Frasca is the creation of Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson. Their shared passion for Friuli-Venezia Giulian cuisine ... More
Frasca Food and Wine
Frasca is the creation of Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson. Their shared passion for Friuli-Venezia Giulian cuisine and fine wine is reflected in the exquisitely-prepared fare and a comprehensive wine list boasting over 200 varieties. The seasoned and professional staff ensures a memorable evening with their meticulous attention to detail, expert wine pairing, and extensive knowledge of the menu. And the pastoral, elegant dining room evokes the gracious and friendly feeling of traditional Italian Frascas. Warm, welcoming, and unpretentious, Frasca is the perfect destination for impromptu gatherings, casual dinners, and special occasions.
Frasca does some things well. The wait staff is well trained and courteous, the wine list is good and the food shows care in preparation, however the portions are laughably small. The restaurant claims inspiration from the northern Italy, southern Austria region and you can find touches of earthy heartiness in some of the dishes. The last fine dinner we had in that area featured a whole brown trout with a toasted pumpkin pip crust. The tail of that fish would have covered the tiny portion of sturgeon on my main dish at Frasca. My wife’s main dish had exactly four fettuccine noodles. The last time we saw portions this small was from a chef’s tasting menu at Le Toiny in St. Bart’s. That meal had 9 courses plus desert, Frasca had three. For a party of six to spend nearly $1,000 on a four course meal with wine and leave hungry, as we did this week, is a travesty. Please understand, we abhor the huge meals that have become the standard at some American restaurants, but this establishment goes too far in the other direction. Until Frasca decides to actually feed their patrons instead of merely showing off their presentation skills in tiny portions, we’ll be dining elsewhere.
Frasca has it all. Nice place, great service, impressive wine list, well prepared food. There's just one thing missing: flavor. I've been there three times and I keep waiting for something to wow me. I'm still waiting. My wife says that the flavors are subtle. I say that's another way of saying bland. Technically the food is amazing (how do they dice the peppers so small?), but it lacks soul. I consider myself a foodie, so it's not as if I can't appreciate fine dining. Frasca has received a lot of hype, but I think if you taste the food with eyes closed and mind open, you'll realize it doesn't live up to the hype.
Wow, it really surprises me anyone could say they left hungry. I am not a waif, but I can't finish meals here. I just ate here tonight and hadn't eaten all day and could not finish. I'd say I was as full as I am at the outback.
The food is amazing and I have been to a lot of cities and a lot of restaurants. I would recommend coming here to anyone who visits boulder.
They write down info on their customers and remember what you like as well. I frequent a 5 star in my hometown and they don't do that!
We had dinner at Frasca and as its chef had recently won a James Beard award we had very high expectations and for the most part it met them. The food is incredible and very well cooked and thought out and from the fried stuffed squash blossoms to the Potato Gnocci with fresh sweet corn every course just seemed to burst with flavor. The staff gives you a nice warm welcome when you come in and makes you feel welcome. The only down side of Frasca in my opinion is the closeness of the tables which are packed in very tightly and you really can’t get away from hearing everything your neighbors are talking about be it good bad or ugly. If interested in pictures and a full course by course meal description feel free to visit our blog at www.milehigheater.blogspot.com
I absolutely love this place. The food and service are unparalleled in Boulder. Bobby and the rest of the staff go out of their way to make every patron feel welcome. Their wine pairings are consistently great, and everything I've ever eaten there has been amazing. It's really the entire dining experience there that makes Frasca such a unique and welcoming place. Go there at least once and you wont be able to stop!
Okay, so I was eating with someone else's plastic. The food is fantastic, though, and the service and wine selection is to die for. Very innovative menu. I used to work in high-end hospitality industry so I am picky, but I'd go back there again in a heartbeat. Great place to impress your date!