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About Arugula

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.

2785 Iris Ave
Boulder, CO 80304
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
28th St (Highway 36)

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 443-1365

Website:
http://www.arugularestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Wine Dinners. Beer Dinners. Wine tastings. Live music. See our website for upcoming events. We offer each about every month or two.

Parking Details:
Ample and available free parking directly in front of the restaurant.

Public Transit:
Bus stop right in front of the shopping center.

Executive Chef:
Alec Schuler

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.

TANGERINE ROOM
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.

AMARO ROOM
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

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

3.8

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

81% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Romantic (8)
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Good for Anniversaries (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Business Meals (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Healthy (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Casual (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Authentic (3)
Cozy (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Fun (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food came out quick and was delicious as always! The risotto is amazing!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Quality of food is inconsistent. We've had some great meals here and, lately, not so good meals here. Our latest visit was disappointing - food was just meh.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Celebrated my birthday and also enjoyed First Bite Boulder. Loved it!

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Wonderful place, great food with awesome service. Busy, but very accommodating. Make a reservation, you won’t regret it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The service was horrible. Very slow and the server forgot things. Seriously the service was extremely slow

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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!

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Arugula has a nice vibe and is a go-to for reliably good food and service. Neighborhood place with a bit of sparkle.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a lovely end of week meal. The chicken parm was delicious (although we did order more sauce) and the risotto was good, not incredible. Service and ambience were wonderful - we will definitely go there again!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had really awful service. Entree arrived stone cold.
Server ignored food allergy alert.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had a party of seven and everyone was happy. Prices were reasonable and the food was excellent. I had the Cioppino and I recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 3, 2017

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was very good. Very nice outside seating. A little pricey. Delicious mascarpone lemon cheesecake

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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!

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food is always very good at Arugula. I enjoy the variety of dishes to choose from and the creativity of the chef. I had a lovely scallop dish which was on the specials list. Must go back soon for another delicious meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Great food, one of Boulder's best.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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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 (Denver)·Dined on August 25, 2017

A favorite "go to" restaurant that never disappoints! Great flavors and choices.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Always love the attention to detail and the freshness of the ingredients as well as the fantastic flavor profiles. Definitely top 10 in Boulder.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 30, 2016

The new menu was fun and innovative and the food was well prepared and reasonably priced. We will definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Tapas
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 28, 2016

We've been fans for years and years . Arugula's special event dinners are not to be missed & there's a Wed. Nite wine discount. Forgot to mention that there's fun art on the walls.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 27, 2016

Delicious, and I love their kid's menu with fish and veggies.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Menu had few items that were appealing. Food was average. Service average.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 26, 2016

The food and service were exceptionally good... as always! Thank you Arugula.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 20, 2016

Excellent Food, a bit noisy for those of us who wear hearing aids. The waiter was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. At times I thought he was rushed with too many tables on his docket.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 20, 2016

The food was excellent. The noise level was very comfortable which is important to us. We are very pleased with the new menu and more reasonable prices.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 16, 2016

The restaurant was super busy and the food quality was not nearly as good as it usually is.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Very nice lunch with great service

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2016

We were able to converse with ease while enjoying a tasty and well prepared dinner. The service staff was very attentive to our needs.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 6, 2016

I LOVE the food and the amazing service each time!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Vegan, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 4, 2016

Dan the bartender was awesome!!!!! Devin was also great. Excellent special and wine.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2016

We have been to Arugula quite a few times and it is consistently good. It has an interesting menu that varies enough to keep it interesting. It's great for both lunch and dinner. Great for meeting up with friends.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 2, 2016

New menu keeping the quality top-notch as always! Eat here if you can!

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 28, 2016

The bar area is great. The service is attentive and not overbearing.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Cozy, Fun, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2016

Great food and service. Wednesday is 40% off wine night! Quiet!

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Our first time at Arugula for First Bite 2016. We had four in our party and no one was disappointed with the selections. The service was prompt but not rushed and the food was delicious. We will definitely return.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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