With its amazing mountain views, alpine weather, and endless outdoor adventures, romance is always in the air in Boulder, Colorado. People meet and make an instant connection all the time at the city’s scenic lakes, wooded trails or nearby ski slopes. But whether that connection leads to something more depends on many factors – such as how the first date goes.
If you want to make a good first impression, take your date to one of Boulder’s many fine romantic restaurants. Here are some of your choices.
1138 Flagstaff Road
What could be more romantic than the combination of breathtaking vistas and a sumptuous meal? Located high up on a mountainside, this restaurant offers some of the best views in Boulder. Enjoy spotting local wildlife and long-range views of the city below while you dine on exquisite French-American cuisine that includes exotic game. Pair with wine from the restaurant’s award-winning wine list.
Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
1770 13th Street
A warm and elegant ambiance is very important on a first date – and that’s what you get at this Boulder favorite. The Teahouse was a gift from Boulder’s sister city, Dushanbe in Tajikistan, where it was built completely by hand, then disassembled and shipped to Boulder. The colorful Tajikistani décor and the relaxing indoor lighting create the perfect mood for a memorable first date.
Frasca Food and Wine
1738 Pearl Street
This restaurant has often been called the “best restaurant in Colorado,” with top food critics raving about its impeccable food and wine pairing. Created by James Beard-winning Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and Chef Lachlan Mckinnon-Peterson, Frasca serves Friulian cuisine and a wine list that includes more than 200 varieties. The restaurant is also well-known for its excellent service.
Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar
928 Pearl Street
If you want a more casual and fun first date, this is the place to go. Jax Restaurant offers some of the best seafood in Boulder. The bar is well known for its wide selection of oysters and other shellfish, as well as its contemporary craft and classic cocktails, and a lively atmosphere.
1739 Pearl Street
An intimate setting makes the perfect backdrop for this restaurant’s top-rated French-Asian cuisine. Not only is the modern, Mediterranean-inspired food a treat for the palate, each dish is also a visual work of art, making the dining experience here both a feast for the eyes and the taste buds.
Brasserie Ten Ten
1011 Walnut Street
You don’t have to spend a fortune to impress your date. This cozy café will have you enjoying a wonderful traditional French meal amid an authentic French bistro setting. The large glass windows capture the captivating Boulder views outside, while the charming patio offers an intimate and casual dining and wining experience.
St. Julien Hotel and Spa
900 Walnut Street
This modern bistro offers some of the best farm-to-table food in Colorado, with an eclectic menu that makes use of the freshest seasonal ingredients. The restaurant’s beautiful interiors are perfect for a cozy date. And if you want to truly impress, ask for the Tableside service where the staff prepares select dishes right in front of you.
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