Boulder >> Frasca Food & Wine
1738 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO | Directions 8030240.019129 -105.272413
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central Boulder
Overrated – If you're into atmosphere and service, you won't like Frasca. Horrible accoustics, overbearing wait staff. Don't plan on uninterrupted conversation with your friends. You are sure to be interrupted repeatedly by the obnoxious wait staff. Unfortunately, the owner/sommelier is arrogant. Food IS excellent, but portions are tiny. Plenty of other restaurants to try in Boulder or Denver, like Fruition in Denver where the food, service, atmosphere, EVERYTHING is most excellent!
Another French Laundry? – Probably more of a money laundry. From your pocket to theirs.
If I need potatoes and beets, I'll visit a peasant's kitchen when I get to Poland or somewhere farther east, and save my money now for a trip to Vegas where there is really some interesting culinary stuff going on. Boulder/Denver has not given up on the idea of being 'world class' since it lost its French community in the oil bust of the 80's. I'll take honest food with actual cooking, and ingredients worthy of the prices at this place anytime. Deconstructed presentations of comestibles with obscure names is not fine dining - it's a con job.
I'll bet these guys can't even put together a roux or a basic marinara. Call this place what it is - a fleecing of the gastronomically uninitiated by a couple of culinary sophists. Just go to Outback and get a cheap steak and a bottle of wine off the wine list! Now that's romantic!
A Regular's Perspective – Regarding previous comments: They offer a fixed menu on Mondays for $35. That?s $15 less than a nose-bleed seat at a Broncos game. For this level of cuisine and service, it?s a bargain compared to other top places in the country that they routinely out-perform. They utilize high-quality, seasonal goods from local farmers & artisan producers, and the kitchen exquisitely layers flavors (a bowl of seemingly simple tomato soup might have started with costly Prosciutto & Parmesan). There are bar seats, salumi bar seats & 2 walk-in tables if you haven?t secured a reservation in advance, and like every restaurant, they get cancellations too. For those of us who average 2-3 trips/month, one thing that is remarkably consistent besides the professional service is the high quality of the food. Remember that the dish you are not crazy for might be a culinary high-point to another diner. I didn?t care for a rice pudding dessert once, but even though it was just a personal preference, a server noticed I had barely touched it & offered to bring me some sorbet instead. They bring in some of the top wineries in the world on Mondays, but the wine flight is optional & the entire wine list is still available. It?s not realistic to expect them to be perfect to everyone given that they?re human and that a diner?s expectations & personal proclivities influence perceptions, but I am impressed that they constantly strive for perfection and often achieve it, as that is more than you?ll get from most businesses in any walk of life.
Absurdly good – I've been here 3 times now, and every time has been out of this world great! The food is absolutely amazing, and the service is second to none in Colorado! Two out of the three times I've been our table has been visited by the owner for a chit chat about the wine we were drinking and various others.
nothing could possibly beat this place to take a date to.
Fantastic Charcuterie and Wine – I ate at the bar and absolutely loved the Salumi plate.
They serve half glasses of wine, so you can try more.
The cappucino was rockin' as well.
Inconsistent – The food is inconsistent, but when it's good, it can be superb. Outstanding wine list. Beautiful space.
We will definitely be back! – After hearing great things about Frasca from others, my husband and I dined there last night for the first time to try their Monday set menus. Upon entering the restaurant, we were immediately greeted by the owners. We were early, so we decided to have a drink at the bar. Brian, the bartender, was great. I told him what I liked and didn't like about mixed drinks, and he created a nice martini for me. The food and wine pairing was wonderful, especially the muscato with the almond cake (I'm so glad our waiter suggested that I at least get the dessert wine pairing as my husband was the only one who opted for all wine pairings). Great combination! Great service too! When I expressed to our waiter that I preferred my husband's appetizer over the one I selected, co-owner Bobby immediately came over and offered me another appetizer. I was amazed that they cared so much that I enjoyed the food. That really made the entire experience so much more enjoyable. My husband and I will definitely be back!
Totally Overrated, Average Food – We made reservations but waited three hours for our food. Never once did the waiter ask if everything was OK. We had apps (average), salad (below average), meals (good, but very small and not enjoyable after three hours), and dessert (they were out of their two best ones). Our waiter was nice, but he was never around, and the food was average. We have eaten in almost every restaurant in town (and been to Italy a few times), and Frasca is definitely below average. Skip Frasca and go to The Kitchen, Brasserie Ten Ten, or L'Atelier (across the street) instead.
Amazing food – This was really one of the best meals I have had in Colorado. The food was amazing, the wait staff attentive but not too attentive, wine selection was great.
Only problem was, I had to call ahead almost a month in advance to get reservations.
A symphony of culinary magic – I am clapping for this place!! I mean a standing O! The atmosphere is quiet and cozy. The wait staff was so friendly and attentive. The wine pairings were just perfect! But the food...oh the food...unbelievable! Everything we ate was absolutely amazing. The flavors come together like a symphony of culinary magic in your mouth. Sweet and savory goodness, paired with the perfect wines, unbelievable! And just when you think "how can this get any better?" Your waiter hands you the dessert menu. The brownie was the best brownie I've ever had. And the homemade chocolate tasting...wow! The chocolate will just melt beautifully in your mouth if you can let it...which takes restraint:) Hands down, my very favorite eating establishment in Colorado. Great job Frasca!! Thank you for a memorable experience!
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