Tired of your current restaurant routine? New to the area and don’t know where to eat? Boulder is widely known for its delicious array of food, and we’re here to give insight on our favorite eateries around town. Check out this list and interactive map of our go-to’s:
What to Get – Breakfast Burger
Founded in March of 1995, The Buff is a staple among Boulder students and families. Owners Jacquie and Chris Meyers emphasis not only the quality of food, but also the customer service aspect of a family run business. Serving breakfast and brunch until 2 PM, this restaurant is a go-to for almost every Boulder-ite on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The Buff has a very comfortable and unique homey feel that’s worth the wait.
What to Get – Oysters and Calamari
Being a coast-less community, we tend to feel a little left out when it comes to good seafood. Jax Fish House has built relationships with fishmongers all over the country to prepare the best, freshest, and most delicious seafood Boulder has to offer. Located right on the famous Pearl Street, this restaurant has that unique and wild vibe that truly makes it stand out from the rest. Check out what the finest and freshest of the ocean has to offer since 1994.
What to Get – Pancake of the Day
This A.M. dining experience began in Colorado and has been a hit ever since. Through culinary innovation, an eclectic and energetic atmosphere and comfortable and friendly service, Snooze has some of the best breakfast/brunch food that Boulder has to offer. It really is the perfect place to begin your morning in an environment that’s fun, friendly, and truly unique. As Snooze’s website says, “breakfast marks the beginning of a new day. At Snooze, we believe life is for living and each person and each day is worth celebrating. Our mantra: it only takes a moment to make a difference.”
What to Get – Cocktails & Wine Selection
This innovative, locally sourced restaurant is known for its new american cuisine and cocktails. Boulder’s trendy crowd calls this place home, as it has a stylish space with an open kitchen that creates a unique atmosphere that almost no one can resist. The bright decor and huge windows add the perfect touch that makes this place a regular favorite. Being notable for its exceptional wine list and savory dishes, Oak will leave you feeling like a true Boulder-ite.
What to Get – Koberstein Ranch Dry Aged Steak
The Kitchen is an urban bistro located in downtown Boulder, Colorado, known for their farm-to-table American food. Opening their doors to the Boulder community in March 2004, they were the first location in a growing family of restaurants. Definitely another Boulder favorite, they offer drinks from the upstairs community bar that has that trendy vibe to it. And the best part? The Kitchen is known for accommodating gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian preferences. Now there’s really no reason to skip this eatery.
Pro Tip: If you’re wanting a more casual vibe, check out Next Door, a sister restaurant to The Kitchen.
What to Get – Tapas
You enter the Med and step into an elegant dining atmosphere that takes you out of Boulder and straight into a Greek island. The interior design is inspired by Greece, and the patio is set to welcome all to the Mediterranean. Known for its unbeatable tapas and happy-hour, the Med has some of the most irresistible food in all of Boulder. Casual, energetic, and located in the heart of Downtown Pearl Street, the Med is one to definitely put on your list.
What to Get – Seasonally changes…try something new!
Salt is another farm-to-table American restaurant that uses local ingredients in all of their cuisines. You can never expect the same thing twice, as chef-owner Bradford Heap changes the menu seasonally. However, it will always stay “consistently fabulous”. This restaurant is swanky, elegant, and committed to bringing only the best to the table. Salt is a place that delights the senses.
What to Get – Burger
This funky, family-owned landmark has been in business for more than 90 years, and for good reason. Known for their famous Sink Burger and Ugly Crust Pizza, students have called the Sink a definite favorite for many years. Located on The Hill, you’re sure to get the full college experience when eating here, especially when greeted by the micro brews on tap right at the entrance. Stop by to take in all the years of history come to life.
Pro Tip: Ask about the story behind the trademark Sink Angel
What to Get – Wine and Full Course Experience
The Flagstaff House is a Boulder staple, and if you only have time to go to one restaurant while here, this is our top pick. As an upscale establishment, every moment is carefully crafted to ensure an exceptional dining experience. First built as a cabin in 1929, this restaurant was transformed and reopened in 1954 under the new name “Flagstaff House”. Today it is run by the Monette family. The mahogany bar, cozy fireplace, and rare crystal collection featuring pieces from around the world adds to a fine dining experience that everyone needs at least once in their life. To top it off, the views from the restaurant are EXCEPTIONAL.
What to Get – Wine and Steak
One of the most well-known restaurants in Boulder, its comfortable atmosphere, delicious menu and friendly staff make The Cork’s reputation exceptional. Trendy enough for business meetings and yet causal enough for a warm, friendly get-together, this restaurant uses the highest quality ingredients in every dish. The award-winning wine list adds to the experience of fine dining as well as the exceptional service that the Cork has to offer.