Greenbriar Inn, The

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American
Opened in 1967, The Greenbriar Inn is an elegant restaurant, tavern and private event space located in the north Boulder countryside and nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. The surrounding 20 acres features two ponds, striking woodland, and thriving vegetable, fruit, and flower gardens. The cuisine focuses on seasonal, American classics and is complimented by a 800 label award-winning wine cellar.
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Denver
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience4

This brunch was our family get-together before Christmas. Our waitress, Amy, was attentive until we said we did not want champagne or Bloody Mary’s. The food was mostly good however the Eggs Benedict were stale from a long wait in the chafing dish. The experience was ruined by Amy as a rude waitress. We had to ask for coffee and water refills twice. This was extraordinary! We finally got coffee and water from a different waitress not assigned to the table. After a second serving of coffee, we did not get a third. We spoke with the sales manager who dismissed the complaint due to a computer problem?!? The Greenbrier used to be a special service experience, but now is like Golden Corral.

RJ
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner! Great place to spend the holiday. Our server, Brian was attentive and helpful. Looking forward to another visit. Beautiful place!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The thanksgiving meal left much to be desired - the only decent side was the mashed potatoes. Dressing was gummy, green beans were odd, sweet potatoes looked sketchy so didn’t touch them. Meat looked ok - vegetarian here so only got feedback from my family. Pumpkin soup was good but not hot enough. For how much we paid - the food was horrible but we tried to make the best of it.

OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Thanksgiving dinner

P
London
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was fantastic - great food great friendly service - beautiful venue

a
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I thought the quality of the food this year was not up to what was served in the past few years.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Excellent food but our waitress took forever to serve us our cocktails. Also, she promised my wife to alert her when additional seafood was available. She NEVER did, so my gratuity showed my dissatisfaction.

TM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I like the Greenbriar, and the staff is lovely. The food, however, to my palate, leaves something to be desired. Some things were very good. The mashed white potatoes and the cornbread dressing. The pecan pie with a side of cardamom whipped cream was outstanding. The herb butter was an unexpected pleasure. The turkey dark meat, was, however, undercooked ,and the gravy that accompanied it as well as the green bean casserole had little flavor. My husband had the prime rib and pronounced it "prime rib," when I asked. Neither of us had an appetizer or tried the salmon. Still, we will visit this iconic restaurant again, It's close to home and charming.

BK
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance and service. Our party of 4 had the Thanksgiving Buffet which was a little disappointing for the price. Mashed potatoes, gravy and green bean casserole were great. The dark meat turkey could have been cooked a little longer and the dressing was bland. Service was very attentive and made up somewhat for the food. Lovely setting also helped.

L
Jackson Hole
15 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner: Salad, bread, shrimp cocktail -all excellent. Whipped potatoes - nailed it. Green bean casserole - excellent. Sweet potatoes with maple & walnuts (?) - excellent. Stuffing - very good, but not as good as what my wife makes. Turkey - ditto. Dessert bar - excellent. Did not try the cheeses or the salmon. Pricey ($18 for a glass of wine), but we enjoyed it, as always.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

We went to the Thanksgiving buffet at 11:30. The staff was totally unprepared. Everyone had to wait at least 15 to 20 minutes to be seated. Once seated, our waiter was excellent. The food was very good; however, the salmon & prime rib were not served until we had already finished our meal. We won’t be going back. For the money we spent, it was not worth the time waiting to be seated or having food served after we’d eaten.

J
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous all around! Can’t wait to return.

TW
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great buffet for thanksgiving lunch.

KW
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall, an excellent experience with meals well presented and served. We chose the Greenbriar Inn to honor good friends and made the reservations through OpenTable. When it came time for our waiter to present the check, he refused to present it to us, who made the reservation. We believe It is inappropriate to prevent the party who made the reservation and planned the party from paying the tab. The waiter said abruptly we had been "outflanked" when we asked for the check in order to pay. We were unable to pay for our event. In the future we will outflank the Greenbriar by choosing a different restaurant. The Greenbriar Inn lost us as a customer.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service and quiet enough to hear the music and talk with friends.

JE
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully and tastefully prepared food. Excellent service. Home-like ambiance.

l
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful date night at the Greenbrier. As usual, the food was excellent and if you like duck you will love their roasted duck breast! Anthony was our server and he did an excellent job...he was cordial and professional but not "stuffy". We will definitely ask for him the next time we visit the Greenbrier.

MF
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food as always

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Now after this meal I would have given my original star rating a 3 instead of a 4. Holy moly! We actually got our bread BEFORE the meal, not after we paid like the first time. We went for First Bite Boulder. I had been planning this dinner for weeks now. Did not disappoint. Got the potato and parsnip soup. Yummmmm. The apple cheddar galette was AMAZING. I was so full but still made a valiant effort to finish it all. Our waiter was wonderful and funny and helpful. Seriously top 3 meals of my life. My partner and parents all LOVED their selections too. My next conquest will have to be the Sunday brunch.

Thank you Greenbrier for an unforgettable family dinner

VI
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We love the Greenbriar and have been eating special meals there for over 35 years. We ordered from the First Bite menu for this meal. The food, as usual, was excellent. Our only small complaint was that it took an unusually long time to get our main course. We were thanked for our patience but not offered a reason for the delay. Since we were not in a hurry and were enjoying each other's company and the ambiance it was not really an issue, but an explanation would have been appreciated!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always with one exception. The Caesar salad came to the table already made and was not quite as good as we’ve come to expect. In the past, our server prepared it at the table and made it to our personal tastes.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really enjoyed out dining experience, such a treat. Our waiter was polite and professional.

CG
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday brunch! Bottomless mimosas, everything in the buffet is excellent! We will be back vey soon.

MC
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Not based on this experience. It took over an hour for our entres to arrive. And on a night "(First Bite) when you'd expect they would have been prepared for a crowd. they told us about the huge crowds they expect for Thanksgiving and New Years. I couldn't imagine going under those circumstances. The food was good, but uninspired. One entre seemed to have been prepared out of sync with the others because it was dry....perhaps held too long while the others were prepared. With that much lag time, who knows?

SS
Denver
45 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic First Bite Boulder menu! We loved the parsnip soup, Colorado bass, beef and mashed potatoes, apple and white cheddar galette (dessert)! The service was excellent!

WM
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, great food. The wait staff was excellent, service was quick and all were friendly. Great date night out with my wife of 45 years!

MW
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I enjoyed a Friday evening at The Greenbriar recently with four friends. It was an oddly mixed experience. There were very few people there, on a Friday night. It had been a snowy week, so perhaps fear of poor road conditions kept folks away. The ambience was as usual, an old-fashioned restaurant with excellent attentive service in a charming setting. The food was-- well, inconsistent. The drinks were fine, and the complimentary appetizers (chicken liver pate and bread) were lovely. The Caesar salad I shared with a friend was extraordinary, and its tableside preparation was entertaining and instructive. The palate cleanser offered between courses, a spoonful of a granita-looking ice, was said to be kiwi. I suppose it did taste a bit of kiwi, but mostly it tasted fishy. I mean, literally like fish. All five of us agreed it was awful, and nobody had more than a small taste. My entree-- the Tagliatelle Funghi, was ordinary at best-- seemed to have no ingredients other than the pasta and some chopped mushroooms. It wasn't terrible, but I could have made something better-tasting myself with no effort just by adding a little olive oil or cream sauce. One friend who also ordered the tagliatelle agreed with this assessment. My other friends, who mostly ordered varieties of fish, said their entrees were good. We shared a couple of desserts, including some quite interesting turmeric gelato, and they were fine.

I love the Greenbriar and have enjoyed some memorably excellent meals there, but this was a disappointment. I'll probably go back (might go back just for the salad), but I might have more reservations about recommending it to others than I once did.

d
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere as usual. The place was very busy and we had to sit upstairs. Even though clearly slammed, they had enough staff so service was still good as was the food. They had some medical convention downstairs so they had time to plan but at least you could not tell that they were so busy by the food or service.

JD
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great (very attentive and good anticipation of needs)! Especially on a very slow (and cold) Tuesday evening!

Very cozy mountain feel inside and out. Food all had great flavor and good quality although would have liked to see higher quality/portions on seafood items. Specifically the shrimp appetizer had 4 shrimp that would typically be considered mid-size for what was being charged. Also 4 scallops with a tiny bit of accompanying sweet potatoes not only looked funny on a big plate but again was a small portion for the price being charged.

Never been a fan of beef wellington but this one changed my mind, it was very good! Also, apple dessert that had good flavor was a bit disappointing in terms of the crust which for baking for 45 minutes seemed heavy and thick instead of light and airy or flaky.

We will be back but wanted to share what we feel others would want to know before going.

SP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

There was an event in the sunroom and the dining room and upstairs were completely packed so food lines were very long and about half the stations were intermittently empty

J
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Kid friendly. Clean and prompt refill on the brunch buffet. Impeccable service.

ST
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We went for our 23 Anniversary. We were so disappointed in every way. It took 35 min to get a drink, let alone 2 1/2 hrs for our meal. The table side salad lacked any greens. Literally, the 5 tables around us complained too. They said it was not normal and offered us a free meal, which we declined. The evening was comically bad.

KS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got married here in 2017 and have made it a tradition to come back on our anniversary every year. We love the food, service, and ambiance of the Greenbriar. It’s so fun to be treated with exceptional care on our anniversary!

MM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Old style restaurant that prepares Caesar salad table side, as well as bananas foster. Good food overall, attentive server, but courses came out way too fast. Especially the entree which server said takes 45 minutes, which we wanted, then came out 20 minutes later. Extensive wine list. Nice people.

W
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We went for the Sunday brunch. Nice selection of food, both breakfast and lunch items. Food was really tasty.

RW
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

As always the Sunday brunch was delicious and varied, and our table by the windows had a good view. My only complaint: there weren't any dinner rolls or bread. Eventually, someone brought us some fresh-baked bread from the kitchen, but that shouldn't have been necessary. Some new items to look for include the German potato salad and the chocolate cake.

BJ
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I came on a Friday evening on a day we managed to have a kid- free evening. The space reminds me at the same time of a great traditional mountain lodge, but with the flair of a cocktail lounge that you just need to have a nice Scotch and listen to some real jazz from the early-mid 60’s. As it happened- that is exactly what was playing. Loud enough to hear it, but not loud enough to disturb conversation.

The service was just impeccable. So attentive to our every need, but just like the music- never intrusive. Our server was also very knowledgeable about everything on the menu as well as the wine list.

The food is classic. Outstanding flavors, balance and just the right portion sizes.

This was about the entire experience. We had a splendid time and will be back.

h
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We went dinner at tHe Greenbriar Inn with our family of five on a Saturday night. There seemed to be an event or wedding in the downstairs dining room so most other diners were seated up stair which was fine. Our reservation for for 7:15pm, the upper dining room was not crowded, maybe six table were seated. We ordered quickly and did not get our dinners until 8:45! Even our salads took 40 minutes to get. We had to remind our server four times for bread and salt and pepper for the table. I don't think the delay was due to the event downstairs. I watched all the servers stand around while we waited. Finally after an hour pasted we went to the manger and he said he would have our dinners as soon as possible. Obviously our order ticket as lost. The manger apologized but be were tired and hungry and very disappointed. The Greenbriar was highly recommended to us for CU's Parent's weekend. I disliked my meal, the cost and the wait.

DV
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday party for two. My girlfriend had no idea where I was taking her. Wonderful surprise. Had a great time.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful dinner to celebrate our anniversary. Our appetizer of Steak Tartare was nice but not exceptional. We appreciated the complimentary sparkling Martelli, duck confit, and the raspberry sorbet which were excellent. I enjoyed the entree of duck breast but the portion was small. The New York striploin was unusually flavored with pesto and we will steer to the Beef Tournedos next time. The ‘Galette’ for two was a treat with the cheddar harmonizing with the apples, not too sweet or tart. The French Vanilla ice cream was premium and perfect with the caramel sauce. We enjoyed the leftover ‘Galette’ the next day.