Get the Dish on Downtown: Boulder's Best Restaurants and Breweries

Boulder, Colorado has been ranked as one of the foodiest towns in the nation and with good reason. There is literally something for everyone in this hip, outdoorsy, town that insists on affordability and quality. Many of the restaurants on this lists include local ingredients which support Colorado farmers, several are adept at helping you find the perfect dish despite any food allergies, restrictions, or preferences, and many offer international cuisine.

For Italian flare, The Mediterranean offers traditial Italian cuisine, exceptional wine lists, and excellent service. If you're looking for pizza for cheap and beer in abundance, then try Backcountry Pizza, particularly after a long hike.

If you have a hankering for an elegant and international experience, Boulder's Dushanbe Teahouse serves up Turkish, Korean, and German dishes,as well as a variety of other flavors from around the globe.

Ecofriendly eater? For those of you who like to eat sustainably and locally, SHINE offers a variety of dishes that include ingredients from local farms and can accommodate those you are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.

If breakfast is your favorite meal of the day then be sure to stop into The Buff, one of Boulder's most famous and beloved breakfast spots. Lucile's is another breakfast joint that will leave you hungry for more.



This spacious, high-energy seafood restaurant features an extensive menu that includes an East Coast-style raw oyster bar and fresh fish flown in daily. Dine on Rocky Mountain trout, South American sea bass, Atlantic salmon, Hawaii tuna,...  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

The Mediterranean Restaurant


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



For a relaxed and salt-of-the-earth environment, try Backcountry Pizza and Tap House. With more than 50 beers on tap, gigantic pizzas, and scrumptious pasta concoctions that will satisfy any Italian craving, this local dive is a favorite for...  Read More



Providing delicious and unique brunch concoctions for over 34 years, Creole cuisine and old-fashioned Southern breakfasts top the menu at this popular restaurant. Start with a beignet pastry and a steaming cup of coffee. Enjoy eggs Benedict or...  Read More

Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place
Photo courtesy of SHINE Restaurant and Gathering Space


Locally owned and operated by three spunky and innovative sisters, SHINE Restaurant and Gathering Space offers the perfect venue for building community, mingling, getting down to some local music, or just relaxing with a much needed cocktail at...  Read More



This unique all-vegetarian restaurant offers scrumptious gluten-free and farm-to-table options. Furthermore, they pull the majority of their quality ingredients from their local farm in Lafayette, Colorado. Three Leaf Farm not only caters to...  Read More



This moderately priced restaurant is a popular spot amongst locals and tourists alike because of its elegant yet relaxed environment and high-quality food. Known for being gluten-free friendly, not only is the kitchen willing to accommodate your...  Read More

Black Cat


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



This lovely restaurant was a gift from Boulder's sister city, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, which donated the building to the city in the late 1980's. The ornately decorated structure was imported and then rebuilt by workers from Tajikistan. Located in...  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