Black Cat

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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 425 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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Las Vegas
26 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional meal in every way. Attention to food care and quality was noticeable. It was a very nice touch to have Chef Eric come to the table and explain some of the nuisance of our meals. Thank you for a truly remarkable and memorable experience.

RC
Denver
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as always.

EL
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a lovely night! My hubby and I celebrated our 21st anniversary with a tasters menu and wine pairing for 2. Everything was perfection. Delicious dish after dish, unique flavors that delighted, wine to match and wonderful staff! It was really an experience more that just a meal. The sommelier painted a picture with his words with each new wine to perfectly compliment the next dish. I told them I was Celiac and then did not worry about a thing the rest of the night. They asked for allergies right up front and had no trouble accommodating. Honestly our waitress was the sweetest woman that was always smiling. A perfect topper to the whole experience. A+ all the way. Highly recommended.

DH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a remarkable experience. Prix fixer with premium wine pairing may have been the best dining experience I’ve had in five years. Really well conceived and executed.

w
Denver
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing meal at The Black Cat. I'm learning every time I eat here that this really is the best restaurant in town. The Tasting Menu and the wine were outstanding. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

TG
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place does such a great job in the food & wine pairing that it is ridiculous.

KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing wine list, delicious tasting menu! We had a great time and really appreciated the staff's thoughtful touches.

j
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried the tasting menu which they kindly adapted for my wife who is a pescatarian
Excellent food all local ingredients
Great service and s very good wine list.
All in all a lovely evening.

M
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! I would have given the food 5 stars as well for the chef's tasting menu, but I was a little disappointed with dessert. Overall though great experience once again.

FT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sarah made us feel so welcome and special, which made the evening wonderful. The biggest star however, was the delicious tasting menu. If we lived in Boulder, we would be there once a month.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible farm-to-table experience. Virtually everything on your plate was grown or raised at the Black Cat farm a few miles away. The wine list is extensive with selections from every part of the world. We come back to this restaurant every time we are in Boulder.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was wondering, caring, intelligent with how the food was curated and made. Would love to come here again when I am back in town.

DB
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent as always. I’m not crazy about being seated in the back room away from everyone. It seems as if you are in time out.

k
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I loved our experience here ! We came for dinner while vacationing in boulder and both the food and atmosphere were fantastic . Everything was so fresh and flavorful.

SK
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I was celebrating my birthday. They treated all of us to a special dish and me to a glass of champagne! So special.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food and service,

KM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Chef's tasting. The food and wines were excellent. It's an experience as much as a meal. It's not inexpensive but worth every penny. We've had a few dining experiences we will always remember, this is one of those. Wonderful.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening. Service was best I have had in a long time. Only thing to watch for is if ordering wine pairing to prix fixe menu, perhaps eat something before hand. Though food is outstanding, portions are smaller and don’t lime up exactly to alcohol consumption. Just a little food in the belly first.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant

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S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service could not have been better. The food and drinks were creative without being outlandish.
It doesn't really get more farm to table than this.

EO
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a splendid restaurant. We had the chef's tasting menu, and everything was lovely. Even the soup was amazing. We had two people in our party with dietary restrictions and the restaurant handled this cheerfully and with aplomb. If you're lactose intolerant most places serve you something less interesting than what others get. Here that is not the case -- those dishes were as interesting or more so! We'd love to return if we can.

AZ
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for a birthday and loved it all! The food was so well prepared with unique style and flavors. I would highly recommend the restaurant for any couple or group wanting an adult night out. Will definitely go again.

WC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service. The set tasting menu is well worth the price.

MP
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Black cat is one of our favorite splurge spots! It's such a food adventure!

L
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really terrific - kudos to the whole staff.

MD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What to say about Black Cat? I can tell you that I have been to many establishments all over the world and especially in Boulder, and Black Cat blew me away! This was the best anniversary dinner that we have had. From the time we walked in, to the time we left, we were treated so well and made sure our experience was phenomenal. The hostess was welcoming, the service was great, and the knowledge of the Chef and Sommelier were unmatched.

You can tell Chef Eric (Owner/Head Chef) LOVES what he does. Every dish was prepared so well and the presentation was even better. He made sure to stop by 3 times to see how we were doing and even ran out a couple of dishes to us personally to explain the courses. We did the chef's experience with the Premium and Regular wine tasting and either choice would be a solid one. The Sommelier was fantastic and wrote down the wines he paired for our meal for us so we could remember our favorite ones.

We had a 6-course meal, from soup to beets, to lamb and scallops. Every course was so good, inviting, prepared meticulously and presented with grace and care. We also got to sample 12 different wines by doing the premium and regular tasting with the chef's experience! So wonderful.

Truly one of the best dining experiences you will have in Boulder, CO. The price is a bit up there but it is worth it! fantastic spot for our 7th Anniversary and I will definitely be back!

MB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was beyond exceptional. The food was great. I consider this one of the top restaurants in Boulder without doubt.

AU
New England
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

no need to leave Boulder for a world class meal after all

JB
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

INCREDIBLE!!!!!! One of the best meals I've had ever. What a fun experience. I would recommend this to anyone coming to the Boulder area. It is a MUST!!!

M
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. We did the chef tasting menu with the premium wine paring and it was amazing.
Everything was perfect and exceeded our expectations.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our 40th Anniversary! The BEST! Farm to table is excellent. Service. Quality. Ambiance. Food. Flavor. Unique. Fit for this farm girl foodie.

z
San Francisco
133 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Restaurant great service great food we had an incredible time service was absolutely impeccable. Food was perfect

MM
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, superb service

DP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible tasting menu and fantastic service and staff. They make it truly and experience.

b
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a special place. It elevates cuisine in Colorado. Truly farm to table and truly fine dining, with an exceptional staff.

t
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice welcome, great service, excellent choices and amazing food! Started with a beet salad with a little goat cheese, crispy greens and delicious dressing and had a Bison duo for dinner that was out of this world!

Highly recommend this sleeper restaurant in Boulder!

f
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for a wedding and, aside from those activities, we wanted a special place to enjoy. Based on other reviews, and the availability of a reservation, we chose Black Cat and were very pleased with our meal. The Chef’s Tasting, with pairing, was excellent. We particularly enjoyed the slightly sweet (and foamy) turnip soup with greens, the scallop beurre blanc, and the floating islands. The lamb was overdone for our tastes (we like rare) and the chorizo a bit heavy for the overall meal. The fois gras was exceptional; almost buttery in texture. The waitstaff was attentive, efficient, and not over involved. Everything, including the wines, was well explained. Highly recommend!

JJ
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Black Cat is a beautiful restaurant - a special place for a special evening. I’ll start with the positive - the service and ambiance are relaxed and elegant. Our group felt genuinely welcomed and cared for from the minute we entered. The cheese plate and wine choices were an excellent way to start. The food however didn’t match the rest- the plates lacked elegant presentation and the flavors and textures while good weren’t outstanding. There almost seemed to be too much on the plate - perhaps trying for upscale rustic but missed the mark and came off more like comfort food.

SS
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time. Great food and even better service. Would recommend

S
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing !!

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