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#2 of 983 places to eat in Boulder
Average price: $61
Open now 17:00 - 22:30
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1738 Pearl St, 80302
Boulder, Colorado, USA
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Come for a meal right after visiting Settler's Park. This restaurant offers you great dishes of Italian cuisine. Spend a good time here and share divine scallops, prosciutto and terrific black cod with your friends. It's worth coming to Frasca because of excellent gelato, panna cotta and well-prepared tiramisu. Here you may have decent malbec. This place offers the lovely espresso selection.

This spot is great to сelebrate your marriage. Big advantages of this restaurant are its awesome service and the exceptional staff. Here you will pay reasonable prices. At Frasca, guests can enjoy the classy atmosphere and amazing decor. According to the global team of Frommer's traveling experts, this place is exceptional, therefore it holds the three-star rating.

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Definitely one of the top dining experiences in this category of restaurant I've ever experienced. My wife and I came in for the Monday Tasting Menu. It was so good we are coming back for the Jim Meehan event later in March. Service was perfect, food was perfect, and the drinks were on-point. For cocktails I started with the Amaro Shoga. Excellent drink with a tasty candied ginger garnish, Toki Whisky, Amaro Nonino, Lemon Juice, and Spiced Ginger Syrup, and Honey. Only things I would change is to bump up the whiskey slightly for balance. It's still and excellent cocktail that I think would appeal to a very wide audience, especially cocktail newbies. But it's not just a froofy drink, it's complex and challenging, and the execution is excellent. My wife got the House Paloma. A typical Paloma is a tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, club soda cocktail with a little salt. Not here. The same character and flavors you expect are there, but it's so much more complex and powerful. They combine Tequila, Campari, a grapefruit cordial, and lime juice. Very well balanced, sophisticated. The bitter from the Campari balances out the sour from the lime juice perfectly. And that cordial is something else. It's basically an oleo saccharum with grapefruit peels instead. Such a great idea, because you get the total characteristic of what you expect to be a grapefruit taste, but with a reduction in the acidity and sometimes overpowering tartness. This is the true Paloma, this is what they should have tasted like in the first place! I ordered a Sazerac. Perfect execution and seems to follow the Death and Co. style recipe to a T, and there's everything right with that. My wife got some Ohishi Whiskey neat by recommendation of our server Alex. Very interesting Japanese whisky, slightly reminded me of Akashi red oak that I had while in Japan, another small distillery brand. I got a glass of Braulio Amaro which was a little earthy, grassy, sweet, herbacious, and perfect for a dessert situation to tie everything together. Alex recommended that as well. She seems to have a really distinct passion for spirits, someone needs to get her behind the bar! We need more women in craft bartending! Dinner was amazing. The carpaccio was a unique cut for this use it felt like. The beef was kind of gamier, cut slightly thicker than a typical carpaccio that I've had, but it was perfectly seasoned. They let it stand on it's own strengths with the light olive oil and anchovy sauce. About the best beef carpaccio I've had. The risotto al funghi was perfect. The choice of carnaroli rice, which I've never had before, really paid off. That extra starch permeates into the dish giving it a natural creaminess which I assume was achieved through less butter, and of course skipping the cheat of using cream in the kitchen. The mushrooms were perfectly matched for this dish. Risotto was just slightly harder than al dente, but that actually worked in this dish's favor even if it was unintentional. The brasato di manzo was a super fatty shortrib (yum) with michelin-star-grade UK-style mashed potato. The shortrib was cooked perfectly with a nice crunch, soft interior, consistent color, and the mash was like a cream sauce which went perfect with it. The Panna Cotta for dessert was absolutely perfect. Light, tasty, fresh. Those three words described it for me. I'm not a big dessert guy because usually they come on too strong or they aren't interesting. This was both delicate and very interesting. Basil, almond, mango, and coconut in a dessert is a great flavor combination. All in all, I would recommend this place to the entire sum of my friends, family, and even enemies. Had a wonderful experience which was certainly made even better by talking a little cocktail shop with the bar manager (forgot your name buddy, sorry!) and Alex (get her behind the bar ASAP!). We will be back for Jim Meehan and more later!
Restaurant is excellent in quality of high end service and menu choices. Which always are new experiences......
I'm a little on the fence about this rating. I'm between a 4 and a 5, but going with 5 because it was an experience I really enjoyed and I didn't speak up in the moment about the things that weren't ideal for me. I've honestly been waiting years to try Frasca!  I live in Denver and just had never planned the trek to Boulder to eat there, but finally a friend and I decided to do it. We were lucky to find street parking on the block with no problem. The hostess, Melissa, was very friendly and remembered speaking to my friend on the phone earlier that day. The owner, Bobby, was also at the door greeting people (and stopped by our table later and was bussing tables). They asked if we were celebrating anything special which we were. We arrived a half hour early for our reservations and they were able to seat us right away. The restaurant was bright and spacious. I appreciated that the tables weren't super close together like they are in a lot of restaurants. We definitely felt like we had our privacy. After we were seated, our waitress poured us a small glass of wine. She said it was the tradition at Frascas (branches above the door) in Italy to do that. It was a lovely way to start the experience. Our waitress went over the menu (which was marked for the special occasion... a nice touch) with us and asked if we had any dietary restrictions, which my friend did, and she said they were happy to accommodate. She came back later and said she double checked on all the ingredients so there would be nothing my friend couldn't eat. I told the waitress what I was looking for in a cocktail and went with her suggestion which I very much enjoyed. They started with a complimentary plate of amuse bouche bites. They weren't our favorite, but still appreciated. The waitress recommended the frico caldo appetizer and it was very good. The server who delivered it also said it was one of his favorites. My friend decided to order a la carte but we found it interesting that the a la carte prices were not on the menu.   I went with the 4 course meal and said that I would order a glass of wine with my entree. Our waitress asked if I'd prefer a half glass with each course and I agreed to that. I went with her recommendations. She seemed very knowledgeable about wine and told me about what she was bringing me (without mentioning prices). For the first course, I asked if she'd recommend the beets or the scallop. She recommended the scallop so I went with that. I was very surprised when it came out raw.  I don't like raw, but did force myself to give it a try since it was part of the experience. As I expected, I didn't like it. In hindsight, I should have said something and asked for something else. I would imagine a restaurant like this would have no issue with that. I did think that either the menu or waitress should have said that upfront though. Even though I did not like it, it does not reflect in my rating since I didn't speak up at the time. My second and third courses were very good, although I felt like my entrée, the bass, was on the small side. My friend who ordered an a la carte entrée felt the same way about hers.  I also enjoyed my dessert.  They brought out beautiful homemade chocolates for my friend's birthday and they had unique flavors. I was surprised when I got the bill and my half glasses of wine were pretty expensive. I thought $16 for such a small glass was a lot. The price is maybe something that should be brought up when suggesting the glass of wine.  I guess that it was my bad for not asking. I had looked at the wine list briefly when we first sat down and saw that a lot of the glasses were around that price point. I just expected a half glass to be less. On our way out, they had our coats ready for us that we gave them when we walked in. A woman working noticed that we were peeking into the kitchen and she offered to bring us in to check it out. That was very nice and not something you can do most places. The raw scallops and the price of the wine we're bummers for me, but when I reflect on the whole evening, the experience was still more five stars than four stars for me. I came into work the next day and gushed about it to my coworkers, so it didn't damper the evening too much.
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1738 Pearl St, Boulder, Colorado, USA, 80302
Opening hours
SundaySun Closed
MondayMon 17:30-21:30
TuesdayTue 17:30-21:30
WednesdayWed 17:30-21:30
ThursdayThu 17:30-21:30
FridayFri 17:30-21:30
SaturdaySat 17:00-22:30
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