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Jul 27, 2011 06:25 PM

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?

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

327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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

3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

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

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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  1. Korean tofu restaurants. Super-hot stone bowls of boiling soup and rice. Not good w/ kids.

    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.

        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.