Roaring Fork
Roaring Fork

Roaring Fork

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.roaringfork.com/
  • Phone: 4809470795x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday, 5:00pm-10:00pm; Sunday, 5:00pm - 9:00pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Bouwens
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Chaparral
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Roaring Fork
Roaring Fork is an American Western Bistro. What is American Western Cuisine? It is a combination of using foods that are indigenous to the American West, locally grown ingredients, and capturing the 'spirit' of the west. The restaurant offers a comfortable, laid back environment that includes friendly professional service and good food. A great deal of attention is paid to all the ingredients in creating the recipes and always using foods that are found in the American West, including locally grown produce. Western cuisine is not a ceremony; it's a celebration! The robust flavors and the courage to try something different is what we are all about. We would like to invite everyone to experience our 'spirit' while enjoying our food and hospitality.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Roaring Fork reviews from OpenTable diners
172 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (100)special occasion (76)good for groups (52)neighborhood gem (50)vibrant bar scene (49)romantic (39)hot spot (36)great for outdoor dining (35)notable wine list (18)late-night find (16)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Enjoyed everything about it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The fixed menu was $33 and included a huge appetizer, an entree, and a dessert. Delicious food all around. The trout is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Everything we ate was wonderful The trout was outstanding. They gave us an insane birthday celebration dessert! Robert our server was great. Couldn't have asked for more
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining with a Southwest flair
    AZFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I had the mussels with chorizo appetizer – simply outstanding. No doubt the best I’ve had since moving to the desert. I asked where the mussels were sourced from and was told they came from Prince Edward Island in Nova Scotia. Unfortunately they appear to have been a special, and not a regular item on the menu. My partner ordered the Kettle of Green Chili Pork appetizer, a house specialty that was very good. Entrees were Idaho Trout and Pork Shoulder Carnitas; also both very good. I thought the carnitas was a bit too crusty but the serving was large enough for me to get my fill from the moister inner part. Service was flawless from beginning to end; surroundings are very comfortable. Nice place to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great time
    Muxan
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our table was ready when we arrived and we were seated promptly. Waitress introduced herself immediately and provided menus with the admonition to take our time ordering. We ordered from the Restaurant week menu and the food and service was excellent. They did not skimp on the portions and everything was prompt but not rushed. I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fish story
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our party ordered the fish of the day, halibut. The server made it sound delicious but in reality it was so bland we asked for lemon to flavor the fish. Very disappointing. Stick with the meat selections.
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  • AWESOME!!
    shari
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I was invited to join my nieces during restaurant week and the food, service and ambiance was so great I immediately called my husband and told him about it. My husband and I came back 2 days later. The service was OUTSTANDING both times. Nothing skimpy about their portions and I'm including the appetizers when I say that. We loved the spicy pork appetizer and do not leave without having the bread pudding!! If you're too full order it anyway and take it home!! LOVED this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night Material
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My wife and I were looking for a new restaurant for our weekly date night when we came across Roaring Fork on google. After locating it (easy to miss if you don't have precise directions) and entering the restaurant,we knew immediately we were in for a treat. We were promptly seated on the outdoor patio (the weather was beautiful and they had misters outside) and a waiter immediately attended to us. He was very informative and explained the layout of the extensive wine menu. We had the lamb chop fondue (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) and I had the braised beef short rib with horseradish mashed potato and tomato jam. This was incredible, the meat was tender enough to separate with a fork and the potatoes were excellent. We will go here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still great after all these years
    PaleOneVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    It has been more than 10 years since we last ate at Roaring Fork. We did not stop going there for any reason other than we kind of forgot about it, so we decided to give it another try during Restaurant Week. It was just a good as we remembered it. The food was terrific--top-notch American food with a nice Southwestern twist. in particular, the huckleberry bread pudding was amazing. The only small hiccup in the evening was that our server--who had otherwise been attentive and great--disappeared for a while between our entree and dessert. We were left alone for about 30-40 minutes, with no one checking (even surreptitiously) on drinks, status of our meal, etc. When she came back, she was as good as before. All in all a terrific meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bad service
    valad32
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I have not had such bad service in long time. My waitress had an attitude the entire time especially when I asked about how one of the dishes was prepared. That is my third experience with bad services. So, as much as I like their huckleberry bread pudding, I doubt I will be back.
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  • Lovely meal
    Diodedave1
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Enjoyed the Arizona Restaurant Week menu. Great food and a very enjoyable evening all round.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Green Chili Pork
    aps123VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Need I say more? It's the best... I could eat this for my entire meal and be perfectly happy. We had a great experience after not eating here for a couple of years. It will become more of a regular spot for us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 185551
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    All around excellent restaurant. Service was very good. My steak was near perfect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than happy hour
    DoniamhVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I've often been to Roaring Fork for happy hour but had some friends in town and thought it would be a great place to meet. It's always busy so reservations are a must! The fish tacos are fabulous - I have those whether at happy hour or as dinner. One friend ordered off the restaurant week menu but we were expecting smaller portions. He said everything was delicious and portion size did not disappoint. Parking is the only challenge - if you don't know better, you'd think everyone within 5 miles will be towed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Roaring Dud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I ordered the buttermilk fried chicken breast which was rubbery and did not taste like real chicken. The waitress and the hostess assured me that my entree came from a real chicken, but the texture belied that. The waitress offered me another selection and the hostess suggested a free dessert to make it up to me, but I declined. I was extremely disappointed.
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  • Great place for special occasions
    luvnewplace
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We reserved a table with request for a nice view for our 35th anniversary. When we arrived at our table we were immediately greeted by the waiter who wished us a happy anniversary and placed a card on our table signed by staff. our waiter was prompt and very friendly. He couldn't stop wishing us happy anniversary enough! Appetizers and food was excellent. I will definitely return and recommend to friends
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you haven't you should!
    xpnsive1
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We took a couple with us that had never been there and they LOVED it!! Everything we had was spot on! Quesso with green chili pork and tortilla chips for an appetizer. Then on to the green chili pork with warm tortillas, salads and though I personally do not eat Mussels... I heard from the 2 that did they were fantastic! Five of us, 3 had the pork carnitas which were wonderful and very filling, another had the fried chicken with whipped potatoes and I had a filet that was mouthwatering!! The huckleberry Bread Pudding is a MUST have!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very confusing restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I've only been there about a half dozen times. Half of the dishes I have had have been great. Most of the other dishes have been really solid. At least one was not good at all. The last wait- person I had was bordering on bad. She lied to our face when we told her that a side dish was forgotten. We both saw (and heard) her acknowledge the side dish request when it happened. She later said that she never heard it. It also bothers me that I've never had and/or seen the same waiter or waitperson. This is a restaurant that only does dinner and they seem to have an employee retention problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Did Honor Reservation
    digitalbon
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Been to Roaring Fork many times. The food, service and ambiance is always 5 star. Only problem we had this time was they did not have a table for us at our reservation time. Tjeu said it would be a 20 minute wait. I believe they overbooked themselves due to "Restaurant Week". We heard them tell another couple with a reservation the same thing. We opted to eat in the bar where they had a table available immediately. We like the bar and dinning room equally. Love the outside patio when the temp is right. Definitely will be going back but I think they need to be more on time with reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week Fall 2014
    HungryladyVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our group of 4 ate from the Restaurant Week menu and everyone loved the food. Good varied selections. Two of our group were out of towners. Server was patient as we asked for time to enjoy cocktails before our dinners started arriving. Would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant with broad menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had set menu during AZrestaurant week and loved it. Ambiance is nice and you do not feel cluttered .... everybody got something different and loved it. A little pricey but not too bad. Wine cost is inflated.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary dinner for six
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Sadly our table for six was shoved deep into the back corner with no air & sweltering hot which was very disappointing, seating at the other tables throughout the restaurant appeared very nice. All the dishes were very good, the tortilla soup was fabulous, as was the pork tenderloin and big assed burger; the only exception was the mac & cheese served under the two perfect filets (2 of our party had the same experience)- extremely over salted & ruined what could have been a highly anticipated side dish. Our server arrogantly dismissed our comments. Unfortunately, the wonderful fare was overshadowed by the discomfort of all six in our party.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad to return
    smilesishareVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We hadn't been to RF in maybe three years. It was always good - but just never got around to it. All I could say to my husband was - wow - why have we not been back. It is lovely, service fantastic, and all of our food perfectly delicious! Since we dined off the Restaurant Week menu - very reasonably priced as well. This is a sure return location for us!
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Live this restaurant, foods is great and the presentation is excellent. Service was great as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Lin2
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our dinner was excellent. The mussels with chorizo, the filet and chili Mac 'n Cheese were all so flavorful in a subtle southwestern way. Our service was perfect...attentive but never rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointed
    mattie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We most likely will not return to Roaring Fork. Upon approaching the hostesses (there seemed to be two) I stood looking at them for quite some time hoping they would finish their personal conversation and take my name for seating, but no, that did not happen, so I had to interrupt them which created an attitude on their part. Things got worse when we were seated between the very noisy bar (people literally yelling over my head) and the very noisy kitchen with a walkway in between. Our party of 4 could not hear one another all evening. Next, my filet arrived rare, when I had ordered medium, and our waiter never returned to check on our meals, so I enjoyed sharing my wife's trout. The only positive was my filet was comped by a manager.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The Restaurant Week menu was very good, quality of food and preparation was first rate, and the quantity (particularly the mussels) was ample.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Used to be our favorite.
    Jasmin10VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Well they gave joined in the switch on meat for restaurant week. Service was great by everyone! Well not the manager who brought our food back out to us, he was very rude. Both steaks were undercooked, so were those tables around us. Then mine came out burned and it was so fatty. Just gross. I would not recommend this steak anymore and it's now off of our list after our last two visits.
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  • Wonderful!
    FrancieVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great food, Great service. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lost Reservation No Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    They didn't have my reservation, despite my email confirmation. They had no place settings. The lady threw them together at the table, setting the silverware on directly on the table to do so (a no-no). We were not brought menus. Twenty minutes went by and they still had not taken even a drink order (though a busser had brought bed). When my parents arrived they suddenly found my reservation, and so told them I had not arrived yet (which I had). As a result, they had to search all over the restaurant to find us. They finally took our drink order and a bit later actually delivered us menus! The food was adequate and overpriced. Would not go back.
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  • A fantastic dining experience!!
    Slcandy2631
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have gone to Roaring Foark many times and each time is as wonderful as the time before. The food is always cooked perfectly and the service is great! The Dr. Pepper short ribs are to die for and the boneless fried chicken is amazing!! Roaring Foark is definitely an A++++++ in my book!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Customer Service
    KF60th
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The Manager and Waitress were excellent. We had to wait well past our reservation time and were well informed. The Manager apologized for our long wait and told us he would send complimentary appetizers to our table as soon as we sat down. We were given ample to serve our table of 8. Our waitress also apologized for the wait when she greeted us. The food was superb as well. My guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They also brought a complimentary desert to celebrate my Daughter's Bachelorette Party. Highly recommend the Roaring Fork.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Had a friend visiting and brought her here for her birthday. We had a wonderful meal and the service was great! They even went out of their way to acknowledge her birthday with her choice of dessert. We shared some orders and went with the guacamole, mixed greens salad, and bacon wrapped pork tenderloin. It was all prepared perfectly, and tasted delicious. I am curious to get back and try their burger at some point. Great place for a nice evening out!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My wife and I were celebrating an anniversary and the southwest-themed Roaring Forks seems more appropriate for really good casual lunch or steak dinner than an intimate meal on a special occasion. We'll go back, but next time for lunch.
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    fit for foodies
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  • excellent steak
    FudLuvRVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We decided to retry this restaurant after having a mediocre experience a few years ago (a few months after it changed hands). We were pleasantly surprised as it seems to have improved. My partner and I both had the filet and it was excellent; high quality meat prepared exactly as we requested. Our dining companions both chose chicken dishes (one fried and the other roasted) and they liked theirs as well. Of course we had to sample the green chili mac-n-cheese; we liked it again (this had been one of the previous disappointments). The decor is unremarkable but comfortable but the restaurant was over warm. Our waiter was excellent. I would go again and even recommend this place to others.
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  • Always satisfies
    Tal12
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Roaring fork is great like always. The filet is amazing, and the Mac and cheese is the best I've had. Love coming here
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    KittyVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The food is always great! The pork chops are fabulous - as well as the street corn side dish and macaroni and cheese. The scallops are great also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The food lived up to our expectations. We always get the green pork chili stew which should be the whole meal. We all took home most of our entrees. We had ours last night and they were great warmed up. The tortillas suffered from reheating. Service was friendly. One of our party ordered the spare ribs which were sold out and the hostess came over personally to tell us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Strange experience
    Jasmin10VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We love the roaring fork. But this time was not a good experience. We were sat outside on the patio with temps over 100. They did not use their misting system. We had about 10 flies bothering us during our entire dinner. Our butter melted all over, no new butter was given even after asking. We just wanted to get out of their. Not a nice dining experience .
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I was VERY disappointed at how small the salad was that I got. The taste was really good. I would have been better off if I had gone to Sweet Tomatoes. At least I would have been full for the $9. I spent on it. I was quite embarrassed as I took my nephew and his girlfriend there. They were looking forward to a good dinner in Az. As they are from NY> BAD
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  • Solidly good food.
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    You can always find something good here, and the fish special is always great quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic