When my 14 yr. old niece and her friend visited us a few months ago I took them to a bunch of LA eateries but their favorite was Alcove. (those kids are sophisticated these days).
They also have some great pastries and cakes, and great ambiance.
Another fun place is the tea room at the Huntington Gardens -- amid the lush greenery, the afternoon tea is absolutely exquisite. The girls can get all dressed up -- last time I was there I sat next to a table of impeccably dressed sorority girls, complete with gloves.
If you want burgers and such, Lucky Devil's or 25 degrees.
For a Robertson hip feel, and to celeb watch the valet across the street at the Ivy, go to Newsroom Cafe on Robertson.
For a hip WeHo celeb feel, Dolce (no not the best food), esp b/c it's part owned by Ashton Kutcher. Ketchup might be fun b/c of the kitch too.
For a yummy brunch, Griddle Cafe on Sunset.
Happy Happy Birthday! It's a fun one and memorable!!
I don't know the eastside too welll-but I do have a 13 year old daughter. We recently had a lunch at Barneys Greengrass on top of the fancy department store Barneys in Beverly Hills. Great crowd, view and shopping/browsing afterward. The girls loved it. They have a great menu-seared ahi salad for the foodies and grilled cheese for the non-foodies! My daughter also loves Robertson, so I second the Newsroom, The Grove can be nice and they have an Italian place, La Piazza as well as a french place called Morels and Marmalade which are all nice. The only place I know more east is Fred62 on Hillhurst, but it is more like a diner. Enjoy!
At least my rec is within the under $25 each range -- Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour.After all, turning 13 is something to sound the siren and beat a drum about. We have enjoyed 2 birthdays there in the last 18 months and will go again before the end of summer. We have gone in a group of 8 and 11. This place can handle any size party. The sandwiches (Gastro....?) are actually pretty good because both the bread is good and so are the meats. The pizza is better than it was all those years ago, much better than that rat place, but not great. This place is still about birthday parties and ---- ICE CREAM.
Afer the party their is the whole Mountasia fun center which has a nice indoor arcade with Lazer Tag, Rock Climbing Wall, and out-side there are Two 18-Hole Miniature Golf Courses, Go Karts, Bumper Boats and Batting Cages. Check out the links below. I feel it is worth the drive. We all drive to Farrell's from SGV.
Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour & Restaurant
21516 Golden Triangle Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91350-2612