Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Red Robin

Children love this Greenwood Village–based burger chain. Why? We’d hedge our bets on the upbeat atmosphere, activity sheets, and those addictive steak fries. Multiple locations.

Ace Eat Serve

Going out for dinner with the kids can be…let’s say “challenging.” You’ve got to time it right and bring along coloring books (maybe a snack, too). The crew at Ace Eat Serve gets it. Fresh-pressed juices and activity sheets keep the little ones busy until their dishes arrive (around the same time as the adult entrées, thank you very much). Plus, meals like the wok-tossed rice noodles with chicken are served with fresh fruit, edamame, plenty of dipping sauce, and a chork (a chopstick-fork combo). The check comes quickly, too—and sans servers breathing not-so-subtle sighs of relief.

Red Robin

You love this chain because kids don't fear carbs—and neither should you. Multiple locations.

Amerigo Delicatus Restaurant & Market

5280 is experiencing a baby boom (four wee ones born in nine months!), which means we're more devoted than ever to scouting out eateries that offer something more than just a boring kids' menu (we can heat up chicken nuggets at home). Amerigo fits the bill with dishes like house-made linguine and crostini with goat cheese and pesto–updates on the pasta and sandwich standbys—that our kids dig as much as we do. Bonus: Nab a seat between 3 and 6 p.m. for BOGO glasses of wine—for the grown-ups.

Axios Estiatorio

Too often, the kids’ menu is awash in chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese. Not at Axios Estiatorio, a 10-month-old Greek restaurant in Berkeley. Instead, children choose between tender chicken kabobs with garlicky Greek rice, a hummus and pita plate plied with vegetables, and a mini, tzatziki-spiked gyro. This family dining spot also serves terrific grown-up food like souvlaki, moussaka, and spanakopita, which is totally worth an adults-only trip, too. 3901 Tennyson St., 720-328-2225, axiosdenver.com

Lou’s Food Bar

It takes a parent to understand the nuances of a truly kid-friendly spot. And the fact that Frank and Jacqueline Bonanno have two children is evident in the way their six-month-old Lou’s Food Bar seamlessly welcomes the short set. We spied malleable Wikki Stix to play with and crayons and coloring sheets; plus, entrées can be ordered as a half portion for half the price. No-brainers include spaghetti with meatballs or the roasted organic chicken. All this, while you’re enjoying house-made pâté, duck confit a l’orange, and a nice glass of Pinot Noir. So civilized.1851 W.