Ri Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant - Portland

4.5
283 Reviews
$30 and under
Irish
Ri Ra Irish Pub and Restaurant is a meticulously restored authentic Irish Pub made from materials imported from Ireland. From the wood and nails to the furniture and even the people who built it--we are authentic through and through.

We also love local and are proud to serve many local favorites from our craft beer selections that showcase just the right mix of imported Irish beers and regional favorites. Our food menu is comprised of elevated pub grub with a local twist.

Come in anytime for a pint, some food and some Irish hospitality. You are always welcome!

We do reserve a number of tables for Walk-ins, so if a reservation isn't available please call the Pub and ask for availability.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 283 people are saying
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KariB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The braised beef poutine was phenomenal. Great selection of Irish fare and more common meals -- something for everyone!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience5

Not enough wait staff to cover the number of tables. Worst service I’ve ever experienced. Several tables were complaining and walking out as we were finally leaving after 2 hours of our waitress serve every table except ours. We saw the recognition on her face a few times as she noticed we had been forgotten about but never brought us anything we asked for (drinks, app plates, water..) We asked for drinks and water twice and we sat at our table for 45 minutes with nothing at which point we had to track her down twice to get the check. Very poor management if there was one on duty as several people were visibly upset.

DB
DavidB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

We found the menu to be very limited. Not sure if this is due to the pandemic. Although the food we had was good, it was all too salty. From the appetizer (poutine shared by the table) to four different entrees, way too much salt!! Our server, however, was very good.

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Mammaslots
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for Easter. It was such a relaxing dinner. Having someone else cook and wait upon us allowed us to enjoy each other’s company to the fullest. The appetizers and meals were delicious and the service was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter lunch! Lovely experience!

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vipIanP
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always look forward to going when I'm in town. Food was delicious & staff was extremely friendly!

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KimberlyH
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Dinner was fantastic and we had a beautiful table overlooking the harbor. Wonderful night!

MD
MollyD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional experience. Lovely space upstairs, great food, excellent service! Can't wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food and drinks were great. Service could’ve been better, but great experience overall

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StevenS
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although they've changed their recipe a bit over the years, I'm still a huge fan of their fish n' chips, a very large, crunchy battered filet with a lot of fries on the side. My guest and I made reservations for lunch, which turned out to be unnecessary due to fewer people dining out these days. We chose a table by the bar next to the fireplace. Very cozy, great service, the food was superb. I tried their curry chicken pot pie, a real winner. Love this place.

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william
Montreal
16 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Irish restaurant in Portland

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

This was our second visit the first time was incredible but this time we were disappointed. First, a seating chart would help prevent food runners from “auctioning” food.
Appetizers super salty, server kept forgetting to bring us things and we had to flag her down many times. At one point we got up to grab silverware and napkins from another table. When the food came out 4/6 people got their food and server looked at the other two and said “you didn’t want anything right” she forgot to place two orders. Mistakes happen but we would have expected a manager to visit our table, apologize, offer a dessert etc. We hope Management takes this feedback to train the team and offer the same level of service we experienced our first time.

KT
vipKTM86
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a perfect table for 2 in small alcove during COVID. The food was very good, great following of health protocols. Thank you

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MScottP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Irish pub in down town Portland right on the water. If you can get an upstairs seat on the window it's well worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Made a reservation for girlfriends birthday. However, they could not find it even after we showed confirmation. And sat us in the bar.

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vipResie
New England
31 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We all enjoyed our dinners on a recent visit. The pub burger, corned beef and cabbage (a special that night), and chicken sandwich were very good. Fries are outstanding! Service was good. The menu has less Irish fare than it used to though.

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AnnF
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had 5 adults in our party., all food Was delivered together and hot and drinks were delivered quickly.
They restaurant was offering two desserts that day and both were delicious! Our server was friendly, patient, and professional. Overall great time. I should note we ate in the upstairs dining room which has a fabulous view of the bay.

SM
ShannonM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

PLace was almost empty while we were there which is expected in the off season. The drinks were good, appetizers were average. Timing could have been better, we had out apps for about five minutes before main course was delivered. Lobster egg rolls had almost no lobster in them, fish and chips was served as one long piece if fish the size of the plate and made it difficult to eat. Overall, place is very cute and probably a lot of fun with a group of people, but food was average and nothing overly impressive or exciting.

JW
JohnW
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Venison pie was outstanding. Can't stay away, will be back soon.

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AliseS
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to eat for dinner. Food was great and such a lovely place and view.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Sunday Brunch always perfect at Ri-Ra

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We liked the quiet and warm fireplaces. And great food!

MW
MartinW
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was good, but seemed overpriced for what it was. Nice view of harbor, but it didn't have a particularly 'Irish Pub' vibe we expected.

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StephenS
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

We have been to Ri Ra many times in the past. So we had clear expectations which were not met. The menu was limited, the food mediocre and we left disappointed.

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vipCharles
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Reservation was at 5:30. Arrived at 5:15. Sign at entrance said, “please wait to be seated.” We waited about 10 minutes. People behind us waiting, too. Bartenders saw us. Nobody ever came over to help us. We left and went next door to eat. Not sure about what happened. Oh well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food5service5ambience2

We made a reservation for NYE thinking we would be upstairs however we got put in a table downstairs in the bar next to the band. It was impossible to hear and a completely different ambiance we were hoping for. I wish there was a way on opentable to know if you were upstairs or downstairs because experience is completely different.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful Christmas dinner! Lobster egg roll so good! Good venison pie. Not sure if fish got Gish snd ships was fresh but still good. Great selection of drinks plus had Smithwicks! Staff was pleasant and fun! Thank you😊

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Glotz
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though it was Christmas, our waiter, Jack S, was right there when we needed something and was very personable. One wouldn't know there were many other tables he was waiting on, we were his "special guests.". The food was exceptional, and came promptly and pleasingly warm. I couldn't recommend RiRa more highly. This is our second Christmas visit and I'm certain not our last.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Day lunch with a friend, loved everything!

HC
HollyC
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was Christmas Eve and our waiter was so nice.
We did not feel rushed. The restaurant was decorated giving it a warm festive feel

MG
MelissaG
New England
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We waited about 20 minutes to get any service and had to go to the bar to get drinks. There were a couple big things happening so it’s understandable! Otherwise everything was good!

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Corm
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Sever was very friendly and efficient. The food was excellent. We had a nice view of the harbor (unfortunately mostly fog). Will definitely go back.

KM
KaitlinM
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My group of seven ate at Ri Ra’s for lunch and really enjoyed the ambiance upstairs. Nice variety of dishes and drinks. We will definitely return.

JV
JackieV
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Beautifully cozy restaurant! Loved the ambiance! Great for a girls night or date. Food was tasty- service was great although the particular server we did rush us a bit. Yummy chowder!

TM
TerriM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT Avacado Toast, Seafood Chowder and Chicken Tenders

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tloconnor
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

They were out of two f their Thanksgiving specials which is what we went there for. Not bad just not great.

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classy
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went with my family for Thanksgiving. Food was on point, reasonably priced and delicious. Ambiance was beautiful, my five year old enjoyed watching the boats come in and looking at the Christmas trees. Highly recommend !!

AR
AnnR
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was delicious! However, $25.00 for a plate of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables and gravy was overpriced. No rolls and butter, no cranberry sauce, staples of a Thanksgiving dinner. And for that price dessert and coffee should have been included. I would return to Ri Ra for their regular menu, but not for a holiday meal.

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Madelyn
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

It was disappointing that they were out of the vegetarian Thanksgiving entree by 11:45 am.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent waitstaff, excellent waiter, great ambiance, delicious chowder, the meals were good and filling.

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Ri Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant - Portland is rated 4.5 stars by 283 OpenTable diners.

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