The Mediterranean

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Mediterranean
The Mediterranean is a casual, energetic, everyday restaurant located in the heart of downtown Boulder, Colorado. Known for our tapas and the town’s best outdoor dining, we’ve been offering exceptional food at a great value for over 20 years.

Our diverse menu features tapas & paellas, artisan pizzas from our Italian wood-burning oven and fresh seafood just to name a few. We also feature a world-class wine, beer and spirits program beautifully complemented by our signature cocktails.
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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner with family while in town! Absolutely gorgeous venue and unbelievable food and service.

LE
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

It seemed a long wait. Finally asked for bread that they used to bring automatically. The waitress serving the food brought most of it all at the same time with very little room
On table to put it. She then removed all the little plates taking up space. I ordered calamari which was very mediocre. The Caesar salad was nothing special. A steak ordered by our out of town friend (in the meat business for years) said it was over cooked. The pizza was good as was the cream brûlée. With so many good restaurants in Boulder, I probably will not suggest going to this one.

N
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

New/inexperienced host and wait staff was distracting. While friendly enough, our server was unfamiliar with the menu and was challenged using a wine key. The lamb shwarma gyros were quite good although I wished there was more tzatziki for the dish. Their riff on eggplant parmigiana is non-traditional, not a successful dish in either flavor or presentation. The seared tuna dish had a component missing that the menu described, but was otherwise tasty. They do have a nice wine selection.

DA
Denver
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent service and very good lunch. Food was fresh and nicely presented. Only issue was that the halibut on the lunch special was over cooked and they forgot to add the sausage. The waitress brought some on the side to make up for it when we asked. Great courtyard to dine in!!!

AW
Las Vegas
65 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The location is fine in Boulder, parking is convenient. The actual facility could use a good cleaning however. It looked like there was a food fight under ours and other tables. While the service was adequate they didn't do a good job explaining the menus. The food was good but being Mediterranean it had more of a US influence than I'm used to, Americanized is a good word. I would go again but hopefully they clean up their act.

MT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

Had eaten at the Med in March, had halibut with sun dried tomato sauce-was wonderful. Ordered a halibut-different recipe-was fishy, dried out. The accompanying vegetables were so spicy, burnt throat and lips. Server was wonderful, brought salmon dish instead. Salmon was also fishy, accompanying vegetables were terrible, tasteless. This was very disappointing since we have had many enjoyable meals in the past.
Just a bad night? Restrooms were not clean either. They were kind and did not charge for the two unacceptable entrees.

TS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bring back my pastilles!!!!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had reservations and other parties coming in after being sat. Not a good perception. We love the med though 🥰

DB
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience at the Med last Friday evening. Awesome selection of tapas and I'm only talking about the hot ones. Didn't even look at the cold page of the menu. So much fun to share a variety of different dishes with friends and family. Reminds me of dim sum, only mediterranean style.

s
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place, slightly smallish portions but it may have just been what we ordered. Love the Med tho!

c
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue for a quiet dinner on a summer evening.

PT
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Jeffrey our waiter was very good. Knowledgeable, courteous, prompt. Food was a mixed bag. We ordered 7 different tapas small plates and some were very good (shrimp, steak) some were just ok

DC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Thank you for a wonderful dinner celebrating my mother's 81st birthday. You never disappoint!

m
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Med never disappoints. Went there to celebrate my birthday. Our waitress was very friendly and efficient. When our cosmo drinks came way too acidic (the bartender loves lemons!!) she was prompt to remediate the situation and bring us new ones. Love to enjoy great food with exceptional customer service! This is why the Med is in my top 3 fav restaurants in the Denver/Boulder area. Cheers!

h
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looking for Mediterranean food on a Sunday afternoon in Boulder. Salads, Lamb (& chicken) kebabs, tapas....we each were able to order what we liked, nice wine/cocktail choices, great happy hour and excellent service from the Hostess to the servers. What’s not to like!

B
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This time the lunch I had was their special but the filet was tough and not up to their standards.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Halibut was expensive and spicy.

DJ
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Only negative is that it is incredibly loud - virtually impossible to visit at a table.

BC
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Med was packed with Friday night before the CU-Nebraska game on Saturday and the noise level was very high. We tried the tapas and found them delicious and fun. Server did a great job.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience all around for our 49th anniversary

TB
Detroit
26 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was fair. Food loaded with salt!!

E
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

All the food was bad except for the trout croquettes. Our ribs were burnt to a crisp. The eggplant parm tasted like a tv dinner meal. The lamb chops weren't good quality. I was extremely disappointed we wasted one of our meals in Boulder on this place with all the good restaurants there. Other restaurants we ate at on the same trip had high quality, delicious food for basically the same cost. Honestly never really had a bad meal in Boulder during my 6 or 7 trips to Boulder. I would not return. We only went here because locals always rave about it. I guess I'll trust my own discretion next time.

P
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Love their tapas. Polenta with prosciutto and chamomile honey is great. Bacon-wrapped dates are always delicious. My 11 y/o son loves Bolognese, theirs does not pass his standards: neither the color nor taste were right. Normally it's packed and loud, on a Labor Day Monday night it was at half capacity or so and the music was cranked too loud for what would have been a quiet-ish crowd. Good music selection, though.

MA
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Table dirty. Silverware dirty. Out of bread ( then found some somewhere). Food average (tapas and Mediterranean salad). Overall, not worth the price or time.

MV
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversary. Excellent food and great service. Our special occasion was even acknowledged with a complimentary dessert.

VC
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was awesome, with wonderful flavors and variety. We chose several items from the happy hour menu and could not have been more pleased.

EM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We went during happy hour and they were very busy. We had to ask three times for my husbands beer as well as four times for a side of extra pita bread. We waited 1 hour for all of our food to come out and it never did so we finally asked for the check, this was the only time the waitress was quick to bring something to our table. Overall the food (what we got) was not worth the time not the effort. I would not recommend this restaurant.

OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Ridiculously loud table near the kitchen - clanging pots, crashing dishes, frenetic wait staff. Super hot - no air conditioning or ceiling fans.
Tapas was hit or miss - the lamb skewers were excellent, but the tuna tartare was beyond bland.
Entrees were also a bust - ordered halibut and had to send it back because it was completely dried out from overlooking. The flank steak was like rubber. Very disappointing. We won’t be coming back.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We were able to be seated on the outside patio, which was great!

AH
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, amazing service! Will be back for sure.

SP
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. We took my family for my daughters birthday and she had a few friends attend. So many choices and everyone loved what they got. Started with some tapas and then some had pizza, chicken parm, mushroom filet, halibut, lamb kabobs, etc.. lot's of choices. Great service too.

C
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Our server was completely indifferent to our table of ten. Couldn’t be bothered to take all of our orders or deliver the food in a timely manner. Didn’t refill our water glasses or wine glasses. The food was unremarkable and overpriced. I won’t be back and would advise anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion to go elsewhere. There are plenty of restaurants in Boulder to choose from.

TR
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary out on the patio at The Med with friends. We had Charlie as our server and he was wonderful. The food and service and atmosphere were perfect! Great place to celebrate!

KV
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our server did an absolutely terrific job! Eating outside was a treat~~~great ambience and less noisy than inside. Everything was served in a timely manner:)

b
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patio is great!

JF
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Terrible service but they did take care of us in the end.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and made our anniversary special!

DH
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Been going for years. The food is always excellent. It is a very popular place and can get loud. The staff can get very busy, though they generally handle it pretty well. I love that you can get Tapas when you're not that hungry - even better during happy hours.

M
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was outstanding. The food was prepared perfectly. It's always consistently good at the Med.

CM
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Med for a birthday celebration. Our visit got off to a bad start with slow table service. We complained to the manager, Jason (?). He immediately re-seated us in a different section, personally took our order and made sure it was expedited through the kitchen. He checked back with us throughout our delicious meal to make sure we were enjoying our meal, which we were. Kudos to Jason for taking the time to correct a poor first impression and leave us with an excellent one. We will certainly be back again. Thanks!

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