Bácaro Venetian Taverna


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In a Nutshell

  • Elegant Venetian cuisine
  • Bustling tavern feel
  • Extensive wine list
  • Small plates & entrees

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Promotional value expires Apr 16, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Not valid for happy hour. Must use in 1 visit. No cash value. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

When Pangaea—the earth's greatest rock supergroup—broke up, many fans blamed it on the high-heeled wiles of Europe's inseparable girlfriend, Italia. Discover a sweeter side to the globe's Yoko with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare at Bácaro Venetian Taverna in Boulder.

Executive chef and partner Anthony Justice draws culinary inspiration from Venice’s long history as a center of trade, creating a menu that is international, fresh, and seafood-centered. Maximize the dishes-per-square-inch of your table with small-plates, cicchetti, such as scallops with mixed greens, hearts of palm, pine nuts, and tomatoes ($8), short ribs with soft gorgonzola polenta ($9), or a pear, arugula, brie, and gorgonzola pizza ($9). Noodle rebels can challenge the spaghetti hegemony with pasta dishes such as the crespelle al granchio, crepes filled with goat cheese and dungeness crab meat and baked with a light cream pesto ($13), or ascend to the next edible level with secondi such as sogliola alla ca d’oro, a fresh-roasted dover sole sautéed with chiodini mushrooms, asparagus and shrimp ragout, saffron risotto, and braised leeks ($17).

Bácaro’s bustling Venetian-tavern feel is enhanced by long, rustic wooden tables lined up amidst exposed brick and colorful modern-glass furnishings. Experience the taverna to its fullest with the company of a friend and a limoncello ($5) or glass of beatific vino from the extensive wine list.


Westword recommends Bácaro Venetian Taverna, and more than 50 OpenTable reviewers give it a 3.8-star average. Yelpers give the restaurant an average of three stars, and Citysearchers give it 3.5 stars. TripAdvisors award 3.5 owl eyes on average.

  • If you're one of those people who acquired a taste for gelato in Italy, check out Bacaro's. Along with other sophisticated, not-too-sweet desserts, Bacaro makes a wonderful bruschette appetizer. – Westword
  • Service was impeccable - attentive but not rushed. The menu is a varied selection of so much more than just red sauces. Food prepared nicely. – OpenTable.com reviewer who dined on 11/19/2010

Bácaro Venetian Taverna

Chef Aaron Bennett and his culinary team combine the philosophies behind farm-to-table cooking with gourmet Italian dining at Bácaro Venetian Taverna. The menu features classic Venetian dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from local and organic farms, including Talbott Farms, Isabel Farms, and Haystack Mountain, among others. Panzanella salads season tomatoes and garlic croutons with basil-infused olive oil and wild boar shoulder gets braised in chianti before being served with creamy, truffle-infused polenta. The kitchen makes all of their pastas in-house, and gluten-free spaghetti or penne can be substituted for wheat-free diets.

Bácaro takes its name from the lively taverns around Venice, which are noted for their laid-back atmosphere, simple furniture, and affable ghosts. Bartenders fuel lively gatherings with pitchers of sangria, housemade Italian liqueurs, and selections from their extensive wine list during daily happy hours. The eatery also hosts guests on its spacious rooftop patio, where chandeliers and the fact that it is on a rooftop heighten views of downtown Boulder.

Customer Reviews

243 Ratings

Thank you for a perfect 1st experience! You can only make a first impression ONCE, nicely done Bacaro staff!
Steven S. · March 24, 2013
Everything was delicious.
Toni B. · March 1, 2013
This is a good place Staff seems happy
Doug B. · February 13, 2013
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