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“Dining Again at OAK” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Oak at Fourteenth

Oak at Fourteenth
1400 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302
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Ranked #9 of 507 Restaurants in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 14th Street
Transit: Oak at Fourteenth is located on the Pearl Street Mall two blocks away from the main RTD station.
Boulder, Colorado
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296 reviews 296 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 93 cities Reviews in 93 cities
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
“Dining Again at OAK”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We celebrated son's b-day last night(Friday,Oct.18) with dinner at OAK. This time we specifically sat in the "back room" and the noise level IS better than the main dining room. We tend to shy away from eating out Friday and Saturday evenings but.........here we were.
I again ordered the least costly bottle of red wine on the menu($34) . It was OK. The birthday boy ordered a cocktail also. For starters, we ordered the wood grilled eggplant and the oak grilled pork belly. The pork belly($13) was delicious......the eggplant($9) was missing something. When asked how everything was......I mentioned the eggplant did not seem to be "up to par". Son also ordered a small plate of SEA SCALLOP TATAKI, ($13). I was expecting ONE sea scallop......there were THREE. This dish is superb! When the scallops came out cold, we asked for them to be grilled more....and they came back PERFECTLY.
Son and hubby ordered the chipotle braised short ribs as a main($30each) and I had the shaved apple and kale salad.($12).. The ribs were delicious....but $30/plate raised my eyebrows. I had been looking forward to the apple and kale salad....perhaps my expectations were too high.....it was OK. In fact it tasted better a few hours ago as a snack before lunch.
The birthday boy got a root beer float from the restaurant. YUM and we also ordered 2 desserts: the salted caramel budino($9) and Smore($10). The smore is chocolate and bacon: decadent.
When the bill came the eggplant dish was "comped" ...........and with tip the three of us dined for $203.00. Again.........NOT inexpensive........but was satisfying.
In retrospect, i think the many dishes are SO strong, that one can suddenly feel something is tasteless....re: the piece of eggplant I brought home and the apple/kale salad. Taste was better the following day.
Service is attentive and caring and i give the restaurant credit for changing it's menu often......w/some stars always around.
The STARS this evening: the scallops......the short ribs.......the smore.
If you haven't been........give OAK a try.
There was a wonderful article about the owner last week in WESTWORD'S "Chef and Tell". He's been around.........cares about his staff and customers......and tries his very best.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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80 reviews 80 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Excellent choice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

From the moment you walk into this eatery you can tell its going to be good. A full resturant on a Tuesday night! We had a private room, nice decor, good service. However, where this place excels is the food. We had family style service, great first course...fried pickles, meatballs, grits and shrimp....all just fantastic flavors. Soup and salad was tasty...pumpkin if I remember. Main course had fresh beam, perfectly cooked beef lion and a veggie pasta dish. All of which was presented well and tasted better. A fine choice for dinner, drinks and conversation. Well be back.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Superior, Colorado
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55 reviews 55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great for foodies but beware of seating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

OK, so this is a hot spot in town and hard to get into. We went later on a Saturday night and had a wonderful meal. Service was a little spotty--we kept having different staff ask us the same questions over and over again. But hey, better to be attentive. The problem was we were seated in the small room to the right of the entry and not the main dining room. Much quieter which is good. But not happening like the main dining room which looks out onto busy festive corner on Pearl Street. This place used to be an old fashioned meat and potatoes place and was a favorite for business lunches--big portions. The bar is excellent and we have always had wonderful expertly prepared cocktails--again this time. But despite the seating issues the food was outstanding--we split a kale salad and steak entree and it was both filling and satisfying. Pricey but worth it. If you are having a special occasion book in advance and ask for a table in main dining room next to window.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Oak is Wonerful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Oak is a classy but casual atmosphere serving up delicious natural food. The kitchen is right in the middle of the restaurant, and you can see your food as it is cooked.

Visited July 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Enjoyed this restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I was visiting my son near the Boulder area and walked into this restaurant for a late lunch. Great food, plus they only have one Chardonnay by the glass on the menu and it is fantastic. We went back the following night for dinner and it was just as good.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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