OAK at Fourteenth just off Pearl Street in Boulder had a rocky beginning. The one-of-a-kind oak wood fire oven in the center of the restaurant inspired its name. Unfortunately, a few short months into its infancy as a restaurant, a devastating fire in that special oven destroyed owner Bryan Dayton’s beloved brainchild. Out of tragedy comes opportunity, which the OAK team used to its full advantage. The restaurant was gutted, renovated and reinvented in a quick six weeks following the blaze and re-opened better than ever. OAK at Fourteenth now supplies Boulder with a hip neighborhood-gathering place boasting great food and unique cocktails.
OAK’s seasonally-inspired menu contains the best and freshest ingredients including, locally grown vegetables, locally sourced meats, homemade pastas and sustainably raised seafood. The mouthwatering dinner menu features shared plates like wood oven roasted Brussels sprouts, grilled eggplant with feta cheese, fried pickles and tomato braised meatballs. Also highlighted are uniquely delicious eats like wood oven roasted beef marrow, foie gras and Hamachi “crudo,” an Italian spin on sushi. In case filling up on appetizers isn’t for you, there are many scrumptious entrees, like Peking Duck Breast, Mediterranean Sea Bass and Grilled Beef Short Rib.
OAK presents the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and find new favorite dishes while sipping on exclusive libations dreamed up by Dayton himself. Each drink comes with a creative name, matched only by the innovative recipes used to mix them. Favorites include the East Aspen Heights, the Spice Bank and Across the Atlantic. OAK’s use of various flavors of bitters in their drinks makes them stand out among other drink stops on Pearl Street. Dayton’s passion for mixology shines through on the creative drink list.
Want friends to join you in your next palate adventure? OAK can play host to your private party, either in their Acorn Room which seats up to 40 guests, or by reserving the whole restaurant for 130 invitees.
Located at 1400 Pearl Street, OAK is open for lunch and dinner daily and closed for usual holidays, as well as Super Bowl Sunday. At least some things stay sacred. Enjoy!