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1201 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
+1 720-252-3398
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good29%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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“rice” (12 reviews)
“curry” (6 reviews)
“acai bowl” (2 reviews)
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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1201 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
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Reviewed 6 August 2018

So relaxing by the river outside. The lavender lemonade was fantastic. The food was very high quality

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Leroygardencat
Chelsea N, Owner at Zeal, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2018

So glad you joined us and enjoyed the food and setting! We hope to see you again!

Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

Located right next to Boulder Creek, the setting for Zeal is gorgeous!! Had brunch there on a Sunday afternoon. Eggs, bacon, sweet potato hash and a kale/garlic (lots) sauté. It was fine. Service seemed very slow. Menu offers many healthy options.More

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank tatts15
Chelsea N, Owner at Zeal, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

Thanks for the review, tatts15! We are working on improving our service and always looking for feedback as to how we can make the menu better. Heard you on the heavy garlic. Thanks again for sharing, and we hope that we can wow you in...More

Reviewed 25 July 2018

The food is alright but overpriced. The real gut punch is the service. All of the servers seem like their loathing their existence while they wait your table. Creates a strange atmosphere.

Date of visit: August 2017
1  Thank Travis P
Chelsea N, Owner at Zeal, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2018

Hi Travis. Thanks for your review! We're sorry that the service experience didn't meet your expectations and we're working on training our staff to improve this. We value feedback from our guests and hope that our efforts will result in better experiences in the future.

Reviewed 8 July 2018

The setting was so pretty, we decided on a mid afternoon lunch here. It overlooks a creek and people were tubing down the creek this hot day. I had the Beef Braise. The beef was nicely tender but the dish was pretty tasteless. I asked...More

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank Frisco88
Chelsea N, Owner at Zeal, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2018

Hi Frisco88! Thanks for your response, and we appreciate your comments both about what you enjoyed and also weren't so keen on. We recently made this move over from another location and are still getting our feet under ourselves, so we apologize that the physical...More

Reviewed 6 July 2018

Food was delicious and atmosphere highly enjoyable. Staff was spacey and inattentive. The restaurant is off a busy road, but once you make it to the back where the tables are, it's quiet and on a creek with cute tables and benches. I'm giving this...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank LovelyLinley
Chelsea N, Owner at Zeal, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2018

Thanks so much for the review, Rachel! We appreciate your comments about the staff being less-than-attentive and we're happy that the food and ambiance made up for that somewhat. We are working to train staff to be more responsive and always at their best, and...More

Reviewed 6 May 2018

The staff is friendly. That's the best part. The staff is also a bit too relaxed. It took 3 times of asking for service and then we finally canceled our simple drinks which were ordered before the food but had not yet been delivered by...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank PRCDenver
Reviewed 18 April 2018

How nice to have excellent food that covers both the plant and meat eaters!!! Salads looked spectacular--creative and fresh! I had the Vegetable Rainbow Curry which was amazingly crisp and flavorful.My husband had the build your own --roasted veggies over chicken and quinoa. Both meals...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank BerylSkog
Reviewed 18 February 2018

I ate at Zeal for the first time last night. It had all the ingredients I had hoped for; warm ambience, organic ingredients, friendly waiters. The problem is that the food I ordered, a mighty bowl with 'chickpea miso' was absolutely tasteless. There was not...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Jeff185
Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

I'm so glad to have found this place in a mountain town, it is a busy ,attractive setting. Lots of tables & counter space Homemade kombucha, fresh juices and so friendly too! I liked the menu , with many options for creative plates of your...More

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank ginamartinez99
Reviewed 14 November 2017

My daughter, her friend and I enjoyed a nice meal at this health-conscious restaurant. Menu has a very good selection from which to choose. I enjoyed the meatball/polenta appetizer and chickpea miso soup, as well as a bowl of rice, veggies, chicken and thai peanut...More

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank Carey2016
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1201 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Boulder
  • Phone Number: +1 720-252-3398
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Zeal is a full-service restaurant operating on the patio overlooking Boulder Creek at The Riverside. We offer delicious, organic food inspired by world flavors. Zeal serves lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch, lunch and dinner on weekends.
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