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

Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte Details

  • 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: Irish, Contemporary American
  • 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 (704) 333-5554
  • 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!Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great !wonderful food. Great atmosphere. Had a wonderful dinner outside"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Dinner was good, service attentive and rooftop was a big plus! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Had a great time and the food was very good. Always a great choice!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Good food, good service, good ambiance, reasonable prices. What more could you ask for?"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Food and service was excellent. Try the corn beef and fish and chips."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I love that Ri Ra hires staff from Ireland, the the food was great. Love the comfortable vibe."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "Our waitress helped with food questions & suggestions, was quick on service and super friendly. The salmon boxty was fantastic,"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We had an excellent meal with a very fun dynamic atmosphere. We will definitely go again."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We had a large group (11 people), and we all had a great experience. The service was fantastic, especially given the number of people. The food was good, and everything was reasonably priced. We were also given a complimentary champagne toast at 7pm (midnight in Ireland)! This was a fun place to start off our NYE night!!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "It's New Year's Eve and we have theatre tickets! Open Table secured our reservation for what I think was the best seat in the house...elevated, above the crowd and facing the whole main floor. Our martinis were slow coming out...someone needed to wash glasses at 6:00 pm, and they were frugal. We loved our smoked salmon appetizer and enjoyed the avocado orange salad. Forget the bangers and mash...not to our liking at all. Coffee was to die for in individual press. Instead of dessert, opted to have another smoked salmon appetizer! Team service helped get us through in less than 90 minutes to make our curtain."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We had dinner reservations for NYE and our dining experience was wonderful. Our table was ready when we arrived. We were not rushed through our dinner. Our waitress was very attentive. The food was good (had the pork loin special) although upon prior dining experiences here, I would recommend the fish and chips or the Shepard's pie over the pork. The artichoke dip was one of best I have ever had! This is a great choice for dining in uptown Charlotte."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I brought out of town family here for good comfort food around the holidays. I knew the atmosphere was just right and it proved to be. The service was great. The portions are very generous and the food was very tasty. Many ordered the fish n chips and very much enjoyed the meal. This is a really good place for a casual dining experience, whether it is lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "We ate at Ri Ra's prior to going to see a Bobcats game in Charlotte. The food was great. French fries and wings appetizers were really tastely. Kids had hamburgers and my husband had the fish and chips and I had the Guinness stew -- all were excellent. We ate at 5:30, so the place was not too crowded. Our waitress and hostess were extremely helpful and pleasant. We will be back!"
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "We had not eaten at Ri Ra for almost a year. They changed the menu and it was very disappointing. The salad selections were limited and not great."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "for some reason it took forever to get drinks (20 mins) and food (40mins) - if the place was busy I might understand, but that was not the case. the food was very good, but the wait was unacceptable, no less we had a 3 year old at the table. on top of the wait, staff were dismantling a bench (someone dropped a phone earlier in the morning) so there was hammering and banging for 20 mins as well (why they didn't tell the person to come back is beyond me given there were 5 or so tables with people eating nearby)."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "While RiRa is a Irish Pub the cuisine is unexpectedly good. The Shepherds Pie was incredible, Guinness Stew was hearty and flawless. The Fish and Chips was well done and more than a generous portion. The prices were the biggest surprise. They must rely on the bar tabs for a profit because all the dishes are a bargain!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "My family and I dined at Ri Ra during the Thanksgiving week. To say my relatives from California are foodie snobs is beyond an understatement. When I told them I was taking them to a pub for dinner, they had their doubts. They all are still raving about the cuisine at Ri Ra. The shepherd’s pie, Guinness Stew, and Smoked Salmon appetizer were superb! The staff were lovely and the service prompt. So glad to have the original Ri Ra in Charlotte. The choice of restaurants was made by my mother – Ri Ra was the first restaurant she patronized when moving to Charlotte, and she has been a huge fan since. The California branch are hoping a Ri Ra opens in their area very soon."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "The Shepherd's Pie was the best we ever had - We loved our server (Adam)and his brogue accent and excellent service - we will definitely return to Ri Ra Irish Pub on our next visit to Charlotte."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "Took my wife on Date Night on our first "Uptown" just-for-two outing. Being seated next to the fireplace was perfect. I can't complain about the meal, Steak Tips and Guinness Stew, but we were there for the Uptown Charlotte nightlife experience."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "My husband and I have been here probably 4 or 5 times. We enjoy the authentic Irish dishes. The service is hit or miss. Last visit we waited at least 10-15 minutes (if not more) after every request we made. Including asking for the check. It's never been that bad before, so I'm hoping it was an "off" day for them! Would recommend fish and chips and Irish potato cakes!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We had made reservations for a quick bite prior to the concert and were delayed due to traffic. I made call a few minutes after our scheduled reservation to let them know we were late. When we arrived the tabe was still reserved for us. It was very busy and pepole were told there was a long wait and leaving becuase they too had concert plans when we arrived. Was awsome they held the table for us. We had a great meal and plenty off livations to prepare for the show. We all made out well with a good tab for the server and us being happy. We will come back again! Thanks!!!!"
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "We haven't been in years, so we took our adult daughter to dinner while in Charlotte. I had the fish and chips and loved it. Perfectly breaded and cooked fish, and great fries. My daughter had the Irish curry chicken and she thought it was very good. Our salads were all fresh and delicious. My husband got the corned beef and cabbage and he was really disapointed. The flavor of the meat was ok, but not great. The cabbage appeared to be blanched and put on the plate without seasoning of any kind. He did enjoy the potato's as he said they were the good old fashioned lumpy homemade kind. The mixed drinks were good, and the beer specials were also a nice addition. Overall we would recommend it highly."
    Dined on 10/23/2013