Carelli's Ristorante Italiano

4.6
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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. 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.
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Windman88
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It’s been awhile sense I was at the restaurant and it was nice to see Greg’s wonderful creating still serving up great food and ambiance despite a crazy pandemic!

If you haven’t tried Carelli’s its time to go and enjoy a nice relaxing experience and great food!

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vipboulderfoodies
Denver
186 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Carelli's, hands down, is the best Italian Restaurant in the greater Boulder area and has been for years. We've not been eating out much because of Covid; however, we were satisfied that Greg was doing all he could to provide a safe dining experience. We requested outdoor seating in a low-traffic area and were seated at the end of the "balcony" area, which was perfect. As for the food, my wife ordered the Trout Special, which came with a dinner salad and I had the white bean soup for my starter and the Manicotti for my main course. Everything was prepared perfectly, service was well timed and the food was as delicious as usual. We washed it down with one of Carelli's wine specials. All-in-all, an excellent dining experience and we highly recommend Carelli's to anyone looking for good Italian food served in a friendly, attractive setting.

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vipGaryL
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2 in our party had not been before- they were very impressed

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ClarissaT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carelli's is a great Italian restaurant that I would go to again. We were able to sit outside and maintain a good distance from other tables. Our waiter was very good as well. Food, drinks, and ambiance, this place had it all!

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CatherineM
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server, food and ambiance and we are picky customers.

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Eugene
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, as always, amazing drinks, Their staff is very on point with distance and cleaning of surfaces ( seems like every time we looked around someone was spraying something on chairs or doors to keep them sanitized). We were not able to sit outside but felt very safe inside their beautiful restaurant,

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JoshwaW
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was here for a late lunch. Service was efficient and professional, but not rushed.
Resturant handles Covid well. All the staff wore masks and gloves. Tables seemed to be well spaced.
Loved the eggplant stack and the garlic bread. The Classico pizza was amazing. Nice selection of wines by the glass. Great tiramisu.
Will definitely be back to support this restaurant.

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vipMegC
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great service and good food!

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vipCaddisMom
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We haven't been to Carelli's for about a year and wow, things have really changed. We wonder if they changed ownership or chefs. The food was fair and the sauces tasted slightly off. The overflowing basket of garlic bread was too much - would have preferred their former, oven-hot, fresh bread that tasted better with just EVOO. There were other slight changes, smaller cocktail glasses perhaps? I know restaurants have been struggling, so we try to support the local favorites, but I doubt will be back here anytime soon.

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vipJeffB
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time and and a great meal. Very consistent restaurant.

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JohnT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although I have been to Carelli’s several times for dinner and sometimes just for dining at the bar, this was the first time I have been there for lunch. I had a business meeting and Carelli’s was the perfect spot. The patio was a terrific setting . Tables were socially distant so we were able to conduct business an enjoy the day. The service was very timely, friendly, and she let us conduct our meeting without being obtrusive.

As for the food it was delicious as always. I had the Kale Salad with a side of perfectly cooked Salmon. I recommended the Chicken Parmigiana to my associate. He said it was the best he has had. Thanks Carelli’s!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place! First time we’ve been. Really beautiful ambiance and our server was wonderful. Food was pretty good, though the chicken piccata wasn’t as traditional as I’m used to. Lemon creme brûlée’s was so good. Will for sure be back.

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LeslieD
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

I witnessed an employee who was polishing the utensils, drop a fork on the floor, pick it up and put it back in with the clean forks. I told the manager, but he didn’t seem to care much. He said it would take care of it, but I saw him walk to the bar and stay there. Pretty disturbing. Food was good as always though.

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TammiM
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio is lovely; service attentive & perfect! Carelli's is a favorite!

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SarahG
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food has always been excellent and out latest visit was no exception!

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EDDIE
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was fabulous as it has been for many years. This was our first dining experience out since covid. We were nervous about going but were completely at ease once we saw so many tables gone and the remaining ones spread out. Thank you Carelli's!

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vippmazcomm
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Strict rules of masks due to covid which we appreciated. Wait staff wore gloves. Great service snd food was excellent. Very impressed how despite current state if affairs how well this restaurant ran. They adapted well without giving up any quality!

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LeslynR
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently good for many, many years !

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Georgia
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Service excellent as always. Their COVID standards, policies, and rules are amazing!!! No wonder its one the hardest places to get reservation.

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vipswoop
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

so nice to go out for dinner again. They sat us on the patio - which was perfect.

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vipSKY1
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good safety protocols. Clean. Socially distanced seating.
Service and food great!

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vipJwilliamson
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent COVID dining experience. The restaurant tables were distanced safely and all the staff wore masks. Our waitress was lovely and our meal was exceptional. My husband had the Chicken Parmesan and I had the Halibut & bacon special, both were fantastic. Definitely returning again soon!

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vipsuzyq
Denver
106 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Second time here, food was not as good as first. My chicken dish was a little dry, needed sauce plus better seasoning. Roasted broccoli was good, so was garlic bread. Had to ask several times for drink refill.

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NickB
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food is good. We sat outside, wait staff was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great handling of social distancing with glass door walls completely open and tables well spaced. Food was delicious as always and service was excellent.

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Luv2eat
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food!

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Boulderite
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s so lovely to sit outside with our dogs and enjoy a special dinner. The cocktails are lovely. The menu is very GF friendly. The area around the fire has great views of the foothills.

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Judy
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite for dinners - particularly spaghetti . COVID 19 is a challenge - it is handled well,

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vipBoulderDave
Denver
48 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We think this local Italian restaurant is hands down the best in Boulder. The ingredients and menu are fresh and inspired. Service is perfect and unrushed. We had the mussels,spinach salad and sausage pasta. All excellent. Probably had too much garlic bread, but it is so good!

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vipKelly
Denver
50 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family loves this great restaurant! Great food, great atmosphere, a fun place!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible. Food was ice cold.

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JohnT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time out dining since the pandemic hit, and I was a little nervous going out. Carellis put my mind at ease right away. All the entire staff were wearing masks properly with gloves. There was frequent sanitizing and all tables and chairs were disinfected when customers left

After my mind was at eased, I was able to enjoy my favorite place in town. It was great to enjoy our go to dishes, Chicken Saltimboca, and Risotto diMare. Service was excellent as always!!

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threefriendslunching
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was excellent -

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vipSuzbk61
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I have been a customer of Carelli's in Boulder for over 25 years, so I know their menu and serving sizes very well. I always order the same thing, and oftentimes just a half portion, as again, I know their serving sizes. I have ordered the full portion on occasion to have leftovers and did so on this visit. The meal came with a half a filleted chicken breast (about 4 or 5 oz) and pasta. I questioned our server about this, assuming she wrote down a half portion, which this would have historically been. She asked the chef, who said it was the full portion. I still struggle to believe that - there is no way a half portion could be "half of a half" of a chicken breast, and it never has been. So, just a warning to patrons. Either they have dramatically changed their serving sizes or there was a serious misunderstanding of what a full chicken breast would look like.

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vipCatherine
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Consistently good service and great food. Can't say enough about how good the food is every time. It doesn't matter what we order, it always good! Thanks Greg and team!

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vipAshleyD
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very inviting atmosphere and good Italian food. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service every time.

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vipBocaeaters
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made the reservation not knowing anything but what the reviews said and I was not disappointed. I was visiting boulder and I would certainly recommend this restaurant.

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Judy
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wish more people would be allowed to enjoy our favorite Italian restaurant .
Covid 19 is still Taking it’s toll.

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vipDavidG
Denver
102 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back! It’s always wonderful there!

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 296 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.