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Had the pleasure of dining at Riffs during the 2019 holidays.. I was very fortunate to be invited by friends who are not only Boulder locals - but are the definition of "foodies". I was visiting from Boston, and they promised I'd have a terrific meal at fabulous restaurant...they were 100% correct. The experience at Riffs was nothing short of amazing,..the food, the wait staff, and the welcoming atmosphere...everything was perfect. I had an array of incredible appetizers, a few very well made cocktails, and probably THE best salmon I've ever had.. The Cedar Plank salmon was simple, fresh, perfectly seasoned. The type of meal you just relax and enjoy - the way food should be.... real food and clearly made with care. Sometimes the most simple dishes are the most satisfying...and this was the case here...the kind of dinner where you just don't want it to end. Riffs earned a spot on my "Best Restaurant" list...and that's a short list. I already have a reservation for my return trip for Valentine's dinner.
Favorite burger in town. Unfussy food with consistent execution.
I was so excited to try this place for my birthday! Needless to say it was a hit. We've been returning for years. You can't go wrong here. There's something for everyone! Everything that I have tried is SO full of flavor! My go to is a Salmon dish or lamb if they have it. I even look forward to their deserts! Cheers & Happy Eating!
char-grilled spanish octopus
The char-gilled octopus was fantastic. We also had the roasted oysters and they were spectacular! Everything was outstanding, and the bartenders are in a league of their own. Thanks for a GREAT experience!
Best bang for your buck! Their entire menu is delicious. You really can't go wrong.
Though Riff's is so much more than a hamburger spot, it just happens to be the best burger in town. I like to add the cheddar cheese and green chili pepper and it puts the rest of Boulder to shame!
I ordinarily hate brussels sprouts, but the friend I went with ordered them for an appetizer and insisted I try them. They were surprisingly good! Clearly cooked by someone who knows what they're doing. Flavorful and not gross. The texture was also pleasant too - not charred and bitter, like can happen with roasted brussels sprouts. Even if you're a picky eater, give these a shot!
grilled colorado beef flanksteak
Riff's is our primary can't-miss restaurant when visiting Boulder and our visit earlier this month was no exception. I had the flanksteak and the 3 other members of our party each had something different, all excellent. Each dish feels like the chef is cooking just for you. The only mild criticism was our server was a little too eager to get my wife to switch from the salmon to the featured fish that evening, giving me the impression that it was being pushed. That did not diminish our experience and the remainder of the service was without issue and we will be back the next time we're in town.
The pork loin on its own was very good. The pork combined with the manchego cheese crisp was excellent. Along with the potatoes and sofrito, it was one of those rare meals where every element complimented the others perfectly. Highly recommend!
The best brussel sprouts forks down! My husband hated brussel sprouts his entire life until the waiter, said they had an antra order and would we like to try it. My husband said ok which was amazing. Once we tasted them he was a convert, and I couldn't stop eating them. We go back just for them and have ordered them for our parties. The brown butter, nuts and onions are yummy! I tell everyone how tasty they are and head on over. I'm ready for some right now actually.
The flavors in this dish complimented each other perfectly, right down to the expertly prepared greens. It had a delicious and decadent sauce, yet wasn't heavy and had a clean taste to it. Would definitely get this dish again!
My salmon was prepared perfectly. The flavors blended so well together and it melted in my mouth. I will be back for this dish again and again.
Love it! I get this dish regularly and the quality is always high. I have tried many other dishes and they are always good. Service is excellent here. You can tell that management treats them well by their Longevity. One of the few Places left in Boulder that still has a more casual relaxed vibe, but with high-quality food.
Divine dining experience! My husband and I happened upon Riffs by accident walking down the ped mall. All of the dishes were inventive, flavorful, and fresh, and left us in a state of happy euphoria. Service was friendly and impeccable. We go back every time we visit family in Boulder. Our favorite!!!
I had Roasted avocado and It was absolutely Delicious,,,I had this dish shared with my husband and no Crabmeat Due to Allergies, the Salsa as a compliment to the dish was Excellent,, We also had a Glass of wine, after appetizer I had the Codfish and it was so deliciously fresh and my husband had Flank Steak also vey delicious,,,,,We have dinner there Once a week, at least,,,,,Love the entire staff an the menu is not set daily specials are always available,,,,,,Try Riffs you will not be disappointed
Perfect blend of flavor and fresh ingredients! You must try this.
I took a friend to Riff's for a birthday lunch. We decided to try their daily special which was a curried sole with green beans and potatoes. It was absolutely delicious! The lemon cheesecake was also excellent! The wait staff were friendly and upbeat. The restaurant was cool and relaxing.
I love the inventiveness at Riffs. My favorite restaurant in Boulder. The Salmon is lovely.
Riff's mussels are absolutely to die for! Being originally from the east-coast, I'm typically not a fan of seafood in this landlocked state however Riff's mussels are soooo delicious. They're are fresh and really generous in size. Also, the sauce they come in is so good I could eat it with a spoon (in fact I often do!) The staff is really accommodating and can offer suggestions if you're unable to eat the awesome bread that comes with the mussels. I appreciate this as well since I'm gluten-free. Do yourself a favor and try these mussels next time you're unsure of what you want to order. You won't be disappointed!
artichokes "bagna cauda"
The whipped blue cheese with the wings is a nice touch! These were flavorful and juicy. I would definitely get these again!
best item on the menu! would recommend it to anyone as part of their meal. one of the best things I've ever had in Boulder!
grilled colorado beef flanksteak
Both orders were delicious and cooked near perfection. Real nice schmear of chimichurri complements the meat and adds a herbaceous note to the accompanying baby potatoes, onions and mushrooms. The pan seared salmon was spot on for the other member of our party. Really great service and nice 'booth recovery' by the front desk and bartender made the night a success. We love Riffs!
It was one of the best carrot cakes I've ever had. Loved the orange sauce. It was the perfect ending to a delicious dinner which included Braised beef shank in a cabernet sauce over root vegetables. Also loved the poached pear and blue cheese appetizer. Wish Riff was in Denver!
My husband and I are regular Riffs customers as Riffs is my favorite restaurant in Boulder. I always order the Cedar Plank Salmon as I can count on it to be moist, delicious, and cooked just right. I highly recommend you giving it a try if you like salmon!
I have been looking forward to tasting the Brussels sprouts and they were mouthwatering! Also had the meatballs, fried chicken and another chicken dish. Everything was fabulous. Thanks for the wonderful meal we experienced with our son. Will definitely be back!
old bay grilled scallops
One of the best dishes I've ever tasted!
Omg. I LOVE this green pea hummus. Healthy, refreshing and oh so yummy! Great atmosphere.. great service and amazing food!
I order brussels sprouts as an appetizer just about any time I see them on a menu, but even so, these really stand out. The hazelnuts in particular make this dish completely unique. Not a combination I ever would have considered, but it works perfectly.
The brussel sprouts are a game changer for a life long brussel sprouts avoider. The waiter said they had an extra order and would we like to try it. I very hesitantly said ok and was I glad I gave them a try. They converted me. So tasty! I couldn't stop inhaling them. We go back just for them, and we have ordered them for our parties. The brown butter, nuts and crunchy onions are delicious! I tell everyone how tasty they are and head on over. I'm ready for some right now actually. The staff, chef and restaurant are always amazing. We have been following them since the days of Q's.
I actually think it was Artic Char, but it doesn't matter - it was delicious. Have never had a bad meal here. My wife and I come to Riff's each time we are in town to see our CU son. It has become our favorite restaurant in Boulder. However, one of the other reasons we come here is because of Savanna and Brianna. Their service is just insane - some of the best we've ever experienced. They even remember us now when we come in. I cannot recommend Riff's more strongly! Mark McCall, Fairfield, CT
A phenomenal appetizer. The brussel sprouts were perfectly cooked and the addition of hazelnuts added a delicious flavor and texture.
smoked red trout
Phenomenal balance of flavors and texture - right down to the pickled mustard seeds! In town visiting from New England - wow!
We have family in Boulder and love to visit Riffs! The service is wonderful and every dish we have is always fresh and delicious. There are also lots of options, so you can order a full meal or share plates and try everything. The grilled avocado is one of our favorite appetizers - it's a perfect balance of fresh and rich - definitely a must-order! Also, be sure to try the specials - one of our favorite dishes ever were some buffalo wings with honey that my husband still talks about!
My sister and I send gift cards for our anniversaries to restaurants. 2 years ago I sent her to Riff's and they said it was amazing. This year I was thanking her for her pick (I live in Florida) and she brought up Riff's and again saying how great it was. I took the hint and will be sending her back to Riff's this year. We will defiantly try Riff's next time to Colorado.
I love this dish! When my friends and I come to Riffs, we split lots of small plates and this one is always included. I love the different flavors that work so well together. If you've never had burrata or love burrata, you won't be disappointed.
I love arugula, so I was excited to see this as a lunch special. I ended up ordering this with a chicken on the side as my protein. I must say, the arugula did not disappoint, the dressing was fitting for the salad. The only thing I would change is not adding the chicken. Sorry guys, it was just plain chicken breast grilled, there wasn't really any flavor to it. I thought it would've brought my salad to life, but it did fine without the chicken. Thank you again.
All the food and drinks here are amazing! We always go! Everyone is lovely, attentive and it's always a fantastic experience.
The warmed burrata is one of my favorites. I've ordered this before as my appetizer but the portion size is large enough to make this an entire meal. The slow roast tomatoes are delicious and I'm typically someone who doesn't enjoy tomatoes so you know it's good.
The pimenton flavor is excellent and the relish that comes on top of it is awesome. I also really enjoyed the buttery and flavorful potatoes underneath!
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