Boulder ChopHouse & Tavern
Boulder ChopHouse & Tavern

Boulder ChopHouse & Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chophouse.com/
  • Phone: (303) 443-1188
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Bar: Daily: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Joleen Park
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 9th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: A public parking lot, located directly across the street from the restaurant, is free on Saturdays & Sundays. The ChopHouse will validate up to 2 hours at the St. Julian garage. (No Valet)
    Street parking is available on Walnut & is free on Sundays.
A word from Boulder ChopHouse & Tavern
Visiting the Boulder Chophouse is like taking a step back in time to the casual elegance of the 1940's. Located in the heart of downtown Boulder, this classic steakhouse with ever-changing local and organic ingredients offers a comfortable atmosphere, an extensive wine list & your favorite martinis. Join us on our patio, in our bar, for Happy Hour or any night for dinner.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Boulder ChopHouse & Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
111 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (60)good for groups (32)fit for foodies (32)romantic (30)notable wine list (27)neighborhood gem (22)vibrant bar scene (19)great for outdoor dining (18)hot spot (11)kid-friendly (10)late-night find (8)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (4)Show More
  • Waited 1 hour after ordering dinners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Very poor dining experience. We waited almost an hour after ordering our entrees to receive them. Several of the dinners, which were steaks, were not very good. We received not apologies for the significant delay in getting our food. Will not return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The steaks were good, not the best, I'm picky.
    Kelly
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    The steaks were good, but not charged on the outside enough for my picky tastes. Mine was prepared as I oredered it, medium rare +, and that is rarely accomplished well. The food was better than the service, but the service wasn't terribke, but not as good as the best steakhouses.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Service in Boulder
    Servicematters
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary, but we didn't tell them. Our waiter was so genuine and observant. Throughout the dinner he went above and beyond to serve us and I'm not talking about just the normal check-ins. He stopped at our table at just the right times and spoke with a sincerity in his voice. Later, as he was discussing desserts, he notice my wife was opening a card. He asked what we were celebrating and he offered to buy us a couple glasses of champagne. We declined, but as we were leaving the restaurant, he gave us a piece of chocolate cake, in a bag all ready to take home with us. Thankfully I left him a hearty tip (30%) because this took it over the top. I wish all waiters would learn from this guy and perhaps they would see bigger tips. Great job Boulder Chop House.......we were first-timers and we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FirstBite impressions
    bill
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Chophouse is nice. Firstbite food choices were good. Service was so-so. Waitress brought us cold corn bread, and tried to place us (party of 6) in a table that should only be used for office parties! Pork Chops and Steak were great. Food was very good. Glancing at regular menu though shows quite a big difference in prices. So, CH will stay a Firstbite only restaurant. Too pricey for normal dining, will have to be special occasion restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    I booked a table for 3 for a business meeting/dinner. The heat was out in the center area of the restaurant, which was a one-time thing I assume. That said, the bartender John was great and we sat at the bar for about an hour before moving to our table. Our table was a small booth...a little too small for 3 men. We all ordered the ribeye, and they were quite stringy. I ordered mine with Diane on the side, it was cold. My baked potato was nothing special either. Our bill was around $175.00, not worth it.
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  • boulder chop house tavern
    JustFYI
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This restaurant overall was very nice and the staff very friendly and excellent service. The steaks were very tender but were not seasoned very much. I was expecting a little more flavorful steaks. Very good restaurant but very pricey. Would only go there for a special occasion. Same for chicken dish that was ordered it came with capers more capers would have made it better
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ooops! Wrong Order
    boulderfoodiesVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My wife and I have eaten at the ChopHouse several times before and have enjoyed both the food and the service. Since this review seeks our opinion of our latest experience, I have to say that it came up short. I ordered the beef tips and my wife ordered chicken. While the rest of my meal was quite good (the gravy and mashed potatoes were delicious), the beef tips were tough and gristly; I left about a fourth of the meat on my plate. When my wife's order came, it was crab cakes. We learned later that the waiter had mistakenly punched the button next to the chicken entree. The chicken ultimately arrived, but, by then I had finished my meal. Mistakes happen, but higher-end restaurants usually give you some kind of special attention when they make a mistake. We received a perfunctory "I'm sorry" from our waiter and that was it. We were at the restaurant on a Saturday evening and the waitstaff clearly was busy, but we feel that a sincere apology or personal visit by management would have mitigated our not-so-good experience. On a positive note, the ChopHouse does offer a varied and reasonably-priced wine list, unlike some of the restaurants in Boulder. We had an excellent Zinfandel that went well with both our meals.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We go to the chop house for the simplicity of good fish. The fish was not a good as past, was cooked in a sauce that seemed to be steak sauce. When you get it RIGHT, don't change it. We go 20 X per year but may start to "shop".
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the Bar Seating
    DateNiteGurl
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The food at the Chophouse is fantastic and the service is very good. When my fiance and I dine there, we like to eat at a tall table in the bar area. We find the atmosphere there much better than in the regular seating area; the restaurant is quiet and a little stuffy for a date night. I think this is because it is just the two of us and we like the extra vibe we get in the bar. If we were eating there with a large party, the restaurant area would probably be fine. The wine and beer section is very good. The steaks are delicious. They have very good "small" salads that are quite large and yummy. Not a cheap place, but worth it for a special evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite
    Peaches
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I always bring out-of-town guests to Boulder Chophouse because I know I can rely on the service and quality of food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special steaks
    paterfamilia
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We had not been here for months, and were feeling like a good steak, but we had Excellent steaks. Service was congenial and efficient, and sound level was acceptable (not common, in our experience). We'll certainly return, the next time the red meat hunger strikes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dependable Favorite
    outnotoften
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My family really enjoys this restaurant. The food is always great. The crab cakes are a rare find.....and when I was told they were 92% crab, I didn't find that to be an exaggeration. The service is awesome.....wait person always available but not intrusive. We don't go out much but always consider this one of our top places when we do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great steak, poor salad
    Jennifer
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Hi, we came in to celebrate on a Sunday night. Nice staff. Lovely place -- we've been coming for years. This visit, however, was not perfect (which is how the night usually is). The caesar salads were limp and over-dressed, and to be honest, looked like something served at a conference hotel group dinner. The French onion soup was super salty. The wait for the steaks was a bit long, too. However, they were delicious and cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • enjoydineout
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Outstanding service and food selection - food cooked to order and correct! - waiter was great always there without being asked - cant say enough you pay for what you get and here you get the best
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service!
    Deeps
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I wished I could have personally thanked the wait staff! I hope our tip was an indication of how much we appreciated the great service on my daughter's 16th birthday. With all the great resturants in Boulder, one have to do something to stand out and staff is one of the best!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Train your servers about wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We arrived early on Saturday evening at 4:55pm. We did not have a glass of wine in front of us until 5:25 because the open bottle we wanted was not in stock, which the server took 10 minutes to find out. When he finally poured our selection it dribbled all over the table, although he had a napkin on his arm he could have used it on the bottle to catch drips. Then there were a couple more spills, salad sauce here, melted butter on a tshirt there.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • filet mignon special was delish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    pork chop was not seasoned. waiter had no personality. it was my husbands birthday and i asked for a candle we got nothing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant evening.
    Meadurites
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We hadn't been here for a while. It was our wed dining anniversary so we thought it would make a special treat. We really enjoyed it. The food was wonderful and was very reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chilled delicious green sauce ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    did not pair well with lamb chops hot/fresh off grill. Rapidly cooled temp of meat.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely, relaxed atmosphere
    JohnAVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was our first visit to the Boulder Chophouse and Tavern and we really enjoyed it. The atmosphere was lovely and relaxed and the service was very attentive. Our food was tasty and well prepared. Recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So-So Dinner
    Catira
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Friendly service that was overwhelmed by CU Family Weekend. Limited grill space severely delayed food delivery. Food was less than luke warm, but the service tried their best to accomodate.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TabascoCat14VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Love it. Best place in boulder. The atmosphere is relaxing yet fun
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing porterhouse
    OmnivoreVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My husband and I split the Chophouse's delicious porterhouse steak. It was as tender as butter! the Dianne Sauce was a small disappointment, because there was very little of it (for a $5 up charge). But the steak was so good we hardly noticed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    goobers
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We were celebrating our nephew's 20th bday. Had a good table & enjoyed ourselves..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a treat
    tb77
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Our waiter chris was excellent. Probably the best service I've had in years. Chop house is always my birthday or anniversary choice, and has never let me down on a special occasion. My fiance loved the special new Zealand red, orleans shrimp were awesome. New york strip was perfect, and loved having key lime pie for dessert. Keep up the great work, one of boulder's last unpretentious high end establishments! T.Blom former waiter and bartender
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome place to eat
    bearcubbrVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Some might find the Chophouse pricey but it is soooooooooo worth it. Best Damn Steaks in town.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I nice surprise.
    911skibumVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was very good and promptly served. Wine list is pricey with some good values. Overall very good experience for 5 people.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ups and Downs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our service was noteworthy -- in a good way. We dined with friends from out of town and took our sweet time. Our waitress was perfect ... patient, available, but unobtrusive. It's been awhile since we'd eaten at the Chop House. My prime rib was not up to par and my wife's spinach was too salty. Hardly disasters, but disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week
    food4thought
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My daughter chose Boulder Chophouse for her birthday dinner and to take advantage of restaurant week. It was very good. The steaks were very tender and had great flavor. We were, however, disappointed in the key lime pie. Overall, we had a nice meal, good service and a nice night.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cprincess
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Good food, nice atmosphere and great service. We enjoyed our dinner and drinks and would recommend it as a nice place to have a quiet dinner followed by drinks in the bar where there is more action.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SO DISAPPOINTED
    luveatingout
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We went with another couple and we all ordered the 16 oz prime rib which we split as couples. The piece we each received was not 8 ozs by any means unless you consider the fact that half of the meat was fat. We each received about a tablespoon of mashed potatoes. My friend asked for raw horseradish with hers and was served it when she was done with her meal. The service was slow and the waiter was sarcastic and rude. We all eat out a lot and we all decided we would never go back to this restaurant. We will be sure to spread the word that it is a waste of money and a nice evening out!!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Upscale steak house....not really
    greenie420
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The ambience and the menu would make you feel that this is an upscale dining experience. The steaks were tough and not aged. When you spend over $30 on a steak you expect it not to be served with over 10% of fat. I would never serve steaks in that fashion when I was working as a chef. trout was bland and tasteless; that is prob reason that most diners in land-locked states don't enjoy eating fish. Trout was not fresh, presentation was alright but the fish had no flavor. I mentioned this to the waitress and she told me that that is how trout tastes, in a hospital maybe but not when you are spending over $20 on a piece of fish. The waitress thought that the Key-lime pie for dessert was the best ever, but I guess she has never been to Florida.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    In town for a conference and had a group of people attend. Service was great and the food was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Denver Restaurant Week gem
    bardnut
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We visited the Boulder Chophouse and Tavern for Denver Restaurant Week. The menu for the occasion was a bit limited (2 options for courses 1 and 3), but everything we ordered off the menu was incredibly delicious, and there were some tasty options for steak preparation for the main course. All of us succumbed to the filet, and found them to be perfectly prepared. Our service was impeccable: efficient, friendly, knowledgeable, and fun. We had a great time and will inevitably be back. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Meal
    Zell
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We decided to have a special dinner out during Denver's Restaurant week. And chose the Boulder Chop House. My husband & I each chose one of the 3-course Restaurant Week menus. The steaks were grilled to perfection, the corn bread was moist and delicious, and the peach sorbet was the best I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loveland80537
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My strip steak was poor in quality--great preparation. It was the lowest grade of meat Iv'e encountered in my total dining experiences. The manager (Nate) was apologetic and comped my meal. The only good thing on the plate was the mashed potatoes. As the evening progressed the prime rib was taken off the menu due to its low quality and didin't meet the restaurant standards. I still maintain it was the select grade meat.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • steak8
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We had an excellent meal at a reasonable price -- during Denver Restaurant Week. Delicious and perfectly prepared steak, tasty cheddar mashed potatoes and good key lime pie. Featured wine was reasonable ($28/bottle)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Denver Restaurant Week Deal
    PickyEater
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Our group chose Boukder Chop House for Denver Restaurant Week because of the menu options. Unlike many of the restaurants participating in DRW, the Boulder Chop House had full size portions and a wide variety to meet all of our personal tastes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary dinner
    Maryeats
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Server very attentive. Manager came by to make sure everything was taken care of. Food was perfectly prepared!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Boulder Chop House
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Outstanding service! The filet mignon melted in our mouths!! Perfect!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.