Boulder Cork

4.6
2317 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 2317 people are saying
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FatherSON
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there for small graduation dinner our first time great place

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vipTheboss
Denver
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice as usual. Good specials are a help on a menu that has been around for a long time but is good.

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CFCC
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As always one of my favorite dining venues. Never get tired of Saki Salmon; it's just wonderful!! Our waitress was also excellent and very accomodating to two women talking a lot to catch up on our lives.
Thank you for that opportunity.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always!

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TracyS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent dinner, the food was amazing !
App - Lobster Ravioli, this could have been an entree, yummy!
Entrees
Prime Rib, very tender and cooked to perfection with the Cork Potatoes.
Scallops with Spinach and Sweet Potatoes, Best Scallops I've had in a long time !
I would definitely go back!
Sure it's a little pricey BUT for a special occasion it's well worth it !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! We try to go at least once a month. The food is always delicious, made well, and quality. The ambiance is relaxing and perfect when you want to spend quality friends and family.

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vipPETERF
Denver
66 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My friend and I shared several small plates: all of them very tasty and nicely presented. The service was excellent.

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vipUriah
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience1

Asked for a standard table in the dining room but we were seated in the bar in a high traffic wait staff area and next to the loud espresso machine. Not our typical experience. We’ve been coming to the Cork for 25 years and never have had a bad experience until now.

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KathleenA
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience except for a very loud neighboring table.

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DarleyGal
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Very nice happy hour menu and great ambiance for a get together.

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JoeC
Key West
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Chewy prime rib. Not good
Cesar salad was good
Service was good

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HeidiH
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had high hopes for this evening at the Cork. It’s a storied restaurant.

Our main disappointment was the food preparation/execution. I would say we put a strong emphasis on fresh and light when selecting restaurants. We looked at the menu before we made a reservation and thought it could work.

The mixed greens salad was served with a sherry vinegarette dressing that was very long on vinegar with little to no oil. The flatiron steak was prepared to medium as requested but came dressed with more butter than the ramekin of tired looking chimmichuri that was listed on the menu. The roasted potatoes were completely over cooked and not edible. The carrots were undercooked. The other entree featured Anaheim Chile (well-prepared)!with pork that was over-cooked. The side of black beans was also overcooked.

Our experience made us think it wasn’t worth the higher price of our meals.

If you’re looking for a traditional steak place with a few Mexican favorites and have no worry about calories I think this is a good spot. But it doesn’t compete with well-executed dishes at other area farm to table type restaurants.

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vipCatherineR
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service and Restuarant are great! Their food is good, but is lacking any kind and of amazing review. We had steak/filet which was really good, but the chicken enchiladas was just so so (not listed as “chicken enchiladas” specifically but is one of their New Mexico style dishes).

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RitaF
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Cork. Been going there since 1974. Celebrated my son's birthday and he really enjoyed it too. GREAT food, cozy, nice lighting and wonderful waiter. Easy to park as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was fantastic. The prime rib was absolutely amazing and the sea scallops were even better. Everything made for a wonderful experience.

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vipBoulderDave
Denver
57 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favorite happy hour in Boulder. Good prices, reasonable portions and the food is always superb. Wedge salad, dreamy Mac and cheese and a Chile laden burger!!! Couldn’t pass up the mud bites!!

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JenniferB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A good place to celebrate an anniversary or other milestone. Food was excellent. We felt very safe with Covid protocols in place.

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StanW
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience great food and service.
Nice to go to a restaurant that’s not a chain

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LynnB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff was very attentive and personable but not overbearing. Food was exquisite. Wonderful dining experience.

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CindyB
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

The food was not up to their normal quality. Prime rib and filet was disappointing.
Also reserved a booth in the bar but they let walking take the booth, so we did not get the seating we reserved.

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Anonymous
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was good, but not as good as I remember it being. the burger was overdone; the lobster ravioli was good, but didn't have much sauce and the fish bowl was good, but not worth the price. I haven't been here in awhile, and when I have gone in the past, it was a GREAT restaurant. This time, the meal was okay, but not up to the standard I had come to expect from a place like The Boulder Cork

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tomk
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If there is a restaurant you can count on for consistency in Boulder, it is the Cork. Others come an go but the Cork always comes through. Easy parking and lots of room for spaced indoor seating.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scallops were divine. They have the best carrots! If they don’t come with your dinner, we highly recommend substituting for them. So happy the Cork survived the Pandemic!

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GregH
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner. Rudy was excellent and everyone very attentive.

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MicheleR
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my son’s birthday. We got appetizers then Filet Mignon and Halibut.
The restaurant was spaced out and comfortable.

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mpf101
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat on patio, where we first met two years ago. As our first dining out after 13 months of pandemic, the evening and food and drinks and service and ambiance were perfect. We still love you, Cork!

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JodyA
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu selections, great wine menu, great ambience, great service. Wonderful night out! Highly recommend.

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JenH
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their cocktails and ambiance. Food and service were good too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great staff, GREAT food! Will be going back

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ClaytonE
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very much enjoyed our birthday celebration!

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Corkalicious
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Visited Cork for my girlfriend's birthday. We were happy with the service and food quality. The flavor of our steak was spot on and reminded us of what you would experience in a traditional, western-style steakhouse. If we had a suggestion it would be regarding our side dishes. We were under impressed with the seasoning and portion size. We don't believe in larger portions... the sides were priced as if they were large enough to share, and that was not the case.

The star of this meal was our server. He was solidly knowledgeable, attentive and polite. We were even surprised with a large portion of their "famous" Mudpie for the birthday girl... which was yummy, and a commemorative picture that was presented to us in a personalized paper frame from the staff! We plan on returning for some of their lighter fare soon. Overall a great experience.

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ColoradoNonna
New England
22 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server. Everyone from seaters, to clearers to servers. Food, variety, all was the usual, wonderful. House salad is my favorite although desserts were something not to miss. Split the mud pie though. No way you won’t eat the whole thing.

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BrianH
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and had an awesome time there. Costly but well worth it as the food tasted phenomenal.

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DougC
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful! Our favorite place to enjoy the best food in Boulder!
We have a favorite waitress that stoped by the table to say hi, Kim ! Very welcoming!
Our waiter did a wonderful job and of course we can’t wait to go back.

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KathyB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The service was amazing; best we have had in years. Everything we ordered, including craft cocktails, appetizers, specials and entrees, was very good and cooked to perfection. I would prefer if they would encourage people looking for a quieter and more dressed up night to seat together in one area, allowing those looking for a more casual feeling another place in the restaurant. It certainly seems to have the space to do that.

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RozS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Service and food, awesome!!

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Sammy
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The service was very rushed. We were not offered bread and butter when seated, and were not told of specials of the day like other tables around us. We had to ask for a dessert menu, since it was a birthday celebration. Thought I mentioned that to the server, but he was in such a rush he probably did not hear me. I have been going to the Cork since it opened, it does not seem like it is up to the same standards (even pre-Covid.)

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vipmamaof2
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, the service was fantastic!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall very good. Had the filet and was delicious but not the most tender filet I’ve eaten. Son’s teriyaki steak was devoured. Visiting from out of town so resetting my expectations that everything in Boulder is expensive.

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TommyD
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In approximately 30 years of going to the Boulder Cork, our family has had ZERO bad meals, and only 1 experience of less than great service. It is by far and away the most consistent restaurant we have ever gone to or currently go to.

Thanks to the entire team at the Boulder Cork.

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 2317 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.