Fancy restaurants.

Yeah right. You're in college.

However, there's always that occasion when the parents come visit, you're trying to impress a date, your roommate's dad is treating or you're just a damn trust funder with money to spare.

Whatever the case is, it's always fun to get out the slick duds and play dress up for a night out on the town.

Boulder has numerous great restaurants, but if you want to impress, try one of these hot spots.

1 Flagstaff House

Where: 1138 Flagstaff Drive, Boulder, 303-442-4640

Hours: 6-10 p.m. Monday-Friday and Sunday; 5-10 p.m. Saturday

Talk about fancy. You're going to want to have your parents pay at this place.

The restaurant has breathtaking views of Boulder, as it is nestled on the mountainside at 6,000 feet.

Don't forget to wear your snazzy outfit -- there's a dress code. And tell mom and dad to bring a wad of cash in case you're in the mood for Caspian Sea Golden Osetra Caviar -- which goes for $285.


2 Frasca Food and Wine

Where: 1738 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-442-6966

Hours: 5:30-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5:30-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday


Like wine? Frasca is a must.

Master sommelier Bobby Stuckey and award-winning chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson opened Frasca with a shared love of Friuli-Venezia Giulian cuisine in northeast Italy.

The wine list has more than 200 varieties and a team of experienced sommeliers can help you figure out the perfect grapes to pair with your food.


3 John's Restaurant

Where: 2328 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-444-4532

Hours: Open at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

You didn't know this place existed? That's because it's in a small, charming, rustic red house in downtown Boulder.

John's has been a hidden gem in Boulder for classic and contemporary dishes -- sans pretentiousness. The simple setting doesn't detract from the enthusiastic service and high standards.


4 Laudisio Italian Restaurant

Where: 1710 29th St., Boulder, 303-442-1300

Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Sunday; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

This family-owned restaurant has been pleasing Boulder with Italian fare for more than 20 years.

Laudisio offers a modern Italian table seating in the dining room, the casual Italian table in the wine bistro (a great spot to impress your date), al fresco Italian tables (outdoors) with views of the Flatirons and the personalized Italian table for private parties.

Wherever you sit, the food is delicious. The restaurant tries to use as much local products as possible.


5 Aji Latin American Restaurant

Where: 1601 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-442-3464

Hours: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-close daily; brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Impress your date with a taste of a different culture.

This gourmet Latin restaurant serves up delicious South American food without steep prices. The food is always prepared beautifully and the Latin d├ęcor features authentic artwork of Central and South America.

The ceviche and empanadas are a must-have.