Carelli's Ristorante Italiano
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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
stacked eggplant baked with goat cheese, roasted peppers, red pepper coulis
Pasta con Funghi
sautéed mushrooms, tomato sauce, basil, garlic, white wine, over spaghettini
half pound Town Dock ocean squid, lightly breaded
First time at a long-established restaurant. I now understand why it is the best Italian restaurant in Boulder.
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.
The restaurant is always a wonderful experience!
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!
Great service, atmosphere. Food delicious.
Fabulous food, service, and ambience. The absolute best Italian food in Boulder.
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.
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
Always the best in Boulder! Thanks JT for going above and beyond!!
As our first post-pandemic outing inside a restaurant with friends, it was terrific! We so enjoyed being together and had a terrific meal.
Looking for a family “go to”
Friday night dinner out. This may be the place! Great diversity of food choices and ranging prices
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.
Excellent, as always. Good everything. Perhaps our favorite restaurant.
One of my favorite restaurants to in.
Wonderful dinner. Food was delicious, waitstaff was more than attentive. Most comfortable bench seating with tons of pillows! Couldn't have loved it more!
First time here, will definitely be back when we return to town.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This is my favorite Italian restaurant in Boulder. The food and service are always excellent, totally worth the money!
Great service and food, kinda ruined by a super loud baby crying
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!
Always a treat!! Food and service are excellent
We were greeted right away. Table was ready for our reservation which was very nice. Ambiance was good - B to B+. Waitress wasn't the best ever. Slow to greet, didn't put in our appetizer order until reminded, slow with drinks, someone else ran our food. Food was good. Had the calamari appetizer, a solid chianti, veal parmigiana and GF had a pasta dish. One of my filets was burnt on the bottom but the other was good. Generous portions with good flavor and presentation. She really liked hers. Overall very good experience!
I admit, I'm spoiled, having grown up and eaten NYC Italian for a great part of my life. Here, the menus was underwhelming, the food we ate (mozzarella and tomatoes, calamari, mussels and pasta, and the mussels appetizer) decent enough but you can sense there is nothing like a mama in the kitchen cooking with love.
Great food and great service and great ambience. In addition felt very comfortable with the Covid protocol.
Always good food and a great atmosphere
Manicotti was fabulous! Thanks for the in house dining.
This restaurant is always very good!
Carellis continues to set the standard for Italian in Boulder
Good vibe and ambience. Great food and service. Will return!
Food was yummy. Location not so great. Went for a date night but the table we were sat at was next to the kitchen. Super loud and hard to have a conversation. Advertising appeared to be an intimate restaurant. I would recommend for a friend gathering. Server was friendly.
One of the best Gluten Free pizzas in Boulder, and great outdoor seating on warmer days.
The food and the service are always great and the menu is large so you have a lot of choices.
I love this place. Amazing ambience. Great service. And actual parking. A winning combination. I well known gem.
Always great food and service. Steak was well cooked and yummy
Everything was fantastic! Our table was by the door so it was pretty cold but other than that everything was really good.
Chix parm not as good as past visits, that will not discourage me from going back.
My lovely date ordered the stuffed shells which was perfect.
Carelli's Ristorante Italiano offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 938-9300.
Carelli's Ristorante Italiano is rated 4.7 stars by 389 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.