I haven’t had much time in the last few weeks to be as adventurous as usual with my meals because of my many midterms and papers. I was growing accustomed to ramen noodles and protein shakes as my goto dinners. Recently though, I’ve been scoping Boulder for something a little different, more diverse in the restaurant scene. From healthy noodle bowls, to crispy fried pickle and pumpkin ravioli, here are my favorite date night restaurants in Boulder.
Oak has one of the best atmopshere’s for date night that Boulder has to offer. Located right off Pearl Street, it is the ideal location to grab some dinner or even something for their late night happy hour. My favorite adminity there would have to be their fried green tomatoes or their  fried pickles. I have no idea what they put in their dipping sauces, but it is some kind of wonderful. Even better, the staff at Oak are the friendliest groups of people I have ever encountered at a restaurant in a long time. They are always refilling your water (the best water in all of Colorado, trust me) or asking at the perfect times if you need anything.
From their Brie to their mussels, you cannot go wrong at Brasserie Ten Ten. This candle lit, romantic vibe is a prime place to take someone you’re trying to impress with not just the food, but the aroma as well. Just stepping into this restaurant screams fine dining and french food. The prices are very reasonable for the quality and quanity of their food. This diverse menu offers crepes, seafood, and even cheese plates for even the pickest of eaters.
This well lit, open restuarant serves some of the most fresh ingredients that Boulder has to offer. All their meats are naturally raised and their produce are organically grown, which is definitely noticed in the high quality and taste of their food. They frequently switch up their menu with what is in season, which makes this restaurant new and exciting every single time. Try their sister restaurant, Pizzeria Locale, for equally refreshing taste.
As a fellow non-meat eater, I love going to a resturant that has a diverse area of vegetarian options. From Korean BBQ Seitan (which I swear taste more like meat than the real thing), to Spagetti Sqash Pad Thai, this restaurant has everything to offer and more.  One of my favorite things about this place is their prevelance of gluten free options. Their hefty drink menu with varieties of teas, wines, and mixed drinks aren’t too bad either. 🙂
Looking to stray away from Pearl Street, then head over to Cafe Aion, where the atmosphere perfect for first impressions. You’ll blow your date away with the classiness of your choice. Stop in for their happy hours-3-6 daily and all night tuesdays to try their pumpkin fritters with chorizo aoli or their infamous potato chips. My favorite restaurant on the hill by far!
if you’re looking for something a little easier on your wallet, check out Zoe Mama and their authentic asian street food. My goto spot for Valentine’s Day and every other day of the year. They have gluten free and vegetarian options for most of their dishes, which is especially nice when you live in the nation’s capital of picky eaters!