Helpful Guide for a Bountiful 2018 Boulder Dining Experience

Best Boulder CO Food and Drink 2018

Where to eat the best breakfast, lunch and dinner in Boulder, CO in 2018

We’re back with a list of the best restaurants, bars and other food experiences Boulder has to offer! (Don’t miss last week’s blog post Top Things to do for a Cheerful Holiday in Boulder!)

The farm-to-table restaurants, coffee shops and bars in this list are selected based on local menu and service insights, as well as online reviews and ratings. Impress your foodie friends!

Best Food and Drink in Boulder, CO

  • Rincon Argentino
    • Rating: 4.8 stars (277 reviews)
    • Rincon Argentino has a long list of many outstanding empanadas and milanesa sandwiches. Dip your empanadas in one of their many varieties of sauces, like traditional chimichurri. Truly a taste of authentic Argentinian cuisine!
    • Address: 2525 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
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  • The Buff
    • Rating: 4.5 stars (481 reviews)
    • The food at The Buff looked like someone took time and care to make it, and there is value in large portions for fair prices. The friendly staff all are happy to serve and answer questions. There can be a wait during peak hours.
    • Address: 2600 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO 80302
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  • The Kitchen
    • Rating: 4.5 stars (367 reviews)
    • The Kitchen serves up fresh, flavorful farm-to-table American food in an urban space. The staff are accommodating to families with strollers. Brunch is highly recommended by the locals.
    • Address: 1039 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
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Best Green Eating Restaurants

  • Leaf
    • Rating: 4.6 stars (212 reviews)
    • Leaf is one of the best vegetarian/vegan restaurants in Colorado. Find something new with seasonal, high quality foods and a changing menu. Happy hour between 4 and 6 pm offers half price appetizers for a great tapas experience!
    • Address: 2010 16th St, Boulder, CO 80302
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Leaf's own avocado tar tar

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  • Black Cat
    • Rating: 4.5 stars (129 reviews)
    • It doesn’t get fresher than day-of farm fresh vegetables at the Black Cat. The sommeliers are totally enlightening and generous in their pours. Accommodating to dietary restrictions without reducing the quality of the experience.
    • Address: 1964 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302
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Tastiest Desserts in Boulder

  • Piece Love and Chocolate, LLC
    • Rating: 4.8 stars (128 reviews)
    • We love Piece Love and Chocolate! This sweet shop provides an expansive collection of all things chocolate from bonbons to baked goods, including some vegan and gluten-free items. Try out a chocolate class with owner Sarah and get a discount on all purchases that day.
    • Address: 805 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
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  • Heifer and the Hen
    • Rating: 4.8 (45 reviews)
    • This artisan creamery serves up creative scoops in a popping shop with swing seats. The ice cream here is the best, made with all organic ingredients (the pear and brown butter is to die for!). The same owner manages Bru next door, so you can get a hand crafted pint in the same visit.
    • Address: 5290 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303
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Ice cream sandwich from Heifer and the Hen.
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  • Sweet Cow
    • Rating: 4.7 stars (168 reviews)
    • Sweet Cow is a local favorite ice cream shop with a huge list of creative flavors (24 flavors at any given time!). They can make any ice cream into a sundae or milkshake and they have a good selection of cones, cake, sweet traditional, waffle, and pretzel. There are vegan options and liquor-spiked flavors for people over 21.
    • Address: 2628 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304
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Coffee Shops and Tea Houses

  • Boxcar Coffee Roasters
    • Rating: 4.9 stars (124 reviews)
    • Boxcar Coffee Roasters is a quaint spot that shares space with a wine shop and charcuterie/deli. The baristas are very nice, the atmosphere is great, and the cold brew is superb: nice and strong at an excellent price! Indoor and outdoor seating available.
    • Address: 1825 Pearl St B, Boulder, CO 80302
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Breakfast time at Boxcar Coffee Roasters

  • Ozo Coffee Co
    • Rating: 4.6 stars (289 reviews)
    • The folks at Ozo Coffee Co are passionate about good coffee. The owners travel personally to meet the farmers and test the coffee themselves to ensure the product that they source, roast and stock are second to none. Hip spot to catch up with a friend or relax in between shopping sprees on Pearl St.
    • Address: 1015 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
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  • Dushanbe Tea House
    • Rating: 4.5 stars (787 reviews)
    • The Dushanbe Tea House is an ornate landmark that was shipped piece by piece from Tajikistan and rebuilt along Boulder creek. Serving teas and light bites, the beautifully unique atmosphere creates a lovely high tea experience. There can be a bit of a wait during peak times.
    • Address: 1770 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302
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Boulder’s Best Bars

  • No Name Bar
  • The Bitter Bar
    • Rating: 4.5 stars (163 reviews)
    • This is a tasteful bar that is cozy and casual, but has an easy upscale vibe going on. It is easy to mix with a group at the bar or find a quiet corner to talk. The beer and cocktails are some of the best in town. The Bitter Bar is a great place to start or end date night out!
    • Address: 835 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302
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Outside of The Bitter Bar

  • Dark Horse
    • Rating: 4.5 stars (632 reviews)
    • Dark Horse is a fascinating and engaging multi-level bar extravaganza. There are games, unique artworks, and a stage for live music. Good service a quick, tasty food. Families frequent Dark Horse in the day, and it transforms into a party at night!
    • Address: 2922 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80303
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Local Farmers Markets and Farm Stands

  • Boulder Farmers Market
    • Rating: 4.7 stars (257 reviews)
    • At the Boulder Farmers Market you’ll find a nice selection of produce, snacks, honey and much more. There is also a food court and great, local entertainment. Open Saturdays 8 am to 2 pm and Wednesdays 4 pm to 8 pm.
    • Address: 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302
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  • Munson Farm
    • Rating: 4.6 stars (34 reviews)
    • Munson Farm has a good selection of fresh, seasonal produce at reasonable prices. Don’t miss out on the pumpkin patch and corn maze in the Fall, nor Christmas trees for sale during Christmastime! Open 9:30 am to 6:30 pm every day.
    • Address: 7355 Valmont Rd, Boulder, CO 80301
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  • Cure Organic Farm
    • Rating: 4.4 stars (17 reviews)
    • This organic farm and farm store sells a wide variety of vegetables fruits and meats. They also have other products like beeswax candles and wool. Consider joining their CSA (community supported agriculture) program.
    • Address: 7416 Valmont Rd, Boulder, CO 80301
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