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Cafe Aion
Cafe Aion

Cafe Aion Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafeaion.com
  • Email: cafeaion@gmail.com
  • Phone: (303) 993-8131
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday : 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Weekend Brunch: Saturday & Sunday : 9:00am - 3:00pm
    Happy Hour: 3:00p - 6:00pm daily, All night Tuesdays
    Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday: 3:00pm -10:00pm
    Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Mediterranean, Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Dakota Soifer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Cafe Aion is the perfect place for just about any gathering.  We can host events varying in
    size and complexity from breakfast and lunch meetings through to dinner parties, birthdays
    and wedding dinners.  For a more casual atmosphere we have the lounge, a space large
    enough for up to 30 people,  cocktails and conversation and ample bar space for tapas and
    platters.  If your function requires a sit-down or more formal atmosphere we are more than
    happy to work with you to customize a menu, wine pairings, a cocktail list and set aside the
    dining room just for you and your guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Kenny Rowe (303) 993-8131

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 13th
  • Public Transit: There is a RTD Stop 1 Block to the East serving the HOP, SKIP, DASH, AB, B, DD, GS, 203, 204 and the 225.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Plenty of on-street Parking is available. There are also a few parking lots within two blocks (13th & Penn) and (12th & Pleasant.)
A word from Cafe Aion
The traditional Italian merenda or Spanish tapa is a simple but beautiful offering. Its presentation is honest and straightforward, its preparation a tribute to the craft and techniques developed over centuries in the homes, farms, and humble taverns of Italy and Spain. It is served in an atmosphere that is convivial and relaxed—a setting to suit the food's essential virtues.

We aspire to cultivate this tradition in our own local soil. We gather our ingredients from farmers, ranchers and fishmongers we know and admire, and we draw upon the time-honored practices of the osteria and tapas bar as we cook for our friends and neighbors.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We were seated right away. I would recommend reservations as the restaurant is small and two large walks up were turned away due to no reservations. Wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I would recommend the paella. Delicious! Cocktails were fun and different. Our group tried almost every tapas and we loved them all, especially the beef short rib! We will definitely return. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We shared the 5 appetizers with some wine. The food was amazing! The staff was extremely friendly and eager to recommend their favorites. We found this restaurant in an article named "10 Restaurants to try before you die". I am so glad we did because I can not wait to go back and try more of their delicious menu!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The staff graciously stayed a little past their closing time to accommodate me and my date. They made us feel incredibly welcome which meant a lot for two busy doctoral students on their first date. The food was amazing as well. I highly recommend all of the tapas."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "My experience at Cafe Aion was very disappointing. I had eaten there before and enjoyed it. However, the night I was there, they were seriously understaffed. They had only two waiters for the dining room and the outside patio, all full. With important events happening at CU, they should have known they would have a crowd. It took us quite a while to get our glass of wine. I had to call the waiter over so that we could finally order. However, after being there for an hour and a half, we paid for our wine and left, never having received our food. It was very loud and not an experience I would like to repeat."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "And the food was just o.k. Long waits for drinks. Long wait for food. Long wait to get check so we could leave."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The food was excellent but the noise level was a tad hard to take."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We were really disappointed with our food experience. We ordered tapas to start. The the cauliflower was amazing, but the chicken wings had very little flavor and the potatoes were soggy. Then we ordered the Paella De La Casa for the table and one of us ordered the Brie Burger, and all of us were extremely displeased. The Paella De La Casa included overcooked muscles, boiled chicken that was super gamey tasting and tough (none of us could eat it), and over cooked, tough, burnt sausage. The rice tasted good, but when you pay $40 for a dish, you don't want the rice to be the only appetizing thing on the plate. The burger itself - very little flavor, the bun was soggy and the fries were over-seasoned and soggy. Sad. Drinks were great."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "For a restaurant with food this good, we we really surprised by how poor the service was on all accounts: 1) the hostess was unfriendly and the only table available for our 'reservation' was a high-top bar table with no seat-backs that got quite uncomfortable 2) it was a good 15 minutes before our drink order was taken 3) waitress rolled her eyes when we said we hadn't been there before and we asked about what the best things on the menu were. She was very curt with us taking our order. 4) long wait for drinks, longer wait for appetizers 5) entree order apparently not placed, even longer wait 6) had to ask for water refills multiple times The food was really good, so we will probably go back - just be ready for bad service if you go."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Wonderful service, excellent food, friendly and clean. I am anxious to return soon!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "If you like real food, not from packages, not frozen, you will enjoy the food here. We were very early, as we had tickets to a show, so we cannot really say anything about the noise level. It is not an intimate quiet place, but more of a vibrant friendly open place. The service was fantastic."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "A bit noisy on a Friday night but nice selection of foods to share. Also an interesting list of drinks worth experimenting with. Excellent service - had the same waiter as last time (4 or 5 months ago) and he remembered us."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Worth a trip. Not a keeper though. Wine selection is sub par. Limited tapas menu."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Great service, food and a beautiful day made for a great experience. Second time there for brunch!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I love Cafe Aion's brunch. It simply cannot be beat. However, after trying them for dinner, I think their dinner menu (at least restaurant week dinner menu) was a bit underwhelming. Great first and dessert, but the entree was nothing special (although certainly not bad). I would say if you have not been to Cafe Aion for brunch, run over, but if you haven't been there for dinner, it can wait."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I don't hate the restaurant, but our meal was disappointing. The tables are too close together - no chance of private conversation. The food was underwhelming. The crispy cauliflower was a large portion but it wasn't crispy but it was greasy. Next we both had the fish stew. Messy and difficult to eat. It resembled a bouillabaisse, but with the wrong seasonings. It included shrimp that had been tossed in whole (seriously, couldn't you at least chop off the heads?) and were overcooked (mushy). Then came desert. It was a chocolate torte. The torte would have been delicious if they had omitted the red pepper. The pepper spoiled it."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Went for the restaurant week and thoroughly enjoyed our selections!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Cafe aion is a gem of a restaurant! Our server Chaundra did a wonderful job of guiding our large group of 6 through the tapas menu, and she provided truly wonderful service. This place is ideal for folks with 2 hours to dine as all the food is made fresh to order. Our paella was amazing and we finished up with some delicious desserts. Definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Room was cold, food was cold, service was very poor and food was mediocre. A very disappointing experience."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The small plates, paella, and warm bread pudding were a delicious, welcome change and fun to share! Our house red, recommended by our waiter, was really nice. Service was attentive and just right."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "An uncommon brunch in a unique spot with to-die-for sticky buns and house made doughnuts! Will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "we have dined here a number of times. never disappoints."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "We made a reservation, the table was given away to a different group. We stayed at the bar to eat, poor choice, seats are not very comfy. Bartender was not very good. Food was pretty tasty, definitely not worth the price points though. Desserts were not good at all. They need to re-evaluate their food costs & stop over pricing some of their menu choices. They advertise a happy hour menu where there isn't any price or portion size difference (ie. chicken was $25 on the "happy hour" menu, but it was also $25 on the regular menu."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We had four tapas dishes. The squash soup and the scallops were very good. The duck was well prepared, but nothing special. The lamb sausage was dry and not that good. Service was not attentive. This was a Friday night and there were plenty of filled tables. However, there appeared to be only one wait person. Perhaps there was a no show. Also, we decided to order a couple of tapas, then order a couple more when we fished with the first two. This caused a very long delay between dishes. It is better to order all up front if you want continuity."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Good food, great atmosphere, elegantly presided over by manager Kiera and her accomodating crew."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "The food was very good although I felt the portions were small for the prices charged. In Boulder, I think the Med is a better option for tapas. We also felt rushed through our meal by our server which was not appreciated for a holiday meal with friends. I think they are overrated by 5280 Magazine as one of the top restaurants in Denver/Boulder."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We don't get out much these days due to little ones at home so we tend to patronize our favorite local restaurants, but based on the recommendation of a friend we wanted to try Cafe Aion. The food was absolutely delicious and everyone in our party was still talking about our dinner the next day. This will definitely be added to our shortlist of favorites moving forward!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Another great evening at Café Aion which is sort of a hidden gem in Boulder because it's located on the Hill. Dakota, the chef, turns out creative but not overwhelming plates, big & small, that are terrific. Some recent stand-outs include braised duck and the fabulous quinoa salad. Nice and reasonable wine, spirits and beer list."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Made a reservation during Boulder First Bite to try Cafe Aion as it has had great reviews and listed as top 25 in 5280. On the plus side, we were seated right away and is a fun spot on the hill. I had pumpkin fritters for first course, delicious but poorly presented. My friends said there apps were just ok. Before we received our entrees it smelled like something in the kitchen was burning. Sadly it was the chorizo in the mussels dish that my husband and friend ordered. I had the lamb which was very good but a very small portion. Dessert was just OK. We ordered the house sangria to drink and sent it back. Very bitter and had very little spices. Not the worst restaurant I have ever been to but this one would not even make my top 500."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "We decided to try Cafe Aion for First Bite which is $26 per person however Aion charged $29 per person and $9 for local tap beer. It was the first cold night n Boulder, and they didn't seem to turn on the heat, it was cold throughout our dining experience, we wore our coats the entire time. Food was warm and good, wait staff was friendly."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Enjoyed an awesome First Bite Boulder meal. Can't wait to go back to try dishes from their regular menu."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "Who knows maybe Cafe Aion didn't get the memo but we went to first bite and this wasn't our first time being there. Though to eat there and pay $29 for first bite per person seems over kill especially considering it was and is advertised as $26 per person. Now let me put this into perspective we went before as a party of four had two pitchers of sangria, a hand full of tapas to share and a sharing plate between the four of us and ended up paying less, having a better meal and an all around better experience then what was offered as part of first bite. I guess what I'm getting at is Cafe Aion is great but in my opinion there first bite is not worth $29 when you can get much more off the menu for a lot less."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Cafe Aion has an old-world trattoria/bistro feel and a lively neighborhood atmosphere. Food was scrumptious and the staff was prepared for any alternatives to using First Bite Boulder menu and the regular one. Staff was informed about the food and drinks on offer, responsive when anything was not quite right."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Food was mediocre at best. Wait staff pretty clueless. First Bite is $26 at ALL restaurants but they charge $29. Wasn't overly impressed so won't be returning any time soon."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "I wanted a cozy, intimate dinner without getting too fussy. Cafe Aion was perfect. Service is always outstanding and the food delicious. A great date spot where sharing plates is fun."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "Cafe Aion provides a nice location on the Hill that isn't a student hangout. The food was tasty, but expensive for the size of the dishes -- $4 for a latte much smaller than a "short" cup at Starbucks, and a small ramekin of baked eggs/potatoes/pepper for $12, accompanied by a bit of baguette (cold, no butter). I wish they had more menu variety , and a second soup offering. The dinner menu looked much more interesting than the "day" menu, and I'm surprised that some of the tapas from the dinner menu weren't available. Service was very nice."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "The service and the food were delicious! The pastries and donut served up during the weekend brunch were decadent! I would highly recommend this and cannot wait to go back and try their dinner/tapas menu."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "Cafe Aion had a nice warm and quiet atmosphere. Very small and romantic. The colors and smell of the food was appealing. I like the two servers they worked together well and were attentive. The food tasted good and seemed very healthy. Liked the dessert with real whipped cream and pears."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "My wife and I recently went here for the second time in a few weeks. The food is terrific. Limited, seasonal menu, but high quality. Everything we've eaten is delicious. Both visits, however, were marked with awkward drink service. Each time, our server was slow to come over, greet us and offer drinks, though they were very nice. Each time, once the drink orders were taken, it took a while for us to receive them. I think there's only one bartender, but it's not a vibrant bar scene so it didn't seem like it should take that long. The food, however, arrived in a timely manner so drinks were always a bit out of sync with the food. Once the timing kinks are worked out, it will truly be fantastic!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "A neighbor brought me and we had a wonderful meal. Love the cauliflower and will go back for more. I would never know it was tucked away there."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "No one to greet us. Awkwardly standing around with two other couples. Finally seated. 25 minutes for drinks to arrive. Finally came after first round of tapas. You could easily see similar experiences happening with everyone. The place has potential but the vibe was all off. Food was good not great. We eat out all the time in Boulder and finally made the trip up to The Hill... We will not be going back anytime soon."
    Dined on 10/25/2013