Black Cat

4.8
2241 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Black Cat, opened in 2006 and founded by Chef Eric Skokan and his wife, Jill, serves inspired farm to table cuisine based on the just-picked produce from its own, full-scale 130 acre certified Organic farm. By day, Skokan cares for the vegetables out in his fields. Each evening finds him in the kitchen crafting dishes on his daily changing menu.

Daily pairing menus give our sommeliers ample opportunity to dip into the 400+ selection cellar. 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.

Hand-crafted, seasonal cocktails featuring artisanal spirits & 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Organic, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation
Dinner Daily: 5:30pm - Close
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Phone number
(303) 444-5500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Eric Skokan
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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.
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Private party contact
Nicole Chomyn: (303) 444-5500
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pearl Street
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Parking details
Several parking garages surround Black Cat, particularly 14th and Walnut and 16th and Pearl.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Bring the family for a farm to table Thanksgiving Dinner! Black Cat will be combining with it's little sister Bramble & Hare for a family style service with all your favorite Thanksgiving dishes, many of which sourced from our own Black Cat Farm! Menu TBD

Thursday, November 22, 2018

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EK
Denver
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time to visit Black Cat. Loved every bit of what we were served. A well done martini and a well-paired recommended tempranillo for my entree. The moderately dense brown bread and olive oil were excellent. My appetizer was a foie gras preparation that I thought tasted like a fabulous ginger snap. My entree was the duo of beef. The flavors were great and the large pieces of parmesan gave the savory beef a great blend of flavors and textures.

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LT
Denver
76 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing dinner at Black Cat. Farm-to-Table perfected. Of course we had the tasting menu again. Everything was outstanding--the multiple dishes, the paired wines and the exemplary service in a intimate setting just off the Boulder Pearl St. Mall. The serving staff's descriptions of the food and wine are an unforgettable part of the experience. Expensive but definitely worth it.

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N
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We were disappointed in the food, expectations were high, but the food was only OK, not really living up to the hype. We also felt somewhat ignored since both neighboring tables were being served and catered to before we were, though they were seated later. I am glad we went, we may go back for a special occasion with friends, but it was overpriced for regular visits.

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GR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I think there was only one option which was the Chef's menu but no other options. Very expensive for the type of restaurant and food in my opinion.

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J
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for my husband's birthday. We all had the tasting menu. I am a pretty picky eater, and we also had a pescetarian at our table. They were able to accommodate all of our needs and gave us a great meal. They even threw in an extra course - 7 courses in all because we were celebrating a birthday. The wait staff was excellent. I was not disappointed in the experience.

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AZ
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome and excellent! Great service from everyone! We loved the delicious meals! All very fresh and very tasty! Great wine selection too!

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AH
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an incredible dining experience! This is someone of the best food I've ever had and our waitress was so attentive and wonderful. I highly recommend the Chef's Special Menu. Every plate was absolutely exquisite. The pan-seared scallop, squash pappardelle and butternut squash puree were some of my favorites. Will definitely be back next time I'm celebrating a special occasion but will have to wait till then because it is definitely pricey!

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Q
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Loved the ambiance. We took the college kids there for parents weekend. We will be back!

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SP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the farm to table food. The service was excellent. Loved looking at the open kitchen was a treat. I drink menu was extensive and excellent. We can’t wait to go back and have the tasting menu. The wine list was very good.
Beyond beyond was lovely as well. Great experience.

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

TJ tasting dinner was lovely. Great variety in the dishes and perfect amount of food. We had the premium wine pairing and it was perfect. The wines were very different and not ones I would have known to pick but went perfectly with food. Highly recommend the Black Cat.

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JT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely recommend for special occasions and culinary delight. We’ll be looking forward to another opportunity. Delicious! All of it. ♥️

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L
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit to The Black Cat in the past two years. We have a bad habit of always searching out new restaurants to try but we went back to TBC instead. It is a marvelous culinary experience with creative uses of local ingredients (and non-local!) without being ridiculous. We did the tasting menu with paired wines for both occasions, but were really challenged in the best way with the pairings this time. We enjoyed the back and forth with the wait staff and the sommelier - all were charming and added to the fun. We started with a yellowtail appetizer and ended with a bison entree followed by a light cake to top it all off. We had different favorites but I can't not mention the silky foie gras with the albarino. Enjoy.

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RS
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Inattentive service after being seated. We waited for someone to take our drink order and waited an inordinate amount of time for drinks to arrive. After poor service and a review of the bizarre menu items we decided this wasn't the place for us so we paid for our drinks and had an enjoyable meal at an Italian restaurant around the corner.

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JE
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretty pricey, but excellent food, wine and service. Great for special occasions.

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TH
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating the tasting menu at The Black Cat is always a pleasure. The intimate setting and the views of the kitchen at work are really great. We got the cozy table in the back which was really fun. The Black Cat has great farm to table food with wonderful combinations/sauces of many unusual ingredients (e.g. kalamata olive caramel). The Colorado Striped Bass had perfect crunchy skin and the farm lamb and pork was full of surprises (e.g. head cheese!). We shared both wine parings (basic and premium) which gave us a sample of many diverse wines. Alex did a great job discussing each sample.

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very expensive, but very good. Fun to go to on a special occasion.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a great dinner. Food wine and cocktails all outstanding

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CA
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very creative presentations. Farm to table story is impressive. Service impeccable. Plan for 2 1/2 hr minimum to truly enjoy the tastes and atmosphere. Romantic, with well dressed waiters, but not stuffy.

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JA
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to The Black Cat. The first one was 5 years ago, and to be honest, I didn't want to return because I was afraid a second outing wouldn't come close to the first which was an Amazing Experience. I was very wrong.

This Birthday dinner for my wife was just as special.

We decided on the Chef's Tasting Menu with Premium Wine Pairings, and while expensive by our standards, it was worth every penny. Where else can you get a wine from France bottled in 1999 when the current year is 2018!

The Sommelier was excellent in his presentation of each glass with a unique story accompanying it. The food was a delight. We were taken care of with Excellent Service and found that we had some common interests with the Hostess/Main Presenter as the night went on.

There was a point after the first few courses where I felt as if we were being just a little bit rushed, but when I mentioned that we wanted to slow down, that was immediately implemented with the dining experience taking approx 3 1/2 hours so we could savor every moment.

I would consider this one of the best Foodie Experiences in all of Colorado, and would not hesitate to have an entire evening here.

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S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful restaurant. The decor is very "Boulder" and a lot of fun. Everyone was so friendly, professional and knowledgeable about every aspect of the menu. The farm to table experience and interesting and delicious dishes were fantastic. The wine list was extensive and house cocktails looked tasty. We had a bottle of wine with our dinner. We are looking forward to coming back and bringing friends and family when they come visit.

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SK
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was so good I went two nights in a row. Sommelier was outstanding.

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RB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Well prepared and presented food. Liked the menu options and loved the fixed price multi-course option. The wine pairing was not a good option or value. You’re better off picking something you like from their list.

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M
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The beet salad was delicious.
I ordered a vegetarian pasta dish. It turned out to be too spicy for me. The restaurant replaced it with another choice that was recommended. It turned out to be delicious but the vegetables were spicy as well. The lamb was delicious.
My husband had the soup and sea bass. Both were delicious.

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DB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time was a charm. Luckily, we couldn't reserve at Flagstaff where we go to celebrate. The small scale, exceptional service by each of the wait staff, comfortable couch, quiet room, outstanding food variety and quality of prep and presentation. Delightfully surprised because we were first-timers.

The wait staff's enthusiasm about the food and eagerness to please was exceptional. With each plate (chef's choice for one of us and off menu for the other), we sensed the wait person was thoroughly invested in pleasing us.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We always get the tasting menu with the wine pairing and we've never been disappointed.

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A
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish we had a fantastic meal. The staff is very knowledgeable and attentive without being obtrusive. Every course was great and the wine pairings were spot on. Now at the top of our favorite restaurants. Highly recommended

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JS
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an absolutely beautiful dining experience. I was in Boulder for my annual “treat yoself” weekend, which included the chefs tasting menu w/wine pairings at Black Cat. It exceeded my expectations as a fine dining experience. If I had to choose one dish as my favorite, I couldn’t, the hamachi crudo and Colorado striped bass were my favorite but everything was really amazing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Black Cat is always great. Not sure what was going on with the A/C on the last visit, but the little portable A/C hanging out the front door doesn’t add to the experience or quite do the cooking job... But once inside, all was great, as always. Black Cat is a great meal and an experience.

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j
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love the Black Cat. We don't eat out as much as we used to. We've been to the big name elegant restaurants in Boulder and enjoy it very much. The Black Cat always comes out on top for an overall dining experience. I can't wait until the next time we dine there.

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CF
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, can’t say enough good things about the food, service, etc. Really a wonderful restaurant and farm to table experience.

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CV
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent restaurant with unique food and a very knowledgeable staff. We had a multi-course meal which was served with a detailed explanation of the preparation and source (mostly local) of each course. Plan on spending a couple of hours. It is not a large restaurant, and the noise level was low and allowed for conversation at a normal level. The staff was very attentive . Highly recommended.

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c
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! We had the tasting menu and were delighted. The offerings were varied and generous, the pairings delicious!
Most impressive was meeting the chef and his wife. Chef Skokan is fully committed to making your experience a memorable one. And he obviously loves what he is doing -- and succeeds!
The menu is complete: crudo, an unexpected yet delicious surprise, the best foie gras EVER (and we have dinned at Joel Robuchon's), fish, tenderloin, and dessert. Spectacular!!

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was exceptional. I was disappointed at our table location in the center of the restaurant after mentioning a special occasion when making reservations. Some if the more private tables were open well after our arrival. Better seating would have made the evening perfect.

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m
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Black Cat. There food is always out of this world, and we just get the tasting menu. Never disappointed. Service is on it with attentive care, warmth, and ease. Open kitchen can be seen calmly producing masterpieces all night long. So good!

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RS
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent farm to table restaurant with very knowledgeable staff and snappy service!

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BB
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely outstanding dining experience. The chef’s tasting menu is beautifully prepared and elegantly served. The wines accompanying each choice are carefully chosen and wonderfully detailed explanations about each choiceis provided by the sommelier. The restaurant is tiny so the noise level is very low. Diners sit side by side on couches. Just a wonderful experience and very much the place for special occasions. Food is fabulous!

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AP
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

The service was outstanding, the ambiance was nice, but the food was a disappointment. I had the lamb shank which was cold in parts and very greasy. The pieces of bread in the dish were unappetizing. Considering the high cost, the food should have been better.

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m
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful tasting menu! Good wine! Somewhat expensive but my husband said it’s the best food he’s eaten!! And we eat frequently at nice places.

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T
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant. Our first night in Boulder and the meal really made it special. Great place for foodies. I had the tasting menu and paired wines. My husband had an appetizer and entre. Delicious and high quality. They have their own farm and they’re clearly proud of their work! Cozy atmosphere and full view of the kitchen.

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JK
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a 3-4 hour fine, creative, local and fresh dining experience. With top notch friendly but professional and knowledgeable staff.

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