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Jan 26, 2007 11:51 AM

Kid friendly restaurants in La Jolla??

Hey Chowhounds,

We are staying at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis club mid February and
are looking for nice places to eat with a 5 and 2 yr old. We were
there last year, but didn't find many nice kid-friendly restaurants. Any assistance would be appreciated.


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  1. If your kids are well behaved and adventurous eaters, try Rappongi, at the end of the main street (Prospect?). Their happy hour (4-6pm everyday I believe) is 1/2 off all of their asian inspired tapas. The choice and execution are both good. Some of the less adventurous, more kid friendly selections include pita with curried hummus, buttermilk onion rings, potstickers, egg rolls. But they put a classy, gourmet twist on it.

    Btw, this post belongs in California, not Los Angeles. La Jolla is near San Diego.

    1. The post does indeed belong on the California board-- but La Jolla isn't just near San Diego, it IS San Diego (it has a separate post office but is actually a neighborhood of the City of San Diego).

      1. The Cottage. Casual/warm/inviting, good house-turned-restaurant:

        1. Mission Cup Cafe (if it's open yet--there was a fire recently) for great breakfasts and lunch.

          Barbarella might be an option, as well as Piatti's.

          Come On In! for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

          If you are willing to get out of the Village, the UTC area offers more kid-friendly options--BJ's Pizzeria, California Pizza Kitchen, Whole Foods Market, Chicago Dogs on a Bun (see recent post), Edo Sushi, Z Pizza, Rubio's, Sammy's Woodfired Pizza (they have pastas and salads as well), Bristol Farms market.

          1. There's also a Sammy's in downtown La Jolla, though the one in UTC is probably just as close. Barbarella is pretty kid friendly, as is Piatti. Piatti actually has a really good brunch, and a gorgeous patio with a giant tree. There's also a really good sandwich shop down there - The Cheese Shop - and Jeff's Burgers.

            In the village, you could try George's Ocean Terrace, the Mediterranean Room at La Valencia (nice atmosphere, food is just ok), Rimel's Rotisserie (right next to Come On In), Jack's Grille, Brockton Villa or 910 - during the day at least, not sure about dinner. Kids also looove the shaped and decorated cookies at the Girard Gourmet deli.

            You also might want to drive up the coast toward Del Mar and check out the more casual restaurant at the Torrey Pines hotel. It's gorgeous since they remodeled, and they supposedly have a really good burger called the "drugstore burger."

            Have fun!