Best Restaurants in Boulder, Colorado

By Dom Nozzi

The following restaurants excel in the quality, health and uniqueness of their food, the authenticity (local cuisine in particular) they provide, and their location in the community. The best locations for restaurants are those that are easy to get to by bicycle, walking or transit. They tend to have a pleasant, vibrant and festive Luciles-Exteriorambience, and are regularly frequented and loved by locals. They also tend to be reasonably priced. Restaurants I enjoy usually have a very charming interior design. Having outdoor seating on a slow-speed, walkable street or on a rooftop is a big plus. Sadly, some of these restaurants have closed. Or have moved to a much less desirable location.





The Med

Dot’s Diner

Cafe Gondolier (homemade pasta)

Taj (Great Indian lunch buffet)

Lucile’s (Best breakfast restaurant in town. Creole breakfast/lunch/brunch)

Tea House

Half-Fast Subs (good tempeh lunch)

Jill’s at St Julien (superb buffet lunch)

IL Pastaio (awful ambiance, but homemade pasta is excellent)

Pasta Jay’s


Zoe Ma Ma (authentic chinese)

Foolish Craig’s

Sushi Tora


Spruce Confections (charming place for breakfast/lunch)

Walnut Brewery

Radda (good happy hr food)

The Kitchen

Riffs (great happy hour)

Khow Thai Cafe


Curry and Kebob

Pizza Locale

Ras Kassa’s Ethiopian



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