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.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join Black Cat Bistro for our Annual Thanksgiving Celebration! The menu is $78/person for a family-style feast: appetizer, entree, and dessert. Please be sure to make us aware of any dietary restrictions. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff. Amazing food. Amazing experience.

LT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been going to the Black Cat for almost 13 years. For a restaurant to retain our patronage across such a long period of time is indicative of something truly exceptional - and the Black Cat is indeed exceptional: outstanding food, service, and overall experience. While it doesn't have a Michelin star rating, the quality and freshness of the food, the personable waitstaff, and the relaxing, no-pretense atmosphere in some respects equal if not exceed what one would experience at a starred establishment.

RZ
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! We had the 6course meal with the premium wine pairing and every single item could not have been better. The service and ambience were just right too. Yes, it was quite expensive, but in my opinion, it is the best restaurant in Boulder!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an absolutely wonderful meal...we did the chef’s tasting menu which was fabulous. Excellent balance of farm-to-table ingredients and high quality meats and seafood...including the mulefoot pork - melt in your mouth scrumptious. Chef even treated us to an extra little course...everything was so tasty!

R
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible service, very professional. Food in the surprise 6 course offering with wine pairing was a real treat.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent flavor with farm to table freshness. Hostess a bit stuffy and gave us a poor first impression. Expensive so doubt, with limited menu choices - they push their tasting menu. We opted for family share and ala cart.

Not for the folks that like hearty home style servings.

It was perfect for us - and provided for great dinner convo

JH
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Impressive farm to table dinning experience with attentive, helpful service. Be prepared to spend a lot and don’t expect a high energy dinning room scene. Best for a foodie date night or special occasion when a splurge is welcome and expected

OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Anniversary

JK
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Well worth the price. Would recommend doing the chef's tasting menu.

b
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Wonderful experience for a special occasion.
Was a rainy Tuesday and was still totally full, so make reservations if you can.
Every course was a delight. Servers were exceptional.

AS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for our anniversary and it was incredible! The staff went above and beyond to make us feel special, and the food, of course, was amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always! In the overly-competitive fine dining market in Boulder, Black Cat always comes out on top.

J
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation for dinner at the Black Cat after I proposed to my girlfriend. The food was absolutely incredible and the staff was stellar the entire evening and made it extra special for us. I highly recommend the Black Cat and plan on going back in the future!!

TO
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I did the tasting menu tailored to be vegetarian. It was absolutely amazing and was even brought an extra (7th) course. It is not cheap but it is totally worth the cost. Highly recommended

JM
Cleveland
29 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I eat out a lot and felt our experience at Black Cat was among our top favorites! This was our first time there as we live in Cleveland.
The wait staff worked fluidly as a team, led by the incomparable Sarah! All of them being welcoming and attentive to our every question and need. They were all truly engaged and offered a beyond excellent customer experience.
Our dinner was perfectly prepared, setting a very high standard for every other farm-to-table establishment. Presentation of our entrees was beautiful, with fresh sauces that perfectly enhanced the entree, and not overwhelming it! Truly delicious!
A truly wonderful experience!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited my daughter

B
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Received exceptional service, as we were waiting for our main course-several food treats were brought over to us compliments of the restaurant. We were celebrating an anniversary and also received complimentary flutes of champagne.

We had the bass and bison dishes as well as a cheese tray. All were absolutely delicious.

We live in the area and can honestly say this was one of the best restaurants we've ever been to.

SB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best in town. Wonderful food and service. Great for a special occasion.

OT
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

Pleasant staff, decent service (no one checked in with us regarding our entrees once they had been served). Food was appalling.
I love the idea of farm to table dining but when your farm is only producing tough corn and stringy, tough greens, use them for stock, not dishes on your overpriced menu. Conversely, if you’re blessed with gorgeous salad greens, don’t ruin them with an uninventive and too acidic vinaigrette.
We ordered three entrees: fresh water bass, bison, and duck, ranging in price from $35-40. First of all, the plating was astonishing: my bison accompaniments were uniformly pea-green, for example. They all looked suited to scene
from M*A*S*H.
Ugly food can taste wonderful, of course, but not so these dishes. My small potion of bison was delicious, but the accompanying vegetables tasted as though they had been stewed in the same pot and seasoned with vinegar. The accompanying dumplings were extremely bland. My daughter’s duck was rancid - inedible. My husband’s fish and vegetables were merely edible. Like days-old leftovers from an unmemorable meal.
Nice atmosphere, nice concept, just really terrible food.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was great. I had the bison and the only bad thing was that is probably sat out too long prior to serving and was only warm. Otherwise the entire meal was fabulous.

BG
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was so wonderful! The food was wonderful! We did the chef sampling with wine & the waiter described the wine as well as the waitress described each chef prepared dish! I can’t recommend it enough!!

Beth

EG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Farm fresh for sure. Food was simple pure ingredients well prepared and not oversalted. Left full but feeling great. We went for my mans birthday. They brought a little dessert and candle at the end, very thoughtful. Should dine here more often!

CP
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The prosciutto and the foie gras blew my mind, but everything was delicious! Service was excellent. I will definitely be back next time I need to celebrate anything!

G
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delightful experience! We were there to celebrate our 51st wedding anniversary. They recognized this in many ways including in chocolate writing on dessert plate. Of course, the food was delicious and extra special in that it came from their local organic+ farms. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a great culinary experience. The people who served us were most kind!

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Farm to Table but plates were a jumbled mess and overpriced

P
Las Vegas
26 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
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
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as always.

D
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Black Cat. What sets it apart is the excellent service and personal customization to each individual. They treat us too well, and we will continue to come back.

EL
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
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 on September 12, 2019
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 on September 12, 2019
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.

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