Dining Out: The Woods

An indoor/outdoor rooftop restaurant.

Authored by Susan Fornoff

Few restaurants in the metro area offer a view of both skyline and mountains with all-day dining and beer brewed just a few floors below. On the eighth floor of RiNo’s The Source Hotel, The Woods checks all those boxes and then some.

This time of year, the airy, contemporary space keeps its glass roll-up doors open to an almost constant breeze. There are tables out on the deck, but perhaps the primo summer spots are just inside, out of the sun. (The deck corner, with a modern firepit, looks like the coveted fall spot for cocktails post-Rockies playoff games.)

With so much happening visually, it is perhaps by design that the menus are confined to one page. When we visited on a May weekday, lunch and dinner shared the same page; that’s about to change with a new, acclaimed chef focused on pairing a more creative dinner menu with New Belgium Brewing craft beer options, several “brewed downstairs.” Jean-Luc Voegele, former executive chef at the downtown Westin and Vail’s Sonnenalp, has quietly taken charge in the kitchen.

Count on the Sweet Soy Cauliflower ($9), irresistibly garnished with cilantro, fried garlic, and lime, and Source Tots ($10), rectangles atop a charred onion aioli, staying put, along with lunch sandwiches and pizzas. Salads are lovely and seasonal, so we chose the Shaved Asparagus ($12) alongside our special that day, jerk chicken drumsticks served atop an edamame hummus. Look for a new beet salad and beer-centric flavors to appear on the menu, if you can tear your eyes away from the view.

The Woods
3330 Brighton Blvd.