We’ve all been there. You know, when you’re at a restaurant and the hostess gives you that disapproving look. Or worse, when that couple gets up and moves to another table. Okay, okay. So, maybe your kiddos were blowing bubbles in their drinks through their straws, playing musical chairs, or coloring on the table instead of on their coloring sheet. Let’s just say that perhaps for most parents, it’s easier to pick up take-out. Fortunately, there are some places that you can enjoy as a couple, with a couple of kids in tow:

Pitfire Artisan Pizza
Having dinner at Pitfire is super easy. First, you place your order at the counter. Then, you grab a table. Then, your server brings you your food. Parents can indulge in pizza, pasta, or seasonal veggies paired with beer or wine, while kids may favor the kids pizza or chicken meatballs. The food is prepared quickly, right in front of your eyes. And, kids can mold colored clay while they wait. Long, large tables are perfect for families. And, TVs and music add a cool and hip vibe. The best part of dining at Pitfire just might be the dessert – Vanilla soft serve or fresh baked cookies. Need we say more?

Pitfire Artisan Pizza – Downtown LA
108 W 2nd Street
Los Angeles, Ca 90012

Pitfire Artisan Pizza – Mar Vista
12924 W Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, Ca 90066

Pitfire Artisan Pizza – N. Hollywood
5211 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, Ca 91601

Pitfire Artisan Pizza – West Hollywood
801 N Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, Ca 90046

Pitfire Artisan Pizza – West LA
2018 Westwood Bloulevard
Los Angeles, Ca 90025

Pitfire Artisan Pizza – Manhattan Beach (Opening Jan 30, 2013)
410 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, Ca 90266

Online: www.pitfirepizza.com

Westfield Century City Dining Terrace
If you and your kids don’t agree on where to eat, look no further than Westfield Century City and check out their Dining Terrace, ideal for family dining. With a wide variety of foods to choose from, ranging from American, to Japanese, to French, to Greek, to Chinese, both parents and kids will be in foodie heaven. You can dine either indoors our outdoors at large, comfy tables. And, you might even catch a live band playing. Need a little reprieve? Check out Westfield’s Family Lounge, which features private nursing areas, bottle warmers, baby-changing stations, kid-friendly restrooms and a rest area with safe toys and televisions conveniently located right next to the Dining Terraces.

Westfield Century City Dining Terrace
10250 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, Ca 90067
Online: www.westfield.com/centurycity

Kang Hodong Baekjeong
If you’re up for a little cooking with the kids and you’re kids happen to be a little older, check out Kang Hodong Baekjeong, known for its killer Korean BBQ. You’ll be seated at a table that has a built in hole in the center where your waiter or waitress will place a gas grill with Korean charcoal and an iron skillet. You’ll be served egg custard to cook while you eat corn with cheese, kim chee and veggies consisting of bell peppers and onions. And, while the menu is in Korean, the warm staff will help you navigate your way through it and make recommendations that you and your kids will enjoy. So, parents can relax and enjoy a traditional Korean beer, while kids feed their inner chef. Make sure to get there before 7:00 pm to avoid waiting in a long line. Regardless, the food and the experience are worth the wait.

Kang Hodong Baekjeong
3465 W 6th Street, Suite 20
Los Angeles, Ca 90020
Online: www.baekjeong.com

Encounter at LAX
Heading to the airport doesn’t have to mean that you are dropping someone off or picking someone up. It could just mean that you are going to dinner at the Encounter, while watching airplanes take off and land in the foreground! Could it get any cooler than this? We don’t think so! Revamped a few years ago by Walt Disney Imagineering, it’s no surprise that the Encounter is so cool. From the moment that you arrive and take the space-age elevator up to the top of the building, to the time that you’re seated against a backdrop of moon-cratered walls, you’ll feel as though you are somewhere out of this world. Parents have plenty of upscale offerings to choose from, while kids can pick from their favorites like mac n’ cheese, spaghetti and red sauce, and classic peanut butter and jelly from the Space Cadet Menu. So, head over to the Encounter for a space voyage that both parents and kids will enjoy without even leaving L.A.

The Encounter at LAX
209 World Way
Los Angeles, Ca 90045
Online: www.encounterlax.com

Kay N’ Dave’s
You can’t go wrong when, upon being seated for dinner at a restaurant, your server brings over a huge basket of homemade chips and fresh salsa and a gargantuan galvanized tin of crayons. So, you get to nibble on chips while your kiddos channel their inner artise. Browse through the menu and you’ll find authentic Mexican fare and a few creative offerings for parents with sophisticated palettes like squash flower rellenos and mango chutney sole and mole. Kids’ options include more traditional fare like tacos, enchiladas and burritos. Large tables are perfect for families. Highchairs are available. And, there is plenty of room for strollers. Plus, parents can indulge in a margarita or two. Ole!

Kay N’ Dave’s – Brentwood
262 6th Street
Santa Monica, Ca  90402

Kay N’ Dave’s – Culver City
9341 Culver Boulevard
Culver City, Ca 90232

Kay N’ Dave’s – Pacific Palisades
15246 Sunset Boulevard
Pacific Palisades, Ca  90272

Online: www.kayndaves.com

Know of any other great spots to grab a bite that both parents and kids can enjoy? Share your fav places in a comment below. 

— Wanda Ahmadi

photo credit: Eyeliam via Flickr, Encounter LAX, & Erica Cummings of polkadothippo.com