Colterra
Colterra

Colterra

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.colterra.com/
  • Phone: 3036520777x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:

    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm


    Brunch:

    Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm


    Dinner:

    Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, French
  • Executive Chef: Bradford Heap
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full service catering is available, on or off site. Private dining and restaurant buy-out available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Historic Victorian cottage, located on property. Business meetings, private parties of 20-40 people. Restaurant buy-out available.
  • Private Party Contact: Wade Sawaya 3036520777x
  • Entertainment: Live Music on outdoor patio: Spring & Summer
  • Special Events: Wine Dinners every third Thursday of the month, please call for further details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd
  • Public Transit: Contact your local RTD (303) 299-6000.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample parking in front of restaurant on Franklin St. & Select parking on 2nd St.
A word from Colterra
Colterra invites you to escape to the country, just minutes from downtown Boulder in the charming historic town of Niwot. Happen upon the authentic romantic setting and enjoy classic French country food created by Chef/Owner Bradford Heap. Trained in France with 3 star Michelin Chef's Alain Ducasse and Georges Blanc, Bradford has taken his last endeavors to top Zagat ratings. His newest restaurant focuses on using the freshest local produce, respecting the pure simple flavors of seasonal ingredients. Knowledgeable wine pairings, complete with climate controlled cabinet provides the finest possible wines by the glass, making Colterra an experience not to be missed. Top 10 new restaurant by 5280 magazine!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Colterra reviews from OpenTable diners
202 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (150)fit for foodies (131)special occasion (130)neighborhood gem (107)romantic (102)notable wine list (62)good for groups (43)great for lunch (41)great for brunch (39)scenic view (18)hot spot (9)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • PhilVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    As usual, very good. Out of town guest enjoyed as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    DubaitoDenver
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We picked this restaurant based on reviews and it didn't disappoint. Everything we tasted was perfection, and we're already planning our second dinner at Colterra. Completely worth the drive from Denver!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great as usual
    natalie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Food and service were great as usual. Prompt, swift service, great meals. We love the ambience of the place - it is such a beautiful house in a beautiful neighborhood. I had the fall vegetable platter and it was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good start to finish
    Sturg
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Colterra is a great choice for a first rate dinner. The corn and parsnip soup and the cheese course were great starters. My wife had the sirloin small plate ( not that small). I had the squash risotto topped by a perfectly cooked sea bass. Finished with a flourless chocolate cake which was rich and just the right size. Service was excellent. Do try it. And hit their sister restaurant Salt while you're at it. Won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • out of town guest
    thegolfguy
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We always bring our out of town guests. And when they come back, they always want to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Relaxing Brunch
    SantaFeFan
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We enjoyed a very nice Sunday brunch with our daughter and her boyfriend. The food was delicious and service very attentive. We all enjoy good food and were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Age 55 and up
    45KR
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Colterra is not a hip scene and seemed a bit old fashioned for the menu. The ambiance was poor, with very bright lighting and an older person feel. The bar was small and not fit for enjoying a cocktail before dinner. We are in our 40s and felt like kids. The food was good, but I've had better in Boulder. Honestly I was too distracted by the ambiance. It probably would have been better if we were on the patio outside. The service was so so. The wait staff came by often, but did not remove used and empty barware until I handed it to them. We won't be going back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great good, limited menu
    MIke
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The menu was a bit more limited than I had hoped. However, the food was excellent. Everything we had exceeded my expectations. Amazing lamb and filet special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem
    Jm96
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    An unexpected delight! Located on a tranquil corner in Niwot - this restaurant was a true gem. Quaint, charming and inviting. Excellent food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies lunch
    Seaworthy
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Celebrated a friend's birthday with a good mimosa & tilapia. The fish was delicately salted & moist, with fresh mussels in a light sauce. Yum. The chocolate plate dessert was the highlight though. Wonderful truffle, ice cream, cookie but the cream-topped chocolate mousse was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent experience
    scole
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary with a lovely dinner for two out in their garden. The quiet neighborhood and excellent weather made it a perfect evening. Our waiter, Dave helped make the experience even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Colterra - consistently very good.
    delicousness
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Our favorite restaurants in Niwot is Colterra. The owner, Bradford Heap, knows his stuff and the menu is always perfect for the season, has lots of local, organic ingredients and is always delicious. We like to go for special occasions or to bring out of town guests who love good food. We love the old farmhouse that houses it -It has a lovely ambience. Although it's not inexpensive, it's also not the most pricey restaurant in the Boulder area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not up to the usual standards
    Hbarnesjr
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Our experience was not up to the usual standard we have come to expect. My medium rare steak was rare on one end and well done on the other. The waiter forgot my salad. He offered to comp us dessert but two of the four desserts were so old and over cooked they could not be eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great ambiance
    MikeG
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My wife and I enjoy dining at Colterra very much. The food is wonderful, and the restaurant atmosphere allows for comfortable conversation over dinner. The staff is knowledgeable and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jonsmom
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Wonderful lunch as celebration for my mom's 90th birthday. It was all perfect!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great energy
    foodie17
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The food here was so delicious, and the portion size was perfect. Wine list was thorough and offered plenty of options by the glass or by the bottle. I highly recommend this restaurant to anybody looking to have great, local food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All good
    Seaworthy
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Five of us dined at lunchtime & we all chose something different. I was lucky enough to split the rissoto de mer & tuna nicoise with a friend & didn't regret it. Their tried & tested nicoise provided a generous amount of perfectly seared tuna on a salad with a light vinaigrette. The rissoto was probably the highlight though. Crisp kernels of fresh corn gave a crunch to the rice, delicately flavored & topped with mussels & salmon. Exceptionally good. Others had the steak, portabello mushroom & wild Alaskan salmon & all the plates left the table empty. Desserts were a must & proves to be as good as the main. The lavender creme brûlée just beat the chocolate torte & peach cake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    SantaFe7VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Once again I brought several of my friends to Colterra for another round of spectacular food. They have a semi-private room that seats 8 and we delighted in having our favorite server attend to us. (We have known her for years since her service at Terrior, in Longmont, which is now closed.) She is superb and one of the reasons we come to Niwot. The tomato soup is sooo delicious as were the various salads and all of the entrees. We shared a few bottles of deliciousl wine, cleaned our plates and went out in to rainy night quite happy, once again, to eat and this terrific restaurant. I will be back again, guests in tow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gourmet al-fresco dining!
    canteloupe1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    To sit out on their beautiful patio under gentle twinkling lights and tiki torches on a beautiful fall night was wonderful. To be fed healthy, delicious food made it perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Enjoyed the lovely outdoor seating. It was a perfect place for a special celebration dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Yummy and Fun!
    Twinsnme
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Perfect date night place!. Salad and soup Amazing. Dinner OMG. Dessert out of this world. All farm fresh and local.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had not been to Colterra in a couple of years and it was as great as I always remember it. I messed up the reservation time and they still accommodated us. The food, service and outdoor patio was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celebrating a significant birthday!
    Sarita
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    And, really, aren't they all significant? Finally made it to Colterra with my family and the evening was lovely. Food, service, ambiance and special dessert made it a memorable visit...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch
    Seaworthy
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Enjoyed a quiet, unhurried lunch with friends. One friend ordered & enjoyed the special: grilled chicken & avocado sandwich. I ordered the tilapia dish which I've had before. Unfortunately, the sauce was over-salted which distracted from the perfectly cooked fish. My other friend had the same order, also too salty. Shame, but won't stop me going back, such a relaxing place to catch up with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Brunch
    heather
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food was great - so many exciting choices we need to go back to try some more of the seasonal dishes
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    teamseek
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I would not have known about this place, but a friend works here and recommended this restaurant. It turned out to be a great find! The food was fresh and amazing, the ambiance was relaxing and the patio is a great place to sit out under the stars for dining. We had great service, our water glasses were always full and service was quick. Highly recommend this restaurant for foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little Niwot has a winner
    Pochen
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It's a bit off the radar up in Niwot but they take their food seriously. We ate outside because it was a gorgeous Colorado evening and because Niwot is a quiet little town, there was no street noise or hustle and bustle so it was really relaxed. The food was outstanding and creative. Sauces in particular really added to the dishes. The wine list had some interesting items on it that allowed for great pairings. Service was attentive and helpful. I know there is a sister restaurant in Boulder but I'd drive the 20 minutes out to Colterra anytime just for the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Erratic
    marcoliusVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I've had some ethereal meals here, but some mediocre food, too. Had brunch this trip. Evidently "fritatta" to them means, "scrambled eggs with some stuff piled on top". Good....just not as billed. Lovely eating outside on a warm fall morning, though. I'll still be back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Celebrated moms 99th birthday here and it couldn't have been better. Our server, Dave, made all the difference. He was attentive to her in a non patronizing way. Making sure she was seated in the quietest side of the table, could hear the specials and got the side dishes she wanted. Eating out with Mom is always a challenge given the above usually doesn't go well. Our guests were impressed by the menu and ambience and of course the service was extraordinary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing service; long waits
    BruceVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Having dined at Colterra before I expected good food & service for the five of us. But, experienced very poor service & a fixed review on food. I ordered the mussels appetizer (very good) and the others ordered salads. I was splitting a salad. We waited quite awhile for the mussels & salads. Finally, the mussels arrived but no salads so I was the only one eating. Waited 10-15 mins more for salads. So, we are nearly an hour since ordering, plus more 20+ mins to get entrees. Lamb & steak were cold & one overcooked, but everyone was so hungry by now we just shut up and ate. The sea bass (ordered by two of us) was very good so a very mixed review on the food; thumbs down on service. Overall, I expected more from Colterra. Dining date 9/5/14.
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  • Engrid
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    It is always a pleasure to dine at Colterra - the food is out of this world.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Colterra
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We love dining at Colterra. We have only good experiences there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alexandra
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Getting a table outside is an absolute must. The interior is nice, but can feel a bit dark and lonely on a quieter evening. The bar area is quaint. Food, service are superb. Great specialty cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quality service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The Server was attentive and very knowledgeable about the whole menu, giving tidbits of information like the origin of the different cheeses on a cheese plate and how they are made, great wine recommendations, and non-intrusive. Not super bubbly happy or checking on us every 3 minutes, just very good at what he does. The food was high quality and had lots of flavor. They treated us to dessert which was also great quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Very helpful server. Informed and attentive. Excellent food as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a gem
    doclu
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This is a nice getaway place to dine, quiet, rustic but chic atmosphere, simple yet flavorful meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect al fresco Sunday Brunch
    ReedelVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food at Colterra is always excellent featuring creative use of locally grown ingredients (some fresh from the garden around the tables on the patio). The shaded outdoor dining with breezes rustling the huge trees and the mellow live music from the "front porch" made for a perfect brunch setting. Our server was excellent, knowledgeable, friendly, yet professional and most accomodating of questions and special requests. The bar makes some perfect drinks for a mellow brunch from a great Bloody Mary to the silky "Breakfast-in-Bed". One of the best brunch spots in CO!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Celebration
    paterfamilia
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have been to Colterra many times, and this was to celebrate an 81st birthday. As usual, it was a very pleasant experience, and we will, again, be back!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Garden
    kellymVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Delicious food and beautiful garden. The corn and bacon risotto was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • A Treasure
    visitorsVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This place is always very very good. We've never had a complaint. Really like the small plates - they are definitely enough when salad and dessert are included.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate