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About Cafe Aion

Cafe Aion in Boulder, Colorado offers traditional Spanish tapas in a casual atmosphere. Come for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and on cool days, you can cozy up next to the fireplace. A warming cup of the house chai will take the chill from your bones, and you can enjoy a house-baked croissant, cinnamon roll or donut as well.

Cafe Aion has a number of house specialties including the olive oil poached cod with garbanzos and olives, and a BLT with house-cured bacon and cumin-scented potato chips. The eggs Benedict with house-cured ham is subtly flavored, and a great way to start your morning. Whatever you choose at Cafe Aion, you can count on meticulous preparation and outstanding service.

1235 Pennsylvania Ave
Boulder, CO 80302
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Mediterranean, Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday : 11:00am - 3:00pm
Weekend Brunch: Saturday & Sunday : 9:00am - 3:00pm
Happy Hour: 3:00p - 6:00pm daily, All night Tuesdays
Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday: 3:00pm -10:00pm
Closed Mondays

Cross Street:
13th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 993-8131

Website:
http://www.cafeaion.com/

Parking Details:
Plenty of on-street Parking is available. There are also a few parking lots within two blocks (13th & Penn) and (12th & Pleasant.)

Public Transit:
There is a RTD Stop 1 Block to the East serving the HOP, SKIP, DASH, AB, B, DD, GS, 203, 204 and the 225.

Executive Chef:
Dakota Soifer

Private Party Facilities:
Cafe Aion is the perfect place for just about any gathering.  We can host events varying in
size and complexity from breakfast and lunch meetings through to dinner parties, birthdays
and wedding dinners.  For a more casual atmosphere we have the lounge, a space large
enough for up to 30 people,  cocktails and conversation and ample bar space for tapas and
platters.  If your function requires a sit-down or more formal atmosphere we are more than
happy to work with you to customize a menu, wine pairings, a cocktail list and set aside the
dining room just for you and your guests.

Private Party Contact:
Kenny Rowe: (303) 993-8131

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Cafe Aion Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

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3.9

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (358)
Neighborhood Gem (354)
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Great for Brunch (114)
Special Occasion (113)
Great for Outdoor Dining (113)
Good for Groups (83)
Great for Lunch (83)
Hot Spot (61)
Notable Wine List (58)
Vibrant Bar Scene (35)
Late-night Find (26)
Kid-friendly (22)
Scenic View (6)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Tapas (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Good for a Date (3)
Casual (2)
Cozy (2)
Healthy (2)
Authentic (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Fun (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 20, 2016

A thoroughly enjoyable restaurant, Cafe Aion (near the college and Fox Theater) is a wonderful place for paella and delicious tapas (don't miss the fried cauliflower or the mushrooms in season. There paellas are delicious but not as large as they think (they say it serves two, which it does with appetizers, etc., but men and some could easily order just one per person). Ambience is great. It's out of the way (if you aren't near the college) but absolutely worth the drive. I've brought many friends from out-of-town and all enjoyed it immensely. If you live in Boulder, check out the many specials held on different days of the week. Despite being near the college, parking has never been a problem.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Healthy, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Great ambiance and Tapas! The restaurant has a charming Urban vibe and the food is delicious!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Fabulous. Staff are terrific. Delicious food with vegetarian options. I think of it as "casual elegance!"

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Our second visit and did not disappoint. Waiter was happy to allow me to taste a number of the wines before settling on the choice for dinner. Dinner was excellent as usual. Desert was amazing.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 13, 2016

For department events -- e.g., taking a visiting speaker out to lunch -- this place is just perfect. There are delicious options for both carnivores and vegetarians, and the food is always delicious. Servers are always very friendly and relatively efficient though if you need to be out of there under an hour, you will want to let them know. My favorite place on the Hill next to the university.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 9, 2016

No draft beer. Wait staff didn't know about the wines. Food marginal. Too bad. Cool place. Sad to watch it go down hill. We won't be back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 30, 2016

This is our "go to" place on the Hill when you don't want fast food. And the ambiance is delightful.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 21, 2016

A cute college town place with an out of the ordinary menu. Frittata was pretty unremarkable, French toast good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 5, 2016

I don't expect a restaurant on "the hill" in Boulder to be quiet and of high quality, but it WAS. The ambiance for my birthday lunch was peaceful and lovely, in a very well-decked-out space, with great service. We had the cauliflower, kale and sweet potato fries for apps and some main courses, but I was mostly distracted by the excellent iced tea and fries. I can't wait to go back for dinner! I'm glad they were open when most places close in between lunch and dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 3, 2016

Great food. Great atmosphere. Just two issues
It was 95 degrees that evening and there was no air conditioning. Waitress made us keep our silverware for every course. Will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 2, 2016

Good overall, but they were out of some things on the menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 31, 2016

We had a mixed experience having brunch at this very casual Spanish "tapas" (sort of) restaurant. This is a casual, college campus eatery rather than an upscale restaurant. Some of the food was sublime, some just average or below par. The chai-soaked French toast was delicious, as was the house-cured bacon. I had a gazpacho thickened with bread and drizzed with basil oil -- far more sophisticated and high cuisine than the restaurant's ambiance would suggest. The Merguez flatbread was tasty (wonderful authentic seasoning on the merguez) but presentation left a lot to be desired. The description suggested a pizza-like presentation rather than the sausage on a flat piece of bread that I got. The baked eggs were a hit, but the fried chicken sandwich received a pan from my brother-in-law.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 29, 2016

Truly the best bite in Boulder! Great location on the hill, quiet, inside is amazing, outside is cute, food is perfect. Cafe Aion never fails to satisfy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on July 9, 2016

Excellent food, wine and service. Location is great for CU events.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 5, 2016

Great Moroccan-style tapas and plates. Good Happy Hour with $2 Sangria from 3 to 5 pm and all day on Tuesday. We'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 2, 2016

The food was very good, which saved the day for this place. The surface of our table on the patio was in pretty bad shape and the table would not sit level. Although the two female servers were pleasant, they seemed quite confused, taking a long time to bring us various parts of our meal, giving some of our order to other tables, giving us a drink order from another table (part of which they spilled on our table), and completely forgetting about certain requests (eg clean small plates after we finished our tapas.) Maybe they were overloaded, maybe they were just green or untrained, but a big improvement should be made in this area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2016

Hidden gem! Great service by Cassidy and the staff there. Food was delicious and were plenty of different plates for everyone and their various tastes.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 1, 2016

It wasn't the experience I expected. Two months before when I ate lunch at Café Aion, I was impressed by the quality and depth of the food choices. That's when I decided to take by daughter there. The restaurant was out of both meals we ordered, and the substitutes were not satisfactory. Only the fresh squeezed orange and my daughter's salad were something I would recommend. There were no other diners because it was a late lunch.

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 18, 2016

We liked the paella very much. And the cauliflower tapas is a must. We were attending the Colorado Shakespeare Festival later that night, so Café Aion made it a special night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 9, 2016

Every dish we ordered was swimming in a sea of oil. Extremely disappointing.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 20, 2016

Wonderful assortment of Tapas, some quite unique, and all very good. In keeping with the menu, the well-thought-out wine list leans towards the Spanish wines. The highlight of the menu are the Paella selections, including a vegetarian choice. They are worth the 40-minute wait (get lots of Tapas & wine, and relax). An informal and relaxed ambience, inside and outside. Attentive, friendly service. Quietly represents one of the best of Boulder (and beyond). We hadn't been here for a while, and that's a mistake!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Austin)·Dined on May 14, 2016

Great experience! There for 5 year wedding anniversary and could not have picked a nicer spot. We were there early and it was quiet. May get louder later in the evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Smallish bistro with a cozy feel, good food and great service. The curbside tables are great places to watch the campus scene go by.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2016

Perfect experience. A typical colorado spring deluge of rain combined with an intimate, honey dining experience.

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 27, 2016

We hadn't been to Aion for a while so went on Wednesday night for the paella and bottle of wine special. Started with tapas - fried cauliflower which is worth a special visit, great mussels and a spanish tortilla (potato pie). My advice: warm up the tortilla, don't serve it ice cold from the fridge, it will have more taste.

The paella had wonderful fresh vegetables and a scattering of jamon. But without something else of substance - chicken, sausage, shrimp, clams or mussels - it is bound to fall short of expectations. Maybe it won't be as perfectly authentic, but I suspect if they added one or two of those items, they'd get more frequent repeat diners.

And great paella needs a crust on the bottom of the pan. None to be found on this one. Making them too fast?

It was good, but could have been great with a few fixes. The paella and wine deal is a nice draw for a Weds when we otherwise wouldn't come in.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 20, 2016

Excellent pairing of Tempranillo and paella special. Hour salad with preserved lemon was delicious as was the flan desert with French press coffee. All was delightful as was the service. Will definitely be going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 13, 2016

Tried paella night at Cafe Aion which comes with a bottle of wine and paella for 2-4. The wine was a Tempranillo from Spain. It was medium bodied, fruity, and paired well with paella for dining on a warm Spring eve. It takes 30-40 minutes to prepare the paella, so we ordered 3 Step Wings to munch on. The two wings and two drumsticks were crisp and golden on the outside and moist and tender inside. We loved the mediterranean twist to the spicy wings. The paella came in a 9-10 inch paella pan. The profile that night was spring peas, asparagus, and manila clams. I was delighted to find the saffron hued rice had excellent socarrat on the bottom characteristic of paella. The peas were so large and fresh, they must have been hand shucked that morning. I would have preferred asparagus tips versus stems, but luckily they were of the thin and tender variety. A generous heaping of manila clams provided the protein. One caveat, this portion was enough for two at the most, and for some, maybe too delicious to share with anyone else.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 27, 2016

Enjoyed our Easter brunch. Delicious coffee, loved the bottle of bubbles and oj combo. Pastries as good as ever. Only comment would be that the lox share plate was not really executed in a shared manner. Portion was normal serving of lox bagel and quite small for 15 or so dollars..only came with one bagel (would have thought two small or maybe some crostini) and very little scrambled egg. There were just two of us. I thought it odd it came with sliced tomato which was of course pretty flavorless in Colorado in May instead of something seasonal. Over all though, great meal.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 19, 2016

Food was amazing - we went twice in a day for brunch and then the paella for dinner.
The people are just amazing! SO accommodating and friendly.
Just can't say enough!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 18, 2016

We really wanted to like this tapas restaurant. The atmosphere is chill and rustic but hip. The service was really top notch. But the sangria, which I have to say I have tried many, well it was nothing to write about, not awful, just not great. The biggest disappointment was the portions. I get tapas is suppose to be small, but some of the dishes were almost 2 bites. The beef rib was $12 and was maybe 1 ounce, most of the tiny bowl was a bone, I said something to the server and she said yes it was suppose to be that small and that no I wasn't the first to question the size and she was kind of embarrassed to bring it to tables, as she should be, it was rather inadequate. Don't charge $12 for 2 bites of beef. They did have gluten free bread if you ask which was great. The cauliflower dish was to die for, everything else tasted ok but was nothing special.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 11, 2016

We had not been here for years. We had out of town guests and were pressed for time. The food was a total delight. Service was fast efficient and courteous. This is now on our go to list.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 9, 2016

Unique dishes, good quality, friendly people

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 5, 2016

My boyfriend and I went to Cafe Aion for 5280 restaurant week. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was romantic. There were plenty of vegetarian options on the menu that were also very very good. The staff was friendly and helpful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 5, 2016

Went for the Denver Restaurant Week special, and found a gem. We picked 2 of each course and everything was great. I like when a restaurant woos you with quality not quantity. Service was very prompt and helpful but not overbearing. I love paella and will be going back to try it and the tapas.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 1, 2016

Food was incredibly bland and took over an hour to come out. A few of us ordered desert and they said they ran out but would make us some to take home. We waited for dessert but shouldn't have as it was not good at all. I will not be returning to Cafe Aion.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 17, 2016

We weren't looking for a big meal so the tapas menu was ideal and everything was delicious and quite inventive. Don't miss the fried cauliflower. Their Negroni was among the best we've ever had. The waitstaff were attentive and fun to chat with.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 14, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience at Café Aion for Valentine's Day brunch - we began with a mimosa, then had a shared a plate from the special brunch menu, and donut holes for dessert - perfect! Loved the eclectic feel of the place and bopped to the music. Servers checked on us just enough to clear plates or take our next order. Will definitely return to try other dishes as everything we ate was delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 12, 2016

I ate at Cafe Aion before attending a function on the CU campus. This is a good restaurant for this purpose because you can go early and find a parking place, easily walk to the restaurant and easily walk to whatever function you are attending on the campus. My wife and I have done this before and undoubtedly will do it again in the future. As for the food, it was okay; however, I think there are better, similarly-priced restaurants in downtown Boulder - e.g., the Med. I started with the carrot soup (pretty good), followed by the short-rib tapa (pretty good). I also had a glass of the Godello (very good) and a glass of the Tempranillo (so-so). Since I had some time to kill before the CU program started, I had a dish of vanilla ice cream, with olive oil and sea salt. At only $4.00, this was a steal. All-in-all, the meal was satisfactory for the price and, as I said above, the location is perfect if you're visiting the campus.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 3, 2016

This was my 3rd visit for paella and wine night in a Wednesday in the past few months. The first two times we were able to select any paella off the regular menu and the wine as part of the special was nice! This last time or server told us that the special only applied for the nightly special paella, musells, clams and shallots. The paella was good, not spectacular. The first glass of the wine for us both was hard to drink. It improved substantially as it opened up. The ambiance is great and if you can get the house paella, it's an absolute find!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2016

We have love Cafe Aion for breakfast. It's just a great neighborhood find.

We have tried dinner there a few times and keep hoping and wanting it to be better. I think after last weekend, we decided it's best to stick to breakfast.

We ordered 6 tapas and a paella. The food was fine - just not great. The company and the ambiance were great....the wine really good, the service fine...but the food, meh . Paella had fresh ingredients, but bland and was burned on the bottom.

Still a fan...just not for our next dinner gathering.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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