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 zucchini baba ganoush with a red pepper agrodolche and local mizuna. Find bold and fresh flavors in the local pork belly with Jimmy Red grits, plum BBQ sauce and green tomato relish. For dessert, indulge in a chocolate almond 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.
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 for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily 8am-9pm. Serving brunch on weekends.
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. Featuring one of Boulder’s best happy hours from 3-6pm daily. Frank’s Chophouse offers 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.
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, fennel pollen–dusted sea scallop, 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 porcini pizza, lobster & shrimp mac n’ cheese or beef lettuce wraps. Decadent desserts include the freshly baked seasonal galette for two, triple chocolate Napoleon, cookie butter cheesecake, and vanilla bean crème brûlée. For brunch, try the fresh eggs Benedict, Monte Cristo, bananas Foster Belgian waffles, or pan-seared salmon. The Greenbriar Inn offers two floors with four spacious dining rooms as well as two outdoor patios (seasonal) for plenty of socially distanced seating. Open for dinner Wed-Sun 5-9pm with happy hour 5-6pm, and 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). Entrees 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 mochi ice cream or banana bread pudding with bourbon caramel sauce, complete your meal. Hapa features more than 40 different sakes, an extensive wine list and Hapa’s own rice beer. Open Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm and Fri-Sat 11am-11pm.
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
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 & mushroom stock with seasonal veggies, and marinated tofu. Save room for the Vegan Carrot Cake or a rotating selection of locally made vegan icecreams. 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. Open daily (during the week) for lunch beginning at 11:30am, happy hour from 3-6pm, with dinner beginning at 5pm. Open Sat-Sun at 10am for brunch. In-house and off-site catering available.
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-Sat, with happy hour from 5-7pm. Enjoy live music every Saturday starting at 9pm.
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 daily for guests in need of a quick, healthy bite. 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 locally 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 locally grown arugula. Vegans 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 locally baked gluten-free demi baguette. House-made salads, soups, and baked goods are not to be overlooked. Open daily; hours vary by location. Delivery, catering and contactless pickup are available.
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.
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.