we went to riffs for the first time for a birthday celebration, and it was lovely. the staff were so very friendly and accommodating. the food was very good as well, and we will definitely go back.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Addition to Pearl St Dining
This place is a gem! I almost don't want to write about it because it's one of the few restaurants on Pearl Street that doesn't have a long wait.We chose this spot to celebrate a group birthday - they offer very reasonably priced items and a variety of options for our group with various eating restrictions (glutton free, vegetarian, etc).I love that they offer a lot of small plates. Our group each selected their own salad (the arugula with preserved lemon, pistachios, pancetta,and tarragon dressing is fabulous!) and then shared a number of small plates. They were all really great! And really, we ordered too much food, so the bill was a little higher than we anticipated (and wine is on the expensive side for what you get) but we'll return!
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Riffs has great options for the gluten-free foodie.
The grilled avocado is a must.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great ambiance & service
Gorgeous atmosphere--cozy & welcoming, yet sophisticated. The food was fantastic--good variety & well plated & presented. The wait staff was friendly, genuine & attentive.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is nice and well presented. They make a good cosmo.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Riff's has bece my favorite "go to " Bouler Restaurant to take out of town guests.
I am never disappointed!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
On Pearl Street in a good location. We ate outside which was nice. The food was fabulous and well presented and prepared. Enjoyed it and would go back.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our Favorite Boulder Restaurant
The food here is spectacular. We had halibut in lobster sauce - perfectly cooked with a crunchy exterior and delicious lobster flavor; duck confit - very slightly sweet with sweet pickled onions; and venison - perfectly cooked and flavorful. Our cocktails were a lot of fun - one tasted of green peppers! We'll be back - again and again!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
No Brussel Sprouts??
Normally I don't care about a restaurant 86 ing an item. But you ran out at 6:00 PM?!? Also, this is a house speciality. I assume you planned on selling some??? Otherwise an enjoyable meal, with friendly service. I recommend. Try the Brussel Sprouts (if they have em) :)
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time at Riffs
Enjoyable dinner with very good variety of good tasting and nicely presented food choices, excellent, friendly service and the ability outside to both absorb the ambience of Boulder and Pearl St. while still conversing with friends. As long time fans of Q's, Riffs did not disappoint.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Riffs is Great!
Fabulous food, great service, and the best location ever.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
New favorite in Boulder
This was our third visit to Riffs and the food and service never disappoints . The cocktails are imaginative as are the small plates and appetizers. I would recommend paying for the bread as it comes with a delicious white bean purée .
I can't say enough about the quality and preparation of the food. Everything we have tried on the menu has been great. The only downside is the restaurant does get a little warm in the summer but you can't beat the location . Riffs is our new favorite find in Boulder.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I came back for another round of duck confit, always delicious. The warm beet small plate was divine. My husband enjoyed the special duck fat-glazed potatoes (crispy!) and pork belly. The cocktails - Dazed and Confused and one with green pepper - were strange and lovely.
7/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good food. Nice happy hour. Great ambience, except for sticky floor. Small portions.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Much Better This Time
I wrote a previous review that was less than complimentary, to the wait staff. We had excellent service this time. I only wish I would have remembered our waitress's name. She was excellent. I had the venison medallions, and it was excellent.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simple pleasure on Pearl St.
Had an early weekend lunch there to celebrate a family occasion. The staff were great at accommodating a fluid situation in terms of our arrival time (needed to be earlier), numbers (had a late addition) and a little one in a stroller.
The food was exceptional. Simple plates with just right portions, and interesting combinations. Chicken and biscuit with gravy, with the biscuit as a sandwich? Awesome. Everyone else truly enjoyed their choices as well.
A very enjoyable meal in a well staffed and thought out room.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Easy to walk by, hard to forget
This was our third visit to Riff's . We discovered this place a couple of years ago and haven't looked back. Menu is very fairly priced. My entree, mussels, was prepared in a jalapeno broth - - unusual but very tasty. Cocktail menu has some very interesting combos based on old favorites.
They happened to be out of the chocolate dessert that night, so we made due with some excellent apple crisp w/ice cream and a creme brûlée.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another good experience
We've been to riffs several times and have always enjoyed the food and service. Moderate prices and tasty dishes all the way around!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great small plates and Malbec!
We had a variety of small plates including the grilled avocado, a special Friday squid dish, brussels sprouts, and a regular dinner, the grilled shrimp. It was a warm night so we started with cold watermelon, cucumber soup. We drank a bottle of the younger of the two Malbec wines. Around $30 per bottle. We finished up with peach cobbler and the chocolate cake with ice cream. The food and service was amazing and we will be back. Good table at the window looking out on Pearl Street Mall. This restaurant is very different and attractive choice to bring guests to Boulder. Thank you!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cosy and welcoming...
Interesting food and attentive service makes Riffs a joy to visit. The layout makes it feasible for them cater to small parties and large groups though it can get pretty noisy. Hopefully they can maintain the complex and intriguing menu which certainly acts to separate Riffs from the many other restaurants on Pear Street Mall.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been here a few times and really enjoy it. Varied menu, with dishes to appeal to everyone. Everything we've had has been excellent (with the exception of the pea hummus). Octopus, lamb, Brussel sprouts... All great. Nice service as well.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch at Riff's
There is art in Riff's food preparation, and art is difficult to describe. The residual impression with me is that the food was prepared with precision and yet creativeness and uniqueness. I took advantage of the offer to prepare a special drink, and the meal was very satisfying.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Accommodating and delicious!
I have food allergies, and Riffs' chef is always very accommodating, which I greatly appreciate. The food is always delicious!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mixed but worth trying
The decor is simply fantastic and the atrium-like seating area in the front with open windows is really special. The college student waiter was a sweetheart who will do all he can to get things right for you. The food is mixed. The "corn soup" has no hint of corn and should be titled Curry Soup. They are very proud of their brussel sprouts, which are not bitter but still taste like goodforyou food. They should be grilled with a little balsamic. If you want a hamburger, order rare as medium rare will be overcooked. It was good after being reordered. The warm flourless chocolate cake was over the top delicious.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service!
Totally had a fab experience at Riff's. Food locally sourced and extremely delicious. The veggies were particularly awesome.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went with a group of 4 and sat outside, which is a small area, but being able to watch the Pearl Street Mall activity was fun and always entertaining. The food was excellent and everyone enjoyed their dinner. The Salmon entree was delicious. Also a nice selection of wines. Don't miss the desserts.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Three of us shared an order
Three of us shared an order of salmon croquets, an order of chicken/biscuits, pork tenderloin, plank salmon and crab spaghetti entrees so 5 small plates and it was plenty to fill us all. We wanted to try a couple of different items and all were great.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Modern Bistro
Great food with original combinations. Service is knowledgeable, low key and relaxed. Pricing is very reasonable especially for Boulder. All in all, a really pleasant evening.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
another fine experience!
We have generally been disappointed with the Boulder dining scene, particularly food quality. Not so at Riffs! We have been there twice this month, ordering a wide array of items, all of which have met or exceeded expectations. We are glad to see local products used when possible. Our servers both times were very helpful. We will return again soon!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the menu, food, and price
This was my first business trip to Boulder and I was looking for a "foodie" restaurant that didn't look like the dishes were too over the top or heavy. After perusing the menu, I dropped in for dinner Sunday night and then came back with my son the following evening.
Everything I tried was wonderful, including the braised greens and cauliflower with my tuna the first night and the halibut cheeks the second.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, flat service
Chose Riffs for a special night out with the husband based on Open Table food reviews. Honestly, some of the best food we have had in Denver/Boulder, especially the Brussels Sprouts and chicken biscuit sandwich. The service ... Meh ... We've had a more attentive experience at Chic Fil A with the kids. In a place like Riffs, I expect a little introduction of the menu/specials from the wait staff. No such luck. And we had both the waiter and the manager ask, "How was everything?" without touching the pile of empty dishes neatly stacked and ready to go. Seemed odd. But I would gladly endure more dishes for those Brussels Sprouts.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, cool decor, great patio, good service, intersting (good) wine list. It keeps us coming back for more!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Go-To Place in Boulder
Riffs never fails to delight - be it an evening with the ladies, out of town guests of any age or a quick cocktail and a bite after a long day or on the way to an event. John Platt's ever-changing menu is inventive and DELIVERS. ALWAYS a joy. My favorite restaurant in Boulder in every season.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great night out
My son and I had dinner here, and what a taste treat we had. The food was very different and exceptional. Our waiter was incredible at taking care of our every need before we even thought about something. I'd recommend this spot to all who appreciate a variety of foods in new and creative ways.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Happy Hour, Great Dinner
We arrived early and we didn't know about their happy hour. It was a welcome surprise. The selections are wonderful and the prices can't be beat. The wine list is limited, but the choices on the list are superb. The specialty cocktails are delish. We recommend the cheese plate for happy hour and the gnochhi for dinner. The steak was tough and overdone. It had a nice sear on the outside, but that "crispiness" continued right on through the rest of the steak. But we are SURE this was an anomaly, because everything else was so good. When we go back, we'll order lots of stuff, but we'll also order the steak. If it's overdone again, we'll let y'all know. Because RIFF's ROCKS otherwise! It's our favorite new place.Service is utterly outstanding.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty meal with great service!
Riffs has been on our list of need-to-try restaurants for awhile. We chose it for our anniversary dinner. The relaxed atmosphere, great service and tasty food were highlights of the evening. I had the cedar plank salmon - cooked to perfection; very buttery!! An appetizer of grilled avocado was both unique and delicious. We shared the mixed green salad. Also a tasty treat. We recommended Riffs to my parents who checked it out a few days later - they loved it as well!
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food here is something out
Food here is something out of the ordinary. Preparation and service are outstanding. A great find.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is one of my families favorite restaurants. All of the food on the menu is tasty!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love the veggies!
It's hard to find fabulous vegetarian options... I had the squash soup, beet salad, & Brussels sprouts. Amazing! Went back a few days later and had the hummus... Fabulous. And wine is 40% off during happy hour. :-)
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresh creative food with a
Fresh creative food with a great atmosphere. Wonderful selection of dishes for a group that may appreciate different tastes,
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Exceptional food and service
Of the interesting choices offered on the First Bites menu, our table of four evidently have amazing skill at identifying incredible food! Truly, every dish was a delight. The wait staff were superb and truly added to our very positive experience. See you soon!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great First Bite Menu
We had been to Riffs once before and found it just okay, and were therefore pleasantly surprised to find their First Bite of Boulder menu to be outstanding. Everything our party of 4 ordered was excellent!
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent, creative food
Tasty, creative comfort food with a modern interpretation. Every plate was well thought out, even the more simple dishes.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Only drawback was the person
Only drawback was the person who seated us -- young male was somewhat rude. Waiter was GREAT and helped to turn that initial impression around completely. We will be back! We will let others know as well.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service
Riff always service interesting combinations and this time was no exception. Lovely!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything here is stunning, even the name. Not to miss. Creative, high quality ingredients, and delightful staff.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Just as I hoped, the food was exactly how the previous reviews described it, delicious. I had the crackermeal fried oysters, flash cooked brussels sprouts and the cedar plank organic salmon (which was cooked perfectly, soo buttery) all on the first bite menu.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love This Place!!
Riffs manages to surprise and delight me every time we go there! The special menu changes daily and makes each visit like going to a whole new restaurant. This time, for First Bite, we were permitted to substitute from the special menu, which made First Bite even better. We were treated to a lovely kale salad and a chili rellano paired with bbq sauce (so unique!). I also had the mahi, which was cooked perfectly with delicious pairings of roasted cauliflower and some sort of salsa. Every bite was delicious - and the wine and beer were delicious and fun too! Love going back to this restaurant time and time again to see what they have on the menu for the day.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
3rd visit Food still Up service OK
The service on our first two visits was exceptional. This time water was not filled without a request. The server wiped down the table with a rather wet cloth after we finished eating and right before we received the check. Silverware was not replaced between courses. None of these minor issues happened the first two times we visited. The server was friendly and apologized about the water. These were little details, but little details can add up. OK service, but not a great as it has been.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Riffs gets better and better
We've been going to Riffs since they opened and generally it's for lunch. Dinner the other night was excellent. I had the grilled avocado with crab meat and duck confit. Both small plates but plenty for me. Wine choices are good and some well priced bottles. Our friends were very happy with their meals as well.
Our server was friendly, helpful and provided just the right amount of attention. We will definitely return to Riffs for dinner.
We reserved a booth to ensure a more intimate environment for visiting with our friends. If you like inventive, high quality, fresh and beautifully presented food, Riffs is a great destination.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM