You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers.
Where are you located? The Riddler has two locations, in San Francisco and New York. You’ll find us at 528 Laguna Street on the corner of Linden Alley, right off Hayes Street in the heart of San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, and at 51 Bank Street on the corner of West 4th in New York.
Can I book a private event in the space? Yes, absolutely. Contact us here to let us know what you’re looking for.
Did I see people drinking Champagne out of a… bong? Ha, yes. We offer Chambongs for those in the mood… they’re essentially beer bongs for Champagne. We hope this doesn’t offend you. We’re just trying to have a little fun over here. Buyer beware: we have a strict 2-bong maximum. Watch it all here.
And who (or what) is Joan? Did you have a mom in your neighborhood growing up who drank her wine poured all the way to the rim of the glass? We did! In honor of that mom, we offer "The Joan" -- a glass of wine filled all the way to the top. When it's said and done, it's more than half of a bottle of wine. This pour is unique to The Riddler, and when you've had a stressful day, come on into The Riddler and ask for a Joan. It will set you right
What’s the deal with your glassware? Why don’t you use flutes? You’ve asked about a topic we’re very passionate about! We prefer drinking our sparkling wines like any wine -- out of a wine glass, so we can swirl them, get a sense of the aromatics, and really explore the complexities of the wine. Of course, if you prefer flutes, just ask your server. We also have delicate Zalto Burgundy stems and elegant hand-cut Belarusian crystal coupes.
I heard you’ve got a killer investor list of women. Can I get involved? Wow. Cool. Thanks for your interest. Drop us a line here, and we’ll keep you in mind for future locations.
Who is that stunning woman in the black and white photo on the wall? That’s the inimitable Jacqueline Bisset as “Miss Goodthighs” in the 1967 James Bond spoof, Casino Royale, alongside Peter Sellers, Woody Allen, Orson Welles, and Deborah Kerr. That (hilarious) scene is right here. She's our muse when building out The Riddler, and we sourced the image from original signed print from this gallery in London.
Who gold-leafed your ceilings? The wonderful Caroline Lizarraga. She’s done work at a lot of our friends’ restaurants, including the rose-gold dripped walls at the San Francisco omakase spot, Robin, and the bathrooms at Kim Alter’s Nightbird.
Where did you get all of those vintage Champagne buckets? We’ve been collecting them for years, picking up our favorite finds at vintage shops and markets around France, Oakland’s Alameda Flea Market, New York’s Olde Good Things, and EBTH online.
How do you make a tater tot waffle? Read the recipe at Food & Wine.