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About Riffs

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.

1115 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Open 7 days a week:
Lunch 11:30-4
Cocktail Hour: Monday-Friday 3-5 pm
Dinner: 4-Close

Cross Street:
11th st

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 440-6699

Website:
http://www.riffsboulder.com/

Parking Details:
Street and public lot parking throughout downtown Boulder/Pearl St Mall vicinity. Entrance is on Pearl St. pedestrian mall.

Public Transit:
RTD and local bus service.

Executive Chef:
John Platt

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wine

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.

Riffs Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (31)
Good for a Date (30)
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Fit for Foodies (21)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Healthy (15)
Fun (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Business Meals (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Romantic (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
People Watching (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Tapas (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Cozy (6)
Organic (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Seasonal (5)
Authentic (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (3)
Scenic View (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

I'm a local, and I am shocked that it has taken me so long to have a meal here. THEIR FOOD IS EXCELLENT. We were a table of 4: 2 foodies and 2 less foodie. Everyone was happy.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

I was served raw pork loin. I returned it to the kitchen. They returned it to me still raw. I returned it a second time and it was slightly more cooked when then returned it to me the second time. They over charged me $3 for my glass of wine. Our server was good and helpful. The prices are ridiculous for the portion size. I will never go there again and I will be sure to tell everyone I know about my bad experience.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was stellar and so was the service. Will be back.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

I met with friends from Lincoln NE who now live in the Boulder area. Dinner was truly great. The braised lamb was as good a meal as I have ever had in a restaurant. It wasn't too busy but service was attentive but non-intrusive.
I was introduce to Riffs by my Canadian boss and I have been back several times. He eats there every time he can.
Keep up the good work.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Fun, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The food was delicious, the cocktails generous, and the service was great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Fantastically unexpected. What a joy! The menu was terrific. We will be back. So many items to choose from!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Riffs is a good spot on Pearl Street. Menu is diverse and attention to detail is good. Our service was very good yet we were told my another guest that their service was way too slow. My caution would be of the prices. Our bill was $184 for a party of 4. Only 2 glasses of wine and one draft beer. No desserts. Note that we asked the server for a glass of white wine. She brought us one yet not knowing until we got the bill that the wine was $16 per glass.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

THE WORST SERVICE EVER. At the hour mark we got drinks. After an hour and a half, we received our appetizers only because we approached the manager. The waiter stopped looking at us or responding when we tried to get his attention. We left at the 2 hour mark without having been served our main meal. They were "just coming out with it". They did not charge us for the meal because they were embarrassed. Better to treat patrons kindly and timely instead. WILL NEVER GO BACK.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Smallish place with tables right on the Pearl Street Mall. The servers I've had are well-informed of the preparation of the dishes. Portions on the small side, but they make up for it with excellent food, expertly prepared and artfully plated. My favorite dish is the salmon on cedar plank over steamed greens. Based on my last 2 experiences, they have trouble getting things to the table at the same time. The first time I asked for Fried Bread to be served with my entree. It was made 15 minutes before the salmon was ready, so arrived cold (and a bit burnt). When the entree arrived I asked for salt and the server forgot, even after being reminded. I finally flagged down another server halfway through my meal. The second time I asked for my beer to be served with the dinner and a different server forgot. She was at the next table and surely saw 2 people in my party trying to get her attention, but we had to flag down another server and I was 3/4 done by the time it arrived. She comped me for it, but I would have preferred a sincere apology.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Good food and very good service. Nice, relaxing environment.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Love this place! Great service, responsive wait staff, yummy food, and the smaller portions mean that I can sample more than one thing. Don't miss the brussels sprouts, and the salmon is perfectly prepared.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 24, 2017

My wife and I have eaten at Riffs on several occasions. Except for Oak, Riffs probably is the best restaurant on the mall in terms of quality, service and ambiance. On this visit, my wife started with the squash soup, which she said was excellent, and I had the honey-roasted pear which I would happily order again. For our mains, my wife had the lemon-thyme chicken, that she said was good. I had the ribs, which were very good. Riffs does everything right as a restaurant: friendly greeting at the front door, excellent service (every time we've visited there) and good food that is nicely presented. We both recommend Riffs anytime you are on the mall and want a nice, relaxing meal.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always delicious. We split our favorite goto brussels sprouts, a smoked trout app, a halibut entree and a bison flank steak. Among the best food in Boulder for a bit less price than most other restaurants of the same quality. Great service and great atmosphere. Can hear each other talk.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Riffs has very good vegetarian food even though it is not a vegetarian restaurant. Many of the "Starters" are excellent and a meal in themselves. The service is always great and the desserts are worth saving some room for.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Healthy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The salmon dish is a classic. We come back specifically for that dish. The salmon is always perfectly grilled, the greens wilted by the heat of the salmon, the wild local mushrooms perfectly cooked and delicious, and the salmon and greens are bathed in a flavorful citrusy sauce. I would have preferred more greens, as the quantity was barely enough to peek out from beneath the salmon. I can't recommend the fried bread that I ordered as an accompaniment. It was cold when it arrived and each of the three pieces was charred. When I asked the server for salt when the main course was served, he said "of course" but never returned with it. Halfway through the meal we were able to flag down another server.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent menu choices, Favorites were the brussell sprouts and the barratta with tomato and polenta. Great drink menu too. Seated promptly for our reservation. Ahi tuna special was also very good. Loved the atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Casual
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Love the salmon dinner and bruessel sprouts appetizer!

Tags: Organic, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Healthy
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Delicious mahi mahi and the sides were amazing, too! Yum!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food, service and everything was exceptional. The waitstaff was very nice, friendly and accommodating. It is so rare when you receive excellent fare that is priced correctly where each small plate was better than the next. We ate outside which added to the experience. Thank you!

Tags: Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Absolutely one of the best restaurants ever. The food and service were great. Everything we ordered was phenomenal. We will recommend it to everyone we know.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 5, 2017

This was our first visit to Riff's and we had a wonderful time. House special drinks were a tad pricy but outstanding - definitely worth it. Service was prompt and friendly and the menu full of pleasant surprises. We'll go back there soon!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Food is great and fresh. Good bar too. Casual, but nice. Great all around spot for a good meal with friends and family.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Organic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Always a pleasure to dine here!! My 11th time here and never a disappointment! Food, drinks and the staff are always top notch.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Great Beer, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The plank salmon was delectable! It was an anniversary dinner and they allowed us to just sit and talk for a long time.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

I made a reservation for this place, was warned that my reservation would only be held for 5 minutes. Well, I arrived with my lunch companion promptly at 11:30 am only to find the restaurant not even open. I got the attention of an employee inside who told me it would open in t 10 or 15 minutes. I said that's bs went to another restaurant, was ushered in and had a lovely lunch. No room for incompetent management in this day and age.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Ordered several different items and every single one was cooked to perfection. Can't recommend enough

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I am an ex-restaurant manager, waitress, hostess, bar tender, expo, etc., who is extremely hard to please. After many years in the business I have pretty high standards for all aspects of the business! I discovered Riffs over three years ago and have frequented it several times since my discovery. The service, food, menu, flavors, and atmosphere have never disappointed!! It is my favorite downtown Boulder restaurant!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Romantic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food was outstanding. The dessert was especially divine. Service was good, prices are fair for the quality of food.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in Boulder. Great food. Excellent wine selection. Perfect portion sizes - and all at an excellent price. Wait staff is always pleasant and knowledgeable. And great for people watching along Pearl St Mall. Parking is easy as well as its right next to the parking garage.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Entertaining friends from NY and of all the good places to possible have a great time with great food we chose Riff for what came to be obvious reasons; the greeting was warm, the beverages offered were just to everyone's taste, the starters were delicious; as were the entrees and dessert. Great experience! Tough if not impossible to beat. And, it's more than a place for special occasions, anytime is just fine.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Good food, great appetizers and daily specials. Wonderful front of restaurant seating for people watching on Pearl street mall.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Gracious. Efficient. Delicious. Seamless.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Riffs was a fun upbeat restaurant with a varied menu and great food. Attentive service, creative cocktails.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Great food with local sourcing. We stop by whenever in Boulder, usually twice a year. Servers are always attentive and interesting to chat with. Our server this time comped the dessert, and for no particular reason. Love this place.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Casual, Healthy, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great mix of options to accomodate everyone's preference (gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, meat, etc). We love the small plates so you get to sample myriad flavors. Menu is adventuresome enough pairing unexpected and delicious combinations. The wait staff is knowledgeable, our waitress made excellent recommendations. Everyone cleaned their plates....all of them.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Old friends get together.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

very disappointing. Aside from the grilled peach and prosciutto everything else we ordered was
not very good. The mussels had an odd flavor to them-my husband thought they were old. The dates were the best thing we ordered. The meatballs which were suppose to be a customer favorite were tasteless and raw inside. I asked for some sauce but we ended up leaving half of them. Overall, we left more food than we ate. i would not recommend.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Very creative menu. Beauty fully presented. Pleasant and attentive waitstaff. One of our Boulder favorites.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Had a reservation for 8pm. Didn't seat us until 8:30. Gave us a glass of wine on the house. Appetizers were good but dinner was average. not much taste. And they ran out of bread..

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 22, 2017

I enjoyed trying Riff's, but would try other new spots instead of returning to Riff's. The food and cocktails were definitely unique and tasty. Prices were high for small plates and single cocktails. The service was not rude, but also didn't really make me feel welcomed.

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