Carelli's Ristorante Italiano

4.7
561 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Enjoy a wonderful dining experience with family or friends at Carelli's. Owner Greg Carelli with help from his father Gene wanted to offer guests authentic Italian cuisine in a contemporary setting that features a large open flame fireplace, mosaic tiles, natural Birch woods, and warm lighting. An appetizer of fresh mozzarella and Beefsteak tomato caprese, lightly breaded calamari or lamb artichoke meatballs will please the palate at Carelli's. Guests can dine on baked jumbo shells stuffed with spinach and ricotta , the classic chicken parmigiana or shrimp scampi. Artisanal pizza, calzones, and paninis. Awsome Gluten-free options are also available.

Carelli's was the winner of the Daily Camera Reader's Choice 2002-2020 award for Best Italian Restaurant and ambiance. It also has won awards from the Denver Post and Boulder Weekly magazines. It has an awesome bar scene and an extensive wine list. Carelli's restaurant features daily fresh fish specials.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 561 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything about this restaurant! The food is amazing, the ambiance is awesome! Don't think, just go!!!

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vipBeachlovers
Denver
107 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Requested main dining room but seated in back room.Service was excellent professional and friendly. Food offered many delicious choices!

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Georgia
Savannah
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dinner at Carellis. Salmon carpaccio to start and it was so amazing. Caesar salads of course then we tried their steaks, for the price, the best in town. We asked for a half order of olio to go with our steaks and big fried/sautéed potatoes and our server didn’t even balk; she said we always offer half orders. Remember to order tiramisu. Thank you Carellis for another great night!

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SusanW
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Carelli's many times and have always had a great experience. They have a nice wine list that has fabulous options that don't cost a fortune.

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buffdiner
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Selected Carelli's for annual birthday celebration. Was pleased to see it so busy.
Our server (Arly?) was very efficient and friendly. Drinks were great. Entrees were delish. There were three of us and check barely cracked $100.

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vipBoulderDave
Denver
68 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Italian food in Boulder. Attentive service.

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SteveN
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat there, excellent food and service

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vipfood4thought
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met old friends and caught up with them with fine food and drink.

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Linda
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Italian place in Boulder. I appreciate a generous pour for my wine. Their service is impeccable. Food is fabulous. This is a go to place for our out of town guest.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was beautiful!

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vipProducto
Denver
48 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Excellent food. Well intentioned waiter. Lovely ambiance. Food delivery was quite slower than normal, that happens sometimes so no big deal. But, we Were seated next to a big table in dining room used to clean and sort silverware, very strange and distracting. Listening to waitstaff banging containers and one talking about his partying and making loud conversation with other waitstaff was annoying. Why place in middle of restaurant is beyond me.

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vipSteve
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Seated in the back room with an annoying clicking/ringing in the audio system.

The Caesar salad was mediocre...at best. They can do better on this item!

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Tamara
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rachel is amazing. We had the best time with friends in a wonderful place...

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vipKarenD
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great ambiance. Excellent service. Our GO TO neighborhood restaurant. Locally owned.

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MeganV
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and outstanding service - best gluten free pasta

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was beyond slow and a bit condescending. Food was unremarkable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy and really good menu

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ErinH
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a very nice time. Thought the food was excellent and worth the price. Waitstaff was prompt and on top of her game. Would definitely recommend this place to a friend!

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were seated next to door and windows and it was cold. We came during high pickup time which we surmised may have delayed service. The food was okay but not as good as usual.

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vipBeck
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve 2021. Reservation at 4. Ate a delicious meal and out the doo

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JohnT
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all enjoyed a relaxing dinner. I had friends in from out of town and the atmosphere and food were great. My friends said that they would come in to Carelli's whenever they are back in town

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vipdlee
Denver
45 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice restaurant. Fairly attentive service, but not so attentive you feel rushed. Good food. Great wine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Glassware was filthy with lipstick marks. Had to switch out for clean glasses multiple times.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere.
Food was also very good!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The female server was trying to pick up my wife.
Not what we were hoping for on a night out

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SharonN
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Carelli's! Food is always amazing, ambiance is wonderful. Kind of spendy but well worth it!

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AnneH
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and attentive service!

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vipTMR23
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delcious...both salmon dishes and the kale/apple salad. Cassidy was a phenomenal server with honest recommendations. Will continue to patronize.

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Annie
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is just an outstanding place to go! We are never disappointed. .

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vipHollyS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love the food and atmosphere and we had an especially kind and attentive server last night too.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - nice server.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, East Coast foodie, glad I made the decision to eat at Carelli’s!

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JerryJ
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I ordered veal parmigiana. It was nice and crisp until the kitchen dumped a bunch of wet pasta on the plate. My crisp entree soon became soggy swimming in a plate of water.

Waitress said it was always served that way!

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debc
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t have asked for a more delicious, relaxing and enjoyable Friday night date.

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SteveMac
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great as always-all the way around; from the bar to the hostess stand to end of the evening. always spot on.

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outnotoften
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent, as always, and our server was awesome. I wish I could recall his name.

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EatOutOften
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Does not disappoint! Great veal and seafood entrees with delicious pasta and a fresh arugula salad.

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KateK
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our must stop every time I’m in Boulder! Great family owned business

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ElaineH
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Carelli's is one of our favorite restaurants. Great Italian food, service, ambience. Last night, because of the Christmas season and Saturday, the restaurant was packed! Still, our waiter tried his best to keep up with our servers and gave great service!

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Thegreatkazu
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice neighborhood restaurant. Good food and great service.

FAQs

Carelli's Ristorante Italiano offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 938-9300.

Carelli's Ristorante Italiano is rated 4.7 stars by 561 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.