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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Boulder Area

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Boulder Area? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Japango Boulder restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1433)
$30 and under
Sushi
Boulder
About the restaurant
Japango, set in a historic building just west of Broadway on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, CO, offers a dynamic combination of traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine. Guests will enjoy a relaxed experience in an award winning space designed by nationally acclaimed architect, Scott Rodwin. In many ways this wildly popular restaurant feels like a direct extension of Boulder itself—sophisticated, casual and healthy. // It’s is the perfect place for a first date, a family gathering, or a night out with friends. In addition to an elegant—yet intimate and unpretentious—dining room, Japango features a large sushi bar, a Pearl Street patio, a back patio with fireplace, an enclosed patio that seats up to 10, and a lively bar and lounge area. // The full bar offers unique house cocktails, an extensive sake menu and the largest Japanese whisky selection in Colorado.
Top review
AvaSvip
Dined today
We sat at the sushi counter and it was fantastic! Our server Matt was also amazing. Great dinner and drinks!
A photo of Corrida restaurant
4.8
4.8 (855)
$50 and over
Northwest Spain
Boulder
About the restaurant
Corrida offers dining inspired by Spain with stunning mountain views from our rooftop location. We offer Tapas Hour on our patio from 3-5PM, and dinner service indoors from 5-9PM. Dinner service on Fridays & Saturdays is from 5-10PM. We serve Brunch on Saturday & Sundays from 10:30-2:00.
Top review
JuliePvip
Dined 2 days ago
This was a great special occasion restaurant. Pricey but food and service was excellent.
A photo of Ghost Box Pizza restaurant
4.8
4.8 (152)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Lafayette
About the restaurant
Ghost Box Pizza by Stem Ciders is Colorado's newest pizza restaurant located in the heart of old town Lafayette, cooking up Detroit Style & wood fired pizzas, salads, and sandwiches paired with Colorado's best craft beverages. Enjoy lunch, dinner, drinks and good times daily out on the front patio by the fire pit, or Follow the Ghost... inside and downstairs to the lounge for games and more good times for the whole family.

Trivia Tuesdays * Reservations encouraged.
Happy Hours 4-6 M-Fri |
Dine in and earn POINTS!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Seasonal salad was fantastic and they split into 2 bowls so we could share. We had the wood fired margarita pizza for the first time (we usually get the Detroit style) which was delicious and the crust was nice and crispy but not burnt.
A photo of High Country restaurant
4.8
4.8 (30)
$30 and under
American
Boulder
About the restaurant
Come taste the latest and greatest American Fare at High Country!
The Best Burgers in Boulder are right in the middle of the action on Pearl St. Beautiful Salads featuring great produce from Local Farms, as well as Ribs, Brisket and Wings are all here to share. A Phenomenal Beer selection, Craft Cocktails, and Organic Wines seal the deal.
Top review
Lizzie
Dined 4 days ago
Everything is delicious. Top favs are ribs, brisket sandwich, blackened salmon, and cornbread. Must get a milkshake.
A photo of Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar - Pearl St. Boulder restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1170)
$30 and under
Sushi
Boulder
About the restaurant
The name Hapa is derived from the Hawaiian term that describes a harmonious blend of Asian and American cultures. Like our name, our food reflects this dynamic combination. The menu is based on traditional Japanese cooking fundamentals which are then amplified, muted, or mixed with influences from many different styles of cooking until they are something completely new: they're Hapa. We have stretched the boundaries of creativity to develop dishes that defy all the rules while holding true to our roots. We hope that you will find our menu innovative, uninhibited, and distinctly fun! Incomplete parties will not be sat until complete.
Top review
JohnCvip
Dined 2 days ago
Better than Japengo. Quality of sushi and service above and beyond.
A photo of Sushi Zanmai restaurant
4.7
4.7 (6)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Boulder
About the restaurant
Sushi Zanmai is celebrating its 38th year as Boulder's favorite sushi spot! Zanmai provides family friendly dining. Our daily happy hour features popular rolls and appetizers and of course, Sake Bombs!
Sushi Zanmai has intimate dining for dates, sushi bar seating for guests who want to watch the chefs make their food, large tables for parties, and private Japanese tatami rooms for business meetings or raucous gatherings. The menu boasts both traditional Japanese kitchen food, sushi, and sashimi, as well as creative rolls and appetizers. Zanmai has vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten-free, and vegan offerings. Reservations are encouraged for parties of 6 or more. This restaurant also offers to-go services.
Top review
ArtYvip
Dined on May 29, 2024
We had a tatami room and it worked out perfectly! The food was very good, we enjoyed all of the rolls. The menu is a bit limited but the choices tasted great. It’s not the fanciest of places but again the food was very good and worked perfectly for a business get together without breaking the bank. Thank you!
A photo of Stella's Cucina restaurant
4.7
4.7 (536)
$50 and over
Italian
Boulder
About the restaurant
Stella's Cucina was founded in 2023 by owner Stella Spanu. A four-year project, Stella is excited to bring something fresh and new to the Boulder food scene.

Incorporating authentic Italian cuisine from Chef Filippo Piccini, an eclectic music program and a unique atmosphere and ambiance, Stella's is designed to be a feast for the senses. Conceptualized and built by architect Miguel Quismondo, Stella's is art deco inspired with modern furnishings and decor creating a one-of-a-kind space that teleports you away from Boulder.

We're excited to have you join us and experience Stella's Cucina!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Highly recommend. We ate here in March on vacation and loved the place. We made a special overnight in the Boulder area so that we could eat here on the way to a conference in Fort Collins. Great for people with gluten free diets. Go out of there way to make sure everything you are served is gluten free. More than half of their menu is gluten free.
A photo of Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar - Boulder restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2565)
$30 and under
Seafood
Boulder
About the restaurant
We don't take ourselves too seriously at Jax Fish House. Two things we do take seriously? The freshness and sustainability of our seafood. You know fresh fish when you see, smell, and taste it-and thanks to modern delivery technology, we bring in that freshy-fresh seven days a week. Sustainability is a little more complicated. Not all commercial fisheries are created equal. That's why we work closely with our suppliers and science-based organizations to ensure that every single thing we serve is responsibly sourced. We consider the stocks of the species we source to prevent overfishing and we work with suppliers who harvest in ways that have minimal impacts on marine environments.
Top review
PeterKvip
Dined 3 days ago
First time at this restaurant. The service was excellent and just the right level of attentiveness. Food was terrific. Our table was outside and we loved it. Strawberry Rhubarb was the seasonal crisp for dessert and it was fantastic.
A photo of BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Boulder - 29th St restaurant
4.5
4.5 (98)
$30 and under
American
Boulder
About the restaurant
Time counts at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we've continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ's a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ's to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back. We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we've put on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies®, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better. So in many ways we haven't just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it's because of them we're continually striving to make sure every moment they choose to spend with us counts. Welcome to BJ's, a restaurant with a Brewhouse soul.
Top review
TandL
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
As often advised, much enjoy "this" location because of the food prep, excellent service, friendly atmosphere, and reasonable cost. Tonight was salad night, enjoyed pot stickers for starters, Asian chicken and Tri-tip salads for dinner.
A photo of Acreage by Stem Ciders restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1379)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Lafayette
About the restaurant
Acreage, the first culinary venture from Stem Ciders, is a collaboration by Stem and Colorado Farmers, bringing you the freshest ingredients on the front range. Born from an inspiring landscape and dynamic team, Acreage brings the urban cider house experience found in Stem's RiNo restaurant and taproom, to the countryside with elevated dishes and views that are healthy for your soul.

Acreage is located about 5 minutes from downtown Lafayette with the best view in Colorado, with a huge outdoor space for all ages to enjoy. Playground, hammocks, mountain views and lots of Cider!

**Please review the descriptions for the different Seating Areas on our website before making a reservation**
If you are looking at an experience, and it's unavailable, it's likely that time is booked, try another time or give us a call! www.acreageco.com
Top review
damiddleton
Dined 7 days ago
What a great find! Stem Ciders are one of my favorite beverages, so when I heard about Acerage, I had to go. I wasn't disappointed! Great laid back atmosphere with plenty of outside seating. There are games for kids, dogs welcome, and chairs overlooking the mountains to watch our beautiful sunsets! The drinks were, of course, fantastic, and the food was great! I will go back!
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