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Riffs

4.6
1026 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Come celebrate moms everywhere with us! We will have our full menu available along with loads of season specials ranging from appetizers to desserts and everything in between. Treat your mother to a wonderful meal and drinks that show her just how great she is!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1026 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was not up to its usual standards--- burger and four fish dishes all overcooked and under seasoned! Disappointing. Mediocre service.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We love Riff's. The atmosphere is casual and friendly, the wait staff is excellent, and the menu offers plenty of interesting, tasty choices. Among the appetizers, don't miss the grilled avocado and the flash-cooked brussel sprouts. Riff's is a great place to get together with friends.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

This restaurant was recommended by a business colleague and I enjoyed it so much I scheduled two business dinners and one friend group dinner within two weeks. I'm ready to return to try more of their wonderful innovative and delicious menu items!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We made our reservation and they had just started with Open Table; therefore, actually didn't have any openings. They were extremely accommodating and comped us a cocktail while we waited. It was SO worth the wait. The food is spectacular and the service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Delicious lunch needless to say!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I had not been to Riff's before this past week. The selections were very unique, and everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. The server was outstanding, as well.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

excellent dinner and service - very pleased.. first time dining here and will come back

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Lovely waitstaff who tries hard to please but food was still tardy and over cooked. Food bland - nothing special for the price tag.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Was in town to visit the University of Colorado, Boulder. Looked for a casual, not too expensive, place that served upscale cuisine in a local environment. Found Riff's on Yelp, and am glad we did. It was the perfect spot for us to have a nice discussion about school, hang out together and have a lovely meal. It was busy but not overcrowded. We had made a reservation earlier in the day, and were seated immediately upon arrival. Had the beet salad with added salmon, my daughter had the chicken dish with cannelini beans. Both were excellent. They were also very accommodating with our nut allergies, omitting on the salad and allowing us to change the ice cream served with the warm chocolate cake! Will definitely try again as many items on the menu sounded delicious.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Still one of our favorite Boulder restaurants.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Very much enjoyed this place. The Tapas all sounded (and tasted) so good we never ordered an entree. Very good service.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Starting with the list of unconventional starters, including my favorite figs, than you could move to completely new meal, generally very tasty and not too big. So you will have a place for great deserts. The thing worth trying are different cold teas and lemoniades.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Riff's Urban Fare has become my go to place for absolutely spectacular food. I love the calm, laid back atmosphere, the attentive but not intrusive wait staff, and the most zen chef I've ever seen at work. What an absolute gem of a place.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Thanks for the free dessert and Birthday Candle. The cocktail hour has great bargins on food.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

There is nothing not to like about Riffs. It has something for everyone except a limited wine list. But otherwise it’s great. Kitchen was very accommodating. No grouchiness about asking for a change in ingredients to make a non vegetarian dish into a vegetarian dish. Honestly, I didn’t give them 5 stars just because the facility is a little loud and cramped and like all Boulder a little over priced.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Delicious meal, attentive service. Enjoyed the atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Always excellent, this time outstanding! menu changes often so some old favorites and intriguing new items as well. Snagged the last seat outdoors on a beautiful day...wish the umbrellas provided a bit more shade but worth the pleasure of being on the Mall and glimpsing the Flatirons..

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We have been here several times over the past years. This time was exceptionally good.
I can't say why exactly, it was just terrific! All the dishes at our table were fantastic.
And nice wines to match with!
Thanks to Chef John for another great meal.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We were coming into Boulder late Friday night and I was able to make a last minute reservation. It was jumping but they sat us pretty quickly. I had looked at the menu previously and found lots of great choices. The family all got the burger which was prepared beautifully! I had the amazing pureed soup and beet citrus salad. The wine list was good and we enjoyed the chocolate flourless cake. We had a great time and felt satisfied. It was a little loud, but as the place was clearing out we enjoyed a better ambiance.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

well prepared food with an interesting combination of tastes....

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Consistently excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

You were very busy and the quality did not suffer a bit. Great food, great waiter. Always a feel-good experience!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Went with friends for lunch to celebrate one of our birthdays. The waitress was very attentive and helpful. We had the Brussel sprouts, the beet salad, and a Cuban sandwich (one of the daily specials) with the flourless chocolate cake for dessert. Everything was delicious! I can’t wait to go back again!

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

I'm from out of town and asked for recommendations from friends. Riffs came up a few times and I'm glad we tried it. The service was excellent and food - very good!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Mostly very good, but uneven quality coming from the kitchen.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Dinnner with my daughter who attends UC Boulder. It was a mom/daughter weekend.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Didn't realize it was Denver Restaurant Week, but we were pleasantly surprised! Food was very good, the gnocchi was delicious! The kale salad was the best salad I've ever had. Portions were perfect. We felt the meal was appropriately priced as well. Great place overall.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

It was ok. Was expecting great things based on other reviews but wasn't overwhelmed. Service was fairly slow.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

My boyfriend and I went to Riff's for his birthday. It was absolutely amazing. They had an excellent seasonal menu - everything was delicious. Our server was absolutely lovely as well. She was attentive but gave us our space to enjoy ourselves. Highly recommend Riff's! P.S. The burrata appetizer is divine.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

We had mussels and fried chicken. Both were excellent. Our server was attentive, knowledgeable and offer helpful suggestions.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Food and service were beyond expectations, in other words outstanding. Noise level was intense. I will certainly go there again though I may have to wear ear plugs.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Always delicious, dependable & fun!

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

I love this place. I ordered the salmon with the brussels sprouts and they were both delicious. There is a ton of variety on the menu for anyone's tastes.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Service exceptional, drinks exceptional, dinner and menu outstanding, comfortable environment.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on January 6, 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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