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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vipLuckyman
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had an amazing, delicious and welcoming dining experience on the weekend prior to the restaurant closing due to COVID. Support these good folks !

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Good
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This might be one of the best meals I have ever enjoyed! Beautiful setting, attentive service, and the chefs tasting menu with wine pairing that was amazing. Every course was delicious and they were also willing and able to accommodate my dietary restrictions (rare when having a set tasting menu). It is an investment, quite expensive, but it is worth it. Go and enjoy this farm to table dining experience for a special occasion. You will not be disappointed.

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Mark
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were dining on a difficult night and appreciated the opportunity to support a local establishment.

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KirstenB
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal and really enjoyed how much pride everyone took in the food and wine selections. This was a special treat for us and we were delighted.

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Mac100
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef's tasting menu with premium wine pairing was awesome! Black Cat never disappoints!

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JoeA
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Boulder. The farm to table quality of the food is evident. Fois gras was the best we ever experienced. The bison may have been the best meat I ever had.

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vipZahraC
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Black Cat never disappoints. Everyone went above and beyond to make my husband's birthday special!

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PeteB
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the chef selected menu for a delightful tour of healthy, tasty and beautiful foods.

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kellys
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of Boulder's most outstanding restaurants, especially if you value local organic fresh food and humane pastured meats. Staff are attentive, patient and knowledgeable. Wine choices are thoughtful pairings with menu. Presentations are gorgeous and food is creative without being pretentious. A welcome quiet respite for conversation, with views of the chefs creating in the kitchen. 5 stars!

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vipSini
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food... tasting menu is marvelous.
Every single plate was beautiful and tasty.

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Leigh
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Chef's choice / wine pairing is well worth it. Enjoyed hearing about each dish as it was brought out. Meeting Erik the chef/owner was lovely.


6 delicious courses. They gave us an extra 7th course because it was our wedding anniversary.

Lovely little spot.

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vipDamianP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Grand experience. Very expensive. Worth EVERY penny.

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vipMMFrank
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible dinner and birthday celebration. The food was outstanding. We enjoyed everything but particularly loved the charcuterie and cheese platter. The tasting menu was also very good. We had a wonderful time there, and had the bonus of sitting in a great little booth.

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vipBoulder
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
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.

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RoderickSpode
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

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JamesO
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
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.

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vipBrentA
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful!!!!

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vipNick
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
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.

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sara
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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BrittanyS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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azzurro
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good, but a bit overrated for the price. The tasting menu had several items that were sublime, but others missed the mark.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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Brettsic
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipjames
Denver
25 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.

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IrfanE
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Food was great, despite finding a hair in my dessert

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Returned to Black Cat for anniversary after our first experience there 5 years prior. Menu offering was very appealing and love their farm to table ethos. And complimentary glass of their sparkling wine for our occasion was a nice touch.

Service was experience was OK. Our server was very pleasant but for apps we were brought two starters (we debated between the two) instead of the one requested. Asked to split a pre-dinner glass of wine and was brought two full glasses instead. Both cases these were still added to bill after we raised the point.

Food was good. My wife had bison 2 ways which was delicious. I had sausage stuffed quail which came out too salty and overdone.

Overall a good, not great experience. Maybe it was an off night since past experience was solid.

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Gardenlily
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.

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AlyssaS
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.

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MikeM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great everything!

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MargotW
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.

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BethZ
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

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DonB
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

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Natalia
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DanielleD
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.

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vipRobert
Denver
82 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was not well paced and slow

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coronad0
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So so so good

FAQs

Black Cat offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 444-5500.

Black Cat is rated 4.8 stars by 2621 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.