Boulder's Foodie Checklist
Boulder's noted culinary culture is fueled by its proximity to fertile farmlands, local artisan food producers and a thriving craft beer industry. Burgeoning wine and spirits industries are quickly making a mark on Boulder's food-and-drink landscape, as well.
You could make an entire vacation out of tasting Boulder's food scene, but here are just a few ideas to get you started.
Dine at a MICHELIN Guide Recommended Restaurant
The MICHELIN Guide completed its first-ever selection in Colorado in 2023. Nine Boulder restaurants were recognized, earning accolades that are considered by many to be among the most prestigious a restaurant can earn. From One MICHELIN Star dining at Frasca Food and Wine to the more affordable Bib Gourmand recommendation at Basta, you'll want to hit as many of these as possible. See Boulder's MICHELIN restaurants.
Sample Cheeses + Taste Coffee Redefined
Dine Around the World Under One Roof
Boulder's two food halls — Avanti F&B and Rosetta Hall — are teeming with international and regional flavors from beloved local chefs. Both spots happen to have some of the best rooftop views in all of Boulder, plus handcrafted drinks for toasting the inspiring panoramas.
Feast Among Champions
"Top Chef" winner Hosea Rosenburg has two MICHELIN Guide recommended restaurants in Boulder — Blackbelly and Santo — while Cafe Aion's chef/owner Dakota Soifer boasts a big win from the Food Network's "Cutthroat Kitchen."
Savor Excellence at Side Door Prices
Frasca Food and Wine is one of Boulder's culinary landmarks, earning a James Beard award and a star from the MICHELIN Guide. Splurge for dinner here or save a little at Pizzeria Alberico, a gourmet pizzeria next door that's run by the same folks.
Go to the Top of the Food Chain
Nestled in the pines high above the beautiful Boulder Valley is the city's gastronomic granddaddy, Flagstaff House, a Wine Spectator Grand Award winner that promises excellence.
Bring the Farm to Your Table
Gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, organic... you can find it all deliciously and creatively prepared at Leaf on the east end of Pearl Street. Their menu boasts seasonal, organic produce, herbs and free-range eggs sourced from their own Three Leaf Farm in neighboring Lafayette. Also try their "Full Octane" cocktails, in which you can add "Moon Mother Medicinals" and CBD tinctures. It hardly gets more Boulder than that.
Slow Your Roll
Food trucks park it at the Rayback Collective, and so should you. It's a food truck park with a party-like atmosphere, indoor and outdoor seating, yard games, a stage for live music and great food.
Sip Exclusive Beers
Avery Brewing's taproom allows you to sample several scrumptious suds that can only be had on-site. How about the spiced-just-right Chai Brown or the passion fruit-infused Belgian-style Lilikoi Kepolo?
Let a Local Lead the Way
There are so many meal options in Boulder — it can be a little overwhelming! Why not let someone else do the choosing with Local Table Tours? Their Taste of Boulder Food Tour, led by a local foodie, takes you to some of Boulder's most popular restaurants on and around Pearl Street. Or sample some of Boulder's local beers and spirits on the Boulder Brews, Booze, and Bites Tour.
Experience the Height of Downtown Dining
Journey to Spain’s Basque country at downtown's Corrida, a chic steak and seafood restaurant with mountain views and an airy rooftop deck. Sample tapas or go all the way with their tasting menu and wine pairings.