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Want to Go Out(side) to Dinner?

Category: Boulder Blog

Post Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Hi Downtown Boulder Readers!

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown a wrench in a lot of things. What's been inspiring to watch is the innovative and creative ways the restaurant community is adapting. We have been encouraged to dine through outdoor & pod eating, which is honestly more fun than I would ever have imagined. 

Prior to the pandemic, I had only ever considered eating outside in the summertime or exceptionally warm spring/fall nights. However, this past year has prompted both restaurants and diners like me to break out of our comfort zones by eating outside… inside! Pasta Jay's, bartaco, and Jax Fish House are a few of the many downtown restaurants that have tents outside with tables underneath them to offer a pandemic-safe, warm, outdoor-indoor dining experience. You get to enjoy the beautiful sights of downtown Boulder in the winter while eating the delicious food you crave and keeping warm! What could be better? On warmer days, hop over to Hapa Sushi or Japango if you are looking to dine al fresco (aka without a tent).

Personally, I feel that pod dining is a super cool alternative to dining indoors. Pod dining offers each table an individual enclosed space outside. To me, it feels like it fosters a sense of individuality and makes you feel extra special as a customer. It is almost like having a room to yourself in a restaurant, except it is outside! Frasca has unique yurts to dine in, and right next door Pizzeria Locale has adorable wooden pods with 360 degree windows to look out of while you dine. If you’re ready to get out and try something special over the next couple weeks, I fully suggest trying out pod dining.

You can also take advantage of amazing views of downtown Boulder by sitting on the rooftop at Avanti & Rosetta Hall and of course the Rio to name a few. If you don’t want to wait for warmer weather, just bundle up in your favorite winter outfit (Mid Winter Sale is right around the corner and the perfect excuse to go out and buy a new winter outfit) and make a rooftop day out of it with your friends.

This year has made me realize I need to stop spending time waiting to do things, and to just do them! So if you are ready to get out and explore some restaurants safely, do it today instead of tomorrow. Plus, what is more ‘Boulder’ than being able to say you spent your afternoon on a rooftop in the winter?

Adjusting to the new normal has been difficult, but downtown Boulder’s outdoor dining options make it fun and exciting to enjoy food in a less-than-traditional way. Happy Dining!

Talk Soon,



Mentioned in this Post: Avanti Boulder, bartaco, Frasca Food & Wine, Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar, Japango, Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, Pasta Jay's, Pizzeria Alberico, Rosetta Hall

Tagged:   Dining

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