Boulder, Colorado is both cosmopolitan and rugged, home to a seasoned dining scene that is conscious of the local environment and rooted in local ingredients. Located in the foothills of the Flatiron Mountains, the picturesque city has earned a reputable dining reputation with dining destinations like the Black Cat farm-to-table bistro, the in-house butchering Blackbelly, and the nationally-acclaimed Frasca Food & Wine. There is no shortage of a variety of cuisines for friends, families, and couples to enjoy during a night out.
© Black Cat
The Black Cat restaurant uses its farm to provide inspiration and a source for creativity. Eric Skokan, the restaurant’s head chef, created vibrant cuisine that highlights seasonal ingredients. The menu at the Black Cat changes daily and reflects the harvest of the day, with dishes showcasing the bounty of the chef’s pastures and fields. Black Cat is a farm-to-table bistro that first opened in Boulder in 2006. It’s named for the “lucky” downtown location along the city’s 13th Street. The neighborhood dining spot offers “Front Range Cuisine,” which is an expression of the unique land of Colorado.
1964 13th St, Boulder, CO, Phone: 303-444-5500
© Jill's Restaurant
Jill’s Restaurant in Boulder, Colorado is a contemporary bistro focused on promoting organic, sustainable farming practices and showcases modern American fare made with a bit of a French twist. The restaurant contains an outdoor patio, a full bar, and The Onyx Room, one of the city’s most beautiful private dining spaces. Open daily, Jill’s Restaurant serves delicious dishes all day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including a Sunday Brunch, vegan-only dishes on Friday, a vegan four-course dinner on Mondays, and its signature Ooh Là Là Lunch buffet on weekdays. Guests can also watch dishes being prepared tableside.
900 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302, Phone: 720-406-9696
The Blackbelly Market is award-winning chef Hosea Rosenberg’s first restaurant, located in the city’s up-and-coming neighborhood of East Boulder. The menu focuses on organic, sustainable, locally-sourced cuisine. The bar at Blackbelly pours world-class wines, local beers, and seasonal cocktails. Blackberry Market is open daily for dinner beginning at 4:00pm. A daily Happy Hour is offered as well from 4:00pm until 6:00pm. The restaurant features two outdoor patios, a quaint bar, a chef’s counter, and abundant parking. The Blackbelly Market also manages the Blackbelly Butcher Shop, selling antibiotic and hormone-free meats from several of Colorado’s ranches and farms.
1606 Conestoga St, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone: 303-247-1000
Corrida serves Spanish cuisine inspired by the Basque country of Northern Spain, focusing on seafood and wood-fired steak often found in restaurants throughout the Basque region. The restaurant’s beverage selections features an array of creative, hand-crafted, Spanish-inspired cocktails, beers, and wines. Happy Hour is offered daily from 4:00pm until 5:30pm. The charbroiled cuts served at Corrida are priced by the ounce, and vegetables, fish, and chicken are cooked over the wood fire. One of the most popular items on the menu, however, is the paella. The menu is made-to-order and the kitchen is capable of accommodating many dietary restrictions.
1023 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302, Phone: 303-444-1333
5.Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar - Boulder
© Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar - Boulder
The Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar in Boulder has been around since the year 1994. The list of cocktails offered at the restaurant is “as delicious as it is geeky,” including legacy infusions served alongside contemporary crafted cocktails that have made Jax a famous place for drinks. The complete opposite of any “speakeasy,” the Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar is fun, vibrant, noisy, and completely free of any pretense. The restaurant opens seven days a week at 4:00pm and Happy Hour is offered all night on Mondays and from 4:00pm until 6:00pm Tuesday to Sunday.
928 Pearl St, Boulder, CO, Phone: 303-444-1811
PMG is a welcoming romantic restaurant for wine lovers of all levels that doesn’t care how much its guests know about wine. The name stands for the French expression of “pour ma gueule,” which loosely translates to “for my trap” in English, that is used by many winemakers for the collection of wine they keep to drink with family and friends. PMG is open seven days a week at 5:00pm, serving a food menu that includes a variety of small plates, pastas, a few mains, and desserts. Happy Hour is offered daily from 5:00pm until 6:30pm.
2018 10th St, Boulder, CO 80302, Phone: 303-786-8585
© Wild Standard
Wild Standard was opened in 2015 by Bradford Heap, owner of Colterra and SALT, with an appreciation of sustainable connections to both sea and land, authenticity, and simplicity. The restaurant on Pearl Street provides a stylish, yet casual setting that is great for groups of friends or families to enjoy a meal. The menu at Wild Standard focuses humanely-raised, sustainable, and seasonal food that showcases the best ingredients of the season, including dishes like Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, Chilipepper Rockfish Filet, and 7X Wagyu Beef Top Sirloin. An array of oysters and shellfish are offered from the Raw Bar.
1043 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302, Phone: 720-638-4800
8.740 Front Restaurant
© 740 Front Restaurant
The 740 Front Restaurant is a laid-back dining venue that specializes in cocktails and surf ‘n’ turf in what was once a saloon. In fact, it’s the last remaining saloon from the original thirteen saloons that once lined a three-block stretch of Louisville’s Front Street in the historic downtown area, and is one of the two oldest saloons that still remain standing in the state of Colorado. The saloon-turned-restaurant that serves lunch, dinner, and brunch near Boulder, Colorado has been transformed back to what it looked like in 1904 with turn-of-the-century ambiance and a dominating bar that was constructed back in 1880.
740 Front St, Louisville, CO 80027, Phone: 720-519-1972
The Arcana restaurant in the city of Boulder, Colorado boasts a tagline of “Food Migrations and Inspirations.” The stylish kitchen looks to the regional culinary history of America with a seasonal, upscale menu that features dishes like local trout with frybread and fried chicken. The U-shaped bar at Arcana offers craft ciders and sophisticated cocktails for guests to enjoy either before or with their meal. Dinner is served on Sundays and Mondays from 5:00pm until 9:00pm and Tuesday to Saturday from 5:00pm until 10:00pm. Brunch is offered on the weekends from 10:00am until 2:30pm.
909 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302, Phone: 303-444-3885
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Basta, which means “enough” in Italian, is one of Boulder’s boutique restaurants, located in a rather unassuming apartment complex in the city’s eastern side. The restaurant serves dinner six days a week, Tuesday to Sunday, from 5:00pm until 10:00pm. Basta can be somewhat difficult to find, but it’s worth the effort to try dishes from the market-driven, creative menu that includes pizza, salumi, burrata, and wood-fired chicken that go with the various cocktails and affordable wines.. Kelly Whitaker, the chef-owner of Basta, offers a modern Italian-inspired dining spot hidden among the luxury lofts.
3601 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303, Phone: 303-997-8775
11.Boulder ChopHouse & Tavern
© Boulder ChopHouse & Tavern
The Boulder ChopHouse and Tavern is situated in heart of Boulder’s downtown district and serves a menu that combines ever-changing organic and local ingredients with a classic steakhouse. Dinner is served Monday to Thursday and Sundays from 4:00pm until 10:00pm and from 4:00pm until 11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays. A Happy Hour featuring a variety of specials is offered daily from 4:00pm until 7:00pm. The Boulder ChopHouse and Tavern features a blend of steakhouse classics with other inspiring dishes developed from the ingredients found at the farmers markets in the local area.
921 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302, Phone: 303-443-1188
12.Bramble & Hare
© Bramble & Hare
The Bramble and Hare is considered to Boise’s original “Farmhouse Kitchen and Pub.” First opening its does in the summer of 2012, the restaurant is the sister of the Black Cat Bistro, opened by Chef Eric and Jill Skokan. The Bramble and Hare is serves dinner seven days a week starting at 5:00pm, featuring organic produce, heritage Mulefoot pork, and craft cocktails in a vintage and casual setting. Guests can taste simple rustic cuisine, with everything made in-house, from desserts to charcuterie to liquors. The menu changes daily based on the produce available and the season.
1970 13th St, Boulder, CO, Phone: 303-444-9110
13.Brasserie Ten Ten
© Brasserie Ten Ten
The Brasserie Ten Ten, opened in 2003, is a busy bistro in the center of Boulder’s downtown. Classic, French-inspired bistro dishes are served in a the open-air terrace or vibrant, warm dining room, including dishes like chocolat pot de creme, warm goat cheese, boullaibaise, brique poulet, steak frites, and the “Le Grand” three-tier seafood tower with shrimp, raw oysters, and more. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00am until 3:00pm and features a selection of in-house bakery fresh patisserie, such as cinnamon morning rolls, chocolate eclairs, and croissant. Lunch, dinner, and a happy hour are offered daily.
1011 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302, Phone: 303-998-1010
© Flagstaff House
The Flagstaff House is owned and managed by Adam Monette, Chris Royster, and Scott Monette and offers a unique Colorado dining experience. Situated at 6,000 feet in elevation, the restaurant provides guests with some incredible views, a world-class wine list, excellent service, and New American cuisine with a bit of a French twist. The Flagstaff House has consistently received a Four Star rating from the Forbes Travel Guide and AAA Four Diamond status, as well as ranked as one of the top 100 “Most Romantic Restaurants in America” by OpenTable. The restaurant’s menu is curated by seasonal and local cuisine.
1138 Flagstaff Rd, Boulder, CO 80302, Phone: 303-442-4640
15.Frasca Food and Wine
© Frasca Food and Wine
Frasca Food and Wine is the creation of Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey. The two share a passion for fine wine and Friulano cuisine, reflected in the extensive wine list of more than two hundred varieties and the excellently prepared food. The Friulano cuisine come from northeast Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia region and the Frasca neighborhood plays a significant part of the region’s food tradition. Frascas were informal and friendly gathering places for families, friends, and farmers to share wine and a meal, a symbol of warm hospitality, wine, and farm cuisine. Frasca Food and Wine is closed on Sundays.
1738 Pearl St, Boulder, CO, Phone: 303-442-6966
© Hungry Toad
The Hungry Toad is the city of Boulder, Colorado’s English gathering place, situated only a few blocks from the historic Pearl Street Mall. The restaurant is a mix of classic American and English pub fare that has become extremely popular among local residents, as well as visitors to the city. The Hungry Toad pub pours seventeen different draft beers that range from common to craft, including classic English-style beers. Guests can take in grand views of the surrounding foothills and Sanitas from the outdoor patio, while the interior is reflective of a classic, yet hip English pub.
2543 N Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304, Phone: 303-442-5012
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Japango is located in the heart of Boulder’s downtown district on Pearl Street and is a popular restaurant among locals for both modern and traditional Japanese cuisine, as well as fresh sushi. The Japanese restaurant features the state of Colorado’s largest assortment of Japanese whiskey, an extensive selection of craft beer, a Sake Bar and Whiskey Lounge, the Pearl Street Patio, and the Fireside Patio Bar. Japango is open daily beginning at 11:00am and offers a Happy Hour seven days a week from 3:00pm until 6:00pm. A Sushi Happy Hour is offered all day on Mondays.
1136 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302, Phone: 303-938-0330
18.Le French Cafe
© Le French Cafe
The Le French Cafe in Boulder is a casual French cafe that serves breakfast and lunch, along with a variety of freshly baked pastries and coffee. First started out as a dream in French by the French duo of Quentin and Agnes Garrigou, the French restaurant was opened in 2017 and serves food six days a week to hungry guests. Le French Cafe is open from 9:00am until 4:30pm on Sunday and from 7:30am until 4:30pm on Saturday. The kitchen, however, closes at 3:30pm each day, and the cafe is closed completely on Mondays.
2525 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302, Phone: 303-284-2265
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Mateo, named after the owner and chef, first opened in the city of Boulder in 2001 and features simple dishes that are inspired by Europe’s Provence Region. The restaurant offers a seasonal menu that utilizes organic and local produce when possible and continues to draw influences from the Provence Region today. The wine list at Mateo compliments the seasonal food menu and places a focus on small batch varietals from Italy and France. Lunch is served Monday to Friday, dinner Monday to Saturday, and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Happy Hour specials are available Monday to Friday from 3:00pm until 6:00pm.
1837 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302, Phone: 303-443-7766
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The Oak at Fourteenth in Boulder melds together elements of the city’s contemporary and hip dining scene with the rustic backdrop of the state of Colorado, making the restaurant a stylish neighborhood dining destination that offers seasonal and local New American fare with a professional and friendly atmosphere. The Oak at Fourteenth is open Monday to Saturday from 11:30am until 10:00pm and on Sundays for dinner from 5:30pm until 10:00pm. The restaurant is closed on the major holidays of New Year’s Day, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, as well as Super Bowl Sunday.
1400 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302, Phone: 303-444-3622
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© Salt Bistro
The Salt Bistro is known for being an authentic dining spot in Boulder, serving dishes that incorporate seasonal, local, and fresh ingredients that include natural meats, lively herbs, vibrant vegetables, and bright fruits. The menu at the Salt Bistro honors the ingredients and highlights local purveyors, ranchers, and farmers. Lunch is served on weekdays from 11:00am until 3:00pm, brunch is served from 11:00am until 3:00pm on Saturdays and 10:00am until 3:00pm on Sundays, and dinner is offered seven days a week from 5:00pm. Happy Hour is available from 3:00pm until 5:00pm.
1047 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302, Phone: 303-444-7258
22.Spruce Farm & Fish
© Spruce Farm & Fish
The Spruce Farm and Fish serves inspired, approachable, straight-forward, and fresh food to the people of Boulder, Colorado. The restaurant strives to showcase the best that nature and the Colorado region have to offer, always highlighting seasonal ingredients. From familiar flavors to creative cuisine, the Spruce Farm and Fish aims to offer only the most interesting and freshest dishes accompanied by exceptional service and value. Brunch is offered 6:30am until 3:00pm on weekdays and 7:00am until 3:00pm on weekends. Dinner is served daily from 5:00pm until 10:00pm, with Happy Hour 3:00pm until 6:00pm.
2115 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302, Phone: 303-442-4880
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23.The Boulder Cork
© The Boulder Cork
The Boulder Cork has been a tradition in fine dining of the city for over thirty years, possessing the community connections, experience, and skill to provide its guests with dishes that are made with the highest quality of ingredients. First opening its doors back in 1969, prides itself on its attentive and casual atmosphere, modern American cuisine, and the some of the freshest ingredients around, sourced locally whenever possible. The Cork is open from 11:15am until 2:00pm for lunch Monday to Friday, with dinner served 5:00pm until 10:00pm Monday to Saturday and until 9:00pm on Sundays.
3295 30th St, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone: 303-443-9505
The Kitchen in the city of Boulder, Colorado is an American Bistro with a relaxed atmosphere and a dedication to serving guests real food that is delicious and sourced from farmers in America. The restaurant is open at 11:00am until 10:00pm Monday to Friday, 10:00am until 10:00pm on Saturdays, and 10:00am until 9:00pm on Sundays. Brunch is served as well during the weekend and Happy Hour is available seven days a week from 3:00pm until 5:00pm. The Kitchen also boasts a fairly extensive wine list to accompany its menu.
1039 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302, Phone: 303-544-5973
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© Via Perla
Via Perla aims to create a place that encourages guests to dine on delicious Italian dishes and stay and relax for a bit and reminisce. The restaurant combines honest recipes with the best ingredients to capture the hidden, unique flavors found throughout Italy, with recipes and ingredients inspired by the many different regions, including Sicilia, Roma, Emilia-Romagna, Parma, Toscana, and many others. Lunch is served at Via Perla from 11:00am until 3:00pm Monday to Saturday, with dinner served seven days a week starting at 4:00pm. Daily Happy Hour specials are offered from 3:00pm until 6:30pm.
901 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302, Phone: 720-669-0100
25 Best Restaurants in Boulder
- Black Cat, Photo: Black Cat
- Jill's Restaurant, Photo: Jill's Restaurant
- Blackbelly, Photo: Blackbelly
- Corrida, Photo: Corrida
- Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar - Boulder, Photo: Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar - Boulder
- PMG, Photo: mikhail_kayl/stock.adobe.com
- Wild Standard, Photo: Wild Standard
- 740 Front Restaurant, Photo: 740 Front Restaurant
- Arcana, Photo: Arcana
- Basta, Photo: Basta
- Boulder ChopHouse & Tavern, Photo: Boulder ChopHouse & Tavern
- Bramble & Hare, Photo: Bramble & Hare
- Brasserie Ten Ten, Photo: Brasserie Ten Ten
- Flagstaff House, Photo: Flagstaff House
- Frasca Food and Wine, Photo: Frasca Food and Wine
- Hungry Toad, Photo: Hungry Toad
- Japango, Photo: Japango
- Le French Cafe, Photo: Le French Cafe
- Mateo, Photo: Mateo
- Oak, Photo: Oak
- Salt Bistro, Photo: Salt Bistro
- Spruce Farm & Fish, Photo: Spruce Farm & Fish
- The Boulder Cork, Photo: The Boulder Cork
- The Kitchen, Photo: alfa27/stock.adobe.com
- Via Perla, Photo: Via Perla
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