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For 2
Date
Wed, 1/17
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Booked 7 times today

Riffs

4.5
988 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Open 7 days a week:
Lunch 11:30-4
Cocktail Hour: Monday-Friday 3-5 pm
Dinner: 4-Close
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Phone number
(303) 440-6699
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Platt
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
11th st
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Parking details
Street and public lot parking throughout downtown Boulder/Pearl St Mall vicinity. Entrance is on Pearl St. pedestrian mall.
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Public transit
RTD and local bus service.
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Special events & promotions
Cocktail Hour Monday-Friday from 3-6. Discounted food menu, $3 draft beers, $4 well cocktails, and 1/3 off all wine.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 988 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Chef Platt and his staff do a wonderful job of preparing quality food, locally sourced when possible. This is a favorite "go-to" restaurant for us.

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Jeffs 
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

We eat out a lot, weeknights, weekends, with friends, business associations, and just the two of us, and sometimes one. Riffs is our go-to. Interesting dishes, nice portions, service moves along, but not too fast. Love the vibe too!

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BradleyB (Denver)
5.0
Dined on January 8, 2018

Great local restaurant with an often changing menu of outstanding food make Riffs worth visiting often.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

Second time here. Great meal top to bottom. Love this place.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

We like Riffs, and have been happy with the food and service in the past. This time we were a little disappointed. We were a table for two, so a small table. We explained to the waiter that we were going to share three appetizers, get one salad each.

For some reason, they brought out everything at once, which meant we had five large plates on our very small table. There was no room at all, and it was a very uncomfortable place setting. For our part, we could have asked for them to pace the settings, but we assumed they knew that.

The food was mediocre: the salmon croquettes tasted old, the romaine was rubbery and so were the grilled carrots. The drinks were quite nice though, and the meatballs were delicious, albeit cold by the time we got to them.

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PaleoPatty (Denver)
3.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

Very nice overall but much much too loud we came after a movie to talk about the movie in the evening at 7 PM and We were quested a quiet area. Even so,we couldn’t hear each other. It was so loud that people at nearby tables were shouting at each other so that they could hear their own conversation. As you can imagine that made it even harder for us to hear each other. Our friends tried to put it in a good light. They said sometimes you go to a restaurant for the conversation and sometimes a go for the food. They said I guess at riffs on a busy night you can’t talk so you’re there for the food. I know there’s a fashionable idea that loud restaurants are the way to go but I really hate that. I wish that a sound engineer would work with riffs so that there is some noise dampening so that it’s not so loud. Because of the terrible din I will not come back in the evening to riffs But when it’s less crowded it’s veryCharming Has wonderful views and good food and easier to hear people

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

There were 4 of us, everyone's food was great except I got the octopus instead of ono. Ewe, Happy New Year!! Great overall, thanks.

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Heinz57 (Denver)
5.0
Dined on December 22, 2017

Riffs is one of my favorite restaurants on Pearl Street! The food is always delicious and beautifully presented. It's perfect for a business lunch, as well as a quiet meal when you need to decompress from a stressful day. The gnocchi is absolutely amazing!

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vipSusan (Denver)
3.0
Dined on December 16, 2017

Very good meal, but the whole description of the food by our server was a bit over the top. The ambiance could use a slight toning down- too bright with not very comfortable seats- doesn't match food and prices. Good meal, but it was incongruent with the atmosphere.

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MaryP (Denver)
4.0
Dined on December 16, 2017

The noise level in the front of the restaurant was so deafening we asked to be moved to a booth toward the back which was much better. The food offerings were unique, well prepared and enjoyed.

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