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Jun 23, 2010 09:38 PM

Kid-friendly AND good for out of town guests

We are recent transplants from Boston and have a 10month old. Our first visitors are coming this weekend and we are looking for a baby friendly restaurant that is also special enough for out of town guests. Our baby is pretty well-behaved and we will walk him around when he gets bored so we just need there to be a high-chair, people that won't look at us funny, and relatively timely service. We also will dine early (5:30ish). One of guests is a vegetarian so we need a good veg dish or two. And we are looking for mid-priced but also in an interesting neighborhood, or with a good view, or something that would be fun for guests.

Thanks for your help!!!

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  1. either Piatti or Barbarella in La Jolla Shores would be great for you. both are kid- and veg-friendly, and in a terrific beach neighborhood that would be nice for your guests.

    i'm the only one of my family members who doesn't live on the East Coast, and when my brother and his 3 little girls came to visit, i took them to Barbarella. we sat down at a table outside, he looked around, looked at me, and said "ok, i get it." :)

    1. Urban Solace in North Park is a good choice, but if you're going to walk the baby around, I'd definitely ask for a patio table. With your dining time, the weather should be perfect for dinner outside and their patio's quite nice. There's not much of a view out to the street, but NP's 30th Street is an interesting area.

      Urban Solace Restaurant
      3823 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

      1. Alchemy in South Park might fit your description. I have seen babies there, it opens at 5 or 5.30pm, it is one of the better restaurants in SD for vegetarians and nothing is more expensive than $20. South Park might be not the most interesting neighborhood but depending on what you want to do afterwards you could drive 5 minutes to North Park for some coffee or dessert or beer.

        1. Lots of baby-friendly places now- you may wish to call ahead for the high-chair just in case. I think any of these at 530:

          Urban Solace
          Banker's Hill
          Cucina Urbana

          A place i like for out-of-town guests is iL Fornaio on Coronado. Very baby friendly and a great view of the city.

          Urban Solace Restaurant
          3823 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

          1. Okan on Convoy works well for kids. We just went there last week w/ an almost 3 y/o. We called ahead for reservations and asked for a high chair, which they have. The wait staff kept commenting on how cute the 3 y/o is, so definitely no funny looks. If the baby really gets bored, Nijiya market is next door and can be pretty entertaining. They have a decent number of vegetarian items and everything is well-priced.

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            1. re: daantaat

              Oton is great that way too... The waitresses there just loves kids, and when I was last there with family and my 5 year old niece our waitress would play peek-a-boo with her throughout our meal. She never got bored even once!

              The only thing to look out for is if you plan on ordering any Nabemono, something I consider their specialty, since they'll bring out a portable cartridge stove right to your table to do the cooking on.