Parents might instinctively know there are several benefits for families that dine together—it’s a great time to bond and catch up on the day’s events. But science has also come up with some surprising benefits that last well into adulthood. “The research shows three to five family dinners … [a week have] very positive benefits on children and teenagers,” says Jill Castle, a registered dietitian and childhood nutrition and feeding expert. “These benefits are not only in terms of eating healthier and showing more weight stability, but teenagers who regularly eat with their families show less risky behaviors and have better academic scores.”
Though the rate of dining together as a family has decreased since the 1960s and 1970s due to our busier schedules, there has been an uptick in the amount that families dine together in recent years, in part because people are becoming more aware of the benefits of eating together.
Make the most out of family dinners with a visit to one of these child-friendly eateries at Montage Resorts.
While Apex is definitely a family-friendly restaurant, especially for those who enjoy buffets, Burgers & Bourbon and Daly’s are also popular for family dinners.
Buffalo’s provides great options all day long. Children enjoy the “Biscuit Bar,” which features three kinds of homemade biscuits, jams, sausage gravy and a full buffet spread.
The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach is the most child-friendly, all-day dining restaurant. Add a cup of tomato bisque soup to the grilled cheese for a bit of dipping fun.
Cane & Canoe and Hana Hou are both popular for families. If you don’t see what you like on the menu, make a special request as they do their best to accommodate everyone’s tastes.
Families can enjoy plenty of space and fresh air next to the pool at The Rooftop Grill, Montage Beverly Hills’ most family-friendly restaurant.
By Tiffanie Wen