Top 10 Family Restaurants around Breckenridge, CO |

Top 10 Family Restaurants around Breckenridge, CO

Special to The Daily: Christina Holbrook

There are plenty of family-friendly dining options in Frisco, Silverthorne, Dillon, Keystone or Breckenridge, Colorado. Whether you are in Summit County enjoying a family vacation, or living locally and just want to dine out a night with the kids, you’ll want to know:

Where can we go out to eat where the whole family will be welcome? Will the wait-staff be friendly and accommodating towards our children? Will other diners be tolerant and understanding at the inevitable kid-antics? Will the menu selections and portions be appropriate to younger palates? What if we want to kick back and relax with friends over a pitcher of beer — are there any places where kids can entertain themselves safely with minimal adult supervision?

Here are 10 local restaurants that welcome parents and kids choices, for breakfast, lunch and dinner, where the whole family can relax and enjoy the dining experience together.


Butterhorn Bakery – Frisco

408 Main Street/970-668-3997

Serving Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch

Adults can pair a hearty order of huevos rancheros or a stack of mouthwatering whole-wheat pancakes with a bubbly mimosa or a homemade bloody mary — while kids enjoy a cute critter cake topped with whipped cream or French toast made with homemade cinnamon fruit bread. Butterhorn Bakery is a favorite among locals and visitors for hearty breakfasts and healthy lunches. Consistently given high marks on foodie websites like Trip Advisor, Yelp and Urbanspoon. Open 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Mountain Lyon Café – Silverthorne

381 Blue River Parkway/970-262-6229

Serving Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch

Wood paneling, old-fashioned booths, and lots of knick-knacks give this classic diner a down-home, family-style feeling. Try the “Ultimate Skillet” — three eggs any way you like, tomatoes, green bell peppers, onions, bacon, cheese and more — for breakfast or lunch. Friendly staff is more than accommodating to kids, who can order from a special children’s menu that includes a “Kids Basic Breakfast” and, for lunch, old reliables like mac ’n’ cheese. Open 6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Empire Burger – Breckenridge

La Cima Mall, 500 S. Main Street/970-453-2329

Serving Lunch and Dinner.

A classic American burger joint that will please the whole family. Burgers can be prepared with beef, turkey, buffalo or black bean for a delicious veggie burger. And toppings run the gamut from bacon and cheese to green chili to pineapple — with special sauces like wasabi mayo and jalapeno ketchup. Salads are also available as are other all-time favorites like Vienna beef hot dogs, B.L.Ts, and cheesesteaks. Kids (and adults) will love the shakes and malts, root beer floats, and brownie fudge Sundays. Adults will enjoy craft beers and a full bar. Open 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Island Grill – Frisco

Frisco Bay Marina/970-668-9999

Lunch, Appetizers

After a morning of boating on Lake Dillon, why not stop by The Island Grill at the Dillon Marina for a casual lunch and great views of the water? Adults may want to try an Island Grill Salad or blackened fish tacos; a special kids menu includes burgers, mac ’n’ cheese, and chicken tenders which can be accompanied by a healthy fruit salad or applesauce. Open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. weather permitting.

Jersey Boys Pizza and Deli – Dillon

149 Tenderfoot Street/ 970-513-1087

Open for Lunch and Dinner

A casual Italian, family-style restaurant, where menu items range from some of the best pizza in Summit County to 16” deli sandwiches to traditional entrees like shrimp scampi and eggplant rollentini. There is also a special menu for kids under 12, including choices like kid-sized spaghetti and meatballs or a burger and fries. Eat in or take our and enjoy a picnic at nearby Dillon Waterfront. Open 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.


Downstairs at Eric’s – Breckenridge

111 South Main Street/970-453-1401

Serving Lunch and Dinner

Kids will love playing the arcade games, while adults kick back with a pitcher of beer and a pizza and watch the latest sports events at this lively family sports bar. Downstairs at Eric’s features 29 flat-screen TVs and over two dozen arcade games. Friendly service and reasonable prices make this a family restaurant you’ll want to come back to. Open from 11 a.m. until midnight.

Red Mountain Grill – Dillon

703 East Anemone Trail/970-468-1010

Serving Lunch and Dinner

The rustic décor and great mountain views draw locals and visitors alike to this family-friendly restaurant, conveniently located just off I-70. Adults will enjoy nightly happy hour specials and mountain fare such as Black Canyon rib eye or crusted Rocky Mountain trout. Lighter fare like sandwiches, burgers and tacos is available and kids can choose from their own menu, which also comes with a beverage. Happy Hour begins at 2:30 and runs until 6 p.m.

Carlos Miguel’s Mexican Bar & Grill– Frisco

740 North Summit Boulevard/970-668-6900

Serving Lunch and Dinner

Hankering for some Mexican food and a margarita? Finish off a busy day of mountain activities with a stop at Carlos Miguel’s. Offering authentic Mexican cuisine as well as crowd-pleasers like tacos, enchiladas and fajitas, Carlos Miguel’s welcomes adults and kids to its big, colorful dining experience. But get there early — this popular venue fills up fast in the evenings. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Der Fondue Chessel – Keystone

Keystone Mountain/970-496-4500

Serving Dinner

This elegant fondue restaurant atop Keystones North Peak Mountain welcomes families interested in a more high-end dining experience. Gondolas whisk you to the mountain top location where parents and children can enjoy the classic Bavarian atmosphere and the traditional fondue experience. Children between 6-12 may enjoy the fondue menu at a reduced price. Open from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The Mint – Silverthorne

347 Blue River Parkway 970-468-5247

Serving Dinner

Kids and parents will love preparing their own steaks over a lava rock grill — grilled just the way you like. Adults will appreciate the fine cuts of meat and excellent seafood selection, as well as the all-you-can-eat salad bar that comes with each entrée. Friendly, accommodating staff and a spacious historic building make this restaurant an excellent choice for families with kids and larger parties. Opens for dinner at 5 p.m.

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