Chimera

4.2
25 reviews
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$30 and under
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Pacific Rim
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Chimera is our expression of flavors from around the Pacific Rim. We focus on creating dishes that are deeply rooted in their origin but presented with modern creativity and sensibility.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Pacific Rim, Central Asian, Asian
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Hours of operation
Daily 4pm to 10pm.
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Phone number
(720) 835-2323
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wi-Fi available, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
25 reviews
4.2 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
53%
Very Good
27%
Good
14%
Fair
5%
Poor
1%
4.4
food
4.1
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PS
Denver
3.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was quite good, but the service was SLOW and a little bit oblivious to the fact.

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BG
Denver
2.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Our server did not come to our table for quite a while, had to ask someone to alert her we were waiting. The appetizer we'd been wanting to try was gone by 6:30 p.m. on a Tuesday. Although the food was tasty, it seems somewhat overpriced. The salad was overly spicy. Drinks were pricy as well. Not sure it was worth the amount we spent......

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NH
Denver
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Arrived at Chimera at the reserved time. The restaurant did not find my reservation. This has happened before when using OpenTable. I'm beginning to suspect that use of OpenTable is not reliable. I strongly recommend phoning the restaurant instead.

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OT
Denver
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was good but not great. It is nice having a new choice on Pearl St but this isn’t forward thinking or higher quality than your average Asian restaurant.

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w
Denver
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu is relatively unique to Colorado. The food is both sophisticated and subtle. Great sauces. Great varieties. Nice wine list and very nice cocktails. The service is also very good -- lot's of sophisticated and experienced servers. Edwin Zoe is a very talented, smart and ambitious. The decor is very nice and the chairs are comfortable. The location is convenient. All in all it is one of the best restaurants in the front range

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Denver
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitperson, Mika (sp?), was very nice and helpful with our questions about the menu items. The lobster ramen was very good along with the pork belly and the duck bao. We were a little disappointed with the long bean stir fry as we thought it was bland.

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R
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! What variety of food from different Asian cultures but everything true to tradition not mashed up. Not pretentious, good place.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love everything about chimera, been there 2 times in the past week! Everything is amazing!

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JJ
Denver
3.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

After the glowing review of Chimera in the Camera, we were excited to try it. We love Asian food, especially dumplings and noodles. Chimera is a nice addition to the Asian food vacuum in Boulder, but still no where near as good as places we have eaten in San Francisco, Seattle, New York, and even Denver. The food was better and more interesting than most of the generic "Chinese" restaurants in Boulder, but not great. I hope they keep trying. We will be back to try more things on the menu.

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BM
Denver
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

A few new restaurant jitters but all wa handled professionally and the food was great.

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MG
3.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

After reading Clay Fong’s review and dining at Chimera’s “mother ship” Zoe Ma Ma for years, I was pleased that the food and service met my high expectations. The decor is appropriately chic. The Shanghai shrimp was cooked just right rather than overdone as is common elsewhere, and my companion’s veggie ramen was fresh and comforting. The downside was the noise level: not only did it interfere with conversation but both at our table and another nearby, ordering required repetition by both customer and server.

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RE
Chicago
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very interesting menu with a little something for everyone. Bao’s were awesome. Good sake selection.
Homemade ramen excellent in both the Chimera and lobster entrees. Bulgogi very tasty.
Overall wonderful meal. Restaurant layout very open and inviting. Nice being just off the beaten path of Pearl St.

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a
Denver
3.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

My husband and I tried out this restaurant because of its fabulous review in the Daily Camera. While we agree that the food is authentic and tasty, we found that none of the dishes popped. All dishes were lovely, but had very mild flavors. The lobster entree was the best between it and bulgogi - the lobster flavor was clear and fresh with sweet corn and firm noodles in a nice broth. The baos were delicious, but not particularly memorable and the soup dumplings remind me too much of potstickers. The dessert - a large fortune cookie with two small servings of chocolate mousse and green tea mousse was fun, but unsatisfying. My cocktail held almost no alcohol. The room, in which tables are practically on top of each other, was very loud and we had to scream to hear ourselves over the din. The room itself is very pretty. The host was gracious and the waitstaff friendly.

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BJ
Denver
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lobster ramen was outstanding and very filling. Everybody chow fun was also very good. The Bao were surprisingly filling, so be careful to not spoil your appetite for your entree! The fortune cookie dessert was light and playful and surprisingly delicious. Appreciated the chef/owner coming out after our meal to check on everything.

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F
San Francisco
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I really like the interior of this restaurant. Clean lines, the design - lighthearted and playful at the same time. Ceiling treatment seemed effective to reduce noise. I enjoyed the ramen broth, it reminds me to Hong Kong, it provided the temporary fix I needed. While the lobster pieces were "sizeable" I don't think it is worth the $25 price. The chow fun was very tasty, I'd go back for this. XLB skin could be thinner. I hope, in the near future there will be more dessert options as well as ramen options. Service staff were knowledgeable and helpful but thinly stretch (at least that's the impression we got. We had to grab their attention). Our bill was a total of approx $110 prior taxes. Upon signing, I noticed the total was $61. Instead of paying and walking away, we informed the manager, he thanked us for our honesty and swiftly corrected the numbers to the full amount. Wouldn't it be nice if our honesty be rewarded with a discount coupon for future visit/given some discount off our total bill. We saved his skin, he didn't save our purse.

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DH
San Francisco
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the best meals we've had in a long time. Our server knew the menu well and was very friendly. She seemed to forget about us a few times (which was a bummer because it wasn't very busy at all), but other than that, the service was good. Food was incredible. We ordered the smashed cucumber, the Shanghai Xiao Long Bao (a definite must try), my husband got the Chimera ramen and I got the lobster ramen. Hubby ended up ordering $15 more of bao to go - it was THAT good. We'll be back for sure.

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MD
Denver
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

New Asian choice in Boulder. Dumplings, noodles and seafood. I had the miso with clams and Korean BBQ. Both great. Described in review as high-end Asian, and it is. Portions are small but tasty. Prices match the quality.

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OT
Denver
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing pacific rim menu of Asian flavors, elegant cocktails and a hip ambience! You must try to lobster ramen (butter poached), which is probably the best ramen I’ve ever had. The soup dumplings are also amazing as is the chow fun. A little pricey but I would do it again and again!

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Denver
3.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food, but service was slow and by the time several dishes got to our table, they were cold.

I think we would have had a much better experience if the service was more timely since the food was pretty tasty.

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C
Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great addition to the Boulder dining scene. We tried a number of appetizers and shared one main dish. All delicious. Next time we will try a ramen dish. Can't wait to go back.

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San Francisco
4.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food!

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y
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Great service, food and atmosphere!

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MX
San Francisco
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duck dumplings were delicious as were all the other dishes. Recently moved back from Asia and this is the fresh made classic meal I’ve been craving. Boa was leaf bun rather than closed steam buns and on the plain side. Otherwise 10+. Also, great Japanese whiskey menu! Very nice.

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JM
Baltimore
4.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was great. Really good traditional Asian food with a fusion twist. The owner clearly loves his new restaurant an is hands-on in making sure everything was perfect. If anything the staff was maybe overly attentive. I think I had a conversation with 10 separate staff members. I tried almost everything on the appetizers menu and would recommend it all.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it!

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