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“Great Date Night Out”

Boulder Dinner Theater
Ranked #94 of 587 Restaurants in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$30
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 10 August 2013

If you're going here strictly for dinner; don't. Boulder Dinner Theater is meant to be an experience! We thoroughly enjoyed the Wizard of OZ, great sets and great cast. The food was good and certainly satisfactory - variety of choices for dinner. The drinks were superb! We particularly enjoyed the staff; everyone was friendly and welcoming. This is a great date night option and a nice change from just a regular dinner.

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Thank Kayla H
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Reviewed 27 April 2013

On 4/20/13, we went to see “Church Basement Ladies” with two other couples, and we were seated at a tiny table for 6 in the front center (premium tickets). Tickets were $56 each plus a $3 handling charge, so $354 for the table.

The play was very funny and well acted by a team of 5 actors. If you grew up Lutheran in the 1960s, there was a lot to recognize. (It’s based on the funny book, “Growing Up Lutheran”.) I would see the play again, but not at the BDT.

Having read the reviews about the food, I’m glad we paid attention and had drinks and appetizers at home! As a person who has bought Schwanns food (entrees and desserts) for many years, I know it when I see it. And, I also know what it costs! They announce at least 2-3x that 1/3 of your ticket is your meal and to tip on that, not the final bill of “extras”. Our couple tickets cost $118…so our meal was theoretically $35. Comparing our meals to Applebees 2 for $20 or the Olive Gardens 2 for $25 and what you get at BDT… they should be ashamed of themselves!

For $35, you get a small plate of mixed greens with 1 tablespoon of ranch dressing on the side (no choices) and 5 stale croutons. That was followed by the entrée: 1 cup of beef stroganoff (Beef Stroganoff ~ Tender strips of Prime Rib, mushrooms and pearl onions in a delectable sour cream sauce. Served on a bed of Rooster Comb noodles) for me, and a deck-of-cards sized cod piece in a weird orange, spicy sauce for the hubby (Potato Crusted Cod ~ A potato, chive and cheese crusted cod baked to perfection topped with a chipotle aioli. Served with Spanish rice, pico de gallo and vegetables. A delight for the fish lover’s palate!). The bread bowl was two 5” pieces of some sort of flatbread for the 6 of us; we asked for more.

We have been to many dinner plays before and always the non-alcoholic drinks (soda, tea, coffee) were included in the price. Not at BDT. Non-alcoholic drinks are $3 and the wine/beer starts at $5 and goes up from there. The hubby and I split a dessert: apple pie ($6), ala mode with ¼ cup vanilla ice cream ($3), and a cup of bitter, poor quality coffee ($3)…so $12 for dessert for 1. Outrageous! And, worse, not very good! :(

Yes, the actors do come out to serve coffee at intermission which also gives the BDT staff another chance to talk about generous tipping. After paying over $130 before the tip, I don’t care to have my waitress/performers shilling for their tips too. We were wondering how much of a cut in the tips the actors actually got compared to the waitresses and were thinking maybe none of them actually get the tips…it just goes to the BDT. That would be interesting to know.

Several reviews have commented on how run down the place is getting and I agree. In the ladies room, one of the 5 stalls was broken (on a Saturday night). Get a plumber in and get it fixed! The air flow was very inadequate and stuffy. The stalls themselves have seen better days and were all scuffed up and badly in need of repainting or replacing. Restrooms in high schools are far more appealing than the one at the BDT.

Will we be going back there? Probably not. For $150, I’d rather see a play downtown for less and have a nice dinner out.

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Thank kipper c
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Reviewed 5 April 2013

This is a dinner THEATER - emphasis on theater. The play was "The Church Basement Ladies", which is a semi-musical (some music, but more acting without music). The play was entertaining and well done.

The food was abominable. Our party ordered three different dinner entrees and they were uniformly (a) lukewarm, (b) bland, and (c) uninspired. The wine was also of some unknown origin and we might as well have just had water. The wine was remarkably bland, as well.

We will not go back.

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Thank Ed S
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

To start your evening here is a pleasure. You can order drinks or bottles of wine. The crisp salad is next and then your main meal. Your choices include pasta, vegetarian, fish or steak. Cost is with your ticket price except if you order some of their specials. Dessert is ordered with the meal, but served at the intermission. The shows are done wonderfully but the actors and actresses which includes them servicing your table. You can interact with the show people. We have enjoyed seeing many shows at this theater.

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Thank Wayne M
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

We have been season ticket holders at the Boulder Dinner Theater for four years. We love this experience. As an attraction I definitely give it a "5" rating. The combination of entertainment, good service, and food cannot be beat. As a restaurant alone, I would give it a "3".
Our most recent visit was on New Year's Eve. We love spending the year's turnover at BDT. You get free appetizers, a bottle of champagne per couple, good food, a great show, and a dance following the performance, noisemakers, and Ald Auld Lang Syne at midnight. The peformers bring their family, including small children, and dance with the audience. This year the play was 42nd street (thin plot but incredible dancing). The BDT manager makes a point of stopping by each table to ask about our experience and thank us for coming. I personally don't care for most of the entres (I'm a vegetarian) but they have great appetizers and are willing to substitute a larger porrtion of the appetizer for an entre. Most of the entres are free with the theater ticket purchase but they do have some entres for an added amount.
Plays are four times a year, all musicals, some serious and some comedies. Most are familiar but usually there is at least one newish play each year. The performers are also the wait staff. Twice we have had the lead in the play serving our food and it's great to get to know them "up close and personal."
Season tickets here are about the cost of two performances at the Denver Center for Performing Arts if you go for good seats. We always go for center seats on the top row for the best view. Go once and pick out the seats you want. If you buy season tickets, you can reserve the seats you want. We always go for D11, a 4 top table.

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Thank Nancy B
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