Fifteen Great Places in Denver to Take Your Parents Over the Holidays

Treat your parents to a grown-up meal at the original Elway's.
Treat your parents to a grown-up meal at the original Elway's.

Denver's in the midst of a dining boom, but when it comes to choosing a restaurant for out-of-town parents or older guests, you might want to look past your new faves. That's because trendy spots in RiNo, Union Station and the Source will likely elicit the same reaction that your music used to: That's too loud! Turn it down! Problem is, you can't turn down the volume in a shipping container.

So we've come up with a list of fifteen places where older relatives might have a better time. Most are dinner venues, but we've included a few spots for daytime dining, in case you need a place to eat after a Black Friday trip to the mall or museum. Wherever you eat, keep in mind that the earlier you go, the quieter the dining room will be and the easier it will be to hear. So if you do find yourself making reservations for 5 p.m., keep that joke about early-bird specials to yourself. And remember that you can always ask to be seated at a quieter table; some restaurants have sections that are better suited to conversation than others.

See also: Five Denver Restaurants That Are Good for Kids -- and the Grownups Who Love Them

Devil's Food Bakery and Cookery on Old South Gaylord.
Devil's Food Bakery and Cookery on Old South Gaylord.

15) Devil's Food Bakery & Cookery 1020 South Gaylord Street 303-733-7448

Skip the crowded brunch when you're with family and head to this quaint Old South Gaylord eatery for a charming dinner -- labeled "supper" on the menu -- in a setting where mom and dad will feel right at home. Vintage kitchen appliances even make up a portion of the decor.

Your family meal should go swimmingly at Jax.
Your family meal should go swimmingly at Jax.

14) Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar 650 South Colorado Boulevard 303-756-6449 The latest Jax is big and bright, with a variety of seating options that should work for just about any party. And the fresh seafood will have visitors from either coast swooning with homesickness.

Palettes in the Denver Art Museum.
Palettes in the Denver Art Museum.

13) Palettes 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway 303-534-1455 After a stroll with the family through the Denver Art Museum, a stop for lunch at Palettes is just the ticket. With art-themed special menus and a quiet dining room that matches the ambiance of the DAM, Palettes paints a pretty picture for visitors to Denver.

Racine's offers comfortable seating and a big menu.
Racine's offers comfortable seating and a big menu.

12) Racines 650 Sherman Street 303-595-0418 From pasta to stir-fry, Mexican to meat-free, there's something for everyone on the menu at Racines, a go-to choice in Denver for the past thirty years.

Humboldt is more reserved than some of the other hot eateries in Uptown.
Humboldt is more reserved than some of the other hot eateries in Uptown.

11) Humboldt 1700 Humboldt Street 303-813-1700 When Humboldt moved into the former home of Strings last year, the restaurant's management team knew that, like Strings, it would have to appeal to the neighborhood and make everyone feel welcome. Humboldt not only succeeded in those goals, it also gave Denver our Best Burger for 2014.

Keep reading for ten more places that are good for parents.



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