With LA’s vast array of eateries, it’s not too hard to find one with a kids menu. However, these brilliant spots go the extra mile of keeping kids entertained long enough to let you chew, taste and even savor your food. So long mad dash dining; flip through and check out our picks for the best restaurants with pre & post (and even during) meal distractions.

Great Room Café

Visiting this brand new family restaurant in South Bay is kind of like bringing a babysitter to dinner. A babysitter who comes fully loaded with toys and video games. Part play place, part family restaurant, the Great Room has multiple play areas to keep kids starting as young as four and up to teenagers completely entertained and supervised, while you kick back in a lounge seat and sip a glass of Chardonnay. The younger kids room (under 5) has toys, books, a small slide structure, a play kitchen, and a flatscreen tuned to Nick Jr. The big kid game room features five flatscreens, Xboxes and PS4s, computer stations, foosball and even a drum set. There's so much to do you'll have to drag them way to eat; instead, just take your time and order another round of drinks.

2810 Artesia Blvd.
Redondo Beach
424-255-8471
Online: thegreatroom.us

photo: The Great Room Café

Do you have a favorite restaurant that keeps your little diners distracted? Share any we missed in the comments!

—Shahrzad Warkentin