Greenbriar Inn, The

4.5
2154 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 900 label award-winning wine cellar.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Continental
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Bar & Patio Menu Tuesday - Sunday 5pm to close; Happy Hour Tuesday - Sunday 5pm-7pm; Champagne Sunday Brunch: 10am - 1pm
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Phone number
(303) 440-7979
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Phil Goddard
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Private party facilities
We have several private dining rooms as well as two outdoor garden patios and can accommodate weddings, business functions, and events from 10 to 250.
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Private party contact
Kathi Jo Betsinger: (888) 289-1502
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hwy 36 & Lefthand Canyon
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a spectacular buffet on Thanksgiving Day! $55 per person includes turkey, prime rib, salmon and all the fixins' and seatings are from 11:30am to 7pm. We will also serve a plated turkey dinner entrée on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 21st from 5pm-9pm.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Make your reservations now for our festive holiday Christmas Eve buffet! Seatings are from 4:30pm to 8:30pm and the full menu will be available soon!

Monday, December 24, 2018

What 2154 People Are Saying
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Denver
86 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Greenbriar is amazing. It's over 50 years old, yet maintains a very high level of quality in every aspect--food, wine, service, and hospitality in general--making for a great dining experience. It is usually pricey, but the recent Boulder Restaurant Week (3 courses for $34) made it the deal of the year for our party. The five of us tried to do our part in return, by ordering three bottles of excellent wine.

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AD
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Picturesque location in the foothills of Boulder. The restaurant is quiet and cozy. The outdoor seating looks great for summertime. The sweet potato soup was divine and the buffalo steak was cooked perfectly. Wonderful wine selection too. Skip dessert and have a cocktail or glass of wine. Overall, great place to wine and dine with good company.

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CB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time.... thanks for being a part of First Bite Colorado.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Greenbriar Inn is the perfect setting for a special occasion. We enjoy celebrating birthdays and holidays at Greenbriar. The Firstbite menu was wonderful. The fresh snow and sparkly outdoor lights made it a memorable evening.

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KH
Tulsa
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We try to make the Sunday brunch every year when we are in the area. This past Sunday, we arrived earlier than our reservation, but were promptly seated in the beautiful atrium. We not only had a wonderful, tasty brunch but also enjoyed watching the snowfall while staying quite cozy. Our very attentive server ensured we had whatever our little hearts desired.

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CR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

I took my girlfriend, and on the reservation I indicated it was her birthday....where was the baked Alaska?...,or any acknowledgement at all? The kitchen was slow...at least 30 minutes before we got anything...even bread, which was not good at all.
We ordered some sort of salad with wild (think) mushrooms, which the waiter did not explain at all clearly. It tasted bad. The mushrooms were bitter, the dressing was not savory at all and bitter.
We ordered the Wellington medium rare....it was rare...good thing rare meat was OK with both of us. The puff pastry was under cooked, and when cut into, turned into an inedible glob. The Duxelle was almost a non-existent. The sauce bearnaise was disgusting....tasted like it came out of a package, and the tarragon an afterthought, and not flavorful.
I worked at the Greenbriar in the 80's when Chef Michael was there, and we cranked out excellent food. This was a deep disappointment, and, quite honestly it made me sad. I will not be coming back.

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Denver
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My recent visit was for First Bite Boulder with my husband and another couple. Food was excellent, great service, we had a very nice.

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j
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was perfect, food was excellent. Great dining experience.

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B
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for first bite and had a wonderful time! The service was impeccable. The soup was so good my husband wanted to lick the bowl. The chef had a delightful creative take on gluten free chocolate torte. The portions were not small at all as they can be for first bite. Highly recommended!

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j
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so tasty. The service was excellent--not overbearing, but attentive. You could carry on a conversation and be heard. Such a pleasant evening we spent there with friends.

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T
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The Beef Wellington was outstanding as usual. We really enjoyed the beet salad with orange. I never had cashew gelato before. It was incredible.

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AK
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going to this restaurant for years everyone there very nice will do anything to make your experience great.

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RG
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great traditional restaurant ambience. Good food. Pricy but worth it.

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HT
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly loved this place. Outstanding service and food.

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ST
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening. The Greenbriar has excellent food and a nice warm, cozy atmosphere.
It was nice and quiet so we could actually enjoy our conversations. We'll definitely go many times!!

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ES
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful decor. Excellent ambiance. Brunch here is a sumptuous experience not to be missed. All the food is excellent including dessert. Many options for vegetarians. Both breakfast and lunch items to chose from

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JB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was a wonderful Night

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AS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

We were here for the brunch buffet. It was typical buffet food. Dry, cold, basic. We'd like to come back for the regular menu as we heard that's very good. Buffet was extremely disappointing. No unlimited mimosas? Make a reservation for Jill's buffet and you'll pay just $9 more for amazing food and bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary's.

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MN
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our wedding anniversary this past weekend with EXCEPTIONAL service and a delicious meal and desserts. We actually had our wedding here years before so it was nice to try something different on the menu. The trees on the lawn are also gorgeous this time of year, so if you love fall foliage I'd suggest having dinner there TODAY!

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BN
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Greenbriar never disappoints! The quiet atmosphere supports good conversation. It's a beautiful setting with great food and service.

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d
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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DG
London
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice! Thank you for a wonderful evening celebrating CU Boulder parents weekend.

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is the second time I've been to The Greenbriar Inn, and in general find it to be a wonderful restaurant. The ambiance is wonderful and the service is great, however both my husband and I found our meals to be too salty. We both had the mushroom bisque, he had the steak frites and I had the duck and all of these things were too salty. It is certainly possible if we'd chosen something else it would have been different, but it still left us a bit disappointed in our meal. Although we certainly loved the bananas foster for two!

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r
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

we had a great time the food was good and the staff was attentive

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j
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A.ways spectacular. Phil’s provides the best brunches. We go here every time we are in town

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Sunday Champagne Brunch, seated in the sunroom. Atmosphere published as "refined" and "elegant" which is fairly accurate - however. The rest of the experience needs to match the wall-hangings. Found that the buffet food was cool, the tables tight and maneuver room at a premium. There was one (1) chef cooking eggs and a line of folks waiting to be served, for the entire time. I thought that was short-sighted for a breakfast. We asked the waitress to adjust the full-on ceiling fan from high to low, and that was overlooked so we remained cold in the sunroom on an overcast morning. Asked for pineapple juice to accompany the champagne - they were out or had none. Again, a miss for a breakfast. Bottom line, not horrible thus Three Stars, but overpriced and overrated for our experience and neither refined or elegant in execution.

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EW
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had dinner at the Greenbriar for our anniversary. We had a lovely time! The food was excellent, the wait staff was very attentive, and we enjoyed the patio for drinks and appetizers and then moved indoors for dinner. Overall, a great date night!

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p
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We remember this restaurant from ages ago. Seems a bit worn out. Food was good but not as good as we remember and way overpriced for the Beef Wellington! Service was very friendly which was nice.

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KA
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place and the service is amazing! We love the outdoor area as well as dining inside. Brunch is fantastic and our waiter is always perfect.

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DO
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere of the Greenbriar Inn. My husband is from Las Vegas where you have lots of choices for Sunday brunch and he loves this place. The staff are wonderful!

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Greenbriar Inn is one of those places that just makes me happy to be there. The food, the ambiance, servers who know when to show up and refill a glass, it's just a lovely place to spend a special occasion at, especially just for two.

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PW
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to the Greenbriar Inn for our 19th wedding anniversary. The Som bought us two glasses of sparkling wine, which was wonderful. He also recommended an amazing bottle of wine from 1999 that was affordable given the year. The food was excellent as always, the service great (table-side caesar salad, etc). Can't wait to go again!

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B
Denver
88 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Late Summer in the Garden

While summer lingered, we decided to dine in the garden at the Greenbriar.
There is something so very romantic about dining "al fresco" as evening descends.
The bar menu offers perfect choices for this type of evening. The full menu is also available.
The wine list is excellent and with Happy Hour until 6:30 fine wines are available by the glass at a reduced rate. We were lucky to have Jet, a fabulous friendly professional as our server once again. We have met many times before and it is always a pleasure to be in his company. We will always think of the Greenbriar as the go to place when a special romantic evening is on our agenda. Excellent for celebrations.

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SR
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Our experience was quite disappointing. The Beef Wellington was high quality meat, but a very small portion with soggy pastry around it. The potatoes galette were actually crunchy (undercooked), with a decent amount of sauce and cheese. A salad that advertised roasted vegetables with greens had one small piece of roasted yellow squash. Period. And raw sliced carrots. Our waiter was inattentive and absent: we spent at least 15 minutes waiting for him to take our dessert order, and then another ten waiting to get the dessert, which was a lemon tart with overly sweet custard and chewy pastry. We will not go back. The prices were high and the food wasn't worth it.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

CHARMING AND IMPECCABLE! Celebrated my wedding at Greenbriar Inn with Champagne Brunch. What a perfect day, everything was flawless and seamless! Kathi Jo is absolutely incredible, so caring and genuine and is a true gem. The owners and staff are so welcoming and sweet, they made us feel like we were the only guests in-house! Food was spectacular, their Sunday Brunch has a great variety and wonderful presentation! I fell in love with the property, the service was top-notch, and I can't say enough good things about Kathi Jo. Already looking forward to going back and celebrating my anniversary!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for birthday brunch. Love the atmosphere inside. Outside patio is great except can be a bit noisy due to traffic and bike race going by. Food was delicious, staff was friendly and quick for refills and checking on things. Would love to go back for dinner!

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r
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

the salmon was under cooked scrambled eggs would have been good good selection of foods poor service by our waiter we think that he forgot about us

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CO
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

GOOD: Lovely restaurant with outdoor garden setting. Food was good.

BAD: There was a wedding going on there and we were treated like 2nd rate guests for dinner. It was both of our birthdays we were celebrating which we put on our reservation. Nobody at the restaurant did anything for our birthday. As a diner we felt ignored and like we were a nuisance to the staff who were clearly more focused on the wedding. Service was very slow. For that lack of customer service I say shame on Greenbriar Inn. Way too expensive for this crappy service!

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JC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Greenbrier for our anniversary and had a great time from beginning to end!

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MM
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

There was a wedding going on so the service was not up to its normal standard, but excellent food and beautiful seating outside.

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