Boulder's Best Restaurants: Dining and Drinking at Their Finest

Compiling this list was quite the challenge since Boulder offers so many eclectic dining options. What made a restaurant "list worthy," you might ask? We looked for local spots that serve quality cuisine, have killer happy hours, while also boasting a reputation for exceptional service with a track record of excellence in dining. Amongst our selections, you'll discover the absolute best happy hour and sangria in town at Pearl Street's The Mediterranean and some of the most affordable and fresh sushi Boulder has to offer at Japango. For those who desire upscale elegance, Black Cat offers farm-to-table delights and their commitment to sustainability will make you feel good about supporting this family owned and operated restaurant. If some of the best breakfast in town, coupled with a rich regional history, is what you crave, The Buff is sure to deliver. 

Many of our recommendations are located within walking or biking distance of one another, so taking a tour on your visit would be a piece of cake.  

For a restaurant off the beaten path that offers a stunning view of the city, Flagstaff House is highly recommended for its comprehensive wine list, inventive culinary offerings, as well as its stunning setting on Boulder's Flagstaff Mountain.

When you're in Boulder, eating is every bit a part of the culture as outdoor recreation, so enjoy as we dish out the best of Boulder's culinary powerhouses.



Tajik Shish Kabob, Spicy Indonesian Peanut Noodles, and North African Harrissa Chicken are just a few of the delights you'll find on the Teahouse's international and exotic menu. This lovely restaurant was a gift from Boulder's sister city,...  Read More

The Mediterranean


If you're in the mood for variety, this locally owned gem is the place for you. Not only does The Med serve up a taste of Italy, but you can also take a tour of Spanish, French, and Greek cuisine having never left Boulder. Known for, but not...  Read More

Pizzeria Locale


Located on enchanting Pearl Street, this pizzeria mixes traditional Italian elegance and charm with some American edge and swagger. Among their mouthwatering concoctions you'll find the Vesuvius, a lite tomato, basil, and mozzarella salad that...  Read More



This popular restaurant offers some of the best breakfast fare in Boulder. The menu features traditional options such as egg and omelet combos, including The Swiss, pancakes, and waffles, along with a specialty breakfast chimichanga. The...  Read More

The Sink


A popular college hangout, this eatery features graffiti-scribbled walls and a menu filled with burgers, sandwiches, seafood, steaks, pizzas, and salads. Specials include ancho-stuffed tenderloin and breaded seared scallops. The Ugly Crust Pizza...  Read More



Enjoy fine sushi and Japanese cuisine in contemporary-styled Asian surroundings. Appetizers include salmon kasuzuke marinated in miso, green lip mussels, New Zealand mussels served with the chef's special sauce, and lobster pot stickers with a...  Read More



Responsibily-sourced, farm-to-table, seafood options await as guests dive into a food adventure at Wild Standard. From the nautical-themed dining room, to the carts and trays whirling about with fresh fish overflowing, you'll feel as if you're...  Read More

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Boulder Cork


This steakhouse is a long-standing Boulder favorite and features a creative menu that includes prime rib, grilled New York strip, and nightly fish specials. In addition, Wine Spectator has repeatedly acknowledged the award-winning wine list for...  Read More



The elegant yet rustic Flagstaff House Restaurant of Boulder offers scenic views while guests dine on the finest wild game Colorado has to offer. Guests are also treated to an extensive wine collection featuring over 15,000 bottles from wine...  Read More



Black Cat is the epitome of a Farm-to-Table restaurants, in fact that's what this Boulder favorite is known for. Pulling fresh, seasonal, ingredients from their 130 acre farm paradise situated just outside Boulder, Chef Eric Skokan and his wife,...  Read More


Meet Hope Gately

Hope Gately should have a bumper sticker proclaiming "Not a Native...But I Got Here as Fast as I Could!" A transplant from the Midwest, Hope has fallen in love with Colorado's mountains playing...  More About Hope