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
116 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (78)neighborhood gem (56)special occasion (55)romantic (29)notable wine list (25)great for outdoor dining (18)good for groups (10)hot spot (9)great for lunch (8)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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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!
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently good. Our favorite.
    MesatrailVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Always great locally sourced specials. Terrific staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • "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.
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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
  • Once a favorite, now disappointing
    MammaMia
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Have eaten here dozens of times. Over the past three months, it has been disappointing. Food not good. Service spotty. Prolonged delays between courses. Sad.
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  • good food, great service
    susan
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I've been going to this restaurant since it opened. The food is a little bit sophisticated for my palate, but the ambiance is fantastic and the service is great. I always leave feeling like I've been pampered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    Genidoxian
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Heard it was a great restaurant from the boyfriend and bought a groupon to surprise him. Waiter had excellent knowledge of both the groupon policy and the menu itself, and was outstanding in regards to handling a plethora of food allergies. Will definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Steve W.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Always great! Food excellent, great wine and above average service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first visit
    spun69VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Decided to visit based on 4-course menu Groupon special. Started in bar for Happy Hour, enjoyed some good house wine and a spicy cocktail for partner. Moved to dining area for dinner. Food was really good, and service team was attentive. Very pleasant dining experience, and will be back with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent food
    GinaVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Arugula always has excellent food and great service! Love the homemade mozzarella appetizer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underwhelmed!
    weezer7612VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We read local article about Arugula and always looking to find new places the four of us decided to go that Sunday night. Overall three of the four of us felt food was "not memorable". Restaurant was about half full and service was slow but we were in no rush . Server was not very friendly which is unusual for boulder but since we are from LA we are used to that! The Flank steak -no flavor but heavily peppered- vegetables accompanying it were very good. Pork tenderloin also was too peppery. Prawns with pasta and fennel...nothing noteworthy. Gnocchi was outstanding. Nice decor with outdoor seating but since it's all about the FOOD and the SERVICE for us we will check Arugula OFF the list and not go back...."Been there ...Done That! "
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  • Dinner Celebration for 4
    Celebration44VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This dinner was a belated celebration of birthdays and graduations, and Arugula didn't disappoint. Great food, and attentive service were in abundance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never fails!
    PSmurfVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    A consistently satisfying dining experience. Imaginative and diverse selections, all with great presentations. Upscale American cuisine with a Northern Italian influence. Service is always attentive, friendly and helpful when needed. Easily one of the better Boulder restaurants. Especially wonderful appetizers and salads--try the mushrooms.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • anniversary at arugula
    anniversarydinner
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    the waitress was wonderful, energetic, positive, wanted to do anything to make us happy. the food was beautiful. we love it at arugula.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Good food, poor service
    chris
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The food and wine was very good, but poor service. We waited inordinately for our order to be taken; we waited a long time for our food; we waited a long time for the check. If our server had come by the table more frequently, we may have been able to politely inquire about these things.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Fabulous
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We went to Arugula on Friday with some friends. We have been here before, and really enjoyed our meals. This time we had a Groupon. What a great deal this was! Each of the four of us could order what we wanted off of each section of the menu. We ended up getting some cheeses and antipasta to share to start. This was a very good idea, as there was lots of food, and we all wanted to try some of the cheese, nuts, and prosciutto. We had lovely cocktails and wine, which was reasonably priced, and the service was just attentive enough. By the time we were looking at the dessert menus, we were pretty full!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Food is excellent and nicely presented. Noise level is higher than it should be for best enjoyment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So special!
    number1foodie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Arugula Ristorante is a real gem and one of the best restaurants in the Boulder area. The dining room is lovely, the service is attentive but never intrusive and the food...ahhhh...the food. Everything from the bread to the last crumb of dessert is superb. There is such attention to detail and all this in a lovely relaxed atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not outstanding, just one of many
    66dinerVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We finally tried Arugula and although the service was good and there were many available tables, we felt the menu prices were not justifiable for what we received, and will probably not return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Service does not support the food
    BoulderDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We were at Arugula on Sunday evening. The restaurant was not full, yet our service was poor. We waited 20 minutes for a server to come to our table. After ordering some drinks, it was another 20 minutes until the server came to take our order. A person in our party mentioned to this server that it took a long time to come back for the order. Instead of saying, "Sorry for the delay," the server got defensive and said, "I looked over at the table and it didn't look like you were ready to order." The food took a long time to be delivered. Then, we had to wait almost 30 minutes for our check. The food was wonderful, but this service experience was so unpleasant that it will probably keep us from returning.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellence dinner for two
    BldrfoodiesVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We had four courses and very nice bottle of wine. The beet salad was very good. The braised pork cheeks were excellent. And the lemon and goat cheese cake was the perfect ending.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good
    Baldy
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food at Arugula was excellent. There were 5 of us, and we all had different entrees. I had the house made gnocchi with duck confit, and it was outstanding! They were great with my kids too. Unfortunately it was understaffed and slow. Otherwise it was great!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.