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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Boulder Area

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 (1432)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Food and service was great. We just thought it was a little overpriced.
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 2 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 FARRA Lyons restaurant
4.8
4.8 (86)
$31 to $50
Spanish
Lyons
About the restaurant
Spanish Diaspora at the front porch of the Rockies ⛰️
Food and drinks to feel
Tuesday to Saturday ~ 5pm -> Close
Top review
BarbaraH
Dined 5 days ago
Farra is my new favorite restaurant. The food has never disappointed us. Always great.
A photo of High Country restaurant
4.8
4.8 (29)
$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
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
We tried the queso with burnt ends this time and it was so good! The margaritas were super tasty as well. If you haven’t tried this place you need to!
A photo of Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar - Boulder restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2564)
$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
Davi
Dined 2 days ago
Love Jax!! Always our go to for special meals or just a bunch of raw oysters and peel and eat shrimp. See you again soon!
A photo of The Post Chicken & Beer - Lafayette restaurant
4.6
4.6 (660)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Lafayette
About the restaurant
At The Post Chicken & Beer, we brew delicious, award-winning beers and fry up the crispiest, juiciest hot chicken around. We serve it with our kitchen's take on vegetarian and seafood dishes, fresh salads, farm fresh and innovative sides - classics remade for modern times and tastes. We make the traditional, uncommonly memorable
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Excellent service for a big table (11 people), and the food was a amazing as always. Love this place!
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 The Post Chicken & Beer - Boulder restaurant
4.5
4.5 (397)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Boulder
About the restaurant
At The Post Chicken & Beer, we brew delicious, award-winning beers and fry up the crispiest, juiciest hot chicken around. We serve it with our kitchen's take on vegetarian and seafood dishes, fresh salads, farm fresh and innovative sides - classics remade for modern times and tastes. We make the traditional, uncommonly memorable
Top review
JustPassingByvip
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
I really feel that the stand out star here is the service because the teamwork was evident, and the staff was attentive, not only to the tables, but to each other and it felt really good to have everybody working together. Good example of how this worked is there wasn’t necessarily a host at the stand but more over everyone taking turns to get it handled promptly And then the other thing is the food runners and other staff making sure things are moving along The food was good. Everybody liked what they had. They do like the Lafayette store a little better.
A photo of Roadhouse Boulder Depot restaurant
4.4
4.4 (848)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Boulder
About the restaurant
Located in the 125 year old historic Boulder Train Depot, Roadhouse Boulder Depot brings an urban flare to a historic setting and serves as a gathering place for the entire Boulder community. Operating as a restaurant in the Roadhouse Hospitality Group, Roadhouse Boulder Depot offers a quality “roadhouse” style menu with an emphasis on customer service and community. As University of Colorado Boulder alumni, the Shipp brothers, Terry, Dan, Mike and John, took their knowledge of restaurants and coupled it with their understanding and appreciation for the Boulder community. Tying together history, art, and great food, guests can expect a one of a kind dining experience in a true Boulder institution. Roadhouse Boulder Depot is more than a trend, it’s a tradition.
Top review
AnnieS
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Great place with wonderful ambiance and great service! We enjoyed it very much !!
A photo of Aperitivo restaurant
4.4
4.4 (77)
$30 and under
Global, International
Gunbarrel
About the restaurant
Gunbarrel's finest bistro, begins with Italy's Lavazza Coffee, handmade Lunch, Tapas, a wide variety of Main Entrees and weekend brunch, with an eclectic wine and craft cocktail list.... Aperitivo translates to a beginning.... lets begin our culinary relationship.... see you soon!
Top review
casecor
Dined on May 12, 2024
Great spot for Mother’s Day. Had a great family lunch/brunch.
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