Carelli's Ristorante Italiano

4.6
180 reviews
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$30 and under
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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. 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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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Food was great and service even better. Thank you.

KF
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Stephan was excellent-even though he was also serving a very large party in the same room. Carelli's is a favorite for any type of dining!

j
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carelli's never disappoints! Their food is the best Italian in Boulder in our opinion. The service is always good. The ambiance is romantic, yet still good for families depending on where you're seated. A welcome change from the majority of restaurants that seem to think the louder it is, the better.

ST
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular ruby red red trout special

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding anniversary

CS
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carelli's is a locally owned restaurant which delivers consistently with a diversified menu, which is reasonably priced and a full compliment of wine/beer/cocktails. Carelli's also stands out because the employees go to great lengths to make the customer feel welcomed and provide individualized service. One of "go to" restaurants in Boulder without question!!!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Finally found a great Italian spot in Colorado! We started with the meatballs which were delicious! We also got a seafood risotto and chicken Parmesan, both were great! We will be going back for sure!

JF
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming here for years. The food, service and atmosphere never disappoints!

OT
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Good service, good wine list, great people watching and solid food. Best calamari I’ve had in awhile. Everything well cooked, properly seasoned and an excellent price point. We will return.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was efficient & very friendly. We were very tired from some long travel, and our dinner was as a welcome and satisfying ending to our day! Love this restaurant!

DW
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Itallian restaurant in the Boulder/Denver aria - and I've tried them all.

e
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always consistent! Good meal. I got one of the steak dishes and $34 may have been a bit much. But it was prepared perfectly and tasty.

J
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is to die for! Good Italian food is hard to come by in Colorado. This place is 100 % worth a try, you will not be disappointed.

DH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Boulder restaurant!

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SC
Denver
87 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Both the veal piccata and chicken piccata were outstanding. The risotto de mare is always a good choice, too. Carelli's is one of the best restaurants in Boulder.

OT
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still our “GO TO” restaurant in Boulder!!

J
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal! Will return again soon!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
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!!

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.

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.

EF
New York Area
46 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.

OT
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.

OT
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!

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

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.

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.

KF
Denver
17 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.

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

b
Denver
163 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.

OT
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.

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.

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

Excellent service and good service.

KF
Denver
17 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.

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.

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!

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!

OT
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.

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.

DH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!

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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