If you are looking for a romantic restaurant in Boulder, you are in luck as all it takes is a little hunting around to find the perfect place to take your date.
Carelli’s (http://www.carellis.com/main.html) is located in the most unlikely of places, located at Baseline and 30th street, right next to student dorms and at the end of a rundown looking strip mall. However, once inside this fact is soon forgotten. As you and your date walk up to the door you notice a large outdoor seating area that surrounds a fire pit. Once you enter you immediately see the large art piece suspended above the bar, sending a collage of colors cascading through the bottles. The bar and outdoor areas are pretty, but what really makes Carelli’s romantic is the ability for you and your date to sink back into one of the booths and disappear (remember to request on when you make reservations.
Carelli’s is open for lunch and dinner on weekdays, dinner only on Saturday, and closed on Sunday. The dishes are well proportioned and generally affordable, the most expensive dish is a $25 steak. One caution, if you do not like anchovies request that they leave that bit of garnish off the Caesar salad.
Easily the most expensive restaurant on this list, and probably the most expensive restaurant in Boulder, the Flagstaff House (http://www.flagstaffhouse.com/) is worth every penny. A drive up the mountains on Baseline will take you strait to this romantic restaurant that sits on the side of the mountain with a breathtaking view of Boulder. The floor to ceiling windows make the dining area feel like a greenhouse and offer fantastic views of nature and wild life (so do not be surprised if you see a deer walking by outside).
Be prepared to pay a premium for this romance, appetizers start of $11 for a salad and go up to $285 for a serving of Caspian Sea Golden Ostera Caviar served with a half bottle of Krug Grand Cuvee Champaign for $232. If you would prefer a tuna sandwich for an appetizer that will be a mere $18. The main course dishes start at $32 and top out at $62. But be sure, for these prices the food is second to none in Boulder. In fact, Flagstaff house is so renown that they have opened a new restaurant, Monettes, at the Mona Kea Beach Hotel in Kona, on the big island of Hawaii.
Easily the most unique romantic restaurant on this list, Himalayas (http://www.himalayasrestaurant.com/) serves up a mix of Nepalese and Indian cuisine. Located at 2010 14th street, Himalayas is just off the Pearl Street Mall. The burnet orange walls and bunched fabric ceiling make you feel like you are eating in a luxuriously appointed tent, perfect for the adventurous couple out on a romantic date.
To add to the adventurous feeling is a menu rich in exotic food items. The choices include a few different types of naan (a leavened flat bread reminiscent of pita bread) and an array of vegetarian and meat entries that stay under $20. And what type of Indian restaurant would not have curry on the menu? Himalayas has ten different curries on the menu.