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The Riddler Restaurant

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The Riddler Restaurant
Keith McDonnell & Donal Moran
La Rochelle Building, Christchurch, Dublin 8,
Co.Dublin

Telephone: +353 (0)1 907-3266
Email: info@theriddler.ie
Web: theriddler.ie

Close to Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin 8 is The Riddler, a large cafe/restaurant, which has quickly become a popular Dublin hotspot with its laid back entertaining style and a...

The Riddler Restaurant
  • The Riddler Restaurant
  • The Riddler Restaurant
  • The Riddler Restaurant
  • The Riddler Restaurant

How to get there

At the junction of High Street and Vicar Street.

Good to know

Opening Hours:
Tues 9am-3pm
Wed-Fri 9am-9pm
Sat 10am-9pm
Sun 10am-8pm
Closed Monday
Cuisine:
Modern Irish
A La Carte:
Mains €18-€22
Early Bird:
2/3 courses €21.50/€25.50
(5.30pm-7pm Sat/Sun)
Value Menu:
Yes
Sunday Lunch:
Yes
Children’s Menu:
Yes
Number of Covers:
60
Wheelchair Facilities:
Yes
Credit Cards:
Yes
Private Dining Facilities:
Chefs Table
Wifi:
Yes
LUAS:
Four Courts Stop

About The Restaurant

Close to Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin 8 is The Riddler, a large cafe/restaurant, which has quickly become a popular Dublin hotspot with its laid back entertaining style and atmosphere along with great food. I was eager to check it out, so jumped at the chance when meeting my son, Ian, for lunch one warm, sunny day. Centrally located, it was clearly attracting quite a number of tourists on our visit, as well as regulars, including what looked like some from the Cathedral – and we all know the men of cloth like their good food. 

Living up to its name, the walls here are covered with clever riddles which you can solve as you await your grub. The room itself is spacious, bright and modern, perfect for a relaxed meal with family or friends or just to grab a coffee and a snack.

On our visit, the lunch menu had plenty to choose from with smaller bites like soup, chowder or a selection of homemade sandwiches as well as a super food salad. Bigger bites included a braised Wicklow lamb stew; fresh Irish mussels served with homemade chips as well as a roast free range pork neck with spiced chickpeas and tomato stew. Pale ale battered fish and chips were there as was their Riddler’s Burger of the week – which looked absolutely knockout on a neighbouring table –  and I thought, quite seriously, about trying the beef tagliata of seared sirloin rump with poached egg, roast tomato and garlic potatoes. In the the end, however, I went for a risotto of barley and Arborio rice, roast butternut squash, and wild mushrooms, topped with rocket and Parmesan. Ian happily tucked into an order of spicy chicken wings, served with the aforementioned homemade chips and some garlic mayo, and was more than happy with his meal.

The dinner menu at The Riddler has some really great dishes too, with starters like Andarl Farm crispy pork belly, Irish crab in a mango and papaya salad or some Fivemiletown goat cheese. Mains are equally enticing with panfried monkfish, rump of Kerry lamb and a 10oz 28 day dry-aged ribeye all making the bill along with a vegetarian Wellington. Finish off with a classic vanilla crème brulee or an apple & mixed berry crumble, all the while pondering questions like ‘What goes up, when rain comes down? What has four eyes, but can’t see? Or what occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment but never in a thousand years?’

So, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner, a snack, a cup of coffee or one of their tasty Irish craft beers, you don’t have to be a prodigy of puzzles to figure out that the Riddler is a great bet at any time of the day.

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