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River and Woods

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2328 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 993-6301
Restaurant Website

Once Upon a Time (choose one)

Montreal Duck Wings
Maple Leaf duck, dry garlic sauce, Point Reyes blue cheese dressing, organic celery 

Heirloom Blue Corndog (GF)
Continental elk cheddar bratwurst, Grateful Grits heirloom blue cornmeal, wildflower honey mustard, sea salt fries 

Grilled Caesar Salad* (GF)
petite romaine, Grateful ciabatta, hemp seeds, kalamata olives.
+Add Wild Bristol Bay Salmon, $9

Seasonal Deviled Eggs (GF)
basil oil pearls, chipotle, microgreens 

A Bunch of Amazing Stuff Happened (choose one)

Z’s Market Panzanella Salad (GF Avail)
Paonia peaches, White Mountain quinoa, grilled local fava, chiogga beets, Grateful ciabatta, gold mine blue cheese, poppyseed vinaigrette

Lamb & Oat Meatloaf (GF)
Triple m bar ranch lamb, grassfed beef, elevation ketchup, pumpkin seed salsa verde, crispy sweet potato

John’s Gnocchi Verde
baby spinach, reggiano cream, lemon zest

Aunt Penny’s Mac & Cheese
orecchiette pasta, Cougar Gold cheddar, hazel dell mushrooms, olathe organic corn, onion-potato crunch

Sandy’s Matzo Ball Ramen
chicken bone broth, red miso, Sandy’s duckfat matzo ball, Wisdom Farm duck egg 

Rock River Ranch Bison Burger* (GF Avail)
(sunflower seed veggie burger available)
Texas toast, bellweather crescenza, heirloom tomato, black garlic aioli 

Chicken Fried Calamari Steak
buttermilk brined wild caught Humboldt squid , lemon pepper aioli, Ozuke collard green kimchi

And They Lived Happily Ever After (choose one)

Tableside S’mores (for two)
roasting stick, vanilla marshmallow, Callebaut milk chocolate, housemade cinnamon black pepper graham

Cookies & Milk
daily housemade cookies, Conscious Cleanse spiced almond date milk

Chocolate Crunch-Berry Trifle
dark chocolate pudding, peanut butter praline, fudge brownie, whipped Cap’n Crunch white chocolate ganache, organic berries



Once upon a time, an historic home on the east end of Pearl Street was turned into one of Boulder’s first fine dining establishments. John’s Restaurant became a culinary landmark, and stayed that way for the better part of forty years. After his retirement, Chef John and his family wanted to ensure that the little house would remain a place to embody their legacy—an authentic space where the community could come to connect through great food.

River and Woods, we are working to honor that legacy, striving to build a true community restaurant that will serve an elevated taste of Colorado Comfort Cuisine. Like our food, the space itself offers modern whimsy wrapped in tradition.

River and Woods is a joint endeavor of Chef Daniel Asher and Josh Dinar. Daniel is the culinary wizard behind some of Denver’s buzziest eateries, including root down, linger, and Ophelia’s. Josh is a co-owner of the Boulder hotspot T|ACO, a co-founder of Boulder’s Restaurant Week, and publisher of DiningOut Magazine.

Together, they hope to breathe new life into this one-of-a-kind space, simultaneously paying tribute to its history and energizing its vibe.

To that end, River and Woods will offer a menu that is sourced from the most honest and local ingredients available, and serve food that is at once wholly familiar and infused with innovation.

We understand that comfort begins at home, and so we invite the community to share their own favorite recipes, some of which will be interpreted by Chef Daniel and his team and be featured on the menu at River and Woods. We call it community-sourced cuisine, and we invite you to share in it in every way.

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