Carelli's Ristorante Italiano

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165 reviews
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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. Gluten-free options are also available.

Carelli's was the winner of the Daily Camera Reader's Choice 2002-2017 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.
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Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still our “GO TO” restaurant in Boulder!!

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J
Denver
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal! Will return again soon!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I got a caesar salad, ravioli and then the lava cake!! Everything was outstanding definitely recommend to anyone. We are out from out of town so it was great to try a new place!!

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SI
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

In a rush to airport but staff was cordial, efficient and accommodating. The wait staff was really attentive to our special needs without being intrusive. Food was excellent. It was a Saturday evening so the noise level was moderate but did not detract from our enjoyment of the meal. We have been here many times in the past and will certainly be back.

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DC
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and ambiance. Never disappointed. A place I can feel confident recommending to friends and family. Probably our favorite restaurant in Boulder.

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EF
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a tried-and-true tradition for us. It is very Manhattan Chic but not at all snobby. The food is delicious and it has a wonderful atmosphere and a wonderful wait staff. The price point is very good and what more could you want. If you choose to sit outside there is a nice fire pit and just a lovely atmosphere.

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Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Boulder. Food is excellent. Everything on the menu will surpass your expectations. The atmosphere is charming. The staff is excellent. Eating at the bar is always fun. We keep coming again and again because we feel so welcome.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Nice ouside seating. When it poured we were able to be seated inside. Food great! Good wine! Service not stellar but we keep going back! Romeo/juliet crepes to die for!

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JT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Boulder. Always great and consistant Food, Drinks, and Service. We always like to get down early before our reservation and sit at the bar, perfect atmosphere. Good drinks. Cool bartenders. On Tuesday the Trout special was outstanding. My date had the always terrific Scoozi. Another nice evening at Carelli's

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JF
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Instead of being able to order, we were ignored by the waitress for almost 15 minutes. Go to Il Pastiao instead.

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K
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good. Even though part of my dish turned out to not be my style, they were willing to give me something different. We will go here again when we are in the area. The service was very quick at first, but as the restaurant got full the service slowed considerably.

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KF
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian Restaurant in Boulder. Inviting atmosphere. Great for a relaxing meal and conducive to conversation. Knowledgeable waitstaff.

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P
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Fun conversations with manage and staff...the only improvement would be the hostess. The last two visits she has acted as if she is doing us a favor by seating us (we are regulars and had a reservation)...kinda snarky

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b
Denver
161 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our daughter and her boy friend stopped by on their way to the airport, so we took them to Carelli's, one of our favorite restaurants in the Boulder area. Everything was perfect, as usual. We started with the eggplant stack, a terrific appetizer done to perfection. We had four different entrees, all of which were delicious. (The manicotti is the best I've ever had!) We had a variety of wine, beer and cocktails and, once again, everyone was pleased with their choices. The service at Corelli's is always attentive and helpful, but this time it was even better. The kitchen made a mistake with my wife's order, but the staff and restaurant manager both responded timely and quickly remedied the matter. No one had time for desert. Finally, I want to commend Greg for offering an interesting and comprehensive wine list - and at reasonable prices. Not all restaurants in Boulder do this.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was good. Food was good. Place was nice. Will probably come back sometime to try another meal.

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LH
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful. We were at our table for a couple of hours, catching up, the wait staff was kind and attentive throughout, told us to take our time, kept our drinks refreshed. A really lovely dining experience.

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T
Denver
76 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and good service.

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KF
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carelli's has been a favorite of ours for many, many years.
Great for any occasion-lunch , dinner, private parties.

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OB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The tuna special on Tuesday night was absolutely perfect! This chef understands a summer fish dish with the perfect arugula, melon, and light dressing for the delectable tuna. Our server was efficient and cheerful, and we had a lovely evening. The dining room is very noisy with so many people enjoying themselves, so it's harder to hear. I would wish for a little more privacy for a special evening as the tables are very close together. The very few booths are huge, so makes it hard to get one of those for two people. The food and elegant service are worth the noise and close quarters, however.

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G
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best. Our family has been coming here since forever. It use to be our special occasion place then we wondered why not all the time. Its nice to see friendly faces eat great food and when the weather is nice sit on their cozy patio. Remember to make a reservation!

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PM
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming here for special occasions!! We come every year for my partners birthday!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A little pricey for sitting outside in a parking lot. But decent food and good service.

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AM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

First time to this establishment. Hostess was friendly and accomodating, recognizing we were on a private occasion and was willing to seat us in a booth offering a buffer from the rest of the restaurant noise. No one came by our table for a while, but when they did, we placed our drink and dinner orders and the service was top notch.
Very enjoyable experience and we'll be back to sample other dishes.

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DH
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!

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E
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service. Had requested a booth, but none available - they sat us in the private party room, which was wonderful. Overall a fine dining experience.

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RC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a nice Italian meal. It's one of my favorite restaurants in Boulder.

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AD
New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The salmon I had was great and the garlic bread was delicious! The service was somewhat slow though. I also ended up getting pellegrino but wasn't told it was an extra charge instead of tap water which was a little bit surprising.

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M
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious. I had the trout special, my husband had the veal Parmigiana, my niece had the ravioli and my son had steak. Our server was very accommodating with my entree since I have food intolerances. The restaurant was very busy so the noise level was high. We definitely like this restaurant and will come again when in the area.

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CO
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service excellent. We arrived for our 7:15 table, had to wait a little, but the noise level was disconcerting. However, within a half hour enough people had left that the noise level was fine. I suggest, booking after 7.

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g
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place as usual... our server was Stephen and he was very attentive. Loved the artisan pizza we had and the chocolate lava cake.

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n
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent service and great food

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DM
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a lovely evening with special friends. The lovely booth made it possible to have an intimate conversation and experience. Thank you Carelli’s for making our birthdays special and the celebration memorable.

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NH
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marvelous as usual!
This is the place to celebrate my birthday!
Carelli’s never fails to satisfy my urge for ambiance and pasta!
Go there!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On the recommendation of an associate, my wife and I decided to treat ourselves to a date night at Carelli’s. We were not disappointed. Upon arrival, we were promptly seated at a cozy table right next to the fireplace and received a warm greeting from our waitress, who offered us a drink. We ordered a bottle of Pinot Noir from Oregon and the mussels appetizer to start out. They brought some delicious garlic bread to accompany the mussels and we were beyond satisfied. For dinner, my wife had the eggplant parmesan (her favorite), and I had the chicken saltimbocca. Both were cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious. Neither of us could finish, as the portion sizes are very generous, and had the waitress box up our leftovers. For dessert we had an apple pie style crepe that I can’t remember the name of, but what a way to end the night!

Overall, we were both very impressed with our experience, and are already planning our next outing. The food was authentic and delectable, and the atmosphere was very cozy and tasteful. We were so pleased to get a seat next to the fireplace. The service was also exceptional; our server was very knowledgeable of the menu and patient wish us, as it was our first time in and we felt a bit overwhelmed. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who values a quality dinner outing.

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DC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Food took almost 1h, the steak ($33 plate) was extremely rare, even when asked to be cooked medium. They took it back and, 10 min later, the steak came back just as rare. At this point the manager offered to take that dish off the bill for us, but no steak, just ate a sub-par gluten-free pasta. Forgot to bring the garlic bread to the table and in general very slow service, would not buy again. Server and manager were apologetic and gave us a free desert, but our anniversary dinner was pretty terrible nonetheless.

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LS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent, great service combined with piping hot high-quality meals, an excellent wine list and a fantastic ambience. Carelli‘s is our go-to!

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L
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Mediocre food at best with poor service

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My son and I went here for dinner and both of us were in the mood for a pasta dish. We were very surprised when the order arrived at our table very quickly. From start to finish we were out of there in 1/2 hour, a record for sure at any nice restaurant. The meals got there before the garlic bread, which by the way, was delicious. I don't usually eat bread but it was so good I think I had 3 pieces. This was the 4th time I've been to Carelli's since our son moved out to Boulder and each time our meals have been very good.

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OT
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have a nice dinner with good food and great service. Will continue to go back

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WS
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ending up sitting at the bar for a great birthday dinner. Bartenders were great as was the food and drink.

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