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“Surprisingly good”

Chautauqua Dining Hall
Ranked #33 of 573 Restaurants in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, 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.
Level 6 Contributor
408 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
“Surprisingly good”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

We hadn't planned to eat here but found ourselves feeling hungry late in a morning that included an unexpected delightful visit with the Colorado Musical Festival orchestra while it was rehearsing Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto in the historic barn-like auditorium. The 20 minute wait for an outside table overlooking the lush lawn was worthwhile. Vegetarian Benedict accompanied by fresh fruit looked good enough to warrant a showcase-style photograph and tasted wonderful. My wife's oatmeal with fresh fruit were equally appealing and satisfying. Various incidentals enhanced the experience, including the busboy who poured water from half empty glasses into adjacent potted plants as a conservation measure, and the conversation at a nearby table that featured an apparently successful older man (grandfather?) counseling an obviously bright teenager (grandson?) about applying to top flight universities. The sliver of time that we spent there may or may not be representative but it left us wanting to come back for more.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Taughboyne
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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Wear casual cloths, but dine fancy and well!”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

The food here is better now, 2013, than it has been in many years. Breakfast and lunch on the porch are wonderful, with great views of the nearby mountains. Food quality is high. For lunch try the excellent pulled pork or turkey avocado BLT with a salad that uses greens grown locally. Coffee is great, too, and they keep your cup full.

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank jmk060
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Oracle, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
138 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Outside dining at its best!”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

The Chautauqua dining hall has been 'refurbished' in the last year, and it was a delight to have lunch on the patio. This is a special place we first went to in the early 80s, and it was so good yesterday, we are going again with our daughter today!
The food is delicious, and organic, and comes from Three Leaf farm....a few miles east of Boulder.
We drank delicious Nojitos, perfect for a summer day. Outstanding service, beautiful hanging baskets everywhere...and a very good menu selection.
Lunch is 12-3, then happy hour is 3-6 (with a 'small plate' menu)

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank nkosikazi
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Boulder, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“pre concert dining”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Eat well on a lovely porch before you go to the CMF concert, with the breeze on your face as you watch folks picnic in the gigantic lawn under giant trees.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank foodsnob80302
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Denver, Colorado, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Poor service, decent food, terrible prices”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

My family was having a reunion in Boulder, and my parents thought this might be a nice restaurant to stop by and visit in the park. This was one of the worst dining experiences I have had. We had six people in a not busy restaurant. In an hour I may have had one refill when my glass sat empty for over ten minute increments. The food selection wasn't great at all. I settled for fish, and it was okay. My husbands "well-done ribeye" was cooked n one side and mooing on the other. How is that when the cook already cit in up before delivering it? Sadly my husband started on the side that was done. If you send food back you cannot trust what they will do. My son's hamburger was even mooing! At the end with poor food, they added. 20% gratuity on 6 people. We tip, but we didn't even have a choice with the poor service. For 6 people we paid 200! For a hamburger, pork chop, one uncooked steak, and 3 cheap fish plates. Really? Please avoid this place at all cost.

  • Visited June 2013
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2 Thank Sara D
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