Since 1967, the Greenbriar Inn has showcased a one-of-kind Colorado setting. The Inn’s large patios, fashioned with Lyons sandstone, are surrounded by expansive lawns, elegant flower and vegetable gardens, a waterfall, pond and picturesque woodlands, all framed by majestic mountain views. During the day, green and white umbrellas provide shade, and after dusk, lights twinkle from the trees. The ambiance is ideal for a romantic dinner date or relaxed Sunday brunch, as well as a charming wedding and private events space. Menus include the bistro, American classic dinner menu, Sunday brunch and a picnic menu for guests enjoying a fabulous meal by the pond. For an unforgettable experience, try Greenbriar Inn’s Colorado Beef Wellington or Lobster Tail with Seafood Ravioli, both complemented with selections from the Greenbriar Inn’s 900-label wine cellar. Philip Goddard, owner and manager, said, “The freshness and quality of our food paired with the beautiful, relaxing setting is what makes our dining experiences so amazing.” 8735 N. Foothills Highway., Boulder, 303.440.7979, greenbriarinn.com.

Runner Up: Chautauqua Dining Hall, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.440.3776, chautauqua.com/dining-hall.