Black Cat
Black Cat

Black Cat

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blackcatboulder.com/
  • Phone: 3034445500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Daily: 5:30pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Eric Skokan
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The Black Cat caters on-site and off-site events from 15 to 130 people. Allow our chef to create a memorable dining event featuring a range of flavors and styles. Possibilities include lively "family-style" dinners, traditional plated-service dinners or elaborate tasting menus. Please inquire about our banquet menu via email or telephone.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Black Cat caters on-site and off-site events from 15 to 130 people. Allow our chef to create a memorable dining event featuring a range of flavors and styles. Possibilities include lively "family-style" dinners, traditional plated dinners or elaborate tasting menus. Please inquire about our banquet menu.

    The Black Cat offers soulful, eclectic dining in its elegant and artistic dining room and bar or in its private "Grange" room. The main dining room seats up to 68 people for plated service and up to 120 for cocktails and hors d'oeurves. The Grange room seats up to 22 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Nicole Chomyn 303-444-5500x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pearl Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street Parking
A word from Black Cat
Black Cat Farm Table Bistro serves inspired, organic cuisine based on the just-picked produce from its own 130 acre farm. By day, Chef-Farmer Eric Skokan cares for the vegetables out in his fields. Each evening finds him in the kitchen crafting dishes on his daily changing menu.

The restaurant's wine list places the great wines of the world side-by-side with small, off-the-beaten-path producers from lesser-known regions.

Daily pairing menus give our sommeliers ample opportunity to dip into the 400+ selection cellar, and vary in focus from Northern Italy to organic wines of the Pacific Northwest.

Hand-crafted, seasonal cocktails featuring artisanal spirits and local ingredients show the talent of our professional mixologists who make our bar spring to life.

The Black Cat has a lively, warm atmosphere in its intimate dining room. It is located in the heart of Boulder, CO, just off the historic Pearl Street Mall.
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Black Cat reviews from OpenTable diners
116 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.9
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (101)special occasion (97)romantic (79)notable wine list (66)neighborhood gem (41)good for groups (10)hot spot (9)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Highly recommended
    dairyfree
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We made reservations for 6 pm and were seated in a quite nook in the back of the restaurant. The chef and staff at the Black Cat were totally gracious and understanding about my dietary needs. We ordered the duck, rabbit and beef entrees. They were all beautifully prepared and presented at the table. Absolutely delicious! We will definitely be back to treat family and friends experience the joys of a Black Cat dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Just right
    Foodies
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Excellent attentive service without being intrusive. They were out of our wine selection, but the sommelier came right over with other similar selections at our same price point. The charcoutier plate was delicious and the entrees were just the right size and had just the right amount of flavor; absolutely excellent. The noise level was low and we were able to carry on a conversation without feeling like we were raising our voices.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    They try very hard to make it a fine dining experience. The wait staff was bordering on pretentious, but not very professional. They were very eager to be of service, but dishes were given to the wrong people, etc. The flow of food coming out of the kitchen was also poor, but the food served was very good. Good food cannot overcome awkward service. Both shape the dining experience for me.
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  • foodie12VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    This true farm to table restaurant outstanding. It feels like dining in a private home where your host personally cultivated and prepared each dish.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wedding Anniversary
    CWC60
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Recently my wife and I dined at The Black Cat to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It provided for the perfect dining experience to enhance our wedding anniversary observance. The food was delectable and the service was outstanding.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Didn't Disappoint, but Expensive!
    coloradomom
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We were a party of five. One of us did the chef's tasting menu and it was lovely. Just enough food to make you feel like you got your $ worth, but not enough to make you feel stuffed. The rest ordered a la carte. Several of us had dietary issues and they accommodated everyone beautifully. It is lovingly prepared fresh locally sourced food, but not pretentious in any way, very approachable. The interior atmosphere of the restaurant leaves a little be be desired - feels old, and slightly grungy, but the food is the highlight here.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Better than expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We truly enjoyed the food and staff at Black Cat. The chef's choice tastings were delicious and the service was top notch. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BrigiVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We love "Black Cat", over and over again. Very special.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Great for wine and french food
    HAPPYWIFEequalsnocouch
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our group of four were first time visitors. The staff was friendly, without being intrusive. The food was very good. The wine selection is among the best I have seen. Be prepared for the price for the wines, but easily one of the best French places to eat I have been to.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Love the farm to table authenticity, flavors are so fresh. Tables are private but we could see the kitchen. Love it!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top of the List
    cinnamon4550
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The Black Cat is always at the top of our list for special occasion meals. Eric and his team take great care to prepare every item on the plate to perfection. The best duck confit I have ever had. You can taste the farm to table freshness in everything. This restaurant is a must if you want to experience the best Boulder has to offer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    It was a great experience! They set up a great little table in a private room for our party of 8. Service was speedy and very friendly. Sommelier was very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absurdly Good
    dakillakan
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The Black Cat is the go to place for any person interested in food as art. Their courses are masterful, precise, and inventive. The service is well oiled and professional; and their sommelier is excellent. There is really nothing wrong with The Black Cat.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Black Cat Bistro Delivers
    seangbaker
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This was our second visit to Black Cat and our second venture into the Chef's Recommendation Menu with the Premium Wine Pairings. Such a fantastic experience. The Som explained each wine and why it was paired with the food selection. Very interesting and delicious wines. The food is simply amazing. The portions are perfect as well.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I would describe this restaurant as upscale, healthy eclectic food wit a funcy upscale vibe. We sat in the private booth table and ordered the tasting menu which was a delicious mix of local vegetables fish and meat. Delicious! We also ordered a wonderful bottle of wine which the somalier helped us to choose. It was a dining experience. And, we left feeling satisfied, but still healthy.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Food
    Maude
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    It truly is one of the best dinners I've ever had. We chose the tasting menu, which I recommend, because you get to try even more flavors. Everything beyond delicious. I can't wait to go back.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We had heard so much about Frasca but had a very surly waiter & the food although good was not outstanding. Black Cat FAR surpasses FRasca in every detail. Will not go back to Frasca but will return constantly to The Black Cat.
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  • OrdinaryPerson
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This was our third visit to the Black Cat. It is always a great experience of food and wine and friends.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful anniversary dinner
    Charla
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    This was our second time celebrating our anniversary at Black Cat. We love the table in the little alcove - so private! This time we had the Chef's Tasting Menu with wine pairings and it was exceptional! I don't eat meat and they were very accommodating. Each course was exquisite and we loved learning about each wine from the friendly sommelier. The service was top notch. We couldn't have asked for a better dining experience!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Food always great!
    Kikinator
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    If you want great food, definitely go to Black Cat! The food is astounding and the prices are reasonable for a high end restaurant. The dishes are expertly prepared and marvelously balanced flavors every single time. I would definitely recommend doing the tasting menu and allowing them to surprise with some truly amazing food. The wine list is ok - the problem is that you have to be prepared to pay to play. The starting point on bottle prices is pretty steep - unnecessarily so. There are plenty of great wines in the restaurant mark up price of less than $50 a bottle but you won't find any of them on their menu.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1160 reviews are from the Black Cat reviews archive.
  • Special Celebrations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We all enjoyed the Chef's 7 course sampler of food and wine. Every bite was delicious and the wine sampling was a great learning experience with fabulous choices. The friendly staff moved around silently. The chef came by twice and discussed the farming aspect of the business and ingredients he chose. The sommelier had a vast knowledge of wines, grapes and reasons for the flavors. We all loved this special evening (4 hours) and will go back for other occasions.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good not great
    soitgoes
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Three friends chose the vegetarian tasting menu recently. Two of the dishes were outstanding, the others tasty but modest. As others have commented, the size of the portions is problematic: we all felt content but hungry at the end of the meal. Given the prices ($100+ per person), that is not acceptable. The bread was mediocre, not really focaccia as claimed. The wine list offers very few bottles under $70; there are so many great wine prospects out there that this should be addressed. I've lived in Boulder for decades, been to the Black Cat on other occasions, really support the farm-to-table ethos, but think other restaurants now surpass Black Cat at this price point.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Love Black Cat and Bramble & Hare!!
    CKfoodieBOY
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I love both Black Cat and Bramble & Hare!! Bramble is a great place for a late night drink and small plates. Black Cat, a little more formal, quiet, elegant, and intimate. Both places have food that will contend with some of the most coveted restaurants. Every employee at Black Cat and Bramble are extremely professional, courteous, and just plain pleasant! I cannot say enough about these places! Aces!!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great customer service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I dislike when a server says "are you still workin' on that?" This restaurant is quite the opposite from that mentality. In fact, we were asked if we would like anything before our entrees were served. They are thoughtful and professional and friendly!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rushed
    suerb
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    It was an enjoyable evening but something about it felt rushed I would like to go there and not get the price fixed and just get one meal so I could relax and enjoy it.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service with ok food
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    It took us over 2:30 hours to "eat" dinner w/o dessert. First bad sign was it took ~30 mins after we ordered our 2 drinks before we got them. We did get a tasting menu, but it was about 20+ mins between each of the 4 courses. It took ~30 mins after our last tasting and our main course. No apologies or even mentioning of the long wait from the staff who are conceited or at best indifferent. Even took 20+ mins so we could pay our bill. Food was pretty good, but no better than other places nearby with a staff that cares. Bread was a lame focaccia that would have been better from the grocery store.
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    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
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  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We did the chef's tasting menu with wine accompaniment and it was fantastic! Each dish and wine was excellent. The sommelier gave us detailed explanation of each wine. We were there for 3 hrs - not rushed through. They called the day before to confirm and asked if it was a special occasion. I told them it was our wedding anniversary and they gave us a complimentary glass of bubbling blush wine (made w/ pinot noir grapes) when we arrived. That was very nice touch. Would definitely recommend and go again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A truly memorable birthday.
    Diane
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    The staff at Black Cat (we didn't technically just have one server or sommelier) was fantastic and attentive. We ordered the Chef's tasting menu on a Monday night to celebrate my birthday, all of which needed to be gluten-free and mine also needed to be nut-free for allergy reasons. This was not simply "not a problem" for the staff, but they were pleased to help and provide a menu that we could enjoy without worry. Each course was fantastic, with our surprising favorite of the evening as the sweetbreads. I also loved the salt-cured fish we had, though a tiny bit of acid/lemon on it would have made it perfect. My fiancé enjoyed his wine pairings and we'll definitely recommend Black Cat and look to return when we're in the area again.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Black Cat
    spicefan
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Two members of our party were celebrating birthdays. The service was very friendly and attentive. We got a wide range of food items including two chef's tasting menus (one of them vegan). A number of the dishes were deliciously memorable including the spinach pie, the arugula salad, the beef roast, and the raspberry sorbet. The fresh flavors from the restaurant farm really came through. We will be back this summer.
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Lucky" Black Cat
    COFoodie
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We came here to celebrate my husband's birthday. We had never dined here before. My chef instructor at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts said it was 92% sustainable. I love the concept of zero waste. We had the 6 course chef tasting and was delighted. They were very accommodative with my husband's fish allergy and brought him a beet salad while I got the cured trout for one of our appetizers. From start to finish, each course surprised us with the robust flavors of spring and was beautifully presented by the knowledgeable staff. We were impressed that the sommelier asked how the course with oriechette was and relayed it back to the chef. We'll definitely return.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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  • perfect evening
    mac1
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Our dining experience was top notch. The chef perfectly accommodated any special requests (ie gluten free) & everything was just delicious! The only suggestion i have for improvement is that at times the wait staff seemd a bit hovering. I would rather have that then be left wanting, but at times it was a touch too much and disruptive to our conversation. The plus side of course is that we had excellent service. It was also such a treat to be in a quiet intimate dining setting. Looking fwd to another visit soon.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go right meow
    foiehaha
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Some of the best food you will find in Boulder served by the nicest staff ever. Eat here!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Black Cat
    Juliana
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Excellent food, service and ambiance from start to finish. We had the parsnip soup and seared salmon to begin which set great expectation for the meal. The beef and sturgeon were simply wonderful followed by a cheescake dessert that was heavenly. A super foodie experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary celebration
    Mart
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We have celebrated special occasions at Black Cat for several years. This last visit was our 43rd wedding anniversary and our son and daughter in law's 6 mo. Wedding anniversary. Lovely dining experience, slow pace with plenty of time for conversation. The food was outstanding, 5 course chief's special with wine pairing. Just the right amount. We left satisfied, not stuffed. Great service too!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent expierence
    Mulefoot
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Love the pork. Very unique and diverse wine list. Superb service by very knowledgeable staff and great food and presentation.
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  • Disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    I hadn't been to Black Cat for a number of years. I was quite disappointed. In general, I think they are trying too hard and that the prices have become too high for the quality of the meal. The service was pretentious to the point of invasiveness. Please do not refold my napkin when I visit the restroom. DO NOT reposition my silverware for me while I am dining.
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  • The attention to detail...Spot On!
    Jason
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Enjoyed an evening with 5 friends from the east coast. We all tried the chefs menu, which is essentially the chefs choice on a multi-course dining experience...and so glad we did! An absolute delight!! Amazing food, most organically raised, beautiful wine list and absolutely impeccable service! We can't wait to return!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef's menu with wine pairing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Wow, delicious food and wine! And the service...our server seemed more like a sommelier with all if the details she was giving us. Such a special dinner...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent Date Night Spot
    coner
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    My girlfriend and I went here for our anniversary. We had the tasting flight, which includes 7 courses chosen by the chef. The server does ask about any dietary restrictions to ensure that the items that our chosen meet your needs. My favorite was probably the rabbit. The seventh course is a dessert which was very good. About 80% of their ingredients including some of the meats, are grown and produced by the restaurant right here in Boulder, or right outside of Boulder. I would recommend this for a mid-level fine dining experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great, service v slow
    NoDuPapeVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    When we arrived it took about 20 minutes to get a drink - and we had to ask for water. Getting a menu and the. The ordering process also seemed very cumbersome. The staff seemed disjointed that night.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.