Boulder Cork
Boulder Cork

Boulder Cork

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bouldercork.com/
  • Phone: 3034439505
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:15am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: James Smailer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have 3 different banquet rooms available for hosting rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, anniversaries, showers, wedding dinners and family reuinons. In the business world we do business meetings, boardroom dinners, financial seminars, pharmaceutical presentations, and group lunches and dinners
  • Private Party Contact: Donna Karmeris 3034439505

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Iris
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Boulder Cork
The Boulder Cork Restaurant has provided quality food and excellent service since 1969. The restaurant is now one of Colorado’s most renowned dining experiences. The casual, yet attentive atmosphere is the perfect place to spend a special evening, be it to relax with friends or entertain business associates. Our banquet facilities can accommodate large groups with the quiet proficiency and superior quality that has become the hallmark of The Boulder Cork. The food is an impressive display of creativity and variety, masterminded by the chef, Jim Smailer. Chef Smailer has created an enticing offering of steaks, prime rib, chicken, pasta, and fresh fish selections; all on the cutting edge of culinary delight. The food is as fresh as the market allows. The true epicurean will agree that our efforts are apparent to both the eyes and the palate, from the appetizer through the handmade desserts.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Boulder Cork reviews from OpenTable diners
116 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (77)neighborhood gem (44)good for groups (43)notable wine list (40)fit for foodies (36)romantic (30)great for lunch (22)vibrant bar scene (14)hot spot (9)kid-friendly (9)great for brunch (6)great for outdoor dining (5)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We were celebrating two birthdays and the food and service were excellent! We will definitely return again in the future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The gift that keeps on giving
    tnlayne
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Once again, Jim Smailer and his crew did an outstanding job in serving up a scrumptious meal! I first had dinner at the Boulder Cork in 1977 and I just keep coming back. Happy hour, special occasions (this outing for a birthday) and we have our holiday party there in December. Consistent and reliable. Please enjoy a meal at the Boulder Cork.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Booth C1
    Abooth4twoVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Booth C1 needs to have the seat re upholstered. Duct tape won't do
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly good!
    Kra303
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Happy to report that this Boulder institution still delivers. Our server was excellent and the food was very good. My mom ordered the ribs & they fell off the bone. I ordered the buffalo flatiron steak, being such a lean cut of meat can easily be over done, but it came out perfectly medium rare. I gave my mom a taste (without telling her it was buffalo) & she concurred that it was tender & delicious. The only negative (& a minor one) is we had to ask twice for my mom's tea to be refilled, when I caught the server's assistants eye, he immediately remembered that he'd forgotten. He ran over quickly for the refill, without an apology-which should have happened for this caliber of restaurant, but again-very minor. Overall great & will go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    mpwheeler
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My husband and I went here for our anniversary. I ordered the filet oscar and ordered it medium well. Was cooked perfectly which rarely happens. Our server was fabulous as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of Towners
    OLBS
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Invited two out of towners and two locals who also know them for a reunion of sorts. Next table friends of all of us showed up unplanned. Every one thought the food was great, and the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boulder Cork
    BoulderEats
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We've been to the Cork a dozen times over the last 20 years. Sorry to say it has slowly grown overpriced with only average fare. This last visit, very noisy too. Good waiter, a little slow receiving our meal, though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A Boulder Institution
    ned1
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Very well prepared food. A very good wine list. Service efficient and not obsequious. It has been around for a long time, and there is a reason for this. This restaurant does everything well. The Filè Oscar was outstanding. Bearnaise sauce was delicious and just the right amount was on the plate. Overall I had a wonderful time with my husband celebrating our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2 for 2
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I've had dinner here twice in the last 6 months with business colleagues. Both times the food was very good (prime rib, filet and sides) and the service excellent. I really enjoyed the wedge salad. Our waitress (wish I remembered her name) was very helpful to a veggitarian in our party - suggesting dishes that the kitchen could prepare that were not on the menu, and following up to make sure he was happy with his meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ladies who lunch
    BeachloversVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Always a pleasant experience to meet friends here. Good food, excellent service and the sun streaming in on a lovely fall day..perfect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • when you want a good steak...
    gabrielratchet
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    with fairly classic accompaniment, a good glass of wine, and attentive but not intrusive service. my favorite place to take my son for dinner when visiting him at school. i expect it's rather quieter when the broncos aren't coming back against the seahawks in the fourth quarter...
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noise
    Willie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    A very loud table across the dining room made the evening less enjoyable than usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Timer's Review
    paterfamilia
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The Noise Level rating bar ends at "Energetic" and next is "Do not recall". I'd suggest the latter should be replaced by something approximating "deafening".
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was pretentious and slack
    Pretendious
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The waiter sported a fake accent, and neglected to bring certain ordered items. We were forced to flag down another waiter to request the rest of our entree. The menu was okay, and the food was okay. I may return if I am in a group and someone finds the location convenient. Otherwise, I plan to seek out restaurants with more vegan options and less pretentious waiters.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bobble
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food is usually great here, but it often takes a while for a server to greet the table and then the server isn't very engaged for the rest of the evening. Pretty good happy hour too! I give it 3 out of 5 stars!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great anniversary celebration
    Dave
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We came back to Boulder to celebrate our 46th anniversary. The revive and food was excellent. The server was very helpful. We had the Prime Rib that was out of this world tender and cooked to perfection. We live in Oklahoma but grew up in Boulder and will definitely come back next time we are in town.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delight!
    eatoutoften
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were not sure exactly what to expect since we are visitors to Boulder. We were a party of 6, celebrating an anniversary. We were delighted. You come for the beef and we were not disappointed. The sides were rich and generous. And, they surprised us with a slab of mudcake for 6 for a dessert. Altogether an excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    disappointedVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Consistently terrific food and service. When you want the best prime rib—the place to go!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yum45
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We went for the early dinner specials. I had the salmon which was tasty, but very skimpy. My husband had the stew with vegetables. It was tasty also, but he couldn't find the vegetables. Service was great. We had asked for a quiet table and was accommodated. Overall, still a good restaurant, but portions for the early dinners are very small!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect to meet old friends
    rhondaahrens
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Had lunch with two long time colleagues and it was a pleasant experience we split a bottle of wine, sat in the bar and stuck with the standard menu fare of fish tacos, one person had the enchilada special and one had a very large and delicious serving of mango sorbet for dessert. Perfect way to catch up and enjoy top notch service and food! Love their happy hour deals too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    AnnAT
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We came from out of town and the team had lunch at Boulder Cork to prep for a meeting that the afternoon. Seeing that this was our first time there and very much enjoyed the atmosphere and food, we all agreed that this was a great find! Great food, great atmosphere and perfect location!!! We'll definitely be back and recommend them!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Choice
    Timetoeat
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We wish we had had three scallops instead of two. They looked lonely. The peach ice cream was wonderful. Guess it came from Glacier Homemade Ice Cream.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • More Than Just Great Steaks
    TomSVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The Cork has always been known for its great beef. What sets this restaurant apart are the specials created by chef Jim Smailer. We enjoyed an excellent three course dinner that showcased some of the kitchen's creativity. The place is usually very busy, and offers a popular happy hour, hence dinner reservations are strongly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5280
    Carolecooks
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I loved my dinner; we all did. Only complaint, the portions were ridiculously small. I drove up to boulder to take my 2 CU kids to restaurant, we were hungry when we left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week
    911skibumVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Our family frequents the Cork and we were disappointed by the small portions of the fish and steak that we had ordered for our restaurant week special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Entree was good. Appetizers were average. Service was bad. Had to ask for bread. Fork was dirty and our waitress took it away but never brought another one back. Would not return
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place for special occassions
    Nice2treat
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The Boulder Cork is a nice restaurant for special occasions or for taking out-of-town guests. It can be a bit noisy when the restaurant is busy, but it has a nice ambiance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Cork has lost its charm
    66dinerVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The Cork has lost its charm. Once a 'fine dining' type restaurant it is now a much more casual, loud scene. Our waiter, name not given, was more like a fast food server than an attentive server. The Denver Week menu food was good, but not excellent. Our time spent was marred by a groups nearby shouting to be heard. If you can, ask for a table in an area with only 2 or 4 tops to try to avoid a party scene.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • $30.00 PER PERSON OVER PRICED
    hungrywolfe
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I ordered scallops from the special restaurant week menu, the meal included 2 scallops and the sides were minimal two small scoops of tomato sauce and polenta, the salad was one bite of watermelon and a few leaves, desert was decent at least! My husband ordered the flat steak which consisted of 6 small slices over a small scoop of mashed potatoes and 2 shrimps essentially 3 or 4 bites of food not enough for dinner, the appetizer of assorted smoked fish was good. The portions were so skimpy it was laughable for the price. I should have ordered off the regular menu.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Louisvillerez
    Louisvillerez
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We fined at Boulder Cork for the first time on the recommendation of a friend. Great food, wonderful attentive service and a nice wine list. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sami
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The descriptions of the food are enticing, the presentations delight the eye. The taste of each item is distinct. Our three meals were cooked to perfection, both the seafood and steak; each side was unique. Wine and desserts were superb. We've always enjoyed our experience and meal at the Cork.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as always
    Larry
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was good as usual and service excellent. It was quite noisy but it was Friday night. If you want your filet to be one normal piece, you had better order it that way since mine had 2 pieces, one of them quite small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliably good
    canteloupe1
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The Boulder Cork has become a regular venue for special occasion dining for my family.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun dinner
    GeoffVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Good food, good service. Fun evening. Suggest adding more Sonoma County red wines to wine list but we found a good zin.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Steak sandwich ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had a wonderful lunch !! Of course it's always superb
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SeaRay
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great food, good atmosphere, outstanding service and overall an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go back to the late 1970s
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This restaurant is vintage. It has been around a long time, and it does the standards well. But keep in mind that is what it does - the standards. It does not deviate much from that, so the food can seem quite formulaic at times.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary dinner
    sherbert
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Perfect for an anniversary dinner. 8 seated at a nice round table. Thank you Cork for having round tables. Rib eyes done perfectly and sized to split (the 18oz ones).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for Birthday Delebration
    Cameron
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We took my 16 year old son to the Cork to celebrate his birthday. The food was outstanding. I highly recommend the Cork's Favorite steak but all of the dishes were tasty. The complimentary birthday dessert was enough to feed a horse (or a 16 yr old boy).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Little Disappointing this Time
    Cyndee
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have been long time (20 plus years) patrons of the Cork. We go far enough back to when it was the Cork and Cleaver! :) We came this past Friday, and had a one entrée that was not great at all. I ordered the prime rib, which was wonderful, but my husband ordered the lamb chops, which we do often, and they were not good. They were tough and super fatty. He could barely eat them. He did mention it to the waitress on the way out, and she said she wished he had said something at the time, but of course, when you do that, then the other person's meal is getting cold while it's being addressed. Also, the oven browned potato did not come out with the meal. Disappointing, as this was a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate