Ri Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant - Portland

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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.
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AS
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.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Sunday Brunch always perfect at Ri-Ra

OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

MW
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.

SS
Central Coast
6 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.

C
New England
8 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.

OT
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.

OT
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😊

G
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.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Day lunch with a friend, loved everything!

HC
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
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!

C
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
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
New England
6 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
New England
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT Avacado Toast, Seafood Chowder and Chicken Tenders

t
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.

c
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
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.

M
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

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

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

CJ
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the dining experience. The atmosphere was incredible. The food was okay- not great but not bad. I had the grilled chicken salad and it was good but the chicken was tough. My husband had the fish and chips. He was not that impressed. Had the avocado toast for an appetizer and that was amazing. Recommend that highly. The waitress was very nice and very helpful. Overall a good experience.

R
New England
27 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good dinner at RiRa but nothing special. Service was adequate but not very friendly. Fish & Chips is a huge portion and tasty. Fries are delicious! Chicken and dumplings was just OK. Would not get that again. Menu no longer has much of the traditional Irish fare it used to have. Only 2 dessert options so we went elsewhere for dessert.

g
New England
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Mice view upstairs
Good poutine and Chechen and dumplings
No Irish music, they said their may be a DJ

LM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had an enjoyable dinner with the family. Great ambiance- sat near the fireplace. Food was great- seafood chowder was delicious. Drinks were top notch.

PD
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service wonderful atmosphere was a bit pricy but it’s what you would expect would recommend and would go again

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The view is outstanding and will definitely go back next time in Portland!

NS
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Surroundings were nice,light and airy. A good atmosphere and lovely food and drink all served well by Cameron.

FG
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great views from the upper level. We enjoyed our server too!

J
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Samantha was a sweet heart, my date and I truly had a great time for meeting for the first time. I tastes his burger later that night 😉

LM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a terrific waitress and the food was served all at the same time and hot.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service, amazing view of the water from the second floor. Highly recommended.

KC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance with a beautiful view of the ocean. The staff was friendly and attentive. I ordered the chicken and dumplings and my husband ordered the bangers and mash, both dishes were delicious. My husband also had the seafood chowder and he said it was the best he has ever had. I would highly recommend this restuarant to anyone visiting downtown Portland!

NB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the view and the food. There was something on the menu for all of us. The Bangers and mash was excellent and the crab dip appetizer was a hit.

YV
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was fantastic, good food, good drinks! Will be back

c
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience3

We went there for a bachelorette party and the place was defiantly over packed or under staffed took 2 hours for food. The waitress was really great at doing her best, we had to request a meal to be taken off from the bill due to dry chicken and the manager never even came over. Other food we all got was great.

ZT
New England
16 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We met there at 6:30 on a Friday night and things were very calm and quiet for a while. A little later the place got very busy and very loud. There were lots of bachelorette parties and the place was packed! We expected it so it was OK but it made it very hard to listen and talk over all the noise.

BE
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was fabulous. We sat upstairs overlooking the port.

MR
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The down stairs has the bar and the music if you are looking for that. The dining room is upstairs where we had dinner with a nice view of the water, and quiet enough to hold a conversation across the table.

The portions were generous and the flavors were superb! Had a really great waitress Eden M, loved it so much we reserved a table for two days later. Only disappointment that night was our waitress Kaely L, she was not familiar with their draft menu and I had to show her on he menu that the beer I ordered really existed. We ordered an appetizer which we asked to have before our meals instead she brought it out at the same time as our meals. Will definitely ask for Eden M next time we go.

Have already recommended Ri Ra's to some of our friends.

FF
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great spot with beautiful views! We went for brunch and the menu options were fantastic!

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