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Family Friendly Restaurants in Aspen

Updated: Feb 18

Aspen is known for it's high-end dining, but there are still plenty of restaurants and food experiences perfect for families. Read on for some family friendly spots for breakfast, snacks, and dinner in Downtown Aspen and Snowmass Village.

While the children's menu here is great, it's the staff that really sets this place apart. The wait staff is quick to get your order and the kitchen staff will have your food on the table incredibly fast (be sure to ask for your kid's food to come first and they will have it out with the apps). Looking to relax a bit longer? Order your kids some churros and ice cream. Just be prepared for your kids to beg to come back for another quesadilla.

Unlike many eateries in Aspen and especially those at upper tier hotels (this is located in The Little Nell), the vibe here is decidedly laid back and casual. Come in your street clothes or wander in from the slopes with your snow suit; you'll find people doing both. The menu is short, but offers something for every palate. Be sure to reward your kid's hard work on the slopes with an ice cream sundae!

Brunelleschi's is a kid-friendly Italian joint in the heart of downtown Aspen. What sets it apart is the opportunity for your kids to make their own pizzas and pastas. For pizzas, they provide the dough along with the ingredients and desired toppings and then your little chef gets to spread the sauce and shredded mozzarella. After 3 minutes in the oven, it's time for them to enjoy their masterpiece. Alongside this experience, a traditional Italian menu is also offered with a dessert menu containing crowd-pleasers like root beer floats and ice cream sandwiches.

Pro Tip: Ask your server for a chef’s hat for your kids

Grab the family and take an evening gondola ride up to Elk Camp Restaurant and Elk Camp Meadows for a night of fun! Outdoor winter activities including tubing, riding the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, snowbiking, s'mores, and hot chocolate by the bonfire. Inside, enjoy a cafeteria style à la carte meal in the Elk Camp Restaurant from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Be sure to make a reservation, as these nights are quite popular.

Your trip to Aspen Snowmass isn't complete without a visit to The Crêpe Shack. Stop by to try a huge variety of sweet & savory crepes (the All American became our daily go-to). Top it off with a cup of hot chocolate or hot apple cider and some ice skating at the rink directly outside the front door.

A delicious après snack (or snacks) - we won't judge!

Each day at 3:30pm, there are complimentary s'mores kits offered at the base of Snowmass Mountain near Base Camp Bar and Grill and at the Snowmass Mall by Four Mountain Sports. Grab your ingredients from the friendly staff passing them out at the branded carts and toast your marshmallows to perfection. Technically not a dinner, but still a must-do while at Snowmass.

A staple in the Aspen breakfast scene. To start it off, Paradise Bakery opens at 6:30am which is huge for anyone who has a child that hasn't quite mastered the art of sleeping past 6 or for the family eager to get first tracks. Their menu is sure to delight including fresh pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and a wide range of beverages for adults and kids. In the afternoon, enjoy their cookies or go big and get a homemade ice cream sandwich. You won't be disappointed.

Approximately 45 minutes outside of Snowmass lies another family friendly dining experience. Large Percheron Draft Horses pull classic wooden sleighs to lunch or dinner! Bundle up under a blanket and watch the mountains slip by or star gaze as you wind your way up through the trees. Cowboys guide the horses the 1.5 miles up to the Cookhouse for a unique experience dining experience. Sleigh rides begin at 11:00am and 1:00pm for lunch and 6pm for dinner. Lunch and dinner menus are multiple courses and a separate children's menu with all the classics is offered.


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