All Denver area residents know, one of the best things about living here is the incredible patio weather! Front range families flock to the area’s top patios to enjoy dining al fresco, and when they’re at a family-friendly patio, life is good! Check out our list of the best patios around the area for families!
We used to flock to this LoHi location for the red sauce and the red wine at Patsy’s, but now we come for the slushies . . . the wine slushies. Acova’s menu has something for everyone (including GF, Veg, Vegan), and a kids’ menu that’s sure to please even the pickiest eaters. We can’t get enough of the honey-stung fried chicken from sister restaurant, The Hornet, and their happy hour specials are awesome. Their large patio is perfect for a gorgeous Denver lunch, brunch, or dinner with friends and family!
If you haven’t been, the gorgeous garden patio at Ironton is a must-visit. Sit on a reclaimed Winter Park chairlift swing while you enjoy some of the best local craft cocktails in town. Ironton serves up other local libations for the beer and wine drinkers in your crew, and has a fantastic rotating menu of mocktails. Pair your beverages with one of their delicious wood-fired pizzas (we love !he Guston!), finish it all of with their housemade cannoli, and that’s a perfect afternoon, friends!
Snooze – Union Station Denver
This Denver area favorite for breakfast and brunch is one of the busiest places in town for those searching for pancake perfection. Fortunately for Denver families, the Union Station location also boasts an AWESOME patio. They have lots of tables, a wait staff who are great with kiddos, outdoor games to play. Added bonuses, you can hit a farmers market, ice cream shop, AND some great fountains all in one visit! Looking for Snooze but not headed downtown? Snooze has some of the best patios in Denver with locations all over the metro area, so there’s sure to be one near your ‘hood!
Avanti F&B – Denver
Located in Denver off Pecos, is several restaurant concepts all rolled into one, so it’s a fantastic place to go when not everyone wants the same thing for dinner! Each eatery is housed in a shipping container and allows guests to try several different types of foods and beverages, including sushi, pizza, and arepas. Avanti has both covered and uncovered patios, both with views of Denver. Live further north? Check out their new Boulder location!
Breckenridge Brewery – Littleton
This brewery and restaurant combo sits on 12 acres in Littleton, and if you haven’t been . . . you’re missing out! At the Littleton campus, there’s something to enjoy for everyone, and the beer garden patio is tops. After your brewery tour (or skip it if you’re just going for the suds, grub, and sunshine), grab a picnic table in the beer garden, enjoy one of their seasonal offerings, and take in the view of the majestic Rockies, while the kids play a game of giant Jenga.
Linger – Denver
Located in Denver’s Highlands neighborhood, this former mortuary turned into an “eatuary” in 2011, and now features one of Denver’s best rooftop patios. The patio even features its own dinner and brunch menu, which includes choices such as a Pork Belly corn dog and Bento Box Tacos. If you like innovative food and a fun, lively atmosphere with great views, head to Linger this summer.
Little Man Ice Cream – Denver
Also on our list of best spots for ice cream in the area, this is the ultimate in kid-friendly patios, Little Man Ice Cream has something for everyone. On a warm summer night you’ll see the line down the block, but trust us, the wait is worth it. While you wait, the kids can run across the street to Hirshorn Park, or just hit the metal slide behind the iconic cream can building. Oh, and the Salted Oreo is not to be missed!
ViewHouse – Littleton
Other Locations: Denver, Centennial, & Colorado Springs
Denver’s well-known ViewHouse restaurant is located in downtown Denver and Centennial, Littleton, and Colorado Springs. All locations feature large patios with spectacular views of the Rockies. The large menu features favorites such as fish and chips, as well as more unique choices like blue crab enchiladas. Come enjoy a view of the mountains and drink one of many beers available on tap.
GB Fish and Chips – Sloan’s Lake
Other Locations: Wash Park, Arvada, & Park Hill
Recommended by one of our readers, GB Fish and Chips in Edgewater is a fantastic spot for al fresco dining with the family! While kiddos enjoy the play area tucked in the back, parents can sit back and take in the beautiful views of the Denver skyline over Sloan’s Lake
Kaos Pizzeria – Platte Park
Our contributor Jeni turned our team on to what just might be the kid-friendliest pizza patio in the area. Bop on over to Kaos Pizzeria in Platte Park and check out wood-fired pizza that will delight the whole family. Kids love the charming garden patio, and the pizza and staff are incredible.