Welcome to the best dining guide in Boulder County.
In this section you will find the best of the best. Try one, try them all!
24 CARROT BISTRO
578 Briggs St. | Erie | 303-828-1392
The farm-to-table fare at this chef-owned, rustic-chic establishment is as elegant as it is charming. Start with a craft cocktail at the 25-foot-long antique bar and nosh on a fried calamari appetizer with greens, basil aioli and romesco, or dip house-made sweet-potato chips into a hot, bubbling Parmesan and kale dip served in a cast-iron crock. For dinner, urban meets country comfort in the crispy duck confit resting atop beluga lentils with apricot jam and pickled jicama. Find bold and fresh flavors in the local pork belly with creamy polenta, sweet potato purée and sage maple mustard. For dessert, indulge in a lemon sumac tart or try a piece of 24 Carrot Cake, layered with cardamom-cream-cheese icing, coconut coulis and fried basil. Open for lunch Tues- Fri 11am-2pm, brunch Sat-Sun 9am-2pm, and dinner Tues-Thurs 4:30-9pm, Fri-Sat 4:30-9:30pm and Sun 4:30-9pm. Closed Monday. Dine-in, takeout and outdoor seating available. Reservations recommended.
3295 30th St. | Boulder | 303-443-9505 | bouldercork.com
Boulder’s oldest and favorite steakhouse, the Cork is where to go for delicious steak, seafood and seasonal creations, as it has been for 53 years. Entrées include prime rib, a variety of steaks, sake salmon, scallops, Rocky Mountain trout, enchiladas and much more. Desserts are baked fresh daily. Boulder’s best happy hour serves more than 25 items. Pair all of this with a Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list. Come join the group that calls the Boulder Cork home. Open Sun-Thurs 4:30-8pm and Fri-Sat 4:30-8:30pm. Happy hour daily 4:30-6:00pm
THE BOULDER DUSHANBE TEAHOUSE
1770 13th St. | Boulder | 303-442-4993 | boulderteahouse.com
Handcrafted in Tajikistan, the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is an architectural marvel with vibrantly painted ceilings, carved cedar columns and a sculpture fountain. Begin with an appetizer such as Indian samosas with cucumber yogurt and mango chutney. Entrees include Persian chickpea kufteh (vegetarian chickpea croquettes), Peruvian chicken, and the Tajikistan plov—a traditional dish of rice with veggies, spices and grilled beef, served with a tomato cucumber salad, dried fruit and house-made naan bread. Finish with the English sticky toffee pudding or the honey mascarpone poached pear with pistachio, caramel and house-whipped cream. Enjoy a selection of more than 100 premium loose-leaf teas, gourmet coffees, chai, beer, wine and cocktails. Reservations required for traditional afternoon tea. In-house and off-site catering available. Open Tues-Fri 11am-9pm and Sat-Sun 9am-9pm. Serving brunch on weekends.
70 E. First St. | Nederland | 1-855-NED-BREW | buseybrews.com
Locally owned and operated, Busey Brews is the perfect stop for house-brewed beer and barbecue in a picturesque mountain setting. The ambience is warm and family friendly, and conveniently located only 18 miles from Boulder. With 16 house-brewed beers ranging from crisp ales and IPAs, to rich, malty browns and stouts, there’s something for every palate. Pair your beverage with the one-of-a-kind smoked wings (never fried!) and house-made sauces. The St. Louis-style pork ribs are another favorite—dry rubbed with savory spices, glazed, smoked to perfection and served with sides such as garlic mashed potatoes and creamy mac ‘n cheese. The on-site smokers run non-stop to make fresh batches of meats and tofu. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-sensitive options are available, along with wine, cocktails and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages. Enjoy happy hour food and drink specials Mon-Fri from 3-6pm, and live music on Sunday afternoons throughout the spring and summer. Check Facebook and Instagram for specials and event listings. Open seven days a week.
CHAUTAUQUA DINING HALL
900 Baseline Road | Boulder | 303-440-3776
Located within the Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Park, the Chautauqua Dining Hall has been a Boulder tradition since 1898. Enjoy Boulder’s most scenic outdoor dining experience on the Dining Hall’s expansive wraparound porch with its timeless mountain and park views. Begin your meal with a charcuterie board of cured meats, local artisan cheese, pickled vegetables and grilled sourdough. Or try the very popular crispy Brussels sprouts with peppadew chile and preserved lemon tossed in an agrodolce sauce. For an entrée, choose from menu items such as the Big Country Salad with romaine heart, fried chicken, cornbread croutons, tomato, bacon and blue cheese with buttermilk ranch; lemon pepper salmon wild rice, butternut squash and beet salad with candied pecans; or the delicious Bison Bistro Burger with creamy Brie, caramelized onions, arugula and fig jam atop a brioche bun. Finish the meal with a seasonal cobbler from the Huckleberry bakery, served à la mode with housemade vanilla ice cream. Full espresso bar along with loose-leaf teas from the Boulder Tea Company are available. Full-service bar with local beer, wine and spirits. Open year-round Mon-Sun 8am-close. Brunch served daily 8am-3pm. Midday/happy hour 3pm-6pm. Dinner 5pm-close. For reservations call the Dining Hall at 303-440-3776 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE CORNER BAR
2115 13th St. | inside Hotel Boulderado | Boulder | 303-442-4880
Friends, locals, travelers, professionals and more belly up to the bar at Boulder’s best people-watching corner. Located inside Hotel Boulderado on the corner of Spruce and 13th streets, The Corner Bar is the ideal location for a quick lunch, a lively happy hour, a great late-night meal or the perfectly poured martini. The Corner Bar is well-known throughout the city as the place to soak up the sun on its beautiful, sprawling patio in the prime of summer or cheer on the Buffs inside its warm, cordial pub in the throes of winter. A wide variety of local craft beers, including a rotating tap, plus an exclusive selection of local spirits guarantees guests will enjoy a truly Boulder experience. Open daily from 11am-midnight, with happy hour daily from 3-6pm.
921 Walnut Street | Boulder | 303-444-1295
Frank Day started his restaurant career in the 1970s in Boulder. Together with his wife Gina, they have created dining experiences focused on bringing their guests together with fun and interesting food and drinks. In that same tradition, Frank’s Chophouse brings you classic fare with a twist. They source only the finest meats, produce and seafood available, and offer one of Boulder’s best happy hours from 3-6pm daily. Frank’s Chophouse features one restaurant with two dining experiences. The Tavern, open from 3-10pm daily, offers a refined-casual experience that everyone can enjoy. Perfect for a special occasion or night out in Boulder, The Chophouse, open from 5-10pm daily, offers a variety of chef-prepared steak and seafood dishes. Now open for a decadent brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm.
THE GREENBRIAR INN
8735 N. Foothills Highway (U.S. Highway 36) at Lefthand Canyon Drive | Boulder | 303-440-7979 | greenbriarinn.com
Nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, The Greenbriar Inn is an elegant restaurant, tavern and private event space located in the north Boulder countryside. The surrounding 20 acres feature two ponds, striking woodland and thriving produce, herb and flower gardens. The cuisine focuses on seasonal American classics and is complemented by a 900-label, award-winning wine cellar. Dinner menu items include chilled oysters on the half shell, seared sea scallops, Caesar salad, beef Wellington, pan-roasted halibut, seared duck breast, Colorado lamb chops, and house-made raviolis. On the bistro menu, enjoy the GBI deluxe burger, prosciutto and porcini pizza, lamb sliders, or PEI mussels Provencal. Decadent desserts include the freshly baked seasonal galette for two, tiramisu, key lime tart, and crème brûlée. And for Sunday brunch, don’t miss the butter-poached-crab eggs Benedict, Monte Cristo, bananas Foster Belgian waffle or pan-seared salmon. The Greenbriar Inn offers two floors with four spacious dining rooms as well as three outdoor patios (seasonal). Open for dinner Wed-Sun from 5-9pm with happy hour from 5-6pm, and brunch every Sunday from 10am-1pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
HAPA SUSHI GRILL & SAKE BAR
1117 Pearl St. | Boulder | 303-473-4730 | hapasushi.com
Step into Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar and enter a distinctive Japanese restaurant with Hawaiian flair. Hapa is for sushi and non-sushi lovers alike. Appetizers include tuna taro poke (tuna, salmon, or yellowtail poke over a seared taro cake, with cucumbers and yuzu sour cream) and Wagyu bao buns (steamed bao buns with Wagyu beef, pickled daikon and carrot, cucumber, Sriracha hoisin and kimchi). Entrees include the chicken katsu (Panko-breaded, all natural chicken cutlet, served with Japanese steak sauce and steamed vegetables), and the Firecracker Roll (shrimp tempura, avocado and cucumber topped with spicy tuna, masago mayo, sweet soy and tempura crunch). More than 44 types of nigiri sushi—including vegetarian—and 50 types of sushi rolls are available. Luscious desserts, like mochi ice cream or banana bread pudding with bourbon caramel sauce, complete your meal. Hapa features more than 40 different sakes and an extensive wine and cocktail list. Open Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm and Fri-Sat 11am-midnight
JAPANGO SUSHI RESTAURANT
1136 Pearl St. | on Pearl Street Mall
Boulder | 303-938-0330
Japango, located in a historic landmark building in the heart of downtown Boulder, has been the go-to destination for exceptional sushi and globally influenced Japanese food for more than 20 years. The popular restaurant includes an atmospheric bar and lounge area (with a mesmerizing jellyfish tank) and extended outdoor patio seating right on the Pearl Street Mall. A back patio bar with a fireplace welcomes the outdoor happy-hour crowd year-round. In addition to a thoughtfully curated menu of cocktails, mocktails and wine, Japango offers the largest selection of sake in Boulder and an extensive selection of Japanese whiskey and bourbons. With master chef Iwasa Yukiji at the helm, you’re guaranteed to find something delicious to eat. Japango is Boulder’s choice for a quick lunch, a relaxing dinner for two, a night out with family or friends, or all of the above. Open for lunch, afternoon happy hour and dinner every day from 11am-10pm.
900 Walnut St. | Boulder | 720-406-7399
Located inside Boulder’s four-star, four-diamond St Julien Hotel & Spa, Jill’s Restaurant features an award-winning wine list complemented by a unique classic and contemporary blend of seasonal menu offerings with a local focus. Jill’s Restaurant is home to a full bar, an outdoor patio and one of the city’s most beautiful private dining rooms, the Honey Onyx room. The adjacent T-Zero Lounge, one of Boulder’s more upscale night spots, makes for a convenient after-dinner stop. Both locations also offer one of Boulder’s top happy hours, with many cocktails that feature liquors from local distillers and herbs from the hotel’s on-site garden. Check website for hours.
LEAF VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT
1710 Pearl St. | Boulder | 303-442-1485 | leafvegetarianrestaurant.com
Enjoy a variety of seasonal menu items prepared with fresh, local produce and served in a casual ambiance. Start off with an avocado tartare with marinated mushrooms, endive and cucumber, or our famous cauliflower tacos, battered in spicy buffalo sauce with housemade vegan blue cheese. For a main course, consider Jamaican jerk tempeh served with forbidden black rice, coconut-plantain sauce, sautéed greens and fruit salsa, or try a bowl of udon noodles in a rich kombu and mushroom stock with seasonal veggies and marinated tofu. Save room for the vegan carrot cake or a rotating selection of locally made vegan ice creams. The wine and cocktail list features primarily eco-friendly producers and local liqueurs, inventive nonalcoholic beverages, a delicious espresso program with several non-dairy milk alternatives, fresh juices and full bar offerings. In-house and off-site catering available. Open Tues-Fri 11:30am-9pm and Sat-Sun 10am-9pm.
LICENSE NO. 1
2115 13th St. | inside Hotel Boulderado | Boulder
303-442-4560 | license1boulderado.com
License No. 1 offers a unique experience, like no other. This underground speakeasy-style cocktail lounge, located inside Hotel Boulderado, is a tribute to the elegant charm of the early 20th century. Step back in time with classic, handcrafted libations, chef-prepared small plates, and a lively atmosphere when you enter this hidden gem in the heart of downtown Boulder. Open from 5pm-close, Thurs-Sun, with happy hour from 5-7pm. Enjoy live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday starting at 9pm.
701-B Main St. | Louisville | 720-583-1789 | lulus-bbq.com
LuLu’s is a relaxed, casual and family-friendly gathering place, and if the weather is nice, open-air seating adds to the experience. Start with dry-rubbed, smoked wings, fried pickles or sweet potato fries with cheese dipping sauce. Then get your smoked BBQ meat of choice in a sandwich on a homemade bun or on a platter with two of the 12 available sides, including beans, coleslaw, cornbread, fried okra and mac ‘n cheese. Meats include chicken, ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket and smoked sausage. Be sure to try LuLu’s signature Texas Slush, which is half LuLu’s Mexican-style lager (made down the street at Crystal Springs Brewery) and half house-made frozen margarita. Finish your meal on a sweet note with a cornbread sundae with raspberry sauce, or a slice of homemade key lime pie. With a full bar and eight TVs, it’s a great place to catch the big game. Catering available. Open noon-8pm daily or until sold out.
ORGANIC SANDWICH COMPANY
1500 Pearl St., Suite F | Boulder | 720-639-3986
459 S. McCaslin Blvd. | Louisville | 720-598-5931
Organic Sandwich Company’s two beautiful locations are open daily for guests in need of a quick, healthy bite. Stop in to check out their menu which features creative, gourmet sandwiches, salads and homemade soups (including refreshing gazpachos!). The new spicy chicken sandwich is quickly becoming a fan favorite with house-roasted chicken, house-made tomato habanero jam, smoked gouda, red onion, romaine and mayo on sliced French country bread. You will notice many local, Colorado companies represented in the form of drinks, sweets, snacks, meats, produce and bread. Any sandwich can be made gluten free with their locally baked, gluten-free bread. House-made baked goods are not to be overlooked. Open daily. Delivery, catering and online ordering are available.
1911 11th St., Suite 203 | Boulder | 720-778-0532 | pastapress.com
When you open the door to Pasta Press, you’ll see a corner of modern Italy right here in Boulder. Pasta Press is bringing a fresh view of Italy to Boulder as well as true Italian dishes. Imported meats, cheeses and flours create genuine Italian flavors. For starters order a dinner roll and an arugula, pear and walnut salad. Entrees include classic flavors like a simple but far from trivial tomato sauce tossed with freshly made pasta and sprinkled with parmesan cheese (aged 24+ months) as well as the classic pesto pasta made with ground pine nuts and fresh basil. For dessert, try the panna cotta topped seasonally with berries. Family-friendly pricing invites everyone to enjoy Italy one bowl at a time. Open Mon-Thurs 11:30am-9pm and Fri-Sat 11:30am-10pm. Closed Sundays.
SPRUCE FARM & FISH
2115 13th St. | inside Hotel Boulderado | Boulder | 303-442-4880
Fresh, straightforward, honest, approachable and inspired food every time. Always keeping with the seasons, Spruce Farm & Fish showcases the best our region and nature have to offer. From creative cuisine to familiar flavors, they strive to provide nothing but the freshest and most interesting dishes with exceptional service. An extensive wine and beer selection from near and far and exquisite craft cocktails are also sure to please. Open for brunch from 7am-2pm and dinner from 5-10pm daily.