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Boulder Dining

Dushanbe Tea House in Downtown Boulder Colorado

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.

Cafe Aion

$$ | University Hill | Tapas

Happening yet comfortable Spanish and Moroccan inspired restaurant known for innovative, farm-to-fork tapas.

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Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

$ | Downtown Boulder | Brewpub

Craft beers, brewery tours and pub grub plus folk, acoustic and bluegrass music some nights.

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Dushanbe Tea House

$$ | Downtown Boulder | International cuisine

Ornate landmark shipped piece by piece from Tajikistan and rebuilt creekside, with teas and light bites.

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Pizzeria Locale

$$ | Downtown Boulder | Pizza

Artisanal pies wood-fired in full view of patrons, plus an extensive wine list (some on tap).

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Alpine Modern Cafe

$ | University Hill | Breakfast & Brunch

Fresh, healthy breakfast bowls and pressed sandwiches in a bright, airy space.

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Sherpa Restaurant

$$ | Downtown Boulder | Nepalese

Sherpa-run Nepalese place serving dumplings, noodles and even yak curry amid Himalayan folk art.

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The Kitchen

$$$ | Downtown Boulder | American

Farm-to-table American dining in an urban space, plus drinks from the upstairs community bar.

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The Buff Restaurant

$$ | Goss Grove | Breakfast & Brunch

Rich American grub, like pancakes filled with bacon and drinks in mason jars, at this brunch stalwart.

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Dark Horse

$ | Williams Village | Burgers

Landmark 1975 bar doling out beer, burgers and such in a space decorated with movie props and antiques.

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Brasserie Ten Ten

$$ | Downtown Boulder | French

Vibrant, cozy cafe with a patio offering homestyle French fare, plus a popular brunch and happy hour.

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The Med

$$ | Downtown Boulder | Tapas

A Greek island–themed interior and patio set the vibrant backdrop for Mediterranean small plates.

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Modern Market

$$ | Twenty-Ninth Street Mall | Healthy

Sleek, counter-serve cafe for health-conscious salads and sandwiches, including vegan options.

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Hapa

$$ | Downtown Boulder | Sushi

Modern Japanese spot on Pearl Street Mall known for its fusion sushi and Hawaiian-influenced eats.

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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.

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Rincon Argentino

$ | Goss Grove | Argentinian

Traditional empanadas, milanesa sandwiches and other Argentinean eats in a bright, colorful space.

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Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant

$$ | Downtown Boulder | Vegetarian

Hip, compact locale that features eclectic vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes plus organic wine.

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