Boulder Restaurants
That We Recommend

Boulder has many good restaurants and these Boulder restaurants are a sampling of the ones we've liked. Although we don't live in Boulder anymore, we do sometimes go hiking there and if we have the time, try out another restaurant.

Anyway, here's what I have so far:

1) Garbanzo Fresh Mediterranean: this restaurant is located in the Twenty Ninth Street Mall, and you’ll find it on the Plaza Level at 1C, near Macy’s. There is convenient parking just outside the restaurant, and if you’re interested, there’s also a covered parking garage just down the stairs from Macy’s.

The unique thing about this Boulder restaurant is that it’s a healthy “fast food” restaurant, and it’s by far, without a doubt, the very best “fast food” restaurant I’ve ever been to. I wish there were more of these around! Anyway, they serve freshly made Mediterranean food, and some of what you might see on the menu includes: stuffed pitas, chicken or steak shwarmas, (marinated chicken or steak with their original Mediterranean spices), shish kabobs, and soups and salads, among other things.

Garbanzo’s is open every day for lunch and dinner, and their hours are: 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. It’s a pretty busy place but the line that formed after we sat down to eat, seemed to move fairly well, considering. Also, you can buy your food “to go” if you want to eat it someplace else.

Address: 1905 29th Street, Boulder, Co. 80301
Phone: (720) 974-6600
Pricing: moderate

2) The Mediterranean: this Boulder restaurant is located just off of the Pearl Street Mall, between 9th and 11th Street, on 1002 Walnut Street. They offer validated parking close by in a parking garage and it’s very convenient…the entrance to it is on Walnut Street, next to the St. Julien Hotel. (And the restaurant is only a short walk from the St. Julien Hotel, on the same side of the street.)

The cuisine here is French, Spanish, Italian, and Greek. The menu includes things like salads, sandwiches, pizza, chicken dishes, seafood, kabobs, steak, and pasta, among other things. I had the chicken kabobs but unfortunately, they were quite spicy, which I don’t like. When our waitress came to ask how everything was, I said that mine was too spicy for my taste. She offered to bring me a new set of kabobs that would not be spicy so I agreed. A short time later, the manager came to our table, not only with a new set of kabobs, but with a new plate of all the “fixings” too. I was surprised and very grateful. My second set of kabobs was much better and I made a point of telling them how much I appreciated that they had done that for me…it was great customer service :-). By the way, my husband had the steak and he said his was very good.

This Boulder restaurant is open every day, starting at 11:00 a.m. and they serve lunch and dinner.

Address: 1002 Walnut Street, Boulder, Co. 80302
Phone: (303) 444-5335
Pricing: moderate to more expensive

3) Chautauqua Dining Hall: this Boulder restaurant can be found inside Chautauqua Park. From the intersection of US-36 and Baseline Rd. in Boulder, follow Baseline Rd. west towards the mountains. When you start climbing the hill, keep an eye out for 9th Street, which is on your right. When you see it, continue straight on Baseline Rd., then left into Chautauqua Park.

The food here is American and some of what you’ll see on the menu includes soup, salads, sandwiches, and entrees such as Rocky Mountain Trout. For lunch, there is also a small selection of breakfast items if you wanted that. I had the Maryland Crab Cake sandwich, which was pretty good; and my husband had a burger which he thought was very good.

This restaurant is open every day, and offers brunch on weekends, in addition to serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For information about their hours, or to make a reservation, here’s a link to their website: Chautauqua Dining Hall

Address: 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, Co. 80302
Phone: (303) 442-3282
Pricing: moderate to more expensive

4) Turley's Kitchen: this Boulder restaurant has been popular since 1977 and is located in the shopping center at the corner of Pearl Street and 28th Street. Parking is onsite which makes things easy and convenient.

They serve healthy dishes such as vegetarian Turley's scramble, cashew chicken salad, mediterranean natural turkey burger, and wild salmon fillet, among other things. I had something called applewood-smoked salmon hash which I thought was excellent and I was full when I was finished. So the portions are generous here and the plates came hot, which I always consider to be a good sign.

Turley's Kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and their hours are: Monday-Saturday: 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Address: 2805 Pearl Street, Boulder, Co. 80301
Phone: (303) 442-2800
Pricing: moderate

5) The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse: this is a very unique Boulder restaurant. It was given to the city of Boulder as a gift from Dushanbe, which is their sister city. Dushanbe is the capital of Tajikistan which is a small country in Central Asia. The restaurant is located at the corner of 13th Street and Canyon Blvd. near the Boulder bus station. Street parking can be a challenge here but there is a parking garage close by at the corner of 14th St. and Walnut.

The food here is exotic compared to what we're used to eating but it's very good. Some of what you'll see on the menu includes: Persian vegetarian kooftah balls, Indonesian peanut noodles, Tajik Plov, and Asian BBQ pizza. I had Tajik lamb shish kabob which was very tasty. I thought the portions could have been a little bigger but the plates came hot and the service was good, so it was a great over all experience.

Also, do not forget to have tea if you go. There is a whole separate menu just for the tea. The tea arrives at your table in a little teapot and you get a sand timer that you turn over so you know when your tea is ready. Also, if you look inside your teapot, you'll find the actual ingredients of the tea, not regular tea bags. I haven't seen that anywhere else!

This Boulder restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week. Their hours are 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every day, and they also serve a brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Address: 1770 13th Street, Boulder, Co. 80302
Phone: (303) 442-4993
Pricing: moderate

Well, these are a few of the Boulder restaurants that we've been to more recently. I plan on adding more from time to time, but in the meantime, if there are other restaurants that you think should be on this page, do let me know through my contact form. Thanks and happy eating!

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