While take-out and delivery from your fave restaurants have been great these last few months, actually eating out (read: getting out of the house for a change) with the family sounds like a dream. Luckily, there are places scattered around our fair city that have opened (or in some cases, created) their outdoor patios for safe open-air seating. Keep reading for our list of eateries open now that have tot-friendly outside spaces just perfect for socially distant dining!



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Playa Provisions

It only makes sense that a restaurant from a Top Chef would earn top marks in the safe but spectacular outdoor eating department. Brooke Williamson and husband Nick Roberts's unique beachfront restaurant has truly stepped up its game to adjust to outside dining only mandates. They have two open-air patios, one in the back of the restaurant facing the beach, and have added a second in front where tables are spaced nicely apart. Little foodies get individually packaged crayons and coloring pages and kid-friendly menu faves like grilled cheese, burgers, and even PB&J.

Covid Protocols: Masks are required on both waitstaff and guests at all times unless seated at a table. Plexiglass barriers have been installed in between tables on the back patio while those tables in the newly created (and adorably decorated) parking lot patio are well spread out. Both patios are very well sanitized on a daily basis using state of the art disinfecting equipment.

119 Culver Blvd.
Playa Del Rey
Online: playaprovisions.com


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Birdie G's

With a slogan of "where fine food and good people meet," you know you've got a pretty sure thing with a trip to Birdie G's. Sure the food here is a little on the pricier side, but boy do you get what you pay for. This restaurant is all about high-quality organic ingredients sourced from local farmers, ranchers, and fishers with sustainable practices. Even the kids' menu is incredibly unique with selections such as "the healthy yucky green salad," "dilly matzo ball soup," and "potato crusted chicken fingers" to name a few. With a newly expanded outdoor patio and cocktails to die for, this place is perfect for a special night out with the whole gang!

Covid protocols: Birdie G's has put a ton of work into making sure your dining experience is a safe one. Servers not only wear masks but face shields and glasses as well. Hand sanitizing stations are at the entrances and guests are required to wear masks when not eating or when walking around the space. Reservations are highly recommended otherwise you might be waiting for a while.

2421 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica
Online: birdiegsla.com


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Back On The Beach Cafe

Picture this: you're relaxing with your toes in the sand sipping a chilled glass of wine while your little ones run up and down the beach all set against the backdrop of the shimmering Pacific at sunset. Sounds like a place of fantasy right? Well, you're in luck because this restaurant actually exists and is currently open for dine-in service! With a reasonably priced food selection and a kids' menu that has all the classics (and even non-classics like veggie dogs!), Back On The Beach checks off pretty much all the boxes for fun family-friendly safe dining!

Covid protocols: Reservations are not required but recommended to avoid long wait times. Face masks are mandatory for seating and while you're circulating around the restaurant. Tables have been spaced farther apart and there is a 6 person maximum at each table.

445 Pacific Coast Hwy
(AKA Palisades Beach Road)
Santa Monica
Online: backonthebeachcafe.com


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Downtown Culver City Restaurants

If you haven't ever explored downtown Culver City, now might be just the time to do so as it's is packed full of amazing restaurants with adorable outdoor patios. This area has the smallest Main Street in the US but what it lacks in size, it makes up for on small-town feel charm. And now, to accommodate open-air dining mandates, Culver City has closed down one entire city block of Main Street (North of Culver Blvd) to car traffic. The city is using barricades to expand outdoor dining into the street as well as create a new dedicated bus lane!  On Culver Blvd, a former parking and travel lane have been converted to a long pedestrian walkway as well as additional outside restaurant seating. So grab your masks and pile your energetic explorers in the car to visit one of the many eateries downtown Culver City has to offer!

Main St & Culver Blvd.
Culver City
Online: la.streetsblog.org



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Pitfire Pizza

Another pizza place that is open for outdoor dining, Pitfire's patio at the North Hollywood location is quite expansive which makes spreading out with your hungry hippos easy to do. This place was super kid-friendly pre-Covid and it's the same now with kid-sized pizzas, mini mac & cheeses and even packs of clay they can play with while they wait! Also, if you're not ready to eat out just yet, pick up one of their take-home pizza making kits that are sure to be a hit with the entire fam!

Covid Protocols: Masks are required when not at tables eating and the servers/chefs wear masks at all times. Order food at the counter outside and they will bring it to your tables that are all spaced out nicely.

5203 Lankershim Blvd.
N. Hollywood
Online: pitfirepizza.com


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Aroma Coffee & Tea

Looking for an excuse to get out of the house? Stop by Studio City's Aroma Coffee & Tea in the morning, where you can grab a breakfast pastry or muffin and a much-needed coffee for yourself.  The patio area is small, but you can always relax on the bench outside, or stroll along charming stretch of Tujunga. 

Covide Protocols: The patio is open 7a.m. to 9p.m. You can order online in advance for contactless pickup and payment. 

4360 Tujunga Ave.
Studio City
Online: aromacoffeeandtea.com


Golden Road Brewing Company

This family-friendly brewery is a great choice for those looking for a more casual night out where you won't need to worry so much if your young ones are bouncing off the walls. Golden Road's outdoor patio is great for those wanting some good eats and tasty brews surrounded by a fun noisy atmosphere where the waitstaff takes safety seriously! Got a picky nosher? No problem as their kids' menu has all the faves like mini corn dogs, mac & cheese, and chicken nuggets to name a few. But the real draw here for your little locomotive lovers might just be the train tracks right next to the place and the train that passes by every so often!

Covid Protocols: From employee temperature checks and mask mandates to contactless ordering and sanitizer on every table, Golden Road Brewing certainly considers protection a priority! Their communal games such as cornhole and ping pong have been put away indefinitely. Also, they only allow parties of 8 people or less on the patio and, for now, you need to leave your furry friends at home.

5410 W San Fernando Rd.
Atwater Village
Online: goldenroad.la



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The Slice and Pint

This El Segundo Brewing Company pizza joint is a fave with the locals and serves up some of the best pie in the Southbay! In order to re-open safely with lots of outdoor seating options, Slice and Pint closed down an entire section of Richmond Street in El Segundo to create an even more expansive outside dining patio. This means that, besides the yummy pizza, your darling diners are going to love literally sitting in the street to eat!

Covid Protocols: Face masks must be worn at all times when you are not seated at your table and, while bathrooms are inside, the spaced-apart line to wait for them is outside. There is a 6 person maximum at each table (all from the same household) with no dogs allowed. Kiddos 12 and under need an adult with them at all times (including trips to the bathroom!).

130 West Grand Ave.
El Segundo
Online: thesliceandpint.com


Inn of The 7th Ray

Nestled into the side of Topanga Canyon, this farm-to-table restaurant is all about the idyllic outside ambiance. With tree canopies overhead and a stream running alongside the patio, kids will love the treehouse feel of this space while they explore the creek bed in between bites. Because this charming eatery is known as one of the most romantic spots in LA, it's probably best to take the kiddos here for brunch or lunchtime meals as evenings tend to be filled with celebrating couples.

Covid Protocols: Employees must wear face masks at all times and guests must wear masks when they are not eating. Inn of The 7th Ray is on a strict disinfecting schedule and even provides hand sanitizer to guests tableside. To maintain proper social distancing, reservations are required so the staff knows exactly how many people to expect at any given time.

128 Old Topanga Canyon Road
Online: innoftheseventhray.com

-Jenifer Scott