Emmerson

4.3
247 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary American
In building Emmerson, we set out to create a dining destination that could be a central gathering place for the Boulder community. Along the way, we’ve found our tribe. Emmerson is a collective of passionate food and beverage professionals whose great pleasure it is to bring people together and deliver happiness, with every interaction, every pour, and every plate. As the project took shape, it became evident that this restaurant is an amalgamation of the things we love and the way we like to dine, drink, and socialize. Emmerson is a Café, a Cocktail Bar, and a Neo-Bistro, serving dinner seven days a week and brunch on weekends.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Contemporary American
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun, Mon 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(303) 953-9852
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Business Casual
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
16th
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

Instantly increase your points with dining rewards

See availability for bonus point tables

Sun 5:00PM - 5:30PM
Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM
Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM

What 247 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
82% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and ambience.

Report
Helpful
M
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We were a party of four and all four of us found our food to be absolutely wonderful and very creative. In fact, the menu did not do justice to the taste and creativity of the food. Considering it didn't seem to be that busy, we found our service could have been a bit better. Rather slow and did not check back enough. The only other problem we encountered was the temperature. It was a cold night and we sat at a table near the windows and we were all quite cold. I loaned my wrap to my daughter-in-law who wore it through the entire meal and the waitress didn't ask anything about comfort level. Our fault for not speaking up but it should have been apparent that we were all pretty chilly given the coats wrapped around us. We will definitely return because the food is absolutely fantastic.

Report
Helpful
EC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chic ambiance, attentive, friendly servers, remarkable food - I had the ricotta toast with poached apples, which was a perfect balance of savory and sweet - exactly what I was looking for! The (two) mimosas were also boozy and delicious!

Report
Helpful
RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

My first bad review in many years. Smoked salmon appetizer was minuscule / tiny and salmon a bit rubbery (didn’t mention to resturant ). My wife’s kale salad was over salted and inedible (resturant did not charge) my main (ribs) were cold / tepid (I didn’t mention this to server) ... wine selection was good. Lastly, the server was excellent / attentive. Shame the food wasn’t as good.

Report
Helpful
S
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We especially appreciated the ambiance -- Ben Foote's artistic influence was evident. The genuine small oil lamps are a nice touch. Ditto the artifacts on display in front. Our cute server had a bubbly personality and was very knowledgeable in making her recommendations. The decadent dessert was to die for. We had a most pleasant dining experience and hope to repeat.

Report
Helpful
BB
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed this place. The staff were very friendly, attentive and knowledgeable and the food was excellent. There were many great cocktails to try as well as lovely desserts. The environment was unique and interesting, very appealing.

Report
Helpful
H
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

A good restaurant if food is your only concern ! The kitchen knows what they are doing My guests and I tried most of the items on the menu all was delicious. The service ( like most Boulder restaurants) was bad at best. The greeters at the door made it clear we were not their primary concern. Greeting friends and ignoring those they were not familiar with! How do you know your next customer will not be a new friend, regular ! Wait staff seemed confused!

Report
Helpful
WA
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Consistently delicious. Great service. Energetic without being too loud to talk.

Report
Helpful
W
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Nice ambiance, but terribly slow service spoiled evening, don’t like waiting 20 mins to get a drink!

Report
Helpful
RM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sisters' Sunday Brunch. I Brough my sister here for her birthday. She is a foodie and an interior designer so she has really good taste on all levels. She loved it. Classy & delicious!

Report
Helpful
OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The duck was excellent and they have a great drink menu

Report
Helpful
GK
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here several times for happy hour and it is quite good

Report
Helpful
F
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Full disclosure - I also posted a version of this on Yelp. We really felt our evening was ruined by the awful service.
Warning: this is a boring review, but the devil is in the details.
The food and cocktails were actually very good, but, this was quite possibly one of the worst dining experiences we've ever had. We arrived on time for 8:00 reservations, but we weren't seated promptly, despite the fact that there were a number of empty tables, for 15 minutes. But, we were in a happy mood, so wasn't a big deal - at the time. Unfortunately it was a harbinger for things to come. Our seemingly competent, friendly waitress took or drink orders, and then disappeared for 15 minutes to take our food orders, without our drinks, which arrived another five minutes later. If the place had been busy, we would have understood things being a bit slow. First courses were served relatively promptly, and then it all completely fell apart. Main courses took easily 1/2 hour after we finished our first courses. With the exception of someone occasionally filling water glasses, and only then when we flagged them down, the staff, including our waitress, was MIA. And, by this point, the place was practically empty. Based on the behavior of our waitress and the rest of the staff, one can't help but wonder if the owners have given up, as clearly no one in the front of the house cared about anything other than chit chatting in corners, hiding in the bathroom (literally what our waitress did for easily 1/2 hour, who then apologized for "abandoning you") or generally just standing around rather than checking on tables, filling water glasses, clearing finished dishes or cocktails, etc. Because whomever is cooking clearly has talent, I would hope the service issues were an anomaly, but based on how few tables were occupied, I'm guessing the word has gotten out that Emmerson isn't long for this world. Don't waste your money here.

Report
Helpful
TW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent food, ambiance and service. Music was a little loud but they kindly turned it down a bit. My new favorite place in Boulder!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

it was great!!

Report
Helpful
L
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Noise level will make me go somewhere else.
The Italian pasta with pepper and cheese was not authentic ... really bad.

Report
Helpful
LL
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just love this place. Classy yet funky contemporary decor, great service, yummy food... What's not to love?!

Report
Helpful
SH
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Staff was nice but not professional and forgot some orders we made. Food was ok but far from great. Atmosphere was modern but loud.

Report
Helpful
OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The duck with the dirty rice was excellent at dinner.
We have also eaten here for breakfast and the yeasty waffle is really great.

Report
Helpful
R
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Emmerson is high quality, interesting food. I would love for their menu to change soon, as it's been the same for a while. Also, I appreciate live music, but an electric guitar in a place with bad acoustics makes talking impossible. Usually, good service. I will be back.

Report
Helpful
JK
Mobile
54 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New but could be the best in Boulder, rivals Frasca and Flagstaff House. Interesting building and creative décor, very good menu, terrific food and friendly detailed service. Good timing between our three courses. One of those restaurants that thinks of all the little things. Our scallops and Halibut were great, nice portions and beautiful. We shared the pavlova dessert which was creative and very good.

Report
Helpful
RN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Went for brunch...Waited over 50mins for food after order was placed

Report
Helpful
OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I don’t know how I can rate this restaurant because after waiting over 45 minutes for brunch, we walked out. We were the second table seated when they opened. The restaurant did fill up quickly but we were ready to order as soon as we say because we had a flight to catch. After over 20 minutes we had to ask the server to take our order. When I ordered my beverage I asked if they had English Breakfast tea and he replied yes. He brought out Jasmine Pearl and argued it was black tea. He then claimed it was some other form of tea which included Jasmine. I am a tea fanatic... It was Jasmine Pearl. He said he was “confused and stressed out.” We watched tables who were sat after us get their food and when we inquired where our meal was, our server replied that he was “working on it.” We gave up and walked out. What a disappointing way to spend our final breakfast with our daughter before we returned home from family weekend.

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and awesome cocktails. We loved the decor and music played too. Would definitely recommend

Report
Helpful
LL
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Very cool space and interesting Italian menu. Easy to park in the lot across the street.

Report
Helpful
AJ
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Attractive but casual and comfortable environment, friendly service, good food - creative menu using quality ingredients. We will go back.

Report
Helpful
g
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We'd read a lot of mixed reviews for Emmerson so we came with an open mind not really knowing what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the service was excellent, cocktails were exceptional, wine list very slim pickings so that steered us towards those fabulous cocktails. The food overall was good to very good. Our duck was a little underseasoned but the side dish of quinoa and edamame hash was wonderful. The pasta with mint pistachio pesto was pleasing to share but I would not have it as a main. the kale and "apple" panzanella salad was full of squash and big crunchy croutons and a boatload of cranberries, brussels sprouts and goat cheese, but no apples. It was enough food for a table of 4 to share so we stopped eating halfway through and asked to have it wrapped up or we wouldn't have had room for the rest of our meal. For dessert we had the Pavlova as so many people had raved about it in the reviews we read. No dessert has quite so captivated my attention. The play of flavors - sweet and salty, and textures - crunchy and smooth were kind of intoxicating. We devoured it not quite knowing what exactly we had eaten. All in all we came away from Emmerson wanting to come back and try a few more menu items. We will definitely come back soon for one of their exceptional cocktails.

Report
Helpful
GC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dear Emmerson,
Everything was perfect except my Duck Entree was too tough. All else was wonderful

Report
Helpful
k
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I absolutely loved my birthday dinner at Emerson. The food was amazing - fresh, creative, decent portion size - we loved every dish - esp the BUCATINI ALL'AMATRICIANA and seared Halibut. The servers were very friendly and knowledgeable. The restaurant was beautiful with a mix of modern and classic design and huge windows. Our only detraction from excellence was that it took a L O N G time to get our drinks and appetizers. (A very large party (12+) was seated minutes before us.)

Report
Helpful
M
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Food was good, service poor. Quoted incorrect price on oysters, was not served wine timely, indicated this was a birthday occasion but not acknowledged by anyone in any way.

Questionable whether we’ll ever go again.

Report
Helpful
A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was good, but poached egg was brought out raw which should never have left the kitchen. Beautiful space and great service and cocktails.

Report
Helpful
JM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yum. Food is creative and nicely presented and, of course, delicious. We were visiting from Cleveland OH and sought out Emerson. We were not disappointed. Enjoyed every minute and every morsel of our dinner.

Report
Helpful
JW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Our first visit to Emmerson. Our four different entrees were all excellent, delicious and creative--duck breast, bolognese, scallops, pasta with mint and pistachios. The service was good. The negative part of our special occasion dinner was the noise level. Even though only four in our party and we were seated at a small table, it was very difficult to hear and participate in dinner conversation because of the acoustics and the very loud music. Fix this and I'd definitely make this one of my "go to" Boulder restaurants.

Report
Helpful
J
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was well prepared, but pricy for what it was. IF I had been paying for the ambience, I suppose I wouldn't have minded. But the restaurant, in my view, has an antiseptic and somewhat cold "feel." Finally, I do not think I have ever had a smaller "pour" when ordering a glass of wine.

Report
Helpful
OT
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, we had a fantastic meal! It's low key but upscale. We started with cocktails and olives. Cocktails were excellent, bartender was knowledgeable. Then split crudo and arugula salad. It wasn't the best crudo I've ever had, but was perfectly delightful, served with orange and grapefruit (better with orange). The salad was delectable. Mains were scallop and duck breast. Scallops were cooked very well, matched well with the recommended wine, and a lot of scallops which was nice. The duck breast was quite good, maybe a touch over cooked, and the dirty rice was amazing. Overall, left extremely satisfied, made for an excellent celebratory dinner.

Report
Helpful
T
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Just recently went to Emmerson for the second time. Really enjoyed it the first time. Second time, the food was so so. Ordered the NY strip and scallops. Steak was not properly seasoned. It was tasteless. I really wanted this one dessert - pavlova(?), can’t recall the exact name, but they didn’t have it that night. ☹️. Otherwise, service and ambience are great.

Report
Helpful
J
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is upbeat. Modern interior and lots of windows. It has great potential.
We were turned off when we arrived. They tried to seat us in the back even though we had a reservation.
The waitperson was very attentive. They made brussel sprouts that were not spicy but, hardly had any taste.
The best dish we had was a pasta dish that had pieces of duck and lamb in the sauce. Not enough sauce. Waitperson brought us more.
We felt that the restaurant is overpriced.

Report
Helpful
CS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried new restaurant on a whim. Pleasantly surprised with food. Loved the decor.

Report
Helpful
SS
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Underwhelmed by the food, especially its value. I ordered the Heirloom Tomato Panzanella and was utterly disappointed -- exactly four croutons, a chopped up half-ripe tomato, some stale fennel shavings, and a splash of buttermilk. The buttermilk may have been foam at some point, but by the time it was served it was just plain buttermilk. We had to ask repeatedly for our fries, which arrived after the rest of the food.

They have a really nice bar, but again, the cocktails are a poor value. We had two "signature" drinks that were so weak, we weren't sure there was a full pour of liquor in either one. Might have tried something else, if we had ever been asked if we wanted additional drinks. Talked to our server who removed the charge for the Panzanella, but didn't ask if I would care for something else.

The space is beautiful and we really, really wanted to like Emmerson, but doubt that we'll be back, so cannot recommend it.

Report
Helpful
AL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Great live blues when we came in, the server however was slow to come help us and didn't have an explanation of the menu prepared. I liked my vegan food a lot and he liked the oysters.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
7