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About Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place

Shine is Boulder's most unique downtown community gathering place serving nutritionally inspired comfort food. We emphasize locally sourced and organic ingredients. We make eclectic cocktails from our Shine Potions and serve award winning beer from our Shine Brewing Co. brewery, located onsite. Our beautiful Gathering Place hosts a wide variety of both public and private functions. Shine is also a 100% gluten free kitchen. Shine is great for the whole family.

2027 13th St
Boulder, CO 80302-5201
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Organic, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday; 10:00 am - 3:00 pm;
Lunch: Monday - Friday; 11:00 am - 4:00 pm;
Dinner: Nightly; 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm;

Cross Street:
Pearl St. & Spruce on 13th St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 449-0120

Website:
http://www.shineboulder.com/

Entertainment:
A variety of live music and events. Check out shineboulder.com for our events calendar.

Catering:
We offer off site Lunch catering that we can drop off or you can pick up.

Parking Details:
All parking is street parking. After 5pm everyday there is the city lot across the street that is complimentary parking in the designated spots.

Public Transit:
The downtown Boulder Transit station is 2 blocks away. The Skip & 208 stop at Broadway and Spruce.

Executive Chef:
Jessica Emich

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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3.7

service

3.7

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3.7

value

3.1

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Moderate

50% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

I took all my family for our anniversary. Even though we were trolled by the gluten free options and the delicious flavor, the prices in comparison with the portions were way too expensive. I ordered the lamb but there was no lamb in my plate. My wife ordered the ravioli and she got 4 pieces of ravioli. I would come back only if I knew that your portions reflect fairness for the prices we are paying.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We were seated pretty quickly but service was spotty and the wait staff appeared to be more interested in socializing with each other than service - no check back and the steak was rare. Not a greAt experience

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 5, 2017

We were there for lunch and appreciated the quiet atmosphere since the restaurant was not full. JOHN, our waiter was very attentive and respectful of my food allergy. I'll be back!

Tags: Organic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

Overpriced, too dark, waitress forgot beer sample request. We won't go back.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

I'm going to try and explain the one star ratings I have given. Overall, this experience was good but far from outstanding, which is what I had been led to expect by the reviews and the lady for whom I arranged this birthday dinner. OK. so..the staff were friendly and polite. I expected no less. We arrived at 5:45 pm to have dinner before a movie. The place was quiet, but filling quickly. All absolutely normal expectations. Heidi had raved about the food and the 3 sisters who had started the establishment, particularly as she is gluten free. OK...so now my evaluation of my experience of the food and the consequent value rating. The Malbec tasted like house wine. I got the special, Beef Stroganoff,- a $21 plate. What arrived, was a 6" cereal bowl of noodles topped with 4 small slivers of steak.....the most fatty, gristly, chewy pieces of steak since my kebab in Uzbekistan. They ended up as expelled wads on the side plate. What remained,- the coffee cup size of noodles,- tasted delicious, however not $21 worth at any stretch. I think I have been really fair in my particular experience. I truly hope yours is better.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Been to Shine many, many times and this was my first disappointing experience. I was celebrating my birthday (my third time celebrating at Shine) and the waitress couldn't have been less celebratory. She couldn't be bothered to wish me a happy birthday. When I ordered appetizers, the beet hummus appetizer came with only four hard-as-rocks flatbread and one cracker. The plate looked practically empty. When I mentioned the hardness of the flatbread, the waitress said it was intentional. I've had Shine's flatbread before and it was always deliciously chewy, never hard. When we ordered more crackers to finish off the beet hummus, we were charged an additional $3.50 for more crackers. It was a less than satisfying experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea, Gluten Free Options, Healthy
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I didn't realize this was a Zero Gluten restaurant. I'm sure if you can't eat gluten this might be amazing. If you do eat gluten there were not many mainstream options for brunch.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Cocktails were pretty good. The food (we had the lamb ragu and curry with salmon) was watery and generally unimpressive. Given the first two, the food was also overpriced. Disappointing; can't say I would recommend.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food was excellent, 100% gluten free is hard to find. They mention different seating options offered... next time i will request normal seating.. hi tops are fine , coffee table seating for a civilized dinner is not.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Perfect every time! They watch my food allergies with careful attention!

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Great place. Brew their own beers, loved the Down Dog IPA. Traveling with vegan daughter, she loved her options. I had salmon, which was awesome. Great meal, great vibe.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Heads up! If you make a reservation for a group 6+ be sure to specify WHERE in restaurant you want to sit (up front, bar area). If you don't, you'll be seated in the middle of the restaurant where tables no taller than coffee table-height is where your dinner will be served. A little awkward. Luckily, we were able to be relocated after a short wait and had a great time.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Small group business lunch. Service was okay, although the waitress seemed to "forget" us. My meal was not good; others seemed satisfied. Chicken tacos accompanied with beans and rice was tasteless, very disappointing. I will not go back.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The elixirs and vibe were outstanding. My salmon was way over cooked and the meatballs were dry. The burger was tough.
Strange since the infuse love into everything.

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Overall extremely slow service for drinks, dinner order and check. Food was just OK.

Tags: Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Great food, cool spot, service is off.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Food was delicious. Service terrible. And the cocktails were horrible. Don't know what is happening but left very disappointed.

Tags: Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 10, 2017

I love Shine. I like the design, the philosophy, the food, the presentation. I did feel like there were a lot of delays with service throughout the meal. This could have been an anomaly, but it didn't feel good. I will go back and see if it continues or if it goes back to being friendly attentive service like I've experienced in the past.

Tags: Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Lighting so low it is difficult to read the menu. Rude waiter - stated upon ordering of drinks, "That sounds disgusting." Extremely overpriced - doubled since I was last there. Quality of food is mediocre.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Great gluten free and vegan options! My kids are sensitive to gluten and dairy, and they could eat almost anything on the menu. They were so excited! And it was all so good, even my sweetie, who loves comfort food, thought it was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Gluten Free Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Fun farm to table restaurant in Boulder downtown. Comfortable vibe and great food.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The food here was amazing and this lady with allergies was even able to eat dessert. So nice to speak with our waiter Alex too. We wanted to go back a second time during our stay, yet time got away from us. We highly recommend Shine for excellent food, atmosphere, and friendliness.

Tags: Fun, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, People Watching, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Had a reservation but had to wait about 25 minutes and there were 5 of us. Food was cold. Service was sluggish.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Wonderful food made even more so with the gluten free kitchen !

Tags: Casual, Organic, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Touring Boulder from Shasta, California. My husband's cousin recommended your restaurant. We enjoyed it tremendously!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Best pancake ever.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Father's Day - pleasantly surprised the food was very tasty!

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 15, 2017

We love the concept (locally sourced food), but feel that Shine could do far more with local ingredients, and we say this as CSA and gardening aficionados in the area. Our food was good but lacked a spark, and I don't mean high-chile content to spice it up while also disguising the actual flavor of the ingredients. There are vegetarian and vegan options available now which can add a little lustre to otherwise rather boring basics (like cauliflower, for example). I hope that, if the restaurant is sold (and I hear it may be on the market), new owners will consider sampling fare from competitors to see what they are doing right! Then copy the best...

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Awesome food. Great for people with dietary restrictions. Whole menu is gluten free.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Always a great time!

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 31, 2017

I thought the menu was confusing . The food offerings were creative: Beet Hummus was good.
Mushroom soup was very "rich" . My friend's burger came with a homemade bun that was great.
I would have liked more vegetarian options.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Paleo Friendly, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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 (Columbus)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Easily one of the best meals I've eaten in years! Gluten free options are fantastic and fit for anyone. The beer is great too--best Pilsner I've had in the US.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 29, 2017

The food was great, the service was pretty good, and the prices were okay. It's great that everything was organic, grass-fed, sprouted, etc.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Delightful! This was a very casual restaurant with surprisingly good food and service. I ordered the local crispy chicken confit and my husband orders the grass fed burger. Both entrees were delicious and the food came out right away. It's not a fancy place, good for everyday casual dining or a quick bite to eat before a movie.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Vegan, Organic
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Our waitress was very unpleasant and somewhat ruined the experience for us. She was very frustrated that we took our time deciding what to order, as we were visiting with friends. It's one thing to be frustrated, but it's another to blatantly express that frustration to your patrons. We will give Shine another chance, but will absolutely request a different waitress if we get the same one next time.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We went to Shine for brunch on Mother's Day. Two people in my party ordered pancakes, but we were told they were out of pancakes. Restaurants should never run out of food, especially on a busy special-occasion day. That's poor planning and management. This was our third time there, and the food is just ok, the portions are kind of small and the prices are high. We won't be back.

Tags: People Watching, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The food was great and I was so excited to have a burger on a delicious gluten free bun!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

This is our favorite brunch spot and they never disappoint, doughnut eyes and eggs Benedict are the ultimate in deliciousness, cocktails are a bonus!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Bar Seating, People Watching
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Excellent food. Very unique. Great selection on menu. Fantastic service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Organic
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 (New England)·Dined on May 11, 2017

i love shine! the service is fantastic and the food is delicious! LOVE the beet hummus!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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