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Colterra invites you to escape to the country, just minutes from downtown Boulder in the charming historic town of Niwot. Happen upon the authentic romantic setting and enjoy classic French country food created by Chef/Owner Bradford Heap. Trained in France with 3 star Michelin Chef's Alain Ducasse and Georges Blanc, Bradford has taken his last endeavors to top Zagat ratings. His newest restaurant focuses on using the freshest local produce, respecting the pure simple flavors of seasonal ingredients. Knowledgeable wine pairings, complete with climate controlled cabinet provides the finest possible wines by the glass, making Colterra an experience not to be missed. Top 10 new restaurant by 5280 magazine!
Niwot, CO 80504
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Music on outdoor patio: Spring & Summer
Full service catering is available, on or off site. Private dining and restaurant buy-out available.
Ample parking in front of restaurant on Franklin St. & Select parking on 2nd St.
Contact your local RTD (303) 299-6000.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Wine Dinners every third Thursday of the month, please call for further details.
Your everyday getaway. Colterra amalgamates the provencal elegance with Colorado's rustic simplicity. With three different rooms to choose from, including the historic Gables House, Colterra is sure to leave an unforgettable impression.
Colterra Ratings and Reviews
Our group went on a quiet night and enjoyed a leisurely paced meal and attentive service with a noise level that permitted easy conversation. Menu offers something for all diners and the food was prepared excellently. The wine list, however, is a bit pricey, with limited lower cost range.
We enjoy Colterra and have dined there several times over the past few years. We especially like their Ahi tuna entree This time however, the portions were smaller and it didn't have the sesame crust we've had in the past. Disappointing. The tuna is considered a small plate for $20/ In the past, we remember it being $23, large and encrusted with sesame seeds. Please bring back the Ahi with the sesame seeds! Otherwise, the salads are wonderful and the desserts are average to better. The ambiance is lovely and in the summer you can sit outside on their patio.
The food was excellent, even for a foodie town such as Boulder. It is out in Niwot about 20 mintues away. A nice charming place in the old part of town. Not manufactured.
I had the almond crusted Alaskan Halibut and it was fresh, light, and perfectly cooked. My ceasar with the option of anchovies was delicious. All of our items were exquisite except the diner who had the lamb that said it was good, but not great. Deserts were way too heavy on cream sauces for our taste, the French influence took over and it was either apply with cream sauces or some chocolate desert that was not described except for the multiple cream sauces. Service was good but not the level for the fine dining. All in all the food was top notch and I would go back, hopefully the deserts and meat items improve slightly.
We have always had a great experience at Colterra. It's a great place for a special occasion or when looking for a nice evening out. Food is always awesome and the service is great - attentive but not overbearing. We've recommended it to friends and will continue to return.
We have eaten at Colterra several times over the years. The meals were always outstanding until the other night. Two of us had the seafood risotto. The seafood was either previously frozen or over cooked and the risotto was like runny rice. One had the Bolognese and found it quite ordinary. And one had the lamb dish and was pleased. The warm beet salad and the warmed brie salads were better than the entrees.
We went on a date and I hate to give a mediocre review, but we were underwhelmed. The food was ok. I ordered the beet salad, and it was not good. They used pickled beets, the menu should have stated that instead of roasted (it was clear they were not roasted). The carpaccio had a serving of greens in the middle that appeared out of place. The server was ok, unfortunately he was making me uncomfortable because he was a "lurker"
We have always loved Colterra, however this may have been our last visit, as I would prefer to spend our money on better food and service
Our go to place for our anniversary and other special occasions. Always delicious and always excellent service and ambience. The mussels are a favorite, as is the beat salad. We always split two entrees or an entree and a 'small plate'
This is one of the best restaurants in the Boulder area if you want to get away for a quiet evening. We feel like we are off on a vacation when we go. Not inexpensive, but it always feels worth it.
Beef bourguignon was inedible. Saw the lady at the next table send hers back only minutes after I ordered mine (and she opted not to order anything new). I was comped a new meal, but it came out only after my husband was done eating. His seafood risotto was okay, but fairly small, with seemingly little risotto to seafood ratio. Another woman at the other table next to us sent her fish back for being too salty. She also got a new meal, but her companion had finished eating by then. Server was great, but she could only do so much to remedy our experience, given all of the problems with the food. Very disappointing experience overall for such a highly rated and relatively expensive restaurant. It was a Monday, so maybe the "B Team" was in the kitchen?
Colterra’s is a favorite, and we have been dining there since it opened 11 years ago. We live in Fort Collins and drive there several times a year to have lunch or dinner. We have never been disappointed and appreciate their consistency in providing excellent food and service. In fact, we think it just keeps getting better. We love introducing friends to their restaurant. They always enjoy it. We especially love eating on the stone patio under the canopy of trees and beautiful garden when weather permits. The food is farm to fork, locally sourced, fresh and innovative. Many of their dishes we find as the “best ever.” Two recent examples would be the Nicoise salad (even better than any we had in France) and their mussels. The sauce was so good, we soaked up every drop with crusty bread. The menu changes frequently to reflect the seasons. They have a nice wine list as well as excellent mixed drinks. The atmosphere is casual, and it is excellent for every-day dining or a special occasion. We enjoy the quiet and cozy atmosphere. Service is friendly, informed and professional.
The food was absolutely amazing! I was overwhelmingly impressed with the Chef's time and attentiveness to our table and food. If you want an amazing very high quality meal at a fair price with excellent ambiance absolutely go here:) I cannot wait to dine at Colterra again soon!!!
And yet another grand afternoon at Colterra, with truly off-the-charts service! The flavors and presentations were spot on EXCEPT for the amount of salt in the Beef Bourguignon, which was easily more salt than I consume in an entire year. None the less, well worth the drive up from Southeast Denver.
This was our second visit and it was even better than the first. The food was wonderfully prepared. I had the lamp done two ways, and the Osso Bucco was incredibly tender and flavorful, I only wish there had been more of that. Service was excellent but I do think our server had a few too many tables so that occasionally there were gaps between when we would see him. All in all I great experience.
Everything was amazing as usual. Only disappoint was our service in the beginning. We sat for about 10 minutes before we actually had a server. A server came and said Anna would be right with us and then another 5 minutes went by and he ended up taking up but didn't seem very pleased to be serving us.
We LOVE Colterra! This time we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary, but we have enjoyed the food and great service at this restaurant many times.
Gourmet food, local fresh ingredients, and true commitment to supporting sustainable local food harvesting. Bravo!!
I've eaten many a good meal at this restaurant but this time I have to say the food wasn't good and I would probably never return if it had been my first experience eating there. I ordered the turkey club and the meat was thick and odd colored ....sort of grey/brown. Really awful. I probably will not return for awhile.
So disappointing! We made a reservation ahead of time with a request to sit in the garden. Day of our reservation the restaurant called to confirm and the person acknowledged my request for garden seating. Checked in for dinner and waited at the bar for 50 minutes when the hostess told us it would be at least another 30 minutes to get our table in the garden. We agreed to sit inside and though there were many empty tables inside we were given a tiny table squeezed between two larger tables. The food was also disappointing. The lamb was tough and undercooked. My husband had the risotto seafood special. The risotto was sticky and the fish had no flavor. The server did his best but the chef shouldn't have allowed the food to leave the kitchen.
Colterra is a favorite spot to get together with friends on the terrace for brunch or lunch. Their seemed to be a step up in the quality of the food and preparation and the service since our last visit. Everyone had something different, and each dish was excellent. Leigh, our server, was professional and attentive -- even tho she was busy. All in all, a great experience!
While the service was very good, the food was not up to past experiences at Colterra. The manager did speak with us and was very kind and forthright even though we had not complained to anyone as we chalked it up to an 'off' night.
Colterra has the most wonderful outside terrace and Niwot is not a arduous drive but we are concerned that one of our reliable go to restaurants will cease to be and that would be a sad loss for Boulder county.
We've eaten at Colterra several times. The food is excellent, but the menu is not large in size. There are high end restaurants, though, that we prefer versus Colterra. The wine menu is extraordinary. and we ate on the patio which was very comfortable. Worst part of the meal was our server. She seemed overwhelmed and was generally slow to respond. She was the most average part of the meal.
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