Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte
Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte

Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rira.com/rira/charlotte.html
  • Phone: (704) 333-5554
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Irish
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a separate room available for functions with it's own bar. Patio is also available for private dining.
  • Private Party Contact: Jessica Purgar 7043335554
  • Entertainment: Traditional Irish "Session" music every Sunday evening. Live acoustic Wednesday and Thursday nights and Live cover bands Friday and Saturday late night. DJ on opposite floor the weekends.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fifth and Tryon
  • Parking: No
A word from Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte
Meticulously restored in Ireland and shipped to the US, Ri Ra embodies everything that you would expect from a genuine Irish Pub. Ri Ra comes from the phrase "Ri Ra agus Ruaile Buaile," a phrase translating roughly as divilment, good fun or any sociable activity that improves with fine food, a nice pint of Guinness or dram of Uisce Beatha (whiskey). Ri Ra can be defined as place or state where exuberance and revelry prevail, where music and merriment compete and the conversation flows smooth as the Guinness ebbs in the glass. Slainte!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (18)good for groups (15)neighborhood gem (11)great for lunch (8)fit for foodies (7)late-night find (7)hot spot (7)great for outdoor dining (5)romantic (4)special occasion (4)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Mmm...
    lft14
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I have been to Ri Ra several times over the last 8 years. Always impressed by quality of the food. Not this time. The menu was much simpler, (And cheaper), it reflected in the food which was OK , but no better, (Sheppard's Pie and Fish and Chips). My 1st choice of beer was Smithwicks, a popular Irish beer here in the States, they were out of stock with that and several other beers. The service was good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not your average 'Bar Food'
    ncstargazing
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Great food at a reasonable price. I had the BBQ Chicken with crispy onions and baked beans. The chicken was tender, saucy, and delicious. Their baked beans are made with kidney beans. Must be an Irish thing. Still, they were quite tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Stopped in following a day of meetings in Charlotte. Menu is Irish pub grub. The food was good, solid pub fare. Our service was very good. a great place for a pint of Guiness.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Robykin
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I was disappointed. The food was average and took a long time considering we only ordered burgers. Waiter never checked back with us once we got the food. Had to finally ask for the tab. Will not go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday Celebration Spot!
    MsDonna
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    It was our friend's 60th birthday celebration and Ri Ra's turned out to be the perfect spot! There were 10 of us ladies and the place was really crowded since it was Saturday night AND there were lots of Halloween and other events going on in downtown Charlotte. With our reservations we received quick seating and superb service that was quick and gracious. The food was reasonably priced and served hot and fresh. The bar menu was extensive and the drink specials were great. And, it was a fun, fun place to be. I hope to celebrate there again soon even if to just celebrate the weekend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Fries With a That Guiness?
    artgirl
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Yummy Hand Cut Fries, and you don't have to settle for a "bud" at Ri Ra's Irish tables in their bar, which offers up plenty traditional Irish foods and liquid choices, like Shepherds Pie or a Guinness. But, if you want a burger you can opt for that too, as I did. They were out of brisket so I might have to go back!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ErvingVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Best fish and chips I've ever had. Fish was very moist - coating was light and flavorful. Also great fries! Would highly recommend as a fun place to eat uptown Charlotte.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Setting - and Good Food
    GoHokies
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Enjoyed the setting - it did have a feel for an older Irish Pub. Food included some traditional Irish meals and some typical American dishes with an Irish twist. Good location - we went to dinner before seeing a show at the Belk Theater, only a block away (short walk!).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING!
    DeeeVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Every time I have guests come in from out of town, we take them to the roof top of Ri Ra! Great views, great service and amazing food! I go out to eat quite often, but this last time that I was at Ri Ra the food was probably one of the best I've EVER eaten. I cannot wait to go back....even if I just get take out!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic
    Mikey
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Great pub, great food. Downstairs can be very noisy and hard to hear, but you always have the option to sit upstairs. We have ate there many times and the food is always consistently good!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't beat 1/2 burger Monday
    UptownWorker
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Great place to go, especially on Mondays for their 1/2 burgers. Also a great place to watch soccer games with your friends. I work Uptown and it is on my list of rotating restaurants to eat lunch. My go to is the Hot & Smoky burger but I also enjoy the Pub Burger
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Taste of Dublin
    tweety08VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We sat outside for lunch since it was a beautiful day and enjoyed the breeze! I had The Dubliner lamburger, which is my favorite, and my friend had the brisket sandwich, which was also very good. I took a group there for an after work Happy Hour recently and the staff was very friendly and the appetizers were delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    What a great find. The food was good and the price was right. Service was excellent
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    cjdumont
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great place to go and grab a quick bit after work in uptown Charlotte
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • terrible service and great food
    eatnout
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Recently took my employees to a Sunday Brunch. the food was its usual awesome. the server was pathetic. everything wrong orders,drinks, attitude. Handing items over table,in front of people. Had 2 irish b/fasts. did not know what the diff was between poached/over easy eggs Last order wrong stood with a deer in the head lites.The rest of us (5) were finished before the right order came out. Someone else brought my OJ...response..I was wondering how that was going to get here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 126 reviews are from the Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte reviews archive.
  • TheaterGroup
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We enjoy eating there prior to going to a play for the food is very good, they always are able to accommodate our party of 6 and the noise level does not prevent us from having enjoyable conversations.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kms5
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great !wonderful food. Great atmosphere. Had a wonderful dinner outside
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Penchie
    penchie
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The waiter was new and had difficulty handling more than one request at a time. However, he did try very hard to please. The food arrived in a timely manner and everyone in my party enjoyed what they ordered. The restaurant was very noisy due to the large bar crowd.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Start of a Wonderful Date Night
    Marchsnow
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Decided to take my husband out for dinner, prior to attending the theater. Couldn't have made a better choice. The shepherd's pie was delicious, but I have to say that his country-fried bacon burger with sawmill gravy looked amazing. Can't report personally on taste, as he didn't leave me a single morsel. At our server's recommendation, we shared the Guinness sundae for dessert, which was a perfect way to end the meal. If you go, definitely sign up for the loyalty card, you will be using it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rooftop fun!
    NCdiner
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Dinner was good, service attentive and rooftop was a big plus!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent
    gms3461
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Had a great time and the food was very good. Always a great choice!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    CannibalKing
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I've been going to Ri Ra for 12 years. I visit a few times a year and Ri Ra is always reliable. The food is tasty, the atmosphere is friendly and the beer is smooth!
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, just be specific!
    Irishdiner
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Great Irish menu and fun atmosphere. Just be specific if you make a reservation. We asked for a place away from noise which we got...no one was anywhere near us, but they sat us next to the door that leads to outdoor seating which loudly banged against the frame every time a waiter went in or out. So, no people noise, but lots of banging. The restaurant itself is great though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok.
    karalukeVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Nothing special. My fish & chips was very greasy and not very flavorful, but the shepherd's pie was pretty decent. Great location. Our server was pretty nice, though.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was okay
    hhcgatorVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The food was alright...nothing really outstanding. They have rooftop/outdoor dining which is nice. I was just disappointed in the food. Husband had the corned beef which came covered in a white sauce and was not at all appetizing to look at when on the plate. I just had a chopped salad that was good - a bit too heavily dressed for my preference, but good. The service was good. They weren't really that busy on the Saturday evening we went.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great First Date
    CDSimowski
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I have been to the ol' Irish Pub over the past years, always wanted to share the experience. Met a nice lady so for our "first date" I pulled up reservations online for 8:45PM on a Friday night and we had a great meal, Guinness, and closed the evening with good music and our first kiss! What more can I say than the food was great and the atmosphere was awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots to offer
    JaymeVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We really like Ri Ra. It's gorgeous inside, for one thing - great atmosphere. Have always been really impressed with the servers. Many of them come from Ireland, which adds to the appeal. Our waitress for dinner on this occasion was absolutely a doll and took good care of us. The food is not exceptional, but it's better than most bar food and it's reasonably priced. They also use some creativity, which I like. We came here for New Years Eve, too and really enjoyed the ambiance and the band. For a bar, this place really has a lot to offer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Real Irish, Real Good!
    RealrishGirl
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Couldn't get in the door after the St. Pat's parade so we made a point to book for the next day. Great authentic Irish grub - and waiter. Only issue was a very loud group beside us which wouldn't normally be a problem if the pub was full but it was pouring rain outside so not a lot of people made it out. Made the loud group a bit obnoxious. Great ambiance otherwise. Def put this one on your list if you want Irish. Easy fast booking with Open Table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Generally we have a good experience
    aaaaVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Generally we have a good experience at RiRa at the weekend, this was our first time mid-week at 6 p.m. While the food was just ok - salmon prepared as requested, the waitress warned us about the corn beef and it really tasted like a bland pot roast with little if non-of the spice we have come to expect. Server was slow to take our order and then forgot to bring the salads before the entree - and service continued so slow we needed to cut coffee and dessert to make a 7:30 show.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    JoeC
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Good food, good service, good ambiance, reasonable prices. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining special!
    sfindlan
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    RiRa's had a 3 course dinner special for only 20 bucks! Several entrees - I did a Sheperd's Pie and my wife had bangers and mash...both were excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    ThePinkPrincess
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Food and service was excellent. Try the corn beef and fish and chips.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very comfortable
    Priceisright7
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    I love that Ri Ra hires staff from Ireland, the the food was great. Love the comfortable vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ok
    flowers
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    I wish we could have sat downstairs, we would have liked to listen to the singer. Our server wasn't the best. We had our gratuity added to a party of six. Thought that was kind of weird.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great live music after 6 pm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Great live music after 6 pm - fun ambiance. A little noisy for large group conversation, but great for a small group. We stopped for dinner before going to a concert and it was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints! Great Anytime!
    BgorVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Ri Ra's is a small Irish inspired restaurant chain located in uptown Charlotte. We go here semi-reguarly and especially on Mondays for their half off burgers all day. Great deal and if you go from 4-6pm, there's half off appetizers as well. I believe they're transitioning their menu, but we tried something new, "untraditional potato cakes", which was duck confit potato cakes. They were excellent. Additionally, we went with the Mai Tai Burger, which includes peanut butter with an asian twist. It's was delicious as well. I'd recommend Ri Ra's for lunch, dinner, apps, or late night drinks. Basically, anytime!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a good choice
    thudsonVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Our waitress helped with food questions & suggestions, was quick on service and super friendly. The salmon boxty was fantastic,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ri Ra Irish Pub
    Sandra
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    We had an excellent meal with a very fun dynamic atmosphere. We will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasant surprise
    nomnom
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Chose Ri-Rahs basically because we could get a last-minute reservation for New Year's eve. Were meeting our daughters who were going the a play at the Blumenthal, so decided to eat and meet up with them later. The food was great and despite the restaurant being very crowded ( as expected on New Year's eve), the service was wonderful. We both had the dinner special which was a pork roast with potatoes and carrots along with a salad. The prices were very reasonable as well. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let the good times roll!
    GREAT
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    What a great place to meet or socialize with friends and f as Emily.Wide selection if food variety and drinks.Desert and speciality coffee wad a bonus too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.