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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places, whether it be on the hill, at Pearl street mall, or 29th street mall, you will never run out of things to try.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is such a large variety of food that it fits the needs of every student.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: On the weekends, you can find many students at Moe's bagels, Dunkin Donuts, Illegal Petes, and so many more. These are less expensive places to just grab food and go, but there are also many others places. There are so many breakfast/lunch spots on Pearl Street to go to like Snooze, Foolish Craigs, and Brasserie Ten Ten. These places are slightly more expensive, but still affordable. Lastly, The Buff. This is a favorite of both natives and students and although the wait is outrageous, the food is well worth it. I have yet to find any places off of the hill or Pearl Street that offer discounts. It's Boulder, so there are tons of places that offer gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, and any other dietary obstacles.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Boulder is a college town, so there are numerous late night options that are reasonable for a college student's budget. There are also higher end and interesting ethnic or diet-specific options. There are also a number of excellent micro-breweries.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places you can go. There are a lot of restaurants located on the hill, there are a lot in the shopping center near Kittredge/Wolf Law area, and you can also find a variety near 29th Street Mall. Some have student discounts, others don't.


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Looking over the list of dining options that Boulder has to offer, one might think they were in a city such as Los Angeles or New York. But don’t let the out-of-state license plates fool you, this is Colorado, and we just happen to have it that good. Depending on the appetite or mood, a multitude of Boulder restaurants, coffeehouses, delis, and juice joints remain connoisseurs in catering to a variety of cravings and needs. Early risers requiring a caffeine fix can easily purchase a latté and a freshly-baked muffin from at least three different establishments scattered throughout the Hill—adding only a few short minutes to a student’s daily walk to class. For lunch, Illegal Pete’s is a favorite, based on the daily long lines. Yet, if a gigantic five-dollar burrito doesn’t seem worth the wait, students simply continue towards Deli Zone or Salvaggio’s for a cheesesteak or turkey sub served on fresh-baked bread.

On the same block, students enjoy Happa’s happy hour, where appetites gather around the elevated sushi bar. Those who prefer their food cooked over a grill often choose Thunderbird for burgers, while others opt for healthy international cuisine. Pearl street area offers some of the finest in cuisine and is easily one of the most popular areas to visit for a nice dinner out. With The Kitchen being named best restaurant by The New York Times all the way to The Med having such a great variety of really tasty food for a price that wont break the bank. There is a little something for everyone in order to have a nice dinner out on the town. Dig in!

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Attic Bar & Bistro
  • Cosmo's Pizza
  • Deli Zone
  • Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar
  • Illegal Pete's
  • Thunderbird
24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • Denver Diner
Best Asian
Sushi Zanmai
Best Breakfast
  • Dot's Diner
  • Le Peep
  • Lucille's Creole Café
Best Healthy
  • Sunflower
  • Whole Foods
Best Pizza
  • Abbo's
  • Fatty J's
Best Wings
  • The Sink
  • Thunderbird
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Flagstaff House
  • The Kitchen
  • Med Mediterranean Restaurant
Other Places to Check Out
  • Dushanbe Teahouse
  • Farmer's Market
  • Jax Fish House
  • K's China
  • Moe's Bagel
  • Old Chicago
  • Pressto
  • Prufrocks Café
  • Ras Kassas
  • Red Fish
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Thai Basil
  • University Hill Market
Did You Know?
For the best discounts and student specials, make sure to snag a Campus Cash coupon book. These packets are handed out early in the semester throughout campus, so when someone hands you one, take a couple, so they will last you the entire semester.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Delilah's Pretty Good Grocery
904 College Ave.
(303) 442-6575
2798 Arapahoe Ave.
(303) 443-5888
Whole Foods Market
2905 Pearl St.
(303) 545-6611
Wild Oats
2584 Baseline Rd.
(303) 499-7636

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Food: Italian, pizza
1110 13th St.
(303) 443-3199
Price: $2-$5
Attic Bar & Bistro
Food: Burgers, sandwiches, bar food
9494 Walnut St.
(303) 415-1300
Price: $5-$15
B Side Lounge
Food: Organic, vegetarian
2017 13th St.
(303) 473-9463
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Best wine list in Boulder
Food: Italian
921 Pearl St.
(303) 444-4888
Price: $10-$15
Boulder Café
Food: Contemporary
1247 Pearl St.
(303) 444-4884
Price: $10-$15
Boulder Creek Market
Food: Deli
1437 Arapahoe Ave.
(303) 444-7167
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Excellent sandwiches made with the finest meat
Boulder Dushanbe Tea House
Food: Asian, Mediterranean
1770 13th St.
(303) 442-4993
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Scenic outdoor seating
The Buff
Food: American
1725 28th St.
(303) 442-9150
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Popular breakfast spot
Chautauqua Dining Hall
Food: Ethnic
900 Baseline Rd.
(303) 440-3776
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Located in historic Chataqua Park
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American
1401 Pearl St.
(303) 546-0222
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Great outside dining
Chez Thuy
Food: Vietnamese
2655 28th St.
(303) 442-1700
Price: $5-$10
Cosmo's Pizza
Food: Pizza
1325 Broadway St.
(303) 447-3278
Price: $3-$5
Cool Features: Pizza by the slice
The Dark Horse
Food: American
2922 Baseline Rd.
(303) 442-8162
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Tasty burgers
Deli Zone
Food: Sandwiches
1300 College Ave.
(303) 449-6952
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Breakfast served all day
Food: American
2905 Baseline Rd.
(303) 447-0080
Price: $5-$10
Denver Diner
Food: American
740 W. Colfax Ave.
(303) 825-5443
Price: $5-$10
Dot's Diner
Food: American
1333 Broadway
(303) 447-9184
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Awesome breakfast
Fatty J's
Food: Pizza and pasta
770 28th St.
(303) 442-6666
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Late-night delivery
Flagstaff House
Food: Gourmet
1138 Flagstaff Rd.
(720) 214-0661
Price: $20-$30
Cool Features: Majestic views, dress code
Half Fast Subs
Food: Sandwiches
1215 13th St.
(303) 449-0404
Price: $4-$8
Cool Features: Happy hour Monday-Friday 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar
Food: Sushi, grill
1135 13th St.
(303) 447-9883
Price: $4-$8
Cool Features: Daily specials
Himalayas Restaurant
Food: Indian
2010 14th St.
(303) 442-3230
Price: $10-$15
Illegal Pete's
Food: Mexican
1320 College Ave.
(303) 444-3055
Price: $5-$8
Cool Features: Big burritos
Food: Japanese
1136 Pearl St.
(303) 938-0330
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Happy hour every day 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
The Kitchen and The Upstairs
Food: Bistro
1039 Pearl St.
(303) 544-5973
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Food is made with all-natural and mostly local products. Wind power is used throughout the whole restaurant.
Laudisio Ristorante
Food: Italian
2785 Iris Ave.
(303) 442-1300
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Great wine list
Le Peep
Food: International
2525 Arapahoe Ave.
(303) 444-5119
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Delicious breakfast
Lucille's Creole Café
Food: Creole
2124 14th St.
(303) 442-4743
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Voted best breakfast
Med Mediterranean Restaurant
Food: Mediterranean
1002 Walnut St.
(303) 444-5335
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Gorgeous patio seating
Food: Caribbean
950 Pearl St.
(303) 442-7771
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Spacious outdoor bar
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
1101 Walnut St.
(303) 444-3690
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Best margaritas in town
Salvaggio's Italian Deli
Food: Deli sandwiches
1107 13th St.
(303) 448-1200
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Freshly sliced meat
The Sink
Food: American
1165 13th St.
(303) 444-7465
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Students sign the walls
Food: Sandwiches
2049 Pearl St.
(303) 444-7766
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Student favorite
Food: Fine organic cuisine
1701 Pearl St.
(303) 440-022
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Best vegetarian restaurant
The Taj Restaurant
Food: Indian
2630 Baseline Rd.
(303) 494-5216
Price: $10-$15
Food: Burgers and sandwiches
1087 14th St.
(303) 449-9990
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Eat while seated on a surfboard or snowboard
Food: Casual healthy
2350 Arapahoe Ave.
(303) 442-2800
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Breakfast served all day
Wahoo's Fish Taco
Food: Mexican
2790 Pearl St.
(303) 473-9072
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Walls and windows are covered in stickers and surf memorabilia
Walnut Brewery
Food: American
1123 Walnut St.
(303) 447-1345
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Homemade microbrews
Zolo Grill
Food: Southwestern
2525 Arapahoe Ave.
(303) 449-0444
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Great atmosphere

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 195 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 212 responses

  • 60% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 35% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 4% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 1% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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