The Riddler

4.4
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33 reviews
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€30 and under
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Irish

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Casual
Pre/post Theatre
Providing Bia Bhaile, our chefs pride themselves on producing innovative modern Irish dishes utilising seasonal ingredients. Ireland's landscape gives us much to play with. We are modern Irish, playing on our childhood memories. With the majority of our liquors distilled in Ireland, our coffee beans locally-roasted by the independent shop Two Spots, and numerous mentions and nods to Irish traditions, media, and culture throughout the interior landscape, The Riddler is not just about Irish food, but about connecting or reconnecting with our roots.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Irish
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Wednesday: 7:00 - 11:30 and 12:00 - 15:00

Thursday - Friday: 7:00 - 11:30 and 12:00 - 15:00 and 17:30 - 21:00

Saturday: 10:00-11.30 and 12.00 - 15:00 and 17:30 - 21:00

Sunday: 10.00-12.00 and brunch 12.30-18.00
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Phone number
(01) 907 3266
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Cross Street
Lamb's Alley
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Parking Details
We are located off of High Street and Lamb's Alley. Street parking is available off of Lamb's Alley.
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Public Transit
Dublin Buses - 13, 14, 123 all drop off near The Riddler. Francis Street and High Street are the two nearest stops to the restaurant!
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.5
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4.4
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4.2
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food with great personal service - and great value! My first time at The Riddler but look forward to going back.

OT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We booked a meal pre theatre and thoroughly enjoyed it. Good atmosphere and service.

LA
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and great value. A great addition to the local area where food options at night are very limited. Ideal if you are attending something in the Tivoli or Vicar Street or for guests staying at Jury's

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While new with a modern decor, cozy and inviting local with a highly attentive and accommodating staff. A real find for those in search of local, tasty cuisine.
The fish was outstanding, and the beefy tasty.

M
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a Christmas Dinner, it was delicious.
For starter, main and dessert we had the choice between three dishes, also a vegetarian menue. We enjoyed it all.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great feel when you enter this establishment wonderful food friendly staff a great night out

HM
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The vegetable soup was wonderful. Risotto was bland and Christmas pudding was awful.

MK
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was second to none and the live music a treat- really enjoyed our visit and would highly recommend- and happy days, just a short stroll to Vicar Street after!

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely food, great decor - especially the wall paper in the loo's!
Also it was a freezing night and we got a lovely table beside a heater.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great value! Great service! Enjoyable night! Would come again!

NO
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food, good value. Location great for food pre gig in vicar st.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited here for early dinner last week on a biting cold evening. From the time we entered we were very impressed - excellent service - lovely ambiance and food was amazing. We will be back. Very cosy relaxed atmosphere. Very well managed with happy staff making diners feel very welcome.

P
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was very nice, all of us, five persons, were enthousiastic. The wine I had was by the way not good and there was a cold wind where we were seated (nearby the door).

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and service. Very pleasant staff and overall a really nice place to eat.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, staff were very friendly. Excellent service.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service from a very friendly staff. Food was fresh, the fish was beautifully prepared and not overcooked, the salad was tasty, the presentation is very good and it is great value too. We enjoyed it and will return.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My partner and I went for a date night at the Riddler last Saturday, we enjoyed every minute of it and the food was outstanding, would highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2017
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food is excellent but the service is horrible. Couple sat down next to us and was served way before us. Not cool

MF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were going to Vicar Street and wanted a bite to eat beforehand. There aren’t a lot of options around that area and we found The Riddler by searching google maps. The menu looked good but we didn’t have high expectations - we really were not aware of the treat that was in store for us! There were four of us and each one of us thought the food was truly excellent.

OT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was a chance find when we were looking for a restaurant near Vicar Street but we were very impressed with the food and the menu. Would definitely go back again

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience food was fab. Service first rate

MR
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Booked on the off chance as we were going to see Dara O' Briain at Vicar Street, just down the road and had a lovely meal, staff were friendly and helpful, steak was excellent and cooked perfectly. Plus we enjoyed working out all the riddles bar one.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2017
Overall1food2service1ambience1

It took almost an hour to receive out main course. We didn’t order starters. Bread was served to all other tables around bar us. When asked about our main course after about 40mins there was no apology just told it was on it’s way. To wait another 10-15mins. When received chips were under cooked, greasy and soggy, veg was tasteless. We had to rush eating food as we were on our way to a gig which is never a pleasant dining experience.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great! The only negative is that when we arrived they thought the booking was only for 2! But after we explained we had booked for 4, the staff were very accommodating and sitted us at a nice table for 4! Food was great! Great find! Would definitely be recommending to friend and family in the future!

MH
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Picked this restaurant from others' reviews and proximity to our rental. Was quiet the weeknight we attended but it was also past 8. The gentleman who attended to us was very warm and helpful. Food was delicious and well priced. Menu was short but everyone in our group of four found something they liked. The Riddles were fun to ponder and debate too.

B
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was well presented but no veg or accompanying food with the dish I ordered (hake) that's all that was on the plate. 4 options for each dinner course so very limited choice. Charged for a bottle of wine we didn't get although we spotted it. Although food was delicious I wouldn't go back for dinner as not good value for money.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible risotto, very nice atmosfere and service. Highly recommend.

AG
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice friendly waiter who was very helpful with the menu. Quirky surroundings with riddles everywhere. We spent a while when we went in trying to solve some of them. Lovely food. Nice bread served while we were choosing. I had the goats cheese followed by the hake from the early bird menu. Top class presentation. The only fault was with the side of sautéed potatoes which were a bit oily. I would definately recommend The Riddler and as I will be back.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food. So good we returned 2 nights in a row.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Great service

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening. From greeting at the door to the service, the food all was great. Balieys Creme Brûlée was delish! Thanks to Ziggy and all the staff.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very good starter salad with duck, and a great steak, which was cooked exactly to our order. Also the fish was very good.

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I've been here twice and, apart from the Old Dublin on Francis St in the '80s, there hasn't been anywhere like it. The first time I wandered in for lunch and I suppose, old fashionedly, waited for service. Happily, the man I imagine is either the owner or manager, recognised this, greeted me and brought me to a table, gave me menus and offered me water. I ordered a glass of red wine and the confit duck wrap and it was tasty, duck and wine.
My second visit was for the Sunday brunch menu and this time I brought a friend. She had the goat's cheese salad and I had the seafood chowder. We both had glasses of Swallow's Tail Chenin blanc. She loved the salad and its unobtrusive vinaigrette. I found the chowder brimming with chunks of fish, white and smoked, plenty of cubed vegetables and a sauce that was neither cloying or heavy but flavoursome and appetising.
Of course, no brunch is worth its sea salt without a brace of alcohol, a hair of the dog cocktail like a Bloody Mary but,regretfully, as loving as it was prepared, it lacked the Tabasco bite I like and asked for, the one cloud on an otherwise sunny day. Will I return? Absolutely. They've started doing evening meals and I'm going to be a regular.