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“Underseasoned food, good service.”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Riff's Urban Fare

Riff's Urban Fare
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Ranked #7 of 572 Restaurants in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, International
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 11th st
Transit: RTD and local bus service.
Description: tel 303 440-6699opened recently
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28 reviews
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“Underseasoned food, good service.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014

We had several small plates including the Aji Tostada, Duck confit, Arugula Salad, Cured Salmon and grilled Avocado. The Aji Tostada needed some salt and some acid - maybe a bit of ponzu and sea salt. It was also a bit difficult to eat. The duck confit was good, but the whole dish needed more salt. The arugula salad needed more dressing, and again more salt. My husband very much liked the bacon on the salad though - maybe making that into a warm bacon dressing would be nice. The cured salmon was our least favorite dish. What I thought were going to be wasabi mashed potatoes were really a very mayonnaise-y potato salad with a hint of wasabi. I've made wasabi smashed potatoes with green onions & rice wine vinegar which are much better than these. Again, just a general lack of seasoning overall. The grilled avocado was a nice dish and the saltiness of the chips worked well.

The service was excellent. My husband is a big fan of cider as he's not a beer drinker. When he didn't like the only cider on offer, because it had a hoppy flavor, the server readily offered to take it off the menu. Just a note: we couldn't fathom why a restaurant would only offer a cider that would appeal to people who like beer as cider is such a great alternative for people who don't like beer. Also things just came and went at a good pace, the server was pleasant and efficient but not intrusive or overbearing, and we felt at ease and well looked after.

The atmosphere is very nice, although it was very drafty, and therefore a bit chilly in the "sunroom". As we could see the deterioration of the weather stripping , it seems an easy issue to improve upon.

All in all we enjoyed the experience and will certainly add Riff's to our happy hour repertoire, but not sure if we'll be rushing back for a full dinner.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank hezzer
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Northern California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Foodie heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2014

There is no shortage of good places to eat in Boulder but Riff's has the advantage of offering both small plates and regular size entrees that are creative and tasty. The squash soup from the regular menu was among the best I've ever had with a hint of apple blended in. I notice several reviewers mention the Brussels Sprouts and that's because they were unique--the menu says fried but they are not breaded. They ended up crispy but not greasy. I could have eaten more! Riff's is located right in the Pearl St. Market so you can put your name in and walk around while you wait. The host actually texted us when our table was ready. Good service!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Wednesday_Woman
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“"Small" plates make a generous meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

A friend and I enjoyed dinner and each had three "small plates" and shared bread and dessert. We were stuffed! Meal highlights included the Brussels sprouts, the ginger seared salmon, the white bean hummus, and the flourless chocolate cake with orange sorbet. I'm eager to return again for all of them! Service was friendly, helpful, and solicitous without hovering. Our wine was fantastic too. Check out their late afternoon happy hour - drink and food prices can't be beat.

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Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“No ordinary tapas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2014

My husband and I and another couple have dined together at Riffs three or four times in the last year and been pleased with the food, atmosphere, and service every time. The tapas are good-sized, tasty, and imaginative. I love their soups, which always taste home-made. The brussels sprouts are the best I've ever eaten. The location on the Pearl Street Mall is fairly close to parking and the Mall is a great place to walk after dinner as there are often street performers, even in colder weather, and during the summer the flowers are beautiful.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Dianne L
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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

This place is the perfect spot if you're with a group or eating with someone who likes to share some apps! I'd recommend their brussels sprouts and salmon sandwich! Avoid the seared greens, they're super bitter with the preserved lemon.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank LizWhite24
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