Riddle's Penultimate Cafe & Wine Bar

★★★★☆
38.6558 -90.3027
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314-725-6985

6307 Delmar Blvd

St Louis, MO

63130

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Riddle's is probably my favorite restaurant of any I've been to. The food is fantastic, I have never had a less than stellar meal there, and the wine & beer list is great as well.

The menu seems pricy if you've never been there, but in my opinion, it's a bargain for the quality of the food & the unique dishes they serve.

The spaghetti squash with honey butter is a particular favorite, when it's in season.

5
★★★★★

Riddle's is probably my favorite restaurant of any I've been to. The food is fantastic, I have never had a less than stellar meal there, and the wine & beer list is great as well.

The menu seems pricy if you've never been there, but in my opinion, it's a bargain for the quality of the food & the unique dishes they serve.

The spaghetti squash with honey butter is a particular favorite, when it's in season.

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I have been eating at Riddle's since it was a tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant on Natural Bridge. I love the food. The service is informal and friendly; the food is top-rate. My kids love the spinach lasagne. I usually range through the other pasta dishes, sometimes splurging on a steak. Great soups, salads; Andy takes great pride in producing the best food with local ingredients, if possible. The wine list and beer list are extensive, featuring locally made items.

PROS: great food
CONS: can't hear the music from non-smoking

5
★★★★★

I have been eating at Riddle's since it was a tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant on Natural Bridge. I love the food. The service is informal and friendly; the food is top-rate. My kids love the spinach lasagne. I usually range through the other pasta dishes, sometimes splurging on a steak. Great soups, salads; Andy takes great pride in producing the best food with local ingredients, if possible. The wine list and beer list are extensive, featuring locally made items.

PROS: great food
CONS: can't hear the music from non-smoking

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I really like Riddles; it's a comfortable place with great atmosphere and music - seating outside when the weather is plesant. There is an extensive wine menu and yummy food.

PROS: Food, Wine, Atmosphere
CONS: Pricey

4
★★★★☆

I really like Riddles; it's a comfortable place with great atmosphere and music - seating outside when the weather is plesant. There is an extensive wine menu and yummy food.

PROS: Food, Wine, Atmosphere
CONS: Pricey

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Overpriced garbage! I'm sure as a bar, it's fine..but the food was completely subpar. A chicken breast with some sauce slopped on for $21? Vegetable soup, which I suspected was V8, and a side. The place was packed, but there is no accounting for taste, or dead taste buds!! And the interior was fugly.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Overpriced garbage! I'm sure as a bar, it's fine..but the food was completely subpar. A chicken breast with some sauce slopped on for $21? Vegetable soup, which I suspected was V8, and a side. The place was packed, but there is no accounting for taste, or dead taste buds!! And the interior was fugly.

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I've been visiting Riddles periodically whenever I find myself in the St. Louis area for a number of years. It is a truly enjoyable place to visit and never fails to offer an inviting environment and a fun experience. Riddles is the kind of rare place that cannot be categorized or pigeon-holed -- you never know who you will find there on a given night. The crowd changes with the musical guest (which is generally of high quality), but even the entertainment cannot predict the diverse clientele you may find at Riddles on a given night.

In particular, I have been drawn to Riddles again and again by the incomparable performances of Ptah Williams and his jazz trio. He is a true St. Louis treasure and a virtuoso entertainer, and if you find yourself in St. Louis on a Wednesday night you should not pass up the chance to see one of his unforgettable shows. The opportunity to find such a talented musician in an intimate environment such as Riddles is a rare treat indeed.

5
★★★★★

I've been visiting Riddles periodically whenever I find myself in the St. Louis area for a number of years. It is a truly enjoyable place to visit and never fails to offer an inviting environment and a fun experience. Riddles is the kind of rare place that cannot be categorized or pigeon-holed -- you never know who you will find there on a given night. The crowd changes with the musical guest (which is generally of high quality), but even the entertainment cannot predict the diverse clientele you may find at Riddles on a given night.

In particular, I have been drawn to Riddles again and again by the incomparable performances of Ptah Williams and his jazz trio. He is a true St. Louis treasure and a virtuoso entertainer, and if you find yourself in St. Louis on a Wednesday night you should not pass up the chance to see one of his unforgettable shows. The opportunity to find such a talented musician in an intimate environment such as Riddles is a rare treat indeed.

Pros: atmosphere, friendly, fun, diverse, stimulating, interesting, exciting

Cons: small, loud

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subject says it all! date/people watching/music-anytime kinda place. dessert menu changes everyday and nothing twice in one month. a must see for anyone new to the area.

5
★★★★★

subject says it all! date/people watching/music-anytime kinda place. dessert menu changes everyday and nothing twice in one month. a must see for anyone new to the area.

Pros: dessert, wine by glass/bottle, music

Cons: can get pricey if you dont pay attention

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I've no real complaints about Riddles, but if you go when there's live music, sit near the back of the restaurant if you plan on dining and talking. The menu changes daily, but the food is always fresh, even the butter nut squash. EXTENSIVE wine list (didn't order any) and a boldness and creativity in the menu selections are center stage here. The friendly wait staff is young (remember, this is a college part of STL), so don't expect white glove service. The price is more than your average place, but I believe it's well worth it. We go when we have extra money to burn -- that is to say, not often. But enough to make it special.

5
★★★★★

I've no real complaints about Riddles, but if you go when there's live music, sit near the back of the restaurant if you plan on dining and talking. The menu changes daily, but the food is always fresh, even the butter nut squash. EXTENSIVE wine list (didn't order any) and a boldness and creativity in the menu selections are center stage here. The friendly wait staff is young (remember, this is a college part of STL), so don't expect white glove service. The price is more than your average place, but I believe it's well worth it. We go when we have extra money to burn -- that is to say, not often. But enough to make it special.

Pros: Fresh, tasty food, Ever-changing menu, HUGE wine list

Cons: Street parking

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Dined Saturday 12/6/2003, Food was incredible... but the cellar is a thing of beauty. Did a 1985 Heitz Martha's Vineyard (98 W/S) it was perfectly cellared. On the disappointing side was the stemware, a restaurant with a list of this caliber should at least have Riedel knockoffs. We had to drink out of brandy snifters to get a semblance of bowl size. Andy himself is a treasure and a sincere, dedicated purveyor of food and spirits. Riddles should be your first choice for St. Louis dining... But bring your own glasses.

5
★★★★★

Dined Saturday 12/6/2003, Food was incredible... but the cellar is a thing of beauty. Did a 1985 Heitz Martha's Vineyard (98 W/S) it was perfectly cellared. On the disappointing side was the stemware, a restaurant with a list of this caliber should at least have Riedel knockoffs. We had to drink out of brandy snifters to get a semblance of bowl size. Andy himself is a treasure and a sincere, dedicated purveyor of food and spirits. Riddles should be your first choice for St. Louis dining... But bring your own glasses.

Pros: Wine List, Cellar Conditions, Fresh Everything

Cons: , Atmosphere

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The wine was excellent, but the meal was disappointing. It was a little too gourmet for our tastes. We're sure it was prepared properly, but if you're not a gourmand, this might not be the place for you. The chocolate raspberry ice cream was good and our waiter was excellent.

The staff generally appeared to be unkempt and were quite boisterous, without regard to the diners.

3
★★★☆☆

The wine was excellent, but the meal was disappointing. It was a little too gourmet for our tastes. We're sure it was prepared properly, but if you're not a gourmand, this might not be the place for you. The chocolate raspberry ice cream was good and our waiter was excellent.

The staff generally appeared to be unkempt and were quite boisterous, without regard to the diners.

Pros: Good waiter, Good ice cream, Good wine

Cons: Boisterous staff

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Besides the gigantic selection of wines (pages upon pages, including a $1000 bottle from 1982) there are a lot of beers from England, Belgium, Germany, and the Czech Republic. It's overpriced, though. Blueberry Hill has most of the beers and is cheaper, though you will wait longer

4
★★★★☆

Besides the gigantic selection of wines (pages upon pages, including a $1000 bottle from 1982) there are a lot of beers from England, Belgium, Germany, and the Czech Republic. It's overpriced, though. Blueberry Hill has most of the beers and is cheaper, though you will wait longer

Pros: Good service, Huge selection, Live bands

Cons: Expensive

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yes it does have an extensive, well chosen wine list, and the food is good... but NOT out of this world. I have been there for lunch and dinner, and ordered the same dish... it is exactly the same size, with the same number of brocolli on it, yet I paid $5.00 more for dinner?! I don't quite understand that. I have been to better restaurants that charge the same amount of money, provide the same quality, if not better, and do give a little more in quantity. Not as hyped up to be.

3
★★★☆☆

yes it does have an extensive, well chosen wine list, and the food is good... but NOT out of this world. I have been there for lunch and dinner, and ordered the same dish... it is exactly the same size, with the same number of brocolli on it, yet I paid $5.00 more for dinner?! I don't quite understand that. I have been to better restaurants that charge the same amount of money, provide the same quality, if not better, and do give a little more in quantity. Not as hyped up to be.

Pros: nice sidewalk dining, great wine list, (sometimes) friendly

Cons: pricy, too hyped, forgetful waitstaff

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Excellent homemade ice cream, wines, and food from local farmers. Live entertainment is second to none. If you are looking for a unique dining experience, I recommend Riddles!

5
★★★★★

Excellent homemade ice cream, wines, and food from local farmers. Live entertainment is second to none. If you are looking for a unique dining experience, I recommend Riddles!

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Riddles' clientele is a study in contrasts. In the back room, you might find a group of eight or 10 neatly coiffured women seated around a scarred wooden table. The front room attracts youthful bohemians eager to hear…

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