L'Atelier

4.1
82 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French

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BOULDER- Combine classical cooking with French/Asian flavors. Featuring Chef Consiglio, each dish is made with the freshest ingredients, which are as visually stunning as they are delicious. Voted top fine dining in Boulder, our impeccable service and ambiance please every guest. Great for a date, closing that big business deal, and any event you want to be remembered. Independently owned and operated.

Please Note: All Holiday and special event reservations require a credit card. We have a 48 hour cancellation requirement. If for any reason the group does not make it to their reservation and/or does not give minimum cancellation notice a $60 per guest will be charged due to limited space.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French, French American, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

Friday Lunch
11am-2pm
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Phone number
(303) 442-7233
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Mark Consiglio
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Private party facilities
L'Atelier hosts all special event from 6-60ppl. Ask for owner, Alexandrea Cerny, for details. Join our email list for updates on exclusive wine dinners. http://eepurl.com/dtZXW1
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Private party contact
Alexandrea Cerny: (720) 340-0490
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
18th and Pearl
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Parking details
Centrally located in downtown Boulder. Multiple street parking spots can be found on Pearl Street and on side streets close to L'Atelier. 17th-18th, Spruce-Walnut. In any direction the short walk is beautiful.
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Entertainment
Quite Ambiance, Elegant Feel
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Special events & promotions
We are pleased to host award winning wine dinners. Please check Facebook www.facebook.com/latelierboulder and sign up for our newsletter at www.latelierboulder.com
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 82 People Are Saying
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4.1
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3.9
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would like to compliment the Chef and Service for an wonderful meal. The wine chosen for me to accompany my meal was everything you could ask for. I am looking forward to another fine dining experience.

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MT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chef Cerny was kind enough to assemble an amazing tasting menu for us, on an evening when there was not a planned tasting menu on the regular menu. Franky, the finest overall meal that we have enjoyed in our 25-years of marriage. Almost every dish was remarkably prepared and their quality all very high. If you can get there on a night that they offer the tasting menu it will be special, but the menu items all looked equally wonderful. Very good service and a great place to enjoy.

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CS
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have enjoyed L'atelier for many special occassions and Valentine's Day, over the years, but our visit this month was not what we've come to expect. While we did enjoy our dinners, the food seemed way over-sauced, the bread was terrible (which matters because we ordered escargot and needed it to sop up the garlic butter) and so the overall value has gone down hill. It makes me sad to write this review.

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DA
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cooking was superb!! The proprietor was friendly and stopped by frequently. We were fortunate to be eating on the evening after Christmas. Few others were present. That made for little noise. I'd say we had a great 54th anniversary celebration.

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ED
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

It was an awful Christmas dinner. We had to wait 50 minutes to be seated for an early 5:30pm dinner, standing in the draft entryway with 11 other people. It was clear that the entire restaurant was filled at 5pm. When we were finally seated, we had to ask for silverware. We had to ask for water and ask again for it to be refilled. We asked for bread and butter and got bread. Then we had to ask again for the butter -- we never got the butter. We were never asked how our food was. The check was not split as we requested. ... This was not the restaurant that we have frequented so many times in the past. We were embarrassed in front of our guests.

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C
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Dined Christmas Eve at the 4pm seating. Received entrees just after 5:30. Everything was so off and uncomfortable. Left through a crowd of 15-20 people standing at the door, probably for the 6 pm seating. Felt prices were over the top for the value presented and received.

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AR
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Order ticket for food was lost. Spent a total of 3 hours in restaurant majority of which was waiting for lukewarm, average, grossly overpriced food - shrimp was substituted for half of my lobster claw. Waiter was kind and apologetic - brought us "palate cleansing" sorbet to appease us while we waited. Owner visited other tables but wouldn't even look at ours. Bill for 4 adults was ~ $425. I do not recommend this restaurant.

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MH
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I certainly appreciate staff working on a holiday; however, this particular Christmas Eve dining was a big disappointment. The "front of the house" was disorganized with no one taking charge. Upon arrival (about 5 minutes ahead of our reservation) we were told the wait would be 5 to 10 minutes as the table was being set up. We then stood and waited 40 minutes past our reservation time. Guests with a later reservation and same size party were seated ahead of us due to the disorganization up front. Several staff were running around looking frantic which created a tense atmosphere. This restaurant has been a favorite. However, it will be a long time before we return. We will seek out other restaurants open on a key holiday.

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MV
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

The food is fantastic! We, unfortuantely, had a server that must have been very new. It took at least ten minutes to have our water glasses filled and only after my husband requested such to the hostess/owner, who I believe was very embarrassed. Fresh pepper was not offered when salads and entrees were served. A request for a 2nd drink was not filled but charged on the bill. Several in our party have previously enjoyed this restaurant and have never received such poor service. Thank goodness other servers came to our rescue. Lack of service spoiled what should have been a special Christmas Eve dinner. With all that said, I will return again as the food is superb but will specifically ask for the an "A" team server.

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OT
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

This restaurant is really going downhill. Food still good but portions are smaller. Despite being nearly empty the service was terrible. We paid $14 for a small and very weak gin and tonic, $12 for can of beer, and $16 for a very small glass of wine that beyond horrible. I see this place closing very soon.

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AA
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite possibly Boulder’s best restaurant. Impeccable food, great service.

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KR
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the lobster/scampi salad. the lobster and shrimp were prepared perfectly.

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M
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a treat to eat some of the finest in gourmet food in Boulder

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CT
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the perfect spot to celebrate our son's 25th birthday. The food was delicious and the service was very attentive and friendly. This is a great special occasion place.

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b
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love L'Atelier, especially for special occasions. I only wish we had more special occasions!

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EA
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service here is top notch and the menu never disappoints. They are one of my favorite restaurants in Boulder.

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GK
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of the very best restaurants in Boulder!

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SK
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our reservations were ready on time even with the crowd on Thanksgiving.

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L
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

L'Atelier serves the best traditional Thanksgiving dinner bar none. This was my second Thanksgiving with them, and it will not be the last. Over the years, my husband and I have also enjoyed many special occasion dinners and wine tasting events there and have never been disappointed. These folks really know what they're doing.

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L
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Busy place - they obviously overbooked for the holiday because we had to wait nearly 30 minutes for our table, as did lots of others. They offered us champagne while we waited in their tiny entry/bar area though. Food was excellent but service was quite slow, OK since we weren’t in a hurry. Small, elegant place. Good for special occasions.

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BJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent, except for a very poor (for a French restaurant) wine list... We did Thanksgiving dinner, and the food was great! We wanted an excellent white Burgundy (Montrachet, Chablis, Merseault), but there was only one offered, a cheap and bad village chablis!

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GG
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Waitress must have be high. She brought us the completely wrong order. We asked another waiter for refills on our drinks. We had to ask for our check when half our party had clearly already left. We watched her chat in the back while waiting for our check (in the beginning we told her we were heading to a show right after dinner which is why we ordered within the first 10 min.)

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DL
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The noise level was high because it was a wine dinner evening we were not part of.
I went to for the French cuisine I remembered enjoying on previous visits...it was ordinary this time.; the highlight was the dessert and the good service.

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TB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu selections. As an experienced french chef, I was impressed with flavors and execution. I'll be back.

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D
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I was so ready to love this restaurant but I just didn't. First, we ordered a bottle of wine from the wine list that they were out of so the waiter recommended another bottle which was not on the menu but was great. Then we asked for another bottle (there were 4 of us) and they said that the bottle we drank was the only one they had. We chose another bottle from the list and they were out of it as well. So, again, they suggested another bottle. This replacement bottle was not really very good.

The staff was friendly and pleasant and the service was fine but the food was just not that good. I ordered a Ribeye and only ate part of it b/c cutting it was so difficult. The menu stated that the Ribeye came with "roasted potatoes". It came with french fries. French fries are not roasted potatoes. The prices weren't all that high but neither was the food all that good. I can check this restaurant off my list now. It's across the street from both Frasca and Pizzeria Locale both of which are way better than this restaurant.

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H
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, gracious service, and pleasant venue. Highly recommended.

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JO
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, and service was great, but the wine prices were way too high.

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F
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our meal here! Fabulous presentation and service!

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MB
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I have loved L'Atelier in the past and enjoyed some fabulous meals here, but my entree last Friday was not good. I ordered the ribeye steak frites, and everything was covered in a gloppy brown gravy, which detracted from the steak, and the fries were soggy with gravy.

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C
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the perfect restaurant Boulder. Excellent dining, above average wine list, great for conversation and elegant atmosphere

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DR
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We dined here on restaurant week March, 2018 and I have to say that it was phenomenal. Each of the four of us ordered a different appetizer, different entrees and different desserts and we tasted each of the various dishes and loved each one of them. This prompted me to make reservations for Saturday, October 20th, 2018. My husband and I ordered the filet mignon tartare and I was disappointed. I had ordered it in March and it was delicious. This time it had too many peppercorns and I could't eat it at all. My husband's boss and his wife ordered the Scottish smoked salmon and it was delicious, but only 3 pieces for about $17. For my entree, I ordered the rack of lamb and it was very tasty but it only had 3 ribs. My husband had the barramundi and although he said the sides were flavorful, he said that the fish preparation was on the bland side and not creative. The boss had a ribeye and although he said it was fine, I noticed that it was red (the way I enjoy my steak) but he had ordered it medium. He seemed to have cut away lots of big chunks of fat and moved them to the side of his plate. The ribeye was a good value since the serving size was large. His wife ordered the chicken and although she didn't comment either way on the dish, she left about half of it. It looked dry, but I didn't taste it , so I am not sure. She did ask for it to be sent back at the very beginning because she said it wasn't very warm. I noticed that about my meal as well, but since it was prepared the way I liked, I just ate it. We ended the meal with the affogato and it was wonderful. I would have preferred to put the kahlua and espresso in myself, since I think it watered down the absolutely delicious chocolate mousse ??. I honestly would have like to put in about 1/3 as much and sip the rest of the Kahlua and espresso separately. We were cozy in our booth, but we arrived at 7 pm and it was 10 before we got our bill and the restaurant was empty other than one more table.

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j
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was excellent, as usual. The restaurant was full and caused the service to be slow--2 1/2 hours.

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CO
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Excellent food, we were six and table was a square with fold out to make a round but my side dipped a bit, waitress brought 5 meals and forgot about the 6th. Ended up comping the 6th meal and appetizer. Overall impression was good because food was excellent. A bit noise.

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H
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The table seating, food ordering and servicing were very poor. Food was good, not great.

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p
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Was there over Parents' Weekend, a party of 8. First, they didn't have enough chairs for us, so 4 of us stood for the first 10 minutes. Then they only had 4 menus for the table until finally they scrounged up 4 more. Service was VERY slow - took forever just for drink orders. Food was average except for the lamb chops, which were tiny and terrible. We've eaten at lovely high-end Boulder restaurants, but this is not one of them.

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OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Very long waits for any service - drinks bread wine food. Food very ordinary but expensive. To top it all off, after 2 expensive bottles of wine, server added two drinks that we never had to the tab! Once and done

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MS
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

L’Atelier is one of our favorite dining spots in Boulder. The food and service is consistently high quality. When my husband and I dine at L’Atelier, we usually end up splitting an appetizer and a salad because the entrees are substantial and we want to enjoy every morsel. Then, we split a dessert. The service is frendly and professional and we never feel rushed. I highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or just for a lovely evening out.

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JW
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is our favorite Boulder restaurant. We try go for special occasions such as anniversaries and birthdays. I only wish it was open for lunch more than just on Fridays.

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c
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistent quality is very importnant to us, we fine that here.

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JB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are few places you can sit in a lovely setting that's very quiet and comfortable. You can easily carry on a conversation! The European style decor may be a bit old fashioned, but it's soothing, and the booths have very high backs, so they're quite private. The lighting is soft, and the plain, white tablecloths are perfect.

Food here is upscale and delicious! Prices are just a bit above average, and worth it. We had lobster ravioli in a beautiful cream sauce, served with arugula, cherry tomatoes, and haricots verts. Portions were more than filling. Dessert (crème brûlée with burnt sugar) was large enough to share.

I'm so pleased that they're open for lunch again (on Fridays), and I was told they are considering adding more lunch days. Dinner here is lovely, too. This is not a place to eat if you're in a hurry. Food prepared well takes time.

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