Chimera

4.3
55 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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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wi-Fi available, Wine
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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would give chimera 10 stars! The love and artistry in the food is unbelievable! And what a value! $15 for the ramen is an amazing deal! We had the wings, cucumbers and 2 types of ramen. I can’t wait to go back and try some more things! Do not miss this gem !

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ME
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Ok food, really loud in the restaurant. Not a place to go if you want to hear what your dinner companions are actually saying.

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Denver
17 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely summer evening so we sat at one of 4 tables outside. Menu is pretty limited and not distinguished for veggie items: need to construct a veggie meal ordering 2-3 small dishes and/or veggie ramen which was ....subtle and not very interesting. Eggplant bao not recommended; long beans spicy and good; smashed cucumbers neither smashed nor with spices usually with this dish.
I'd recommend trying it out but unlikely to return.

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d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would like just a couple additional veggie options! But otherwise excellent - meal, drinks, service, everything!

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JP
Indiana
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent "Pacific rim" god with limited, but enough menue items, grat variety, nice and comfortable atmosphere, and atractive prices.

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We went based on food review in newspaper. The food was good but not the best "Asian food in Boulder". The review said the lobster was excellent but the overcooked fish broth took away from the lobster taste. There was no lobster taste.
We had many appetizers and all were tasty. The duck dumplings were too small to enjoy a great taste. The dough was very good.

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SA
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

While the food was very good, service and cocktails subpar. We had reservations, came early sat in bar and received no service. A couple came in after us and were given water and menus while we had none. Second cocktail was a third light and when asked, server said same alcohol but less mixer, so proportions way off. Made reservations online and put in wife’s birthday, but no recognition. Not going back!

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KM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful surprise! The food was really excellent- great interpretations of Pacific Rim food by the chef! We especially enjoyed the ramen dishes and the bulgogi. The service could not have been better and the manager was walking around to make sure all of the patrons were satisfied. Strongly recommend the restaurant- It will be a staple for us every time we return to Boulder.

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JO
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed Chimera. The pork belly bao appetizer is exceptional. All of the food was tasty and the wait staff very attentive. I will recommend this restaurant to friends!

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CK
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious ramen & must try yummy XLBs (soup dumplings)!!!

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B
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant. The atmosphere, the yummy food, the cheerful staff just made our evening so enjoyable. Can’t wait to go back!

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Some things were good, for example the Chimera Ramen. However, most things were only okay or not that good. The parallel issue was that everything was on the expensive side for what you got, i.e. the portions were small for the price. The cost issue also applied to alcoholic beverages. I left hungry but with an above average bill compared to many other nearby choices.

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RD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new place. Food was on point and service was solid

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites when I am in Boulder. The service is great and the chef will even make his rounds to ensure everything is perfect.

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KD
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The service was incredibly slow. We waited at one point with empty water glasses and drinks for 15 minutes. We were sitting on the patio and maybe the staff just isn’t capable of managing a single patio table, but it wasn’t terribly busy. I had the lobster ramen and the lobster meat was good (hard to mess that up) but the broth was flavorless. I found this place on the Denver Eater heat map. Not sure what all the fuss is about.

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r
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Not good food--mix of spices not correct. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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B
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! We had a couple of appetizers - duck bao and the Mala wings. Also had a shrimp entree which tasted great. The service was excellent. Our waitress was very attentive and helpful in answering all our questions about the food and drinks. We plan to go back again.

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NH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. Very fresh. The service was wonderful as well. I look very forward to my next meal there!

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z
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Another mediocre attempt at ethnic food in Boulder. Overpriced, uninspiring papaya salad, pork ramen without vegetables, a broth that hadn't steeped sufficiently and a poorly selected piece of pork belly. Good
duck bao, however.

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IE
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food - the ramen is amazing!

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OT
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a very fun and tasty meal. The service was friendly and attentive, although our server seemed a bit less than knowledgeable about the menu. The owner popped over frequently to give us superb advice on food and drinks. The Lobster Ramen was AMAZING, though $25 for Ramen seems a stretch (it was a generous portion of lobster and was worth the price, it's just hard to reconcile $25 for Ramen when I look back on my old Top Ramen college days). Drinks were also very tasty, as were the dumpling appetizers. We will be back, once we can justify the prices once again.

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DH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Chimera has quickly become one of our favorite restaurants in Boulder. We've been a few times since it's opening, but Saturday, unfortunately, was our first disappointing visit. They were out of 2 entree items (out of 6) and 1 appetizer. I think by the end of the night two more items had been added as well. Our waiter just kept coming back saying, "Well, I just spoke to the kitchen and now we're out of....." My husband really wanted the "Everybody Chow Fun" entree - and that was one of the options they didn't have. We ordered Shanghai Xiao Long Bao (which we get every time we go) and they didn't come out until after our meals. We were told that "they take a long time to steam" but we've always gotten them as an appetizer when we go, and it was obvious they were just struggling all night. It look about 15 minutes to be greeted and have our drink orders taken. My Lobster Ramen was served without the egg, a component it's supposed to have. A rough night for a new restaurant isn't terribly uncommon, but when you pay $120 for a meal, you hope it doesn't happen on a night you're there. We'll definitely be back - as the food really is incredible when they have it in stock and all of the components make it on the plate - and are hoping to have an experience closer to those we had the first few times we've dined at Chimera.

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g
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent, especially the Pork Belly Bao (although it could have used a little less hoisin sauce), and the Papaya salad. The Lobster ramen was very good but be prepared for a "heavy" dish with lots of butter. The restaurant looks great and the staff was friendly and attentive. The only negative was that we had to wait a long time to receive our food. However, the staff took notice, and we were comped a few items. Overall, we had an enjoyable dinner that would have been even better if we hadn't had to wait so long.

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AW
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food. Make sure to get the Xiao Long Nap, so good.

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C
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A fun Asian food experience in Boulder. Every dish a surprise. Duck dumplings were delicious, sauce on the side was necessary to add some flavor. Pork belly bao incredibly tender, under-flavored; need a side order of soy sauce? Lobster ramen also very mild, very small lobster tail. Be aware: portions are small, apps just a bite or two, so this is good news (we felt like we definitely didn't overeat) and possibly not such good news if you're really hungry or on a budget.

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C
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding food!!!

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HT
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great service and the food was very fresh and tasty

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K
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Soup dumplings barely had and soup in them, not what I'm used to. Ramen broth was a bit oily and salty, but the texture of the noodles was perfect. Pork belly bao was the best thing there.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Chimera received an outstanding review in the local paper, so we were excited to go. First off, I was disappointed in the relatively few choices on the menu: 3 ramen dishes and 2-3 other “big bites.” Appetizers: I really enjoyed the smashed cucumbers which were a new taste for me. The duck dumplings were fair. The lobster ramen was very good. Service was fair, though I didn’t like that the server brought our check when one of us was still eating their dinner! Overall, I will not hurry back.

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PS
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
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
11 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
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 reviews
Dined 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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Denver
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
32 reviews
Dined 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
2 reviews
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
8 reviews
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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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SS
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Menu selection was good. We really enjoyed the buns. Drink service was very slow. We did have the manager help us with wine selection. He was very knowledgeable.

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