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Cafe Aion

4.0
4
259 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Cafe Aion in Boulder, Colorado offers traditional Spanish tapas in a casual atmosphere. Come for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and on cool days, you can cozy up next to the fireplace. A warming cup of the house chai will take the chill from your bones, and you can enjoy a house-baked croissant, cinnamon roll or donut as well. Cafe Aion has a number of house specialties including the olive oil poached cod with garbanzos and olives, and a BLT with house-cured bacon and cumin-scented potato chips. The eggs Benedict with house-cured ham is subtly flavored, and a great way to start your morning. Whatever you choose at Cafe Aion, you can count on meticulous preparation and outstanding service.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Mediterranean, Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday : 11:00am - 3:00pm Weekend Brunch: Saturday & Sunday : 9:00am - 3:00pm Happy Hour: 3:00p - 6:00pm daily, All night Tuesdays Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday: 3:00pm -10:00pm Closed Mondays

  • Phone number

    (303) 993-8131

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Dakota Soifer

  • Private party facilities

    Cafe Aion is the perfect place for just about any gathering.  We can host events varying insize and complexity from breakfast and lunch meetings through to dinner parties, birthdaysand wedding dinners.  For a more casual atmosphere we have the lounge, a space largeenough for up to 30 people,  cocktails and conversation and ample bar space for tapas andplatters.  If your function requires a sit-down or more formal atmosphere we are more thanhappy to work with you to customize a menu, wine pairings, a cocktail list and set aside thedining room just for you and your guests.

  • Private party contact

    Kenny Rowe: (303) 993-8131

  • Neighborhood

    Boulder

  • Cross street

    13th

  • Parking details

    Plenty of on-street Parking is available. There are also a few parking lots within two blocks (13th & Penn) and (12th & Pleasant.)

  • Public transit

    There is a RTD Stop 1 Block to the East serving the HOP, SKIP, DASH, AB, B, DD, GS, 203, 204 and the 225.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 259 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. ED

    EmDB

    Denver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A thoroughly enjoyable restaurant, Cafe Aion (near the college and Fox Theater) is a wonderful place for paella and delicious tapas (don't miss the fried cauliflower or the mushrooms in season. There paellas are delicious but not as large as they think (they say it serves two, which it does with appetizers, etc., but men and some could easily order just one per person). Ambience is great. It's out of the way (if you aren't near the college) but absolutely worth the drive. I've brought many friends from out-of-town and all enjoyed it immensely. If you live in Boulder, check out the many specials held on different days of the week. Despite being near the college, parking has never been a problem.
  2. SS

    SSM1

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great ambiance and Tapas! The restaurant has a charming Urban vibe and the food is delicious!
  3. P

    Perly

    Denver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous. Staff are terrific. Delicious food with vegetarian options. I think of it as "casual elegance!"
  4. F

    Flybycats

    Denver

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our second visit and did not disappoint. Waiter was happy to allow me to taste a number of the wines before settling on the choice for dinner. Dinner was excellent as usual. Desert was amazing.
  5. L

    Likestohike

    Denver

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For department events -- e.g., taking a visiting speaker out to lunch -- this place is just perfect. There are delicious options for both carnivores and vegetarians, and the food is always delicious. Servers are always very friendly and relatively efficient though if you need to be out of there under an hour, you will want to let them know. My favorite place on the Hill next to the university.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2016

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    No draft beer. Wait staff didn't know about the wines. Food marginal. Too bad. Cool place. Sad to watch it go down hill. We won't be back.
  7. O

    Omnivore

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is our "go to" place on the Hill when you don't want fast food. And the ambiance is delightful.
  8. LC

    LesleyC

    Denver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    A cute college town place with an out of the ordinary menu. Frittata was pretty unremarkable, French toast good.
  9. AB

    AlisonB

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don't expect a restaurant on "the hill" in Boulder to be quiet and of high quality, but it WAS. The ambiance for my birthday lunch was peaceful and lovely, in a very well-decked-out space, with great service. We had the cauliflower, kale and sweet potato fries for apps and some main courses, but I was mostly distracted by the excellent iced tea and fries. I can't wait to go back for dinner! I'm glad they were open when most places close in between lunch and dinner.
  10. ME

    MelissaE

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food. Great atmosphere. Just two issues It was 95 degrees that evening and there was no air conditioning. Waitress made us keep our silverware for every course. Will definitely return.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good overall, but they were out of some things on the menu.
  12. PG

    PickyGourmet

    Cleveland

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    We had a mixed experience having brunch at this very casual Spanish "tapas" (sort of) restaurant. This is a casual, college campus eatery rather than an upscale restaurant. Some of the food was sublime, some just average or below par. The chai-soaked French toast was delicious, as was the house-cured bacon. I had a gazpacho thickened with bread and drizzed with basil oil -- far more sophisticated and high cuisine than the restaurant's ambiance would suggest. The Merguez flatbread was tasty (wonderful authentic seasoning on the merguez) but presentation left a lot to be desired. The description suggested a pizza-like presentation rather than the sausage on a flat piece of bread that I got. The baked eggs were a hit, but the fried chicken sandwich received a pan from my brother-in-law.
  13. C

    Cole

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly the best bite in Boulder! Great location on the hill, quiet, inside is amazing, outside is cute, food is perfect. Cafe Aion never fails to satisfy.
  14. k

    kdclancy

    Denver

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, wine and service. Location is great for CU events.
  15. JC

    JerryC

    Denver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great Moroccan-style tapas and plates. Good Happy Hour with $2 Sangria from 3 to 5 pm and all day on Tuesday. We'll be back!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2016

    overall4food5service1ambience2
    The food was very good, which saved the day for this place. The surface of our table on the patio was in pretty bad shape and the table would not sit level. Although the two female servers were pleasant, they seemed quite confused, taking a long time to bring us various parts of our meal, giving some of our order to other tables, giving us a drink order from another table (part of which they spilled on our table), and completely forgetting about certain requests (eg clean small plates after we finished our tapas.) Maybe they were overloaded, maybe they were just green or untrained, but a big improvement should be made in this area.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hidden gem! Great service by Cassidy and the staff there. Food was delicious and were plenty of different plates for everyone and their various tastes.
  18. JB

    JoanB

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2016

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    It wasn't the experience I expected. Two months before when I ate lunch at Café Aion, I was impressed by the quality and depth of the food choices. That's when I decided to take by daughter there. The restaurant was out of both meals we ordered, and the substitutes were not satisfactory. Only the fresh squeezed orange and my daughter's salad were something I would recommend. There were no other diners because it was a late lunch.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We liked the paella very much. And the cauliflower tapas is a must. We were attending the Colorado Shakespeare Festival later that night, so Café Aion made it a special night.
  20. m

    ms48910

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2016

    overall1food1service5ambience1
    Every dish we ordered was swimming in a sea of oil. Extremely disappointing.
  21. PS

    PSmurf

    Denver

    122 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful assortment of Tapas, some quite unique, and all very good. In keeping with the menu, the well-thought-out wine list leans towards the Spanish wines. The highlight of the menu are the Paella selections, including a vegetarian choice. They are worth the 40-minute wait (get lots of Tapas & wine, and relax). An informal and relaxed ambience, inside and outside. Attentive, friendly service. Quietly represents one of the best of Boulder (and beyond). We hadn't been here for a while, and that's a mistake!
  22. DB

    DrewBQ

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! There for 5 year wedding anniversary and could not have picked a nicer spot. We were there early and it was quiet. May get louder later in the evening.
  23. Q

    Qman714

    Portland

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Smallish bistro with a cozy feel, good food and great service. The curbside tables are great places to watch the campus scene go by.
  24. B

    Bill

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Perfect experience. A typical colorado spring deluge of rain combined with an intimate, homey dining experience.
  25. A

    Aspen

    Denver

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We hadn't been to Aion for a while so went on Wednesday night for the paella and bottle of wine special. Started with tapas - fried cauliflower which is worth a special visit, great mussels and a spanish tortilla (potato pie). My advice: warm up the tortilla, don't serve it ice cold from the fridge, it will have more taste. The paella had wonderful fresh vegetables and a scattering of jamon. But without something else of substance - chicken, sausage, shrimp, clams or mussels - it is bound to fall short of expectations. Maybe it won't be as perfectly authentic, but I suspect if they added one or two of those items, they'd get more frequent repeat diners. And great paella needs a crust on the bottom of the pan. None to be found on this one. Making them too fast? It was good, but could have been great with a few fixes. The paella and wine deal is a nice draw for a Weds when we otherwise wouldn't come in.
  26. F

    Flybycats

    Denver

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Excellent pairing of Tempranillo and paella special. Hour salad with preserved lemon was delicious as was the flan desert with French press coffee. All was delightful as was the service. Will definitely be going back.
  27. CO

    COFoodie

    Denver

    31 reviews

    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2016

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Tried paella night at Cafe Aion which comes with a bottle of wine and paella for 2-4. The wine was a Tempranillo from Spain. It was medium bodied, fruity, and paired well with paella for dining on a warm Spring eve. It takes 30-40 minutes to prepare the paella, so we ordered 3 Step Wings to munch on. The two wings and two drumsticks were crisp and golden on the outside and moist and tender inside. We loved the mediterranean twist to the spicy wings. The paella came in a 9-10 inch paella pan. The profile that night was spring peas, asparagus, and manila clams. I was delighted to find the saffron hued rice had excellent socarrat on the bottom characteristic of paella. The peas were so large and fresh, they must have been hand shucked that morning. I would have preferred asparagus tips versus stems, but luckily they were of the thin and tender variety. A generous heaping of manila clams provided the protein. One caveat, this portion was enough for two at the most, and for some, maybe too delicious to share with anyone else.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed our Easter brunch. Delicious coffee, loved the bottle of bubbles and oj combo. Pastries as good as ever. Only comment would be that the lox share plate was not really executed in a shared manner. Portion was normal serving of lox bagel and quite small for 15 or so dollars..only came with one bagel (would have thought two small or maybe some crostini) and very little scrambled egg. There were just two of us. I thought it odd it came with sliced tomato which was of course pretty flavorless in Colorado in May instead of something seasonal. Over all though, great meal.
  29. VL

    VictoriaLN

    Houston

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing - we went twice in a day for brunch and then the paella for dinner. The people are just amazing! SO accommodating and friendly. Just can't say enough!
  30. S

    Shoegal

    Denver

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2016

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    We really wanted to like this tapas restaurant. The atmosphere is chill and rustic but hip. The service was really top notch. But the sangria, which I have to say I have tried many, well it was nothing to write about, not awful, just not great. The biggest disappointment was the portions. I get tapas is suppose to be small, but some of the dishes were almost 2 bites. The beef rib was $12 and was maybe 1 ounce, most of the tiny bowl was a bone, I said something to the server and she said yes it was suppose to be that small and that no I wasn't the first to question the size and she was kind of embarrassed to bring it to tables, as she should be, it was rather inadequate. Don't charge $12 for 2 bites of beef. They did have gluten free bread if you ask which was great. The cauliflower dish was to die for, everything else tasted ok but was nothing special.
  31. JH

    JimH

    Denver

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2016

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We had not been here for years. We had out of town guests and were pressed for time. The food was a total delight. Service was fast efficient and courteous. This is now on our go to list.
  32. IH

    IwhoHaveNothing

    Denver

    40 reviews

    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2016

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Unique dishes, good quality, friendly people
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My boyfriend and I went to Cafe Aion for 5280 restaurant week. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was romantic. There were plenty of vegetarian options on the menu that were also very very good. The staff was friendly and helpful.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Went for the Denver Restaurant Week special, and found a gem. We picked 2 of each course and everything was great. I like when a restaurant woos you with quality not quantity. Service was very prompt and helpful but not overbearing. I love paella and will be going back to try it and the tapas.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2016

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Food was incredibly bland and took over an hour to come out. A few of us ordered desert and they said they ran out but would make us some to take home. We waited for dessert but shouldn't have as it was not good at all. I will not be returning to Cafe Aion.
  36. GM

    GrandpaMike

    Denver

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We weren't looking for a big meal so the tapas menu was ideal and everything was delicious and quite inventive. Don't miss the fried cauliflower. Their Negroni was among the best we've ever had. The waitstaff were attentive and fun to chat with.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience at Café Aion for Valentine's Day brunch - we began with a mimosa, then had a shared a plate from the special brunch menu, and donut holes for dessert - perfect! Loved the eclectic feel of the place and bopped to the music. Servers checked on us just enough to clear plates or take our next order. Will definitely return to try other dishes as everything we ate was delicious.
  38. b

    boulderfoodies

    Denver

    227 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    227 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2016

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I ate at Cafe Aion before attending a function on the CU campus. This is a good restaurant for this purpose because you can go early and find a parking place, easily walk to the restaurant and easily walk to whatever function you are attending on the campus. My wife and I have done this before and undoubtedly will do it again in the future. As for the food, it was okay; however, I think there are better, similarly-priced restaurants in downtown Boulder - e.g., the Med. I started with the carrot soup (pretty good), followed by the short-rib tapa (pretty good). I also had a glass of the Godello (very good) and a glass of the Tempranillo (so-so). Since I had some time to kill before the CU program started, I had a dish of vanilla ice cream, with olive oil and sea salt. At only $4.00, this was a steal. All-in-all, the meal was satisfactory for the price and, as I said above, the location is perfect if you're visiting the campus.
  39. L

    Lcb0221

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    This was my 3rd visit for paella and wine night in a Wednesday in the past few months. The first two times we were able to select any paella off the regular menu and the wine as part of the special was nice! This last time or server told us that the special only applied for the nightly special paella, musells, clams and shallots. The paella was good, not spectacular. The first glass of the wine for us both was hard to drink. It improved substantially as it opened up. The ambiance is great and if you can get the house paella, it's an absolute find!
  40. RP

    RandomPantry

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2016

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    We have love Cafe Aion for breakfast. It's just a great neighborhood find. We have tried dinner there a few times and keep hoping and wanting it to be better. I think after last weekend, we decided it's best to stick to breakfast. We ordered 6 tapas and a paella. The food was fine - just not great. The company and the ambiance were great....the wine really good, the service fine...but the food, meh . Paella had fresh ingredients, but bland and was burned on the bottom. Still a fan...just not for our next dinner gathering.

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Cafe Aion is rated 4 stars by 259 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    13th

  • Neighborhood

    Boulder

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday : 11:00am - 3:00pm Weekend Brunch: Saturday & Sunday : 9:00am - 3:00pm Happy Hour: 3:00p - 6:00pm daily, All night Tuesdays Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday: 3:00pm -10:00pm Closed Mondays

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Mediterranean, Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Plenty of on-street Parking is available. There are also a few parking lots within two blocks (13th & Penn) and (12th & Pleasant.)

  • Public transit

    There is a RTD Stop 1 Block to the East serving the HOP, SKIP, DASH, AB, B, DD, GS, 203, 204 and the 225.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Dakota Soifer

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (303) 993-8131

  • Private party facilities

    Cafe Aion is the perfect place for just about any gathering.  We can host events varying insize and complexity from breakfast and lunch meetings through to dinner parties, birthdaysand wedding dinners.  For a more casual atmosphere we have the lounge, a space largeenough for up to 30 people,  cocktails and conversation and ample bar space for tapas andplatters.  If your function requires a sit-down or more formal atmosphere we are more thanhappy to work with you to customize a menu, wine pairings, a cocktail list and set aside thedining room just for you and your guests.

  • Private party contact

    Kenny Rowe: (303) 993-8131

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