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“Good place good food on expensive side.”
Review of Cafe Aion

Cafe Aion
Ranked #227 of 587 Restaurants in Boulder
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 13th
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.
Description: 5280 Magazine Top 25 Restaurants 2011
Reviewed February 15, 2014

Service good and food was good. Had cauliflower tapas, lamb tapas, paella, sea bass, pineapple nojito, everything tasted very good. Ordered little plate truffle on it was too good.
Seating is cosy..it's not a very big place, make sure you have reservations.
Parking is a big issue...we couldn't find one till 4 blocks.
Overall good place to hang out.

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Thank Simone T
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

One look at the Café Aion menu and I was hooked. I love the small plate, tapas approach and it was definitely their forte. Great service from the start and throughout. No problems, no complaints. Even as it got busy, there was always the right amount of attention. If you value service over a quality meal, this is the place to go.

Café Aion features a nice wine list with quality selections and decent price points. We had two different wines, both very good, both $28. Not easy to find these days. We opted for three tapas, see how we were doing and go from there. We ordered the kale, fried cauliflower and mushroom toast. The kale was the best of the three and even at that, mediocre. The fried cauliflower was not executed properly. It seemed as if they parboiled it, then fried it. The coating was bland and the cauliflower limp. It needed more crunch and not from the coating. There was no real flavor profile. The sauce was the saving grace. Earlier in the day we had mushroom toast as a snack at The Kitchen in Boulder. And they had set the bar very high. That was part of the reason we selected the same dish at Café Aion. Pretty disappointing. The mushrooms seemed overcooked, rubbery, too chewy. And the toast did not compliment the mushrooms.

There were additional dishes that we were interested in trying but the three dishes were enough. We skipped dessert. We would give the food a try again, as the service would bring us back and perhaps some of the other items (like the veggie paella or veggie tagine) might be executed better.

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Thank allenr589
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Wow.

I'm from NYC and I'm in love with Cafe Aion! It's an understated, very cozy tapas restaurant bursting with mouth watering flavors.

I don't know how they make the flat bread, but it's perfectly crispy and smokey on the outside and succulently soft on the inside; perfect for dipping and lapping up the broths in the seafood stew.

Let's talk about the broths...they blew me away. The broth in the mussels dish was smack your lips savory, with intense flavors of saffron, lemon, and chilies. Even more delightful was the broth in the seafood stew, where the house-smoked chorizo with the shellfish broth gave a rich depth of flavor. I think I drank every last drop.

On the meats side, I only had the braised pork shoulder... the meat literally fell off the bone and was soft enough to cut with a fork. It melted in your mouth.

You can't leave without having one of the paella's! The rice is SOO delicious! Perfectly caramelized... soft and juicy on top and charred and crusty on the bottom.

I love that they source a much of the ingredients as possible locally and organically. The bar is hand-made by the owner and there's cloth hand towels in the bathroom to save paper.

Just simply a gem of a place!

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Thank lovebeachsurf
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

I have been to Cafe Aion several times and the food is wonderful, but last night the Happy Hour menu was not available. We spent $111 for three people. The tapas are outrageously price...$16 for a small duck leg, $15 for a vegetable tangine, $15 for braised octopus that had 2 identifiable pieces buried in garbanzo beans. The wines by the glass were also over the top but fortunately they let us have the happy hour Tempranillo for $ 7, instead of the $14 Tempranillo on the regular menu. We will be back for happy hour, and will never order the tapas off the regular menu again.

Thank honestmiguel
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Love the bar and cozy neighborhood ambience. The food is local, seasonal, delicious and prepared with care. It's hard to choose a favorite because the dishes are constantly changing, but the fried cauliflower and the 3 step chicken wings are to die for. Also the sangria!

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Thank Caroline T
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