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About Oak at fourteenth
Oak at Fourteenth is a neighborhood restaurant that features local and seasonal new American Cuisine in a friendly and professional atmosphere. Open daily for lunch, dinner and late night. Chef/Owner Steven Redzikowski’s simple yet inspired menus are focused around wood fire cookery. Oak offers a creative hand- crafted cocktail menu, artisan wine and beer list that help create a fun and energetic experience.
Boulder, CO 80302
Contemporary American, American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30 am-2:30 pm
Mid-Day: Monday - Saturday: 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Late Night: Thursday - Saturday 10:00PM - 12:30AM
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Oak at Fourteenth does one-of-a-kind catering functions based on customer requests.
Oak at Fourteenth is located on the Pearl Street Mall two blocks away from the main RTD station.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Oak welcomes your celebrations, events, and business gatherings. We offer our Acorn Room with seating for up to 40 guests, or exclusive use of the restaurant for up to 90 guests.
For inquiries or event bookings, contact our private event coordinator, Phoebe Trotta, at 303-444-3622.
Oak at fourteenth Ratings and Reviews
Oak is consistently fantastic! We took friends for a birthday dinner and shared 4 small plates and 2 large plates between the 4 of us. Everything was outstanding and it was great to be able to share and taste so many different things! The squid ink pasta is outstanding right now! As were the tempura fried maitake mushrooms, octopus salad and shrimp and grits!
The food was definitely upscale and adventurous, and our waiter was fantastic, offering suggestions and assisting those in our group who had specific dietary needs. But the flavors - both the food and cocktails - seemed unfinished and not as complex as I had hoped. Nonetheless, we had a lot of fun sharing small plates and trying new things, and the menu changes daily, so I would go back again. It is pricey, though, so go for the food but get better drinks elsewhere for less.
I have to be honest, I've been to Oak for lunch a few times and it's always great. Perhaps because I eat more simply during the day then out on a rare date night with my husband... at lunch we get the kale apple salad and a burger which are both outstanding. I was disappointed with the selection at dinner. Mine tasted great but I spent a lot of time cutting the chicken off the little bones (I definitely prefer white meat to half a chicken bone in) And my husbands short rib was TINY especially bc he didn't like the sides that came with it and for the price. It is very expensive for the amount of food we were presented with. All in all, I will return for lunch but probably not for dinner. Especially when you factor in what you have to pay a babysitter. The cocktails were fantastic though!!
Our Lemon/chicken salad was good, not great but ok. I do not like salads served in a deep bowl on a hard tabletop with no plate underneath. Seems crude. Also deep bowls for salad are awkward and things tend to spill out. Dessert (gingerbread/lemon donut) was wonderful! Super nice waiter. I don't know how Oak is at night, but it could be improved as a luncheon site. I wouldn't take friends there if I were trying to impress them. Very basic. Also, the menu was not exciting or enticing unless you are a vegetarian. The good news for us is that it wasn't crowded. I understand why.
Everything we ordered was delicious and definitely out of the ordinary. Shrimp and grits appetizer was outstanding as was the ciabatta bread appetizer. I had the scallops risotto and my husband had the chicken and both were outstanding. Combinations of flavors is very creative. Reasonable prices for the quality of the food. We will be back.
Made a reservation or Valentine's Day. They had a special fixed menu, $75 for 4 courses with a couple dishes to choose from. Each course was wonderful. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. Had a great glass of wine and a great old fashioned, and coffee with dessert. Couldn't have gone better on a special night with my lady.
Nice restaurant. Services was great. We had to wait a few minutes on our reservation, but bar staff was quick to help us get a drink and then transfer it to our table when it was ready. A nice touch. It's a wood fired restaurant and we enjoyed the smells of the open kitchen. They have small plates, large plates and family style. We shared small plates and liked it very much. End of the evening they offered free pretzels, but we were full.
Been there previously for lunch which was great. It was hard to get a table on weekends so finally it worked out. Ordered several plates including hamachi, octopus salad, fried pickles, pork belly, french onion soup, shrimp and grits, meat balls, liver pate, small ribs, agnolotti, sea bass, risotto and pork shoulders.
Shrimp and grits, pate and the house bread where favorite. I know everything is weighted for costs and consistency but you barely found octopus and lots of potatoes is there. Fennel was also in a lot of dishes which was overwhelming taste. We expected a classic French onion soup but cheese was minimal and cream-based soup not expected. Agnolotti and sea bass tasted funky to everybody and left almost untouched. Pork shoulder presentation was good but meat very bland and it was missing something to go with...
To top it off server dropped utensils on shirt and made someone very unhappy.
We will return for shrimp and grits or mainly lunch menus but we were disappointed in general. Don't get me wrong everything is fresh and creatively put together but flavorwise not our thing. Also the "new" small/med/large/family plates as many restaurants offer today is not for everybody.
I went with a fellow Oak fan for dinner after we had both had an incredible meal here a few weeks ago. The market salad with pear, beets, blue cheese and more was delightful and the short rib was to die for. We were sad to see the market salad had been replaced with a seasonal blood orange and asparagus salad with forbidden rice. After having our server explain it to us, we decided to give it a try. Individually each ingredient was delicious and the presentation was nice, but it didn't hold a candle to the market salad. The shrimp and grits were amazing as always! We split the short rib and found the cut this time to be particularly fatty and not that tender. We both left feeling slightly disappointed at having the rare experience of not leaving Oak feeling completely blown away. Will try again, but for $100, we felt like we could and should have had a much better meal. Our server was great with descriptions and attentive and the atmosphere is nice, but the high noise level and slightly disappointing food left us with more to desire.
We had a lovely table, attentive help, delicious food topped off by a birthday donut treat....I love the food, wine and location. Every time I eat at Oak, I wonder why I don't just dine there all the time. Excellent place for special occasions or just for a wonderful meal.
What a fine restaurant! This is our favorite place for dinner in the Boulder/Denver area. Don't miss the sublime apple kale salad for starters. If you like cocktails, you must try the Across the Atlantic. I admire the staff's professionalism and skill. Congrats to the chef and the owners for a standout spot. Sit at the kitchen bar to appreciate what goes into each carefully prepared dish.
On this last trip for a late lunch on January 17th I was a little unnerved by the waitress taking my used fork from my appetizer plate and putting it back on the table for me to reuse for the main course...this has NEVER happened at OAK before, usually the service is impeccable. Just this one little disgusting move soured the whole dining experience. Oak is usually one of my favorite Boulder restaurants. The homemade apple fritters and the bundino are always a hit!
By far, my favorite restaurant for business lunches --- and now, my top three for date nights and special occasions. Celebrated my four-year anniversary last Friday and everything from the welcome, the continued service, and the food was exceptional. The Apple Kale Salad is a must have, and the family plate rib eye is worth every penny - and then some! Highly recommended.
The service and sommelier were outstanding. The kitchen was decent, not quite up to the expectations of a restaurant of this perceived caliber. The appetizers were good, but not great. The main courses were also good but not great. The duck and sea bass were excellent but could have been presented better.
Good and attentive, but not over-bearing, waitstaff, although no one offered to take our bulky coats. Oak cocktails were excellent. Good variety of small plates. Entrees were tasty and nicely presented but the risotto had far too many orange slices on it and made it look like a dessert plate. Overall, desserts were nothing special but the waiter's knowledge of the after dinner drinks was very helpful. This was our 6th visit to Oak and, of course, we'll go back!
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. I highly recommend the pork belly and the scallops with risotto. The staff was very attentive and knowledgeable about the wine list. It was also very cool to see the chefs in action. Altogether it was a lovely dining experience.
We went on a snowy winter night and had a great table overlooking Pearl street and the lights. Great location! The service was very good with several servers attending our table. Evan was was very help in recommending dishes and knowing his menu and beverages. We had the Shrimp and Grits for an appetizer which was really, really good. Would go back for that. The dessert, apple cheesecake, was forgettable so maybe give it a miss.
We chose oak for New Year's Eve due to the good reviews. We were expecting to spend more money than we normally would for the special occasion but we're also expecting to be wowed by the quality of the food for the higher price. My boyfriend and I are not picky people and never complain. In fact I have never written a review of a restaurant in my life but felt this one was needed. There was a set menu for the night so you had no choice at all on how
Much you wanted to eat or spend. There was a set price of $90 per person!!! We felt that was outraging stayed to try it out and were expecting an amazing experience especially now hat we knew how much money we would be spending. We waited quite some time after being sat to even see anyone come to our table. Finally we got water then waited another noticeable period of time to see our server who did not even ask if we had questions about the structured menu. These little things I would normally over look and probably not even notice if the night didn't continue to decline. To shorten my story... the food was terrible. The fish was the most "fishy" tasting I have ever had and I LOVE fish so I am not easily disappointed. The pasta was over cooked and stuck together in a big glob. The sauce used to compliment the steak was overpowering. The scallops were prepared raw (which is fine) but with zero flavor added. The beignets were filled with a bitter sour cream. I was not wowed in any way shape or form. With any of the courses. We were very bummed and walked out paying $220!! I can't say this place is always like this as it has great reviews otherwise and maybe it was just a bad choice in menu but I felt this experience needed to be shared.
My wife and I have been doing the prix fixe NYE dinner every year for almost a decade. We've dined at Mizuna, Fruition, Colterra, Frasca, amongst other highly touted restaurants in the Boulder/Denver area. We've experienced everything from mediocrity to flat out A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. We heard and read wonderful things about Oak at Fourteenth. Unfortunately, we were highly disappointed in the menu options and the price point. The dishes were beautifully presented, to the tune of a Picasso painting. The taste, however, was a bit unsettling - a menagerie of flavors that just didn't quite work for our palates. It was apparent that the chef staff spent weeks trying to assemble the most unique dishes possible. As an entree, the strip steak helped salvage what was left of our high expectations. The Maine lobster carbonara, however, came with 2 thumbnail sized pieces of lobster. Highly disappointing.
The bourbon menu and the couple arguing at the table next to us were by far the highlights of our evening. Needless to say, we will not be visiting Oak again.
So we dropped a boatload of money here for NYE dinner with the prix fix, which wouldn't have been so bad had the food been up to expectations. With three courses, and wine pairing, nothing really stood out, except for the poor tasting Waygu beef, which was tough, chewy and probably one of the worst cuts of meat I've ever experienced. Nothing about the beef said it was special, or even Waygu, could have been an imposter for all we knew. But all said, we had a good time and will probably return, one day.
Good but expensive for New Years Eve and the menu was not available in advance. Main course and dessert were excellent; appetizer choices were very limited and none were something I would have chosen on my own. Servers were attentive without being difficult. For the price of the meal, ($90 each without alcohol) I thought the atmosphere was rather ordinary. Not sure I'll come back here again.
Oak just does an outstanding job at creating a memorable experience! The hostess staff were professional, inviting and accommodating. The waitstaff were all educated, knowledgeable and friendly. We moved from the back room where an energetic crowd was having a boisterous meal to the kitchen bar. There we not only had a fabulous dining experience but a show too! We had a wonderful meal of original shared starters and main entrees and even split a dessert, all were perfectly balanced in all flavors imaginable. I don't want to say what they were as it might prejudice your decisions and I say stay open to trying new things at Oak!
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