Boulder >Food & Dining > Sunflower Organic Dining
1701 Pearl St, Boulder, CO | Directions 8030240.019377 -105.273312
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central Boulder
Best new food experience – First time I've tried an "organic" restaurant and what a great surprise to find truly tasteful, filling food. (I expected something minimalist and chincy)...but not the case! Plenty of flavors and servings for both of us.
We ordered a bottle of red wine blend of shiraz/cab sauv/merlot (Villiera). Then we started with appetizers - a wonderful Vegan Sweet Potato Spread with Warm Rolls, then Seafood Ceviche that was out of this world, then a yummy Grilled Elk w/Carmelized Onions and a sweet sauce on the side ( i think it was grape?) nevertheless, very tender and served over a crostini I think it's called ;
Amber had the Pepper Seared Ahi Tuna Salad and loved it; I had the Sweet Pea Risotto w/Jumbo Shrimp added, the shrimp was cooked perfectly (which is a pet peeve of mine) I loved the mixing of the sweet pea with asparagus and red peppers-altogether a great new dish to add to my list of favorites!
...As if we weren't stuffed enough we treated ourselves to a trio of Creme Brulee (Chocolate,Baileys and Vanilla) with a dessert wine that was heavenly.
Altogether a great new experience for me and I look forward to trying all the new menu items soon!
Sunflower - Best meal in Boulder! – WOW! We just had a fabulous dinner at Sunflower. We were lucky enough to dine at the Sunflower at the introduction of their new fall menu. You need to get yourself into Sunflower to try this devine menu! We especially loved the Indian-spiced Mussles (best mussles I have EVER had!). The main course was delicious as well, I loved the rissotto... creamy and perfectly cooked. The atmosphere is upscale and we were treated to exceptional service. The price was quite reasonable... and we highly recommend this restaurant to all of our friends and family. Truly, a phenomenal dining experience. Can't wait to return to sample the rest of the menu. Well done, Sunflower!
"X" marks the spot for a disgrace – My wife and I decided to change it up last night and try a restaurant where we hadn't previously dined. We chose the Sunflower because of its reputation for high quality organic produce and meat.... Our greeting and service was fine, even friendly, but that only goes so far. I was immediately concerned when I saw the menu- It was large and didn't seem to have any coesion, ethnically or conceptually. There was mussels with "Indian" spice, duck confit, pasta dujour, Kafir lime and coconut milk bass.... a little of everthing! But this raised a red flag to me, because it was hard to imagine every dish given its proper care with such a variety of techniques being used. But I held out hope, until I inexplicabely ordered the pasta dujour which the server told me came with local vegetables, and my wife, being the stone-cold massochist that she is, ordered the "truffled vegetable gratinee with "VEGAN CREAM."
At this point I felt that my choice was safe, but when my pasta was brought to the table I was insulted. Starting on one side of the plate and scattered straight across to the other edge was a line of parsley. Ok. Then, at a 90 degree angle, extending all the way across the plate was a line of cheese, making an X. What were they thinking? That I just wanted cheese on one little portion of my pasta and the RIM of my plate? and doesn't parsley have a purpose too, or is it there just to look like green dirt? And I hadn't even tasted my pasta yet, which they overcooked till the point that it became one big ball of glutonous mush, and the sauce had berries in it or something which, with the lack or seasoning, put the dish in a purgatory somewhere between sweet and savory.
And all the while I tried to avoid the look on my wife's face as she ate her "vegan c um" with the enthusiasm of a prisoner picking at grade X squirrel sausage.
Yeah, it wasn't that good.
Bland and boring menu; food looks and tastes like slop – 2 people recommended this restaurant. Its only bonus is that they use organic vegetables and free range meats. That was what drew us in. Unfortunately, when we looked at the menu we thought it was lackluster considering what you can do with food. The salads were unimpressive. Just your basic salad. When i finally decided on an entree, I hesitantly ordered the teriyaki bowl with shrimp-and I thought, "I hope it doesnt taste like Tokyo Joes". But, it did. The veggies and brown rice were swimming in sauce. It was more like soup. The shrimp were good-but not for 20 bucks. I should have taken it back but was feeling unmotivated.
Tokyo Joes is a lot cheaper for the same exact thing. My husband thouight his dish was pretty bad and the flavors were al over the place. it also looked unappetizing.
The bread and soup were good. But for the price of their dishes, it realyl is not worth the money. The food was not creative, and it tasted like something I would cook in my own kitchen.
The restauant was nice and we didnt have any service problems. The bathrooms were clean. But, the food was very disappointing. We wont recommend it or return.
Over priced, food was okay at best – Typical Boulder.... The food wasn't that great, I thought it ws over priced and the waiter looked like they had never made it home from the night before... (hung over)
Good Food but is that Enough? – I've always had excellent dining experiences at the Sunflower previously, but had a less than optimal experience last week. I ordered the steamed vegetables with udon noodles and a marvelous sauce. Enjoyed every bite of it. One of my friends ordered a special that came to the table with too much spice in it for his palate, and when he asked about getting something different the waiter replied rudely, and then the chef came out and was defensive and rude as well. This ruined our meal, although looking back on the experience later it seemed somehow comical. Our bill was over $70 for 3 people before tip and tax, and we did not order alcoholic beverages or dessert. We felt it was a bit steep. The food is of excellent quality at the Sunflower, usually, but is that enough?
Best of Boulder – If you seek organic, health-conscious cuisine, this is the place for you.
The food is excellent and the staff are friendly and most helpful.
Boulder is full of organic everything these days. Sunflower is the place to see healthy cuisine done to perfection.
Delicious! Delightful food and excellent service characterize this fabulous place. Even careful eaters will find the chance to indulge their finest food fantasies without sacrificing any scruples. The chefs demonstrate imagination and intuitive understanding of what makes good food great.
SAVE YOURSELF THE PAIN! – As a person who likes to try new things, I read the reviews of Sunflower and thought it would be a great place to have lunch. I ordered the special (can't go wrong there, right?), and I received brown tuna so dry that it was likely dangerous, partially-cooked clumps of basmati rice, and ended up taking bites of my boyfriend's turkeyburger. Our meal cost approximately $30, and was the worst I've had in Boulder. Also, the atmosphere is pleasant and artsy, however the waiter never asked how we liked our food.
Good food, but has an attitude – The sunflower used to be a great place to get well prepared
food. The duck is excellent, chicken good, and the other dishes
tasty as well. (buffalo steak was a little tough).
But with my last visit they imparted a little more attitude than
necessary. Rather than give us menus, we received a wine
list and the drinks were heavily pushed before our meal. We
were going to order anyway but it felt like we needed to
spend more money than necessary with this extra push.
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