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The Best Boulder, Colorado Patios and Rooftops

Summer weather not only means longer days, countless hikes, and bountiful farmers markets, but it also means outside dining. Boulder has taken significant strides to help its hospitality industry survive the pandemic, and now, much of Pearl St. is blocked off to allow additional outdoor seating. Here are some of our favorite patio and rooftop dining options around town. 

The Rio Grande

For casual Mexican and sweeping views of the Flatirons, head to the heart of downtown Boulder and snag a seat at The Rio. Known for its killer margaritas, the rooftop bar is always lively with a festival-like feel. Great for date nights, girls night outs, and after-work happy hours, The Rio is a beloved staple in Boulder’s dining-out scene. 


Typically, outdoor dining at Salt is limited to a select few tables. However, its patio now extends across Pearl with ample seating options. Diners will feel as if they are in a charming European village as they sip white wine and watch passersby along Boulder’s main thoroughfare. Watch the Flatirons at the west end of Pearl change from earth-tones to light pinks and purples with the setting sun. 


This locally loved and very popular eatery exudes understated elegance and a mouth-watering menu. Its outdoor patio is tucked behind the restaurant, offering diners a secluded and intimate experience. Indulge in oysters, river trout, or cucumber tartine while enjoying Boulder’s comfortable summer evenings.  

The Kitchen 

Widely acknowledged as one of Boulder’s most treasured restaurants, The Kitchen is a great place to grab a sustainably-sourced and delicious lunch or dinner. The eatery’s communal dining experience attracts foodies of all preferences and its outdoor patio sits adjacent bustling Pearl St. Look for the bright orange umbrellas and snag a spot outside to enjoy all that our beautiful city and this awesome restaurant have to offer. 


For an evening to remember, reserve a table on the outdoor patio overlooking Boulder’s stunning landscape. Corrida offers diners the ultimate experience with sumptuous steaks, an extensive wine list, and elegant atmosphere. During COVID-19, it is offering a “Picnic on the Patio” experience that gives diners three different basket options, accompanied by wine, cider, or beer. 

Boulder’s restaurants boast some truly remarkable patio and rooftop dining spaces. Views of the city and surrounding mountains are stunning and make for a fabulous backdrop to any experience. Support local business and enjoy the warm summer weather by reserving your spot at any of these outstanding establishments. 

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