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Arcana

4.6
4.6
505 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm

  • Phone number

    (303) 444-3885

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Samuel McCandless

  • Private party facilities

    Cocktail Parties, Dinner Parties and Full Restaurant Buyouts.

  • Private party contact

    Louisa Clark: (303) 444-3885

  • Neighborhood

    Boulder

  • Cross street

    9th St

  • Parking details

    Street parking & parking garage available. Garage is located on the south side of Walnut St just one block east of ARCANA.

  • Public transit

    Walking distance from Boulder Transit.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 505 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. KM

    KatieM

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on May 7, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Excellent, friendly service. Delicious food. Oh...those mussels---delicious!
  2. A

    Anyone

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a really great experience. The food was terrific. I especially enjoyed the cabbage with carrot chorizo. It was creative and delicious. Matthew, our server, did a really good job of recommending food. The highlight of the evening was Michael, the wine guy. He was so knowledgeable and completely delightful. I can’t wait to return.
  3. KB

    KielB

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delight service and food. We loved all our dishes but the pork green chili was our favorite. Overall a wonderful experience!
  4. H

    Hunter

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t wait to go back! Wonderful staff, service, food, ambiance.
  5. S

    Stephanie

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service, as always! We came here for a late Valentine’s Day celebration on Friday. From the moment you arrive to when you leave you are truly taken care of. The food is well thought out and portions are just right to enjoy many dishes without being too full for dessert (a true value in my opinion!). We had cocktails, wine and dessert drinks, all delicious and their wine staff is always ready to help you make decisions. I can’t rave enough, arcana is worth the drive from Denver any day.
  6. MK

    MarK

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Menu is very limited. Are mostly appetizers /small plates. Kale salad and mussels very good.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here never disappoints. One of my favorite places for a special occasion meal in Boulder. Dishes are creative, delicious, and seasonal.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit and we were delighted...the initial menus were meat-heavy but they are now more diverse and appealing. Happy hour menu very good, especially pimento cheese and hamburgers. We'll be back. It could become a new tradition!
  9. A

    Alex

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My GF and I went to Arcana for Valentines day. They had a preset menu of three options for each course. I was not disappointed by a single dish! The food was fantastic! Each dish was creatively crafted and spanned flavors not often found together. The elk tartar sticks out, transitioning from the sweet of the cherries to the smokiness of the elk. The service was also some of the best I've ever had. Each staff member that approached the table was able to judge it and serve us appropriately. I don't think I've ever seen a better team effort. My only knock would be the tiny drinks. It would be nice to have more than three sips when you are paying $10-$20.
  10. CG

    CathyG

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love how the menu is evolving. Especially enjoyed the trout-chovy bagna cauda salad dressing! Entrees (chicken and beef) were spectacular.
  11. P

    Pema

    Denver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The staff at this restaurant is one of the best - kind, attentive, and interested but not intrusive. The chicken main dish was very good and the Farmer's Cheese starter was interesting; a bruschetta with soft cheese and winter citrus fruits. The second course of Coal Cabbage was confusing and I could not understand what the chef was trying to do with roasted red cabbage, Gold Hill Cheese, Pine Nuts, and some parsley. I have had a good dining experience with them before and so will follow their menu and give another chance.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was delicious! The service was great and it’s a great hidden brunch spot. I never would have known they had brunch had my friend not recommended it to me. We ordered the bucket of mimosas for celebrating a birthday. I can never complain about mimosas! I got the breakfast Sammie and it was great! The honey hone, sausage the white cheddar cheese and the mayo. It was a great breakfast sandwich. I wish the egg had been runnier. The drip coffee was absolutely amazing! Also they brought us the carrot coffee cake as a birthday treat and it was absolutely fantastic! Especially with the cream cheese butter topping thing. Great meal!!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Early Valentines Celebration. Everything was wonderful and the service, quality of the food, wine pairings were all excellent.
  14. JG

    JudyG

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Arcana is one of our favorite restaurants. The food and service are impeccable. Having dinner in Arcana is always a treat.
  15. b

    boulderfoodies

    Denver

    225 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    225 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had dinner at Arcana before attending a movie at Boedecker, so we went early and told our waiter of our time constraint. She assured us that she would have us out of there in plenty of time and she did. To save time, we settled for their focaccia instead of appetizers. Good choice! My wife ordered the chicken (very good) and I had the New York strip, supplemented with short rib chunks (nice touch!) and other sides, all of which were excellent. My wife had a mixed drink (Dallas Divide), which she liked very much. I started with a nice Txakolina (Ameztoi) - delicious - and enjoyed a glass of Saint-Cyr Chenas with my main. We even had time for the Lemon Ice Box Pie that both of us thought was outstanding. Be sure to save room for it it you go to Arcana.
  16. KB

    KellyBoulder

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the happy hour wine!!!! Can't go wrong with their burger and fries. The Arcana kitchen and staff is also very accommodating with food allergies, which we greatly appreciate!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect in every way!
  18. SL

    SethL

    Denver

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2019

    overall2food3service4ambience4
    Flavors were decent but the price for the portion was poor. My wife’s blackened trout was totally black, borderline burnt. We will not return.
  19. CA

    CarrieA

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Arcana for a baby shower. They were wonderful, the food was great, it was a fun atmosphere, and we were all thrilled with everything. I highly recommend.
  20. b

    bbc1

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I would commend Arcana on their imaginative menu and on their excellent execution. It is so common these days to dine at restaurants that prefer to play it safer with their menu choices. This was my 6th visit to Arcana. It continues to shine. I will certainly be coming back again soon.
  21. m

    mike

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Impeccable service, innovative dishes, good happy hour that applies at tables as well as at the bar (unlike some). Also, the piped music is at the bar, keeping it quieter at the tables in the back.
  22. AS

    ASANYC

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing, and the staff have a way of always making you feel like a VIP.
  23. E

    Erika

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic restaurant! I love the combination of flavors in every dish I have tried. And it is a great place to go if you are interested in conversation - somehow it seems designed to be quieter than some other Boulder hot spots.
  24. 2

    2intrepiddiners

    Denver

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2019

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    One thing to keep in mind is the food menu is one very short page, whereas the bar menu goes on for pages. We were also looking for something a little less noisy. It’s a beautiful space. Go here if you’re mainly interested in drinking and having a snack, otherwise keep in mind that their short selection of dinner entrées is very expensive and you get a very small portion for a very high price . The service was excellent (British guy).
  25. BJ

    BarbaraJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    My daughter and I were pleasantly pleased with an excellent dinner. Alex was very very good in guiding us on the menu and his suggestions were excellent.
  26. K

    Katsym

    Denver

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never fails to be a wonderful dining experience Excellent food , drinks and service . Farmers toast with Colorado peaches were delicious . Perfectly cooked lamb and steak enteees. Best place to eat in Boulder
  27. BF

    BoulderFamilyMan

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    My fourth time to arcana this year. Was really unimpressed with all the food this time. Lobster and grits was super bland. Lamb dish was good but a little weird. Steak was over cooked and not that flavorful. Crab hush puppies were mealy. Service was just OK.
  28. GP

    GaleP

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The perfect dinner! Everything we ate, from the appetizers to the salad, entree, and dessert was just wonderful! I highly recommend this outstanding restaurant.
  29. PM

    PamM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. t's our go-to special restaurant because the food is incredible, the service is stellar, the vibe is relaxed and just the right amount of trendy (classy without being obnoxious) AND you can have a conversation there with more than one couple, as it's not too loud. My husband and I have enjoyed dinner at the bar, we've taken my parents there, we've gone on double dates there, and I did a birthday brunch with girlfriends there. It's one of Boulder's best upscale restaurants and that's saying a lot because there are so many great options in this town.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2018

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    I went here with my boyfriend while on a ski trip in Colorado. It was our one fancy night out and to ourselves. The ambiance was lively and warm. A great escape from the cold outside. The hostess was friendly and quick even though we were a little early. Our server was knowledgeable, quick, and friendly as well. We decided to order a few things and share with each other. I also ordered a cocktail. It was well balanced and tasty. The fritters appetizers flavor was there ,but they were dry. The dip helped. We ordered the corn dumplings next. The dumplings were starchy and un flavorful. The sauce they were in was very well flavored, but the tomatillos acid was very strong. If you have any acid reflux avoid this dish. We ordered the lamb for our main course. The dish has potatoes on the side which were over cooked. It didn’t have much else to compliment it. The lamb belly was tasty but burnt on the outside. The lamb shank itself was a bad cut of meat. Over half of it was fat. There was about one real bite of meat on it. I did inform the waitress of this and she offered to bring us a new one but we declined. It was already late and we had a 6am flight the next day. This dish was not worth 35$ at all. Order something else. Overall for the price of the meal I would not go back to the restaurant. The food wasn’t worth it.
  31. HK

    HannahK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant never disappoints. The menu is divine, and this is one of the few places where the actual meal surpasses the description. Everything is beyond delicious and the coffee is very good, hard to find in restaurants. The seating is cozy and the decor is beautiful, especially the bathrooms! The drinks are perfectly mixed with unusual and creative concoctions. The desserts are outstanding and not overly sweet. I highly recommend brunch, lunch and dinner here.
  32. E

    Elcolorado

    Denver

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice place, enjoyed almost everything. Liked the menu & cocktail selections, the vibe was hip & lively. The only complaint I have is the lamb chop, which was so full of fat chunks there almost wasn't anything to eat. But the appetizers were very good and my dining companion's corn masala green chile was great.
  33. AR

    AndrewR

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Great food and service. Good happy hour menu!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time! Four of us shared 2 hors d'oeurves and 2 mains and each dish was interesting and delicious. Our waiter was helpful and attentive. The restaurant is very pretty. P.S. The martini was exceptional as well.
  35. d

    davidb

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most delicious dinner in a long time.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience. Took our family from out of town, and we all loved it. Best food I’ve eaten in a long time.
  37. B

    Barton

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2018

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Pretty good place. Pork chop came out a little burnt, things were a little under-seasoned, and all of the vegetables on the plate felt like an afterthought without a lot of love or flavor. Only really not good thing was dessert, the doughnuts were really dense and weird, and the fluff that came with them seemed interesting it was kind of boring, the ice cream was bomb. The service was good and very knowledgable, manager was all over, very attentive staff.
  38. CL

    CathyL

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our firs visit. We shared a wonderful meal with our daughter who was visiting from out of town. The three of us split two entrees, two appetizers, and a dessert. We all rolled out quite full after a memorable meal. We’ll be back!
  39. NS

    NenaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was, by far, the most enjoyable dining experience of the year for me and my family. We went for my birthday and my mom and dad came along. My father is a chef himself and we’ve spent much of my 31 years visiting exquisite restaurants across the country and in Europe. The service was impeccable. The food was not only fantastically delicious but also extremely inventive. It was my dad who said that this was by far the best dining experience of the year for him and I couldn’t agree more, and I know he and my mom go out to eat often. The salt roasted beet was completely unexpected and wonderful! And my lamb chop was exactly what I was looking for: savory, luscious and hearty. Check out Arcana. It’s a very special place.
  40. SL

    SunnyL

    Denver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, our server was lovely and the ambiance was hip but welcoming. We loved it.

FAQs

Arcana offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 444-3885.

Arcana is rated 4.6 stars by 505 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    9th St

  • Neighborhood

    Boulder

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking & parking garage available. Garage is located on the south side of Walnut St just one block east of ARCANA.

  • Public transit

    Walking distance from Boulder Transit.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Samuel McCandless

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (303) 444-3885

  • Private party facilities

    Cocktail Parties, Dinner Parties and Full Restaurant Buyouts.

  • Private party contact

    Louisa Clark: (303) 444-3885

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