The Riddler

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The Riddler is a Champagne bar in the heart of San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, occupying a tiny window-lined corner cafe space that dates back to the late 1800’s. We have over 100 Champagnes by the bottle and dozens of sparkling wines by the glass to choose from: old and new, traditional classics and unusual discoveries, by the glass and by the bottle (or magnum or 9L). At the center of our space is an old wooden backbar that we’ve lined with a collection of vintage Champagne buckets and glassware that we’ve picked up at flea markets and estate sales over the last decade.

We’re a women-led team: we have 33 investors, all of whom are women, and our entire management team happens to be led by a bad-ass crew of women. We love serious wines but don’t take ourselves too seriously: we pair our Champagne with tater tot waffles, serve our caviar with potato chips, and offer free popcorn all day and all night.
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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best champagne bar and selection, awesome service

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Symbian
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere. Good service. Quiet. Perfect for a few glasses w friends

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VirginiaP
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Always love stopping by here for a chat with friends.

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vipChris
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for drinks & food before SF Jazz show. Server was very knowledgeable and helpful. Excellent champagne & sparkling wine list. Good food but limited menu.

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vipAlexanderA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great treat to go to The Riddler. The servers are always knowledgeable on the product they offer. Love the different prices points on bottles. Great place for a special occasion or casual drinks. I go at least once a month. It was a close friend's farewell so, a beautiful time once again. Great food, service and décor. Love it every time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I thought it was a bit tacky when the server said there was a misprint on the menu and the bottle of champagne I wanted was actually $50 more. How convenient, a $50 misprint.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service, was on a first date and my date made friends with the server and they are now friends.

Hopefully I get a 2nd date, but glad it worked out for them!

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LauraG
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love every time I come in I’m reminded of how amazing this place is. I love the focus on women and feature on women winemakers. The decor is chic and reminiscent of a French cafe.

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vipguyabouttown
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Wasn't impressed, and that is unfortunate because i was really looking forward to visiting for the first time.

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vipLaCyndaL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The tot waffles were really good. If you want a drink, definitely get the Joan. You won't be disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun champagne bar - super expensive for what it is. Tater tots were amazing, one glass of champagne was 25. Our next round we opted for the cheaper glasses which were 15 each. We had 4 glasses of champagne, 2 plates and our bill was 175! I wanted to live this concept but I felt it was overpriced - and we had so many other Michelin Star dinners in the city that were a much better value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t say enough about how great this place is. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, food and drinks are delicious and well executed, and the decor and design and simple and elegant.

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ElizabethT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect date night spot! Give me a tater tot waffle any day!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed when we arrived even though the restaurant emailed us to confirm the reservation

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vipDroopy94117
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Stood outside for 10 minutes; hostess standing outside never inquired or helped us. I had requested an outside table in my reservation 3 weeks in advance and was not accommodated. Small portions, high prices. Nothing exceptional. Loud inside, hard to hear conversation.

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MaggieS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Very fun and hip champagne bar I. Hayes Valley. Went on a Saturday, early evening. Had reservations but had to wait. Not a big deal though. Crowd was really young and having a good time. Super tight seating and the noise level was beyond LOUD. Drink selection was good but pricey and the small plates were tasty and I thought a bit pricey too. I’d go back during an off-time (if they have one!) to avoid the noise. Or on a warm afternoon to sit outside.

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DakotaB
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bubbles and popcorn in a chic atmosphere

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SaraJ
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spot, classy but warm and welcoming. Service was wonderful!

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Virginia
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Loved it...a perfect evening. Really appreciated all the information we received and the overall experience was even more delightful than I could have expected.

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Barbi
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t wait to return to The Riddler! Everything about that place was awesome!

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Simgeek
San Joaquin
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to The Riddler following a matinee of Hamilton. Perfect end to a fun outing!

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PourBienManger
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always enjoy introducing friends to The Riddler. It’s a unique place to entertain and the staff is friendly and well informed....professional but informal.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

A bit too snooty. Otherwise good. Will go again.

DB
vipDocB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great and leisurely time at The Riddler.
We were in San Francisco enjoying some boutique shopping and had a fantastic time relaxing at The Riddler.
Jane was so helpful and attentive.
We can't wait to visit again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They made my friend’s night before the wedding night! Thanks!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The prices here are out of control. Paid $25 for a glass of champagne, and I’ve paid $12 for glasses that taste better. I know it’s in Hayes Valley, but I encourage the restaurant to rethink their pricing structure.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Expensive champagne. Meh service

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Thestarmezzo
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Overpriced Crammed Cracker box

A friend and I were booked into a different restaurant, and suddenly found out our reservation had not gone through. So, I quickly used open table to find the only close restaurant with a 5:30 reservation, and The Riddler came up. We went there, only to find that the "reservation" was for a seat outside, and there were no heat lamps. It was a cold night, so we sat at the noisy bar and had to yell at each other to talk. The restaurant is only about 10 feet by 10 feet, and it was packed, so the noise was intolerable, but we didn't have much choice by this time. The menu was just for snacks, not dinner. In the open table information it says "Wine bar" but in fact, The Riddler is a champagne bar with very expensive sparkling wine, caviar, potato chips, and about three other snack options that in no way equate to dinner. Then there is the lack of wine: The paltry menu offering of wines by the glass (only two reds) were awful, and very expensive. The teeny, tiny glass and even smaller pour was insulting. Unless you love spending a couple of hundred dollars on bar snacks in a crammed cracker box, stay away.

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ChelseaD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 4th or 5th time at The Riddler and consistently goes above and beyond in service and quality of experience. 5 stars highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I always have a lovely time at the Riddler.

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Jasmine
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Service was very poor. Very disappointed in this place. I had heard that the customer service wasn't that great from a friend but still wanted to try the place. My friend and I had asked the servers multiple times to move us outside as we had a baby+ stroller coming and it would be much easier to maneuver and would be more considerate for the other customers. Since they told us there were reservations, we understood. After an hour or so of being there I had asked about a table outside that hadn't been occupied for some time. One of the waitresses told me they just had to wait 20 minutes to see if the reservation would arrive, but not to worry as the table next to it was leaving. Shortly after, I see the hostess in the front seat both tables. I notified another server about what happened and she went outside to ask about the situation and said there was a miscommunication. It was very frustrating and once the baby arrived, it was extremely difficult for us to push the stroller into the place and it was way too loud for the baby. He wouldnt stop crying. To apologize, they server gave us this nasty cheap caviar to make up for the miscommunication. That is just part of the story. Overall, horrible experience and stuck up wait staff. Never going again!

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SFNative
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Asbolutely overpriced bubbles... mark up is nearly 60-75%. I understand there is always a good mark up but the LR Rose 1/2 bottle at $100 for a $20-25 bottle. That was laughable. Let's be reasonable - I was there to try the place out for a company gathering. Not my money, but couldn't spend their many either on extreme excess.

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TaylorB
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at The Riddler was wonderful! We were there celebrating a couple of birthdays before we went to a show and our server Jane made sure to make it memorable. From her depth of knowledge of their inventory, to the hand-cut crystal glasses she gave the birthday girls, we were well taken care of! She also indulged our instagram habits, taking our pictures and boomerangs. The champagnes and the food were excellent and we are already planning our return!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food and champagne were amazing. Can’t wait to come back!

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vipdancingbull
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Fun experience considering I'd never been there. Nice menu of champagnes & other sparkling wines. The place is small & fills up quickly. Some servers are more attentive than others honestly. Loved my dessert.

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JaneC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have the best time at The Riddler! Staff is kind and helpful, and the selection of champagne and wines is unparalleled in the city.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Friday evening out. We were a few minutes late for our reservations, but our table was not ready understandable you don’t want to leave the place! Service was exceptional apologetic of the wait very attentive staff, the choice of bubbly menu extensive, the waffles were delicious, and the place is beyond cute! A 5+stars Hayes Valley must go to location for good times.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our whole service was romantic and totally customized!! I loved every second of being there. Thank you for a wonderful time

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HillaryP
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely for a ladies outing. Host was super knowledgable and kind. Free popcorn with a ton of toppings. Will visit every time I'm in SF.

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The Riddler is rated 4.7 stars by 105 OpenTable diners.