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Are AOC and Providence child-friendly?

We've been wanting to try these restaurants, but I'm not sure that we can comfortably bring a kid there. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks!

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Yes, sorry about the typo. I've corrected it.

      1. If your child will order off the menu and enjoy the food and behave during dinner, I say sure. If you need to special order some child friendly type food for your child, then you are better off leaving them at home with a babysitter. We bring our 9 and 12 year olds to restaurants all the time, but they are totally comfortable with a 7 course tasting menu.

        1. How old are your kids? I'd say unless you have a very well behaved teen, Providence would be out. A better shot maybe with AOC. My very well behaved 7-year-old daughter could maybe do AOC, but I don't think there's anything on the menu she'd really want. You can find sample menus for both online to see if there's anything they'd eat.

          1. I respectfully disagree with kids not liking Providence. My 4 and 6 years have been to Providence about 6 different times. They always like the food. We were in the Chef's table for 4 of those time and that really was cool for them. Plus the kitchen will make anything for the kids. One of my kids is on a gluten-free and caisen-free diet.

            1. They are both what I'd call adult dining destinations. I don't think they are young kid appropriate.

              1. I imagine it depends upon the temperament and palate of the kids in question.

                Some are properly greatly preferred over the adults.

                1. I'd say, if you have to ask, then no, neither is "child friendly." Neither has a kid's menu, and most of their dishes are complex and use sophisticated ingredients. I've rarely if ever seen children at either of these restaurants, and if there were to be a kid running around at either place, it would be a disturbance to other diners for sure.

                  However, if your kid is the kind that enjoys gourmet food and can sit quietly through a long dinner, then go ahead and bring him/her :-)

                  1. I love seeing kids in these places, provided they're behaving reasonably well. Even if they cry at some point that's fine. Life is children and celebration and food, families together enjoying themselves. The best places in the world have cultures that understand this.

                    1. As most threads about kids in restaurants do, this one is getting pretty off-topic about whether kids belong in any restaurants and why people don't like kids in restaurants. If you happen to have any specific information about whether AOC and Providence welcome children, please post it. General opinions about whether children belong in restaurants of that class are off-topic.

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                      1. re: The Chowhound Team

                        I wouldn't bring children to this place for an everyday meal, but for the rare special occasion or event (we attended a giant family birthday party at Providence last year) I think it is fine--as long as the child is well behaved and, as KTLA says above, is willing to order off the menu and have a reasonably pleasant experience. I have a 6-year-old girl who has been dining out since she was a baby and always behaves appropriately and tries new and different foods with a minimum of resistance. It definitely makes my life easier when I need to go to a better restaurant for work or social events but, as a rule, we try to take her to places where she is more comfortable with the food and atmosphere. As for Providence and most better restaurants, if a child is open to the food and well mannered, the staff usually bend over backwards to make it a pleasant experience. They certainly did at Providence and my daughter not only felt special, but she actually asked when we were going back.

                        1. re: HungryGirl

                          Thank to all who gave many thoughtful responses! I will let you know my experience bringing my child to my birthday dinner.