Spruce Farm & Fish
Spruce Farm & Fish

Spruce Farm & Fish

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.spuceboulderado.com/
  • Phone: 3034424880x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours 7 Days a week:
    Breakfast 6:30am-11:00am
    Lunch 11:00am-2:00pm
    Dinner 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Happy Hour 5:00pm-5:00pm
    Oyster Hour 7:00pm-8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Shawn Murrell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call for information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Spruce Farm & Fish can accommodate up to 100 people. We offer full rental or partial rental of the restaurant space. Spruce offers the space for Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, or Dinner. Perfect location for rehearsal dinners, goodbye brunches, or business meetings. There are also private rooms available for rent through the Hotel Boulderado and we will supply the food. There are a variety of rooms available for different party sizes.
  • Private Party Contact: Tonya Tembrock 3034402886x216
  • Special Events: Spruce Farm & Fish is able to accommodate parties as small as 2 people up to parties as large as 100 people. Our beautifully decorated dining room is the perfect place for a rehearsal dinner, holiday party, or reception. Please call for information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Spruce
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available through the hotel for $1.50 per hour.
A word from Spruce Farm & Fish
Spruce Farm & Fish, Our mission is simple, "Fresh and Locally Focused". Everyday we prepare natural foods utilizing the highest quality ingredients from local farmers, artisans and ranchers in Colorado, whenever possible.

We partner with only sustainable oyster farms and fisheries and have our seafood flown in from around the world. We create daily specials, allowing the seasons to influence us in hopes of provoking your senses and take them from classic, nostalgic flavors to new, inspired dishes. At Spruce you know exactly where your food comes from.

From farm to fish, oysters and wine-simply enjoyable, and the way it should be!
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Spruce Farm & Fish reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.6
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (18)good for groups (11)romantic (8)notable wine list (8)special occasion (7)great for brunch (7)neighborhood gem (7)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Sub Par Food
    Jeffyskauf
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Food was sub par. Expected something better since it was in such a nice hotel. My wife had a shrimp cocktail and the shrimp we soggy so we did not eat them. The other food delivered was nothing special. We were there for brunch.
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  • Problems
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We arrived at our reservation time and were seated with another couple where upon we ordered. When another table had their meals served who arrived 15 minutes after us I asked where our meals were and got the standard answer. After another 10 minutes (40 minutes from ordering) I went to the manager and we were served about 10 minutes later. Looks like they lost the order. The French Toast arrived cold, we were told by the waiter that they had no breakfast tea originally, but the manager located it a little too late, my salad arrived on a warm plate all of this with the restaurant about 40% occupied. A lot of problems that were dispensed with by a free meal. They need to get their act together!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely experience!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I love going to see this new restaurant!! There new menu was very delicious I could not decide on what I wanted. A great verity and could tell they worked hard on the menu. Services was lovely will defenitly be bad and recommend friends!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & atmosphere
    widget
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great setting in a historic hotel. The menu was interesting and the selections were quite good. Our waitress easily accommodated special requests. They're still working out service kinks, however. There was a lot of 'food auctioning', where the servers had no idea who got what (food and bar service), which was confusing when there were 8 people. There was also a lot of confusion re: splitting our bill (which we requested early in the meal). It all got straightened out, but it was distracting during an otherwise perfect evening (and took away from the overall experience).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spruce Farm and Fish...yuck!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Fried oysters were awful,tasted old and spoiled, sauce was nonexistent. Crab cakes mediocre kind of tasteless. Wine pours sparse, mussels were tiny overcooked to the consistency of little rubber bands.Good luck in a foodie town😠
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CO striped bass done to perfection
    KAKH
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My friend and I dined on a Friday night and experienced friendly service and a delicious, simple meal of the CO striped bass from the menu. We would recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific seasonal eats!
    finickyB
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My daughter and I checked OpenTable on a whim when passing through Boulder this past weekend and were totally delighted with finding a spot at Spruce Farm & Fish. We had Peach Fuzz bar drinks, that we very tasty, grilled peach salad, grilled brussel sprouts with a sweet chili sauce and incredible peach blackberry chantilly cakes with a red wine sauce for dessert. I would like to return for the next seasonal delights they offer....very nice place to dine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lackluster, bland, unfriendly…
    Calliope13
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I took a friend to celebrate her birthday at Spruce. We were greeted by a scowling woman who asks “can I help you?” I look at the 100% empty dining room and wonder, why so surly? I order a light pink cosmo. It's arrives dark pink. I order the garden linguine. When the meal is delivered, I ask for bread and I’m told it's extra. Seriously? The linguine is bland, mostly pasta, not enough vegetables and pesto to make it more than a bowl of noodles. A few sprinkles of goat cheese on the top aren’t enough to save it and I do something I never do…I salt it. I ask for a second drink. It's darker pink. We share a tart for dessert. It tastes as if it was frozen and reheated. In summary, the staff was unenthusiastic, the food bland and uncreative.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nothing special
    RarelyInBoulder
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Very disappointing considering how promising the menu was. Pork Belly Benedict had a burnt taste. Couldn't tell if it was the Pork or a burnt muffin. Entire dish was bland. Cornmeal oysters were awful, sauce terrible. Lox & Bagel served with a huge pile of capers, as if it were a vegetable side dish. Plain & bland all around. Server was largely absent. Hardly any Tea choices and no Green Tea. Small coffee cups - IT'S BRUNCH! Busboy kept interrupting us to fill water even when we asked him not to. He said "I've got nothing else to do". 3 deep booths are awkward for service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not up to Q's standards
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Spruce seems to be having trouble getting up to speed. The service was pleasant but quite lacking. Some of the dishes were over-cooked and most of the hot dishes were luke warm at best.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great addition to Boulder.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were very happy with the meal and service at Spruce Farm and Fish. It feels fresh and we felt like we weren't in Boulder. The service was great and the food was delicious! We are in our forties and felt like the youngest people in there, but as more people start to learn about the new place, I think the demographic will be more varied! We would highly recommend checking it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KathyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Overall we had a wonderful dinner at Spruce Farm & Fish. The caesar salad was limp, but everything else was delicious. Service was a little spotty. Our waitress tried to keep up but she didn't have any help busing or filling water.
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  • Excellent Dinner Experience
    JoeBuff
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    All our entries were just excellent The fish special (Mahi Mahi) this should be on the menu all the time was a treasure. The pork Loin, Filet and Crab Cake were worth the visit Great selection of wines. Wonderful atmosphere for that special dining occasion, but priced right for a sponentaneous dinner
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner wa yummy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a great dinner at Spruce Farm and Fish. There was 3 of us dining and we all enjoyed our meals but by far the most outstanding part was the whole snapper. The presentation was fabulous and the preparation leads to a crispy outside and tender inside that was to die for! One of our group had the ahi small plate and that was delicious as well. The grilled peach was also a big hit. All and all a very lovely meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patio placing
    CathcamVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had a 6:15pm reservation for dinner, and there was lots of room in the main restaurant, we were seated in the enclosed patio at the front of the hotel.the place was full by 7:30 We order an calamari appetizer to share and I ordered the Bison burger, my mum, the chicken. There was a pretty long wait for the appetizer, when it arrived it wasn't that hot and even for deep fried, it was rock hard and dry suggesting it was previously cooked and re-heated. The Bison burger and chicken dishes recovered what would have been otherwise mediocre experience. Both were moist and tasty and served soon enough after the appetizer to make that forgotten. I'm sure the patio isn't all that bad on a great evening today wasn't in the rain.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Start, Fine Tuning to Come
    HBoulder
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food was spectacular! I love the decor as well. The service was a bit rough. We ordered a bottle of wine to have with dinner and we were more than half way done with entrees before it arrived. My friends had long finished their cocktails and were a bit thirsty. Our server had a negative attitude about how things were going which made it worse. She was pleasant to us and everything else went smoothly. The timing of the food was great and the oysters in corn meal were something I will definitely crave and come back for. Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not ready for business
    LongmontFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Our dinner at Spruce was very unfortunate, made even worse by the fact that we invited a couple up from Denver to eat with us. First of all, there was no bread for the tables. Then, the seafood special three of us ordered was sold out--and we were a 7 p.m. reservation. We had to substitute one of only two other seafood dishes--odd in a supposed seafood restaurant. To add to the disappointment, my dish was not very tasty. When we tried to order the special peach dessert, it too was sold out. We split the bill between our two credit cards, and I discovered the next day that my card had been charged twice and theirs, not at all. Our friends reimbursed me. I called the manager about this but she has never returned my call.
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  • Loved it
    TLH54
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Beginning with their signature Old Fashioned cocktail, the meal only got better. Appetizers, soup, and entree were all cooked to perfection. Our server explained each dish with knowledge and was attentive throughout the meal. The noise level was perfect. We could have a conversation and hear each other without having to raise our voices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Not that different from Q's
    boilingVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    It seems that things didn't changed that much at least with the menu. The update on the interior turned out quite nice and cozy. We had a party of six for brunch and 3 out of six sent their eggs back. Who wants to eat hard boiled eggs on their Benedict? Steak salad special looked good but we had to look for the steak. Service wasn't well timed and the waiter seemed annoyed. Overall it was quite mediocre.
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced, not great food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was very ordinary with high prices. Server was way over the top giving a 5 min intro speech.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restart.
    dlkk
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    At the time we visited, the restaurant had been open less than a week. We ordered the grilled palisade peach, which was excellent, house made rosemary garlic toast - delicious, and the stuffed piquillo peppers, which had great potential, but were unfortunately, not hot enough, so the texture was off the mark. We all ordered the striped bass. The fish was cooked perfectly and the accompaniments were unusual and very good. We would definitely order it again. We had the special peach crisp with strawberry ice cream and it was terrific. All in all they've done a nice job updating the space, it's airy and comfortable, the service was very good and the food was interesting and great as well. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High expectations not met
    caddisVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were anxiously awaiting a new foodie place, and based on the review in the paper, we thought we had found one. But alas, just ho-hum. Did get there in time for happy hour pricing so tried a few things. The portions were small and the mussels didn't come with any bread to soak up the delicious broth, that was an extra charge for the cheesy garlic bread. Would have been nice to have plain bread, since the broth already had garlic. Burger was fair and the chicken with the udon looked like it came straight from the banquet table for the wedding upstairs. The Garden linquini was good, but I added some protein and ordered shrimp which were just three medium sized and a bit over cooked. Just another hotel restaurant.
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  • A great new restaurant.
    RicoVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great job with the new Spruce Farm & Fish. Solid menu was well prepared and very fairly priced. Boulder is a very competitive restaurant scene and this one should do well. I'll be back to explore more!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Visit
    politicaljunkieVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Dinner at Spruce Farm & Fish was very enjoyable and delicious. Newly opened after several months, and a name change, we decided to give it a try. The waiter was outstanding. Very attentive to all our needs. I know this review is way past due, but wanted to write and praise this restaurant. We will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 32 reviews are from the Spruce Farm & Fish reviews archive.
  • We picked Q's for it's good
    Niwot
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    We picked Q's for it's good food, efficient service and ability for our group of seven to have a conversation over a fine meal. It did not disappoint. Everyone liked the food, the atmosphere and the quiet and efficient service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Q's! Not my first time
    Carrie
    Dined on 4/23/2013
    Love Q's! Not my first time here. Delicious as always.
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    fit for foodies
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  • too busy getting ready for
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    too busy getting ready for new years eve celebration to take care of you lunch guest.Why be open? Food was disappointing.
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  • Good food, good staff, nice setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    We have a tradition of brunch at Qs on Christmas eve morning. It is a great time to gather, enjoy a lovely, warm meal while looking out the windows at the people walking by. Qs is also an outstanding place for a fine meal. The kitchen is consistent and flavorful and the service is what you'd want for a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best lunch in Boulder
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2012
    Definitely the best lunch (and best lunch deal) in Boulder. A 3-course tasting menu for only $15 that is always excellent. I think it actually keeps getting better and better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • We came here for Denver Restraunt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/3/2012
    We came here for Denver Restraunt Week and the food was outstanding. We loved everthing we ordered. We would absolutely recommend this Restraunt. Yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • This restaurant is very underrated.
    bigfoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2012
    This restaurant is very underrated. They have great service, great food and an amazing dinner and brunch menu.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming ambiance/great food!
    loveopentable
    Dined on 2/13/2012
    I love this restaurant and prefer to sit on the delightful enclosed patio. Once you have dined there, I recommend strolling through the hotel to explore its history and beauty. Quite a remarkable place in all. I have eaten dinner and brunch there...both were fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite restaurant in Colorado
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/3/2011
    I'm reviewing this a year after the fact so the details are fuzzy, but my wife and I absolutely love Q's. The food is always amazing, and ever changing. The wine and cocktails are top notch, the ambiance is right up there with the best Colorado has to offer, and almost without fail the service is also excellent. All of this does not come without a price however, so it is advisable to look for specials like restaurant week, graduation week, special price fix menus, etc. Get on thier email list.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The waitress was getting annoyed
    tfuyo
    Dined on 1/4/2010
    The waitress was getting annoyed that we hit it off, and weren't ordering quickly. She came back, and asked us every 5-10 minutes, instead of looking for subtle cues whether we were ready or not. The place was so dead, it was a little creepy...although it was very cold that evening (and Monday) Food was good - bartender was super friendly
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  • Variety of First Bite menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2008
    Variety of First Bite menu was excellent. Having the First Bit experience makes us want to return to Qs in future.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • During the meal, I commented
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/18/2008
    During the meal, I commented that I wish I had my camera to take a photo of the magnificent food. The presentation was gorgeous and forget about how happy my tastebuds were! The texture of the sole and cheesecake were devine! Thanks for the treat.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We booked a reservation through
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/16/2008
    We booked a reservation through OpenTable for the FirstBite menu, for 1:30 PM. When we arrived we learned that this was only available in the evening. There should be a better process in place that only allows appropriate booking times.
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  • As usual, the Q does not fall
    KimberlyVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2008
    As usual, the Q does not fall short to amaze not only in the menu, but also service. Did the Boulder bite and their menu was exellent. Best one I've seen. HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend. Love this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great entrees. Desserts were
    Lisa
    Dined on 11/15/2008
    Great entrees. Desserts were spotty. The pear tart and bread pudding were good, but the pumpkin cheesecake wasn't.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was excellent with a
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2008
    Food was excellent with a reasonably attendent waiter. Went for Boulder First Bite and were pleasantly surprised that the restaurant let diners know about the special deal. Choices were excellent and made the whole party enjoy the experience even more.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate