Carelli's Ristorante Italiano

4.6
517 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 517 people are saying
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AmyV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening here. Food was delicious, service was fantastic. We will definitely be back!

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multiSlacker
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tremendous service, excellent wine presentation, fantastic food!
Our server was attentive, friendly and knowledgable. Excellent food, large portions.

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vipgregc
Denver
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place been here many times last time we were here they said they make us a stuffed pizza like they do in the old is in Chicago so we took advantage of that and it was wonderful takes about an hour though also love the bartenders at the bar great atmosphere fireplaces we will be back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Not old school Italian cuisine. Caesar salad limp with weak unrecognizable dressing. Chicken piccata and cacciatore entries made with short white meat pieces more like Chinese style cuts and unusual seasonings. Cacciatore heavy with oregano etc. Piccata oily soupy broth texture over too heavy fettuccine noodles. Both mounded into phony nouveau style large white bowls. Bread tasteless white powder texture. Red wines by glass cheap boring and too warm. Yuck, as a mostly Northern Italian guy from the Northeast/NYC and a family of natural good cooks I couldn’t help but find this ersatz Italian completely disappointing and wondering if anyone in the kitchen had training or experience with real Italian cuisine.

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Lydia
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was fantastic with excellent service! We also were celebrating a birthday and they gave us free dessert.

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vipBobS
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John our waiter was outstanding. Knew everything about the menu and had some great recommendations

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mbkfoodie
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Second visit to this restaurant. First time before Covid was excellent. This time the special featuring a spinach gnocchi was oversaturated in olive oil. It should have been drizzled and not souped on. Ambiance and service are still very good.

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vipElizabethR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite Italian in Boulder by far!! We’ll definitely come back when we’re in town again.

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MichelleB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great server! Excellent food and cocktails. Would recommend.

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ChristineM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice ambience. Service was just right and the food was good. Nice for a special meal

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vipLuv2eatout
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as anyways!
The tiramisu of the best ever so save room!

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vipTeresaP
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have visited Carelli's for over 20 years and the food is consistently excellent. I've never had a bad meal-- and I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the garlic breads is always the best part of the meal. Be sure to save room for dessert, which never disappoints.

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vipdrago
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

If you know and like east coast Italian American food this is the place for you. The food was hearty good and plentiful.

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vipHalB
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go-to place for special occasions has become our regular Friday night spot. It has a varied menu that keeps all our family members happy.

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LisaW
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good, service & ambiance, especially for our party of 6 on a very busy night!

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Paul
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. Staff was attentive. Unfortunately it was 5PM on a Friday night and the place was jumping and loud. Next time we will pick a night that is not so busy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Took a while and was brought out the wrong dish. The staff comped the dish and were very kind. The chicken parmigiana when brought out finally was really good but my partners dish had way to much pepper it was swimming in it.

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vipKarenM
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Gave a low star rating for value as had a pre dinner martini and asked if they had Bleu cheese stuffed olives which the waitress replied that they had,.. received bill and was charged 25 cents for each olive.. thought extremely tacky for a restaurant of this caliber to charge nor were we informed when we ordered there would even be such a ridiculous charge.. has planned on going back with friends next weekend.. will choose elsewhere

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Rocketscientist
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Busy on a Friday night, but we reserved a week ahead of time and had no problem getting a table at the time we desired. Location next to campus dorms made parking difficult. Bad traffic made exiting the parking lot frustrating. Very accommodating server, but drinks and food were somewhat slow to come out, likely due to how busy the restaurant was, so plan on a leisurely meal. Food was good, but not great. Chicken special served with polenta was flavorful but somewhat overcooked. Salads and tiramisu were actually the best part of the meal.

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vipRobert
Denver
102 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

5:15 reservation and it took 2 1/2 hours to complete our meal with 4 people
My order of a salad and eggplant did not go well
The other party with us had their salad delivered but mine did not happen. When the server was asked about it she replied that she thought it was to be served with my entree. The manager came over and apologized and comped the salad
Kitchen is over worked and staff needs better training
And they should not over book for what they can deliver

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner. Had the special chicken wrapped in prosciutto and a glass of skyfall. Desert was the lemon creme brûlée which was perfection. The service was fantastic, very attentive

Highly recommend!

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CindyB
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about this place! Especially the ambiance!

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Moonmom
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious classic Italian homestyle food! Service was attentive, polite, and personable, wine list offered many affordable and delicious selections, and the atmosphere was welcoming and comfortable. Our new “go to” Italian restaurant!

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Bcoov
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an outstanding restaurant. We have eaten there several times but not since 2019. We are never disappointed. The food selection and quality is beyond excellent and the service is prompt and they accommodated my wife's food allergies with special custom cooking. Yoh will love it!

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seeeker
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a very nice dinner at Carelli's, but we do have a couple suggestions. We were seated at a 2 top by the front door. There is a circular open space in the wall with a wine rack. One of the seats was directly in front of this opening, and whenever the front door opened a significant gust of cold air (October) would blast through and right at me. Not just a little. If there were a glass barrier in this open wine rack feature, it would prevent the gust from passing through and reaching the table.
Secondly, the food was warm, but not hot. I had veal parm, the cheese was just about melted, but would be improved with more time in the oven. My companion had mussels with pasta, which she said was very good but that it was only warm.
Server was very pleasant and friendly. Overall, a very nice dining experience.

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Marky
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carelli’s is a Boulder gem. A beautiful restaurant with great service and outstanding food and wines. I love the pollo saltimbocca with its delicate white wine sauce and melted provolone. Yum.

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BarbaraJ
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful dining experience! Carelli"s is a first class establishment! The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and attentive---the menu is extensive, food is wonderful, and the ambience is warm and charming. Brought some friends from New York last week and they were truly impressed!

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CharlesD
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every respect! It's our favorite place for a romantic dinner!

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tracyw
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We waited over an hour for our entrees, which was frustrating. Other parties, (8+) had been seated 30 min after our party (4) and got their food before us. This was frustrating! The food was excellent! Just a bummer about the wait.

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Tasty
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

very pleasant experience. great service and very good food. Old school.

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AliceD
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Carelli’s was excellent as usual. I’ve been coming here for approximately 35 or 40 years! Good job maintaining all the quality that we have come to expect!!

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vipUnforgettable
Los Angeles
190 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We came at 8:45 and it was clear that they were short staffed. The gnocchi was excellent but the rest of the dishes were very average. Neither the clams nor the veal piccata were particularly memorable but they do get an A+ for their chocolate mouse.

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KenL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was ok, calamari had no flavor, chicken vesuvio was ok, should have been roasted in the oven for more flavor, tasted like a basic chicken stock poured over the potatoes and chicken at the end

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vipLuv2eatout
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!
I have been there several times when I’m in town and it is always outstanding!
Service was excellent as well.
Great food, great service, will keep coming back!

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TracyR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambience, good service

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vipBoulderDave
Denver
68 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just one word - OUTSTANDING!!! Wonderful food and great service. Always a treat!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
152 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment you walk in until the moment you leave, this is the dining experience you want. Excellent food, excellent service. We will be back. Frequently.

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carol
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carellis is top of the list of our favorite restaurants. Food and service is always excellent. Love the atmosphere . Highly recommend for Italian food lovers plus they have one of the best burgers in Boulder.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best restaurant in town

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Georgia
Savannah
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing night out.
Such a beautiful restaurant to enjoy an incredible dinner.
From the great design of the space (three fireplaces), to the delicious food and spot on service.
We arrived early and got a drink at the bar. Bartender realized we were being indecisive and suggested a tequila old fashion and a incredible glass of wine that was not on the list, he totally hit the nail on the head with his suggestion. It was great he just took over and helped us decide.
He even suggested items on the menu that we might enjoy.
At the table we decided to listen to our new friend the bartender and order the mussels, and salmon carpaccio to start, kale salad to share and for our entrees we ordered the chicken saltimbocco and my partner needed to see if their meatballs were authentic so we ordered the spaghetti with meatballs. Everything was delicious.
We are still talking about the red sauce and meat balls. Carellis is our new spot!!!!!

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 4.6 stars by 517 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.