If “ladies’ night” is nothing more than a song title to you, it’s time to dust the cobwebs off your swankiest outfit and live it up with the gals during a night on the town! We’re not saying you have to go clubbing ‘til sunrise, but getting out of the house after dark (taking out the trash doesn’t count!), actually getting to complete an entire sentence without being interrupted by your toddler, dining on delicious food that wasn’t initially served on a high chair tray, getting pampered and having a whole lot of grown-up fun could make you feel like an entirely new woman… in a matter of hours. What’s a mom date, you ask? It’s swapping out your ponytail to let your hair down, swiping on some lipstick instead of chap stick, and donning heels instead of sneakers to meet up with other moms for the sole purpose of having fun and focusing on YOU. Here are some great places to have a mom date on the westside.

Sweet Lady Jane
A divine bakery that’s open for late night indulgences? How sweet it is! Venture out sans kids and treat yourself (without having to share) to a decadent dessert enjoyed in good company. Sweet Lade Jane is famous for catering to celebrities, but the real star is their mouth-watering goodies. Shimmy up to a slice of the bakery’s flourless chocolate decadence cake, sink your teeth into a sea salt brownie or tip your head back to bite into a chocolate mousse taco and forget about what your pilates instructor would say, just for a moment.

8360 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90069
323-653-7145

1631 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403
310-254-9499

Next Door by Josie
Relatively new to the dining scene, Next Door By Josie is a sophisticated, yet cozy restaurant where you can gather with friends on cozy couches to share great food and conversation. The creative and delicious American cuisine menu includes small plates like beer and bacon caramel corn or larger meals like gourmet meat and cheese platters, designed for divvying up among friends. Drinks range from craft beers and unique cocktails to loose teas and coffee beverages.

2420 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
310-581-4201

YATAI
Where better than the iconic Sunset Strip to live it up? Head to happy hour at Asian tapas bar YAITAI and get a smokin’ deal on sushi, appetizers, beer, sake, cocktails and wine. Let the good times roll from 5:30pm-9:00pm Monday-Thursday and 5:30pm-7:00pm Friday and Saturday.

8535 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310-289-0030

Froma on Melrose
Think you can’t fit a mom date into your busy schedule? Head to Froma on Melrose for a quick, light meal and an elegant glass of wine. This European style cafe’/delicatessen boasts a scrumptious array of authentic Italian fare, including paninis, pasta and pizza and delectable and extensive selection of wines to enjoy in a friendly, casual setting.

7960 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
323-653-3700

Tortilla Republic
Two words: margarita bar. Nothing can make a hectic day in full-throttle mommy-mode disappear into the distance like a mean margarita. This modern Mexican restaurant just opened in West Hollywood, and locals are thrilled with the sophisticated, delectable menu which offers everything from duck confit tacos to hibiscus flower enchiladas. Indulge with a margarita and share a the Salsa Tasting and Guacamole appetizers since heading south of the border for a week-long vacation isn’t in the cards.

616 N. Roberstson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310-657-9888

l.a. vie l’orange
No time to get a mani/pedi? Make a mom date of it and you’re more likely to fit it into your schedule. Gather your best gal pals and head to l.a. vie l’orange to get pampered while you catch up on each other’s latest news. If you’re pressed for time, this renown hand and foot spa (a favorite of Oprah Winfrey) even offers a service called “l.a. quickie” during which you get a pampering manicure and a pedicure in one hour. Book your appointment for a Champagne Wednesdays or a Happy Pedi-Hour Thursday, because they stay open late until 9pm for each of those evenings.

638 1/2 N Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310-289-2501

Caffe Luxxe
Motherhood is all about being flexible and always having a contingency plan, right? If your after dark mom date plans fall through or you’re needed on the home front from bedtime and beyond, we thought we’d add a daytime/early evening mom date idea to our list. It just so happens to be centered around the official elixir of parenthood: coffee. Caffe Luxxe has “the best coffee in Los Angeles,” according to Los Angeles Magazine, so go get an amazing espresso drink that’s as pretty (thanks to the milk foam art of the baristas) as it is tasty, and dive into some coffee talk with your friends at one of the cafe’s locations, which are all on the west side.

925 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90402
310-394-2222

11975 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049,

225 26th St.
Santa Monica, CA, 90402

Where do you like to go on mom dates on LA’s westside?

– -Beth Shea

photo courtesy of SD Mom’s Night Out