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Sushi with kids in Los Angeles?

February 19th, 2007

A couple of years ago we started a little guide to our favorite restaurants to visit with kids, babies and/ or toddlers in Los Angeles. It is a little Westside heavy, but, hey, that’s where we live. Looks like it has hit a chord because a lot of people are visiting. But now I need some help….

Where do you go in LA to get good sushi? Preferably in Santa Monica or on the Westside…. Oh, yea, and it should be kid friendly. I know it is a lot to ask, but we had a groovy little neighborhood spot in San Francisco that was a favorite when we had babies. But just haven’t found anything in Los Angeles yet. (I admit, we haven’t tried very hard. We’ve been stuck in a rut with the spots on the aforementioned list. And we’ve been cooking again. Wow, with bigger kids you have time to cook. Whoah….)

Any ideas?

Oh, and while your at it… where do you get great Chinese takeout? Excellent froo-froo pizza delivery (ya know, with veggies and unusual toppings)?

Entry Filed under: Fun, Life, Los Angeles, Santa Monica


  • 1. abby  |  February 21st, 2007 at 10:31 am

    One more thought on the pizza front: there is nothing better than Abbots Pizza Co. either in Venice or across from SMC. I often order Dominos for the kids and Abbots for the grownups.

  • 2. Chris Griffiths  |  March 27th, 2007 at 1:53 am

    Hi, thank you for your great website. I am a former Brentwood resident, transplanted to Malibu. We have two kids, 6 and 4 and wanted to add our favorite kid friendly sushi restaurants. Nagao is in Santa Monica and my kids have gone there since they were in the portable car seat. It is small so you must get there early (opens at 5) Try the shrimp tempura roll in soy paper and ask for the white sauce! Another favorite and kid popular is Pearl Dragon in Pacific Palisades. If you get there between 5 and 6, they have a sushi happy hour. Our current sushi joint is Bui in Malibu. . A couple of our other favorite restaurants to hit at the opening hour are Houston’s in Santa Monica, Bandara’s in Brentwood and Early World in Brentwood (on San Vicente) All have excellent food. Chinese take out in Brentwood is Chang’s on San Vicente. Yummy seseme shrimp! Also, if you are up for a sunset drive – the best thai is Cholada in Malibu. ( On PCH, near Topanga Blvd_ – it looks like a dive but is the yummy! Hope that you like these as much as we do – jot me a line if you make it out! Best, Chris

  • 3. c. Webb  |  March 28th, 2007 at 12:27 am

    Daichan Kaiten-Sushi
    11301 Olympic Blvd. Second Fl (Cross Street: Sawtelle Boulevard)
    We only went there once, but had a great time! With the sushi conveyer-belt my 2 year old was very entertained. Plus, we could pick a plate here, a plate there and didn’t overbuy for her.
    I would recommend giving it a shot.
    The staff was super friendly and actually seemed excited to see a toddler there and the prices were very reasonable.

  • 4. DH  |  September 26th, 2007 at 10:51 am

    Bamboo in Sherman Oaks is a fabulous Chinese restaurant. Great food, terrific cocktails, and very kid/family friendly.

  • 5. Dana  |  December 10th, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    We take our three year old to Katsu-ya in Studio City all the time. The trick is to get there when they open at 5:30 on Saturdays. They serve toddler tables pretty quickly and always refill the edamame promptly (getting the beans out keeps our daughter quiet while we feast).

  • 6. Lisa  |  September 20th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Swork coffee shops. A place where you can actually enjoy a cup of Joe and the littles can play in the clean and well-stocked play area aptly named “Sworkland.”. Not to be confused with those indoor play places that also happen to serve free day-old coffee in a tin urn to the parents – Swork is mainly a coffee shop (think ala Starbucks), but they also had the brilliant minds to have a nice place for the kids. Located in Eagle Rock and Montrose. http://www.swork.com

  • 7. Sue  |  January 9th, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Take the kids for dim sum to VIP Seafood at Wilshire and Barrington. Upstairs on the northwest side on Wilshire. Dim Sum is served everyday from 10am til 2pm. They say til 3pm but I have been there so many times and I find that they dont bring out any fresh items after 2pm so get there by 1pm. Dim Sum is basically chinese brunch. They push little carts by your table filled with all sorts of little plates of food. There are over 45 dishes to choose from ranging from $2 – $6 per dish. I feel kids and adults would enjoy it.

  • 8. nicol3  |  June 17th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Oishi on South Robertson Blvd, below Wilshire. It is our mellow, neighborhood sushi place. Non-pretentious and large enough. Great, fresh fish and friendly staff. They’ve always welcomed our little one.

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  • 11. sal  |  June 2nd, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Noshi is by far the best place to take kids for sushi, and it’s one of the cheapest. On Beverly Blvd in Hollywood. They get tons of kids there, and instantly serve them miso soup with rice.

  • 12. Nicole  |  January 6th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Hachi on Wilshire in Santa Monica. The staff is so friendly and are great with kids. They have a robata grill too. My 2 1/2 yo loves the chicken meatball skewers and gyoza. The corn on the cob also keeps him occupied for an extraordinary period of time, not too mention the sushi is fabulous for adults!

  • 13. Angela  |  January 17th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I took my 5 year old niece to Mao’s Kitchen in LA… she loved it! It is cheap too. We both had a garden salad ($1 each) and shared a plate of veggie chow-mien and an order of pork dumplings. It was a filling and delicious lunch. I think I spent a total of $25 dollars including tip and I had an iced tea. Nice and cozy… its near Venice beach so parking is a challenge, but kids seem to love it.

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