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For 2
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7:00 PM
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Riffs

4.5
998 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 998 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on October 15, 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.

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FamilyfromPhilly (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

Love the salmon dinner and bruessel sprouts appetizer!

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Jill (Denver)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 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!

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vipCruiseGuy (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 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.

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WhistlingWoman (Denver)
4.0  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!

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vipbrittonm (Austin)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 25, 2017

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

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ItsInTheExperience (Denver)
5.0  Dined on September 24, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
1.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on September 17, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on September 5, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on September 1, 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.

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BlairN (Denver)
4.0  Dined on August 31, 2017

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

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CJLikesFood (Denver)
5.0  Dined on August 31, 2017

Gracious. Efficient. Delicious. Seamless.

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vipTrisha77 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 30, 2017

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

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Cajaba (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on August 27, 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.

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