Here are our top picks for creating that ultimate “family date night” outside of the usual gaggle of chain eateries and finding the perfect family friendly restaurants in Woodland Hills…

Beyond the usual suspects of eateries like Chuck E. Cheese, the concept of a “family restaurant” has become somewhat blurry with regard to its definition – at least in the U.S. as of late. Family-style dining, also referred to as “casual dining” in America, offers moderately-priced entrees from menus featuring a mix of classic cuisines, individualized with signature sauces, dips or other types of toppings; indeed, trademarks of family restaurants often include these moderately-priced menus plus table service (as opposed to counter service) and a full bar, usually separate from the dining room (because of children that frequent with their parents).

Into the foray of family-style eateries have come chains like Applebee’s, Olive Garden, On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina, LongHorn Steakhouse and many others, all of which have attempted to redefine what “family dining” really means, but when it comes to the local scene and finding family-appropriate dining venues outside of these chains, the task becomes more challenging.

Chennai Tiffins has become Woodland Hills’ most popular place to find vegetarian, organic and healthy food, all served in a family friendly-esque fashion that’s truly unique. Offering South Indian cuisine, Chennai Tiffins takes pride in presenting this pure vegetarian cuisine while creating an experience that showcases the true flavors of South Indian home-cooked meals – from the vivid blend of colors and rich flavors of spices and seasonings to the perfect balance of taste and nutrition, this culinary treat has been called a “gastronomic delight” by many experienced foodie types. Since the restaurant’s inception in 2013, its mission has been to serve authentic South Indian Tiffin as well as regional specialties like Bisibele Bath, Pongal, Avial, Upma Pesarattu and more, while injecting flavors to delight the whole family’s palate. Chennai Tiffins is located at 21510 Victory Boulevard.

Leo & Lily has appeared on Woodland Hills Magazine lists before in a number of categories, but there should be no surprise about that: Since 2011, a gourmet dining experience in a casual and inviting atmosphere has been Leo & Lily’s calling card, its chefs taking advantage of European and Mediterranean flavors to create healthy, unique and delicious menu items. Only the finest ingredients are used, with every dish made from scratch – even the tuna is poached from the freshest, hand-selected albacore, while other quality ingredients are sourced from local farmers. Serving lunch and dinner to families all throughout the immediate and surrounding areas, this family friendly restaurant in Woodland Hills is located at 22420 Ventura Boulevard.

The Original Pizza Cookery understands that everyone in the family loves pizza, and as such has been serving up delicious pizzas, pastas, salads and warm homemade garlic cheese bread to happy customers since its doors opened in 1975. Founded by Jordan Klempner, the restaurant’s goal has always been to present the best-tasting pizza in town in the friendliest environment – and the Cookery’s glowing reviews, awards and long-time clientele drive the staff to always do so. Whether your family falls in love with the open kitchen concept, charming sawdust floors, warm homemade garlic cheese rolls, enormous serving sizes or friendly wait staff, there’s no question you’ll leave happy and full…every time. The Original Pizza Cookery is located at 6209 Topanga Canyon Boulevard.

The Stand is another Woodland Hills staple that has appeared on our “best of” lists before and, as in the past, there is good reason; here is where every family will discover a fresh spin on American classics, all served amidst the backdrop of the comfort afforded by early century diners with comfortable spaces, sincere hospitality and honest foods. From hot dogs and hamburgers to sausages, chicken enriched by proprietary toppings, breads, sides and cool beverages, nothing is off limits at The Stand when the ultimate family date night is on the menu. The Stand represents a unique position in our roundup here – it’s a reminder that it’s still possible to get away from the formula-esque food, robotic service and impersonal settings that typify casual dining today. The Stand is located at 5780 Canoga Avenue.

When it comes to finding a family friendly restaurant in Woodland Hills, try any of the aforementioned spots…we guarantee that your idea of a “family date night” will never be the same.