The Kitchen - Boulder
The Kitchen - Boulder

The Kitchen - Boulder

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thekitchen.com/
  • Phone: 3035445973x
  • 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: Italian, French, Contemporary American
  • 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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
The Kitchen - Boulder reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (67)special occasion (48)neighborhood gem (36)hot spot (27)notable wine list (22)romantic (21)good for groups (18)vibrant bar scene (10)great for outdoor dining (9)great for brunch (6)great for lunch (6)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great restaurants in Boulder 2014
    colorado2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We visited 3 great restaurants in Boulder and the Kitchen was our favourite because of the authentic service and attention, delicious food, a nice organic flow amongst the staff - everyone was sort of integrated and a nice community feel and care. We loved it and would certainly go back when we are in Boulder again. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Continuing to do things right
    HansVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The Kitchen (Boulder) has great food, very well-trained staff and it makes for a great (while not cheap) meal. We just celebrated our anniversary with a multi-course meal and good recommended wine pairings. Highly recommended - make a reservation for the weekend for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mimi
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The St Germaine cocktail was fabulous... as was the tomato soup. My daughter had the quinoa dish and I has sturgeon... both super yummy and fresh. The food took a little longer than expected but our server was very nice and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative and well prepared
    bobbyzk
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Creative and well prepared with quality ingredients. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place
    ikaika
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food is great, nice atmosphere, great service. Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Dining Experience
    worldtravelagendaVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The Kitchen has been on my list to try for a long time. My husband and two friends joined me on their second visit. They had fond memories from a few years ago and this visit also exceeded their expectations. We ordered everything from appetizers to desserts, shared family style and the food and service was fabulous! I highly recommend The Kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NancyJ
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kitchen Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Birthday dinner with friends. Everything we had from appetizers to desert was so flavorful. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretentious
    DrmickjrVIP
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still thinking about our meal
    JDBerg
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chefs Tasting Menu- Yum!
    JamieU
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbelievable!!!!
    lulubelle
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun and relaxed
    Atnyel
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing food
    BMAN
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Obsessed
    Mfcasey
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The title says it all. Great good, great atmosphere, great service. Couldn't ask for anything more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High-end & delicious
    jmarquiz
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Fun, vibrant atmosphere. Delicious food, not inexpensive but totally worth it!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible dining experience!
    Tyler
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Met Expectations
    organicmike
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Great food!! Very noisy!! We had to shout at each other across the table to be heard. Not a romantic place......but yummy!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fun restaurant, great food
    JohnA
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    enjoydining
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Floyd at the Kitchen, once again
    Floyd
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Such a Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • vinci
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very fresh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • trieus
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Responsible and tasty place
    SvetaVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Martin
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant!
    jane
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foods are delicious
    maria
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Care
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bravo in boulder dining
    oldfoodie
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 352 reviews are from the The Kitchen - Boulder reviews archive.
  • Disappointing
    simtiazi
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good Dinner
    Bets
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner, ok service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Earthy & Sophistacated
    BaltimoreVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Make it YOUR Kitchen
    KareninCO
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Kitchen in Boulder
    friendandI
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.