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Established in 2009 by Chef/Proprietor Alec Schuler, Arugula brings together the simple flavors of Europe and the Mediterranean along side classic American favorites. Fresh, local, seasonal ingredients from Boulder’s farms are the inspiration behind our innovative menus that offer something for everyone — a variety nibbles, small shareable plates, large plates and more.
At the bar, you’ll find creative cocktails, an extensive wine list and refreshing local craft brews carefully selected to compliment the extensive menu.
A local neighborhood restaurant, Arugula has one goal in mind: fresh flavorful food that makes you feel good. Its recently re-designed, art-filled dining room offers a warm and friendly vibe.
Boulder, CO 80304
Italian, Mediterranean, French
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm; Dinner: Friday and Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm; Happy Hour: Daily: 4:30pm - 6:00pm and ALL EVENING Mondays
28th St (Highway 36)
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Wine Dinners. Beer Dinners. Wine tastings. Live music. See our website for upcoming events. We offer each about every month or two.
Ample and available free parking directly in front of the restaurant.
Bus stop right in front of the shopping center.
Private Party Facilities:
With the new addition of Amaro and Tangerine we can now offer Arugula’s delicious food in a private party setting. Both spaces are new beautiful venues perfect for corporate events, wedding rehearsals, birthday celebrations, cocktail parties, you name it! Please call to arrange an event.
Comfortably seats up to 60 guests and is available after 4pm any evening of the year. It has its own large kitchen that can easily create any type of event: from simple cocktail parties to buffets to intricate multi-course dinners.
Comfortably seats up to 36 guests and is one of the most exquisite and serene small function rooms in all of Boulder.
Private Party Contact:
Alec Schuler: (516) 429-8654
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Arugula Ratings and Reviews
Seated at 7:20 for a 7:30 reservation and ordered within 10 minutes and informed our server as to our need to leave at 9 as it was Xmas eve and my wife sings in the church choir
It was a 4 course mead and at 8:30 we still did not have our entree and were told that the kitchen was slow but that they could pack it up to go. Really! Finally got out meal at 8:40 and they packaged up our desert to go.
An hour and 40 minutes should be enough time for a 4 course prefix meal but they could not deliver SAD
The restaurant staff was stretched for some reason. We had a reservation and even though the table we were ultimately seated at, was empty when we got there and remained empty until they seated us. Once seated (close to on time), it took 3 1/2 hours for us to be served our 4 course Christmas Eve meal. I like lingering over food, but we closed the place down out of necessity.
There were 5 of is ordering different courses and so we ordered a bottle of white and a bottle of red wine and they wanted to serve us one bottle at a time and it took 20 minutes to sort that out, so that the people who wanted white or red could have the one they wanted. The waitress apologized for the confusion, but it seemed that no one was talking to each other. Overall it was chaotic.
The duck breast was delicious, the pork belly was overcooked. The smoked trout ravioli were overpowered by the vegetables in the dish. So, I'd give the food a B-B+.
Our family has always gone to someplace special for Christmas Eve, but over the last 30 years the favorite places come and go and we have been in limbo (not so good restaurants) for the
past two year with the closing of Laudisio's. So discovering Arugulas was a joy. Our waitress was friendly and helpful. The water glasses were full all evening. The food was quaint and delicious.
The service was not stellar. The place was pretty much empty when we got there, and it took a really long time to get appetizers, bread, and our meal. The waitress forgot that we had asked for new alcoholic drinks and we ended up switching to coffee. It was an employee holiday meal and while the food was good the service could have been better.
Very disappointed in lunch. Soup was cold, grilled cheese was over done. Only one server to take care of the entire restaurant, but that was a good thing because there weren't many people there. Tiramisu was good. What happened to Arugula? It used to be a great place to dine.
We had a great night at Arugula. We sat at the bar to have a pre-dinner drink and the bartender was a lot of fun and very attentive. They have a pretty extensive wine list and several choices for wines by the glass. The menu has a ton of vegetarian options. I had the vegan plate and my wife had a rich mushroom risotto. Both plates were fantastic! They also offer plenty of options outside of the vegan and vegetarian fare. The place is warm and inviting and the service was good. Thanks for a wonderful dinner!
This place has gone really downhill in the last year. It used to be a much higher class establishment, but when we arrived the empty tables told their own story on a Friday night. In the past we would have had to book about 5 days in advance...not now. Food quality was bearable, but not at these prices. Our steak cut was barely edible and food of this quality would never have been served before. Also, service was mediocre at best. I guess when there are fewer diners there are fewer wait staff and overall service suffers. Never again for us. Very disappointing.
Always loved Arugula in the past but this time found service extremely slow, they were out of several items food was mediocre, and the poor acoustics made conversation difficult. Granted it was first bite week but they seemed very tired of it. Had I not had previous great experiences, it may have been my last bite!
Horrible service, was overcharged $15.00 for a dish we didn't order. When I showed it to them, they took it off, but commented how it was accidentally put on all the tickets of the evening and I was the only customer who caught it. HUH, very strange. They made a lot of profit that night!
I have dined at Arugula many times and am sorry to say, I see the quality going down hill.
Previously, the focus has been on Italian cuisine and many of the offerings now do not have that flavor profile. I ordered the salmon with lentils and the menu did say the lentils had an Indian spice profile and I'm fine with that. Problem was the seasoning for the lentils was sharp and not the kind of mellow Indian spices I would expect and the lentils were slightly under done so a bit crunchy.
Wine by the bottle is way to pricey for the entree prices and the offering of wines by the glass hasn't changed in months. I am sad to say, Arugula is feeling tired and lacking inspiration.
WOW!! Arugula does it again....!! Been coming here for years and we have found it to be invariably consistently wonderful. This "date night" we thought that the food was, once again, tremendous and the wine choices, while not as wide as some other venues in and around Boulder, varied, well chosen and not especially pricey. While the service seems to have changed over the last year (?) and was - perhaps - not quite as polished and professional as with our previous visits; the staff were still friendly, helpful and pretty knowledgeable too. The ambiance was excellent and the venue nicely laid out and presented. Would we return? Yes - the sooner the better!!
We have really enjoyed this restaurant in the past, but not tonight. The service was poor as the waitress was very engaged with a table of her apparent friends and had little time for us. The food was average (salmon) and bad (asparagus gnocchi). There was so much garlic that you couldn't taste anything else. We probably won't be back for a long time.
The last two times we have eaten at Arugula's I have been disappointed. We bring friends here for their birthdays because they have vegetarian and gluten free food. However I will eat or try anything. I ordered the Saltimbocca chicken for my entree. It was hands down the worse chicken dinner I have ever had. The chicken was very overlooked. It was dry and tasteless. The entire dish lacked creativity. Finger potatoes with very little seasoning and the greens were kale. I consider myself a foodie and a home chef. What I make at home kills that dish. The other disappointment were the clams. I had a few clams that had a funny taste and the tomato sauce was uninspiring. The beet salad was delicious. And I would give the molten cake was just an ok. If it were up to me, I would never go back. This was the second disappointing dinner in a year!
This used to be a good restaurant. I have been there many times over the years. However something changed...
The food is OK. Sometimes very good, but depends on what you order.
What's not OK is the service. We've had a bad experience twice in a row, separated by a few months. Twice, the (expensive) bottle of wine came after the food. We've had to ask for missing food items multiple times before the waitress remembered. Salad came without dressing. Waitress would go MIA for long periods so that we had to ask the busboy for help. Waitress didn't know the first thing about the wine list.
All of this on a Saturday night when the restaurant was half empty (there's your clue).
The prices are commensurate with a high-end restaurant in Boulder, so you would expect great service from trained staff.
This most recent visit was for my wife's birthday. When we left she commented that we shouldn't have wasted our money.
I would like for this to become a good restaurant again because I live in the neighborhood.
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