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What to Eat in Boulder

Boulder excels at offering an active vacation full of calorie-burning activities. Luckily, it also excels at providing visitors plenty of delicious ways to refuel after a day tackling the mountains. Once dubbed "America's Foodiest Town" by Bon Appétit Magazine, Boulder boasts an award-winning dining scene helmed by James Beard Award winners, along with "Top Chef" and Food Network contestants. True to the city's nature-obsessed ethos, many of the restaurants in Boulder plate farm-to-table cuisine (Blackbelly Market is a favorite), and it's a label you'll likely see many eateries around town proudly sport. Vegans, vegetarians and those on a gluten-free diet, rejoice! Boulder also knows how to cater to your dietary restrictions (Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place, in particular).

To start your day, head to The Buff Restaurant, one of the most popular breakfast spots in the city. If you're looking for a more eclectic menu, head to the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse. An attraction in itself, the ornate teahouse was originally built in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, as a gift to its sister city, Boulder. It was sent to the city as a symbol of friendship and cultural exploration. On the hunt for cheap eats? Start your search near the University of Colorado Boulder campus, which caters to a student budget (The Sink is a favorite for its burgers).

If your taste buds and your wallet are ready for something a bit more upscale, Pizzeria Locale, the next door Frasca Food & Wine and Mediterranean Restaurant are all high up on local foodies' lists.

Find the Best Restaurants in Boulder

  • #1
    Rincon Argentino
    #1 of 530 Places to Eat in Boulder
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 291 reviewsTripAdvisor (291)
    $ | Latin, Argentinean
    2525 Arapahoe Ave The Village - A05, Boulder, CO 80302-6720
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  • #2
    Black Cat
    #2 of 530 Places to Eat in Boulder
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 295 reviewsTripAdvisor (295)
    $$ | American, Contemporary
    1964 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302-5205
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  • #3
    The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
    #3 of 530 Places to Eat in Boulder
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1509 reviewsTripAdvisor (1509)
    $ - $$ | Persian, International
    1770 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302-6226
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  • #4
    Snooze an A.M. Eatery
    #4 of 530 Places to Eat in Boulder
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 931 reviewsTripAdvisor (931)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Contemporary
    1617 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302-5449
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  • #5
    Oak at Fourteenth
    #5 of 530 Places to Eat in Boulder
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 654 reviewsTripAdvisor (654)
    $$ | American, Contemporary
    1400 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302-5307
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  • #6
    Riff's Urban Fare
    #6 of 530 Places to Eat in Boulder
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 596 reviewsTripAdvisor (596)
    $ - $$ | American, International
    1115 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302-5103
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  • #7
    Avery Brewing Company
    #7 of 530 Places to Eat in Boulder
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 773 reviewsTripAdvisor (773)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub, Cajun & Creole
    4910 Nautilus Ct N, Boulder, CO 80301-3242
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  • #8
    Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery
    #8 of 530 Places to Eat in Boulder
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 824 reviewsTripAdvisor (824)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    1535 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302-5408
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  • #9
    Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
    #9 of 530 Places to Eat in Boulder
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 403 reviewsTripAdvisor (403)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood, Contemporary
    928 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302-5109
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  • #10
    Lucile's Creole Cafe
    #10 of 530 Places to Eat in Boulder
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 441 reviewsTripAdvisor (441)
    $ - $$ | American, Cajun & Creole
    2124 14th St, Boulder, CO 80302-4804
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  • #11
    The Kitchen American Bistro
    #11 of 530 Places to Eat in Boulder
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 825 reviewsTripAdvisor (825)
    $ - $$ | American, Contemporary
    1039 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302
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  • #12
    Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant
    #12 of 530 Places to Eat in Boulder
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 266 reviewsTripAdvisor (266)
    $ - $$ |
    1710 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302-5446
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  • #13
    Frasca Food & Wine
    #13 of 530 Places to Eat in Boulder
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 498 reviewsTripAdvisor (498)
    $$ | Italian, European
    1738 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302-5525
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  • #14
    Buff Restaurant
    #14 of 530 Places to Eat in Boulder
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 533 reviewsTripAdvisor (533)
    $ - $$ | American
    2600 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO 80302-6706
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  • #15
    Flagstaff House Restaurant
    #15 of 530 Places to Eat in Boulder
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 480 reviewsTripAdvisor (480)
    $$ | French, American
    1138 Flagstaff Rd, Boulder, CO 80302-9510
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  • #16
    Blackbelly Market
    #16 of 530 Places to Eat in Boulder
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 276 reviewsTripAdvisor (276)
    $$ | American
    1606 Conestoga St # 3, Boulder, CO 80301-2773
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  • #17
    The Mediterranean Restaurant
    #17 of 530 Places to Eat in Boulder
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1282 reviewsTripAdvisor (1282)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European
    1002 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302-5192
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  • #18
    Via Perla
    #18 of 530 Places to Eat in Boulder
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 184 reviewsTripAdvisor (184)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    901 Pearl St Corner of 9th and Pearl, Northeast side., Boulder, CO 80302-5108
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  • #19
    Pizzeria Locale
    #19 of 530 Places to Eat in Boulder
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 539 reviewsTripAdvisor (539)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    1730 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302-5517
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  • #20
    The Sink
    #20 of 530 Places to Eat in Boulder
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 386 reviewsTripAdvisor (386)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pizza, Pub
    1165 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302-7015
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