Boulder Cork

4.7
2279 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 2279 people are saying
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ClaytonE
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very much enjoyed our birthday celebration!

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Corkalicious
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DougC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Service and food, awesome!!

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Sammy
Denver
4 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.

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Mark
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Limited menu, but many fine choices. Everyone did their best to make it a wonderful experience.

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MichelleG
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our anniversary dinner at the Cork. The ambiance was perfect. They sat us by the fireplace. They also surprised us with a dessert and took a picture of us, printed it, and placed it in a nice signed card. They went above and beyond to make it a special dinner. The food was very good. We loved the brie appetizer, as well as our lobster and steak dinners.

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vipRobynT
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service; food was outstanding as usual!

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vipCollM
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was great, very attentive and made the dining experience just that much better. Our guest is gluten free and dairy free, and it was easy for her to find a dish she could eat. We are glad they are open again.

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vipStar
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate a birthday! Food and drinks were fantastic!

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rhmfer
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, ambience and service. Great for friends and family. Happy hour is a sweet deal.

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vipDebbieH
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food, as always, even with a server in training!

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bobbi
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening! Delicious food! Great service! We love The Cork.

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JamesB
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Happy hour at the Boulder Cork offers a small menu of great food, smaller portions but at a great price. Nice atmosphere and great service.

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Karen
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always a special occasion. The food is delicious and the choices many! The service is top notch and the experience memorable.

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AlanZ
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service as usual with terrific drinks and food!

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Anya
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great people!

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Binnie
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We keep returning, because everything is predictable, consistent and perfect!

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GrahamK
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great quality, but expensive.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect for Business

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GARYL
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience3

We were looking forward to going to the Cork. I ordered the Filet Mignon with Bearnaise sauce. The Filet did not have much flavor. I thought the Bearnaise sauce would give it some flavor. I was very disappointed. My husband ordered the Flat Iron Steak. He also thought his steak did not have much flavor. The baked potato was delicious and cooked to perfection.

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vipDavidG
Denver
120 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice evening. My salad was not seasoned and by the time I had a chance to talk to the server again, I had finished it. I had the flatiron steak which was delicious. I ordered a stuffed Chili on the side and they “had an accident” with it so it finally came out later. It was really good and the timing worked out fine. It’s close to home reasonably priced and the food is good. I’ll give it another try soon enough.

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JanetD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak was delicious and one of us got the fish bowl- yummy and delightful spice! So kind with both gf and regular bread. Great staff and generous and tasteful meals as usual. Ambience allows for good conversation and a relaxed dinner. Always a favorite for us! We really appreciate everything about the Cork!

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vipSarahN
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Boulder Restaurant. The service is top notch, great atmosphere, and the food is fantastic. Portions are larger than almost any other restaurant in the Boulder/Denver area, especially considering the fine dining category.

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vipSuzbk61
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The meat quality was out of alignment with the price. This was our first visit back to the Cork since the pandemic began, and although we are impressed with their safety measures, we were disappointed with the price/performance of the meals. The prime rib, their signature dish, was tough and chewy, and the filet had a lot of fat. We can get better quality beef at other restaurants for the same or lower prices. This may be an anomaly due to their availability of suppliers at the moment, so hopefully, they can improve the meat quality in order to return to their pre-pandemic performance.

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JamesH
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All was well except for the Cesar Salad. Lettuce was not very crisp and the cheese was on bottom and hard to mix, Other wise all was well.

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KirstenD
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the Cork. It is cozy and homelike. The staff are happy to see you and provide excellent service. The food is delicious. I highly recommend the happy Hour.

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vipStephanieD
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Cork! They have amazing food and

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Austin
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and love the layout and decor of the restaurant. Beautiful fireplaces. Service was excellent as well. Not a bad thing I could find. We will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our visit visit to Cork was 51 yrs ago and as always never have been disappointed.

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RebeccaJ
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining, delicious food, reasonable prices. We ate there twice during our trip, and fully enjoyed every dish that we tried.

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Binnie
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous,as usual! We have never been disappointed. I even came home with a bottle of a new Rose. I buy what they buy and it always works out! Very, very safe and everyone is so careful. A great restaurant!

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MarkM
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I would love to be able to say otherwise, but we went to Cork for my wife's birthday. It was an awful experience from beginning to end. Can you imagine serving a gin and tonic with flat tonic?! The waiter was barely conscious given he brought it to the table failing to have noticed that lack of fizz. That set the tone for the entire evening. I won't belabor the point only to say, the $45 so-called Norwegian Haddock was absolutely tasteless. We could have eaten better whitefish at any cafeteria. Just awful. Needless to say, not the best of birthday celebrations.

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vipSiS24
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cork is always soooo amazing! The food, drinks, ambiance and service are above and beyond every time. There’s a reason this place has been open for as long as it has!

FAQs

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

Boulder Cork is rated 4.7 stars by 2279 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.