Looking for an unforgettable evening? Pair a performance with a plate of delicious food.
Boulder offers a wide variety of dining options that make perfect pre-performance stops, from farm-to-fork eateries to pub grub to top-notch Indian and Nepalese food. Need to burn off some energy post-show? Consider venturing back to the Hill or down to Pearl Street for a nightcap.
Whether you’re driving, walking, cycling or using public transportation, you’ll find these local restaurants easy to reach—they’re all less than a mile away from campus.
$$ | University Hill | Tapas
Happening yet comfortable Spanish and Moroccan inspired restaurant known for innovative, farm-to-fork tapas.Learn more Cafe Aion
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
$ | Downtown Boulder | Brewpub
Craft beers, brewery tours and pub grub plus folk, acoustic and bluegrass music some nights.Learn more Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
Dushanbe Tea House
$$ | Downtown Boulder | International cuisine
Ornate landmark shipped piece by piece from Tajikistan and rebuilt creekside, with teas and light bites.Learn more Dushanbe Tea House
$$ | Downtown Boulder | Pizza
Artisanal pies wood-fired in full view of patrons, plus an extensive wine list (some on tap).Learn more Pizzeria Locale
Alpine Modern Cafe
$ | University Hill | Breakfast & Brunch
Fresh, healthy breakfast bowls and pressed sandwiches in a bright, airy space.Learn more Alpine Modern Cafe
$$ | Downtown Boulder | Nepalese
Sherpa-run Nepalese place serving dumplings, noodles and even yak curry amid Himalayan folk art.Learn more Sherpa Restaurant
$$$ | Downtown Boulder | American
Farm-to-table American dining in an urban space, plus drinks from the upstairs community bar.
The Buff Restaurant
$$ | Goss Grove | Breakfast & Brunch
Rich American grub, like pancakes filled with bacon and drinks in mason jars, at this brunch stalwart.Learn more The Buff Restaurant
$ | Williams Village | Burgers
Landmark 1975 bar doling out beer, burgers and such in a space decorated with movie props and antiques.
Brasserie Ten Ten
$$ | Downtown Boulder | French
Vibrant, cozy cafe with a patio offering homestyle French fare, plus a popular brunch and happy hour.
Brasserie Ten Ten is temporarily closed due to renovations but will be reopening soon.Learn more Brasserie Ten Ten
$$ | Twenty-Ninth Street Mall | Healthy
Sleek, counter-serve cafe for health-conscious salads and sandwiches, including vegan options.Learn more Modern Market
$$ | Downtown Boulder | Sushi
Modern Japanese spot on Pearl Street Mall known for its fusion sushi and Hawaiian-influenced eats.Learn more Hapa
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
$$ | Downtown Boulder | Tex Mex
Mexican standards, margaritas and a roof deck fuel festive vibes at this branch of an area chain.Learn more Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
$ | Goss Grove | Argentinian
Traditional empanadas, milanesa sandwiches and other Argentinean eats in a bright, colorful space.Learn more Rincon Argentino
Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant
$$ | Downtown Boulder | Vegetarian
Hip, compact locale that features eclectic vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes plus organic wine.Learn more Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant