Arugula Ristorante
Arugula Ristorante

Arugula Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.arugularistorante.com/
  • Phone: 3034435100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Alec Schuler
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: With the new addition of Amaro and Tangerine we can now offer Arugula’s delicious food in a private party setting. Both spaces are new beautiful venues perfect for corporate events, wedding rehearsals, birthday celebrations, cocktail parties, you name it! Please call Chef Alec to arrange an event.

    TANGERINE ROOM
    Comfortably seats up to 60 guests and is available after 4pm any evening of the year. It has its own large kitchen that can easily create any type of event: from simple cocktail parties to buffets to intricate multi-course dinners.

    AMARO ROOM
    Comfortably seats up to 32 guests and is one of the most exquisite and serene small function rooms in all of Boulder.
  • Private Party Contact: Alec Schuler 7202441467
  • Entertainment: Wine Dinners. Wine tastings. Live music. See our website for upcoming events. We offer each about every month or two.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 28th St (Highway 36)
  • Public Transit: Bus stop right in front of the shopping center.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample and available free parking directly in front of the restaurant.
A word from Arugula Ristorante
Arugula has a dozen bar seats, several tables and a seasonal patio that we do not take online reservations for. So please try calling us if you don't get the exact time slot you want.

Arugula is elegant Italian dining with the warmth of home in a modern environment, infusing the best of Italian culinary tradition with our contemporary interpretations. We pride ourselves on using ingredients grown based on traditional practices, helping to remind us of our connection to the land and the seasons. We create balanced meals using meats that are naturally raised, in-season organic local produce, and fish and shellfish which is in accordance with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines for sustainability. In addition to our regular menus, each evening we print a daily specials sheet of an additional 10 to 15 dishes. This is our playground and often these dishes focus on in-season produce and fresh seafood.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Arugula Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (72)neighborhood gem (53)special occasion (49)romantic (25)notable wine list (23)great for outdoor dining (14)good for groups (10)great for lunch (9)hot spot (7)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Woderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant with nicely prepared entrees and a gracious staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I had been before, but it was the first time for my friends. They all vowed they would return, and soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner out with family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    It was a great dinner with family. Some of us had been there before and others had not. Great time had by all. Food was awesome with the chance to choose either from the main menu or the price fix menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    lisadelavisa
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    My friend and I had a lovely evening at Arugula. The food, wine and service were just right. I highly recommend Arugula.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and flavors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Ordered from the special menu and everything was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, small portions
    DateNightDiner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My husband and I had dinner here. Overall, the food was pretty good, but the portions were small. I had sea bass with Brussels sprouts, bacon and potato hash. I think I had the equivalent of one Brussels sprout and one baby potato on my plate, and I'm not exaggerating. The fish was a modest portion, but for $26, I was expecting more. My husband had the pan seared beef tenderloin, and for $32, he got about a 4-5oz piece of tenderloin, and a small portion of potatoes and vegetables. Again, we were expecting more for the price. Also, our server made us feel uncomfortable. He wasn't very friendly, and he seemed impatient. I honestly wouldn't recommend this place to my friends.
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  • Good food, nice staff, but frantic
    LeahVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Our experience at the restaurant was interesting. When we arrived for our reservation there was an open booth. However we were not allowed to be seated due to it being set aside for another reservation who had not yet arrived. We waited in an unused bar area for about an hour even though we were promised our table would be ready in minutes. Well it wasn't. They were obviously frantic, and offered to seat us in the empty bar with some rambunctious college students who had walked in. They gave us a glass of Champagne when we sat down which was a nice gesture, but one person wasn't drinking and another doesn't drink champaign. It also appeared to be a lack luster apology. However the service was up to par and the food was good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just not good
    Worlddiner
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The risotto was chewy and stuck to my teeth. The pork had too much of something.
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  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Love their Monday three course menus. Many good choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed in old favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We have enjoyed Arugula many times in the past--the food is always good and the decor is great, but the service has really been slipping. We were promptly seated, but it took a long time for our waitress to stop by for drink order. Then it took a long time to get the drinks--she dropped them off and went somewhere else. The bread and water took forever to arrive as well. At the end of the meal, it took a long time for her to notice we were done--by that time coffee and dessert seemed like too much of a gamble. The waitress was brusque, the food server was non-communicative and clearly rushed. There are too many great restaurants in Boulder for us to spend our time and money at a place that doesn't make us feel good about being there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gourmet experience for value price
    MaryP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    With a varied and distinctive menu, happy hour appetizers, food not over cooked, and a good wine list, Arugula offers an excellent value for an above average dining experience. Some excellent and well priced choices for those with a sweet tooth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Dinner for 2
    LatinaRegina
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Arugula over the weekend. From the outside, the restaurant seems pretty unassuming. However, once through the front door we were taken by the elegant and yet, relaxed atmosphere. Much of the menu is comprised of food that is locally sourced and freshly made (even the pasta). Fantastic cocktails and wine list, great food, and attentive but not intrusive service. Highly recommend to couples. Not so kid friendly and that was okay with us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great anniversary dinner
    mtnhiker
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A neighbor recommended Arugula and she was right! The menu has great variety, our meals were very good, service was pleasant and attentive and the after dinner coffee may be the best I've ever had. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special menu always delicious
    KittyEdwards
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We enjoy a lovely dinner with friends from California. The special menu is always fresh and interesting. We never get tired of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The service was impeccable. Just the right amount af attention with a balance of time to ourselves. The penne is fabulous! As is the prosecco!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Excellent as always!
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food and service is always great. The presentation is beautiful. The menu always updated with some nice seasonal things. Everything so fresh and good. I highly recommend this restaurant. One of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It was supposed to be for 5280 ($30) each. However the played were very small and they added $2-4 for every plate.
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  • Argula
    Argula
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Had the Wild Salmon ...was wonderful! Will return another time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First timer
    table4two
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    One of the reasons I like restaurant week, is that it allows me to try new places. I usually try out restaurants in Denver, but wanted to expand outside of Denver this time and it was worth it. My husband and I were pleased with the large number of items to choose from on the restaurant week menu. Our waiter was attentive, the three courses were the perfect size, the ingredients were fresh and I enjoyed the flavor combinations in each of the dishes I chose. My husband was also happy with his choices. We both chose seafood main courses and were very pleased with our choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    MikeDVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Chose the place without knowing it was restaurant week. Not too crowded. Menu was good. Pork tenderloin was excellent. I also liked the mozzarella with tomato jam. Tomato jam was unusual and terrific. Good wine selection. Attentive waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unusual experience
    TamMollhoff
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Maybe it was a result of restaurant week, but our experience with the food was very different than what we've experienced in the past. The appetizers were good but our pasta was only luke warm and my husband's steak was not properly cooked and was a very small and sinewy piece of meat. The waiter was very apologetic and offered to bring something else but it was late at that point so we accepted a free dessert of cheese cake that was fantastic. Despite this mediocre experience we do intend to return as we hope this was just a fluke.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was ++++
    Diet
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The dinner and experience were terrific, but a wee bit noisy. Next time I'd chose a booth -- even though there were just two of us. I have a tricky diet and they were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • interesting menu, great choices
    puff
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I enjoyed the wild salmon which was nicely prepared and served. Over all the menu is a little pricy for lunch unless you order a salad or sandwich. They have a lovely patio. It is nicely decorated with flower pots at varying levels to try to mask the parking lot. I would definitely recommend you give it a try.
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  • Excellent food
    Kaloli
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Creative dishes with unique flavors. Enjoyed all the dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our food was very good, way better than I could cook, but nothing I would return for. Our waiter was polite, but barely spoke, didn't tell us about specials or recommendations. The busboys were outstanding. We got more assistance from them than we did our waiter. Ordered the crabcakes that were just okay. There was a pork tenderloin that was wonderful, and the roasted red pepper risotto was very good also.
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  • deliciousness!
    SusiqVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The meal we had was so tasty and the service was great. The waiter helped me choose the main course ( I was debating between 2 items) and it was superb! Everything was great especially the tiramisu dessert which I basically lapped right up!!! :) We'll be back!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great seasonal cooking
    Likestohike
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had a lot of the vegetarian entrees. The squash blossom salad was wonderful -- the whole thing was so fresh. The vegetarian gnocchi was good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • We were delighted w/ our experience
    Teri
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Arugula Ristorante. We're 'foodies' and thought the food was wonderful all the way around starting with the crab cakes, and then the Italian sausage and goat cheese pasta (wow!) and then finishing with the pork tenderloin - over the top!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • Worth It
    peter
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Good food, good service, good atmosphere. Worth the trip to get there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Consistently good. Our favorite.
    MesatrailVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Always great locally sourced specials. Terrific staff.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable
    speedracer
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I'm never disappointed at Arugula. On the contrary, every time I dine here I am amazed at the food, and there isn't a bad wine on the list. Very highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dairyfreeanddelicious
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Outstanding! We had another wonderful meal at Arugula. I am allergic to dairy and every time we go there, they go out of their way to make sure everything I order is completely dairy free. Also, there are so many options for me, even though I am dairy free- which is unusual. It is my favorite place to go for a delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Three letters. Y E S.
    caprica1020
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I love a spot that has great service, atmosphere, food and drinks without the pretentious mumbo jumbo. I forgot our waitress' name but she was very attentive and knowledgable. The menu changes due to what's in season and fresh which makes it so enticing. I had a Malbec and my boyfriend had a couple different brews from their beer selection. We got the Pork Shoulder Rillette starter...delicious! The blackberry fennel jam was exploding with flavor. Yum! My boyfriend ordered the Beef Tenderloin and me the Italian Sausage, Goat Cheese and Penne. Everything is grown locally and made fresh. Our service was impeccable and the food was great. Overall I left with a smile on my face. We will defiantly come back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Great neighborhood gem!
    MsDorisC
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We'd been to Tangerine and learned about Arugula. Finally tried it and wondered why we hadn't sooner! The food was deeelish, and the fact that the menu noted which dishes were gluten free made ordering a breeze. The mint martini was delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have been better
    Taster007
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The waiters/waitresses were attentive and helpful but some of the food was less than desirable. The muscles, lobster, and Calamari left something to be desired. The sauce in the muscles and lobster was far too spicy. Maybe this is good for those people enjoy very spicy food but a note should be put on menu that this is spicy/hot. The calamari appetizer was far too salty to be enjoyable. No, this is not the norm I expect for this dish as I have had more moderately seasoned calamari in the past. The one really good dish I enjoyed sampling from my wife was the pork. Also, adding more effective shades so those customers hit by direct sunlight near sunset can actually read the menu. Lastly a tad higher air conditioning could also help.
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  • "Hot Spot"
    boilingVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Unfortunately "Hot Spot" not in a good way. I hope that the restaurant of this caliber will get better air conditioner. It was uncomfortably hot and 3 other tables complained as well. As for the food , calamari was doughy,mushy, Thank god for the mussels they where tasty. Pork tenderloin was ok.I think the temperature of the room contributed to our just so so experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Epic bad night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had been to Arugula before and so we came again with mild expectations of a good evening. First they both the drink order for one of us. Not a biggie, since these things happen. After a calamari appetizer that was pure heaven and pork rillettes appetizer that was "meh" the entrees came. Our wives salmon was overcooked, but that's how they like 'em so no problem there. But, my friend's lamb was so overcooked that one of the cuts was actually black. I ordered the pork tenderloin, so it too was way overcooked. Not a biggie, let's try again. On the return, the got my friend's lamb right, but mine was completely raw in the middle. Raw. I threw in the towel. It was either incompetence or cluelessness in the kitchen that night.
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  • RFMS
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Overall a friendly and nice place to eat. I had the shrimp with the orecchietta pasta. It was good but too salty. Overall the food was good.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Happy Hour!
    newlandsgreenlands
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our group of 4 sat outside under the shade of a grape arbor and sampled many of the Happy Hour menu options. We LOVED everything from the mixed nuts and olives to the small pasta plates and the grilled chicken and green salad. Happy Hour libations were also excellent! Thbis is our new favorite Happy Hour!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful Pre-Birthday date night
    Southernbell
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    It was a great evening before my birthday with my Man. Food was wonderful had a wonderful Rose and some great dishes. My bf and I are vegan and the staff and chefs did a wonderful job accommodating us and the the food was excellent. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate