West End Tavern

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The West End Tavern has been serving up craft beer -- 20 on tap at all times -- for generations in Boulder, CO. For decades this tavern has been a spot for the community to congregate over fine beer and good eats! The West End Tavern hosts wonderful tasting events to broaden the horizons of valued patrons, introducing them to the exciting and dynamic world of craft beer.

Pull up a stool and enjoy a crisp lager or a complex India pale ale. Pair that with great comfort food and you certainly have a stellar day on your hands. The West End Tavern promotes a lively atmosphere and keeps an approachable, expert staff who is ready to answer any question. Enjoy smoked ribs, hot soups and buffalo wings for lunch and dinner. Join The West End Tavern today and kick off a flavorful experience.
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MJ
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice place for a casual dinner, good food and service.

r
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food + good service + awesome ambiance = a must visit if you’re in Boulder. Get the ribs and the brisket. Can’t beat those two.

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Responded 3 days ago

Randy, Thank you for the really nice review. We agree the ribs and brisket are really great. Hope to see you soon.

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JD
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and good food. 4 stars because the CU game was on, and out of 4 TVs upstairs, only one had directTv to show the game. Everyone in the bar had to try to position themselves to watch one of the awkwardly placed TVs. It was homecoming. Look I get that directTV is a pain but idk maybe think about that beforehand and at least try to get the game on 2 out of the 4. It’s 2019. Figure it out. If not for that, then there would be no complaints.

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Responded 3 days ago

Jamie. Thank you for taking the time to review the tavern. We have direct TV on all TVs but one that has only Comcast the TV you are describing. We are going to be carrying Comcast on all the TVS next year since the PAC 12 is only on Comcast and CU games are played on that Channel more than ESPN. We realize that lots of folks are coming in to enjoy the Buffs games. Hope to see you soon at the tavern, and glad you had a fun time over homecoming weekend. All the best, GO BUFFS. Ashley

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IL
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the West End Tavern, good drinks, good food, nice buzz inside

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Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Ian for the nice review.

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SP
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We sat outside so noise was not a factor. Service was great. Outdoor seating was comfortable and with space heaters warm for fall evening dining.

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Responded on October 20, 2019

Sue - Thank you for the nice review. We appreciate the feedback. Glad you enjoyed the rooftop seating. Hope to see you soon. Ashley

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PB
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was great. Food, drink and ambiance was exactly what we were looking for.

AD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I've been going to West End Tavern for years. Recommended it as a place to meet up with some friends and wasn't disappointed with this visit. In fact, my friend who has lived all over the south commented that it's the best BBQ he's had so far in Colorado!

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Responded on September 19, 2019

Wow, thank you for the great review. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know. Hope to see you soon.

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KL
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super food, fast service, great drinks. Loves it! We had parents, grandparents and kids too with us. BBQ was fabulous!

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Responded on September 19, 2019

Thank you Kristin. we hope you get to visit us again real soon.

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ET
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always a good place for good with guests from out of town- good food-drinks- service.

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Responded on September 12, 2019

Thank you Eezee, we appreciate the feedback.

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JM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place
Always excellent!
Will keep coming back

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Responded on September 12, 2019

Thank you Julie, for the nice review.

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B
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience

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Responded on September 3, 2019

Thank you for the nice review.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Daughter visiting from college

SF
New England
62 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place for a beer or meal. Rooftop seating and they have umbrellas in case it's too hot! Very attentive waitstaff, nice selection of beers.

DB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very courteous and greeted myself and the other customers in a friendly manner. Both the food and beer hit the spot and arrived fairly quickly. The hostess did an amazing job.

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Responded on August 18, 2019

Dennis, Thank you for the nice review. We appreciate the feedback.

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SR
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've lived in Boulder County for a few years, but this was my first visit. I loved the cool interior on a summer day, dark booths and wooden bar. Great pork barbecue sandwich for lunch. West End Tavern just joined my list of favorites.

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Responded on August 5, 2019

We appreciate the nice review. We are glad you got to enjoy the tavern and the BBQ selections.

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ME
Western KY
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their roof top dining views are amazing! the food is amazing and the atmosphere is contagious:)

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Responded on July 31, 2019

Thank you Megan. We love the Feedback and we hope you get to come in again real soon.

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SS
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The rooftop seating was great with a wonderful view of the mountains. Service was good and waiter was friendly. Food was average. Getting a falafel burger at a BBQ restaurant was probably not smart on my part, but it was gritty and very dry. Fish and Chips looked good and the wedge salad was good too.

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Responded on July 31, 2019

Schelli, Thank you for taking the time to review the Tavern. I will share your feedback with the Chef. We hope you can visit us again and please try the burnt ends. They are amazing.

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KF
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service, would go back for sure!!!

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Responded on July 31, 2019

Thank you for the nice review. Hope you visit us again real soon.

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L
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We asked for a rooftop table and got it. Our waitress was very accommodating and attentive. The Dirty chicken wings were really good as well as the brisket plate that several of us ordered. The slaw on the brisket plate was exceptionally tasty, not too much dressing, very light and the jalapeno corn muffin was delicious.
All around good experience.

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Responded on July 31, 2019

Letitia, Thank you for sharing your visit at the Tavern. It means a lot to us to get such nice feedback. I will pass along to the West End Crew. Hope to see you soon. Ashley

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MC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I prefer fish to red meat and we were pleasantly surprised at how well the ruby red trout was prepared and tasted. In addition, all the side dishes were excellent including the cornbread, sweet potato fries and the charred brussel sprouts. All the staff from seating hostess to waiter were fun, energetic and concerned about our service and food preparation. We have lived in Boulder many years and had never tried the West End Tavern. Now it is on our "go to" list in Boulder.

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Responded on July 31, 2019

Micheal, Thank you for such a nice review. We are so happy you found us and now we are a part of the rotation. We will be looking forward to your next visit. Thank you again for sharing. We have a great happy hour and roof top patio to enjoy dinner on in the summer months. All the best, Ashley

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LK
Nashville
23 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place! First time in Colorado.

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Responded on July 31, 2019

Thank you Len.

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JT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was great, wait wasn't long, staff was very friendly, the ambiance was relaxed. My only negative comment, the bar was having a month of July IPA's recognition. Not a fan of IPA beer.

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Responded on July 9, 2019

Jeff, Thank you for the nice review, I appreciate the feedback and we will reconsider having more options on the draft lines, It is a little much if you are not a fan of IPA. Have a great week. Ashley

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c
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Even though this is a bbq restaurant, it was unusual for everything to be pretty spicy. We noticed jalapenos in many items, corn bread, beans etc. The sausage was so spicy you only tasted very HOT spice-again maybe an overload of jalapenos? The Brisket was very fatty, not sliced like we are used to- no smoke lines past the wet crust. We decided to try the donuts- very greasy, we should have said something but didn't. The dipping sauce was not a sauce but liquid chocolate-kind of like watery spiced hot chocolate. We faired better in Nederland for bbq. Service was good.

D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beer and whiskey selection outstanding. Our waiter was attentive and even bought our dessert since we were from his home area back east. Smoked trout dip is top notch. Ribs tender and very flavorful. We'll be back for sure.

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Responded on July 9, 2019

Thank you for the really nice review. We appreciate the feedback and I will share your review with Seth. He was very happy to be your server that night.

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WC
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited on a Tuesday evening, and we got to eat up top (on the roof)! Canyon provided great service, and the food was impeccable!!!

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Responded on July 9, 2019

Thank you Wendy for taking the time to review us. Glad you had a nice visit on the rooftop. I will share your review with Canyon. Hope to see you soon.

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RM
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome impromptu Father’s Day lunch. Best French dip ever.

M
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We sat on their roof which was very pleasant. The waiter recommended the burnt-ends as an appetizer. They were rather fatty and not very burnt. My son ordered the brisket which was very good. I asked our waiter if the ribs were lean and falling off the bone. He assured me they were. They were not even close to falling off the bone. They were pretty lean and the flavor was good but I am particular about my ribs. I would have been happy to order the pulled pork if I had know. The service was so-so. After the initial service he rarely checked up on us. We had ask other wait staff for refills on our water multiple times. Overall I had a great time with my son but next time I will pick another restaurant.

JG
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Sat up on roof deck on a beautiful Boulder evening. Lovely and festive atmosphere. I had a salad with felafel. It was good. I guess the place is known for its burgers and they were apparently great as my co-diner noted. Definitely would go back. Inside atmosphere is also great.

West End Tavern
Responded on June 16, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your visit to the Tavern. We hope you get to come by again real soon and try out a burger. See you soon.

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DP
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service !

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Responded on June 11, 2019

Thank you Dennis, we are glad you had a nice visit.

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DP
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BBQ is on point. Good selection of beers. Servers are great. Always love eating at the WET.

a
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Burnt ends are AMAZING from here and the cornbread is delish

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Responded on June 6, 2019

Thank you Amanda. We appreciate the feedback. We hope you can visit us again really soon.

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OT
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great brisket, great barrel-pick bourbon, rose' served nicely chilled, yummy pecan pie, great service!

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Responded on June 6, 2019

Thank you, we are glad you had a nice visit.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great except we were sat at a table that was probably 24”x24”. Cramped

WS
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Great roof top patio! The chairs were too big for the table though, very minor thing. I was just hard to get in and out of the table. The food was yummy!

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Responded on May 14, 2019

Thank you for the nice review. We appreciate the feedback and hope to see you soon.

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GB
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a quiet brunch on a sunny, breezy Sunday. Casual but very good food.

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Responded on May 14, 2019

Glad you enjoyed the brunch. Thank you for reviewing the tavern.

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JN
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Pretty bad service. Took SO long to make orders. Our appetizers came out before our drinks. The restaurant had run out of ribs - one of the most popular dishes - by 7pm. We went the night before graduation so clearly a very busy night and it didn’t seem like they were prepared at all. Won’t be going back for awhile, sadly!

F
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, loud bar atmosphere. Enjoyable with great fast service!

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Responded on May 1, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review the tavern. We hope to see you soon.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great deviled egg appetizer, with great presentation, perfect for Easter. Our meals with both great. The donut dunking dessert was perfect. A great night

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Responded on April 23, 2019

Thank you for doing us for easter, and we appreciate the feedback. Hope you can visit us again soon.

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l
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good beer and food selection. When one dish was served cold, wait staff were super responsive and helpful. Always love the character of the place.

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Responded on April 20, 2019

Glad you had a nice visit and we were able to take care of you. Hope you can visit us again sometime soon.

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r
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best bbq in all of boulder.BBQ pork Brisket & Tips unbeatable.

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Responded on September 3, 2019

Thank you Rhonda. We appreciate the feedback and hope you can visit us again real soon.

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