Boulder Cork

4.6
2404 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
The Boulder Cork Restaurant has provided quality food and excellent service since 1969. The restaurant is now one of Colorado’s most renowned dining experiences. The casual, yet attentive atmosphere is the perfect place to spend a special evening, be it to relax with friends or entertain business associates. Our banquet facilities can accommodate large groups with the quiet proficiency and superior quality that has become the hallmark of The Boulder Cork. The food is an impressive display of creativity and variety, masterminded by the chef, Jim Smailer. Chef Smailer has created an enticing offering of steaks, prime rib, chicken, pasta, and fresh fish selections; all on the cutting edge of culinary delight. The food is as fresh as the market allows. The true epicurean will agree that our efforts are apparent to both the eyes and the palate, from the appetizer through the handmade desserts.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 2404 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AnneB
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the Boulder Cork food was excellent, prepared just as we requested and the service was prompt, professional and friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our selected dinners were terrific. Fish bowl and Sake Salmon!!

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swoop
Denver
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of our favorite restaurants in Boulder. Never disappoints.

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mark
Denver
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience.
Seated at one of the back rooms, which as quite and comfortable.
Service from server Marge was exceptional. She was professional, friendly, and made our evening truly enjoyable.
Baked brie, salads, steaks, wine, and dessert were all wonderful.
Highest of recommendations

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Paul44
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

last time our fish (halibut and salmon) was very fresh but, unfortunately, this time it was not fresh at all. It was dull and dry. It was very disappointing

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Lady
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food! Very nice wine list too.

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DerekC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Solid, top-tier steak and other food offerings.

Our server, David, really made things work well. He noticed a new server was running behind and took GREAT care of us. Food came out fast and was delicious.

This was a great date night, and we will definitely recommend and return!

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CarolynR
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My husband told me that his $49 halibut special was a bit dried out.
The bread was good, the Caesar salad was good, as was my Fish bowl entree. Service was fine, not stellar. Maybe they were understaffed.
It was difficult to hear each other talk at our table because of the noise level in the restaurant.
Overall, it was overpriced for the quality of the food and service.

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vipHunterW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I got the prime rib on the happy hour menu. The mashed potatoes were cold snd the prime rib lukewarm when it came out. There was no au jus with it and I was going to ask the server for some but by the time he came to check on how the food was- we were all almost done. I did order another drink at that time, but it didn’t come until well after our plates were cleared from the table. We would have ordered dessert & more drinks, but it was just too hard to get timely service, so we left and went to another place for drinks-

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed happy hour on a Wed evening. Excellent service by Marge. Loved the fish and chips, fish bowl, wedge salad and waffle fries with blue cheese. House wine is average (but only $5 at HH). Lovely bar setting at a high top. We will keep this on the list for happy hour and look forward to trying the prime rib dinner.

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Catamount
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I have eaten at the Cork for over 40 years and this was my worst experience by far. The Teriyaki Steak, a favorite of mine, used to be big thick baseball size steak cooked charred rare to perfection. The one I had last evening was a thin, overcooked, over sauced steak for almost $40 that I could have bought at the grocery store for $10.00 and marinated/grilled myself. That's naked--potatoes, veggies, etc. are extra. The prices overall are excessive--$57.00 for a small cut of prime rib?? We asked for a quiet table (the bar was too loud) and were put next to a table of 8 people who were extremely loud and obnoxious to the point I could not hear my date nor he hear me. I did not complain at the time because everyone was extremely busy and my date did not want to make a fuss. But I do.

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Amberkat777
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for all types of tastes, something for everyone! Casual atmosphere with top notch food.

Service was great! Thank you Chris for being attentive and professional.
We had a lovely evening out and the locally sourced options as well as the longevity of Cork in Boulder will keep us coming back.

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StellaBlue
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After the Cork reopened when Covid19 numbers went down, they started offering reservations for Happy Hour. It is really nice to not have to stand outside in a long line just to get a table to have a drink and and appetizer. What a terrific service this addition has been. Ive been going to the Cork for years and they are always trying to make it better. This decision is the best one for me!

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vipPeggyPi
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On our way out, we saw the Prime Rib on a diner's plate - it is BEYOND HUGE - next time that's what we'll be ordering. This time, for our anniversary, my husband chose the halibut special and I was drooling for the filet mignon (so much larger than expected) which was perfectly grilled. The smoky mashed potatoes were a dream. Tried the special "Blood & Sand" cocktail which was "interesting". Lovely venue, outstanding service, we'll be back!

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StanleyB
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Friendly. Outstanding service. Excellent food. Overall a wonderful experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Both appetizers and both entrées came out at the exact same time. In addition the bread was delivered a full 15 minutes later. Food and service were both fine but the meal was completely ruined by serving the appetizer at the exact same time of the entrée.

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vipNadineW
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place was really great. The service was outstanding. We were a party of 5 and everyone enjoyed.

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vipJeffW
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had he sake salmon and scallops - both excellent! Try the mud pie - it is a house specialty.

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SusanK
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Our server Gretchen was outstanding. Our meals (two different kinds of steak and scallops) were also very good. Would recommend it! It was the first restaurant I visited when I moved here in 1 985. Still one of Boulder's outstanding restaurants.

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vipSeanM
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food as always!

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MarkB
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Rudy, did an outstanding job of taking care of us. The food was outstanding and we love the ambiance of Boulder Cork. We were welcomed warmly by every staff member with whom we crossed paths during our dinner. Highly recommend.

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NormaS
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! We will go back for sure! Love the happy hour

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Sammie
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We celebrated two birthdays and loved the complimentary desserts and photo keepsake!

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RuthB
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A busy night, but we were in a quieter room. Excellent, friendly service; quicker than we expected given the crowd. Scallops, crab cakes and Cork salad were all very good. Belgian chocolate mousse dessert was generous and delicious. A nice anniversary dinner.

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mia99
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went to happy hour in the bar area and it’s was very noisy. Had a hard time talking with friends.
The food and service is great so if you want a romantic evening do not sit in the bar area.

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rmfoodie
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I have dined at the Cork many times. Always enjoyed great service and a good meal.

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vipvergerbill
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The FISH BOWL is wonderful. Thank you very much. Delicious!!!

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BillH
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was superb, the service exceptional.

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DanK
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, especially the prime rib. Fantastic deserts. Fantastic service.

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GuyS
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service was excellent. Food was excellent. We weren’t rushed

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Teal was terrific and got our slower pace immediately. And she recalled my last visit to the Cork. We had a lovely dinner and experience.

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Happyhere
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely time for early dinner-/ happy hour menu offers great options for all kinds of diets!

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Cucinamarie
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice evening. Great service and tasty food. I would recommend this place.

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CRMDMDColorado
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A perfect meal! Promptly brought to a quiet table. Enjoyed superb service by waitress & support staff. Enjoyed the famous end cut of Prime Rib & Halibut specials. Everything you could ask for in a special meal!

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LarryS
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food moderately priced. The best restaurant in Boulder!!

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DinerJSG
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good experience. The steak was the star. Cooked snd seasoned perfectly. We will return for sure.

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NJB4Colorado
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Cork's food was wonderful as usual. Service was a bit slow due to the place being packed, and I hear all restaurants having a hard time finding wait staff. I was a bit disconcerted by the noise level, as some in our party don't hear as well as younger folks. We were seated in the main dining room, but the noise appeared to come from the bar where Happy Hour was ending.

Regardless, I've been going to the Cork since 1969 and it's still our go-to place for birthday dinners. Food remains consistently good.

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paulh
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent as always

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KatherineD
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing place to have an amazing meal! It was a perfect place to celebrate my dad's 81st birthday!

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Dawn
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was wonderful.
Noise level high which made it difficult for our friend who uses hearing aids.

FAQs

Boulder Cork offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 443-9505.

Boulder Cork is rated 4.6 stars by 2404 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.