January 25  |  Our Communities

The Best Walk-In Only Restaurants in Fort Collins When You Don’t Want to Make a Reservation

We know how it goes. You were planning on staying in for the night, but your friends decided to go out last minute. Or, maybe you forgot an important anniversary and now everything is booked. Don’t panic—we’ve got you covered.

Fort Collins has a ton of great restaurants that don’t take reservations, so you don’t have to worry about calling ahead. We’ve found the best walk-in only restaurants in Fort Collins. Whether you’re looking for a casual brunch spot or a classy, sit-down dinner, you’ll find the perfect place on this list. Enjoy!


Serious Texas Bar-B-Q

1820 N College Ave + 2001 S Timberline Rd | Facebook

You don’t have to go to Texas for great BBQ, because we’ve got it right here! At both of their Fort Collins locations, Serious Texas Bar-B-Q is serving up must-have smoked turkey and award-winning pulled pork along with mouth-watering beef brisket every day.


Ginger and Baker

359 Linden Street | Facebook

Fort Collins Restaurants

Photo courtesy of Ginger and Baker

Before Ginger and Baker opened in 2017, their building was the historic Northern Colorado Feeders Supply. Now completely restored, preserved and updated, Ginger and Baker is a thriving local restaurant and bakery that is an absolute must-try. While The Cache, their fine dining section, does take reservations, The Cafe doesn’t! They serve breakfast all day long with plenty of other incredible entrees for you to choose from.


Thai Pepper

109 E Laurel St

A cornerstone of Fort Collins, Thai Pepper offers some of the best and most authentic Thai food in Colorado. It’s the perfect spot for a casual lunch or a dressed up date night—and you don’t have to make a reservation! They also have several gluten-free options and it’s easy to customize items to fit other dietary needs.


The Colorado Room

642 S College Ave | Facebook

The Colorado Room embodies everything we love about Fort Collins. They serve delicious food and drinks that are locally sourced, showcase local art and artisan goods, and have live music performed by local musicians. They even donate a portion of their proceeds to a local charity of choice, allowing you to have a direct impact on our amazing community!


Union Bar & Soda Fountain

250 Jefferson St | Facebook

Fort Collins Restaurants

Photo courtesy of Union Bar & Soda Fountain

Union Bar & Soda Fountain is a first-come-first-served modern take on an old-fashioned diner and soda fountain. Feast your eyes on their incredible mid-century modern decor and feed your stomach with their delicious comfort food. They offer brunch, lunch and dinner items all day long, so no matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll be able to find it here. For more information, check out our exclusive interview, Meet the Team Behind Fort Collins’ Union Bar and Soda Fountain


Restaurant 415

415 S Mason St | Facebook

The building where Restaurant 415 now resides actually used to be a laundromat for students at CSU. In 2012, it became the incredible spot it is today and serves a wide range of modern American cuisine, specialty cocktails and menu items for all tastes and diets.


The Twisted Noodle

1335 W Elizabeth St | Facebook

For high-quality Italian dishes, we recommend The Twisted Noodle. Not only do they serve the freshest ingredients from local Colorado businesses and vendors, but they can also make almost any item on their menu gluten-free—even their mouth-watering pasta dishes!


The Gold Leaf Collective

120 W Laurel St | Facebook

Vegan in Fort Collins

Photo courtesy of The Gold Leaf Collective

The Gold Leaf Collective is Fort Collins’ first 100% plant-based restaurant, and it followed their wildly popular food truck: The Silver Seed. They work extremely hard to make sure the meals they create are not only delicious but also contain zero animal by-products. Their menu includes some truly unique and tasty entrees and desserts, and it rotates regularly based on seasonal, local ingredients. 


Hungry yet?

Which of these spots are you excited to try? Let us know in the comments!

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