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“Rennovation is beautiful, still has room to improve”

Chautauqua Dining Hall
Ranked #34 of 584 Restaurants in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: The Chautauqua Dining Hall has been a Boulder tradition since 1898. Savor spectacular views from the enchanting wraparound porch while enjoying classic American cooking at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Dining Hall offers a full bar with local beers and great wines to complement your meal. And there's no finer venue in Boulder for weddings, private parties, or any type of special celebration. After a hike on the nearby trails, before a concert in the historic Chautauqua Auditorium, or anytime you'd like to meet friends and family in Boulder's most scenic setting, the Dining Hall is the perfect place to go.
Reviewed May 7, 2013

The new management of the venerated and beloved Chautauqua Dining Hall has poured a lot of love into the place. The awesome stone fireplace, new decor, including even new chairs on the wrap-around porch, are all great additions. The menu is promising, with lots of choices that are familiar and modern.

The execution of the food and the service was still a little bumpy, though, in my opinion. Our server was on one of his first shifts, so could be excused for not having his timing down just so, and not knowing everything on the menu (is ice cream included in the cost of pie, or is it $2 extra, like the menu says?). He'll learn. The kitchen was dragging, even though there were just a few tables early on a Monday evening.

We were delighted that the restaurant offered a half-portion of steak frites for our daughter (the kids menu is ordinary blah fare). More restaurants should offer this option for children.

My entree (braised lamb and baby carrots) was delicious but way too rich for me to finish. It was drowning in butter/fat, which pooled at the bottom of the bowl. My husband enjoyed the straw and hay pork chop, which was good.

The desserts were made by Huckleberry's, which is a restaurant owned by the same folks. I appreciated that they were more than the standard molten cake and gelato offered by so many restaurants these days. I had chocolate layer cake and my husband had peach huckleberry pie. I'd rate both a 8 on a 10 point scale -- good but not amazing.

Overall, it's very good, and a great location to dine with out of town guests on the porch, or cozied up to the fireplace on a cool evening. The food is approachable and done reasonably well. And the service will undoubtedly smooth out over time.

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Reviewed April 30, 2013

New management. Newly renovated. Good food. Good service. Classic location for locals and guests. From a quick cup of coffee to an excellent venue for receptions and celebrations don't miss including the Dining Hall as a part of your refreshment and relaxation.

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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Went here today after going for a short hike for lunch! They have just reopened after being renovated and taken over. They used to be open very odd times but now serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and brunch at the weekends.

Today we were able to sit outside and it was very pleasant! Dogs are not allowed on the porch but they allowed us to tie them on the other side of the fence. The food was lovely and the service was very friendly. The renovation also looks very smart inside but they have kept the old world feel. Overall, would recommend! Especially after a hike!

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Thank Lucy S
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

You just can't beat the beauty surrounding this place and after an even more beautiful hike you can choose from a menu that has something for everyone. Everything is good! And if you can sit out on the lawn on a summer night with a bottle of wine and some munchies you might even get to enjoy a concert!

Thank Valentirosa
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

Charming, tree-covered patio overlooking the park. Healthy, yummy food. Take a hike or enjoy the park, then treat yourself to breakfast or lunch.

Thank Carolyn G
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