Boulder >Food & Dining > Latelier
1739 Pearl St, Boulder, CO | Directions 8030240.019430 -105.272507
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central Boulder
Radek-le Presentation! – Our table wasn't ready at our reserved time, so Chef Radek Cerney offered us some complimentary wine to make the 15-minute wait more pleasant. The dining room is small and bustling, but you won't feel cramped. They were out of a half-dozen menu items and the wine we ordered, but we found suitable substitutes. We began with the escargot and the fois gras mousse, both were very good. For our entrees we tried the beef tournedos and the veal (both tasty). All menu items are presented very artistically, on interesting dinnerware. Certainly a feast for the eyes. For dessert we tried the chocolate bag with fruit and creme anglaise, and a chocolate-grandmarnier fondue (great for chocoholics). The wine list has something for everyone. Service was prompt and apologetic. Menu prices seemed reasonable given the quality of entrees.
one of the best – I compare all restaraunts I go to, to here. For the flavor and price. I love the lobster ravioli, ciopino, steak and bernaise...They also offer wonderful tasting menus. Presentation is beautiful. Simple but elegant atmosphere..
Be prepared to wait and be ignored... – despite a reservation. Hostess/server staff taxed to point of no return. Waited 10 minutes at an empty hostess station and then the hostess could not bear a simple greeting or smile, only a brash and stressed out "RESERVATION?" then not another word. Our waiter did not arrive for another 25 minutes. We did watched a couple seated 15 minutes after us place their order 10 minutes before us. When the waiter arrived he did not apologize for the wait. The food, for the most part, was wonderful. I highly recommend the lobster bisque soup, salads, and the italian meat appetizer. Do not try the lobster ravioli, the filling was terrible. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the curried chops. I won't subject myself to that again. It could have been great with a courteous and attentive staff and a better main dish. Caters to the over 50 croud. Decor felt elderly.
Simply the Best – I just ate at L'Atelier for my third time in 4 months. It is absolutely exquisite. Unaware of a Colorado state law that restaurants cannot open bottles of wine brought by customers, we brought a bottle of wine with us. The owner came to speak with us and after his sincere apologies, bought us a bottle of wine. The menu no longer had my favorite appetizer, lobster wontons. However, the waiter went back into the kitchen and the chef made them for us. I have been to other "top rated" restaurants and L'Atelier's service, atmosphere (cozy yet vibrant) and food blow them out of the water. We each had an appetizer, entree (filet and sweetbreads) and dessert for around $90 (a similar meal at the Flagstaff cost us $180). I believe that L'Atelier is the best restaurant in Boulder and everyone we send there enthusiastically agrees.
Very good – Maybe Paris it's not, but good French, especially for Colorado.
Pate was ok, but the chicken breast in red wine sauce called "le coq au beujolais" was excellent.
Delicious mashed potatoes under the chicken. Presentation of the plate (literally an oil "painting") was very pleasant.
Some cool desserts (chocolate "window") but was too full to try it. Lunch (1) totaled about $33.
This guy (chef/owner) ran Euro cafes and Al Fresco in Denver for years, and he still has it. I'm glad I found it and I will go back again.
I also liked the 17th & Pearl street location and noticed they have a couple of tables outside in front for good weather.
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