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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.
Boulder, CO 80302
American, Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Open 7 days a week:
Cocktail Hour: Monday-Friday 3-5 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Street and public lot parking throughout downtown Boulder/Pearl St Mall vicinity. Entrance is on Pearl St. pedestrian mall.
RTD and local bus service.
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
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.
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
My husband and I dine here fairly regularly. The chef is excellent as is his staff. The food and beverage menus are creative and executed very well. Food has always been excellent and service has improved each time we return but has always been good. So many Boulder restaurants are just a flash in the pan but this is truly a quality experience. Thanks!!
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.
We love Riffs! The food is creative and delicious. We all had trouble choosing what we wanted from many wonderful choices and no one was disappointed. Not busy--quiet--a lovely place to have lunch or dinner, relax with friends with no hassle, no hurry. If you don't know Riffs, you're missing out.
We’ve enjoyed Riff’s in the past but it seems to be sliding. The root vegetables were either barely cooked or old. The steak was mediocre. This is the second time we’ve gone back thinking that the poor food was a fluke. We won’t be going again. Sad.
I usually love this restaurant's food but this time I was a little disappointed. Butternut squash soup, roasted carrots salad, and cheesecake-type dessert were all mediocre. But the barramundi fish was excellent, and the clam linguine was good. I like it for lunch, they have many small bites and specials that make it worthwhile to go, and the prices are reasonable. Their brussel sprouts dish is very tasty, one of the best around.
We went for First Bite Boulder and selected from the predefined menu. We all felt the food was, well, meh. The table ordered pork loin, gnocchi, and the flatiron steak. The pork and gnocchi were bland. The steak with chimichurri was good. Overall, not worth the money.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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