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The Kitchen - Boulder
The Kitchen - Boulder

The Kitchen - Boulder Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thekitchen.com
  • Phone: (303) 544-5973
  • Hours of Operation: Monday: 11:00am to 9:00pm, Tuesday to Friday: 11:00am to 10:00pm
    Saturday: brunch 9:00am to 2:00pm and dinner 5:30pm to 10:00pm
    Sunday: brunch 9:00am to 2:00pm and dinner 5:30pm to 9:00pm
    Upstairs: Tuesday to Saturday: 5:30pm to 12:00am, Sunday and Monday 5:30pm to 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Italian, French
  • Executive Chef: Hugo Matheson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 11th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a large public parking facility at Spruce & 11th Street, 1/2 block from the restaurant.
A word from The Kitchen - Boulder
The Kitchen seating is open for walk ins, with community seating on several tables. Reservations are accepted for parties of 5 to 12.
Located in one of Boulder's beautiful historic buildings in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, The Kitchen brings a fresh perspective on ingredients, preparation & guest comfort. Enjoy the relaxing neighborhood atmosphere complimented by superior food & exceptional service.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
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Diner Reviews
  • "We loved the Kitchen. The food was fresh, inventive and tasty without being pretentious or cutesy. Our waitress was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. We've eaten at many fine restaurants in NYC and this one is right up there with the best, minus the stuffiness. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Birthday dinner with friends. Everything we had from appetizers to desert was so flavorful. The service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The Kitchen is overpriced and pretentious. That would be ok but the food is average. This assessment is based on tasting several different dishes over time. The restaurant is consistent. The wine list is very interesting and diverse, but again, very overpriced. Markup from retail is one thing, but a Provençal Rose that retails for $20 is $65 here. Too much."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We don't live in Boulder, but The Kitchen could be the reason we would move here. The grilled octopus starter was perfect and the prosciutto wrapped monkfish and the rotolo pasta were both fantastic. It's not often you run across a restaurant (in the US) that has Eton mess on the dessert menu--a real treat. Service was friendly and helpful with the "just right" amount of attention. Don't let the somewhat casual ambience fool you because there is nothing casual about the food here. Every neighborhood should have a restaurant like this."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "A party of three, we agreed to indulge and try the Tasting Menu (the entire party at the table must participate). It was amazing! The food was fresh and we'll prepared. The portions were perfect so you could enjoy each course. The Eton Mess dessert was SO good and a pleasant surprise. The service was very attentive but not intrusive."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The farm fresh ingredients were so wonderfully evident, complimented by the expert preparation. The food was simple, yet with a subtle complexity. The service was professional yet casual--a welcome style for us! We noticed that he read his guests well and accommodated each table accordingly while retaining consistent service standards--a bit of a gift! It was also amazing to see the kitchen staff calm and happy, which, on a busy Saturday night in a restaurant, is practically unheard of! The whole experience was fantastic--poetry in motion!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "a subtle and relaxed atmosphere. we did not go for wine but opted for cocktails instead, but the selection is great. i would really recommend the beef tongue as an entree, it was just fantastically done. the tagliatelle pasta with a bolognese sauce was very good with the right amount of cheese to top it off. the couscous and lamb was not bad, but the choice to undercook lamb is beyond me. overall we had a great time."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "From the moment we arrived our date night became a romantic journey of good spirits and amazing food. The Rank Steak is one of the best steaks I have had!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The wine we were recommended by our waitstaff was great. After hearing so much about The Kitchen's menu and reputation I was very underwhelmed with the food we were served."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The title says it all. Great good, great atmosphere, great service. Couldn't ask for anything more."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Fun, vibrant atmosphere. Delicious food, not inexpensive but totally worth it!!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves food & wine. Most everything is in season and locally grown with a menu that changes somewhat daily. "Foodies" would love the food because each dish is bursting with flavor that excites the palate. While I consider the food & wine a five star dining experience, the service is not pretentious like that at a high end restaurant. The staff was down to earth, friendly, and added to the dining experience. To top it all off, the prices are very reasonable for the quality of the food received. The Kitchen was a memorable dining experience."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We wanted to see what The Kitchen is like as there is another opening in our hometown of Fort Collins. The restaurant was smaller than expected which made for a more intimate dining experience. The wine list was decent and the menu had a nice variety of dishes. Our food was excellent - fresh ingredients, nicely seasoned and properly cooked. We were glad we arrived early as the restaurant was packed and somewhat noisy when we left about 6:30pm. We certainly recommend The Kitchen to those who appreciate unusual preparations of locally procured ingredients."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Great food!! Very noisy!! We had to shout at each other across the table to be heard. Not a romantic place......but yummy!!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "This was our first time to try The Kitchen and we will definitely be back. The restaurant has a cool vibe and the service and food were outstanding. The desserts were especially amazing! Loved it."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We celebrated our early family summer birthdays at The Kitchen and enjoyed a very delightful meal. All of our entrees were innovative and delicious. Our friendly waiter was quite helpful and made some good suggestions. We highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion meal."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I've never had a less than excellent evening at the Kitchen, and we've dined there several times. Since they've started accepting reservations for small parties. they've become our first choice for dining in Boulder. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I took my sweetheart here for a romantic five course meal and we were very pleased with the food, wine, and service. It was very memorable and we plan to go back for another hot date."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "My wife and I visited the Kitchen in Boulder for the first time last week to celebrate our 35th anniversary. The room was very comfortable, not too noisy and the service was outstanding. I don't often order steak, but I did here based on our server's suggestion and it was fantastic. I highly recommend this restaurant and would definitely return on my next visit to Boulder. Outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "I go here every time I visit my son at CU Boulder (3-4x/year), and it I amazingly consistent on all fronts - food, service, wine/beer."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I made a special trip to The Kitchen in Boulder for a random special occasion. The ambiance was perfect for what we wanted, it felt like a great place for the post college-aged crowd. Everyone was very attentive and the food was unbelievable. We were very happy with our experience and will definitely be back. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I had the lamb. It was pretty good, but not great. I like the dessert though! I got the sticky toffee pudding and it was really good. The other two people who went with me got the gnocchi- that was really good, and the chicken--really good also. Overall, a great experience"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I like that they take care of their own meat and use it all. The waiters know their food and make good recommendation. The menu is small and changes frequently. Has choices for pasta, meat and fish lovers."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We had our anniversary dinner at the Kitchen. We started the festivities with a cocktail at the Kitchen Upstairs and then had a delicious meal at the main restaurant. Service was great. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Can't say enough nice things about this place. The ambiance is perfect for the farm to table feel and if you can't eat on the farm, this is the next best thing."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We got 5:15pm reservation Monday night. All the food we ordered are delicious, carefully prepared, and beautifully presented. I like the set-ups inside. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "The waitstaff was great. He knew a lot about the dishes and how they were prepared. He even followed up by checking with the chef on a question. He helped us make excellent decisions."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "we had a wonderful late night dinner. our waiter, LR, was superb...attentive, knowledgeable and several other servers came out to educate us about the produce, etc. would definitely go back. have also eaten at the kitchen in Denver and it is equally impressive. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "On a weekend getaway to Boulder, I made dinner reservations at The Kitchen when we couldn't get any at Frasca's. The reviews were good, atmosphere was good, menu looked very promising and the service was quite personalized. I'd give the place a much higher rating if the food was as good as everything else. It wasn't bad, but for the price, it should have been much better. My pickled mushrooms veggies and quinoa dish was too heavy on the quinoa, light on the veggies and there were practically no pickled mushrooms to speak of. His grilled chicken was a little tough and nothing special. The drinks were pretty exciting and well-made though, and the biggest redeeming factor was probably the vanilla bean gelato in an espresso shot desert. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Went to Kitchen for our anniversary. good service and the food was overall good. Had to send back my Quinwah because too salty. Brought me another one which was much better."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "One of the best dinners I have ever had in terms of food. had the service been a little more attentive I would have said one of the best meals ever. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Delicious meal from start to finish. Waiter extremely knowledgable about the menu as well as the wine list. Briefly sat at the bar and the bartender was wonderful as well. We will not forget our meal here. A fantastic evening with delicious food."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "These restaurants are award winning, locally sourced, and great fun to eat at! I have been several times and I love to try the chef's pre fixe each time. Quite a bargain for a five course meal. The Kitchen's pastas are fantastic and their meat preparations are second to none. Also, be sure to order one of their custom cocktails. You won't be disappointed! And if you want a fantastic brunch spot, The Kitchen is the place. Great salads, pastas and sandwiches. And don't miss dessert! Fresh, homemade and to die for!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We met friends and sampled a variety of options. casatica di Bufala, octopus, octopus, carpaccio, tomato soup appetizers were all to our liking. One in our party thought the octopus was overcooked. For entries we tried lamb, gnocchi , risotto, chicken, and tagliatelle pasta. Everyone raved about their entrees. Pleasant, not rushed atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Really amazing service - so friendly and prompt. They even waited to deliver dessert when they saw my husband leave the table. The food was fantastic - oysters, rustic bread, homemade pasta, perfectly cooked scallops."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Our evening at the Kitchen was truly memorable. The food was exquisite, and our waiter- Kenneth- was maybe the best we've had anywhere."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "All I knew of this place was that it used farm-fresh ingredients, which is what drew me to it. I assumed it would be typical farm food, but it was Italian ha. So that was a surprise. It was good though. My wife's lamb was cold. They cook it a little in advance to let it rest since it is cooked rare, but they didn't warm it up again very well. I called the waiter and told him and he graciously apologized. Then someone who was the owner or manager came and apologized as well and then they brought it back out and it was fine!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "One of the best dinners I've had in a long time. My mother's ramp risotto w/ spring vegetables was both beautiful and delicious. My dad's Koberstein farm steak was as expected--excellent. And my swordfish special was top notch. Not to mention the cauliflower gratin and desserts. To those who don't drink alcohol, the Tiki Soda is an outstanding accompaniment to a meal here. Also, the service from Dan and the rest of the staff is simply top tier, nothing is missed throughout the entire meal. "The Kitchen" should really be proud of the staff they have assembled. I cannot wait to return."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The staff was very friendly and accommodating. We showed up about 45 minutes early for our reservation. So we went upstairs to the bar and within 10 minutes got a call telling us our table was ready. They brought our drinks down stairs for us and from there on out, the service was perfect. They bother you in the middle of your meal, but fill your water and refresh your drinks. The portions of food is great. Just enough to feel full but not so much to be bloated and gross. Everything was delicious and wonderfully presented. Overall, beautiful night. But be ready for a lively crowd, it get a bit noisy."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Our server was very friendly, but overall the service was slow. I was also surprised when we were seated in front of a large table with a toddler and a baby since I was not expecting to see families with young children dining at the restaurant. The baby cried on and off throughout dinner, and because it was cold and snowing outside, the parents stayed in the restaurant while attempting to soothe their child. I have a four year old nephew and a lot of sympathy for parents, but I have to be honest in saying that having a baby cry at the table next to me detracted from my overall experience at The Kitchen."
    Dined on 4/2/2014