The Top 5 Must Visit Restaurants In Fort Collins

Five Must Visit Restaurants In Fort Collins

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Dining out is easily one of the best parts of vacation. It’s fun to try new restaurants and eat at the spots locals go to. Even if you’re not on vacation, taking a day trip to a nearby city or town is a great excuse to hit up some of the area’s best restaurants.

If you’re traveling in or near Fort Collins, here are five of our favorite restaurants that you should definitely check out.  Many locals already know about these hidden gems, now it’s time to share them with the rest of the world. 

Rainbow Restaurant

Rainbow Restaurant specializes in delicious meals that you won’t feel guilty about eating the next day. Their flavorful, healthy dishes smash the stereotype of health foods being bland and boring. The Rainbow Restaurant has been in Fort Collins for decades and it’s always been a popular and beloved restaurant. Vegetarians on TripAdvisor rave over their variety of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu, some saying it’s their favorite vegetarian food.

For the carnivorous, there are plenty of equally tasty meat dishes. We love their mix of savory and sweet breakfast options. The Pumpkin Bread French Toast and their many scrambles are a great way to start off the day. For lunch, they have an array of dishes like wraps and stir-frys. The salads are as hearty as they are delicious, keeping you full until dinner.


Rare’s seasonal menu has tons of variety but the pizza and pasta dishes are permanent customer favorites. Steak lovers will be happy to know that Rare dry-ages their beef in-house for a minimum of 21 days. On sunny days, ask to be seated outside. They have a large outdoor seating area for patrons to enjoy. Bonus: they have an awesome happy hour with $2 and $3 beers and a wide selection of antipasto dishes that you can get four for $14.

Blue Agave 

Blue Agave serves Mexican and southwestern food but with a fun twist. You’ll find Mexican restaurant staples like tacos and enchiladas on the menu along with eccentric dishes such as their Pumpkin-Espresso Bisque and Lobster Mac and Cheese. If you go on the weekend for brunch, take advantage of the bottomless mimosas.

Rodizio Grill

Brazilian cuisine is known for incredible steaks and grilled meats and Rodizio Grill is no exception. The grilled chicken, pork, and steaks are thinly sliced to maximize their tenderness and flavor. The restaurant also has a good selection of meat-free sides and of course you must try one of their amazing desserts. Wine lovers will delight in their selection of wines that are sourced from award-winning wineries in Southern Brazil. 

Young’s Cafe Vietnamese Cuisine

Vietnamese food is becoming more popular in the “mainstream” with restaurants popping up everywhere. Young’s Cafe is our pick for Vietnamese food in Fort Collins. People on TripAdvisor rave about the pho, with users it the best they’ve had. Their selection of stir fry, wraps, and noodle bowls are also popular – and for good reason. If you’re with a group, Young’s Cafe is a great option since they have such a large menu and everyone is bound to find something they’ll like.

Picking the right restaurant while traveling can be tricky. There’s nothing worse than ending up at an overpriced, mediocre tourist trap. These five recommendations are a great start to making sure that you eat well on your trip. Eat at any of these restaurants and you can be certain that you’ll be treated to an enjoyable meal with good service and in a nice ambiance.