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BEST Kid-Friendly, Picky Eaters, Large Party/Group (~10 People) Dining Options in LA

All,

I'm planning a trip to LA for a party of 10 (9 adults and 1 3 year old). I've scoured the boards in the past to find great dining recommendations. I have a tough task though - planning multiple lunch and dinners for a large group with picky eaters (a vegetarian, a pescatarian, etc).

For the most part, I can probably wing-it for lunch but would appreciate any suggestions.

My bigger concern is dinner. I don't have a price limit per se, but am not looking for anything too expensive (under $100 pp preferably). The most difficult part is finding somewhere kid friendly for the 3 year old. Private rooms are an option.

Any suggestions come to mind? I have no specific cuisine requirements, but probably something varied like New American, Italian, or Japanese would be best. We would be ok with 1 chinese restaurant or so but most folks are coming from Taiwan so something different might be better.

All suggestions are appreciated! Thank!!

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  1. Try Bollini's Pizzeria--Italian food, cheap, friendly, can accomodate vegetarians, etceteras, kid friendly . . .

    1. I'd also recommend checking out Indian food because it meets all your requirements generally, from what I understand Indian food in Taiwan is not generally good. I will leave it to other chowhounds to make specific Indian food recs

      1. Thank you for the prompt reply. Bollini's looks like a good option.

        Unfortunately, the group does not love indian food (we'll be in the Bay Area prior to arriving in LA and I tried soliciting the idea of going to Amber India).

        Can you all please recommend more upscale recommendations? Pizza would be good for lunch but for dinner we are looking for a more upscale restaurant, that might be casual enough for a 3 year old. For example, although not upscale in the fine dining sense, Balthazar in NYC comes to me as a good example of what we are looking for. We are also eating at Alexander's Steakhouse in Cupertino, CA in the private room prior to coming to LA.

        Not kid friendly on the surface but what about the likes of..
        Matsuhisa?? Pizzeria Mozza? Providence? Campanile?? CUT?? Spago?

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        Spago
        176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        Matsuhisa
        129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

        Pizzeria Mozza
        641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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        1. re: pacific2atlantic

          Strong yes to Pizzeria Mozza. Matsuhisa would work as well. Spago (if you go on the early side) would probably be fine too.

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          Spago
          176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

          Matsuhisa
          129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

          Pizzeria Mozza
          641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          1. re: Servorg

            Not sure I would consider Matsuhisa "kid friendly"?

            Campanile is much more kid friendly, I took my son there when he was about three. For more upscale, try any Italian in Beverly Hills, or Downtown. Not exactly sure what part of the city you are staying in and where you want to dine, but here are a couple of suggestions:

            Culina, four seasons, bh
            Cecconi's, bh
            Drago Centro, downtown la

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            Drago Centro
            525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

            Cecconi's
            8764 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069

            Culina
            300 S Doheny Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            1. re: Phurstluv

              Do you know if these places allow for reservations for a party of my size? Not sure if a group of 10 is reasonable at pizzeria mozza but that would definitely be of interest. Thanks – keep the recommendation coming, casual is fine too as long as they can accommodate our party size!

              1. re: pacific2atlantic

                You may be able to reserve a private room - the max size table at Pizzeria Mozza is 6.

                Other options: Comme Ca, Angeli Caffe, BLD, BLT Steak, Il Pastaio, Playa, Street.

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                BLD Restaurant
                7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                Il Pastaio Restaurant
                400 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                Pizzeria Mozza
                641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

            2. re: Servorg

              Agree that Pizzeria Mozza would work. I don't think I'd do Matsuhisa, even though a child would be tolerated--not much for a vegetarian or the child to eat there, and I think picky eaters may have a hard time as well. Agree that Spago would be okay if you ate early. Would not bring a small child to Providence, even early. Another option is the private room at Hatfield's--I don't know if I'd bring a 3-year-old to the main dining room, but if you had a private space it would probably be fine.

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              Spago
              176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

              Matsuhisa
              129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

              Pizzeria Mozza
              641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

              1. re: Nicole

                I was thinking of the private "Kaiseki / Omakase" room that they have at Matsuhisa. And I am sure that they chefs there could accommodate even picky eaters. They really are pretty cooperative with special requests.

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                Matsuhisa
                129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

            3. re: pacific2atlantic

              Sorry I was kind of leaving dinner rec's for others. Pizzeria Mozza and Campanille are both great.

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              Pizzeria Mozza
              641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

            4. I would like to respectfully recommend Border Grill.

              My own children are grown now (teenagers) but when they were younger the Border Grill was always more than welcoming. For example, they would bring out a dish of rice or beans or both right away if we asked so our kids could start eating something while the rest of our party was ordering.

              Also, Border Grill is naturally loud. I think it's loud on purpose. Anyway, the room is noisy in a fun way so a child being a child and making a little noise goes unnoticed. The room is also colorful and bright and friendly.

              As for the food, well, I'm not sure what other reviewers feel but I've always liked eating there.

              I'm not sure if Border Grill would be considered upscale or not. I guess not, but on the other hand, it's no hole in the wall. It's upscale-casual or something.

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              Border Grill
              1445 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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              1. re: PaulF

                Border Grill is a good suggestion for a large party with kids. It's upscale for Mexican, but not upscale overall--very casual. But since it's a celebrity chef owned restaurant maybe that would appeal to your group.

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                Border Grill
                1445 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

              2. Lawry's the Prime Rib Beverly Hills is very kid friendly and great for large parties (plus seafood options and can put together a nice plate for vegetarian)
                http://www.lawrysonline.com/theprimer...

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                Lawry's the Prime Rib
                10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

                5 Replies
                1. re: wienermobile

                  what would they use as the protein source for a vegetarian?
                  would the plate just be a collection of vegetable side orders?(i.e. baked potato, etc)

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    You are correct it is a plate of sides like their Sizzling Skillet of
                    Mushrooms with Shitake, oyster, button and crimini mushrooms, Baked Idaho Potato, Fresh Asparagus, Creamed Corn, Buttered Peas and salad. (their creamed spinach has bacon in it).

                    1. re: wienermobile

                      fwiw, although i am not a vegetarian, when taking a vegetarian out to dinner, i try to be accommodating enough to select a restaurant that offers a vegetarian protein source.

                      (since any upscale Italian restaurant would have several main course options that use cheese as a source of protein, usually this is the option that i choose)

                      1. re: westsidegal

                        By looking at the online menu I noticed this: "Chef's Daily Vegetarian Special served with the famous original spinning bowl salad"

                        So, vegetarians will be able to eat at Lawry's without any fear of being forced to eat "only" side dishes.

                        1. re: Servorg

                          I'd say westsidegal is right--this is probably a place where vegetarians are forced to go because of others. Like a single special or salads or only vegetables is kind of lame . . . especially if the group has more than one vegetarian.