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Most Kid Un-Friendly Restaurants In LA.

LA Weekly just posted a story on the most Kid Un-Friendly restaurants in LA. Here's their list: Cut, Daikokuya, Father's Office, Gjelina, Lukshon, Providence, Soho House, Son of a Gun, Soot Bull Jeep, The Bazaar, and Urusawa. What would be on your list?
http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/20...

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Father's Office
1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Daikokuya
327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Soot Bull Jeep
3136 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Lukshon
3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

Son of a Gun
8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Gjelina
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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    1. I'd definitely put Urusawa and Providence on the list. I'd put Melisse on as well. I haven't taken my kids to Gjelina, but think they'd like it and would fit in ok.

      Of course, there's a big difference between taking a sophisticated teen vs. an unadventurous six year old vs. taking a baby. A sophisticated teen could probably go anywhere. A semi-adventurous 8 year old might fit in at Gjelina but might not do as well with the 9 course tasting menu at Providence. Toddlers or babies don't fit in at tons of otherwise kid friendly places.

      1. We were going to eat at Lukshon with our daughter when they first opened and they pretty much told us to get lost. The place was empty and they said we could sit outside (it was 50 degrees outside). We had reservations and it was around 6pm. The hostess said we could sit outside and then walked away and never came back.

        Even if the food is good, I will never give them a penny. We've been to many other restaurants and they were very nice. It wasn't even that they were "kid un-friendly", they were "kid - hostile".

        Next time you want to go out to eat, I would skip Lukshon and go to Spice Table. Great food and the owners understand that people have kids. They are the sweetest people and the service is top notch. Very friendly and very welcoming.

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        Lukshon
        3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

        The Spice Table
        114 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

        1. We took my then 2 and 4 year old nieces to Cut and they staff couldn't have been more accomodating - special drinks, off-menu food, etc. The girls liked our server so much they asked if she wanted to come home with us. Our party ranged in age from 2 - 75 years and everyone had a fantastic time!

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          1. re: StefTodd

            I concur about Cut: I don't see it as particularly kid-unfriendly (within the universe of fine LA restaurants) other than because of the cost. In fact, its hotel location means that if the meal gets slow, bored kids--and their bored parents!--have somewhere interesting to walk around between courses.

          2. I don't know, off the bat, but I'd love a list we can keep in the car as reference. We avoid any that advertise "Kids Eat FREE!" but above the Big Boy level they generally don't warn you.

            1. I don't understand why Daikokuya would make the list. Is it because people are freaked out by hot soup or something?

              I've seen plenty of families at noodle shops all over LA.

              Just a couple of weeks ago I was at SSG in FV and there was a father/son pair sitting at the crowded counter. The boy looked around 10 and the father was introducing him to ramen for the first time. I thought that was really cool, personally.

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              Daikokuya
              327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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              1. re: huaqiao

                LA Weekly put them on their list because of "Patience-busting waits, crowded narrow room, huge bowls of steaming ramen."

                1. re: huaqiao

                  The article brought out the long wait to be seated, not the best situation with a squirmy youngster. They also cited steaming soup, but Daikokuya's has been criticized for not being hot enough.

                  The article reads to me as if they had some space to fill and made up a story.

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                  Daikokuya
                  327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                  1. re: Akitist

                    I agree -- the article seemed sort of off the top of the writer's head, not based on any particular experience or even polling the restaurants themselves.

                    The Father's Office inclusion is lame; it's a bar. Every bar is kid-unfriendly.

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                    Father's Office
                    1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

                    1. re: PaulF

                      "Every bar is kid-unfriendly."
                      Sure, except FO isn't a "bar", it's a bar with full food menu and lots of non-bar seats, ie, restaurant, just like Tar Pit. We're not talking about the Frolic Room here.

                      I've seen infants & toddlers at all kinds of pubs. Beerbelly? Toddlers in it. The York? Totally toddler (not just "kids") friendly.

                      FO is lame; the inclusion of FO as a kid-unfriendly restaurant, no as much.

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                      Frolic Room
                      6245 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                      The Tar Pit
                      609 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                      1. re: TonyC

                        I guess I was editorializing.

                        I brought my kids to all kinds of restaurants when they were young, but never to a bar. I went to bars to get away from kids -- mine and yours.

                        So, I guess I was putting my own opinion in there.

                        1. re: PaulF

                          We so enjoy Father's Office. The food, the drinks and the lack of little screaming voices.

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                          Father's Office
                          3229 Helms Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034

                          1. re: Servorg

                            "21 and over" isn't just to keep kids from drinking, it's to give parents a place to hide from their kids.

                            1. re: PaulF

                              See, if there were screaming kids at FO, it'd also serve up a double dose of birth control in addition to craft beers. And In the future, there'd be lower birth rates in Culver City/Santa Monica.

                              Think longer term.

                              1. re: TonyC

                                Since they don't allow ketchup at FO I have a feeling that dosing customers beers with a powerful drug might not pass muster either...

                2. Just before I saw this thread (and the LAWeekly article) we had committed to a dinner at Providence including our 9-year-old, along with my mother-in-law. This thread produced a bit of trepidation, but we went ahead with the dinner and all was fine.

                  We went early, our son was on his best behavior, and we ordered from the menu, which probably sped things up a bit--and (after a puzzlingly slow start to the evening, in which it took them 20+ minutes to get drinks to the table) the meal was outstanding, perhaps even more satisfying than the last time Mrs PoP and I went there together and ordered the tasting menu! (The kitchen still sent out several amuses so the evening retained some of the "surprise" of a tasting menu, without overwhelming the smallish appetites of our son and my MIL). Nor, at least on this Sunday evening, was the restaurant particularly quiet (as the LAWeekly article suggested); in fact, the background music was a bit on the loud side!

                  I would not go far as to call Providence "kid-friendly" or suggest that anyone start throwing juvenile birthday parties there, but they were very nice to our son. The bartender even concocted a couple of tasty non-alcoholic drinks for him, the second of which was so unusual and tasty that several of our adults tasted it and then ordered their own, and PoP Jr. came up with a name for the drink. It also helps that PoPJr. loves seafood and is as adventurous an eater as most adults. And we were not even the only family group that evening. For the right kind of kid, and assuming one is willing to spend what it takes (for us, $115/pp, with only minimal alcohol), it need not be off-limits.

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                  Providence
                  5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038