Best Restaurants in Boulder, CO: Thriving Downtown Restaurant Scene

Hungry after a long day of exploring Boulder, CO? Luckily, Boulder restaurants provide a thriving eatery scene & are ideal for the foodie in all of us.

A recent influx of restaurateurs has created a diverse dining experience ranging from Mediterranean fusion to traditional French dining. Diners can gather at a cozy corner tavern with local brews on tap or head to upscale eateries offering pre-theatre meals before hitting up Boulder’s art and theater scene. Boulder, CO restaurants pride themselves in offering the finest selection of organic produce and farm fresh ingredients all while supporting the local farming community.

Top 3 Boulder Restaurants

Frasca Food and Wine

Frasca opened in 2004, bringing the flavors of Northeast Italy to Boulder, CO. Owner and Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson has created a menu that highlights seasonal cuisine and the freshest produce, herbs and spices all obtained from local farmers. His rustic Italian dishes have a subtle complexity that will delight the diner’s palate earning him the honor of being named one of the country’s Best New Chefs of 2005. The cuisine at Frasca is designed to be paired with one of the hundreds of fine wines that they hold in their cellar. Sommelier services are available to pair each dish with a complementing glass of wine creating a harmonious meal. Offering two seatings a night (5:30-6:15 and 8-10:30), diners should be sure to book reservations in advance to secure a table.

Black Cat Farm Table Bistro

Eric Skokan’s Black Cat Farm Table Bistro is Boulder’s ultimate farm to table dining experience. Chef Eric boasts cultivating over 70-acres of farmland in Boulder, CO to provide the fresh ingredients for his restaurant. At the peak of the harvest, over 95% of the Bistro’s ingredients are from the restaurant’s farmland, including farm raised sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys and ducks.  Excess produce is often brought to the Boulder Farmer’s Market on Saturday Mornings.  Black Cat’s menu changes daily and offers visitors a full tasting menu to complement the ingredients that are at the peak of their flavor. For the cocktail aficionado, Black Cat offers an extensive Craft Cocktail menu with the bartender’s latest ingenious beverage creations. Street causal to Sunday’s best, Black Cat has a casual “come as you are” attire that embraces the atmosphere of Boulder, CO.


Leaf  is the premier vegetarian restaurant in Boulder, CO, receiving numerous accolades  for its inventive dishes, including the local favorite Raw Thanksgiving Dinner offered seasonally. The Chefs at Leaf work hard to create robust vegetarian flavors and use color and texture to create beautiful plates of food. Additionally, Leaf offers a popular three-course Prix Fixe menu for just $24. Be sure to revisit Leaf often, as their menu changes with the harvest season from their 63rd Street Organic Farm.

More About Boulder, CO Restaurants & Life

The thriving restaurant scene in Boulder, CO offers an unlimited amount of culinary experiences from the casual diner to the most discerning palate. If you are interested in learning more about things to do in Boulder, CO, feel free to contact Brian McMacmillin to discuss you upcoming visit.

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