locomotive lovers might just be the train tracks right next to the place and the train that passes by every so often!

5410 W San Fernando Rd.
Atwater Village
Online: goldenroad.la

WESTSIDE

Playa Provisions

This beachfront restaurant (that's really like four mini restaurants in one) has two open-air patios, one in the back of the restaurant facing the beach, and the second in front where tables are spaced nicely apart. Little foodies get individually packaged crayons and coloring pages as well as kid-friendly menu faves like pretzel croissant, grilled cheese, burgers, and even PB&J. Of course, don't miss out on their small batch ice cream and frozen treats post dinner. 

Insider Tip: There's a great playground and park around the corner called Del Rey Lagoon—it's the spot to hang either before or after you eat (if you don't head to the nearby beach of course).

119 Culver Blvd.
Playa Del Rey
Online: playaprovisions.com

Birdie G's

With a slogan of "where fine food and good people meet," you know you've got a pretty sure thing with a trip to Birdie G's. Sure the food here is a little on the pricier side, but boy do you get what you pay for. This off-the-beaten-path restaurant focuses on all-American dining with high-quality organic ingredients sourced from local farmers, ranchers, and fishers with sustainable practices. Even the kids' menu is incredibly unique with selections such as "the healthy yucky green salad," "dilly matzo ball soup," and "potato crusted chicken fingers" to name a few. With a newly expanded outdoor patio and cocktails to die for, this place is perfect for a special night out with the whole gang!

2421 Michigan Ave.
Santa Monica
Online: birdiegsla.com

Back on The Beach Cafe

Picture this: you're relaxing with your toes in the sand sipping a chilled glass of wine while your little ones run up and down the beach all set against the backdrop of the shimmering Pacific at sunset. Sounds like a place of fantasy right? Well, you're in luck because this restaurant actually exists and is truly a family-favorite! With a reasonably priced food selection and a kids' menu that has all the classics (and even non-classics like veggie dogs!), Back On The Beach checks off pretty much all the boxes for fun family-friendly safe dining!

445 Pacific Coast Hwy.
(AKA Palisades Beach Rd.)
Santa Monica
Online: backonthebeachcafe.com

Downtown Culver City

Quite possible the mecca of kid friendly restaurants with outdoor seating, downtown Culver City, has transformed its entire downtown district to be jammed pack with amazing restaurants, now complete with adorable outdoor patios. Worth checking out: Citizen Public Market—a food hall with 7 vendors serving everything from Mexican and sushi to fried chicken, also has a rooftop and outdoor street-side dining. And don't miss one of our favorite ice cream shops—Salt & Straw—that across the street on the Culver City Steps—an urban playground where the kids can run around post meal. 

Main St & Culver Blvd.
Culver City
Online: downtownculvercity.org

Inn of The Seventh Ray

Nestled into the side of Topanga Canyon, this farm-to-table restaurant is all about the idyllic outside ambiance. With tree canopies overhead and a stream running alongside the patio, kids will love the treehouse feel of this space while they explore the creek bed in between bites. Because this charming eatery is known as one of the most romantic spots in LA, it's probably best to take the kiddos here for brunch or lunchtime meals as evenings tend to be filled with celebrating couples.

128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd.
Topanga
Online: innoftheseventhray.com

The Slice & Pint

This El Segundo Brewing Company pizza joint is a fave with the locals and serves up some of the best bread pudding in the Southbay! 

130 West Grand Ave.
El Segundo
Online: thesliceandpint.com

THE VALLEY

Pitfire Pizza

Pitfire's patio at the North Hollywood location is quite expansive which makes spreading out with your hungry hippos easy to do. Expect kid-sized pizzas, mini mac & cheeses and even packs of clay they can play with while they wait! And if you're not ready to eat out just yet, pick up one of their take-home pizza making kits that are sure to be a hit with the entire fam!

5203 Lankershim Blvd.
N. Hollywood
Online: pitfirepizza.com

Aroma Coffee & Tea

Looking for an excuse to get out of the house? Stop by Studio City's Aroma Coffee & Tea in the morning, where you can grab a breakfast pastry or muffin and a much-needed coffee for yourself. The patio area is small, but you can always relax on the bench outside, or stroll along charming stretch of Tujunga. While you're out, check out our other favorite places to go and play in Studio City

4360 Tujunga Ave.
Studio City
Online: aromacoffeeandtea.com

 

—Jenifer Scott & Andie Huber

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