The Kitchen

1039 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302
Critics' Pick
Best Of
The Kitchen +

Britt Chester


  • Monday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Local ingredients, Family Style, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Prix Fixe, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
  • Full bar
  • Metered Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Online Reservations Available
When The Kitchen opened in 2004, chefs and co-owners Hugo Matheson and Kimbal Musk were driven by a desire to create community. On any evening, customers can sit at a long community table in the restaurant; on Mondays, there's also a family table — where Matheson re-creates his staff meals for the public and for any food provider who happens to drop by. This commitment to community is not the sentimental impulse of your typical Boulder yuppie. It's less showy and much deeper, connected to the kind of food Matheson wants his kitchen to turn out: low-key and unpretentious, food that brings back memories of childhood — if, that is, you happened to grow up in rural France, or your mother cooked the way Matheson's did, using what was fresh and available every day, from kale from the garden to a leg of lamb. Matheson's kind of home cooking is about using everything: beef marrow, the carcass of a roasted chicken, "respecting the food that you have, and eating what's in your fridge rather than running out all the time to buy new stuff."

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