Carelli's Ristorante Italiano

4.7
389 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 389 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JohnW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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BoulderIII
Denver
2 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

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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.

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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
30 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
12 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
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
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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vipLuv2eatout
Chicago
27 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!

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vipBoulderDave
Denver
57 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a treat!! Food and service are excellent

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ToddB
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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!

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JeremyN
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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.

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vipRbboulder
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service and great ambience. In addition felt very comfortable with the Covid protocol.

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DennisH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always good food and a great atmosphere

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Michael
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manicotti was fabulous! Thanks for the in house dining.

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vipLJfromHouston
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipBouldaire
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is always very good!

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vipSteveSigner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carellis continues to set the standard for Italian in Boulder

JC
vipJohnC
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good vibe and ambience. Great food and service. Will return!

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VeronicaH
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

BH
BrianH
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the best Gluten Free pizzas in Boulder, and great outdoor seating on warmer days.

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boulderfoodie
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service are always great and the menu is large so you have a lot of choices.

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vipAbrahamS
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Amazing ambience. Great service. And actual parking. A winning combination. I well known gem.

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JeffR
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food and service. Steak was well cooked and yummy

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was fantastic! Our table was by the door so it was pretty cold but other than that everything was really good.

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PatrickB
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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.

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 4.7 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.