Flagstaff House

4.7
3430 reviews
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Partners Scott Monette, Food Network Chopped Champion Chris Royster and General Manager Adam Monette welcome you to the Flagstaff House Restaurant for unparalleled Colorado dining experience. Located at an elevation of 6,000 feet the Flagstaff House offers breathtaking views, new American cuisine, a world-renowned wine list and impeccable service. Local and seasonal cuisine take the spotlight in curating our menu. Offered are a three-course or Chef's multi-course tasting menu with the three-course menu available a la carte. The Monette family has owned the Flagstaff House since 1971 and holds many prestigious awards including Colorado's longest holding Wine Spectator Grand Award, Forbes Travel Guide Four Star rating and AAA Four Diamond status. Features include Men's Journal, Bon Apetite, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today, 5280, Best of Boulder, Eater and many others. We look forward to welcoming you for a special dining experience.
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LA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Such a special night. The food and wait staff were awesome. I have always wanted to go there and was not disappointed.

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SM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience for our 15th Anniversary. Excellent food and service. Very expensive restaurant but worth it for view and ambiance as well as the amazing food. This is definitely a special occasion restaurant.

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an exceptional dining experience. The food was extraordinary, and we got to try several chef-designed experimental and palette-cleansing bites between courses. The standouts for us were their polenta dish, the perfectly med-rare lamb shank, a mini goat cheese and apple tart we sampled, and the house-made bread and butter. The service was helpful, polite, and well-educated. Despite the freezing and snowy weather, the hostess offered to take us onto their patio for a photo of us and the Boulder lights below. Overall, the kitchen and front staff all went above and beyond to make it a memorable night, and I will enthusiastically return the next time we're in town.

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TL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I had an amazing time at the Flagstaff House. We each did the 3 course meal option and loved it. Amazing service!

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VD
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Flagstaff House the day after Valentine's Day. The staff was so accommodating and friendly right from the start. Each member of the team, even people who weren't directly involved in serving our particular table, treated us like they were glad we were there, including the valet. And we didn't even valet our car. Our server and the chef worked together really well to create exactly what would work for our dietary restrictions. The food was amazing down to every bite; textures, flavors, and scents went really well together like...poetry...or music in our mouths. The drinks were very well made and unique, kudos to the bartender. And the place is downright romantic in the evenings. I'd love to experience that space during the day sometime to see the elevated views. The Flagstaff House is NOT cheap, but it was worth the expense because of the quality of all things involved. I couldn't have picked a better spot for a nice Valentine's Day dinner.

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J
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great views and service. For this kind of money I do exspect more. Pricey

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MC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really great experience. View and ambiance as good as it gets. Service was outstanding. The waiter even apologized for my wife having to pour her own wine. Food was excellent although portions were not generous. Very nice place overall.

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TW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had such a great time! The food was phenomenal (albeit very pricey) and the service was good. I would recommend this place to anyone looking to go out of the ordinary and wanting to enjoy a fabulous night. The views from the entire restaurant were incredible ! The city lights were a site. 10/10 recommend.

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BD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricey. But absolutely fabulous!! My favorite special occasion place!!

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MD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the best service and view in Boulder! First class all around!

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun evening - but I personally was not terribly impressed with the food quality vs expense - overall doesn’t seem to be a great bang for the buck. However, service and location are outstanding and are fundamental to why people go!

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KT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Would definitely recommend but add its a little pricey. Also, the reason for only 3 stars overall was the hostess stand workers... I wore a white cashmere coat with fur collar and the hostess stand workers put my coat on a hanger and my husbands heavy leather coat ON TOP of my delicate coat, wished I would have asked for a second hangar for his coat. Then upon leaving, the hostess stand workers dragged my white coat on the ground and now its dirty and needs cleaning, argh!!!

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KM
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful dinner. Service was great, but a bit intrusive. Food was great, except for the accompaniment to the lamb that was very salty. All else was superb.

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a
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately, the quality of the food undermined the experience, to a much larger degree than expected. We’ve been going to the restaurant every few years for special events, and it’s been obvious for many years already that the food is no longer 5-star. It didn’t usually matter, as the service and the views compensated and made the overall experience enjoyable. So we certainly weren’t expecting a gourmet experience. However, even going in with our expectations well-managed, we were surprised how far the food experience had fallen.

The menu itself looks interesting with a lot of intriguing ingredients, but those ingredients usually added nothing to the dish, and most dishes are bland or mono-flavor. The mono-flavor was a problem throughout the menu – we were a party of 7 and had many dishes, and complaints of “overwhelming smokey flavor” or “overwhelming bacon flavor” were common across all 3 courses (such as the ravioli, squash soup, scallops and filet mignon).

It was a nice touch to get the amuse bouches and intermezzo throughout the meal, but the first “chef’s welcome” included two items of which one was simply terrible (a fish cream on a piece of bread). Shockingly bad. The other ones included a sorbet (a classic intermezzo - but put it on a phyllo pastry?), and then before dessert there was a not-so-small ginger panna cotta (good, but certainly not great, and too large before the dessert). Which brings me to the desserts. Instead of a nice sweet to finish the meal, they were overwhelmingly large (the mediocre crème brûlée was for 3), and the spiced pumpkin custard was one of the most sickeningly sweet desserts any of us had ever eaten (or tried to eat).

The service was good, although a bit cold (are they told not to smile?). Kudos to the sommelier however, who was cheerful, helpful, and steered us towards some great wines at reasonable prices. The ambience is both exceptional (if you talk about the gorgeous views) and dated (if you talk about the décor).

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time

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MB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was at least 12 years since we'd been to the Flagstaff, and we don't know why we waited so long!
As always, the service, food, and overall experience was top notch, and there is a reason Flagstaff is known as the premier restaurant in town.

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G
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Hard to believe this not the top rated place in Colorado. Expensive, but for a special meal; it's GREAT.

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JA
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

first time dining at Flagstaff House and had a wonderful meal and superior service!

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ND
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

food was fantastic - true culinary experience of flavors and balance and selections. service was a little slow and timing between courses a little long

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MT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing birthday dinner for my wife. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Food was great, service was even better. Great atmosphere. We will be back!

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d
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

My husband and I went to Flagstaff House for a romantic date. We asked for a window seat in our reservation and we were accommodated when we arrived. The view over Boulder is always stunning at night. We decided to splurge and get the 5 course dinner with wine pairings. The food and wine were delicious as always; however, the food service was super slow and the wine service for a course always came way before the food! To be served 5 courses took 3.5 hours. Thankfully, we were not in a hurry that evening. I do have to compliment Elizabeth who was overseeing our wine pairing service. She was always right there to refill our wine pairing when the food finally arrived so that we still had the pairing experience. Additionally, all of the host and wait staff were very professional and friendly. Hopefully next time we decide to splurge the Flagstaff House will have better timing from their kitchen.

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BS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding! I had never quite experienced service like that before. The view was amazing. Chris went above and beyond to make our birthdays special and unique (:

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RS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing on all aspects. Servers Ryan and Corie are superb. Sommalier Elizabeth, the best I’ve ever encountered. Can’t wait to return. Compares to French Laundry and Bouchon.

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N
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating birthdays for octogenarians and the management did a terrific job of making it festive and as well as thoughtful. Older patrons are not always keen on noisy restaurants, so the ambience was perfect for this celebration.

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BB
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flagstaff House has all of the ingredients to make special occasions SPECIAL. The wait staff is friendly, personable, EXTREMELY knowledgeable, and kind. They are prompt with their service without feeling overbearing. They are wonderfully respectful, always prefacing their service with "I am sorry to interrupt", although they NEVER interrupt!!
The food was EXTRAORDINARY, from the eclectic menu choices to the intermittent chef's surprises!
NOTHING was less than a five star performance!!

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JL
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten in some nice places in New York, Miami, Beverly Hills, Boston, etc. This is an exceptional dining experience! The view is simply amazing overlooking the lights of boulder. The service is wonderful and we enjoyed the attention to detail. We took full advantage of the sommelier and she made the night even more special with a fine wine pairing and a perfect desert wine, too. The food is superb and the presentation is first-class. Don't look at the price-it isn't about that. It's about being treated like a queen or king for a night. This is now one of our favorite restaurants in America. We shall return!

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BS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Great, food, great service, great view.

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c
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was amazing. The menu was straight forward. Just know that you will be spending a lot of money, but for a special occasion, the amount of money spent was well worth it.

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t
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Good impressed

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Been many times and this is our last
The menu is so limited now and expensive for what you receive

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BM
Denver
46 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location for seeing the city lights and stars. Definitely great for special occasions. However, we paid $300+ for two people. I expected the food to shine and it did not. Tasty. Just not spectacular.

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C
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Flagstaff House does have wonderful, ‘special occasion’ atmosphere and the staff do attempt to make you feel you are getting a first rate experience. Overall, however, we were disappointed. The quality of food, size of portions and course selection was sub-par for the price. Flavors were ambitious but lacked refinement and many dishes seemed like more for show than substance (e.g. table-side pouring of single- portion soup, which cooled the soup to be cold, and served in a tiny portion with very thin, overly salted consistency). There were many, many servers yet service felt slow and not always attentive. Over the 4 courses no one asked how our meal was until we got to dessert- at which point the check in seemed perfunctory. Too bad. We had been looking forward to this experience for our anniversary. We won’t be coming back.

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C
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing venue, food, and drinks. We loved it. The menu was thoughtful and food was presented very well.

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f
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This restaurant offers a great view of Boulder & impressive wine collection, but I'll not be tempted to return. Our service was lacking: although the restaurant wasn't at all busy (we dined on a Wednesday evening), we were left waiting on beverages and/or food several times with ZERO staff on the floor to offer assistance. If you do decide to visit the restaurant, I advise to choose local, seasonal ingredients and avoid the seafood options as they were poorly executed (chewy connective tissue was left on the Opah in the Hawaiian Poke starter, N.E. Black Bass was under-seasoned, etc.) and extremely overpriced (I was served less than a quarter of a lobster tail, or a quarter of a very small Maine lobster, for an additional $24...seriously!?). With several much better options available in town for more reasonable prices, I cannot imagine that this venue will survive for much longer without an extreme makeover in both its service and cuisine.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dining experience. Outstanding views! Very Pricey.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flagstaff is a wonderful experience and I highly recommend it.

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RG
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, outstanding service and wonderful view. It was a special evening and even on New Year's eve it met and exceeded our expectations. This restaurant may be expensive but it is worth it and they go above and beyond to make you feel valued and to meet your needs.

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SA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and incredible service. Best restaurant in Boulder.

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CV
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our place to celebrate a special occasion for several years now. Consistent quality of food and service. We love the updated interior of the lower dining room!

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a
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my 20th anniversary. I have been to a lot of nice restaurants in Denver and the Flagstaff was the best restaurant I have been too. Well worth the price of the food. Everything was amazing. From the wait staff to the food. I had a wonderful time there with my husband.

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