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Permanently Closed - Walnut Brewery

210 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Great for Lunch

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Boulder’s Original Brewpub offers seasonal and traditional options for lunch and dinner alongside award-winning beer brewed on-site. Located a block off Boulder’s historic Pearl Street mall, the Walnut Brewery offers locals and visitors a casual alternative for dining.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Brewery, American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 11am - 11pm / Friday - Saturday: 11am - Midnight /
Happy Hour - Monday - Friday: 3pm - 6pm & 10pm - Close
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Phone number
(303) 447-1345
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eric Hulme
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Parking details
Public parking garage directly across the street from the restaurant. We validate up to one hour. Parking in the garage is free on Saturdays and Sundays. Meter street parking is also available. Free street parking after 7pm and also on Sunday all day.
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Public transit
Boulder bus terminal is located two blocks east of the Walnut Brewery.
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Special events & promotions
Please reach out to Scott Elias for any inquiries to large group events.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on May 29, 2017

So we arrived right as it started raining with a group of 6 adults and 3 children. Didn't have to wait long. Great atmosphere! The only downside was that the food took a very long time to come once ordered. Over 30 mins. But the waiter was great and gave us a discount for the wait. Also, considering the rain brought in several parties all at the same time, I was more understanding of the wait. The food was outstanding! I'd go back the next time I'm in Boulder!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on May 27, 2017

Disappointed with the change to the Chicken and waffles plate. But still good service.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on May 12, 2017

Food was very good. Service was excellent. Fun and friendly environment.

luv2eat (Salt Lake City)
2.0  Dined on April 28, 2017

Food was good. Service was terrible. The whole table didn't have a drink refill the entire time we were there. The waitress wouldn't even acknowledge we were talking to her.

DrDave (Jacksonville)
4.0  Dined on April 15, 2017

Very nice, large restaurant that is known for it's beer. And the beer is indeed very good, and should be explored. Service was very fast and efficient. The food was okay, but unexceptional. But this is a college town, and I would enjoy the great beer and have some bar snacks here anytime.

vipCOFoodie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 12, 2017

Family weekend lunch. Service was outstanding; server very pleasant and helpful; without being overbearing. Started with the pub pretzels and dip; very good. Two of us ordered cod fish and chips - good enough for pub food; two others ordered the salmon fish and chips and stated also good. Other had chicken fried chicken which she really liked. Will return.

vipKelly (Denver)
4.0  Dined on March 4, 2017

Really good hamburgers!! Excellent pizza too. We enjoy coming down to The Walnut Brewery and think it's The Best in town!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on March 3, 2017

Always good pub food. Great beers.

gfgirl (Denver)
4.0  Dined on February 26, 2017

Let me start by saying, the service here is fabulous. Our waiter was just attentive enough without being overly so, and he kept our beverages coming without our having to ask even once.

The food, however, is another matter. My compatriots ordered the fish & chips and the salmon fish & chips. According to my family, the regular fish & chips was very soggy, which is indicative of the fish being fried at too low a temperature. It was cooked through, but soggy. The salmon fish & chips were severely overdone - it was very obvious visually, and they were dry.

Personally, I have a celiac disease, and the waiter was extremely knowledgeable about which items I could or could not have, and many of the items can be modified to be gluten free. I ended up ordering the citrus kale salad, which wasn't the best choice. The dressing was nice, as were the toppings (e.g., cranberries, etc.), but the chicken was a tad dry. In addition, the kale still had the stems in it - I didn't expect this and halfway broke a tooth (I exaggerate, but you get the point). The kale stems were very hard, and the kale itself was quite dirty, such that you could feel the grains as you were chewing. The salad overall tasted good, but I don't think I would order it again.

Now to dessert. They were very accommodating in treating the birthday boys to dessert. I cannot have the desserts personally due to my celiac disease, but the birthday boys elected to try the donut holes and the carrot cake. Reportedly, the donuts were a little over-fried, but still decent. They serve them with caramel sauce. The carrot cake, which is apparently made with their red ale (unusual, right?), was apparently exquisite. They make it in-house every day, and the birthday boys thought it was just fabulous. It's also HUGE, more than enough for two to share.

Overall, I could see visiting this place again for dessert for someone else, and possibly to see what other items could be made gluten free. We shall see. ;)

GLRyan (Denver)
3.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

Good food, nice atmosphere. Slow service. Make sure you have plenty of time to spend here for dinner.

lynnewrites (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

The waitstaff was pretty slow with a few easy requests but friendly. My husband loved his chicken & waffles & others in group liked fish & chips but my margarita pizza arrived cold, was not reheated but remade which took so long I could only have one bite before we had to go (concert) then too long to wait for a box so I left without it (which was ok since it strangely had tons of pesto on it making it not a marg pizza at all). if we come again, I'll order chicken.

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2017

Newly discovered this place. Pretty yummy with a varied menu and good atmosphere

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2017

Awesome place for food and a brew. Great beers and helpful staff.

Meals (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2017

2nd time there. Group dining >10 and the service was outstanding. Great bar food along with specialty items. Ambience was exactly what we were looking for for the get together.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 8, 2017

We went to the brewery for a celebration of our cousin's 90th birthday and they did it right.
The waiter and other staff were excellent, food was very good and we were treated special. Have already shared our dinning experience with friends and will definitely return the next time we are in town. All the entree portions were large and well presented. The birthday carrot cake was outstanding, we all agreed it was the best we ever tasted.

vipUnique (Denver)
2.0  Dined on January 6, 2017

Some of the food was amazing (Bison Fajitas) some was fine but uninspired.

jz4JC (Denver)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

The food and service was excellent. Our server was courteous, professional and very helpful especially in describing menu options for a person with a garlic allergy. We celebrated New Year's Eve at Walnut Brewery and looking for forward to return for lunch or dinner.

OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2016

Great restaurant! Perfect atmosphere to watch a game and good for families. The service was excellent!

vipElle (Denver)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2016

Was very satisfied! Enjoyed a couple of beers and a veggie burger, and everyone in the party enjoyed their meals, too. Prompt service.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2016

Comfortable hardy food--informal family surroundings