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About L'ATELIER - Boulder
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Boulder, CO 80302
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18th & Pearl
$31 to $50
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Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
L'ATELIER - Boulder Ratings and Reviews
We had dinner Saturday night, and the restaurant was quite full. The food was delicious, but the service at the beginning was very spotty, especially in terms of getting wine and a mixed drink. Staff were very pleasant, but clearly stretched with so many diners.
The appetizers (mussels and oysters) were amazing, however the main entrees were not so great. I got the red snapper and it was EXTREMELY overcooked and dry, my wife got the TV dinner and her lobster was also very overcooked and the quality of the shrimp and lobster was honestly comparable to a low grade Red Lobster. Dessert was great as well and our server was great and on top of it. For the price there is a lot better in Boulder, and with so many options we won't be going back
One of the best meals I've had in Boulder! This place is a little hole-in-the-wall. The atmosphere is upscale, but you don't have to be dressed to the nines. The lobster appetizer was amazing--homemade pasta. The ceasar salad was beautifully presented and lightly dressed. My entree was the "TV dinner", a play on an old fashioned TV dinner from the 1960s and it was delicious! My husband had the lamb entree, equally delicious. And, dessert, magnifique! We ordered the bananas foster, which was presented in an unusual decanter-like glass dish. I would just go there for the dessert options. Can you tell we REALLY loved our dinner? Will definitely return for another visit and would highly recommend to anyone who craves a quality meal.
We’ve enjoyed L’Atelier regularly in the past as a special occasion treat, but the last couple of times (over the last year) it’s felt like it’s running on reputation. Ordinarily L’Atelier would receive the maximum star rating but the wait staff was unsure of their assignments, the “TV dinner” lobster was tough and hard to remove from its shell. I do recommend the beet salad this time of year and duck confit was perfectly tender. The rest of the plate appeared to have been waiting for a few too many minutes after plating and before delivery to the table.
Slightly frustrating: our bottle of white wine was resting in an ice bucket over 10 feet away & we had to wave down someone to keep us from “going arid” twice. In their defense, that was the closest location to put it - as our table for two was squeezed into a small space. Creatively, the bread basket was attached to the side of the table to extend available space. I’d never seen that & it works well.
From the ambiance, which was touted to be romantic and intimate, to the food, supposedly the hidden gem of boulder, I can't really explain just how disappointed we were with our experience.
Firstly, the food. Bland, weird, and not deserving of a fine dining status. Seriously: mashed potatoes with escargot? Not a match. Then there was the 'TV dinner'. It can basically be called 'bitter bitter bland and a piece of lobster'. Food: subpar.
Secondly, the service was extremely sub par. The wine menu is overpriced and the wine service is really just a person opening your bottle of wine and then letting you pour it yourself. The servers didn't present a single dish to us, rarely checked on our table, and overall seemed undertrained. Service: lacking.
Lastly, the cheese. For a French restaurant to serve overripe cheese is a travesty. The moment a soft cheese takes on an ammonia like taste it is old. It should not be presented as 'rare' or 'special' cheese. The cheese was past it best, was served in massive portions and the accompaniments were lacking, and in the case of the honeycomb, fake. Cheese (at a French reataurant): about as good as you can get in any grocery store.
All in all very disappointed. A final bill of $208 for two people for a subpar experience.
However, there is one shining star... the lobster ravioli. Although drowned in enough sauce to call it a soup (but served with no spoon) it was actually a real standout. It's about the only thing I would compliment.
First time at this restaurant. We were here because we were visiting my son at CU. The food was really good we really enjoyed everything we had. The food all came out as a work of art. My son had the lobster "TV Dinner" and he said it was amazing. My husband and I both had the lamb chops which we really loved. The staff was really nice and very friendly.
We attended a most excellent Champagne, Lobster and Chocolate wine dinner. Lobster four ways and an excellent chocolate mousse for dessert. About the only negative was the pacing of the courses. We started at 7pm and left after 10:30. But the food, as always, was excellent. L’atalier is still my favorite Colorado restaurant.
We enjoyed a fabulous meal with our college son during Family Weekend. I recommend dressing nicely as we felt a little too casual in our Boulder gear. The food and wine were en pointe and perfectly presented. We shared delicious escargot and then I had a beautiful fish. Son had lobster ravioli and hubby had a pork dish. I wish I could remember more about the dishes but we were engrossed in our son, whom we have missed dearly. Memorable meal even without the details and we are sure to return.
This place never disappoints. The food is always excellent, and we absolutely love how quiet it is, which is very much a rarity these days. It is one of our favorite "special occasion" restaurants. If you are vegetarian, they will prepare a vegetarian platter by special request. My wife always orders that, and it includes a medley of vegetables, rice and cheeses, beautifully prepared. If wine is your thing, the wine list is extensive, and the wines by the glass are expertly chosen.
What I like best about L'Atelier, after the food and service of course, is the quiet atmosphere. It makes enjoying the food even more as well as the people with whom you dine! Exquisite food and service are what bring my husband and I back for special occasions.
This is a fancy night out! The food is quality for which you will pay quality prices. They have an extensive wine list. The place is quiet and the booths are tucked away to provide further privacy and romance. The decor is simple so the ambience is lacking slightly in my opinion. Emphasis here is on the food and it is delicious.
One of the more (most?) underrated restaurants in Boulder. True, it may not adhere to the latest trends in hipness and such, but if you are looking for some of the best food in town, an excellent wine list, impeccable service, an intimate, quiet place to just sit back and enjoy the food and the company of whomever you are taking along, L'Atelier should be on top of your list.
And yes, unlike most places these days, you can actually carry on a conversation without having to shout.
we had a lovely dinner last week, highlighted by the first course pate, the bouillabaisse and the lamb chops, but especially the desserts! My son had a chocolate bombe, that was fabulous and I had dark cherries sauteed in a brandy sauce with a choc mousse on the side. The service was very attentive. The restaurant specializes in seafood, but the desserts were worth a visit by themselves.
I have been around Boulder for the past 5 years and never knew this gem was here. We could get in without a wait which was really surprising on a Friday night considering the wonderful reviews. There was a 1 1/2 hour wait at Brasserie Ten Ten. We ate on the patio and the service was delightful. The food was excellent.
Two of us went to L'Atelier for perhaps the fourth time. We think of it is a luxury, but the food is well worth the price. The filet mignon was exactly the right degree of rareness, and the bouillabaisse was superlative. Everything else was also very good, including a marvelous mocha-chocolate dessert. Our only complaint was that our waiter did not appear for about 10 minutes, but he apologized sincerely, and it was a busy time, 7 pm.
L-Atelier is one of my favorite places when I want to have great food and wine and a good conversation with close friends. It is quiet and cozy without being pretentious. The cuisine is wonderful and beautiful and their service makes you feel very pampered. But at the same time, there is whimsy in the décor, and a friendliness amongst the staff -- absolutely not stuffy! This is my favorite choice in Boulder for special occasions of all kinds.
My husband and I attended a special Italian wine-pairing dinner and, though the food was lovely, and the service perfect, we found it frustrating to wait an hour between receiving each of four courses due to the number of patrons who were also there for the special dinner, and due to the wine rep's uninteresting (mostly) information about the wines. We had to stuff ourselves with bread to fend off our hunger from 6:30 to 10pm. We'll return but not for another wine-pairing dinner.
L'Atelier is a great restaurant for lunch or dinner. The service is wonderful and the food is some of the best in Boulder. tomato soup, pork and salmon are great choices. The half-bottle of wine is also just right for two people. We went for a Birthday and it was just the right choice.
I have been here on many occasions. It's my favorite restaurant in Boulder both for the quality of the food, the ambiance, and the service. The food is creative and very delicious. This time I took my son there for his 50th birthday. He had never been before and I had always touted it as being the best! He was not disappointed and said the meal was one of the best he had ever had!
It's not inexpensive, but if you're looking for something special and fabulous, L'Atelier is it!
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