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About Ri Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant - Portland

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!

72 Commercial St.
Portland, ME 04101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Irish, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:

Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 9:00am -3:00pm

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Franklin St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 761-4446

Website:
http://www.rira.com/portland/

Executive Chef:
Kevin Soucy

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

We are opening our doors for the holidays and look forward to welcoming you, your family and friends to the pub to enjoy lots of festive fun. Feast on tasty bites, cozy up with our winter warmer seasonal drinks! We'll be open on Christmas Eve from 9am-1am, serving our dinner menu until 10pm!

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

We are opening our doors for the holidays and look forward to welcoming you, your family and friends to the pub to enjoy lots of festive fun. Feast on tasty bites, cozy up with our winter warmer seasonal drinks! We'll be open from 11am-1am on Christmas Day, serving dinner until 10pm!

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ring in the New Year with us! We'll be serving our full dinner menu along with a specials menu until 9pm.

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Ri Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant - Portland Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

3.8

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (7)
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Great Beer (4)
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Neighborhood Gem (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Cozy (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
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Sunday Lunch (2)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
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Happy Hour (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We went for brunch on a bright sunny Sunday morning. The restaurant was nice and quiet. We took a table by the window overlooking the water. Beautiful. Service was quick and pleasant. Everyone really enjoyed the food. We haven't been to Ri Ra in a long time but we will be returning very soon.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Had a wonderful Brunch last Saturday. Ask to sit upstairs by a window and the view won't dissapoint!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Good food and service the view of the harbor is awesome.

Tags: Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Delicious! One of the only Irish style restaurants around. A little disappointed they took the Bangers off the menu though. Nice night!

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Tapas, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Outstanding service, food, and ambiance. RiRa is the bomb! Had the staple of all beers...Guinness, poured to perfection, and at the perfect temperature. The bangers and hash were nicely plated--crunchy hash brown covered with two cut-in-half bangers, and delish sauces. Elysia was a great server! Highly recommend!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Been to other Ri Ra's. This location was not my favorite

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Waitress forgot about us but manager kept checking on service, otherwise we never would have drinks or food.. food was great , service was awful the night we were there even with a reservation.. I will say due to horrible service rira comped some of the bill is as impressive

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Waited for 10 minutes just for hostess to show up. We had reservations at 7:30 and so did several other couples. When she finally showed up she said they were over booked and she'd see what she could do. We left and say in the bar area as to not have to deal with it.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Ri Ra is a favorite spot of ours, so I was excited to introduce it to out of town guests. But even though I made the reservations a week in advance, the only table they had available was outside (we wanted to sit in the upstairs dining room). Then, when the waiter arrived, he immediately announced that they were out of their two best fish dishes (salmon and red fish). One of our guests already had planned to order the salmon, so he was quite disappointed. On top of all this, the service remained slow throughout the evening, especially after our dinner was served and when waiting for the check.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Fabulous food, Fabulous Service, Fabulous View. Really enjoyed our visit.... everything was wonderful.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 6, 2017

My boyfriend and I really loved the food; we went there 3 nights during our stay actually. It seemed authentic and was reasonably priced. My only complaint is the time it takes to get food. It was at least a 40 minute between ordering and getting our food each visit.

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on July 31, 2017

If you can eat upstairs, there is a great view. That is the restaurant's selling point. As there was a private event upstairs on the night of our reservation, we were placed downstairs, in a corner, next to the noisy bar, with no view. Portland's restaurant scene is too crowded to go elsewhere and Open Table had no way of letting us know the upstairs was reserved. Just bad timing.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront
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·Dined on July 31, 2017

Great food, typically have great service but it was a Monday night and I understand most Monday's are not well staffed at restaurants. So, I will be back nonetheless.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Disappointed they ran out of lobster but the Irish Benedict was still very good

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 (New England)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Great atmosphere with friendly, excellent service! The fish & chips and fried clams were amazing - our compliments to the chef!!! We were in Portland for the night and a friend recommended we eat here - we will definitely be back!

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Waterfront, Fun, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Arrived 15 minutes prior to our reservation, but there was no one at the podium to seat or acknowledge us. We continued to wait, because were 2 bartenders within sight, one on his phone and the other 3 feet away, but they ignored us. With so many restaurants competing in such a small area, you would think this wouldn't be a problem. Left at the time of our reservation and enjoyed a better dinner close by.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 7, 2017

The food was good. We had an early lunch. Our waitress was exceedingly thoughtful. There was a loud group of diners near us that made hearing our conversation increasingly difficult. She suggested sitting in the lounge for our desert coffee. Smart woman.

Tags: Scenic View, Authentic
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Lovely view of the boats and ferries. Love to atmosphere. Waitstaff was friendly and attentive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on June 28, 2017

The updated interior on the second story is light and bright with a fantastic view of Casco Bay. The meals were delicious and service timely. Thank you for providing a wonderful ambiance and experience for our business luncheon.

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Always enjoy RiRa.. Good food and service.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We went to RiRa's for their Father's Day brunch. Having made reservations we got a table on the second floor next to a window overlooking the docks leading out to Casco Bay. My wife had the Irish Benedict and I had the authentic Irish breakfast. The only disappointment was they were out of rashers (Irish bacon). The $3 mamosas were good as was the Bellini the my wife had. The food was slow to appear, but to be expected on this special day especially with all the tourists in town. We both enjoyed the meal and the ambiance. Excellent Irish pub/harbor environment for a casual meal or brunch.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The food was fabulous and the service was outstanding! We'll definitely be back. Thank you!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Been a few times and brought friends as well. Great service, food and view

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Everything was excellent. Our server could not have been better. Efficient, knowledgeable and so pleasant. Great sense of humor. Will be back!

Tags: Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

I liked the set up of the nice chairs and sofas, the food was just ok my husbands swordfish was overlooked and my fried chicken was ok, too much pepper. The mashed potatoes were lumpy and lukewarm. Our server was very nice and attentive, really liked her.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Great pub food on the waterfront. We enjoyed avacado toast as an appetizer. I ordered fish and chips that was reminiscent of Ireland's best. My husband enjoyed his Shepherd's Pie as well. The Irish Coffee that we had for dessert was very tasty and warming on a cool, dreary night. The pub was very busy when we dined with a concert on the pier nearby attracting lots of folks to the bar, and two functions in the upstairs dining areas. We were still given very attentive and timely service. Our table was at the window overlooking the waterfront working boats and the pier concert. I would highly recommend dining at RiRa, especially if you would enjoy a casual dinner on the waterfront.

Tags: Comfort Food, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on May 16, 2017

I've never been for lunch. Upstairs was the perfect place to take out of town guests. The food was actually the best I've ever had there. Mostly salads. Also burger, haddock sliders, spicey chicken fingers.

Beer was abit of a problem. Beers were being changed. Beer list was incorrect. Taps weren't working correctly. We made it work, but a bit embarrassing for the wait person. She did a good job.

Tags: Good for Groups, Live Sports
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We went to RiRa for Mother's Day this year. We always love the ambience, with a table right over the water. There was a grey and white Pacific grebe on the water below us, fishing and it was complimented by grey sky outside, but cheer, a lovely room and the sound of happy mothers around us made us feel welcome. . I had the Irish Bene and my husband had the fish and chips. Both were wonderful, and we would recommend both dishes to anyone! We will be going back, but after the summer tourist season is over, since RiRa is in the center of it all.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Comfort Food, Waterfront
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 8, 2017

nice casual restaurant, food and atmosphere are good, located at the waterfront

Tags: Scenic View, Comfort Food, Fun, Casual, Waterfront
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Great spot. Food, service and atmosphere was all good. Was there a couple times and made reservations to go back a few more times on next visit to Portland

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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

The food and value were very good- especially the $3.00 Mimosa! I hadn't been to RiRa in ages and either they updated or I had forgotten how lovely it is inside.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Fabulous food and atmosphere.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Love this spot! It never disappoints whether for brunch, lunch or dinner. St. Patrick's Day menu has delicious items that I wish would stay around longer. Kevin is a plus as host or waitstaff. Meal or shot of Jameson, it's my go to spot.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, People Watching, Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Fantastic Experience! Great, food, drinks, view, atmosphere and service. What a Portland Gem!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Our server was great. The restaurant was not busy, food was slow coming from the kitchen. Pork loin was bland, fish and chips adequate for a seacoast restaurant.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We went for Sunday brunch on Easter. They were very accommodating as we made the reservations quite late for a holiday. They have a beautiful upstairs dining area that has amazing views of the water. Brunch food was delicious and so was the lunch food.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Went for an early dinner. Nobody at the door, and a sign to seat yourself, so we went to the bar. Started with a pint of Guinness. Best beer ever! Had the Cuban sandwich with a side of baked apple slices and fried Brussel sprouts. Amazing meal! Finished with Blueberry Rhubarb Pie--outstanding! Also had a pint of Allagash--very good. Bartenders were outstanding! Highly recommend!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Everything was excellent, including the view, the ambiance, the drinks, the food and the waiter!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Business Meals, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Great spot, great service, great food! GF offerings on menu.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on March 16, 2017

The food was way below average. It had been years since I had gone to Ri RA. My last visit years ago, the menu was good; lamb stew etc. The menu now is limited and other then the appetizers being okay, the food was marginal at best. I ordered the Cottage Pie. The description promised beef brisket with peas and carrots and mashed potatoes with a crust of cheddar cheese. All that I received was a bowl of beef and mashed potatoes and I found no carrots and a single pea. Another diner ordered the 1/2 chicken. She had started to eat the breast portion but as she moved closer to the bone, she discovered it was not thoroughly cooked. Will not ever go back. Extremely pricey and there is no value for the dollar.
Drinks were over priced as well.

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