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Santa Monica/Malibu Lunch - With Twin Babies (3 months old)

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It's my DH's birthday next weekend and we wanted to go out to a nice brunch/lunch - that was in an area where we could maybe go for a walk before or after. We have twin baby girls that are 3 months old so it needs to be baby friendly. We are open to other areas also if you have another great suggestion. Pretty open to type of food. Probably entrees under $25 would be preferable.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Paradise Cove is a nice family location. You can get a table right on the beach....and then talk a walk on the beach later. If we want a little shopping or browsing...you can stop by the shopping center in Malibu on the way back.

    1. Taverna Tony at Cross Creek is pretty baby friendly and you could walk around the country mart afterward. Nearby at the Lumberyard is Cafe Habana. Most places in Malibu seem baby friendly at lunch. I'd recommend Paradise Cove for its on the sand location, but not the food - it's really quite awful.

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      Taverna Tony
      23410 Civic Center Way Ste B1, Malibu, CA 90265

      Habana
      2930 Bristol St Ste A110, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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      1. re: whatsfordinner

        I know much of the food is bad....I should have recommended the place with a disclaimer. I love the setting, so I go knowing not to expect much. That said....the seafood is really fresh. And the burgers are not bad. If you know what to order, it's fairly safe. And there's something about being about to put your feet in the sand......

        1. re: perk

          and it's such a lovely beach.

      2. Tra di Noi at Cross Creek is ideal. They have an outside patio (make a res) that's right on top of a grassy, shaded playground. Then you can stroll across PCH to the beach or the pier.

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        1. re: iOnLa

          That is a good idea. They're very Italian....and LOVE babies and children.

          1. re: perk

            indeed. plus schlepping strollers (double-wide in this case) across sand and into sun with babies never seems like a good idea. I did a midweek lunch at the barefoot bar at Dukes when my kid was in a stroller, but that was as close to sand as I wanted to get.

            1. re: perk

              + 2

          2. You might like Zengo on the 3rd floor of Santa Monica Place with a great patio overlooking the 3rd Street Promenade. For brunch they have their Unlimited Latin-Asian Small Plates and Free-Flowing Cocktails and a nice patio. Sat-Sun 11:30AM to 4:00PM. $35 per guest (I know you asked for $25 but all drinks are included).

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            Zengo
            395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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            1. re: wienermobile

              Thanks again for the suggestions - we ended up at Zengo and it worked really well. Except for the parking situation --- all the valets were full and the parking lots were a nightmare. It look almost 45 min to get a spot.

              But I digress...the food and drinks were great at Zengo. I think we tried everything on the menu - stand outs included the beef tenderloin benedict, seafood ceviche, thai chicken empanadas, grilled achiote salmon. They were very accommodating with our double stroller and gave a us table that was not near a lot of people. Perfect afternoon :)

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              Zengo
              395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

              1. re: Obessed

                Glad to hear back.

            2. Thank you so much for all the suggestions! We are considering Zengo or Tra di Noi. Will let you know what we pick - and report back on the food.

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              Noi Restaurant
              643 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA

              Zengo
              395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401