Boulder Cork

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1988 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
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NW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place for special occasions, especially the early dinners.

DK
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So awesome! Love this place! Will definitely be back!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything from the service to the meal was excellent! Little nervous about the trout since I don’t like to eat fish with the bone in. The waiter assured me that the fish would be deboned with skin on. Probably the best tasting fish I’ve ever had! I would definitely recommend Boulder Cork. I will be back!

S
Indiana
20 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent early dinner special. The trout was made perfectly without salt per our request. Great service and moderately quiet allowing us to visit.

M
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family reunion

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding. Thats really all i have to say

KT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cork is always great!!!!!

CW
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Boulder Cork is the best place to go on the Front Range for a special occasion or any other day . We drive from Red Feather Lakes to Boulder several times a year to go to The Boulder Cork. It is definitely our favorite restaurant! The cocktails and wine list are superb and there is nothing on the menu that isn't incredibly delicious!

S
Denver
46 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

My husband and I like the Cork for a perfect steak and salad (love the Cork salad). Our experience this time was definitely not great simply because the noise level in the backroom where we were seated (the only 2-top) among large parties including one table of 10-12 people complete with a screaming baby. Service was excellent and food good as usual - I just couldn’t wait to get out because my husband and I couldn’t have a conversation. Will ask to be seated in the main dining room next time where noise level is energetic but not deafening.

DM
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been enjoying The Cork for the 50 years it has been open. We have had many major celebrations in private rooms and many couple celebrations as well. It has become our “go to” location for all things worth celebrating. Thank you for always making our nights special!

CB
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Used open table to reserve a table but they couldn’t find it. So the notes about it being my 19th wedding anniversary and liking a private area fell on deaf ears.

Other than that great steak and food, good early dinner specials

NW
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

I was very disappointed in the food. There was no salt in the bread, butter or in the cooked macaroni. You could taste they didn't put salt in the water. It was almost like eating at a nursing home or hospital. My steak was good, but not as tender as it should be for what it cost. The mud pie and chocolate gelato were out of this world good! I my daughter and granddaughter have been on a restrictive diet and it made my day to see them in pure delight over how good that was. It was actually hot in the restaurant, which is unusual, as it is usually freezing. The atmosphere is still one of my favorite places, very cozy.

KE
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Bijan was a very attentive server. He made our 53rd Wedding Anniversary so special. The Cork will always be our choice for special occasions and of course the best happy hour. Thanks for a great evening.

OT
Little Rock
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Lunch!

HM
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was presented well, had great flavor and was an appropriate lunch portion.

CC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

From the appetizer to the main courses and desserts, it was rough. The "special" was a halibut and was described as having a corncake underneath it. I thought of something like a corn polenta-type compliment to the dish, since the description wasn't in the menu. I kid you not, it was a piece of halibut on top of two buttermilk pancakes, and the pancakes had some pieces of sweet corn mixed in it. Was it well-prepared? Yes. Was it a very bizarre and nonsensical combination of foods and flavors? Yes, and it was a big miss. The crabcake appetizer had no crispiness to it, but it had a carrot slice and a piece of cilantro on the side. It's a crab cake with dill already on there, so I'm not sure why another herb is on the plate. Presentation was low and confusion was high. Finished with the Sticky Toffee Pudding dessert because hey, different chef, so let's end on a high note! Nope. There's no pudding in the mix. It was a piece of cinnamon cake (not very moist), with some toffee drizzled over it and two scoops of vanilla ice cream.

But hey, the halibut was awesome and my wife's steak was good too. All of this for $200, and I'd like my money back. Overall, very disappointing.

d
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Very disappointed in the quality of the food. Our reservations were for 9pm and the baked potatoe had to be 4 hours old. Terrible for a $200 meal!

ER
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Everything from the service and the food was sub par. Now I understand why it still had last minute availability on a Saturday night!!

t
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. Food was above average, lots of choices. Good find.

EH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Entrees were very overpriced for what they were ($40+ for a simple salmon preparation...meat dishes even worse) and for the pretty ordinary ambiance. Simple salads were also seriously overpriced. The food was...meh. Lastly, I ordered a glass of wine that arrived corked (no pun intended). That can happen anywhere, and the waiter made it right without argument, so that’s really just a nit. We had a 5:30 reservation, so my guess is that the open bottle was carried over from the night before. The second glass, from a new bottle, was fine.

This is a long-in-the-tooth place that prices its food as if it were a gourmet destination experience. It isn’t. Any number of restaurants within easy striking distance provide a better experience at a lower cost.

AK
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. The food was excellent and the service was great as well. I always recommend the Cork.

DE
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I love the Cork and have loved since it opened in 1969. You just can't beat their prime rib. My only disappointment was my Grey Goose martini. It tasted watered down. Otherwise, perfection. The huge slab of mud pie was devoured by the three of us. The Cork works. . . with other restaurants would learn from everything they do.

j
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Boulder. Consistently great food in a lovely setting.

DK
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious, wonderful table/setting, and service! I cannot wait to dine here again soon!

C
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary date. Our waitress was wonderful...sorry that we didn’t get her name

BR
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

So overpriced for what you get. I had a sirloin steak. It was only so-so. I’ve had much better at chain restaurants for a third the price. And I’m tired of paying $8 for a beer. On top of this. You have to pay extra for a potato, salad, and vegetables. So plan on $60 total for a mediocre steak.

ST
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

For $60/lb, the Alaskan King Crab looked a bit minimal. I'm just going on what my eyes were telling me.
Although the taste was excellent.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner

CR
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a business dinner with a colleague. Nice place; good food. We both had the Rocky Mountain Trout and it was first rate. We shared a crab cake appetizer; I am originally from Maryland and a bit of a snob when it comes to crab cakes. These were quite good; they didn't pretend to be "Maryland Crab Cakes" as so many restaurants try to do. They were in a nice, light sweet sauce with some veggies as garnish (corn, etc.). Well done. We had a nightcap in the bar after dinner; nice experience. I will definitely return when I am in the Boulder area.

DD
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The noise was very bad for the first 60-90 minutes (our reservation was for 7 pm). This is a very nice restaurant and I was surprised at how casual people were dressed. This is Boulder but I still that this was ridiculously casual. The food was excellent and the free dessert for our celebration was wonderful! We definitely will be back but you need to put is some sound deadening.

RW
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food, but we sat next to an extremely loud table in the main dining room.

SM
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service, food, drink and atmosphere. Jim, the head chef is fantastic.

DS
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I had a wonderful meal at the Boulder Cork. Her steak and my prime rib were cooked exactly like we wanted. Our salads were plentiful and tasty. The wine selection was amazing! We will definitely go back!

M
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat at The Cork all the time! Lunches are fabulous and the Happy Hour too! This lunch was very nice as it was my Mom's 82nd bday and they brought her a dessert! Thank you!

F
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are long time attendants of the Boulder Cork! Our past experiences were always excellent and their wait staff were always exceptional! This visit was on a gift card, purchased for my husband 's 75th birthday. We were there as always, with expectations that were definitely met! We love the Boulder Cork!
Our children are coming to visit, and we intend to take them here!

JS
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice facility. Service was excellent. Our food exceeded expectations. A nice evening.

SK
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great. Food very good and the room we were seated in was nice and quiet. Will definitely return.

PR
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Based on the recommendation of a friend and reviews, we chose Boulder Cork for my birthday dinner. While the service was excellent and the setting lovely, the food was an enormous disappointment especially for the price. The artichoke was undercooked, my roast beef was tough, my husband’s ribs were mediocre and my son’s teriyaki steak was tough as well. That there was a charge for sides given the price of the meal itself was a bit much, and most unusual for a restaurant of this quality. Finally, we were surprised that there was no free dessert offered though we had written that this was for my birthday. We really could have had a better meal elsewhere for less money.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a pleasure to dine at the Cork. The cuisine is always excellent and the location perfect in North Boulder.

j
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love the Cork! The food is always amazing. Our server, Lionel, was fantastic.
There was a family with small children next to us which was unfortunate, but overall it was great.

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