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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Colterra reviews from OpenTable diners
203 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (146)fit for foodies (126)special occasion (123)neighborhood gem (104)romantic (82)notable wine list (58)great for lunch (46)great for brunch (43)good for groups (42)scenic view (22)hot spot (11)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    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
  • Excellent!
    MmmGood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Flavorful fresh vegetables and herbs from the restaurant's garden. Very tasty from appetizer to dessert! Helpful and attentive server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Open Table embarrassed us.
    JMDN
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our experience at Colterra was great in all ways, food, service, and ambiance. The only problem was that Open Table did not notify Colterra of our reservation until the time of our reservation, so Colterra had no advance notice to be prepared for our arrival. Nevertheless, Coltarra to took care of us with grace and professional courtesy. I would prefer not to use Open Table again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kmjm
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was great. We originally set this for 5280 week last February. We were told after we were seated, had to inquire, about the 5280 week. Apparently they decided not to participate - who knows, after they see how many people made reservations. They told us there others who had anticipated the same. Everything was very good, food, service, but just felt a little deceived.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Restaurant in Boulder Area
    CA2CO
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It's hands down the best restaurant I've been to in Colorado, every time I'm blown away by the food, cocktails and amazing service. I have had some incredible dining experiences but this is still the best, very warm and inviting in a stunning building. I would say that this most recent trip was the best meal I've ever had,saying quite a lot and Colterra is always my first choice for a true 5 star Colorado experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rare Rural find
    DJOD
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Located in a small Colorado town minutes from Boulder, Colterra is a strong competitor in the vibrant Boulder food scene. The restaurant is located on an inviting shaded corner in Niwot, surrounded by a garden with fresh vegetables and herbs used by the chef in many of his inventive dishes. Great service and a delightful outdoor area make for a great dining experience. I would have given it a plus for outdoor dining, but the restaurant is a little too close to some railroad tracks. The rare train passing can be a jolt. It was our first visit to Colterra and we are already planning our second.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of towner
    gr8dinerdziner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Nice setting- Salads and Appetizers were great. All of the food was exceptional- except for my desert- it was just OK..... But my wife's desert was exceptional. One of the entre portions (filet) could have been 25-30% larger. Overall- it was the best food and best experience we have had while visiting the area. Kind of pricy for the portion size, but not for the quality and experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good menu and great drink list
    Dinnerman
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Pricey but delicious. Great atmosphere. I proposed here, so this will forever be "our" place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eddiethea
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Chef Michael is one of the best CHEFS in Colorado. His seafood is outstanding, as his meat dishes, beef, chicken or pork. Stop by to try this outstanding CHEF,
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful meal!
    SusiqVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Went here with friends for my birthday and it was awesome! So good! Great food and service! Ambiance too! :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent service made sure on pati
    Spagettidog
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Farm to table eating food was good a few minor problems. Poached egg over cooked on Benedict, bread dry or not toasted correctly on sandwich. Overall good experience. Good patio, good drinks, nice brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good dinner
    wowedatthetop
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was good. Service was excellent. Outdoor dining was a nice experience. Did an outstanding job of accommodating my lady's food allergies. Especially enjoyed the minestrone.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great place to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Food was amazingly delicious, desserts decadent and our server was very attentive and accommodating. Enjoyed every minute of our special dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not much for the money.
    Poppy
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Ridiculously expensive and not filling when there are so many other places that are great and worth the money spent. The service was not great and we had to ask other servers to get our server twice. Our dining companions agreed that it was not worth the money spent.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    Miszena
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    A lovely eatery in a tranquil location. Great service with an innovative menu.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a little disapointing
    expectations
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The online menu included duck. When i arrived there was no duck on the menu. It was so hot in the house. There was no outside seating.. very expensive for very little and not many options. The best minestrone i have ever had. The best rattatoiu i have ever had.other items where smal and not of note. Very expensive wine but not impressed by it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the patio
    SkodaJen
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We met for a going away dinner of one of our closest girlfriends. We chose Niwot as some of us were coming from Boulder and some from Longmont. I LOVE Colterra's patio, and on this evening it was delightful. Service was a bit off. I was the first to arrive and hadn't decided on a drink and told the server I needed a moment to look at the list. It was a very long time until I was finally able to order a drink. Not once, but twice was my plate almost taken away when I wasn't finished yet. My salad was wonderful. I ordered the salad and a small plate. The small plate, a pork lasagnette, was tasty, but I wished it had more pasta. Overall the food was very good and again, you cannot beat the setting on the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Outstanding meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We were entertaining our friends from out of town, in celebration of a birthday. Their request was for a casual place with excellent food. Colterra was perfect. Every dish we ordered was delicious and unique. I particularly loved the squash blossoms and the chocolate symphony dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • Lola
    Lola
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Late summer Colorado evenings are even better on Colterra's patio. The staff is attentive and the food makes you even happier to live here. You can taste the sunshine in the fresh vegetables and the goat cheese is smooth and tart. We had petite squash stuffed with basil and chèvre that was fried in a light batter. We were surprised to find a fried dish in Boulder County- it was a delightful mix of textures and flavors. We shared the risotto special with scallops and pork belly. Pork belly makes everything better but it didn't completely upstage the scallops. They were balanced well with the risotto. We went on a Tuesday night and almost every patio table was seated. The staff was busy but we never felt forgotten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delightful evening!
    SuzOL
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    An overall great experience. Setting, food, service all fabulous.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat to be at Colterra
    LisaHVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Gracious staff, fabulous food, best outdoor dining site…always a nice place to be!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.