Best Happy Hour in Delco!

Riddle Ale House has the Best Happy Hour in Delco!

Here at The Riddle Ale House , we are THRILLED to have been awarded the “Favorite Happy Hour” in the Delco News Network’s Neighborhood Favorites’ “Talk of the Town” Awards!!  It’s no wonder we earned that distinction, because our guests are the best!  Our Bartenders and servers make sure that all our guests are treated like Family!  And our Chefs make sure we feed you like Family, too!

New Happy Hour Menu

We have launched an awesome new Happy Hour Menu and the guests love it!  Our Fish Tacos are the bomb!  And our $5 Happy Hour Menus items are perfect for sharing! And we have to mention our Happy Hour Drink Specials!  Select Beer, Wines and Cocktails are on Special, so there is something for everyone!  So stop in today for Happy Hour and stay for the fun afterwords!  There is always something going on.  Tuesday we feature Delco’s longest running open mic.  Wednesdays we have Quizzo and Thursdays we have Name that Tune.  Friday and Saturdays we have live music for you to enjoy.

New Menu Coming Soon!

We are excited to launch our new Menu for Fall and Winter in a couple weeks.  We have been sampling a lot of new items over the last couple of months and will be offering a menu loaded with new items that were our guests favorites – and hopefully will be yours as well!

Holiday Catering Available

Looking to entertain this Holiday Season but don’t have time to cook?  Riddle Ale House can do the cooking for you!  Call us today for a Holiday Menu!


You gotta beef? We Have the Best Hand Carved Roast Beef

Roast Beef Sandwich and Wings.

Hand Carved Roast Beef Sandwich and wings!

 Hand Carved Roast Beef!

How was your Summer?  It’s technically not over, but the school buses are running again, and the traffic’s a little busier than it was last week and next week, we are back in the swing of things with our thoughts turning to Football, falling leaves and by God – Hand Carved Roast Beef!

Chicken Parm

Chicken Parm Entree

Furthermore, We have the best Hand Carved Roast Beef in Delaware County!  House roasted top round of beef carved so thin you can see through the slices!  Packed high and smothered in Au Jus and placed on a Kaiser Roll. In addition,  A side of fries or onion rings rounds out the plate.  If you’re a purist, then have at it as is.  If you’re a traditionalist, the add horseradish and/or hot cherry peppers!  Either way is awesome!

Great Burgers, too!.

But it’s not just the hot roast beef that keeps people coming back.  Folks love our angus beef bacon burgers, our Prime Rib, our Seafood, our Specialty Salads and our selection of microbrews served up by the areas friendliest Bartenders and most courteous servers.  Our People are our pride and our Guests are our focus!

After Labor Day we will start back with live entertainment on the weekends.  Check out our calendar to see who is coming to rock the Riddle Ale House!  In addition, we still have our Tuesday night Open Mic, featuring Rick Penny and the boys in the band.  It’s Delco’s longest running Open Mic!  Wednesday don’t miss Quizzo and Music Trivia on Thursdays!  We have rooms available for private parties and plenty of parking.  And if you want to grab some beer to go, stop by our package goods store on the South side of our building!

So stop on in and enjoy a great meal and make some new friends!  We can’t wait to serve you!

Dinner at the bar! More than just hand carved roast beef!

Mini Burgers


Riddle Ale House is a long standing tradition in Delaware County and folks have been coming here for generations with their Friends and Families for fabulous sit down dinners in a warm and inviting atmosphere.  But sometimes you are looking for something a bit more casual, a bit more loud and a bit more fun!  So why not belly-up to the bar and enjoy your meal, watch the game and make some friends!  We offer our full menu at the bar, so why not?  Of course we are famous for our hand carved roast beef sandwiches, but there is so much more to our menu!  Here’s a few items…

Mini Slider Trays
Check out these sliders!  They are so much fun to share with friends and pair really well with our awesome selection of beers on draught and delicious cocktails.  They are served with one cheese, one with crumbled bleu cheese and one with bacon and American Cheese!  Which one is your favorite?!

Our fresh select ground beef makes these tasty little treats every bit as delicious as their larger counterparts, but in a fun manageable size, which if shared, can make a nice appetizer.

There’s something about eating at the bar that is fun and communal.  Our bartenders are the best in town.  They love their regulars and treat new guests like they ARE regulars!  Ask them about our food and beverage pairings and what are our most popular items to share!  Also, make sure to catch some live entertainment on the weekends in addition to Open Mic on Tuesdays, Quizzo on Wednesdays and Music Trivia on Thursdays.

Firecracker Shrimp and Chesapeake Bay Mini Crab Cakes

Fancy a seafood snack?  How about our Firecracker Shrimp or Chesapeake Bay Mini Crab Cakes!  Pictured here, these little gems are succulent and awesome for sharing!

We offer three Jumbo Lump House Made Crab Cakes made with Chesapeake Bay Blue Claw Crabs and our house made Tartar Sauce.  They are the finest you will ever taste!

Our Fire Cracker Shrimp consist of Panko-Crusted Jumbo Shrimp which are delicately fried and tossed in a sweet and sour Asian Sauce. Incredible!

Sandwiches & Burgers!
Our sandwiches are incredible and fresh!  Choose from traditional classics such as our Corned Beef Special or a classic Burger.  Perhaps a Panini is what you are craving and ask your server about the daily specials!  The Chefs are always thinking of new, creative and delicious menu specials!

And again, you can get any menu item at the bar.  There is nothing quite like a Prime Rib seared to the perfect Medium Rare, with a nice red wine or a hearty ale!

So enjoy your meal at the Riddle Ale House where ever you choose to sit. You will love your Dinner at the Bar but Is it nice outside?  You may want to dine on our outside Patio! And don’t forget to stop by our package goods store on the south side of our building to take home some beer to go!

We look forward to serving you!

-The Pompei Family









Live Entertainment!

Hand Carved Roast Beef

Great Food & Live Entertainment!

Looking for great food AND a great time?  Well look no further than Riddle Ale House.  Famous for our Hand Carved Roast Beef, we offer a tremendous full menu with everything from Appetizers and Bar Food to Prime Rib and Succulent Seafood!  Poker Nights, Quizzo, Open Mic Nights, Music Trivia, Live Bands – there’s always something going on at The Riddle Ale House!!

If you like meeting new people, The Riddle Ale House is the perfect spot.  Our loyal frequent Guests (OK – They’re “Regulars”!) are the nicest folks you will ever meet.  The various entertainers we hire to make sure you have a great time always bring new guests with them who are their “regulars”!  So there will always be someone who is fun and interesting to meet.  

That’s what we offer.  Great food & Drink, Great times and a Great environment.  If you are just looking for a great meal but in a more intimate setting, our sequestered dining rooms give you that atmosphere coupled with our friendly and knowledgable Serving Staff.  

Are you a musician, share your talents by performing a tune or two during our open mic.  Trivia Buff?  Come in for our Thursday Night Music Trivia or Wednesday Night Quizzo!  Friday & Saturday nights we host the Area’s finest bands.  And on Sunday – well everyone needs a rest, but you will always enjoy the games on TV – especially during football season!  Great game day specials, too!

There is nothing better than a cold pint of fine craft beer, a Hand Carved Roast Beef Sandwich and listening to some great music with some special friends.  It’s a community, a sense of belonging, a time-old tradition held since the creation of the Public Houses!  We at Riddle Ale House invite you to be a part of our community – our House.

See you soon!
-The Riddle Ale House Team

The Best Prime Rib in Town

Your Prime Rib – Served to Order!

The Riddle Ale House does boast the Best Hand Carved Roast Beef in town, but our guests are equally fond of our Prime Rib!  Our King Cut Prime Rib is served with Corn and potatoes and the most incredible au jus you will ever taste!  Some folks like their Prime Rib bloody as hell and some like it more well done.  A very popular method here is the Medium Rare shown here with a quick seer on each side to lock in the juices!  It’s awesome.  As I write this I want to go in and order one for myself!

There is no big secret with our success.  We choose only the most select cuts of beef for both the Prime Rib and our Hand Carved Roast Beef!  A better meal starts with better ingredients.  Our Chefs take great care to ensure the temperature of your Prime Rib is perfect.  We suggest medium-rare, but we won’t fight you if you want it well done.  That will add to your cooking time, though, so go ahead and order another round while you wait!

The Best Prime Rib in Town!

The Prime Rib pairs well with a cabernet.  But if you are a beer drinker, you will want an ale or IPA to hold up to it.  There is no wrong way!  The Riddle Ale House has live music every weekend and an open Mic on Tuesdays.  There’s something about enjoying a great steak while seeing some live music.  You can have outstanding food in a casual atmosphere and if you want a more elegant and quiet atmosphere, you can dine in one of our beautiful dining rooms.

Speaking of our dining rooms – They are equipped with privacy doors and a private bar should you want to rent the rooms for a private event.  Call us today for more information regarding private events.

So we hope this post got you feeling hungry!  Stop in today for a great meal in a fun atmosphere with excellent service from an awesome staff!  Thank you!

Hand Carved Roast Beef

What makes our Hand Carved Roast Beef so great?  First it starts with an excellent beef.  Our purveyors provide us with the best cuts and roasts for all our beef offerings, and our roasts are certainly no exception.  Just the right amount of fat  ensures a depth of flavor that is unparalleled!  Then there is our patience.  We slow roast your beef, which locks in the juices.  Our seared outside ensures the flavor is locked in along with those juices.  Each sandwich portion is hand carved per order as it has been since 1962.

Our Founder, Grandpop Arnold Pompei used to say “If you can’t read the paper through it, it’s too thick!”  That tradition continues today and our Hand Carved Roast Beef is a point of pride.  But we are so much more.  We are a third generation Family owned and operated business serving American cuisine with some Italian offerings as well. See below!

Traditional & Delicious! Chicken Parm.

We have delicious and fresh seafood as well.  Our Mussels are a favorite item at the bar, enjoyed with an entree in the dining room or at a barside table while watching your favorite local entertainers. 

Mussels White! White wine, garlic & butter! Delicious!

So whether you are looking for an intimate dinner date in our dining room, a fun get together in the Bar Area or if you just want to kick back at the bar with a cold microbrew and a hand carved roast beef sandwich, The Riddle Ale House is waiting to serve you!