By Sarah Jaudon


You know that age old question, “Where should we go for dinner?” Let us help you answer that with our list of the best restaurants near Buckley AFB (now Buckley Space Force Base). Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a unique restaurant experience - we can help you satisfy your food craving. And in nearby Aurora, Colorado restaurants offer a plethora of vibrant cuisine. Let’s dive in! Know what you’re hungry for? Click the number(s) to go right to where you want to go: (1-4) Food Court Dining on Buckley AFB (Space Force Base) (5) Coffee on Buckley AFB (Space Force Base) (6-15) Yelp’s Top 10 East Aurora Restaurants (16-21) TripAdvisor’s Top 6 East Aurora Restaurants

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Buckley AFB Welcome Center (Now Buckley Space Force Base)

COVID-19 Notice

Due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, many restaurants may be temporarily closed or operating under restricted hours. Many, if not all, of the ones listed here, are likely subject to such restrictions for the time being though new re-openings and closings occur all the time. Check individual websites provided in each section or call to find out each restaurant's current hours and dining situation.

Buckley AFB (Now Space Force Base) Restaurants

Buckley AFB (Space Force Base) BX Food Court

Verify hours of operation for Buckley AFB (Space Force Base) BX Food Court before arrival.

Buckley AFB (Space Force Base) BX Mall

365 N Telluride St. STOP 76 Aurora, CO 80011


(720) 859-9626

1. Burger King


1 (720) 859-9635

2. Subway


1 (720) 859-9635

3. Domino’s


1 (303) 367-3008

4. Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins


1 (720) 207-2879

Coffee Shops

5. Panther Cafe

Buckley AFB Located in the LDC Event Center Bldg. 1032 Aurora, CO 80011


1 (720) 847-7197 Start your morning right with the best coffee on base at the Panther Cafe. This cafe is your one-stop-shop for delicious Starbucks coffee, tea, hot chocolate and breakfast burritos.

Aurora Restaurants

Yelp’s Top 10 Aurora, CO Restaurants

American Cuisine

6. Ted’s Montana Grill
16495 East 40th Cir. Aurora, CO 80011


1 (720) 374-7220 Ted’s Montana Grill is a steakhouse boasting classic American dishes. Here you will enjoy burgers, seafood, steak, and their signature Bison entrees. This family-friendly restaurant is ideal for large parties. Give them a call for more information and reservations.
7. Murphy Creek Tavern
1700 S. Old Tom Morris Rd. Aurora, CO 80018


1 (303) 739-1510 Located in east Aurora, Murphy Creek Tavern is renowned for its comfortable setting, affordable prices and delicious cuisine. This neighborhood tavern is known as Aurora’s best kept secret. With a seasonally rotating menu, each visit will be unique and memorable.
8. Jackdaw
13696 E. Iliff Pl. in DoubleTree by Hilton Aurora, CO 80014


1 (303) 368-3460 Located in the DoubleTree by Hilton, Jackdaw is not your average hotel food. Mixing American and Irish fusion, you’ll be delighted with dishes like the Celtic Knot Pretzels or the Colorado Angus burger covered in Irish cheddar. Wash it all down with one of their many delicious craft cocktails.

Mediterranean Cuisine

9. The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill
13650 E. Colfax Ave. Suite K Aurora, CO 80011


1 (720) 681-6844 Delight your palate at The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill! Enjoy traditional Greek gyros, salads, and hummus. The feta fries are not to be missed! Don’t skip out on dessert either; the baklava ice cream is a vegan’s dream come true.
10. The Halal Guys
14535 E. Alameda Ave. Suite D Aurora, CO 80012


1 (720) 828-7588 New York City’s famous and delicious halal street cart is now open and serving up their famous late night street food in Aurora. The Halal Guys offers chicken, gyros, and falafel platters. Make sure to ask for extra “white sauce”!

Hawaiian Cuisine

11. L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
14221 E. Cedar Ave. Unit C Aurora, CO 80012


1 (303) 340-8824 At L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, you will be transported to Hawai'i through the diverse flavors of the Islands. Specializing in a unique style of Hawaiian plate lunch, featuring two scoops of rice, a hemisphere of creamy macaroni salad, and a generous helping of an aloha-infused hot entrée. Korean Restaurants, Aurora

Korean Restaurants, Aurora

12. Mukja Food Truck
Check here for their most recent location Aurora, CO 80017


1 (720) 854-5222 With all five star reviews, we just had to add Mukja Food Truck to our list. This food truck takes Korean fusion to the next level with dishes like wonton nachos, kimchi fries, and their signature K.F.C. (Korean Fried Chicken). Check their Instagram or Facebook page for updated truck locations.
13700 E Colfax Ave. Suite I Aurora, CO 80011


1 (720) 741-2407 Cupbop is Korean BBQ in a cup! Cupbop blends rice, cabbage, sweet potato noodles, a choice of protein, and specialty sauces spiced 1-10. Experience something unique and affordable at Cupbop. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are also available. Mexican Restaurants, Aurora

Mexican Restaurants, Aurora

14. Garibaldi Mexican Restaurant
3471 N. Salida St. Aurora, CO 80011


1 (303) 375-6305 At Garibaldi Mexican Restaurant you will enjoy large portions of authentic Mexican dishes. Enjoy house special fajitas and the always enjoyable shrimp cocktail. Don’t forget to wash it all down with a house margarita or refreshing agua fresca.
15. Tacos Selene
15343 E. 6th Ave. Aurora, CO 80011


1 (303) 343-7879 Tacos Selene boasts itself as the best and most authentic Mexican restaurant in Colorado! The food is vibrant, delicious, fresh and fun. It is also colorful, spicy and uses an amazing array of chillies, both fresh and dried. One reviewer highly recommends the al pastor street taco.

TripAdvisor’s Top 6 Aurora, CO Restaurants

American Restaurants near Buckley AFB

American Cuisine

16. Sam’s No. 3
2580 S. Havana St. Aurora, CO 80014


1 (303) 751-0347 At Sam’s No. 3 you will never run out of food options. The menu is huge, and everything is delicious. Sam’s No. 3 offers more than your typical diner and has a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Literally over 100 items.

Breakfast Restaurants in Aurora

17. Three Little Griddles
6040 S. Gun Club Rd. F2 Aurora, CO 80014


1 (303) 693-4100 Three Little Griddles is a family owned breakfast spot located at Smoky Hill and Gun Club in Aurora. The Nutella swirl griddle cakes and house made cinnamon rolls are a must order when dining here.

Indian Cuisine

18. Monsoon
24107 E. Commons Ave. Aurora, CO 80016


1 (303) 627-5444 Featuring slow churned sauces that reveal depths of flavor. At Monsoon the recipes are authentic and time-tested. The ingredients are always fresh. Dig in to the roasted chicken, lamb, shrimp, salmon and of course- the famous naan flatbread.

Mediterranean Cuisine

19. Cafe Paprika
13160 E. Mississippi Ave. Aurora, CO 80012


1 (303) 755-4150 Cafe Paprika has been serving delicious Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine since 1993. Enjoy skillfully blended exotic spices and traditional Moroccan ingredients to create a rich and authentic culinary experience. Dining at Cafe Paprika is a memorable experience, not to be missed! Italian Restaurants, Aurora

Italian Restaurants, Aurora

20. Massino’s Pizzeria
1250 S. Buckley Rd. Unit A Aurora, CO 80017


1 (303) 671-0652 Massino’s Pizzeria is a family owned and operated restaurant serving New York style pizza, fresh made pasta dishes, calzones, and so much more. Enjoy fresh Italian food in a friendly environment.

Cajun Cuisine

21. The Lost Cajun
6105 S. Main St. Unit F104 Aurora, CO 80016


1 (303) 627-5747 At The Lost Cajun you’ll find a down-home atmosphere and authentic Louisiana Cajun cuisine. Enjoy seafood gumbo, po-boys, fried okra, lobster bisque, and many more Cajun classics


Hungry for more? Check out Visit Aurora for more dining options. As you settle into your new community at Buckley AFB (Space Force Base), you will undoubtedly find a restaurant that feels like home.




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