River and Woods Restaurant

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Comfort Food
Located in an historic miner's cabin on Pearl Street, River and Woods serves Colorado comfort food by one of Colorado’s most beloved chefs, Daniel Asher.
Asher prepares whimsical interpretations of traditional comfort food, including a rotating roster of family recipes shared by guests. An eat-in kitchen area leads to a backyard oasis with an outdoor kitchen and and bar. A carefully curated boutique bar program rounds out the River and Woods experience. With incredible weekend brunches, fun happy hour specials, and a huge emphasis on community engagement, local farm partners, and sustainable sourcing, River and Woods is elevating Colorado Comfort Cuisine. River and Woods also hosts private parties and special events.
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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Ambiance/music and staff friendliness were highlights. I felt the menu very appealing but the food quality and taste did not measure up. Disappointing with all the great restaurants around.

AB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. We did have an issue with our order, but the staff did fix to our satisfaction

k
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place and will keep coming back every time I’m in boulder. Great food from great sources, friendly staff, and expect at least three people to say goodnight and thank you as you leave.

ES
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I'd only recommend if you are going to sit outside. The food was ok, came lukewarm, service lukewarm as well for inside tables. I've eaten here a few times and it's always this way. Ambiance is nice, staff is nice enough, just always super slow and vague service.

CS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable evening with amazing delicious dishes and fantastic service. Your menu has so many different and fun choices. We had the oysters and lamb skewers. Yum! We shared a dessert, bourbon butterscotch pudding, which was to die for. I especially appreciated your offerings of non-alcoholic drinks.
Not something you find at most restaurants. The only part of our experience at River and Woods that was not top notch was the noise level in the dining room. We will definitely visit again and have already recommended River and Woods to a number of our neighbors and friends here in Estes Park.

SC
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We've been a few times, some of the dishes are delicious, others less spectacular. Had the lamb kofte this past visit and it was a bit boring and lamb kind of tough and rubbery. Duck wings are always delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

It's interesting that you call the noise level energetic. It was deafingly loud to the point you had to shout when talking! Most of our group of 4 just stopped talking. There was music playing also that you couldn't hear. The whole experience was unpleasant!

UH
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere and amazing service. When it began raining, the staff quickly set up tents for us outdoor folks.

B
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having a quiet environment where I can actually talk to my friends is important to me. I enjoy River and Woods outside dining because of the lower noise level as well as the nice ambiance outside. The inside is a little noisy for me, although I still like your restaurant but I am less inclined to dine inside.

S
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my friend to lunch for her birthday. The food and service were both great.

t
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really enjoy coming to River and Woods to see the new additions to the menu. The food has been consistently good. They cater to all dietary needs. Enjoyed eating outdoors in their patio setting.

KH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch. Very cute place with good service and great food!

AG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Overall nice spot with great atmosphere. Worthy of 4 stars had we not had an issue with one of our meals coming out over cooked.

s
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Local Gem! Great outdoor seating. Nice diverse menu, I had the Mountain Trout, and the bacon wrapped dates. Really good beer and wine list. Prices are reasonable.
Service was excellent.

RS
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable meal and place. Will become a regular.

e
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A number of reviews recommended the duck wings - we are adding to those reviews! Have the duck wings! They are very meet and simply wonderful. Also had the short ribs which was tender as can be and the trout. Everything was great. We enjoyed sitting outside, more fun watching others.

GM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very homey. Everything we had, including what we got for our kid from the kids menu was delicious!

KC
Oklahoma City
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Veggie Benedict was so flavorful and delicious!

AL
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

As with many of the reviews below 5 stars, my only complaint comes with the outdoor seating. It was in the mid-90s when we arrived and we were sat in a row of two tops which were in direct sunlight. We, along with everyone who was sat there over the next hour and a half, asked to move. I understand you have to maximize your seats, but those tables should’ve been the absolute last to be seated. Their distribution among servers dispersed so no one server had a “bad section.” I heard other people’s requests to move met with hesitant responses. Were there no other tables available, it would’ve been understandable, but as there were shaded tables in view, it was awkward for everyone. That being said Nate, who took care of us, was fantastic and obliging and the food was near perfect. I’d definitely be back but make a reservation note to request seating.

BR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A very laid back quiet garden spot in the heart of Boulder. If you are in a rush - dine elsewhere.
If you want to enjoy excellent food and converse with friends in quiet, congenial atmosphere - then make your reservation.

E
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate our anniversary and Nate was our waiter. He was fantastic, the food was amazing and we had a wonderful evening!

JA
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere with a casual feel, tasty comfort food with an elevated touch!

KD
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved River and Woods. We decided to go with the braised short rib plate, which is considered one of their sharable plates. We also got the Mac and cheese (another sharable item), and the crispy brussel sprouts. All of the food was amazing. Our waiter Nate was friendly and attentive.

Since we shared the dinner we decided to get dessert too. OMG.... Their creme brulee cheesecake with mango topping on the side was exquisite.

We will be back.

k
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This place was good ! I had the trout and my boyfriend had the duck wings. Both were good and everything tasted fresh . The place has a cute atmosphere as well.

OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We didn’t realize this was an indoor/outdoor establishment when booking our reservation and we were seated outdoors for our dinner. It was a hot August evening so that probably didn’t help our experience (and the flies were particularly bad this evening also). We started with the poutine and duck wings which we all really enjoyed. For entrees my daughter had the mushroom lobster ravioli, my wife and son had the steak frites (hanger steak) and I had the chicken tacos. I really enjoyed the chicken tacos and my daughter is fairly picky but she liked her ravioli. My wife and son weren’t as impressed with the steak frites. I sampled the steak as well and agreed it was on the tough side, a little over cooked past medium and had an unusual flavor. The service was good. The worst part however was that my wife, son and I all developed stomach aches that evening. Seems like it must have been the steak since we all ate that. Although most of the dishes were quite tasty the overall experience lead us to agree that we probably won’t be returning.

OT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A caveat: we ate outside, which accounts for my description of the noise level. Previously, we’ve eaten inside and it was very loud.
Food and drinks are creative and delicious.
Best part is the amazing service. Very attentive and conscientious without being very invasive. So pleasant and, these days, so rare.

MW
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Unique wonderfully executed food. Might be nice to have a few standards behind the bar, but overall it was great. I’ve already recommended it to others.

TM
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated roommates 19th birthday and the staff was delightful. Hail storm pushed inside from our outdoor reservation, but we were happy with table and didnt have to wait.

b
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my new favorite place in boulder during the summer. The back yard is so peaceful and stays cool even on hot days due to so much shade. Love their lunch options (had lunch there 2 days ago and highly recommend the GF deep fried chicken tacos) and am meeting some friends for happy hour tonight...cant wait to see what's on that menu!! Food is creative and delicious!!

LM
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely backyard seating. Went for breakfast and seated right away. Had some delicious bloody Mary’s while waiting for our 4th.
Service was personable and attentive.
Had breakfast burritos and BELTs which we all enjoyed. Had the churros for dessert - definite must.

DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Sit outside if the weather is nice - though inside is fine. We were visiting from California - so prices seemed great. Great selection - I had trout - it came out hot and tasted very fresh. Great staff - laid back but professional - super friendly.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a cute find in downtown Boulder! We made a reservation to sit outside for dinner and I’m so glad we did. The backyard is beautiful and relaxing, and the food was absolutely delicious. I will definitely be back!

PL
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch! Food was fantastic! Service was great! Just a little noisy!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Food was fine. Service seemed untrained and unaware of what was going on.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, varied, unique food choices, terrific staff and service. Outside dining is superb! I can’t wait to dine there again! Thanks

M
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

This was my second time at River and Woods and I was so excited. We had reservations for an outdoor table at 7:00. I called that day around 5:00 and asked if we could push it back to 8:00 and I was told that would be absolutely no problem. We then showed up early at 7:40 and they couldn't seat us yet which was fine. Then at 8:00, they still couldn't seat us. Finally about 8:20 they offered us a table inside. It was pretty warm inside and we were really looking forward to being outside. Also, our waiter was great but he never came back to see if my husband wanted a second drink. I will go again but I was very disappointed.

R
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to River and Woods as a part of my bachelorette party. There were ten of us - the table was ready when we got there, the food was delicious and all came out in a timely manner, our server was fantastic. Such a cute restaurant with a great ambiance. A must-do in Boulder!

RS
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SUPERB. the SIMPLE yet healthy menu options; the drink availability, the ambience, the low level yet pleasant vocal "buzz", the EXTREMELY pleasant staff, the comfortable yet classy feel, the INCREDIBLY cute outdoor space.... all of it. the vibe was PERFECT. Dylan was our server and he was wonderfully accommodating to my limitations (crutches!)

JM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time and the service was amazing. It was the perfect spot to celebrate our 8th anniversary.

LM
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it here so much! Such great service from every single person who interacted with us - not to mention every single thing my group and I order was delicious, beautifully presented, and perfectly priced. I would recommend this place a thousand times over to friends who are stopping by Boulder next time!

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