The Top 5 Healthy and Organic Restaurants in Boulder, CO

Boulder, located at the foothills of the rugged Rocky Mountains, may surprise you as being home to the country's largest concentration of natural and organic products companies. It has also been named as the fittest city in America several times over the past few years.

And why not? Their claim to fame in health circles goes back to the era when the Boulder-Colorado Sanitarium opened (1896) as a retreat for those who sought rest, rejuvenation, health foods and nature. Fast forward, and wellness remains a priority for locals and visitors alike.

Our team has vetted restaurants all across the country to find the ones that meet our strict standards of ingredient, preparation, and environmental guidelines. Our purpose is to direct you to the healthiest restaurant choices because when you have cancer, every choice you make matters.

Here are our Top 5 healthy restaurant picks for Boulder, Colorado:

Fresh Thymes Eatery

2500 30th Street #101
Boulder, Colorado 80301

If you’re looking for a gluten-free restaurant with vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and keto options, Fresh Thymes is your place. Offering everything from Chicken Turmeric Broth to Cauliflower Tacos, there’s something for everyone on the menu.

Enjoy favorites such as their Wicked Chicken Pizza (Riot wing sauce, adobo chicken, green chiles, mozzarella, Romaine, dairy-free ranch dressing); Pumpkin Falafel Burger (house-made Falafel, red cabbage slaw, tahini mayo); Dragon Lamb Lettuce Cups (Buckner Family Farm lamb, ginger, garlic, dragon marinade, watermelon radish, house-fermented kimchi, cucumber, sriracha aioli, crisp lettuce); and desserts like the dairy-free Seasonal Chocolate Tart (almond shortbread crust, chocolate coconut milk ganache, seasonal toppings).

Frasca Food and Wine

1738 Pearl Street
Boulder, Colorado 80302

Sample menu items include Insalata D’Autunno (farm greens, apple, walnut, hazelnut, piave Vecchio); Dentice (snapper crudo, persimmon, radish, citrus, pink peppercorn); Capesante (scallop, lingonberry, squash, pistachio); Carne Di Cervo (venison tartare, beet, black trumpet, and huckleberry); and Maltagliati Di Grano Saraceno (wild boar ragu, buckwheat pasta, pickled currant, and parmigiano-reggiano).

Black Cat Bistro

1964 13th Street
Boulder, Colorado 80302

A small neighborhood bistro, the Black Cat restaurant is the beneficiary of produce supplied by the 425-acre, certified organic Black Cat Farm. In addition to some of the finest fruit and vegetables in Colorado, the Black Cat Farm is also home to Tunis & Karakul sheep, Mulefoot pigs, heritage chickens and turkeys, and Toulouse geese.

As a result of the restaurant’s dependence on seasonal produce, their menu changes daily, but never disappoints. In addition their extensive wine menu includes a nice selection of biodynamic and organic wines.

Bramble & Hare

1970 13th Street
Boulder, Colorado 80302

This sister restaurant of Black Cat Bistro has become a favorite of locals. With a menu that changes with the seasons, their certified organic and even wild, foraged produce add an amazing depth of flavors to their award-winning cuisine. The restaurant features a three-course menu featuring simple rustic dishes at reasonable prices, especially when you consider that everything is house-made, from charcuterie to liquors to desserts.

Flower Child

2580 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, Colorado 80302

Featuring made-from-scratch menu items using the freshest of ingredients, the Flower Child serves up vegan, vegetarian, and paleo options. They can also accommodate sugar-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free diets.

Enjoy their Turkey and Avocado Cobb Salad (Romaine, arugula, red cabbage, avocado, tomato, cucumber, crunchy corn, pickled onion, smoked almond, gorgonzola vinaigrette); Mother Earth Bowl (ancient grains, sweet potato, portobello mushroom, avocado, cucumber, broccoli pesto, charred onion, leafy greens, red pepper miso vinaigrette, hemp seed); Thai Dye Wrap (spicy tofu, Thai basil, avocado, carrot, daikon radish, cilantro, snap pea); and sides such as Yuzu Brussels Sprouts (charred onion, savoy cabbage, and golden miso).

The Top 5 Healthy and Organic Restaurants in Boulder, CO

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Created by James Templeton, a 30+ year Stage 4 Melanoma cancer survivor, the Templeton List is part of his lifelong dream to give back and lend a helping hand to cancer survivors and to anyone desiring to increase or maintain their good health. James experienced first-hand the challenge of finding quality restaurants and food sources when traveling. The successful CEO of Uni-Key Health Systems and founder of the Templeton Wellness Foundation, The Templeton List was developed to help anyone easily find trust-worthy, carefully vetted healthy restaurants all across America. Read more about our 5 Star Rating System here!

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