Black Cat

4.8
2332 reviews
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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.
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Denver
44 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a pre Valentines dinner with good friends. Atmosphere is cozy, service impeccable, cocktails fabulous & food superb!

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ED
Denver
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendliest staff anywhere!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely fantastic experience at the Black Cat. We chose the Chef’s Tasting Menu with the Classic wine pairings. The food and wines were outstanding. Impeccable service by the waitstaff and sommelier. Wonderful ambience with a cozy booth and soft music. Very expensive but worth it.

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

We called ahead and told them it was our Valentine's day dinner and they were especially accommodating. They sat us in a gorgeous section of the restaurant, gave us an extra "bonus" dish with our Chef's Tasting Menu and when dessert came out, they drizzled chocolate hearts all over the plate. The food was the best I've ever had. I can't wait to go back.

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AS
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Go for the chef’s 6 course tasting menu. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

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PL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time this week, and even better. The Tasting menu with wine pairing was fantastic!
Looking forward to the next time we are in town, wish we lived closer...

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MC
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere and menu. Very outstanding service.

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WH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the one of the best meals I've ever had! We did the vegan tasting menu and it doesn't get any better; very inventive and delicious. The wine pairing made a special meal even more amazing. The sommelier was incredibly knowledgeable and the owner/chef came to our table to make sure we were completely happy with his creations. They adjust to any dietary requirements which is important for many people. This is an exceptional, top-notch dining experience for a special treat. I will be back with my whole family in May.

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DJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet another anniversary celebration at the Black Cat, and continues to be as extraordinarily outstanding as our past celebrations. The food is exquisite, the service spot on - not intrusive yet perfectly attentive. Get the chefs menu option - Erc is a masterful chef, and the wine pairings are perfect. Always a treat. Can you tell we really enjoy going there?

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HE
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best meals we have ever had! Very unique and delicious. Wonderful service and great Atmosphere. I Highly recommend Black Cat!

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R
Charleston
32 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall the evening was good, but given the price some of the food was subpar. We shared a salad that included farro... the farro was either undercooked or way over cooked as it was so hard as to be inedible. Additionally the potatoes accompanying my entre were way over roasted. However the amuse bouche, pasta appetizer, duck and sea bass entres were very good.

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JH
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a lovely dinner at The Black Cat while in Boulder for the evening. The Chef's tasting menu was scrumptious and the wine pairings superb! The restaurant is quite cozy and was perfect for a couple's night out. There was even a large party seated in the restaurant and it was still cozy!

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C
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, wine pairings, service, and an overall incredible experience!

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J
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic all around!

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T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great farm-to-table restaurant. Eric, one of the owners, and a farmer and chef, which is unusual in my experience) stopped by our table and spent time with us explaining how his restaurant works and how he farms fresh produce in January in Colorado! I had the tasting menu with premium wine selection. Apart from one or two somewhat over salted, but still delicious, courses, food and wine selection/pairing were outstanding. Best leg of lamb I've ever had, in a restaurant or at home.

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K
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a real gem! The ambience, food drinks, and service is outstanding. It never disappoints. The best seat in the house is the very cozy booth towards the back of the restaurant which is perfect for 4-6 people.

I would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone wanting a wonderful experience, especially for a special occasion.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most amazing food/wine pairing with their sommelier!!

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NJ
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for an anniversary dinner. Highly recommend the chef's tasting menu.

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LE
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is delicious but somewhat limited menu. I guess you could expect that when all items come from the one (chef owned) farm. We loved our server, Sara, who incidentally shared my birth day! Thank you for making this a memorable experience.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

8 courses in 90 minutes. That place is WAY too fast!
Food was mediocre, I was disappointed.

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RM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't say enough about Black Cat. The service and food were the best that we have had and we have been to a lot of top restaurants in the Denver area. The service was exceptional, friendly staff and knowledgeable. The Chef's were unbelievable. We had a party of 4 and two of us are on the keto diet and they were HAPPY to accommodate us. We had 6 great courses and a 7th thrown in by the chef as we were first time customers. They also have a sommelier that really new his stuff and we were able to ask a ton of questions and he had the answers. We will be back. This is really the best food and service we have had, and we have traveled overseas and all over the US. So glad this restaurant is in "our backyard". Farm fresh and locally sourced which is important to us. Thank you Black Cat for a wonderful evening. (If your not married, this is a GREAT PLACE to propose!!!

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y
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Focus was on the customers. Tasting menu was amazing.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really unique and wonderful experience - from the moment we entered the door till the very end of our meal. We did not know this was among the largest farm to table operations in the country. Sommelier was amazing - definitely worth getting the wine pairing with the tasting menu

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Food was great. Service was slow, leaving dirty plates on the table far too long and glasses empty too long as well.

A screaming 2 year old at another table ruined the relaxed, elegant stmosphere. Who brings a toddler to such a restaurant?

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LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with perfect gourmet dishes and matching service. Somewhat expensive, but definitively worth it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flew into the area for business and had my heart set on having dinner at this restaurant. I was not disappointed. It was fantastic.

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Z
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent tasting menu, every single course was impressive both in presentation, taste & delivery. Kuddos to chef & host

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M
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered the 6 course meal with one wine pairing that we split. It’s definitely a splurge, at least for us, but the experience was delightful. Gracious and attentive servers, unique and appealing food. Really fun to have the different wine and food combos and to be surprised by the food. The atmosphere is not really upscale but is comfortable and not too loud (at least on a Wednesday night at about 70% full).

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BB
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance in this cozy pearl street nook. This place has impressive VIP seating, great wine, amazing food, and attentive staff! Great experience all around!

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the chefs tasting menu and wine pairings...it was awesome!!

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JN
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall the food was excellent with the exception the bread. I'm sure there is a good local bakery.

The noise level needs to be addressed.

I will vist Black Cat again.

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KT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

INCREDIBLE. This restaurant makes food an adventure! We had the chef’s plates—and it was amazing.

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DS
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly spectacular dining experience.
The tasting menu was creative, unique and so delicious.

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AT
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great ambiance! ❤️

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AM
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The concept of farm to table is a great idea and the food was good. I have eaten at five star restaurants so for the ambiance and prices I feel it was pricey. I had the soup which was lacking flavor, but good. My wife had the salad which was also good. The main dishes were the best part of the meal for both of us ( Lamb and Sea bass). From my perspective to drop $200 with out any drinks needs to be more of a gastronomic experience.

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l
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful Birthday celebration at Black Cat. Everything was delicious and the service was outstanding.

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B
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best in Boulder--a true farm to table experience. The meal and dining experience is always exceptional.

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JR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was fabulous, the only issue was the temperature was very cold. I will go back again, I suspect that if it hadn't been 3 degrees outside the restaurant would have been perfectly warm.

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C
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience. I would highly recommend the lamb!

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Of the 5 or 6 times we have been here on special occasions, this was probably our only dissappionting time. The staff is usually very personable and delightful. This night they seemed polite but pre-occupied. Food was good as always but only 2 of the 6 dishes really wowed us. The wine was exceptional but again we would have appreciated more discussion as to the wine choice and why it was selected with the dish. We will be back to try it again.

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