Best Kid Friendly Restaurants In Boulder

December 8, 2010 10:00 AM

Going out to dinner with the kids can be a lot of fun or a disaster, depending on where you choose to go. Boulder has a number of kid-friendly options that can make your night out with the family an enjoyable experience.

Pasta Jays

1001 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO
(303) 444.5800

This is the go-to restaurant after a downtown festival or if you’re just out for a stroll on Pearl Street with the kids. They have a nice children’s menu and crayons to keep the little ones entertained. It’s also in a great location for people watching with the kids while you wait for your meal. The outdoor tables are nice when the weather is warm.


2805 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO
(303) 442-2800

You can bring the kids here for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Turley’s has a children’s menu with a nice selection of healthy foods. They have large open booths for the kids to stretch out. The only drawback is it can be frustrating to wait when they are busy.

Rio Grande

1101 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO
(303) 444-3690

This is a fun place for kids to eat downtown. The Rio has a nice children’s menu and they are accommodating with special requests. The restaurant usually has several families and lots of kids running around early every evening.


825 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO
(303) 440-7151

I love to bring the kids here when the weather is nice. They have a great patio where the kids can run around and the staff seems happy to entertain them. The patio has a large apple tree and servers will happily grab one for your child to eat while they wait. They have a children’s menu, but I almost never order from it because my kids love the naan and the other Indian, Napali and Tibetan dishes they have on the regular menu.

Protos Pizza

4670 North Broadway Street
Boulder, CO
(720) 565-1050

This is the restaurant to take the kids on any night you do not feel like cooking. The pizzas are tasty and the open kitchen entertains the kids. The cooks throw around the dough and create your meal before the kids’ eyes. The staff is friendly and the patio is nice when the weather is warm.

Ericka Lewis and her family have been residents of Boulder for nearly a decade. She worked at CBS4 as an anchor and reporter until early 2010 and has blogged on and off about Boulder for several years. She currently produces videos for client websites.