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Greenbriar Inn, The
Greenbriar Inn, The

Greenbriar Inn, The Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.greenbriarinn.com
  • Email: gbi@greenbriarinn.com
  • Phone: (303) 440-7979
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Bar & Patio Menu Tuesday - Sunday 5pm to close; Happy Hour Tuesday - Sunday 5pm-7pm; Champagne Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 1:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Matt Ochs
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have several private dining rooms as well as two outdoor garden patios and can accommodate weddings, business functions, and events from 10 to 300.
  • Private Party Contact: Emma Goddard (303) 440-7979

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hwy 36 & Lefthand Canyon
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Greenbriar Inn, The
Opened in 1967, The Greenbriar Inn is an elegant restaurant, tavern and private event space located in the north Boulder countryside and nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. The surrounding 20 acres features two ponds, striking woodland, and thriving vegetable, fruit, and flower gardens. The cuisine focuses on seasonal, American classics and is complimented by a 1200 label award-winning wine cellar. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The New York steak was way under done. Medium meant rare. I couldn't eat it, even after making a valient effort not to complain. But it was expensive, so I finally made her take it back for further cooking. The result was much better but had already lost it's ability to please. Lose the bacon. The vegetables good, need more. Most of all, cook it! The wait staff was courteous and prompt but lacked personality that should go with the beautiful venue. I guess I expected more from a very nice restaurant that I only attend for special occasions. It was our 36th anniversary dinner that was a bit disappointing. I will go back, and I recommend it for the atmosphere, but it needs a little polishing to be really nice and highly memorable."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The menu at the Greenbriar is apparently too ambitious for the ability of the chef(s). Multiple dishes were incorrectly cooked-- the gnocchi dish was inedible, with a rubbery overcooked texture. Similarly the vegetables that were part of the entrée were so tough that they couldn't be cut with a knife. This lack of attention to detail is not commensurate with a high standard restaurant. The service was courteous, but little problems occurred too often to merit a better rating: for example, it is not right to call women customers by the term "Dear." The sparkling wine was not served cold enough and the waitress insisted on pouring out the red wine to the last drop, which contains residue and should never be finished."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "You haven't missed a beat since I sold you wine in the late 70 s . I no Nico went to Ft Collins and I also sold him wine as well. I don't get a chance to to dine with you but it was fantastic . Just Fantastic..The champain was delitful. Five star !! Anthony Ciocchetti Jr"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The Greenbriar has been a favorite for special celebrations for over 40 years. We love the place; we go there for special occasions and they never disappoint us."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Brunch at the Greenbriar is outstanding. Lots of choices of fruits, oysters, to begin. Many choices for main courses, at buffet table such as eggs benedict, lamb, beef and pork. Chef will create a special omelet of your choosing. Great selection of desserts. As always wonderful service and ambience."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "They deliver the classic great meals time and time again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "If you this in on your list to go for dinner, GO! Service, Food, Atmosphere, Flavors and Options all exceeded our expectations. It is a little out of the way but absolutely worth it to go. I highly recommend."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "It was very high end. The food was absolutely wonderful, the peopl were very polite, it was in a nice place, just overall a great experience. A bit pricey but worth it."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The Greenbriar Inn does a fabulous brunch which never disappoints. The brunch is reasonably priced, food varied, piping hot and very tasty. We brought three generations and they all loved it! We'll be back in a couple of weeks."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The food this time was considerably better than a few weeks ago. But the owner seems to have forgotten who we are, as he was going to buy my next dinner because of the substandard food last time we dined. That's OK, I wasn't looking for a free dinner, and the choices I and my guests made were better. One guest was not happy with her creme brûlée desert , but she is a gormand and very picky! We will be back soon. We really love the place and food is usually wonderful."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We all enjoyed the 3 courses for $30.00 special. Several options to choose from. We all chose the filet mignon which was cooked just right and delicious. Appetizers and dessert very also great. Excellent service and atmosphere as well. We plan to return for the Sunday brunch."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The Arctic Char was simply amazing here -- definitely five stars for this entree, as well as for the Portobello Soup and desserts. We really weren't as impressed with the Crab Risotto, but overall our experience here was great. It's a beautiful restaurant and would be a fantastic setting for a wedding."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Consistently great service, food, ambiance and wine....Special place to pause and enjoy..."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "All was good except for wines. Way overpriced and the chard we had was not acceptable. The response to our comments on the white wine was a general "Ho Hum.""
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We love The Greenbriar Inn and are willing to drive over 40 miles each way in the snow as we did last week to get there. However, the food wasn't quite as good as usual on our last visit. I ordered Atlantic char, which was perfectly cooked, but was on a bed of white bean stew. The beans were undercooked, almost like they had not been pre-soaked. Several in our party of 8 ordered the crème brulee, which is usually one of our favorites. However, it was served cold, not the usual freshly carmalized warm and yummy. We have celebrated special occasions there and will definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I drive by the restaurant every day on my way to work from Lyons and the place always looked interesting. The inside was a surprise. I was expecting something a little more rustic. The menu offered a great selection. The cheese plate appetizer was unique and really hit the spot with me. The pork chops were exceptional. Number one or two in my 66 years of dinning. I will be back and will be sure to bring any special visitors when they are in town."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Located just a few miles north of Boulder proper, it is well worth the extra minutes of driving. A picturesque inn every season of the year. The food and service is always as good as it gets--and beyond. Remarkable wine list. This visit was during Denver Restaurant Week, so there was more of a crowd than usual, but the service did not suffer. The special $30/person three-course selections were excellent--no corners cut. Whatever the prices we will return again and again."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The Greenbriar is a wonderful place to celebrate that special day. The service is the best I have experienced. Having gone during restaurant week it was significantly crowded. The food was great but it is the atmosphere that will inspirebreturn visits."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We love the Greenbriar, go there a couple of times a year, and once again we had a fabulous dinner. This time it was part of restaurant week, and the 3 course dinner for $30/person was an outstanding value. The food is exceptional , the service very attentive without going overboard, and whole experience was great."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Having previously enjoyed a wonderful prix fix meal at the Greenbrier in November, I assumed this experience would be the same. Something was off the night we went. The restaurant was busy but not full. It took over 40 minutes for our appetizers to come out. I had to tell the manager since the wait person just kept telling us that the food would be on its way shortly. The entrees came out faster, thankfully -- but it still took over 2 hours to have 3 courses. That's unusual for this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Went for Denver restaurant week, not as good as The First Bite event. Quanity and quality less. With the price increase, should have been comparable."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "The Greenbrier never fails to please and our recent visit was no exception. We visited during Denver Restaurant Week and were very pleased with the variety of choices on the menu. It was a difficult decision as to what to order, however; I settled on the filet and it was delicious! The "Hops and Heifers three ways" appetizer was out of this world and the pear gallette for dessert was fabulous. The service was perfect, as usual."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "What a fantastic experience once again. The food was fantastic along with ambience and the staff. Our family loves to dine at the Greenbriar whether it is Restaurant week or a special occassion. Can't wait to go back again. The lights outside adds a very romantic affect. The owner Phil always goes out of his way to accomodate everyone. My kids and their girlfriends said this is their favorite place to go to."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The GB did an excellent job for Boulder Restaurant Week. The filet was a good portion and perfectly cooked. The chocolate cheesecake was superb. It was all presented with dignity. Thanks."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Nothing special really to bring us back here..food was average for the price, service was just ok even with caesar table side. In comparison of other restaraunts of this kind it was generic really."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The place is quite a ways up there! The Inn is very elegant. Wine was a Tuscan red per server recommendation and it was excellent. Soup was portabella mushroom and was also a hit! Loved it. They served a couple types of bread with a plain butter and a basil butter; both were very good. For dinner, I had a Filet w/ potatoes, a whipped parsnip and an extra side of brussel sprouts. The filet came out too rare but was easily fixed when butterflied. The potatoes were OK. The purple potatoes were overdone though. brussel sprouts were very good. Dessert was a Black Forest Chocolate Cheesecake which was choc and not enough cherry flavor but overall was pretty nice. Loved the service and ambiance & Dinner was Very Good."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We like the ambiance of the Greenbriar but I was very disappointed in my entree - eggplant parmesan. It was huge potato chunks of eggplant with no flavor. The waiter did offer to bring us a new entree but since I had eaten a small portion of the entree did not want another whole meal. My husband had the steak which he said was excellent but I do not think it is appropriate to add a $5.00 surcharge for such a small piece of meat (5 oz.). Also, the wine list prices were inaccurate as they had raised the price on the wine we ordered and would not honor the price listed in their wine list. Dessert and appetizer were good but we will not be returning during the next Restaurant week."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We have been going here since 1975 and it only gets better. Great food, service and wine list. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food was good but could have been more exciting."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Due to an illness, my wife and I had to postpone our usual Valentines Day Celebration until the 19th. It worked out well and we may do this every year. The personal service was just great. The online reservation worked well and allowed us to be assured of a reservation that was quick to make and quick to get a confirmation. I had never used this before but will use it in the future."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The evening started out with the hostes have computer issues and making us stand in the lobby for 10 mins while she fixed her inability to run the computer. We then were seated on the enclosed patio (which was very nice). The person that came over and filled the water glasses filled one glass and then ran out of water, never to return. About 10 minutes later, our waiter wondered by and said he would be right over after he mixed another tables ceaser salad. That took another 10 minutes, he apologized for the wait and took our drink order. Upon his return he had brought us the wrong drink order and Took another 10 mins to rectify. Our on trays were so late the brought us a complementary Cheese tray to hold us over. Long night, food was great."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was very good, but the service was not good and we felt that it was overpriced for the service we received. We will probably not come back because of the service, even if the food was good!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service was not up to par with the food quality. Our waiter looked like a high school student who had not been trained to represent the restaurant well. There are many restaurants with much nicer wait staff that are more convenient to get to in the Boulder area."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our dining at the Greenbriar over the years has always been special. We go on occassions for special meals."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Not a good experience. Very slow service, and food had to be returned for being undercooked only to be returned in the same state. We will never dine there again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We frequent Greenbriar for all of our Special Occasions and have been for at least five to six years. The staff is always well versed on the menu and the perfect wine pairings. The food is fabulous. We have never been disappointed with the food or the service that's why we return there every special occasion."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I'm in a wheelchair and every time we eat here they're ready for me with a table set aside with a chair removed. They're very attentive. We love the food, the atmosphere, and the fact that you can carry on a conversation without yelling. Their wine list is extensive."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed the Greenbriar Inn for the second time in our 38 years of marriage. First time was the evening we were married. The service was wonderful as was our waiter Adam. The food was well proportioned with wonderful flavors. Hats off to all the staff."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Excellent meal and lovely atmosphere. A place where you just want to take your time and enjoy the experience. Interesting hot/cold sensations in some of the dishes as well as tiny tangy bites to tease the palate. I wish there was an inn built in so I could just go there there to continue to take in the beauty and quiet around. Each of our group will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Outstanding evening for intimate dinner with my spouse until a family was placed next to us even though the dining room was virtually empty. Arghhh- if you want a 5-star rating you need to figure this out because you are a wonderful venue. We were disappointed at the lack of judgement of staff. Also the room was too hot. Although it was excellent, I only got six bites of lobster tail for $28. Pleasantly, surprised with three types of steak choices. Music and sound system outstanding. Food presented beautifully. It was wonderful and took my mind off of the coughing 12 year old boy sitting an arm's length from my left shoulder.. :-( Suggestion - how about a vegetarian option to the creamy duck/beef liver spread before serving."
    Dined on 1/24/2014