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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Special Occasion (18)
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Casual (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Healthy (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Fun (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Romantic (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Business Meals (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Cozy (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
People Watching (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Tapas (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Organic (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Authentic (4)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Scenic View (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 6, 2015

This is only our second time at Riffs, but it was equally impressive as the first time. Great food at a great price! Duck confit was cooked perfectly and beautifully plated. Most entrees were under $20 which is awesome for Boulder. So glad they are doing well. Hope to return many times.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 6, 2015

The Pearl Street Mall in Boulder is always vibrant and energetic. Riff's is a perfect fit. We really enjoyed the diverse menu options, especially the small plates and the fish. Both the brussel sprouts and the roasted beets small plates were outstanding. Delicious cocktails and speciality brandies were fun to try. The apple turnover for dessert was delicate and not too sweet. Our collection of birthday girls appreciated the smaller portions. Bigger eaters would require ordering side dishes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 4, 2015

Everything about this dining experience was wonderful. Informed, friendly waitstaff, creative menu, appropriate portions, reasonable prices. I was impressed that we were informed that the "happy hour" menu was good for another 20 minutes - so we took advantage of the scrumptious brussels sprouts as an appetizer and slightly reduced prices for drinks. Our guests were extremely impressed and will return, as will we. Thanks!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2015

We were looking for a nice spot for a good meal and this fit the bill. We went on a Monday night at 7 o'clock and by the time we left there were not many diners left (8:30). We had a wonderful brussel sprout starter, the sweet potato soup which was delicious, and the kale salad. Good service and a fun find for us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 29, 2015

I highly recommend this restaurant. It's now high on my list of good restaurants on Pearl St. I had the fried chicken which was fantastic. Another person had fish, which was very nicely done. Service was efficient and friendly. Great experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 24, 2015

The food was excellent! We had the plank salmon. The chocolate cake and pistachio ice cream was to die for.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 20, 2015

This is the second time I've been to Riffs. I'm a frequent traveler to Boulder due to business and have eaten at most of the spots around Pearl St. Mall. I enjoy Riffs because it serves an upscale meal in a non-pretentious and casual atmosphere. Get a window seat if you enjoy people watching on the Mall, or are with someone special. Both times, I and my guests were served quickly and courteously. The specials are numerous, so review them first before hitting the main menu. The Kale Salad was outstanding as was the Hangar Steak. All served in proper portion sizes that neither overwhelmed or left me hungry. Had a reservation for two that had to be changed to three on the spot. No sweat. I'm certain I'll be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 16, 2015

Too expensive for a casual restaurant. Food is pretty good. Service was over eager to take our non-empty plates and drinks even though place had no wait and open tables.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 16, 2015

Hidden gem, good food, wine, reasonably priced meals and not too noisy. love the happy hour.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 3, 2015

Well designed. Like the long narrow, cozy feel. Went on snowy day, making feel even more cozy.
Had the recommended avocado dish; lovely. Enjoyed lavender process as well.
Even my husband--who is a great cook and very picky--was truly happy with this restaurant.
We agreed that we will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 31, 2014

We aren't from around here, but enjoyed this restaurant immensely. The service was excellent and the food delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2014

This place is a little unexpected. Somehow, I wasn't expecting much, but the food was really excellent. Creative without being pretentious; perfectly prepared. Nice inventive themes, but you could still find something to please the non-adventurous relatives. Noisy-ish. But fun and delish.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 23, 2014

We went to Riffs to celebrate our brother's birthday. We were very pleased with the excellent service and the delicious small dishes. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to have an enjoyable evening out on the Pearl Street Mall.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 21, 2014

Outstanding menu, great vegetable dishes, just enough unusual fare to sustain an interest in coming back many more times. The variety of drinks is also a big plus. I also compliment the service staff - knowledgeable, courteous and overall very professional.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 20, 2014

Had a great experience, food was all amazing. The drinks were great, very flavorful drinks that weren't just cups of sugar, lots of herbs and spice. Ended up there during happy hour, most of the "appetizers" were heavily discounted, they were more like small plates. Most of their mixed drinks were $6, really good price for the quality. The service was a little slow but they were very busy on a Sunday. Over all everything was amazing, would recommend to anyone. Not on the cheap end but the happy our was extremely fair.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 13, 2014

The food and service were excellent. Lots of choices of small plates which we really enjoy. Service was prompt but in no way did we feel rushed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 5, 2014

Pearl street in Boulder is filled with lots of eateries. We ventured into Riff's during their happy hour and welcomed the variety and quality of choices. Nice selection of wines. A pleasant find.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 28, 2014

Our dinner companions were 1/2 late for our reservation, but our waiter made us feel not the least bit rushed.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 26, 2014

We went to riffs to meet up with some family. The location is perfect, the food is delicious, and the restaurant is beautiful. My only draw back was the noise. Part of the kitchen is near the dining area and it makes it loud. It didn't take away from the evening though.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 24, 2014

We love this restaurant on a slow night. As the kitchen is very small they do incredible things on slow nights; when its busy the food is good but sometimes seems like it as received less attention.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 15, 2014

Had been here once before and loved it. Went back a second time and of the 6 menu items we ordered, 5 were amazing. Riffs will be a go to dinner spot in Boulder.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 13, 2014

Love Riffs! Their small plates are FABULOUS. I have dined here several times for both lunch and dinner and am never disappointed. Their wait staff is always friendly and knowledgeable. You MUSH try their Brussel sprouts (trust me on this one, even if you do not like Brussel sprouts you will like these!) Great place to meet with a friend or to reserve for "date night". Riffs is small'ish, so I would strongly recommend a reservation through Open Table for dinner.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2014

We had a book lecture to attend next door so we didn't have the luxury of having a leisurely meal but we didn't worry as the service was attentive and prompt. Jim our server was great! Plus he never made us feel bad for not ordering drinks which we didn't do since the weather was horrible and we had to drive in it. The food was so good (brussels sprouts starter, mussels and fries, and a brined cider salmon dish for my husband, to a shared pumpkin dessert...YUM) we felt bad for not having more time.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2014

I don't think there is a restaurant in Boulder that tries harder to make you feel welcome and appreciated. From the time you walk in until you're ready to leave, everyone is friendly and responsive. That's good management! My wife and I have eaten at Riffs four or five times and had mixed food experiences, though more positive ones than negative. Riffs wants to be a distinctive foodie restaurant, which is a challenge in a town like Boulder, the per capita foodie capital of America. Accordingly, the menu is varied and offers some interesting preparations. On balance, it has a number of "hits" and a few "misses." On this visit, my wife had seafood and I had chicken. Both were well prepared, nicely presented and quite good. We started with the onion soup, which isn't your typical onion soup, but the chèvre on toast made it quite delicious. We didn't try the desserts, but the coffee was good. The wine list is notable in that it offers a number of interesting wines at reasonable prices, unlike many Boulder restaurants. Located on Pearl Street Mall, Riffs offers outdoor seating, where the "scenery" in warm months is interesting and entertaining - if you like weird, which we do. There is a relaxed feeling at Riffs and we have never felt rushed to finish our meals. Riffs also is a good choice if you're on the mall and are in the mood for a late lunch or early dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 6, 2014

It was our first time at Riff's, on the first night of a recent trip to Boulder. Restaurant bustles, staff is attentive and food was terrific. Menu choices worked for both plant-based eating wife and omni husband. Especially stunning for both of us was the green pea hummus.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 31, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant, the food was excellent and the whole experience almost perfect.
Just a warning that we were 2 tables from the back, under the ventilation system. It was a bit cold,
leaving our jackets on solved the problem and it wasn't worth moving for. Its up there the class of Salt.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 31, 2014

One of our favorite places to go in Boulder. Always delicious food. Great atmosphere. We went on Halloween and it was a great place to people watch for both the holiday and the CU Stampede.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 30, 2014

There are so many restaurants surrounding Riffs, but the quality of the food places it right up there with any of its neighbors. This is the third time I have gone to Riffs for dinner and have been pleased each time. Two of us had the mussels as an entree and we were quite happy. The roasted pear starter was delicious. We had no complaints about any of the dishes. I found the flavors to be subtle and nuanced rather than intense.

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 27, 2014

Just discovered this gem! Waiter was fun and very helpful. Food was interesting and fabulous! Cozy decor! Would highly recommend.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 26, 2014

For a birthday filled with fantastic food, attentive waitstaff, and intimate conversation we couldnt have asked for more. Now having lunch and dinner there I would say they have it covered. Keep on creating chef!!!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2014

The food at Riffs was interesting and very tasty. They do a good job of offering new items that you don't usually find (like roasted cauliflower) as an appetizer. They take some of the old favorites and breathe new life into the meals (like avocado and crab salad, the hamburgers, and pork loin). Delicious!! Their cocktail menu is equally as interesting and delicious.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2014

The food and service is always good at Riffs. I love their small plates!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 21, 2014

Knowledgeable server who really helped us select tasty items to try. The vegetables are wonderful, seem fresh, and are a little different. We all shared entrees a bit and all meals order were great.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 17, 2014

This is my second or third time going to Riffs and it was enjoyable as always. I still get a little confused with the amount of different menus, but it seemed a bit more under control. The food was great, especially the desserts.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 13, 2014

Riffs is easily our favorite restaurant in Boulder. The food is creative, perfectly fresh, well-portioned, and inspired. The menu changes seasonally and it's obvious that much care and thought was involved with each offering. Great for a full blown celebration or holiday dinner, don't miss the desserts, or a spur of the moment burger. Service is excellent, the servers have been well trained and know the menu! The best combination of healthy and delicious.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 3, 2014

We sat near the kitchen so we were able to watch how they control quality. One person plates every dish and he is particular. The wait staff is well trained and efficient. The food was perfect...it's to a huge place which really allows the to have single point quality control.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2014

Simple and enjoyable. The service was great and the food was fantastic. Great mixed drinks and unique appetizers. Overall a great dinner.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 1, 2014

Three of us each ordered different appetizers and full entress. Everything was delicious, but the portions for each were somewhat small, especially for the price. The flourless chocolate cake for dessert was a winner too.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 28, 2014

Visiting our daughter, a student at CU, on Sunday evening for an early dinner. The food was fresh with local specials as well as the standard menu and well prepared. Between the 3 of us we ordered a miso bowl, flash cooked brusselsprouts, tomato curry soup and green pea hummus followed by a kale salad, cedar plank organic salmon and grilled duroc pork loin. We followed this with a flourless chocolate cake, which was excellent - very light, and the special, Swiss roll with ice cream (a little dry). Prices were fair for the quality and variation. Will go back.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 26, 2014

Everything was perfectly with presently and seasoned.

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