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The Kitchen | Boulder

4.5
731 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

The Kitchen is an American bistro located in one of Boulder's beautiful historic buildings in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

Seating is open for walk ins, with community seating on several tables. The Kitchen brings a fresh perspective on ingredients, preparation and guest comfort.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday: 11:00am to 9:00pm, Tuesday to Friday: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Saturday: brunch 9:00am to 2:00pm and dinner 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Sunday: brunch 9:00am to 2:00pm and dinner 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Upstairs: Tuesday to Saturday: 5:30pm to 12:00am, Sunday and Monday 5:30pm to 11:00pm
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Phone number
(303) 544-5973
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Hugo Matheson
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Private party facilities
Thank you for considering The Kitchen | Boulder for your next meeting or private party. We would be happy to help you create an experience that fits your style!
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Private party contact
Carlene Isola: (303) 544-5973
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
11th Street
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Parking details
There is a large public parking facility at Spruce & 11th Street, 1/2 block from the restaurant.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 19, 2014

Delicious meal from start to finish. Waiter extremely knowledgable about the menu as well as the wine list. Briefly sat at the bar and the bartender was wonderful as well. We will not forget our meal here. A fantastic evening with delicious food.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2014

These restaurants are award winning, locally sourced, and great fun to eat at! I have been several times and I love to try the chef's pre fixe each time. Quite a bargain for a five course meal. The Kitchen's pastas are fantastic and their meat preparations are second to none. Also, be sure to order one of their custom cocktails. You won't be disappointed! And if you want a fantastic brunch spot, The Kitchen is the place. Great salads, pastas and sandwiches. And don't miss dessert! Fresh, homemade and to die for!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2014

We met friends and sampled a variety of options. casatica di Bufala, octopus, octopus, carpaccio, tomato soup appetizers were all to our liking. One in our party thought the octopus was overcooked.

For entries we tried lamb, gnocchi , risotto, chicken, and tagliatelle pasta. Everyone raved about their entrees.

Pleasant, not rushed atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2014

Really amazing service - so friendly and prompt. They even waited to deliver dessert when they saw my husband leave the table. The food was fantastic - oysters, rustic bread, homemade pasta, perfectly cooked scallops.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2014

Our evening at the Kitchen was truly memorable. The food was exquisite, and our waiter- Kenneth- was maybe the best we've had anywhere.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2014

Food and service were impeccable.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2014

All I knew of this place was that it used farm-fresh ingredients, which is what drew me to it. I assumed it would be typical farm food, but it was Italian ha. So that was a surprise. It was good though. My wife's lamb was cold. They cook it a little in advance to let it rest since it is cooked rare, but they didn't warm it up again very well. I called the waiter and told him and he graciously apologized. Then someone who was the owner or manager came and apologized as well and then they brought it back out and it was fine!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2014

One of the best dinners I've had in a long time. My mother's ramp risotto w/ spring vegetables was both beautiful and delicious. My dad's Koberstein farm steak was as expected--excellent. And my swordfish special was top notch. Not to mention the cauliflower gratin and desserts. To those who don't drink alcohol, the Tiki Soda is an outstanding accompaniment to a meal here. Also, the service from Dan and the rest of the staff is simply top tier, nothing is missed throughout the entire meal. "The Kitchen" should really be proud of the staff they have assembled. I cannot wait to return.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2014

The staff was very friendly and accommodating. We showed up about 45 minutes early for our reservation. So we went upstairs to the bar and within 10 minutes got a call telling us our table was ready. They brought our drinks down stairs for us and from there on out, the service was perfect. They bother you in the middle of your meal, but fill your water and refresh your drinks. The portions of food is great. Just enough to feel full but not so much to be bloated and gross. Everything was delicious and wonderfully presented. Overall, beautiful night. But be ready for a lively crowd, it get a bit noisy.

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2014

Our server was very friendly, but overall the service was slow. I was also surprised when we were seated in front of a large table with a toddler and a baby since I was not expecting to see families with young children dining at the restaurant. The baby cried on and off throughout dinner, and because it was cold and snowing outside, the parents stayed in the restaurant while attempting to soothe their child. I have a four year old nephew and a lot of sympathy for parents, but I have to be honest in saying that having a baby cry at the table next to me detracted from my overall experience at The Kitchen.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2014

We started at the bar before dinner. Michael suggested the best drinks. He even shared the recipe with us. That set the tone for a really fabulous night. The food was amazing and service was top rate. I saw lots of small tables but there was a large group of about 10-12 people. The restaurant handled all the different groups with no problem. Definitely recommend the Kitchen and make sure you make a reservation!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2014

Love this place! It wasn't my first time to The Kitchen and it won't be my last. The food is innovative, unpretentious, and delicious. The wine list is creative - there wasn't one thing on it that I recognized and our server was able to describe, accurately, the wines I asked about. From our charcuterie plate through the apple cobbler dessert (which is quite possibly the best apple cobbler I've ever eaten) this meal was 5 star.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2014

Our group of four went with the Taste of The Kitchen menu and each course was excellent. The service was very good, attentive, but not stuffy. We had an assigned waiter, of course, but others pitched in to serve food, take away dishes or bring silverware for the next course. My wife and I and the other couple have been going out each month for the last year and a half and we all thought our dinner at The Kitchen was one of the best yet.

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2.0Dined on March 26, 2014

I've been to and loved The Kitchen Denver - decided to try the original. While the food was good, the menu wasn't as big as in the Denver restaurant. In addition, the service was not great. The staff was friendly enough, but it took 3 hours for a weekday dinner for me and my friend. There was a long wait between finishing a shared appetizer and entrees arriving (at least 40 minutes, probably more) and the time between having our entree dishes removed and leaving (we ordered dessert, but it was still over 1 hour). The food was warm enough when it arrived, so maybe it was just an issue with the kitchen. No apologies from anyone. Either way it was not the best experience, and I probably won't be back. Too many great restaurants elsewhere.

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2.0Dined on March 26, 2014

Frankly sometimes the idea of "sourced" food can go a little too far, like telling the diner that the diver scallops were caught by "Steve" somebody. It actually reminded me a bit of watching Portlandia and bordered on the absurd. I guess when you can tell everyone where the food came from it entitles you to raise the prices to ridiculous levels. The food was OK, the pasta Bolognese was nothing exceptional and my "lamb sirloin" was thin slices of rare lamb that were very tough and not especially flavorful. Our server described the lamb as being "not piping hot like a steak" but "warmed through" however my lamb was cold. The sticky toffee pudding was quite good.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2014

We've enjoyed the Kitchen many times but this our best meal there in years. Thanks for sending the 10 year anniversary coupon and my birthday dessert coupon ... such a nice touch and much appreciated. The service was also perfect, as always. Great job!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2014

For inventive dishes, perfect execution, and marvelous flavors, The Kitchen is among the best places I've eaten in Boulder and Denver. It's noisy and crowded, but I do go for atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2014

Our waiter was well-informed, helpful, attentive and made excellent suggestions. Great food and ambiance too. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2014

We love this place & eat here at least 2-3 times whenever biz takes us to Boulder. We also eat @ Kitchen Next Door, Kitchen Upstairs. & the one in Denver as well. The food has gotten very salty for some reason, which we don't like & menu needs a bit more inventiveness, as one visit seems like any other.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2014

My wife and I have dined at The Kitchen four times and we've always found the food and ambiance excellent. We started with tomato bisque which was rich and delicious. For entrées, my wife had duck cassoulet and I had bolognese; both were excellent and we'd order them again without hesitation. The service was okay, but it was a busy night. My only problem with The Kitchen is their philosophy on wine prices. The wines start at about $60.00 and go up dramatically from there. I don't think a customer should have to pay twice as much for wine as he/she does for an entrée. I urge management to put at least a few less expensive bottles on their wine list. We settled for a couple glasses instead of a bottle, as did many of the people around us.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2014

We went for my wife's birthday and had a wonderful time ... BUT I must say I will avoid going back (except for Happy Hour) as the wine prices are WAY too high compared to other extremely good restaurant options we have in Boulder.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2014

Wonderful menu with creative ingredients working well together. Only drawback was the noise. We will still return.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2014

We heard about The Kitchen from a friend and decided to try it out for our anniversary dinner. I absolutely love that you know where all the food comes from. The server was very knowledgable and helped us make our selections. Great atmosphere and great experience all around. Will definitely go again for a special night out.

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2014

Everything was fresh and extremely tasty. Great ambiance. Very accomadating with food -we were a picky bunch and all enjoyed their dinner. The Brussels sprouts were the best!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2014

I've never been disappointed at the Kitchen, Boulder, or at the Kitchen, Upstairs. I was really pleased when they changed their policy to accept reservations for parties under six.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Food ranged from very good to great (temp issues aside). Service was knowledgeable but lacking at times. Very pricey. Both service and kitchen missed a beat or two. Not that you would normally notice, but at these prices?

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3.0Dined on February 7, 2014

Overall I enjoyed my meal at Kitchen however, what is it with restaurants these days serving nothing with a main course? I had the fish special of the day that came with a minute amount of vegetables and a few cubed potatoes. Realy for $34 you might expect sometthing resembling a decent amount of a starch and vegetable.

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2014

Great food and service but be prepared to spend too much.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2014

If I was rich I'd eat here every week, the food is great, the philosophy of the place is great, the service is superb. Pricey, but unlike many places, you actually get what you pay for.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2014

I've dined at The Kitchen many times and have never been disappointed. Farm-to-table fresh ingredients and creative preparations. Great wine list for pairing. Happy scene in downtown Boulder.

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2014

Superb food, great service. The Kitchen never fails to please.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2014

MIchelin doesn''t rate restaurants in Boulder but The Kitchen deserves a star. The setting is plain but the food and service are extraordinary. On a recent visit my companion and I split a porterhouse steak and she said it was the best steak she'd ever had. They also had an amazing gouda cheese and dipping their rustic bread into their tomato soup was incredible. The server was very helpful in deciding what to order. I have eaten there numerous times over the years and have never gotten bad food or service.

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3.0Dined on January 21, 2014

The menu is extremely limited and they try too hard to be "cutting edge." The taste quality is therefore sacrificed.

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2014

Huge fun of small restaurants and this is a prime example why. Food is beyond incredible, you can tell the amount of effort that gets puts in. Tables were a tad tight, but was not a huge deal.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2014

Excellent service. Nice, quiet dinner.

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2.0Dined on January 3, 2014

Been here before and enjoyed it. This meal and the service was simply average.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2014

Our family ate here as we stopped in Boulder after a ski trip. Everything is made fresh and they have an outstanding menu for food and drinks. We have been her before and would highly recommend this restaurant! Food is amazing and the service is outstanding. It is very popular so would recommend making a reservation in advance.

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3.0Dined on December 28, 2013

Good food and great service. Well constructed cocktails. Both of our entrees were a little over salted though.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2013

Another visit to The Kitchen and another visit where everything was perfect. Our food was over-the-top delicious with awesome combinations of ingredients--inventive and beautifully prepared, server and wine steward were both knowledgeable and friendly. We always have great meals at The Kitchen!

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4.0Dined on December 19, 2013

Excellent dishes prepared from fresh ingredients. Rather eclectic wine list.

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