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Where to Eat With Kids Around Denver

There’s something for everyone at these family-friendly establishments

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| Adam Larkey

Denver is a dining town, but once kids are in the picture, meals out of the house can be a chore rather than a pleasure. The shift to family mode need not be a rude awakening. With little ones in tow, one Eater writer traversed the metro area on a mission to find eateries that suit diners of all ages.

Organized from west to east, here are 13 spots where kids are welcome and parents can enjoy a meal without breaking a sweat. Don’t see your favorite? Leave a comment here or drop a line to denver@eater.com to nominate it.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Finkel & Garf Brewing Co.

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5455 Spine Rd
Boulder, CO 80301
(720) 379-6042
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In Gunbarrel, there’s a big kid-friendly playground that also serves award-winning beers. Lego Duplo blocks, board games, a turf patio, and a ball maze that matches the whimsical retro bucket chairs are all part of the package. While mom and dad sip grown-up brews, the kids can enjoy classic junk food such as Corn Nuts, Slim Jims, Twinkies, and Oreos alongside house root beer.

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2. Lucky Pie Pizza & Taphouse

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637 Front St
Louisville, CO 80027
(303) 666-5743
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In the heart of old town Louisville is a big backyard housed at the former post office, and it just happens to sell hand-stretched gourmet pizzas and beer from over 60 taps. Afterwards, guests can pop next door and visit the original location of gourmet creamery Sweet Cow.

Lucky Pie / Facebook

3. Gravity Brewing

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1150 Pine St
Louisville, CO 80027
(303) 544-0746
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Louisville’s VFW space is a multiplex of projects: The VFW, Gravity Beer, and Gastronauts. On one side, customers get craft beers (think Wicked Nebula IPA and Coal Kreik dubbel), while out of a side window, classic dishes like meatballs, wings, and fries are served. In the middle: Ping Pong, board games, and other things to keep kids occupied.

Gravity Brewing / Facebook

4. Chuy's

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6595 W 104th Ave
Westminster, CO 80020
(303) 469-9441
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Chuy’s is a shrine to all things Tex-Mex, from queso to margaronas. Not only does it offer tacos, enchiladas, and rellenos, to name a few popular food choices, but it’s also full of bright artwork and fun stuff to look at (read: good I-spy fodder).

Chuy’s / Facebook

5. Moonlight Diner

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6250 Tower Rd
Denver, CO 80249
(303) 307-1750
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Tower Road is home to one of the metro area’s hidden gems: the Moonlight Diner. Diners will blast back to the 1950s with a visit to this chrome boxcar covered in memorabilia from the era. Just minutes from DIA, it’s a stopping point whether coming or going, featuring a menu of classic grub like burgers and green chili, or breakfast any time — it’s open all day from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Moonlight Diner / TripAdvisor

6. The Cereal Box, Inc.

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5709 Olde Wadsworth Blvd
Arvada, CO 80002
(720) 746-9762
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Custom blends such as Unicorn Poop and Squirrel Treats are mixed from favorite cereal boxes and served in heaping bowls at this newer Olde Town Arvada shop. Kids can marvel at the collector toys or watch classic cartoons while getting their sugar rush.

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7. Billy's Inn

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4403 Lowell Blvd
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 455-9733
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A Highlands staple since the 1930s, Billy’s Inn offers classic Colorado fare: diner food with a Mexican twist. Beyond the stucco façade, diners can order Baja-style tacos, green chili plates, nachos, and quesadillas. But there’s also a full menu of all-American burgers, salads, and sandwiches.

Billy’s / Facebook

8. peteybird, uniquely crafted

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3040 Blake St, 151
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 432-2430
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Pete Bredemann left an engineering job in pursuit of the perfect ice cream sandwich, and now what began as a cart has its own brick and mortar location in RiNo. Peteybird goes beyond the standard disappointing vanilla ice cream with a mushy chocolate cookie to offer flavors such as graham cracker with key lime pie and double chocolate with salted caramel.

peteybird / Facebook

9. Sushi-Rama

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2615 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 476-4643
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The conveyor belt sushi restaurant is great for kids who need to be entertained during dinner. The artsy and colorful space can spark a conversation as well.

Sushi-Rama
Sushi-Rama
Sushi-Rama [Official Site]

10. Maria Empanada

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2501 Dallas St Suite 186
Aurora, CO 80010
(720) 484-5927
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Even for parents of picky eaters, Maria Empanada has something for everyone. Hand-held pastry pockets full of savory fillings range from eggplant parmesan, or beef and onion to ham and cheese, corn, or mushroom. There’s virtually no wait from ordering to mouth, and takeout is always an option. 

Maria Empanada / Official website

11. Rhein Haus Denver

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1706, 1415 Market St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 800-2652
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LoDo’s German-inspired indoor biergarten features soft pretzels, bratwurst, spätzle, schnitzel, and of course, beer. But they also have an indoor version of one of Europe’s most popular lawn games, bocce ball. Bonus: Neighboring sister restaurant Wally’s serves up Midwestern faves such as cheese curds.

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12. Ace Eat Serve

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501 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 800-7705
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Little ones will likely find lots to like on the kids menu of Asian favorites that have been modified for younger palettes (there’s a bao bun made with peanut butter and jelly and pork belly, a stir fried noodle bowl and wings san sauce). And iof the complimentary shaved ice served with every kid’s meal doesn’t make them happy, they’ll likely still get a kick out of hitting a ping pong ball on one of Ace’s 12 tables. There’s even a daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. when an hour at a table costs just $10 an hour.

Ace Eat Serve Ace Eat Serve/Facebook

13. Olive & Finch

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1552 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 832-8663
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What’s not to like about pastries for the kids and a cup of drip coffee for the adults?

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14. Pasquini's Pizzeria

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1300 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 744-0917
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One of Denver’s original family-owned pizza joints is full of funky artwork with a menu of classic Italian favorites, from salads and subs to pizzas, pastas, and calzones. There aren’t any nuggets on their kids’ menu; instead they offer build-your-own-pizza at the table, plus kids get an extra ball of dough to play with.

Pasquini’s / Facebook

1. Finkel & Garf Brewing Co.

5455 Spine Rd, Boulder, CO 80301
Finkel & Garf / Facebook

In Gunbarrel, there’s a big kid-friendly playground that also serves award-winning beers. Lego Duplo blocks, board games, a turf patio, and a ball maze that matches the whimsical retro bucket chairs are all part of the package. While mom and dad sip grown-up brews, the kids can enjoy classic junk food such as Corn Nuts, Slim Jims, Twinkies, and Oreos alongside house root beer.

5455 Spine Rd
Boulder, CO 80301

2. Lucky Pie Pizza & Taphouse

637 Front St, Louisville, CO 80027
Lucky Pie / Facebook

In the heart of old town Louisville is a big backyard housed at the former post office, and it just happens to sell hand-stretched gourmet pizzas and beer from over 60 taps. Afterwards, guests can pop next door and visit the original location of gourmet creamery Sweet Cow.

637 Front St
Louisville, CO 80027

3. Gravity Brewing

1150 Pine St, Louisville, CO 80027
Gravity Brewing / Facebook

Louisville’s VFW space is a multiplex of projects: The VFW, Gravity Beer, and Gastronauts. On one side, customers get craft beers (think Wicked Nebula IPA and Coal Kreik dubbel), while out of a side window, classic dishes like meatballs, wings, and fries are served. In the middle: Ping Pong, board games, and other things to keep kids occupied.

1150 Pine St
Louisville, CO 80027

4. Chuy's

6595 W 104th Ave, Westminster, CO 80020
Chuy’s / Facebook

Chuy’s is a shrine to all things Tex-Mex, from queso to margaronas. Not only does it offer tacos, enchiladas, and rellenos, to name a few popular food choices, but it’s also full of bright artwork and fun stuff to look at (read: good I-spy fodder).

6595 W 104th Ave
Westminster, CO 80020

5. Moonlight Diner

6250 Tower Rd, Denver, CO 80249
Moonlight Diner / TripAdvisor

Tower Road is home to one of the metro area’s hidden gems: the Moonlight Diner. Diners will blast back to the 1950s with a visit to this chrome boxcar covered in memorabilia from the era. Just minutes from DIA, it’s a stopping point whether coming or going, featuring a menu of classic grub like burgers and green chili, or breakfast any time — it’s open all day from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

6250 Tower Rd
Denver, CO 80249

6. The Cereal Box, Inc.

5709 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002
Cereal Box/Facebook

Custom blends such as Unicorn Poop and Squirrel Treats are mixed from favorite cereal boxes and served in heaping bowls at this newer Olde Town Arvada shop. Kids can marvel at the collector toys or watch classic cartoons while getting their sugar rush.

5709 Olde Wadsworth Blvd
Arvada, CO 80002

7. Billy's Inn

4403 Lowell Blvd, Denver, CO 80211
Billy’s / Facebook

A Highlands staple since the 1930s, Billy’s Inn offers classic Colorado fare: diner food with a Mexican twist. Beyond the stucco façade, diners can order Baja-style tacos, green chili plates, nachos, and quesadillas. But there’s also a full menu of all-American burgers, salads, and sandwiches.

4403 Lowell Blvd
Denver, CO 80211

8. peteybird, uniquely crafted

3040 Blake St, 151, Denver, CO 80205
peteybird / Facebook

Pete Bredemann left an engineering job in pursuit of the perfect ice cream sandwich, and now what began as a cart has its own brick and mortar location in RiNo. Peteybird goes beyond the standard disappointing vanilla ice cream with a mushy chocolate cookie to offer flavors such as graham cracker with key lime pie and double chocolate with salted caramel.

3040 Blake St, 151
Denver, CO 80205

9. Sushi-Rama

2615 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Sushi-Rama
Sushi-Rama
Sushi-Rama [Official Site]

The conveyor belt sushi restaurant is great for kids who need to be entertained during dinner. The artsy and colorful space can spark a conversation as well.

2615 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

10. Maria Empanada

2501 Dallas St Suite 186, Aurora, CO 80010
Maria Empanada / Official website

Even for parents of picky eaters, Maria Empanada has something for everyone. Hand-held pastry pockets full of savory fillings range from eggplant parmesan, or beef and onion to ham and cheese, corn, or mushroom. There’s virtually no wait from ordering to mouth, and takeout is always an option. 

2501 Dallas St Suite 186
Aurora, CO 80010

11. Rhein Haus Denver

1706, 1415 Market St, Denver, CO 80202
Rhein Haus / Facebook

LoDo’s German-inspired indoor biergarten features soft pretzels, bratwurst, spätzle, schnitzel, and of course, beer. But they also have an indoor version of one of Europe’s most popular lawn games, bocce ball. Bonus: Neighboring sister restaurant Wally’s serves up Midwestern faves such as cheese curds.

1706, 1415 Market St
Denver, CO 80202

12. Ace Eat Serve

501 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Ace Eat Serve Ace Eat Serve/Facebook

Little ones will likely find lots to like on the kids menu of Asian favorites that have been modified for younger palettes (there’s a bao bun made with peanut butter and jelly and pork belly, a stir fried noodle bowl and wings san sauce). And iof the complimentary shaved ice served with every kid’s meal doesn’t make them happy, they’ll likely still get a kick out of hitting a ping pong ball on one of Ace’s 12 tables. There’s even a daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. when an hour at a table costs just $10 an hour.

501 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

13. Olive & Finch

1552 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
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What’s not to like about pastries for the kids and a cup of drip coffee for the adults?

1552 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

14. Pasquini's Pizzeria

1300 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210
Pasquini’s / Facebook

One of Denver’s original family-owned pizza joints is full of funky artwork with a menu of classic Italian favorites, from salads and subs to pizzas, pastas, and calzones. There aren’t any nuggets on their kids’ menu; instead they offer build-your-own-pizza at the table, plus kids get an extra ball of dough to play with.

1300 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80210

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