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2785 Iris Ave, Boulder, CO 80304-2433 (28th St (Highway 36))
+1 303-443-5100
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17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Wed - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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San Diego
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180 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have eaten here a couple of times since the Restaurant is a short walk from our daughter's home. Yes reservations are necessary as this place is always packed with locals....with good reason. The food is delicious, the presentation is flawless and oh so upscale. Service is professional and discreet. Your water glass never runs low here. Desserts are also... More 

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Thank LadyPearl47
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96 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have only been here for lunch, but they are three for three in my book. Very interesting menu and every dish I've had there has been first-rate. There is a big focus on wine and food-wine pairings and their wine list is very nice. Am not sure why their present reincarnation hasn't caught on but am looking forward to trying... More 

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Thank Jim H
Minneapolis, MN
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Lovely decor, friendly service. Food not so great. My salmon was good but my carrots and fingerling potatoes were hard and not cooked. My husband ordered the roasted pear dessert again the pear was hard and not cooked. The food was not awful but since it was not prepared correctly it was not what it could have been.

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Boulder, Colorado
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

I've eaten at Arugula a few times over the last 4 years. As my title says, I really want to like this place, but each time I've gone I've been let down. I just don't think I can spend my money there again when there are so many great choices in Boulder. On this last visit recently, I went there... More 

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Thank Laurel A
Munich
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579 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

Arugula seemed an unlikely spot for excellent Italian food when I came upon it, but it really surprised me. They served an excellent homemade bread to start. We split a small plate of calamari poached in olive oil with garlic, tomato, basil and charred bread as an appetizer, and it was great. The calamari was tnder and the taste balance... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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600 reviews
372 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

This was our second visit to Arugula in several years. The layout had changed for the better since the last time. We were here for Boulder’s restaurant week called First Bite. Therefore, we were handed a preset menu and chose items for each of the three courses. We had trekked and eaten our way through parts of Northern Italy this... More 

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Thank aerofaze
York, United Kingdom
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226 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

This is a small and quite relaxed restaurant. We sat in a comfortable booth and enjoyed some very tasty food, including Italian sausage with handmade fettucine, Colorado bison, beef & pork bolognese and my own personal favourite - crawfish & local corn risotto which was light and delicious. Keylime cheesecake & flourless fudgecake were also great.

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Thank bongo54
Boulder, Colorado
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597 reviews
434 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

I started with a mint martini and she had the recommended Nebbiolo wine, a new one for us both. As we sipped the drinks we ordered mussels as an appetizer to share and looked over the menu. The mussels were really good and the homemade bread really hoped up the liquid. The muscles came with shoestring potatoes and an aioli... More 

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Thank David B
Denver, Colorado
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Very nice place for date night!! We were there last night for a special event they help - a beer dinner. They teamed up with Avery brewing to serve courses paired with various Avery beers. Very fun and great to see the local businesses helping each other. We've been to Arugula before with our 12 year old son and he... More 

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Thank Jeninden
Boulder, Colorado
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Arugula is really good food. Very creative. It's one of our favorites. One of the best in Boulder. Good appetizers, happy hour, dinner entrees, and dessert.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$75
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean, Greek, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
17:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
Thursday
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
Friday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2785 Iris Ave, Boulder, CO 80304-2433
    (28th St (Highway 36))
  • Public Transportation: Bus stop right in front of the shopping center.
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Boulder
  • Phone Number: +1 303-443-5100
Description
Arugula is the realization of our dream to create a simple, natural, and pleasurable casual dining experience in Boulder, Colorado. Arugula is elegant Italian restaurant dining with the warmth of home in a modern environment, infusing the best of Italian and Mediterranean culinary tradition with our contemporary interpretations. We pride ourselves on being a farm to table restaurant, using ingredients grown based on traditional practices, helping to remind us of our connection to the land and the seasons. We create balanced meals using meats that are naturally raised, in-season organic local produce, and fish and shellfish which is in accordance with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines for sustainability. We are proud to offer one of the best dinner spots in Boulder, including an incredible happy hour and delicious tapas. When you're looking for gluten free restaurants in Boulder, we also have an extensive menu to suit your palate. Come join us in North Boulder!

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