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Aperitivo, Boulder, CO

Aperitivo

4.5
4.5
52 Reviews
$30 and under
Global, International
****Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Special Prefix Menu available only on Thanksgiving. Regular menu will not be available Dec 24th or Dec 25th.****

Gunbarrel's finest bistro, begins with Italy's Lavazza Coffee, handmade Lunch, Tapas, a wide variety of Main Entrees and weekend brunch, with an eclectic wine and craft cocktail list.... Aperitivo translates to a beginning.... lets begin our culinary relationship.... see you soon!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Contemporary European, Contemporary Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (303) 530-1516

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Miguel Vazquez

  • Neighborhood

    Gunbarrel

  • Cross street

    Lookout Road and Spine Road

  • Parking details

    our Apex 5510 campus is OPEN for parking while dining with Aperitivo.... please feel free to park in any open space... see you soon.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 52 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Denver / Colorado

    Neighborhood gem

  • Denver / Colorado

    Global, International

  • Boulder Area

    Best Value

  • Boulder Area

    Innovative

  • Boulder Area

    Healthy

  • Boulder Area

    Neighborhood gem

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The beef borgenion
  2. KO

    KellyO

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and super nice people. A nice quiet little restaurant.
  3. r

    ralpho

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I hate to say anything good about this place, as it might get discovered! Small, quiet and with stellar food, personal service from Chef to servers. A go- to for a bit of a splurge.
  4. P

    Pattyjo

    Denver

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely Birthday lunch. Our server brought us a delicious birthday dessert. Will definitely be back.
  5. AT

    AngieT

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We ordered a variety of dishes for the 4 of us, and it was all really good. It’s a cute restaurant with very friendly staff. We will definitely be going back.
  6. WF

    WilliamF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very friendly and absolutely great food!
  7. F

    Foodsnob1973

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We have ate at some of the best restaurants in the world, and this place was such an unexpected, fortuitous surprise! We had forgotten to make Christmas reservations and found Aperitivo at the last minute. Although the holiday menu was simple and the atmosphere anything but fancy, the execution of the food was flawless and fantastically delicious! It was one of those visits when the phrase "the BEST I have ever had" was muttered over and over. The tomato bisque, chicken cordon bleu, and tiramisu were all absolutely divine. The people at the other table eating the curry were also raving. This is a neighborhood gem and we will return often and start placing our Doordash and Grubhub orders with them.
  8. r

    ralpho

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Brilliant food, excellent and personal service. A bit small, but that could be a plus. Top of my list.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good was delicious. A bit slow. Would definitely go back.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    The staff was great. They were very busy and seemed short handed but handled it well. The food was just so so. The calamari was good but was not freshly prepared. The trufle parm fries were great. I had the Mahi Mahi and it seemed like it was previously frozen but the waitress said it was fresh when I ordered. Either way it was overcooked. My wife had the lamb stew. It was pretty good and better then the fish. Prices were reasonable.
  11. EL

    EdwardL

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I'm a big fan. Always great food. Always friendly staff. Always laid back environment. Truly a secret gem in North Boulder/Gunbarrel....a bit apprehensive to let the word out but good people deserve, good promotion. Give it a shot - you won't regret it.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Food and Service!👍👍👍
  13. MF

    MattF

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very enjoyable time. The food was delicious and the blueberry mojito was outstanding!
  14. MD

    MikeD

    Denver

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here and definitely not the last. Great food and great atmosphere. The service was spot on. Definitely coming back.
  15. h

    houssie

    Denver

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A nice little spot to have in Gunbarrel, we can walk to it, sit outside and have a glass of wine. A little disappointed that some former favorites are off the menu. :( Mouth watering all day for the quinoa salad and it's gone.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place! Our first time and only found it due to being on OT. Food and service were great. Can’t wait to go back for coffee.
  17. B

    Boulderite

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    This was a night in which half the staff was missing. However they never did anything to compensate us for the fact that they didn’t seat us for close to half an hour after we arrived with a reservation. The gluten free bread was simply toast which came after the food, even though we were super hungry by the time they took our order. The Penang curry seemed to be made from frozen peas and carrots. I would have thought they would have offered us a round of drinks or dessert because of the mess. They could have even told us to go elsewhere when we arrived rather than make us ask to be seated 3 times over 25 minutes.
  18. BC

    BudC

    Denver

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We were very excited to check out Aperitivo but we were disappointed on several different levels. The service was spotty but not terrible. We had to ask to get drink refills and one of the items on the menu was not available but the server didn't know that so 10 minutes later we get the news. The other side of having such a huge menu is that it can take awhile to find another option. For the food, it was mediocre at best. The Dutch Baby was not much more than a pancake cooked in a skillet. It is supposed to be fluffy and greatly expanded but this one just languished in the bottom of the skillet. The risotto dish was way too salty and wasn't very appealing being a grey-brown pile of something with a little bit of parsley on the top. All in all, a disappointing lunch.
  19. c

    catherines

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was warm and welcoming. Nice decor. Good menu. Tasty. Will be back!
  20. AB

    ABRH

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place!
  21. P

    Producto

    Denver

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and special cocktails were perfect. Friendly, attentive staff. We will make Apertivo our new regular got to spot.
  22. C

    Celebration

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dinner was very good and the service was great! The drinks were also very good.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a beer at Finkle & Garf and walked over for a yummy dinner at Aperitivo. What a pleasant surprise right here in Gunbarrel! Will recommend it to friends.
  24. MD

    MsDorisC

    Denver

    37 reviews

    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Aperitivo's website and menu made my mouth water, so my friend and I were really looking forward to a great dining experience. First off, parking is hard to come by since mosts spots near the restaurant are reserved for the apartment/condo residents. When we first arrived, the host did not seem to care that I'd made an OpenTable reservation (I knew I'd be marked as a no-show and would have to clear that up with OpenTable, which I did.). Our waiter couldn't remember what I'd ordered and had to come back and ask again: side of fruit, not salad; yes, cream with my coffee. I'd made some assumptions about the food and presentation since the chef/owner is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Las Vegas, but our sandwiches were just "good," not "fabulous," as I'd hoped. It's a nice neighborhood spot for good eats, but I wouldn't recommend it as a dining destination.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome meal and Brandon was a great waiter. Miguel cooks like an angel and everything was wonderful. We will be back.
  26. r

    redcardinal

    Denver

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best chef in Boulder
  27. r

    redcardinal

    Denver

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Fantastic food and wine.
  28. b

    bigsal

    Denver

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food at a awesome value! Very personal waiters and chef! Loved the Mocktail choices.
  29. RM

    RichardM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Had a great experience. Booked at the last minute and came in with zero expectations. We were blown away with the food and the service.
  30. r

    redcardinal

    Denver

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Awesome meal and fantastic chef
  31. r

    redcardinal

    Denver

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing clam chowder. In fact all the food is superb.
  32. MY

    MarkY

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We were there on Cabaret night and it was packed it took over an hour to get served and then we eventually didnt order dinner because they have a one man kitchen and we had already been there over two hours waiting for out apps. Sorry but it is a big fail
  33. BQ

    BethQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food; friendly service. We were looking for breakfast in this part of Boulder and it was a great find.
  34. MB

    MoBanks

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We brought my husbands family here and every single one of our meals was outstanding. My MIL said it will be a must stop for their visits from now on. I'm excited to go back for dinner sometime soon. My Bro-in-law said he never new scones could be soft soft and airy. It was the best meal any of us have had in a long time!
  35. KL

    KristineL

    Denver

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2019

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    The service was excellent. The most bothersome thing was the chairs on the tables (they had been cleaning for opening and we came at 5:30). I felt they should've taken them down immediately when customers entered the restaurant.
  36. BF

    BoulderFamilyMan

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Really poor food for the price. Tiny portions. Service was pretty bad too. Will not be back.
  37. BR

    BradR

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The drinks, specifically the winter cosmo, were fantastic! My wife & I enjoyed date night! The menu didn't disappoint; she enjoyed the Gnocchi & I the Penang Curry. Great place & fantastic staff. A+, we'll sure be back, looking forward to summer menu specials! Cheers!!
  38. DE

    DEBSDines

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Oh my. . . I want this to catch the attention of the owner of Apertivo, because he has a staff that's too small (one waiter, one cook). Lovely menu with good food (scallops are excellent!). However, took about 40 mins. just to be served drinks and apps. At the end of 2.5 hours, my husband still hadn't been served his dinner. It was extremely uncomfortable for everyone. The owner MUST invest in making this restaurant work, or it will go under. The waiter and cook/bartender need more help. Please provide it for them so this restaurant can be a success.
  39. K

    Kynaroo

    Denver

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    We arrived at 7 pm for our Valentines Day dinner reservations. We ordered the fixed menu and a cocktail. Cocktails arrived but no further contact for 90 minutes except constant “so sorry, we are very busy” however couples arriving after we did were served and gone by the time I went in search of the manager at 8:30 pm. Oh no, are you sure you didn’t already have your appetizers? Yes very sure, we did not even have silverware or napkins. Nearly the last people there and they ran out of most choices for dessert in the fixed menu. We were given a gift certificate for next time, but as much as we like the food, it is really worth a 90 minute wait for food and the frustration? No discount or extra wine offered either. It appears the owners are the waiters, but Id suggest some wait staff hired would allow the management to actually manage. Lovely food but a true disappointment on a special day.
  40. KF

    KenF

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Try the thai curry or the gnocchi! Great food and excellent host.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Aperitivo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 530-1516.

Aperitivo is rated 4.5 stars by 52 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Aperitivo

5530 Spine Rd, Boulder, CO 80301

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lookout Road and Spine Road

  • Neighborhood

    Gunbarrel

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Contemporary European, Contemporary Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    our Apex 5510 campus is OPEN for parking while dining with Aperitivo.... please feel free to park in any open space... see you soon.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Miguel Vazquez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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