Boulder Cork

4.6
1687 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Good for Anniversaries

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:15am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(303) 443-9505
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
James Smailer
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Private party facilities
We have 3 different banquet rooms available for hosting rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, anniversaries, showers, wedding dinners and family reuinons. In the business world we do business meetings, boardroom dinners, financial seminars, pharmaceutical presentations, and group lunches and dinners
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Private party contact
Donna Karmeris: (303) 443-9505
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1687 People Are Saying
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Denver
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boulder Cork is a family favorite. We always dine here for all family special dates. The food, service and ambiance, combined make for a memorable experience. We've been coming to this restaurant for many years and will continue to make it our destination for family gatherings and dining.

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Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed everything about this restaurant. Will be back when we return to Boulder. Food is amazing and deserts are even better!

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C
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

They messed up our friend get together, rather inexplicably. I made the reservation. Our friends got there about 10 minutes early and were seated in the bar and then later in a dining area. They had given my name. My husband and I arrived about 2 minutes early and mentioned that our friends might already be there. No, we were told. And seated in a dining room. After we waited a half hour for our friends to show up, my husband went back to the entrance to check on them. As he was wandering our friends spotted him and we finally got together. Since time was short, the loss of a half hour from our get together was very annoying.
We tried a lot harder than the restaurant did.

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JP
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were here 4 years ago and have talked about it over and over. We are from Alabama and finally got a chance to come back. The sake salmon was just as good as we remembered .

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K
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Cork. We go when we can. The food’s always good and the staff is great.

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K
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at The Cork is consistently good. The prime rib and wedge salad are the best around.

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LL
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cork performed for a business meal, once again. Lionel is the best server in Boulder. Hands down, a fantastic experience.

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BH
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meals and service. Great value with early or happy hour meals.

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ER
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic steak cooked to perfection. The ambiance was lovely, this would be a perfect spot for a special occasion. Menu wasn't excessive, they just focus on great, well prepared food.

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M
Denver
48 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We had the ribs and quinoa cakes and both choices were very good.

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RD
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants, the food, ambiance and overall dining experience at The Cork is always first class. We have been dining here for years and never disappointed, the pepper steak is the best and we will be back.

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BP
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After leaving Boulder for Longmont, I hadn't been to the Cork for awhile. I suggested the Cork for lunch with a friend because it's quiet, parking is great and crowds are minimal around the restaurant. Downtown Boulder is such a hassle so why should eating out be? Great service by our French waiter -- charming!

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CR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

The place is unbelievably noisy. Went for a business lunch, we were screaming at each other to be heard
Put in some acoustic tile, or something. Bose has some great sound systems for this. No excuse anymore for this type of environment to exist. I know you have been around a long time, pull out your checkbook and fix this. Won't be back anytime soon. Wendy's is quieter.

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TS
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Over priced for the quality. Service was excellent

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M
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I'd heard a lot about the Cork, and went in a little nervous it wouldn't live up to the hype... We had a great meal, and I look forward to returning again in the future! Started with the lobster ravioli and crabcakes, I had the half prime rib sandwich (which has enough meat for a whole roll!) and my husband had the fish bowl. Finished it off with a delicious peach cobbler.

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BO
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought a group of eleven in for dinner to celebrate an extended family get together. We were seated in a room of our own with service directed by a remarkable young woman. Two of our guests needed to leave early, so we requested that their meals be served as promptly as possible. Our server handled this request smoothly and without any apparent effort. The food was outstanding. We enjoyed all the appetizers and appreciate the server's strong recommendation of the bivalve special , which stood out from all the other appetizers. The evening was a great success, made so in no little part by our server's orchestration of the entire evening. 5 star's to her.
We've been eating at the Cork since 1969, it's our favorite go to restaurant.

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DM
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had not been here since Valentine's Day, so that was quite a while. The Service was attentive but not intrusive, helpful and knowledgeable.

Our smoked Salmon/Trout appetizer was divine with the delicate flavor of the fish not at all in conflict with the smoke flavor itself. Our Prime Rib is a house specialty and they really know their business.

Terrific value for the money and one of the best (under the radar) wine lists in Boulder that only locals seem to know about. That the tourists don't know about this place adds immensely to it's appeal!

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JB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did a pre-show dinner. They were prompt and helpful. The food was great. We had 5 people and ordered 5 different things and it was all good. A little pricey.

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b
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We love the Cork and always enjoy dining there. Things seemed a little slow this time, and I’m not sure why as they were not crowded. Fortunately, we weren’t in any hurry and it ended up being a nice lunch.

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MS
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

As a Boulder native, I've been to the Cork several times over the years and it's always been a special occasion favorite for my whole family so I was looking forward to revisiting it after moving away. Perhaps it was an off night for them but it was not on par with my experiences from a few years ago nor what I expect in any way for dropping a couple hundred bucks on dinner for two. We had a reservation and were seated as one of a few small tables in a room with two large parties. The din from those large groups made it hard to carry on a conversation, there was 1 server for this room (~30 people), which was not enough to get prompt or attentive service. My companion and I both had steaks and Cork salad. The salads were excellent. However, while the med rare cook on my steak was spot on, the quality, flavor and tenderness were, in my opinion, barely above a chain steakhouse - very disappointing.

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ML
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Does not disappoint. Food was great as usual. Noise level very high.

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Denver
37 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Boulder Cork has been around for a long time for a very good reason-excellent food + service. It's a great place for an after work drop-in, a lunch date, or a full dinner. It's also a "special occasion" dining experience.

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c
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

this place has great food but terrible ambience.It is a tiny space and desperately needs noise abatement measures. this would be easy to do given the construction but no attempt has been made. we could not even hear ourselves think, much less have a conversation.

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R
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall we enjoyed our meal. Was a little disappointed at the cost of the crab legs. Learned afterwards that it was $90 for 1 and half pounds of crab legs. Over priced in my opinion and had no warning that it would be that expensive. Other than that we were very happy with our meal.

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DJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s been my favorite since the cleaver menus and the salad bar!

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b
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Remains one of our favorites!

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SC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Over-priced. The grilled watermelon with goat cheese was salad was $16 and tasteless. My trout was prepared with a Mexican topping that was zesty, the side serving of Mac & Cheese was creamy, but the spinach was only half sautéed. My friend’s prime rib was served as a slab of meat without a single side. It looked very unappetizing to me. The desserts were good, but $300 for 4 beers, 1 cocktail, 4 meals, 4 desserts that were simply OK will not bring me back.

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J
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love the steaks here, and the specials are always killer. Good drinks and a great wine selection. One of my favorites when I'm in Boulder.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great

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AB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We hadn't been to the Boulder Cork in over 40 years but chose it to celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary. We are so glad that we did! The atmosphere was lovely, quiet, discreet - tables are placed comfortably away from each other, and quite unlike most restaurants these days that have a noise level that is almost painful. The Cork is old-school dining with a modern touch. All of our food was delicious, and portions are generous. My husband had prime rib, and I had the grilled NY steak. Both were cooked perfectly, and all of the sides we ordered (Cork potatoes, roasted veggies, and creamed spinach) were wonderful. The only item that was disappointing was the salad special of the day that I ordered - 2 slices of grilled watermelon with goat cheese between them, over a bed of dressed arugula. The execution was fine, but in retrospect, it was probably too early for watermelon to be at it's peak and the watermelon on my plate was tasteless, not sweet at all, like I expected it would be.
Other than that, the Boulder Cork exceeded our expectations and we will definitely come back and dine here again!

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C
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service food and drinks. Thank you.

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Denver
20 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cork is and will continue to be my go-to-pace for a great business lunch! Food and service are consistently good!

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D
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visited Boulder Cork based on a review from Trip Advisor and we love the ability to use Open Table to make reservations online. We arrived at our reserved time and were sat quickly. Our waiter came to our table quickly and our food came in the perfect amount of time. Our appetizer and food were all delicious-

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w
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place!

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have had many, many great meals at Boulder Cork. This lunch was fabulous as well. Best restaurant in Boulder.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We felt comfortable as soon as we walked in and had an delicious filet done to perfection. The atmosphere was very relaxed and the decor was casually elegant and not overdone. The wait staff was very attentive but not overbearing. A great place for dinner to enjoy a top notch steak. A little pricy, but worth the money. We will be back.

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JS
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was great and the cocktails were excellent. The mud pie is to die for as usual. Minor gripes...service could have been better. We waited for our drinks for a awhile and when asked if we wanted more bread it was never brought out. Overall a great night.

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KL
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were celebrating an adult’s birthday which I advised Boulder Cork at time of reservation. Just barely acknowledged by wait staff, which is okay but makes me wonder why they even asked. Caesar salad just okay as dressing thin but croutons tasty. The Boulder Cut prime rib was excellent - wonderfully tasty and perfectly prepared. The filet was cooked to exact level but peppercorn sauce was not very peppery and we found out afterwards that it could have been cooked on as a crust, which was what we thought we were getting. Fish special was okay. Polenta was below average. Kids menu chicken tenders were great although never figured out what the ranch dressing really was. Kids menu cheese ravioli were wonderful but only about 6 pieces which did not satisfy a 9 year old. Two glasses of wine were just fine and reasonably priced. Also two cups of kids juice and two cokes. Service average. Bill with tip about $290.00. We would come back for the steak and prime rib!

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TW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

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AS
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice selection on their menu. Good early bird menu and happy hour menu. Loved the prime rib and baked potato. Will be back! Great food.

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