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.

Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch

This is one of those magical LA spots that makes you feel like you've traveled a million miles from the city after just a short ride up the PCH. Come for brunch, but block off your entire day because you'll never want to leave. Between the giant chess, corn-hole, ping-pong, paddle boats on the lake, ducks to feed, and the breathtaking, lush landscape of the ranch, you and your little explorers will have plenty to do, both before and after you enjoy a tasty meal of Banana Bread French Toast and Fried Chicken and Waffles.

327 Latigo Canyon Rd.
Online: themalibucafe.com

photo: The Malibu Cafe

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

—Shahrzad Warkentin