Riffs

4.6
1301 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outside dinner option was great on Pearl street. Superb food. Price good for the high quality. Staff very pleasant.

OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is SO good, on a short visit we went twice! The food is prepared with such care and plated beautifully. Roasted oysters were perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection. Roasted tomatoes with warmed burrata was delightful. Tuna tartare over soba noodles had the perfect amount of toasted sesame. Last but not least, the brown butter peach tart may have been the best dessert that I have had EVER! It was sheer perfection.
You do NOT want to miss this place!

GN
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the highlight of 3 days of dining out in Boulder!

JG
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Third time dining at Riff’s. I love their avocado and crab salad as well as the mussels. What was disappointing was the so called grilled bread that we ordered for the table. It was nothing but 3 slices of run-of-the-mill sandwich bread with grill marks. Come on Riff’s, you can do better than that. At least make it cubes of bread or chunks of warm bread or something......

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good place for lunch

Riffs
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you! We hope to see you back again soon!

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OT
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Complete deliciousness on every level! Fresh and local. Perfect end to a day in Boulder.

Riffs
Responded 4 days ago

Wonderful to hear! Thank you!

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E
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This was my first time at this restaurant. Riff's was disappointing as the service/ kitchen was incredibly slow even though the restaurant was not busy. The salmon burger was dry, the garden salad was minuscule. I would not go to Riff's again. The server was nice and the place looks nice inside, but the food and kitchen and delivery were terribly disappointing.

m
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I really enjoyed our experience at Riffs. Was surprised how yummy the mixed green salad was as well as the linguini. Hope they stay on the menu forever.

Riffs
Responded 6 days ago

We are so happy to hear you and your husband enjoyed yourselves while dinning with us! We cant wait to see both of you again soon!

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AS
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and all around atmosphere make this our favorite for dinner while in Boulder.

Riffs
Responded 6 days ago

That is wonderful to hear! Thank you Andy!

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RH
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Riff's is a great place and a must visit when coming to Boulder. Friends came to visit and took them for dinner. I highly recommend the specials- selections are excellent and I love that local veggies/fare are part of dining experience. Regular menu is ok, good basic fare . It's a cozy place and service is usually very good. Our waitress was very attentive- great experience.

A
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John is a fabulous chef! The chili chicken salad was excellent as are all the dishes - thank you! Alan

Riffs
Responded on August 8, 2019

We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your meal! Thank you, Alan!

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MW
New England
50 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had an opportunity to treat one of my daughters and her husband to an impromptu lunch. Riffs immediately came to mind since we’d enjoy Dino g there previously. We weren’t disappointed. Great cocktails. Appetizer of locally sourced carrots was incredible. Our entrees were delicious and we were thankful for our server’s recommendations. Dessert was a great at the end. We had a great afternoon at Riffs.

Riffs
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thank you Mark! We are all pleased to hear you had such a great time and experience while joining us! We look forward to your next visit!

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GD
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect! In every way!

Riffs
Responded on August 4, 2019

Thank you!

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B
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience, great options to share, dishes were SO creative!

TB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting from the Bay Area in Colorado for a week. Riffs was the best food we had all week. Everything was nicely presented and delicious. Good value.

Riffs
Responded on July 25, 2019

Wonderful to hear! Thank you!

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HL
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Mussels were not fresh & dinner portion served was very small. Burgers were order medium and served well done and hammered, fries were way over salted. Server was a little rude and not very present. Food delivered to table approximately 45 minutes after ordering. Manager was nice

CB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dining experience at Riffs! Food- excellent, Service- excellent, quiet and comfortable

Riffs
Responded on July 25, 2019

Thank you! We appreciate the kind words and hope to see you soon!

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C
Denver
104 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone I introduce to this wonderful restaurant is very surprised at the quality of food and choices. The innovation and great combination of flavors is " to die for". The trout appetizer is fantastic, along with the grilled avocado.
Our server was of the same consistent quality as all the others we have had serve us in the past. We can count on great experiences at this restaurant every time.
We always enjoy sitting by the preparation area so we can see the dishes being served. But there are many seating options.

TH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal in our 7 days in Colorado and this includes our stay at the Broadmoor. I believe our server’s name was Katie and she was awesome-friendly, timely, and offered great suggestions. We had the grilled avocado and the smoked trout appetizers. The flavors didn’t work well together but separately they were outstanding dishes. The grilled avocado with the homemade tortillas was particularly delicious. My husband I both loved our entrees but agreed that mine was the better of the two. I had the cedar planked salmon with local mushrooms. We were only in Boulder 3 nights and wanted to experience several restaurants, but it was hard to not go back to Riffs. They are doing the farm to table concept very well.

Riffs
Responded on July 20, 2019

Tracy, we are so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed yourself! Cady has worked here at Riffs for a long time and we are still excited every time she works to hear all the wonderful feedback from guests who dine with her! Hopefully you make it back to Boulder soon and we can show you another great dining experience! Thank you!

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OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Decent beer selection. Good is kind of gross. I’ve been here twice and both times it was mostly empty. Not surprised.

b
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Soup and salad great, burger was good, pasta had good balance of meat, mushrooms and linguine. Overall it was quite expensive for what we got.

Riffs
Responded on July 16, 2019

We are happy to hear you enjoyed your meal! Thank you for joining us!

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KC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there for a friend's birthday dinner! They gave us a free champagne toast as well as a birthday dessert! Such a great meal!

Riffs
Responded on July 16, 2019

Happy to hear it Kimberly! Thank you!

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JJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's the best restaurant in Boulder and the Denver area. The chef is incredible.

Riffs
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thank you Jim!

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f
Denver
40 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place. Food is always delicious, beautifully presented and intense flavor combos. we sat inside and it was freezing. Too much ice in the drinks, too. Aside from the freezing factor. This is a consistently great restaurant.

CB
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Riff's never disappoints and all my clients leave feeling wonderfully satiated as a great break from a workday. John Platt, chef/owner rocks!

Riffs
Responded on July 11, 2019

Thank you! We really appreciate it! We look forward to seeing you and your clients soon!

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KE
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service here are always excellent. Fresh food selections and amazing wine and cocktails.

Riffs
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thank you Kevin! We are thrilled you enjoyed yourself!

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DR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food! For a Monday night, it was definitely one of the most packed restaurants on Pearl Street and for good reason. The apps we're our favorites and the custom cocktails and dinner were perfection as well. Only complaint is they seemed a little understaffed (which isn't surprising for a Monday night). But the staff made up for it with their attentiveness once they got to the table. Also, the outdoor seating was a major plus.

Highly recommend!

Riffs
Responded on July 10, 2019

Thank you Danielle! We are so glad you enjoyed your dinner with us! We make new custom cocktails for the menu every week and we have new food selections daily based on what the local farms bring us, so we hope to see you back again soon to try some new goodies on the patio!

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CM
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Riffs NEVER disappoints! The food is delicious, the service excellent and every time we visit, we think...must try a new spot but we always find ourselves at their door because it is consistent, exactly what we want! Kudos to all who work there and make it a pleasant experience for us!

PS
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boulder’s BEST restaurant. Better than Frasca. And decently priced.

L
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DELICIOUS Salmon on plank w/ kale & mushrooms!!

Riffs
Responded on July 7, 2019

Thank you! We are so glad you enjoyed the plank salmon!

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MY
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nicely done.

Riffs
Responded on July 7, 2019

Thank you Mark!

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LW
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent tasting and interesting food choices. Great friendly service, will certainly be back!

Riffs
Responded on June 30, 2019

Thank you Lisa! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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P
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Riffs rocks!! A great neighborhood hangout while serving superb food with a touch of unique!!! We brought someone from out-of-town and he totally enjoyed it! Riffs will be around for a long time because it is not too high end but is really tremendous at the same time. They have found the perfect combination for a restaurant in Boulder!!!

Riffs
Responded on June 30, 2019

Pareta, Thank you for your kind words! We are overjoyed to hear you had such a great experience! We strive to be exactly what you described so we are so glad we were able to offer your guest and yourself just that!

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JB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very eclectic menu enjoyed the ambience along with the service.

j
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, grilled avocado, with crab as an appetizer, the wild caught salmon, with wild rice, arugula, dell mushrooms, so good, and some Sangria, wonderful meal for a summer night!

Riffs
Responded on June 23, 2019

Thank you! We hope to see you in again soon!

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BO
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

very enjoyable and terrific, friendly service. The grilled avocado with crab salsa and homemade tortilla strips was delicious. We would come again.

Riffs
Responded on June 30, 2019

Thank you Barbara!

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w
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

It was a very busy night - lots of guests and noise. Our server seemed to be stressed and was very short with us. Not the best dining experience, especially for Father's Day.

e
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent dinner at Riff’s before a theater performance. Three of us share the Brussels sprouts as an appetizer— loved them roasted with fried shallots and hazelnuts. We each had a salad with grilled salmon; fresh greens, flavorful (but not overwhelming) salad dressing and salmon done to perfection. We will definitely be back!

MG
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

This was not my best Riff’s experience. Our waiter was so inattentive that we had to stop another server to get assistance. The burger was over cooked and uninspired. The special salad for the day and the two appetizers we shared were good but not the revelation I have come to expect from Riff’s.

D
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My first trip to Riffs and loved it. Great salads and The smoked port is awesome. Awesome service that was friendly, knew their menu and drinks but not intrusive. I would highly recommend to others.

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