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.

Clifton’s Cafeteria

There are so many diorama-filled nooks and corners to explore at Clifton's that waiting in line for the yummy cafeteria-style food is almost more fun than eating it. Once your trays are loaded with creamy mac n' cheese and jello, you'll make your way upstairs where your little adventurer will discover a lion, a buffalo and a three-story redwood tree before you even take a seat. This place is a little bit like eating inside a museum. A museum that also has a fully-stocked bar of grown-up drinks.

648 S Broadway
Online: cliftonsla.com

photo: Shahrzad Warkentin

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

—Shahrzad Warkentin