Restaurants in Boulder

This comfortable lounge above The Kitchen has a terrific selection of spirits (like Leopold Bros. Absinthe Verte) and hosts a daily “tasting hour” of affordable small plates and seasonal drinks.

This tiny Mexican restaurant looks like a mini-Mission with archways and a curved bell wall above the entrance. A lemon-yellow sign perched on the roof has a drawing of a man sleeping under a large sombrero, making the restaurant easier to spot from the road.

An updated American tavern, the West End offers an amazing selection of bourbons at its antique wooden bar and on its rooftop patio overlooking the Flatirons.

Seldom seen (on these shores, at least) varieties of nigiri sushi, augmented by perfectly composed Japanese appetizers.

In the heart of downtown Boulder, Centro Latin Kitchen serves up gourmet versions of Latin cuisine typical of the open-air markets of Central and South America.

Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson’s Friulian menu features hand-cut pasta and pork in half a dozen forms, while the wine list of co-owner (and Master Sommelier) Bobby Stuckey glitters with northern Italian gems.