Boulder Restaurants and Bars Reopening for Dine-In Service | Westword

Boulder Restaurants and Bars Reopening for In-House Dining

With the go-ahead from Governor Jared Polis, these Boulder restaurants are reopening now or very soon.
Roadhouse Boulder Depot is one of many open Boulder-area restaurants.
Roadhouse Boulder Depot is one of many open Boulder-area restaurants. Courtesy Roadhouse Boulder Depot
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Restaurants across Colorado can now reopen for on-premises dining, with many safety precautions. Meanwhile, takeout and delivery — of both food and booze, praise the lord — are not only still allowed, but encouraged. Although the new rules took effect on May 27, many eateries have been taking their time as they determine the best way to reopen.

As of June 30, Governor Jared Polis required bars and nightclubs to close; businesses that may be affected are indicated by an asterisk.

Boulder restaurants are definitely back in business, though. Here are spots in Boulder County where you can now sit down and eat — though, as always, we recommend verifying with individual establishments. (See our list of Denver restaurants and bars reopening for more options in the metro area.)

1914 House
121 Second Avenue, Niwot

The eatery is open for eat-in service with initial hours of 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

AOI Sushi & Izakaya
3303 30th Street, Boulder
The Japanese eatery has reopened its dining room.

909 Walnut Street, Boulder
Arcana's newly expanded patio is now open; no reservations are being accepted at this time.

Bad Daddy's Burger Bar
Multiple Boulder-area locations
Bad Daddy's dining rooms are now open with single-use menus and a maximum of six guests per table.

3601 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
You can now reserve outdoor seating on Basta's website.

Black Cat
9889 North 51st Street, Longmont
The farm-to-table bistro is going back to its roots (literally); instead of reopening its downtown dining room, Black Cat is serving three-course, prix fixe menus on the grounds of its Longmont farm. Reservations are a must; make yours on Open Table.

1606 Conestoga Street, Boulder

Blackbelly has converted its parking lot into covered outdoor seating; reservations (via phone or online) are encouraged, and diners are requested to preorder a meal the day before their booking to limit staff contact. Stay up to date on its Facebook page.

Blake's Taphouse
16860 Sheridan Parkway, Broomfield
The tavern has reopened its dining room.

Brickstones Kitchen & Bar
2601 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder
The hotel restaurant's patio reopened with limited hours and menu. Find details on its Facebook page; reservations by phone are required.

The Buff Restaurant
2600 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder
The breakfast and brunch spot is open for business; see its Facebook page for details on how to secure a spot on its waitlist.

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Cafe Aion's patio and dining room are (re)open for business.
Courtesy Cafe Aion
Cafe Aion
1235 Pennsylvania Avenue, Boulder
Cafe Aion reopened with additional outdoor seating; make a reservation for a two hour dinner on its website.

Centro Mexican Kitchen
950 Pearl Street, Boulder
The regional Mexican eatery is open for dining on its covered patio as well as in its dining room. The entire menu is brand-new; reservations are strongly recommended.

Chautauqua Dining Hall
900 Baseline Road, Boulder
The scenic and historic dining room has reopened.

206 South Public Road, Lafayette

Community is open for dine-in service; get details on the eatery's Facebook page.

1023 Walnut Street, Boulder
The high-end Boulder steakhouse is now open to reservations in the dining room (required) and walk-in seating on the patio. Call or visit its website to book a table.

Delicious Z's
802 South Public Road D, Lafayette

The breakfast joint is open with indoor and outdoor seating.

Eat! Food & Drink
520 Zang Street, Broomfield
The eat(!)ery is now serving in its dining room and on its patio.

1630 63rd Street, Boulder
The Mexican eatery's dining room and patio are now open.

Flagstaff House
1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder
Boulder's best restaurant views have returned. Call or visit Open Table for a reservation, but note all outdoor and window tables cannot be reserved and will be seated on a first come, first serve basis.

Frasca Food & Wine
1738 Pearl Street, Boulder
Boulder's swanky spot is now open to reservations only; make yours at Tock.

Great Scott's Eatery
7510 US Highway 287, Broomfield
The retro diner is now open for eat-in service.

The Hungry Toad
2543 Broadway Street, Boulder
The British pub is currently open from 4 to 9 p.m. daily.

Illegal Pete's
1447 Pearl Street, Boulder, 303-440-3955
1124 13th Street, Boulder, 303-444-3055
Both Boulder locations are now open; although you can eat on the patio, orders must still be placed in advance on the eatery's website.

Jax Fish House
928 Pearl Street, Boulder
Jax's dining room is open to guests with reservations.

Jefes Tacos & Tequila
246 Main Street, Longmont

The taqueria reopened with expanded outdoor seating; find updates on its Facebook page.

900 Walnut Street, Boulder
Jill's dining room is now open; in addition, diners can order in the restaurant and eat on the terrace.

The Kitchen
1039 Pearl Street, Boulder
The Kitchen is serving a limited menu to guests with a reservation. 

Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant
1701 Pearl Street, Boulder
Leaf's dining room has reopened.

1837 Pearl Street, Boulder
Mateo's patio is now open for guests.

Next Door American Eatery
103 Pearl Street, Boulder, 720-542-8159
1232 South Hover Street, Longmont, 303-325-9690
Next Door's Boulder location is open with a brand-new app for touchless ordering and payment; Longmont is reopening its dining room Thursday, June 25.

Oak at Fourteenth
1400 Pearl Street, Boulder
Oak's patio is open for first come, first served seating. Diners must still order via the restaurant's website. Its dining room will open for in-house seating on Thursday, June 25 (an update from its previous opening date of Wednesday, June 17). Reservations are required and can be made by phone or on the restaurant's website.

Pizzeria Locale

1730 Pearl Street, Boulder
The pizza joint from the folks at Frasca is now open to reservations only, which are available on Tock.

The Post Brewing Co.
Three Boulder-area locations
The Boulder, Lafayette and Longmont dining rooms are currently open. Make your reservation on Open Table.

Proto's Pizza
Multiple Boulder-area locations
All locations of the local Neapolitan-style pizza chain are open for indoor and outdoor dining. See its website for hours, and call to make a reservation.

2770 Arapahoe Road, Lafayette
The fish and chips joint is now seating customers in its dining room.

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Eat-in empanadas are back, courtesy of Rincon Argentino.
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Rincon Argentino
2525 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
The empanada emporium's dining room and patio are now open.

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
1101 Walnut Street, Boulder
The Boulder favorite is now welcoming guests into its dining room.

Roadhouse Boulder Depot
2366 Junction Place, Boulder
The restaurant has opened its doors for in-house dining.

Rosetta Hall
1109 Walnut Street, Boulder
The food hall and all its concepts are now open for dining in. Find out more on its Instagram page.

Roxie's Tacos
1325 Broadway, Boulder
The Indian-Mexican mashup is serving its unique tacos in house. Reservations are recommended; make yours on the eatery's website.

Salt has installed decorative dining room partitions.
Courtesy Salt
1047 Pearl Street, Boulder
You can now eat in Salt's dining room or on one of its two expanded patios.

1265 Alpine Avenue, Boulder
The New Mexican eatery has reopened with new outdoor seating. Reservations are strongly recommended.

The Sink
1165 13th Street, Boulder
The Boulder bar is welcoming guests on an expanded patio. You must call ahead to be put on its waitlist; see its website for details.

Taco Junky
1149 13th Street, Boulder
The cantina has reopened to drinkers and diners.

Three Boulder-area locations
The breakfast and brunch spot has reopened all three of its dining rooms.

Tip Top Savory Pies
105 North Public Road, Lafayette
The bakery is now open on weekends only. Visit its Instagram page for updates.

Village Coffee Shop
1605 Folsom Street, Boulder
The longstanding diner is now open for dining in.

West End Tavern
926 Pearl Street, Boulder
West End Tavern's dining room is now open; make a reservation on Open Table.

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Zolo Grill's food is as colorful as its flower-laden patio.
Courtesy Big Red F
Zolo Grill
2525 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
The venerable Boulder restaurant reopened its dining room and patio. Reservations are required; call or visit Zolo's website to make yours.

We will be expanding this list as we hear of new restaurants reopening; send information to [email protected].
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