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The Riddler

21 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Wine Bar
Perfect For:
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
  • Fun
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. And we’re always happy to saber a bottle for you in the alleyway next door.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Wine Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American
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Hours of operation
Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(415) 589-7002
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Zoe Salcedo
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Cross street
Laguna Street
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Parking details
Lots of public parking.
Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 21 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Very cute little place. Service and cheese board was good.

5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The Riddler was an all-around exceptional experience. Unparalleled hospitality and service, fantastic wine list, delicious plates and bites, and an adorable atmosphere. We're already looking forward to our next visit.

4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

The Riddler was great! Fun Champagne Bar with over 100 champagne choices! The food menu was interesting. Love they tater tot waffles (they could have been crisper), and the chips and caviar were amazing (but the chips were stale and they brought us a new fresh batch)! Interesting after work place, great service, fun’

5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Our hosts at The Riddler were so fun and accommodating! They were very patient with our large group (10 people, but the space isn't too large, so we took up a good portion of their attention/space) and made our celebration very enjoyable. The food was delicious, the champagne was good, and they were great about coming to check on us. The space is clean, bright, and very photogenic. I will be sure to return! Thank you!

3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Quite expensive champagne list, but very nice service. Fun decorations and the popcorn was cool although a little stale.

5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Naomi was outstanding!
We got a fun history story for each bottle of champagne!

5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The Riddler is an absolute gem! From the menus and decor to the service and food, you can see the thought put in to every detail of this wonderful bar/restaurant. We'll continue to visit again and again.

5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Super cute! Amazing collection of sparking wines, even by the glass and welcoming atmosphere. Definitely a favorite for a girls night!

5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Amazing! Service was incredible and loved the cheese platter and popcorn!

5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Cone on! This place is fantastic! Get your butt in a seat and have some bubbles for goodness sake!

4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

I love the ambiance and the selection of champagne. A tad expensive to make a weekly habit. But great place for celebration.

5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Best place ever

5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Riddler, but I did find it very expensive if you want a bite to eat. However, the ambiance, special touches are thoughtful and fun.

5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Had a party of 8 to open a big magnum for a birthday. So fun!!!

3.0Dined on February 7, 2018

The wait staff were all very professional and knowledgable. The food menu was a little to small.
The prices were where to go for a reasonably priced glass of wine. Also, it's a big guess as to what you're ordering most wines were unknown to me....Had a lovely time, but won't go back.

3.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Expensive. Very very expensive (even for SF standards) but cute and charming and girly.

3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Thought we’d come here with friends for brunch - turns out there’s not really a good selection of food / brunch options. If you’re looking for drinks and nibbles (small nibbles) this is the place to go. Otherwise don’t come here hungry! Great atmosphere though

5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

It was my 30th birthday celebration, so I wish they did something a little special. Either way, we had a lovely time. I like the reserved signs that say "Reserved for Michelle Obama or Beyonce." The free popcorn and the customizable salts are a nice touch. The wines are lovely and the service is very attentive. I do wish the water glasses and popcorn bowls were a little larger. If you did metal bowls for popcorn, they'd be lighter and easier to manage instead of the clunky ones currently used. We also had a cheese plate which was very good and they offered additional bread to go with the cheese we still had left. Excellent service.

5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

its a great girls night spot! The prices are on the higher end so it's not an every day activity but it's a lovely gem of a spot for an occasional get together! also, unlimited popcorn with awesome seasonings are definitely a plus

1.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Restaurant was closed when we arrived in pouring rain

3.0Dined on December 17, 2017

The Riddler is very cute. I suggest making a reservation as there is very limited seating.

We were at The Riddler for an early Saturday afternoon brunch prior to a concert at SF Jazz. We were promptly greeted and seated at a nice window table by the hostess.

The Riddler has a large sparkling wine and champagne menu. But I think that their prices are a little too high.

The food menu is very limited. “Brunchish” is $24 for a savory or sweet yogurt, then a quiche and a pastry roll. I would not object to the price if the food was good, but it was not. Cold bland coffee is $5 a cup.

Service was very nice when we first arrived and put in our orders. But then the server had to be flagged down for coffee and water refills.

Go for a glass of sparkling wine or champagne. Skip the food except for the free popcorn.