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Dolan's Restaurant - 15 Reviews - 2319 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO - Romantic Dining Reviews - Phone (303) 444-8758

Dolan's Restaurant

2319 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 444-8758
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We had a wonderful seafood meal, both small plates and entres. Food is artfully presented with creative combinations such as seared scallops over a done-just-right risotto cake i...


everything expensive

not what i expect 1/20/2011

everything expensive more

Dolans Dump 6/4/2010

Terrible chef....... Cons: OUT OF BUSINESS more

Try Dolan's chef's specials 7/16/2009

We had a wonderful seafood meal, both small plates and entres. Food is artfully presented with creative combinations such as seared scallops over a done-just-right risotto cake infused with a fragrant sauce. We tried about 4 of the chef's creations and all were awesome. Service was friendly. We liked the casual yet classy atmosphere. Pros: Chef doing some very creative, tasty things with seafood more

Not worth it 3/23/2009

A family friend took us to Dolan's for a special night out. We were seated in a room all to ourselves (there were 13 people). The menu consisted of a three course meal, where you could choose a dish from each course. I ordered a spinach salad, crab cakes with couscous and veggies, and strawberry sorbet for dessert. I thought the salad was average. The crab cakes had a little spicyness to them, but the temperature was just warm. The couscous was somewhat greasy and very salty. For the veggies all I received were four slivers of squash that were also very greasy and salty. The strawberry sorbet was excellent; it was creamy and came with a shortbread cookie. Service was excellent, and the restrooms were clean. Swing music was played in the background. I don't know how much the meal cost, but I would guess that it was way too expensive for the amount of food I received. Each course of the meal took about an hour, which is way too long when you are hungry. I would not go back to Dolan's. Pros: excellent service Cons: too expensive, not enough food more

Poor food and the worst service in town 2/2/2009

I've given Dolan's many chances over the past year. Each time I've been, the food has been undercooked and overpriced. They do have a few decently-priced drinks during happy hour, but only a few. The most annoying thing about going to Dolan's is their inability to handle multiple bills at one table. There is some nonsensical rule about one tab per group, and should your group spill over to multiple tables they will still give you only one bill. It makes keeping track of your own portion of the bill very confusing, and the three times we have asked for help from the wait staff we got an earful about how inconvenient it is that we would like to split our tab fairly. The last time my friends and I went to the restaurant, we each got charged twice on our credit cards for the amounts we owed. The waitress had a poor attitude and acted very hateful towards us about it to boot. Pros: A few good drink specials Cons: Hateful staff, poor service, awful food, refusal to give more than one bill per party or handle mulitple credit cards for payment more

Can't Believe We Waited so Long 1/7/2009

We haven't been to Dolans before and I don't know why because this was one of the best meals we have had in a long time. We started with Happy Hour in the Bar and had the steamed mussels and Ahi Tuna Quesadilla. My husband eats mussels whenever we go out and he said these were the best he has had in a long time. The tuna was fabulous. The dining room so pretty, the woodwork beautiful and it was great not to have to scream over the table to hear each other. The waiter was quick to get to us and went over all of the specials for the night without reading from a card. They all sounded so good. We ordered the Cedar Plank Salmon and the Filet. Both came out perfect. The steak was so juicy and the flavor was unbelievable. The salmon was to die for again the flavor was fabulous. We were so full we didn't dare have dessert, at least not this time. We definitely will be back! Pros: everything Cons: nothing more

Over priced and under cooked 1/3/2009

Dolan's does not live up to the price. You can get a much better meal at a chain steakhouse. I ordered beef filet to be cooked medium, which was not even medium rare with average flavor. My wife had a special of halibut and crab that was overcooked for fish. If you are looking for an overpriced restaurant that offers a nice atmosphere with below average food, this is the place for you. Pros: Atmosphere Cons: Food more

my favorite in Boulder 4/20/2008

I love Dolan's! Its our favorite when we want a special dinner to celebrate an important event. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is elegant, but inviting and comfortable. We have always had excellent service. The happy hour is a particular favorite among our family and friends - its a fun atmosphere, comfortable for all three generations if that's who's available, or just with friends. The happy hour food is delicious and a really great bargain. The wait-staff is always friendly and add to the fun environment. more

Poor marketing, poor service 3/17/2008

This ""review"" is an open e-mail to Michael Dolan (since his e-mail address is not posted on the restaurant's web site): Michael, you are doing your restaurant a tremendous disservice by the appalling spelling and grammatical errors in every one of your promotional e-mails. The one sent today to advertise your Easter Brunch had six errors in a single paragraph. You desperately need to hire a marketing firm or at least use spell check. Also, you don't need to end every sentence with an exclamation point. I've attached the e-mail in questions below. more

Wonderful meal...ruined by the restaurant's OBNOXIOUS investor 3/11/2007

My husband and I had just arrived in Boulder after a long trip from IL to buy a second home. I had to eat at Dolan's because Dolan is my maiden name. We were promptly seated in the intimate, casually elegant dining room -- dimly lit, quiet music, nice artwork, very romantic. The wine list was good, all California wines, but that's where chef Mike Dolan hails from. The menu was fabulous...fresh fish, red meats, duck, inventive salads and a great selection of appetizers. We had PERFECT calamarie for starters, one of the best salads I've ever had, delicious creamy clam chowder with perfectly cooked potatoes and big chunks of sweet tender clams. I had scallops that were perfectly seared outside and tender and moist inside, and my husband had lamb that was outstanding. What luck! Unfortunately, the restaurant's investor was dining there with his wife and another couple, and they were loud, rude, and obnoxious beyond description. They kvetched about insuring their $20 million beachfront property somewhere, their two Bentley's that were on the showroom floor because the dealer hadn't sold the old one so they couldn't afford the downpayment on the new one, how ""disgusting"" it was that one of the wives was carrying a 7 year old purse from Neiman's, ""collateralizing"" this to pay for that, and on and on and on. They sent almost everything back to the kitchen and treated the darling, young waitress we shared like something you'd scrape off your shoe. And then they complained about how doctors are ""raping the poor."" Everyone in the restaurant took notice and we moved to the opposite side of the dining room. Call ahead to insure this guy won't be dining there, and you'll have a lovely, lovely dinner. Mike Dolan takes great care of every detail, but unfortunately he has to open his doors to such a creep. Pros: wonderful food and good wine, good value, intimate and romantic Cons: obnixious investor ruined our experience more

Rude service 11/20/2006

Sat at the bar while we waited for a table, the bartender was nice, but SLOW... Finally sat down and our server was down right rude! I had the filet, I ordered Med. rare, and it showed up still bleeding asked them to cook it a little more, came back black, burned... When she set it down I was like you are kidding me right. She what you said it was to rare the first time... Pros: Bar Cons: Everything else more

disappointed 4/25/2006

Went to Dolans after hearing rave reviews about the food, wine, and atmosphere. Waitress was rude and they wouldnt let us use a coupon we had recieved in the mail the week before. Had the filet and it was ok but definitely not great. The swordfish was a little better and the vegetables were good. Pros: great parking, cute atmosphere Cons: rude service more

Great date spot 12/31/2005

My husband and I enjoy the atmosphere very much, the comfortable elegange is a good in between- nice place to dress up for but certainly not necessary. The servers are always friendly, and the wine list is great. My favorite item is the calmari, his the steak, and we love the creme brulee. Pros: Atmosphere, Service more

always a treat 10/17/2005

dolans would cater a number of the events i have attended so on a whim, i decided to try out the restaurant. what a treat it has been the 5 or so times i have been back in about as many months. always good food, with at times inattentive service--if you dont get caught up so much on that and just enjoy the experience you will assuredly have a great meal. Pros: food, prices, wines Cons: ambiance more

service with a smile 8/25/2003

My fiancee and I went to Dolans to celebrate our engagement. We were out-of-towners who could not have been happier with the service! We have never had service like we did there- From our waitress to the manager and even the chef, everyone was unbelievably kind! The food was amazing too- I have eaten in many steak houses and the steak I had at Dolans can more than hold its own at any of them-the mussells were great too! Also, the wine list is pretty extensive-Overall a truly fantastic experience. Pros: service, quality of food, wine list more
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  • In Short
    The dimly lit restauarant features a massive, award-winning wine room teasingly displayed through glass at the entrance. Retro style is expressed in the black and white...

  • 5/31/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Neighborhoods:

    Central Boulder, Goss - Grove