Carelli's Ristorante Italiano

4.8
406 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 406 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSteveW
Denver
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! Food was great, service was great, love this place. Highly recommend it for a lovely evening out!

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DDLL
Denver
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, good old style Italian and newer dishes, wide variety menu, from appetizers to dessert, all is great.

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NickS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to take a loved one. Beautiful environment and happy servers.

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BeauGeste
New England
23 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quite popular and therefore loud, but table conversation still possible. Extensive menu. All we had was very good. Outdoor dining possible if weather permits.

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MirandaL
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and friendly staff. Would recommend and be a return customer

JD
JenniferD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carelli's never disappoints! Great food, great value, and great service. Not to mention the coolest decor and lighting!

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vipgregc
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Tiramisu again Oh my gosh! sooooo good. They bring it in from Milan Italy and its the best thing since sliced bread. We will be back very soon.

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TGray
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carelli’s provided an amazing experience. The manager was extremely friendly and accommodating. The staff was very knowledgeable and provided phenomenal service. Will definitely dine here again next time I’m in town.

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BenL
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Attitudes seemed low while customer volumes were high. What seemed to be a manager didn't really greet us at the front, but rather said, "I can help you" while never raising his face from his task. Once seated the waitress took care of us with a somber mood. She was a good waitress making sure to take orders and got things right, but was quick to walk away when questions were still being asked of her. We overheard another waitress explaining to her customers that they were understaffed. I have been there, but it felt like there were some underlying frustrations that went along with that. The food was not as good as the last time we visited. It has been a decade and a lot changes over time. The interior was beautiful, the patio was very nice.

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Bill
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fine Italian dining in Boulder! Don't miss the veal specialties!

DG
vipDavidG
Denver
125 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner and terrific service as always.

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BETHV
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Carelli’s is a Boulder staple. The food is good, reasonably priced and it always feels like home.

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vipKayFam
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend an I had a lovely early afternoon visit with a several nice wines by the glass options and the server was well informed on those. We appreciated her feedback as we both have very different appreciations of wines! The toasted bread and lamb meatballs were a fantastic appetizer to tide us over until dinner time. We purchased dinner to go for our families and I can say, the chicken piccata and veal dish were both excellent and traveled well. I'm enjoying the leftover kale and apple salad today! Sign me up for a quick laugh with friends , in a lovely dining room/ cocktail area and dinner to go!

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LucasB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good Italian restaurant. It was my first time there and probably the first of many ones in the future. It's on the expensive side but worth it.

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vipDiscerningPalate
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Service was great. We didn't feel rushed.

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Paul
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was good to be back at Carelli's after more than a year. We were seated in the back section, which is not our favorite decor, but it had the advantage of being relatively quiet so that we could converse without raising our voices. The food was excellent as we remembered. I ordered the clams over angle hair pasta and my wife had chicken marsala. I enjoyed mine immensely (along with the garlic bread). Her only negative was that the marsala was a bit over salted, not allowing the marsala flavor to come through as intensely. The kale salad was also a hit along with the tiramisu for dessert. We will definitely be back soon.

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JohnW
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at a long-established restaurant. I now understand why it is the best Italian restaurant in Boulder.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful decor, attentive service and delicious food

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BoulderIII
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in Boulder by a long shot. The "Alla Carelli" dishes are fantastic new flavors to try. Gluten-free pasta and bread options available if you ask.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is always a wonderful experience!

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vipStephanieD
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Carelli's is Ristorante is fresh and delicious! The service is kind and professional. This is now my favorite "date night" spot to go!

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Brasserie
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, atmosphere. Food delicious.

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DenverDiner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, service, and ambience. The absolute best Italian food in Boulder.

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SylviaB
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding from start to finish. The highlights were the avocado bruschetta, the salmon carpaccio, and the gnocchi. The service was not rushed at all, but the server was there the instant we needed her. We've been coming here for years, and it just keeps getting better. I can't recommend this place more highly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The service was great but the food was not what I have grown to enjoy .
My salad had pieces of wilted lettuce and the salad was warm .
Anyone who has been in the restaurant business you need to keep the romaine in icy water to keep the lettuce cold and refreshed and serve cold .
The calamari was over cooked .
This restaurant needs to work at getting back to the wonderful food that I remember

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best in Boulder! Thanks JT for going above and beyond!!

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vipyummyfoodie
Denver
51 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As our first post-pandemic outing inside a restaurant with friends, it was terrific! We so enjoyed being together and had a terrific meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Looking for a family “go to”
Friday night dinner out. This may be the place! Great diversity of food choices and ranging prices

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sisters2
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I made a reservation 6 days ahead for 6:00 and noted that I was handicapped. Because
of cars picking up takeout food we could not park in handIcap area. Once in the
door the man at the desk turned his back on us with no greeting and walked away.
When he returned I gave my name and he confirmed reservation, pointed to the
bench and said curtly, you have to wait there. We waited for 22 minutes - he did not
once apologize or acknowledge our presence. That is rude. It is not a nice way to
treat older people. When I complained about this to other friends they said they had been treated rudely at the door also, and never went back to Carelli's.

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SpencerN
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always. Good everything. Perhaps our favorite restaurant.

LH
LindaH
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants to in.

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Kevin
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. Food was delicious, waitstaff was more than attentive. Most comfortable bench seating with tons of pillows! Couldn't have loved it more!

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vipMickey
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, will definitely be back when we return to town.

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LilPeachPie
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Where do I begin? Everything was delicious and the service was top notch! Can’t wait to go back. We tried the eggplant appetizer, clams and pasta and a salmon dish. We took tiramisu home for dessert. We did not leave a morsel on our plates.

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Forklifter
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great recommendations for post-vaccination dinner! We were seated on the patio and, except that the table was pretty small for two, it was quite comfortable. Good as always was great and no problem getting a second meal out of the leftovers!

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KristenK
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We always love coming to this restaurant. The food is great, the ambience is delightful and generally the service is top notch. We were greeted by the manager and asked how things were. Which is always nice. We didn’t receive poor service and the service was timely, but the food server seemed distracted and as if she were wishing she were somewhere else. Not our usual service we receive here.

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SusanK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Generally, the food and service was good - food took an extraordinary amount of time to be served (45 minutes) and so we were eating after the restaurant had closed. We then had to chase someone down to settle the check. Next time, probably reserve something earlier when they’re not trying to clean up to go home.

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Allie
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite Italian restaurant in Boulder. The food and service are always excellent, totally worth the money!

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IsabelH
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service and food, kinda ruined by a super loud baby crying

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vipLuv2eatout
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time I’ve been here, the food is outstanding! I highly recommend , the best Italian food I’ve had! I had the ravioli and tiramisu for dessert both were incredible. The service was excellent as well!

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 4.8 stars by 406 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.