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2016 Graduation Brunch Recommendations for Boulder, Colorado

The University of Colorado Boulder’s spring commencement ceremony is right around the corner, taking place on May 7 and starting at 8:30 a.m. With all the excitement that graduation day brings, what happens after the ceremony may not yet be planned. Thankfully, we have compiled the seven best places to eat post-ceremony in Boulder. Here are our favorites:

Spruce at Hotel Boulderado

Hotel Boulderado has three restaurants within its fold, but only one serves brunch. Spruce’s mission is simple: natural and locally focused. Every day, brunch selections are prepared from scratch, and as often as available, they use ingredients from local farmers, artisans, and ranchers in Colorado. You can also expect delicious daily specials based on the season.


Opened in 2001, Mateo features simple dishes inspired by the Provence Region in Europe. They are locally known for their wine list, which focuses on small batch French and Italian varietals and complements the seasonally changing menu. For brunch, be sure to try their enticing selection of eggs Benedict.

Brasserie TenTen

A bustling bistro in the heart of downtown, Brasserie TenTen has been welcoming guests since 2003. Their French-inspired cuisine, served in an inviting dining room, is the perfect place to dine after graduation. Their exceptional brunch menu features an in-house bakery selection of fresh patisserie, like croissants, chocolate éclairs, cinnamon morning rolls, classic eggs Benedict, duck confit hash, fresh waffles, and other can’t-miss delicious dishes.

The Kitchen

Since opening its doors in 2004, The Kitchen has stood firm in the belief that gathering around the table while sharing a meal is what connects us. A community of people passionate about food and drink help make this quaint bistro one of the most unique places in Boulder, and everything on the brunch menu comes from local farmers and ranchers. Be sure to try their corned beef hash and Northern Lights Smoked Salmon – both are to die for.

Pizzeria Locale

Pizzeria Locale Boulder serves classic Napolitano pizza in an elegant yet casual setting. The eatery also offers a full selection of beer, wine, and amaro-based cocktails. A crowd favorite is the Fragola pizza, topped with strawberries and other delightful ingredients that really bring this brunch dish together. Pizzeria Locale provides a friendly, inviting place where friends and family can gather and celebrate your grad’s accomplishments.


Surrounded by a canopy of hundred-year-old trees and a beautiful stone patio, Colterra welcomes everyone who dines there with an authentic, simple charm that evokes thoughts of Tuscany.  The kitchen cooks up inspired dishes that incorporate ingredients from local farmers, which ensures that the freshest produce is always used, in season, and full of flavor.  Their brunch menu includes everything from steel cut oats to Extra Virgin Olive Oil Poached Ahi Tuna Panini. Two of their most popular dishes, however, are the Colterra eggs Benedict with prosciutto and crispy polenta, and the vanilla bean French toast.

Cafe Aion

At Café Aion, expect service in a convivial and relaxed atmosphere, reminiscent of a modern, open, Spanish kitchen. This local hot spot offers traditional Spanish tapas, as well as a full brunch menu. Brunch must-haves include braised beef short ribs with eggs, potatoes, and greens, as well as the Turkish breakfast featuring hummus, olives, and roasted peppers.

Graduation is an exciting time when families come to celebrate the accomplishments of their loved ones.  If you haven’t made your brunch reservations yet, better hurry…these restaurants are filling up quickly. Where’s your favorite place to grab brunch in Boulder? Tell us in the comments below!

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