Black Cat

4.8
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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 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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OT
1 review
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Grand experience. Very expensive. Worth EVERY penny.

B
Denver
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We only go here for special occasions, and have been here several times in the last few years. We like to order the chef's tasting menu, as you get "surprised" by what the chef has prepared. We were disappointed this time. The food was good, even very good at times, but with a total of 3 drinks and the tasting menu for two, the bill came to $250 plus tip. For that rate, everything should have been exquisite, not just very good. In addition, they take a team approach to serving, meaning you get about 6 different people at your table throughout the night, which we found jarring. Finally, there was too long of a gap between courses. The entire meal took 2.5 hours. We left disappointed, and sadly realized we won't be back.

RS
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

JO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You don’t get a review until you finish your plate. I’ve eaten at the black Cat on more than a few occasions. Always 5 stars in every category. If your lucky enough to go. Order the chef’s selection with the wine pairing you will not be disappointed. My wife is a vegetarian and I do not eat dairy. Let your waiter know your restrictions and they will accommodate your needs.

BA
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful!!!!

N
Denver
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shh... The Black Cat remains one of the relatively little known gems on the Boulder food scene. Looking for a cozy intimate place to snuggle up with your loved one and not be subjected to the noise and crowds of all the trendy places? Take a few a steps off the mall and stop in the Black Cat. The food is excellent, the wine selections great, the service is warm and friendly and the ambiance is just right. Best of all, you can actually have a conversation and be heard without having to raise your voice.

s
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable wine pairings with the chef tasting. Made my birthday very special.

BS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Locally sourced food. Fantastic service. Knowledgeable staff. The cutest ambiance. Comfortable seating.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We had a terrible experience. Service/food was very slow. We sat down at 8, didn’t get entrees until 930. They served my husband the entirely wrong meal and had to remake so we ended up just having to get it to go because by that point it was 10:15. We also loved the farm to table element of the restaurant but long explanations of every single ingredient was overkill. Bummed because the overall ambience and vibe was great. But food just wasn’t worth it.

B
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place ever. Food is amazing. Wish I could eat there every night

j
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Boulder dinner we've had in a while! Chef's tasting menu was varied and flavorful, paired with wines it was fabulous. The sommelier had great knowledge and enthusiasm for telling the story of each wine. We really enjoyed the chef's visit and farm stories. All the staff were engaging without being overbearing. Will definitely return.

IE
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience3

No proper substitution. If you do not like anything in the four course meal their idea of substitution is to give you a bit more mushroom. This is my 2nd visit and my last.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Food was great, despite finding a hair in my dessert

G
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just delightful. One member of our group had dietary restrictions and wasn’t sure she could have the Chef’s Tasting Menu like the rest of us. Well, the chef accommodated and our friend was delighted. We would totally recommend this restaurant. We have been there several times and never been disappointed.

AS
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at Black Cat! We did the chef’s tasting menu and it was exquisite. Highly recommend.

MM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great everything!

MW
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable and wonderful experience at Black Cat. The food was excellent and the staff were courteous and attentive. It was nice and quiet so we could have a conversation.

BZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We loved the food and the chance to talk with the owner about the history and inspiration of the restaurant

DB
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

been going there for over a decade, always recommend for a special occasion - this trip was as fantastic as always

N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered tasting menu with wine pairings. It was the best meal I’ve ever had, seriously! I lived in NYC for 20 years and went out dining a few times a week. Black Cat is special!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, good, friendly service and the food and flavors just great.

DD
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of out favorite places to go. Always a joy.
I always appreciate that the tasting menu can be adapted to my allegies. It makes for a very enjoyable dining experience.

R
Denver
80 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was not well paced and slow

c
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So so so good

DF
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No wonder this is one of the top rated restaurants in town. We met our niece and her husband from Ft. Collins here and had the tasting menu. I must say it was an awesome evening. Attentive and knowledgeable staff. Creative, interesting, delicious, well prepared and presented dishes. Just a lovely evening.

DJ
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love this place. We had a table reserved, and opted to sit at the bar. The bartenders at BlackCat are always so interesting - in addition to watching the magic in the kitchen. From the FoieGras to the lamb, it was all-in-all a fantastic excursion. We will keep coming back.

AK
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational food, service, atmosphere. Can't wait to go back.

h
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exquisite food, thoughtfully prepared and served. A real find in Boulder!!

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year celebration.

WS
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal. 10/10 Would eat again. Service is spectacular and I love the ambience of the restaurant. My favorite place in Colorado is the Black Cat.

OT
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve Dinner was amazing!

LB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at this restaurant and it has been absolutely delightful. The food is incredible and staff is top notch!

NA
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and great ambiance. Sarah did a great job, and the all the food was fabulous.

B
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with delicately prepared meals and great wine paring - a pleasure for a special night out!.

C
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable, entertainig and educational experience.

CC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, classic restaurant that doesn’t feel at all pretentious or stuffy. We tried the 6-course chef’s tasting menu. Not only was each dish delicious, the overall experience and the order of the food built on all the flavors. Simply excellent.

NN
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food & the staffs are very accommodating. The only thing I dislike is the bathroom doesn't look very nice for a restaurant at this caliber.

SE
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding! She was professional, personal, there when we needed her but did not impose too much, friendly, polite, just overall fantastic. I have not had such a great restaurant experience in years. Everything was outstanding, food was amazing, our table was quiet. It was a wonderful experience.

DG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing all around!