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Cafe Aion
Cafe Aion

Cafe Aion Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafeaion.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
  • "Server was helpful about menu and amount for sharing. Five of us had 2 big plates, 2 med plates and 3 appetizer items - perfect. Good sangria and small but good selection of beer."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Our first time at Aion Cafe was definitely a five star experience in every way, so when our foodie friends came to visit, we looked to Aion to give us a great dining experience. Our food was delicious, although the char was a bit too salty. The service was very disappointing and took away from everyone's enjoyment of the meal. Ah well, we will give it another try sometime, but probably not bring a large group in the future."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Bring your food adventure side with you and try everything. Is all so good, especially the Paella! Of course the Tapas are too much fun with a staff that is wants to know you and make you feel welcome."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Place was empty. CU students on break. The wait person was delightful. We ate outside under an umbrella in a light rain (our choice). The food was very so-so. Had the Wednesday $49 for 2 Paella + bottle of wine special. Clearly Moroccan and not Spanish as we had hoped, so no sea food. The meat tasted like mutton, not spring lamb. Sad to say, wouldn't go back to try again. Because of the many alternatives in Boulder County no reason to try again."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I drove over 2100 miles from Maine to experience Dakota's paella.....and it was worth every mile. Selected the special of the evening and a number of tapas options. The presentation was beautiful with bold rich color and flavor. A glass of sangria after the hot day on the plains could only have been improved with a second...but alas...there was a drive to Denver. I'll be back....with others!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I first came across cafe aion for Easter brunch a year ago. Had a wonderful experience don't know why it took me so long to go back. Our server gave us great recommendations and we were very pleased. I can't wait to go back and try new things."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • " Awesome outdoor location and a lovely menu for Boulder brunch! Disheveled servers for a very calm sunday... very long service (not necessary). But would go again."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Had a great meal. All the dishes were very flavorful, with intriguing ingredients. The burger was particularly wonderful."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Four of us shared a collection of plates and DELICIOUS gin drinks before a Chautauqua show. It was a perfect first phase of lovely Boulder summer evening!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Hidden gem on The Hill. Fresh, flavorful food and an atmosphere that makes you want to linger. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Delightful breakfast on Father's Day. They moved patio tables to accommodate our party of six outside. Great French press coffee, orange juice, bacon, short ribs with eggs. My Croissant was shared by the table and everyone raved, it is extremely buttery, all wanted more. Service was very welcoming, accommodating and friendly, also very busy. Would recommend to others and go back again when in town."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Randomly found this gem by looking at a map of places near The Fox Theatre on the hill. Amidst fast food and sandwich shops it was great to find this pleasant and yummy sit down restaurant - especially in this neighborhood. The "Paella & a Bottle of Wine for $49" Wednesday special was fantastic!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The food was magnificent. The paella to share (Paella de la casa) was tasty and just the right amount. The tapas were outstanding especially the spring vegetable soup and the fried cauliflower with toasted cumin, saffron, yogurt and lemon. The dessert ice cream with EVO and sea salt was a new. delightful experience. The wait staff was knowledgeable and extremely helpful in explaining the menu. And visiting a little with us. We actually had a great time. The service in general was fine. We had dinner but I would expect the same fine food and service for lunch. Would recommend this to anyone who loves adventure in eating. The venue is small, but was not crowded. Reservations recommended."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Lots of delicious small plates! The knowledgeable waitress set me up with a nice Rose. We tried the grilled cauliflower mentioned in other reviews and liked it a lot. We combined that with the sauteed kale and the cool quinoa with mint and apricots. Those were a nice medley of hot and cold dishes- as suggested by the waitress. The next small plates came a little quickly. Would have liked more stagger personally- so maybe request your order be staggered a bit. The Lamb sausage was delicious on flatbread- much like a greek sandwich with yogurt and greens. Hawaiian prawns were a bit of a mess but nice hand towels make that all good. Its be nice to have a larger group so we could try more!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Very eclectic mix of flavors. Comfortable ambiance with a cafe feel and the exceptional food is comparable with the best high-end restaurants. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Last minute reservation during Gradiation weekend. Great food, awesome service, and live music! I would go back in a heartbeat "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I had the eggs benedict at this restaurant on Sunday-- and they were fantastic. They came with a large portion of fresh greens perfectly dressed-- which made the meal surprisingly light! Their hollandaise sauce was amazing. Definitely recommends!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "This was our second dinner at Cafe Aion and there will be many more. The tapas choices are excellent and the paella is divine. Great, friendly service."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This place is the best place to have lunch on the hill, near CU. For visiting speakers, it's perfect, and they always love the food here. It's also quiet enough (usually) that it's a good place to talk. I do appreciate it though when they tone down the music. Tapas, sandwiches, entrees, they're all great. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "At times, it was one of my favorite restaurants in town, and at other times, not so much. If they become consistent with the good, it will be a great little gem."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "the waiters were extremely disappointing - extremely confused and disorganized and even rude."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Went for the restaurant week and thoroughly enjoyed our selections!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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
  • "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