1115 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.riffsboulder.com/
- Phone: 3034406699x
- Hours of Operation:
Open 7 days a week:
Cocktail Hour: 3-6
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
- Executive Chef: John Platt
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine, Wine Bar
- Special Events: Cocktail Hour daily from 3-6. Discounted food menu, $3 draft beers, $4 well cocktails, and 40% off all wine.
A word from Riffs
Riffs, Urban Fare. A Boulder foodbar featuring moderately priced, satisfying appetizer portions of Chef John Platt’s artfully prepared diverse cuisine. Carefully chosen beverages. Genuine hospitality. Comfortable social setting. A thoughtful Boulder urban dining experience.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
- Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
- Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
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Riffs reviews from OpenTable diners
117 reviews since April 24, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (78)great for outdoor dining (55)neighborhood gem (50)special occasion (32)great for lunch (25)hot spot (23)romantic (20)good for groups (19)scenic view (12)notable wine list (12)vibrant bar scene (11)great for brunch (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (3)Show More
- Good not greatEmptyNestDinersDined on 8/19/2014I enjoyed the very comfortable, casual feel of this place -- get a table outside or near the big glass windows in front so you can people watch on Pearl Street. Curry mussels and grilled avocado with crab were big hits as appys, cucumber soup was only so-so. Rock shrimp risotto was kind of bland, chicken penne vodka was a little underseasoned, chipotle shrimp were good but you only got three medium sized shrimp -- portion size in general was quite small. Service was pleasant but a little slow. I'd try other places on Pearl Street before coming back here.
- good food, as alwayslocavoreDined on 8/19/2014Just enjoyed yet another meal at Riff's. Love their menu -- something for everyone! This time was noisier than usual (considering we arrived at 5:45pm), but not unpleasantly so.Special Features:
- Simply delicious!SusiqVIPDined on 8/18/2014The Brussels sprouts starter was amazing (I know it's odd since I'm writing about Brussels sprouts but ....OMG!) everything else we had was great and the gnocchi was superb! Light and fluffy not heavy and dense. We'll be back for sure!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- InnovativeOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/16/2014Fabulous find in Boulder. Our waiter Diego was attentive and knowledgable. The menu is not extensive, but interesting and innovative. I will definitely return next time I am in Boulder.Special Features:
- Poor quality foodJakeVIPDined on 8/14/2014Food was over cooked. service was great and the restaurant had great atmosphere very disappointing.Special Features:
- fantastic!24HourHappyHourDined on 8/14/2014Least pretentious, best food in Boulder. Period. Great service, too!Special Features:
- Good!suzyqVIPDined on 8/1/2014Food is always good, sometimes portions are small. Ordered wine & pour was on the small side. Server brought a little extra. When bill came, we were overcharged on wine price, didn't bother to complain.Special Features:
- Eat here every time we visit!GoTribeDined on 7/31/2014The food and service here is great! I can't visit Boulder without stopping in at least once!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wide variety of foodsMattDined on 7/30/2014Good choice if you have a mixed group of vegetarians and omnivores. Lots of selections and can mix and match plates as you like, all of which were very tasty!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointingOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 7/27/2014My friend and I ate here for my birthday and had 2 completely different meals (and experiences), He started with the guacamole appetizer which he was moaning over, while my brussel sprouts were just average. My beet salad was Ok but I would not get it again. He loved his cold cucumber soup. My plank seared salmon was really tasteless and a bit overdone. They switched it out for a pesto grilled chicken which was ok but not memorable. My companion got the pork loin shoulder and almost ate the plate. . Our server was efficient but really should not be in a job that requires interaction with the public as this was not his forte. Overall, would not go back.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2003Dined on 7/27/2014A nice choice for a distinctive and well-prepared casual meal. Opt for a seat on the front porch, weather permitting or toward the front to enjoy always-entertaining street scene.
- Excellent With Wonderful FlavorsOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 7/26/2014The preparation and flavors were great for soup (cucumber avocado), salad (grilled radicchio), entrees (Ono, and Scallops) and deserts (peach cobbler, and brownie).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great service, interesting foodABMFMDined on 7/26/2014Glad we ate outside because the inside seemed too warm. The crust on the peach cobbler was doughy and uncooked underneath. Kale salad too salty. Planked salmon - perfect. Zucchini with the chicken was swimming in too much liquid (-would have preferred lightly grilled and put off to the side). Chicken was great. Burger - perfect. Carrot salad - wonderful combination. Excellent service. -Very nice dinner with friends.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always a great experience!justmeVIPDined on 7/25/2014I have been to Riff's for lunch, happy hour and dinner and have always had a great experience. The service staff is friendly and accommodating and the food always tasty.Special Features:
- Delightful menu and cocktailsWillTDined on 7/22/2014Great selection on the drinks and food menu. I got a very nice fish dish which had tons of flavor, although the fish was a little over cooked (a bit dry). It was no problem a sip of white wine couldn't solve (I had a good Italian P.G. which they offered by the glass). Small plates are famous and I can see why - we had two and both were fantastic! I love Riffs!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AwesomeOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 7/18/2014Fantastic food one of the best meals in Boulder do not miss! Great happy hour too 40% off all bottles of wine great small plates!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Happy HourjkoneDined on 7/18/2014We met another couple for Happy Hour last Friday and really enjoyed the Happy Hour food menu. Everything was delicious, and we also ordered items of the regular menu. We LOVED the brussels sprouts dish and the fried zucchini, and the wine was delicious. We also sampled the peach cobbler desert and it was off-the-charts yummy. A fantastic Happy Hour value.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- love this place, but...locavoreDined on 7/11/2014We love Riff's - we've been here numerous times and have always had wonderful food and service. The reason I gave it a lower rating this time is that we happened to be seated next to a woman with a foul-fragranced electronic cigarette. We were inside by the window, which was open, and she was right on the other side. Our great server (whom we have had many times) was willing to help by shutting the window when I said that I love fresh air, but this air was not. However, by then I had a headache from the vapors of the customer who was exhaling within a couple feet from us. Management needs to make a policy decision here -- since "smoking" isn't allowed on Pearl Street, maybe they could extend that to vaping at their dining tables.Special Features:
- Very enjoyableJankossVIPDined on 7/11/2014We had a very enjoyable lunch in this very cute small restaurant. We sat inside near the back so we wouldn't be too hot on a warm summer day, the service was excellent and our food choices were very good,Special Features:
- No complaints - all goodLascarcoDined on 7/10/2014Went to Riffs to meet a business associate. Food was excellent, nice wine selections, good atmosphere. We had a very leisurely meal, partly because the main course took a long time to arrive, maybe an hour. If in a hurry, I would have rated the service a little lower, but this time, since we had lots to catch up on, I appreciated the slow pace. Our waiter also apologized for the wait, and brought us an unsolicited complimentary appetizer as a concession. One note is that if you aren't familiar with the area, you need to park a little ways away at the garage or lot off spruce. The restaurant is in the walking mall part of Pearl Street just east of Broadway, on the north side of the mall, sort of opposite of Old Chicago Pizza.Special Features:
- Totally wonderfuljbzrascalDined on 7/9/2014Everything on the menu looks amazing, and we loved what we ate (grilled avocado, Brussels sprouts, beet salad with salmon). Great service and totally delightfulSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Enjoyed Our DinnereyeforgoodfoodDined on 7/3/2014The food was delicious and high quality. The portions were small so we would get an appetizer next time. Will go back the next time we are in Boulder.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful Anniversary DinnerNorthwestFoodieDined on 6/30/2014We adventured out of our typical Boulder "fancy restaurants' for our 29th anniversary. We weren't disappointed. Riffs has a great atmosphere with friendly and responsive servers. But the food was the MAIN ATTRACTION. We had oysters with scrambled eggs/bacon, arugula salad, mussels in a fennel/caper sauce and hanger steak with fries fried in duck fat. Everything was seasoned creatively and satisfied the "foodie" in us. Desserts were also not 2nd rate - the chocolate cake and limoncello cake were both awesome. Definitely would recommend to anyone looking for a well thought out menu using farm to table philosophy.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- disappointedbbc1VIPDined on 6/28/2014We have been here six times. The last two have not lived up to previous quality. Lack of attention to detail is the main problem. The food lacked its usual zest
- Gnocchi TDFHappydinerDined on 6/28/2014The Yukon gold gnocchi with Gazel Dell shrooms were enough to keep me happy --light, fluffy, delicious-- but everything else was first rate too. We enjoyed the beet salad and salmon croquettes too, and then the desserts!!! Our friends raved about the plank salmon. We sat outside enjoying the world go by(WAY too loud inside!!). We love Riffs!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A good findBouldermomDined on 6/26/2014Went to Riffs the other night for dinner. 2 couples. Lots of great appetizers. Not a huge entree selection. We all liked everything except one entree was just ok. Stick to lots of shared appetizers. Root beer float was a hit.Special Features:
- Date NiteComidaChicaDined on 6/26/2014The restaurant was great - food was delish (I had the lamb burger) and our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. We selected this restaurant for our weekly date night and it did not disappoint! The food is delicately seasoned and came out straight away. Would highly recommend.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- cincinnDined on 6/22/2014My husband and I enjoy taking visitors to Boulder to Riff's. Everyone is attentive but the attractions of Pearl Street plus the interesting menu make it a special occasion.Special Features:
- 80's revisited40andhungryDined on 6/22/2014The decor and the food reminded me of fine western dining from the 1980's. I haven't seen sundried tomato and overcooked salmon in many many years. My spinach salad had literally 5 leaves of spinach on the plate. Everything glistended with oil and or butter. No seasonings. I didn't finish my appetizer or my entree. The waiter had no clue what to do with us. Everyone else in the restaurant was over 65.Special Features:
- DisappointedOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 6/21/2014Food had NO flavor whatsoever. Sadly disappointed group of four.Special Features:
- Good recommendationonwisconsin1Dined on 6/15/2014Brother-in-law recommended Riffs and it delivered on his promise. Very nice, accommodating, helpful staff. Delicious food and a fun, upscale environment.Special Features:
- We love Riffs!Eater123Dined on 6/14/2014As usual whenever we go to Riffs, everything was wonderful. Grilled romaine was delicious with perfectly roasted tomatoes and fresh grilled romaine. One thing I love is that the salads are never overdressed at Riffs. Both of our entrees were delicious: scallops (porcini dusted to make a wonderful salty crust) and seared tuna (with a tofu side that was a show-stopper). Dessert of passion fruit coconut rice pudding was light and refreshing but also perfectly sweet. Wine and beer selection is not huge, but has fun and inventive choices. Someone in our party also had the rose sangria and said it was wonderful. Will go back to Riffs time and time again and am sure I we will never be disappointed.Special Features:
- Frst time at RiffsmaysunDined on 6/6/2014Sat at the bar and recieved outsstanding serivce from a young lady whib couldn't have been better. Sampled a few swines she uggested and found a reasonably priced bottle. The dates were wonderful and my mussels were just ok, but that's what I get for ordering seafood in Boulder. The main course was outstanding and we felt the whole experience was well worth it.Special Features:
- MarilynVIPDined on 6/2/2014Sorry, but not stocking a top-shelf gin such as Saphire Gin for a martini is strange & inadequate. Locally distilled gin doesn't do it for me. Then ordered an extra dry vodka martini & came tasting of citrus with a lemon twist. Waiter thought I said extra "dry"! Finally got an extra dirty vodka martini with 2 olives. Food was beautifully presented & oh, so delicious, but bar leaves a lot to be desired. It's inadequate in my opinion. Food was fabulous though.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great as alwaysLinJeVIPDined on 5/31/2014Our latest experience was totally great, as always -- imaginative food offerings, wonderful service.I would recommend this to a friend.
- ExcellentTimmyVIPDined on 5/28/2014Very good spot. Food was terrific. I had the Cubano and my wife had the halibut. Both we would highly recommend. We also had the green pea hummus which was okay but was bland.Special Features:
- Excellent all the way...pickynickiDined on 5/26/2014Only here for a quick happy hour but soft-shell crab and stuffed figs were delicious. Fun drink menu and excellent service made for a wonderful early night visit.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Small portions, unexplainable waitOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 5/25/2014Although the prices may seem "reasonable," the food portions are quite small, particularly for the "Proper Plates," which one would think would be bigger than appetizers (they're not). When we arrived, the hostess said it would be a 45-minute wait, despite the fact that five tables were open. (She said there were a number of reservations.) We left and immediately made reservations via Open Table. When we returned 25-minutes later, four tables were still open.Special Features:
- Evening Graduation DinnerOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 5/23/2014We had a great graduation Dinner at Riffs... food was excellent with great selection, just perfect portions and very attentive service/Special Features:
- Fantastic Menu and Best ServiceDLG4Dined on 5/23/2014I don't like brussel sprouts but their brussel sprouts salad blew my taste buds. This restaurant has menu items i have never had before but are now my very favorite!!! Can't wait to come back!Special Features: