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 creamy polenta with an apricot gastrique and local mizuna. Find bold and fresh flavors in the local pork belly with orange ginger lemongrass glaze, asian cucumber slaw, and avocado purée. For dessert, indulge in espresso profiteroles 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 4:30-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 4:30-9:30pm and Sun 4:30-9:00pm. Closed Monday. Dine-in, takeout and outdoor seating available. Reservations recommended.
ASTRO COFFEE BAR
2052 Broadway St. | Boulder | 720-628-2248
This crisp and modern café invites guests to relax with creative coffee beverages, smoothies, snacks and all-around good vibes. Their espresso drinks are available iced, hot or blended, and feature delicious options like the Nutty Astronaut: An espresso, caramel, peanut butter mocha; and the White Chocolate Eclipse: A white chocolate macadamia breve. Those who want to find their caffeine kicks without coffee can indulge in matcha, chai, or the intense Cosmic Energy: Flavor-infused Red Bull, offered iced or blended. Fruit smoothies are also available in wildberry, strawberry, peach, mango or green apple. Enjoy your beverage on the outdoor patio with a delicious muffin top (chocolate chip, lemon poppy seed, raspberry, blueberry or orange cranberry). Looking for something with a more sustained energy boost? Try the plant-based Protein Pucks. The Trailblazer has peanut butter, almonds, cranberry and oats; The Explorer features dark chocolate, almond butter, pumpkin seeds and agave; and The Wayfarer includes sunflower butter, coconut, agave, flax and dates. Grab a punch card for repeat customers and get an extra stamp every day at 2pm for their “Two Stamps at 2” special. Open Mon-Fri 8am-3pm and Sat-Sun 9:30am-3pm.
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 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 4-6pm.
921 Walnut Street | Boulder | 303-443-1188
Frank Day started his restaurant career in the 1970s in Boulder, CO. 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. Featuring one of Boulder’s best happy hours from 3-6:30pm daily. Frank’s Chophouse has plenty of room to relax and enjoy refreshing cocktails with flavorful bites. The nostalgic feel of the dining rooms paired with the charming informality of the bar room and outdoor patios offers a refined-casual experience that everyone can enjoy.
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 features 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. Classic dinner menu items include chilled oysters on the half shell, oven-baked escargot, savory blue cheese and chèvre cheesecake, Caesar salad, beef Wellington, pan-roasted halibut, seared duck breast, Colorado lamb loin chop, and house-made risotto. On the bistro menu, enjoy the GBI deluxe burger, prosciutto and mushroom pizza, crab corzetti and cheese and butter lettuce and pear salad. Decadent desserts include the freshly baked seasonal galette for two, chocolate and almond flourless cake, lemon raspberry tart, white chocolate cheesecake, and vanilla bean crème brûlée. Open for dinner Wed-Sun 5-9pm; happy hour 5-6pm; brunch Sunday 10am-1pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
HAPA SUSHI GRILL & SAKE BAR
1117 Pearl St. | Boulder | 303-473-4730
Step into Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar and enter a distinctive atmosphere where Tokyo meets New York. 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, Wagyu beef, pickled daikon and carrot, cucumber, Sriracha hoisin and kimchi). Entrées include the Bonfire Bowl (shrimp tempura, California mix, spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado, tempura asparagus, Sriracha aioli, tempura crunch, slaw and sweet soy), and the Booty Call Roll (whole lobster tail over a roll filled with snow crab salad, tempura asparagus and shiso, drizzled with a garlic sake butter). More than 44 types of nigiri sushi—including vegetarian—and 50 types of sushi rolls are available. Luscious desserts, like banana bread pudding with a bourbon caramel sauce or mochi ice cream, complete your meal. Hapa features more than 40 different sakes, an extensive wine list and Hapa’s own rice beer. Open Sun-Wed 11am-10pm, Thurs-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 inviting bar and lounge area (with a 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.
JEFES TACOS & TEQUILA
246 Main St. | Longmont | 303-827-3790
With surfing competitions on the TVs and hip-hop on the sound system, Jefes is not your average taco joint. Embrace the unexpected, starting with carne asada fries—crispy, hand-cut fries smothered in Jefes’ famous queso blanco, grilled Buckner Family steak, guacamole, pico de gallo and Mexican crema. The ceviche appetizer features wild-caught Pacific snapper and shrimp “cooked” in lime juice and sweet red peppers with pico de gallo and guacamole, served with tostadas. Take your pick of award-winning tacos, like the Squashacado—diced butternut squash roasted in Mexican spices with fresh avocado, cilantro crema, pico de gallo and sunflower seeds, or the Jefes Discada with bacon, steak, chorizo, pork shoulder braised with jalapeño, onion and tomato, topped with sweet onion, cilantro and lime. Choose from more than 100 tequilas and mezcals, and desserts like churros and vegan ice cream sandwiches. One more reason to love Jefes: They donate 10% of all profits to Young Life, a faith-based mentoring program for junior high and high school students. Happy hour daily from 3-5pm with $1 tacos and $5 award-winning margaritas. Open Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm and Fri-Sat 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 variety of unique dining experiences, including seasonal tasting menus, tableside service, and every Monday night, guests have the option of a vegan tasting dinner for $29.95 that includes a complimentary glass of wine. 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.
701-B Main St. | Louisville | 720-583-1789
LuLu’s is relaxed, casual and family-friendly, and if the weather is nice, open-air seating adds to the experience. Start with dry-rubbed smoked wings, fried pickle spears or sweet potato cheese tots with dipping sauce. Then get your smoked BBQ meat of choice on a platter with two of the 12 available sides, like beans, coleslaw, corn bread or fried okra, or in a sandwich on a homemade bun. Meats include chicken, ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked sausage and—daily while available—burnt ends. Finish your meal on a sweet note with a cornbread sundae with raspberry sauce, or a fudge brownie topped with ice cream. Full bar, eight TVs, patio games, catering. Daily happy hour 3-6pm with food and drink specials. Open Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm and Fri-Sat 11am-10pm.
NORTH END AT 4580
4580 Broadway, Unit #D-1 | Boulder | 303-448-1500
North End at 4580, with views of the foothills, is a contemporary American bistro focusing on the freshest ingredients, with simple preparations executed flawlessly. From burgers to grilled calamari to grilled lamb chops, North End at 4580 has added tantalizing new dishes while retaining old favorites like the bacon-wrapped dates. A rotating selection of original handcrafted cocktails complements a notable wine list and local craft beers, all at affordable prices. Known for providing exceptional food and service while accommodating diners with food sensitivities (especially gluten and dairy), North End is perfect for special occasions or for everyday dinners with family and friends. On sunny days, enjoy your meal out on the dog-friendly patio. Open Tues-Wed 4-9pm, Thursday 4-9:30pm and Fri-Sat 4-10pm. Closed Sunday and Monday except on special occasions.
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 for guests in need of a quick, healthy bite every day. Feel good about treating yourself to a hearty turkey and bacon jam sandwich decked out with house-made bacon jam, roasted turkey, tomatoes, romaine and avocado aioli on a perfectly baked and salted pretzel loaf because every last morsel is made from good, whole food. Vegetarians will find creative menu options like the Spicy Veggie, a perfect balance of house-made spicy giardiniera, aged white cheddar, caramelized onions, tomatoes and avocado, topped with lots of arugula. Vegans and the gluten-averse will find plenty to tickle their fancy; try the Beetnik with roasted red and golden beets, house-made almond feta, and arugula. Any sandwich can be made gluten-free with their gluten-free demi baguette. Open daily at 9am; closing hours vary by location. Delivery, catering and contactless pickup are available. Masks and gloves are worn by all staff, the facility is cleaned and sanitized regularly, temperatures are taken, and safety protocols are followed by everyone.
526 Main St. | Longmont | 303-827-3380
The Roost is a local favorite with its fun atmosphere, two rooftop patios and seven big-screen TVs to ensure you’ll catch all the games. Start with the Bangin’ Cauliflower (highlighted on Food Network) fried in crispy rice flour tempura and tossed in a citrus-Sriracha sauce. The beef totchos feature Rooster Tots smothered in chipotle queso, Buckner Family beef, guacamole and pico de gallo. For your entrée, try steak frites with candied bacon and brown butter sauce or the grilled ahi torta—grill-seared rare tuna with guacamole, roasted green chile, pico de gallo, chipotle aioli and fresh cabbage with cilantro-lime crema on talera bread. For dessert, indulge in the bourbon s’mores mousse or a slice of warm carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, candied pecans, house caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. Your delicious meal will also support a great cause, as The Roost donates 10% of all profits to help families in the process of adoption. Enjoy live music Fri-Sat at 6:30pm with no cover, BOGO deals on Whiskey Wednesday with more than 100 whiskey options, and happy hour Sun-Thurs 3-6pm. Open Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm and Fri-Sat 11am-11pm.
SMOKIN BOWLS (Temporarily closed; check before you go.)
449 Main St. | Longmont | 720-815-2875
Find fast, fresh fare from around the world at Smokin Bowls, a new Longmont eatery with an emphasis on high-quality, local ingredients. For a light meal, try the daily cereal bowl, or an açaí bowl with açaí berry puree, organic hemp hearts, banana, strawberry, blueberry, granola, coconut and honey. Dining with friends? Share an irresistible bowl of hand-cut cheese fries with Tagorashi spice mix. Travel to the tropics with the Hawaiian rice bowl, with wild yellowtail tuna, tobiko caviar, seaweed salad, edamame, cucumber, fresh basil and jalapeños. The BBQ mac & cheese bowl is another favorite, with smoked Buckner Family pork shoulder, white cheddar cheese sauce, fried onions and fresh jalapeños. Craving something sweet? Finish your meal with the brownie sundae bowl—warm Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Bites topped with vanilla ice cream, house-made caramel and fudge sauces, fresh berries and orange-zest whipped cream. Most of the menu is gluten-free, and every dish can be made vegan upon request. Feel great about your meal because Smokin Bowls donates 10% of all profits directly to local nonprofit organizations. Signature bowls only $5 on Fridays.
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 and at the best value. An extensive wine and beer selection from near and far and exquisite craft cocktails are also sure to please. Open for brunch from 7am-3pm and dinner from 5-9pm daily. Happy hour specials available from 4-6pm daily include seasonal small plates and fresh cocktails.
ZOE MA MA
2010 10th St. | Boulder | 303-545-6262
Come to Zoe Ma Ma and enjoy freshly prepared Chinese home cooking and street food inspired by Edwin Zoe’s mother’s signature dishes, prepared with love in the open kitchen. Zoe Ma Ma features high-quality ingredients that include organic flour, cage-free eggs and all-natural meats. It’s quality for your tummy and it’s Ma Ma approved! The restaurant offers fresh, homemade egg noodles, potstickers, vegan dumplings, steamy buns (bao), goji berry rice cakes and green tea infused with fresh ginger. The menu is gluten-free and vegetarian friendly, and never includes MSG. Enjoy a beautiful view of the Flatirons from the patio with a Tsing Tao beer or a glass of Pacific Rim Riesling. Be sure to try the belly-warming Sichuan braised beef noodle (available Sun-Tues), and the roast duck wonton-noodle soup (available Fri-Sat). Open 11am-9pm daily. When in Denver, visit the location at Union Station.