People in Boulder are crazy about the outdoors, and outdoor dining is no exception. This town has more than its fair share of restaurants with patio and rooftop seating. To make your dining experience that much more enjoyable this summer, we’ve put together a list of Boulder’s best rooftop and patio dining.
If a relaxed fine-dining experience, with rare and exquisite French wines is what you’re after, then you must visit Mateo. Located at 18th and Pearl, it sits in a calmer corner of town, making the patio a comfortable and quiet place to relax. The patio seats 40 easily, so unlike the patios downtown, you won’t have to fight for a seat. Whether you want to enjoy a summer’s evening with your friends, or simply want to bring yourself and a good book, Mateo’s patio will not disappoint, and neither will the food!
Frasca Food and Wine
If you live in Boulder and haven’t been to Frasca, you don’t know what you’re missing. Their dishes are so authentic, you might, for a second, think you’ve traveled to Italy. Patio seating at Frasca is always in high demand, especially during the summertime. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy one of their renowned gimlets while watching the entertainment on the Pearl Street Mall?
Pizzeria Locale Picture yourself enjoying a perfectly crisped slice of brick oven pizza. Now picture yourself enjoying it with a glass of wine in hand, outside on a cool summer’s eve. At Pizzeria Locale, you can do just that. Their patio is spacious and casual, with large, shaded tables. If you’re looking for somewhere to bring the kids, this is definitely the spot.
The West End Tavern
The West End Tavern offers some of the best barbeque, beer, and bourbon in town. Its rooftop patio offers one of the most beautiful views of the Flatirons, and the craft beer selection is truly remarkable. The rooftop even has outdoor heaters, making it accessible practically year round.
The Rio’s rooftop patio is one of the most popular in town, especially among the college students. The rooftop is huge, with plenty of shaded and un-shaded tables. One of the best things about this patio is that they tie small sunscreen bottles to each umbrella, how’s that for customer service? So, if you’re craving a margarita, coupled with a breathtaking view of the Flatirons, The Rio is where you want to be.
The Lazy Dog Sports Bar & Grill
The Lazy Dog is a great spot to visit if you’re in the mood for a pub-like atmosphere. Known for its beers and pub fare, The Lazy Dog is always bustling with people. The rooftop patio is massive, and offers a stunning view of the Flatirons. Not only is the view from the rooftop out of this world, but you can also enjoy live music up there on Friday and Saturday nights.
Now this is definitely a college bar. Loud music, animated crowds, and strong drinks greet you as you walk in. K’s is known for its lively atmosphere, and it’s a great place to let loose during the summer. We certainly don’t suggest bringing the kids here, but if you want to let loose, you’ll fit right in.
Everyone in Boulder knows about – and loves – The Kitchen. Boulderites love the The Kitchen so much in fact, that it’s almost always packed. Scoring a seat on their patio can be tough, but if you’re lucky enough to snag one, we guarantee that your experience will be wonderful. The patio faces Pearl Street, giving you an optimal people-watching view as you enjoy some hummus or grilled octopus.
Centro Latin Kitchen
Centro is one of the best places to enjoy authentic, soulful, Latin cuisine in Boulder. Its patio has a casual vibe that makes you feel relaxed and at home. No matter what you’re in the mood for, whether a quick cocktail or a mellow meal with friends or family, Centro’s patio is sure to please you.
So what will it be, a romantic evening at Frasca or Mateo, or a fun, friend-filled evening on The Rio’s rooftop? No matter what you choose, your pallet will certainly be pleased. Enjoy the summer!