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Emmerson

4.0
111 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Handcrafted Cocktails
In building Emmerson, we set out to create an all-day 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 five 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 and drink, morning, noon and night. Emmerson is a Café, a Cocktail Bar, and a Neo-Bistro, serving from 7:00 am until midnight (sometimes later).
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Café
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Hours of operation
Cafe
Mon–Fri 8:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(303) 953-9852
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
16th

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What 111 People Are Saying
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined a day ago

Food is always spectacular. Great windows with the snow falling. I missed the crudo and the octopus on the menu but loved the bolognese. Never disappoints!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined 2 days ago

Food was okay. Seasoning hit or miss. Sweet server. Cool ambiance. Lots of places to go in Boulder though with a better value.

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vipLM110 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

nice addition to Boulder
Ravioli & little gems salad- really tasty - will go back
could hear my date too - not too loud
service was very good

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Marlowstew (Denver)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Our server was great. The breakfast/lunch menu is limited and a bit pretentious.
Others ate the chicken thigh sandwich and raved about it. I had the seaweed and salmon salad, which was well flavored if not exciting. The cauliflower starter and the triple-colored carrots were very good.
Dinner menu has more to offer, so I may give it another try.
We were seated in front of a beverage station and the cooler, or water tank or whatever it was, intermittently made an awful noise. The semi mid-century design was a bit cold. All black, white and grey. My chair had crumbs on it before I sat down. Not a sign of great housekeeping after previous service.

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ZoeZ 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Definitely worth it. The chicken liver moose was so great and it’s my first time eating it. It was a big surprise that it could be this delicious. I recommend the pork dish and the matcha dessert. The service was great. The decorations were beautiful. My friend and I still under 21 and we told them to make us an nonalcoholic drink. It turned out to be very tasty. It was pink ginger soda and the color was pretty.I definitely would go there next time! Maybe try the brunch next time!

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

The food and our waitress Maya was absolutely outstanding.

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Giuseppi (Denver)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

A friend recommended Emmerson and we took advantage of the lunch menu which is considerably less expensive than their dinner. I had the mafalde bolognese which featured lamb and duck. My spouse had the linguine primavera. A generous helping of a rather bland white sauce and zucchini spears. Both pasta dishes were cooked al dente ; very nice. Another guest asked for bread and the waiter dutifully brought over a magnificent pierce of oblong whole grain bread toasted to perfection. Only $4.00. When our friend was surprised that there was no"bread for the table" our waiter patiently explained that they were serving the lunch menu st this time, not the dinner menu. We ordered 1/2 glasses of wine which we were surprised they offered. Our waiter let it spill that the bartender had actually been generous with her pour. I was not impressed as I'm still not used to buying wine by the glass. The noise level for lunch was good. However, this establishment offers the same lack of ceiling tiles, as in "Chipolti" and other restaurants where noise level is apt to rise quickly to cacophony as patrons are seated. We will not return.

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MarisolL 
2.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Having moved here from Austin where the restaurants are incredible, I’m just consistently disappointed with the Boulder food scene. I always end up paying a ton of money and leaving starving. The oysters were $3 on happy hour menu, the ravioli was almost $20 for FIVE tiny raviolis, and the roots and tubers dish was $20 for what seemed more like a side dish. My friend and I spent over $120 and we had to go buy food afterwards cause we were still hungry. I weigh 120lbs...I’m only assuming that a regular sized man would have to spend over $150 to feel moderately satisfying. Food was tasty though, and the restaurant is beautiful.

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Danielle 
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

I was really excited to eat here, but unfortunately was disappointed. The service was great, the space is incredible but none of that matters if the food doesn't live up to your expectations. I found it to be underwhelming and over-priced for what you get. The portions are small - again this doesn't matter if the food is outstanding. Sad!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

This was miserable. We waited 30min for our table that we reserved. And then continued to wait for at least 20minutes to get our drinks and between each course of a 5 course meal. The kicker - we got served our dessert before our entree. Sweet before salty new approach to dining. Told our meal would be comped but then got a check not comped and the finally manager resolved issue. Poor experience won’t go back.

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RachelW (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My husband and I came for Valentines Day, so I’m sure our experience wasn’t entirely indicative of a typical night. We arrived on time for our reservation but had to wait 15 minutes for our table. The menu was a five-course prix fixed meal, but then certain options (the steamed bass, for instance) had a significant additional cost.
The variety was impressive and mist options sounded great.
The restaurant was packed, and the only word for the service is slow. Many minutes passed between courses. We had to ask several times for our drinks after ordering them. We waited so long between course 2 & 3 that I had to flag down our server and inquire about it.
This wait turned a romantic evening into one that dragged on and on (and translated into another hour we had to pay the baby sitter for). All told, our dinner took 3 hours.
The portions were small. I’ve eaten at many high end restaurants, and even accounting for the gourmet aspect, these portions were small enough that I was still hungry after the meal.
That made the $200 price tag that much harder to stomach. I’ll happiky pay top dollar for a delicious, fancy meal, but I also expect more than impressive flavors/textures/combos—the food should feel like sustenance.
I will definitely go back on a less popular night when I can order off the menu.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My date and I enjoyed the Emmerson Valentine's Tasting menu. Not as good as the regular menu, but fun! Great, sophisticated flavors and cool industrial space. Trendy, but sophisticated with good food. I would/will go back. Service is always outstanding.

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JandC (Denver)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We arrived early (5:15) on Valentine's eve and were among the first seated. At first the five course service was quick and the food delicious, but after 20 minutes waiting for the third, our waiter apologized for a kitchen mix up. The last courses each took over 25 minutes to arrive. We left at 8. Nearly 3 hours even for 5 course meal is ridiculous. The kitchen was the source of the problem. I think the foodless diners at the tables around us would agree. We'll give them another try, but not during a special event.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We had been to the restaurant a few weeks before hosting a work event. The service was super attentive, the drinks were very good (if a bit over-priced), and the food was solid. As a young restaurant, we expected some learning curve so we decided to give them another shot on an important night: Valentine’s Day. When we arrived, the restaurant was empty (it was quite early—5PM so that we could get back for the babysitter). We decided to sit at the bar, which was close to full and had a more festive vibe. The bartender was spectacular and fixed us a couple great cocktails. Then we went to order food and they said that we could only order from the prix fixe menu. That was fine. Though we weren’t that hungry we decided we could split the $75.00 five course menu. But then they informed us that they would not allow splitting, and more than that they would not let one of us eat and not the other. That kind of rigidity is not the stuff they great restaurants are made of. We finished our drinks, tipped well, and finished our evening with the wonderful food and service at 1010. Emmerson=Dead to us.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Great food. Seemed short staffed.

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