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“Best meal in Boulder!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Black Cat

Black Cat
1964 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302
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Ranked #21 of 507 Restaurants in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: French, American, Organic, Contemporary
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Pearl Street
Lafayette, Colorado
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Best meal in Boulder!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

In a town filled with fantastic restaurants, Black Cat is definitely the best one we've tried. From the sparkling Rose` they brought out for our anniversary, to the eight delicious vegetarian courses from the tasting menu, the whole experience was top notch. The sommelier was one of the best we've talked to, and steered us in the right direction with tons of insight and description. The servers were all very attentive and friendly, but never disrupted our conversation. The fresh salad greens seen in several of the courses were so tasty and simple. Our favorite course was probably the lentils, strawberry, asparagus and shaved carrots - it was delicious! Overall I would say the price for the tasting menu was very reasonable, too.

  • Visited June 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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English first
Heather Roff
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“One of the BEST in Boulder”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

This place is amazing. If you want a gourmet meal, top notch service, and an excellent sommelier this is the place. The food is locally grown and seasonal, and the chef is outstanding. Get anything duck, as that is his specialty. I strongly recommend going for a tasting menu with wine pairings, though it isn't cheap. The restaurant is lovely for couples, very intimate. Not so hot for a family, OK for business. Be prepared to spend a bit, but it is so worth it.

Visited March 2013
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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Eight-course evening with friends”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Boulder-resident friends took us to the Black Cat after a professional conference, friends who knew how much we enjoy adventurous eating. We were not disappointed by their choice. We opted for the eight-course Tasting Menu with surprise choices made by the chef. (One can also order from a small regular menu or make one's own tasting menu choices.) The early courses were little tastes of this and that, smoked trout, for example; the latter courses had larger portions; the fish course was a beautiful filet of lake bass and the meat course was tenderloin cooked to perfection. The dessert course was a very cleverly prepared chocolate mouse served in a tiny clay flower pot and topped with mounded chocolate cookie crumbs and a little flower. This restaurant claims to serve only locally grown ingredients, farm to table, a notion we like. Our only complaint was that in May apparantly the only salad greens available from the farm were very tough, rather bitter, and parsely-like. Each course came with a different wine pairing for an extra charge, actually two options, a premium option and a regular. The price was a bit high per person so we opted for the regular pairings and enjoyed each one very much. The pours were generous and each came with a lovely explanation by the wait staff. Previous TripAdvisor reviews of the wait staff had been rather negative, but that was not our experience. To the contrary, we had a delightful time with the staff and found them charming and knowlegable. If you want a special evening with foodie friends, this is your place in Boulder.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New Haven, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A Wonderful Eating Adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

The restaurant was sold out so I decided to sit at the bar. I ordered the Tasting Sampler and it was wonderful. Each course was delicious and not knowing what was coming increased the sense of adventure. The pork belly was particularly amazing as was the beef. The bartender was exceptionally attentive.

Visited May 2013
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Boulder, Colorado
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Cold food and broken promises”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

My boyfriend and I love Farm to Table restaurants, and excellent food in general. We have eaten at most of high-end places in both Denver and Boulder. We decided to try a new experience (to us), and spent this past Valentine's Day at the Black Cat in Boulder. While we understand that a holiday is bound to be hectic for any restaurant, this experience was awful. Our table was cramped, and bumped into by wait-staff. The food was cold, and the wine pairings were miniscule (understanding that wine pairings aren't full glasess - these were just a couple sips. But for $75/each, I expect a bit more than a couple of sips). Overall, we were extremely disappointed after spending $300, but polite to staff (as usual). Instead of bothering the staff that night when they were extremely busy, I decided to follow up with management via email to let them know about our experience.
I had an email exchange with Dev from the Black Cat in which he was very responsive and apologetic. He also offered to send us a gift certificate so that we could come back and try them on a normal evening. I was grateful for the offer and accepted. However, Dev neglected to follow through. I never received any gift certificate from him via email or snail email. I sent a polite follow up which he has chosen to ignore.
In summary, we were looking to add another great local farm to table restaurant to our rotation. However, based on the unprofessional and disrespectful manner in which we were treated, I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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