Black Cat

4.9
2227 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
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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Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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JE
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
4 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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BC
Denver
39 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
3 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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h
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We decided to try the tasting menu, and it was definitely a good choice. The opening hamachi dish was very tasty, and the bison main course was probably the best thing we ate all night. The service was excellent, and we had a very attentive waitress who recommended some very good white and red wines for us.

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j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic chef's tasting menu and wine pairing. Expensive, but well worth it if you enjoy fine food.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal

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RH
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful anniversary experience!!...great food...great people...great service...

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ED
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second dinner date at the Black Cat. Chose the tasting menu for the second time to experience different seasonal options (first dinner in January, second in August). Service and food was top notch, as was the wine paired with the food. I'm not a oenophile, but the wine pairings complemented the food in a way that is hard not to appreciate. Sommelier had an interesting factoid about each wine we tried (in this case a couple of the wines were made from grape varieties that had fallen out of favor but were resurrected by passionate vintners). My girl eats gluten free and the few adjustments to dishes made to meet that requirement were quite tasty. This is not an inexpensive restaurant -- in this case mid-$300s with tip -- but you truly get what you pay for.

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JM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb. A real treat for a special occasion or otherwise.

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NH
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true gem from the personality of the staff, atmosphere, service, quality of food, comfort, ambience. Could go on and on. We loved it and will definitely return. Jill and Eric, you can be so very proud of what you are giving to your public! Thank you whole heartedly for a lovely experience!

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OT
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

lovely food and very accommodating to those with dietary restrictions.

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Z
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Chefs tasting menu and wine pairing flight was superb...service was exceptional even when the restaurant filled up...the tasting menu was phenomenal and an excellent value for the quality and quantity- everything was delicious. A special place for a true farm to table experience, the best!

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OT
San Francisco
127 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food service was fine, but wine service was not. Our first choice for sparkling wine wasn’t available, but the sommelier took his time letting us know. Glassy of dinner wine sat on bar until well after our food was served. Not clear who was responsible for the delay; it was very annoying.

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b
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always excellent service. Best to choose Chef’s choice and premium wine pairing. Cuisine outstanding but dessert last couple visits not stellar. Always a #1 pick spot when family, friends and business colleagues in town. Expect a hefty bill for this top of the line restaurant.

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ET
Detroit
30 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely wonderful experience. The service, the food, and the wine were fantastic. When in Boulder, this is the place to go.

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