Boulder >Boulder Cork
Not too shabby. Great steaks and rib. At the prices they charge, especially for drinks, they'd better be. Service was very friendly, I enjoyed the atmosphere. Good parking helps as well. Bring some serious cash, though, cause you're gonna need it. Will definately return.
Superb grass fed beef, local farm produce, fresh seafood. Based on its long standing success and excellent reputation, I expected The Boulder Cork to excel in delivering classic steakhouse cuisine in an upscale environment. The traditional decor and the attentive and knowledgeable staff certainly enhanced this impression. And I already knew about the award winning wine list. What I did not expect was the level of sophistication and thoughtfulness the kitchen put into its preparations. The chef's passion for fresh, natural ingredients and culinary details were evident causing our meal to far transcend the typical, upscale steakhouse experience. It was simply the best steak I can remember putting in my mouth including recent offerings at far more expensive locales. And the fresh seafood, local farm vegetables and generous desserts were also prepared to perfection. Bravo!
Good for food, bad for groups.
I attended a party in their private backroom that had around 50 people. The room was great, separated from the rest of the diners and very accomodating. The service, however, is the reason I gave this review a 3 instead of a 4. They didn't bring everyone drinks and it took almost 40 minutes for our food to be served. (There were 4 preselected entrees to choose from). This is understandable as there was quite a large group. However they did not serve any appetizers like a salad or bread during the wait so all the guests were very hungry by the time the food arrived. And then even when the food arrived the portions were not very large. I don't need to eat a lot and it was barely enough to satisfy me so I can only guess that some guests were left not fully satisfied.
However, the food is very good and usually for a small group or a couple, it is definitely above average. And the atmosphere, too, is nice.
Fabulous service and food.
My husband and I spent our twenty-third anniversary at the Boulder Cork this year. Upon entering the restaurant, the sweet hostess took our coats and hung them safely away in the closet, and took us to a fabulous table in the back of the restaurant next to the fireplace. I would suggest calling ahead for a reservation, as our server and the hostess were well aware that this was to be a very special evening for us, and literally made us feel like royalty.
The prices of the steaks were on the high side, but we are not eating at the outback steak house. Our lovely server Rachael informed us that the steaks were all natural and grass fed, so you pay for what you get. The wine list is out of this world to say the least, and as a wine connoisseur, some of the older vintages are exceptionally low in price considering the restaurant mark up. We ordered a George Latour BV private reserve '96 that was out of this world, and that alone would have made our night until the courses started coming.
My husband and I shared an Arugula & La Quercia Prosciutto salad, which they were happy to split without a split fee (many restaurants do this these days) then my husband got the filet oscar and I the most generous and tasty new york strip, and everything was cooked to perfection. We ordered the sides of asparagus, sauteed mushrooms, and some mashed potatoes. The sides are generous, and great for sharing, and I was so glad that we had the option to choose what we wanted so that we could mix it up a bit.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is willing to pay a little extra for the best quality meats and seafood, enjoy the best wine, have exceptional service, and simply relax and have a fine but not uptight dining experience. This restaurant has been around since 1969, and it shows in their mastery. If you are unsure about where to spend a fabulous evening dining, give this place a try, you won't be disappointed. It is truly a little taste of Boulder history.
Great Quiet Restaurant. It is out of the way, but this makes for easy parking. There are not a lot of stand alone businesses anymore which makes this a nice place to go to. The rustic atmosphere along with the quiet atmosphere makes it so you can spend some quality time with that special someone. The steaks are tender and cooked to perfection every time. The servers pay attention to every detail and are quick to accommodate.
TOO MANY GOOD RESTRAUNTS TO EVER GO BACK.
my wife and i have resided in boulder for over 20 yrs. we tried the Cork for the only the second time since moving to boulder.
the food was a hugh dissapointment. portions were very small and the food was pretty much tastless.
service was adequate, although not terribly friendly.
prices are off the charts for what you get. there are too many good restaurants in boulder to ever go to the Cork again.
Though the food is good the staff is unfriendly.. The food is good but the staff and atmosphere ruin the experience. They are overly pretensious for what The Cork is and inattentive. We keep "giving it another shot" because it is near our house, but are dissappointed each time.
EXCELLANT. GREGORY ALAN WHEELER TIMMS CREATOR,DESIGNER AND OWNER OF THE BOULDERS RESORT AND THE BOULDER CORK IS THE BEST! THIS RESTAURANT IS AN EXAMPLE OF HIS PERSONAL EXPERTISE OF MORE THAN 30 YEARS AND IT MIGHT AS WELL BE 3000 YEARS GREG AWT HAS THE WORLD IN HIS HANDS!
Lively atmosphere and consistently good food keep this place hoppin' after more than 30 years..
The open dining room and lounge feature minimalist Southwestern décor. Rustic pueblo stone walls and exposed wooden beams are lit by small lamps and skylights. After more than 30 years chef Jim Smailer has kept the menu up-to-date without being faddish and still buys many of his ingredients from local farmers. The popular steamed artichoke appetizer and the teriyaki sirloin have been on the menu since the restaurant opened.
User review by fleemanc.
This was my first visit to the Cork and I'm glad I went. The Kansas City strip was recommended with good reason. It was one of the finest steaks I've ever eaten. Every bite was exquisitely tender and "buttery." One of the most flavorful cuts of meat I have experienced in years. The potato (described as "kind of like a large french fry") was an excellent match. With the juices from the steak and the crunchy exterior, it was a delicious alternative to the standard mashed or baked potato. The creme brulee, while good, was a little over carmalized. It was more akin to blackened.
Overall price was decent, especially for the quality of the food. I've been to other steak houses that cost nearly twice as much and the quality was not comparable.
When I'm in the area and hunger for steak, the Cork is where I'll go.
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