Boulder and North Central Colorado Restaurants

Thanks to the influx of people from around the world, you have plenty of options here. Restaurants in north central Colorado run the gamut from simple diners with tasty, homey basics to elegant establishments with extensive wine lists. The hot trend is organic and sustainable ingredients, with many restaurants offering dishes made from local ingredients. Some restaurants take reservations, but many, particularly those in the middle price range, seat on a first-come, first-served basis.

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  • 1. Blackbelly

    $$$ | American

    Those seeking a sophisticated yet casual culinary experience away from the hustle of downtown will delight in Blackbelly, a restaurant that...Read More

  • 2. Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

    $$ | International

    Feast your eyes on the intricately carved walls, pillars, and ceiling at this unique teahouse, which was a gift from Boulder's sister city Dushanbe...Read More

  • 3. Brasserie Ten Ten

    $$$ | French

    A festive atmosphere and excellent food attract locals to this vibrant bistro, which serves French-style cuisine. Start with oysters, jambon...Read More

  • 4. Frasca Food and Wine

    $$$$ | Italian

    This restaurant, one of Boulder's best, serves meticulously prepared food in the style of the Friuli-Venezia region of northeastern Italy, with...Read More

  • 5. Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

    $$$ | American

    A seafood hot spot, Jax has a hip vibe and delicious culinary creations. Dig into a plate of oysters or peel 'n' eat shrimp to start with, and...Read More

  • 6. The Kitchen

    $$$ | American

    This bistro offers elegant, relaxed meals with great service, emphasizing local food in a community atmosphere. The menu changes regularly,...Read More

  • 7. Abo's Pizza

    $ | Pizza

    A Boulder institution that's been serving exquisite pizza for nearly 40 years, Abo's Pizza cooks up thin and crispy pies that won't disappoint. ...Read More

  • 8. Aji

    $$$ | Latin American

    Enjoy a South American cocktail like a caipirinha, mojito , or pisco sour before dinner in this busy restaurant, which has one of Boulder...Read More

  • 9. Black Cat Farm to Table Bistro

    $$$$ | French

    This intimate eatery delivers an authentic farm-to-table experience, with a menu that changes daily, drawing from whatever the restaurant is...Read More

  • 10. Breadworks Bakery and Cafe

    $ | American

    For a delicious homemade meal, head to Breadworks Bakery and Cafe, a north Boulder eatery with quick counter service and plenty of seating....Read More

  • 11. Canino's

    $$ | Italian

    Since 1976, Canino's has served hearty Italian specialties in an historic four-square house with original stained-glass windows. Tables are...Read More

  • 12. Chez Thuy

    $$ | Vietnamese

    The smell of Vietnamese pho greets you as you walk into this stylish, upscale Vietnamese restaurant, which has been serving its award-winning...Read More

  • 13. Colterra

    $$$$ | Mediterranean

    Southern French and Northern Italian cuisine are the specialty of this farm-to-table restaurant, whose highlight is a large sandstone-patio...Read More

  • 14. Cozzola's Pizza

    $ | Pizza

    At Cozzola's Pizza, you can base your pizza on thin New York–style crust, thick herb, or whole-wheat poppy-seed crust, and then select a sauce...Read More

  • 15. Cy's Deli

    $ | Deli

    The aroma of homemade bread and soup hint at the loving care this sandwich shop infuses into its food. This is a great place to grab a quick...Read More

  • 16. Efrain's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

    $ | Mexican

    Traditional North Mexican food made from scratch is the specialty at this low-key place, which is tucked in an industrial area in east Boulder...Read More

  • 17. Falafel King

    $ | Mediterranean

    Bite into excellent pita pockets of hot and crispy falafel, spicy gyros, or marinated grilled chicken breast, or combine it all in a bowl. Add...Read More

  • 18. Flagstaff House Restaurant

    $$$$ | American

    This is Boulder's most opulent restaurant, with valet parking, formal service, five-star food, and stunning views. Executive chef Mark Monette...Read More

  • 19. Gold Hill Inn

    $$$$ | American

    About 10 miles from downtown Boulder on the dirt road going through the historic town of Gold Hill, this humble cabin hardly looks like a bastion...Read More

  • 20. Happy Mountain Bean and Bistro


    Enjoy delicious coffee and ice cream drinks, breakfast burritos, gourmet sandwiches, and house-made pastries, cookies, and quiche at this charming...Read More

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