Ri Ra Irish Pub - Burlington

4.1
51 Reviews
$30 and under
Irish
Rí Rá is located in an historic bank building, designed by Boston based Harper & West, that was completed in 1931. The pub opened for the first time in March 1999, and was extended in 2002 with the addition of the Library area. In February 2012, The Whiskey Room opened its doors. As you enter Rí Rá, you can imagine yourself walking through a door that leads you across the pond to experience the best pubs of Ireland. The pub interiors were salvaged and restored in Ireland prior to being shipped to Vermont. We are proud to showcase a unique and genuine Irish pub in the heart of Burlington.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 51 people are saying
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MatthewK
New England
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, service and wonderful dinner experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good service. Apps were great. Entrees and drink were excellent.

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MTC57
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Don’t order poutine!! It was NOT authentic and tasted like a big bowl of salt. I’ve had decent meals there so this was disappointing. Staff was excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Dirty inside even for a pub. Bathrooms were gross. Faucets didn’t work snd soap dispenser broken. Only bright thing was our waitress.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice experience, food is good, does feel like a true Irish pub.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great time. The food was great, and the service was fantastic

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food and friendly service. Very accommodating when I had to change my reservation. Definitely will return.

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StephenN
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place on Church St. Cold beer good apps. And people watch alot of fun.

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LocalDiner
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We ordered a vodka tonic which came back with no vodka. The staff was brand new and overwhelmed. The food was bland and not enjoyable.

I live locally and have gone to Ri Ra for years. This is the worst I’ve experienced.

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Pepp
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

This was the most disappointing restaurant experience I’ve had in a long time. The host sat us at a bench, and when asked about the high top table we booked she said “Open Table does not send those requests to the restaurant.” I don’t know if I believe that, but I do know there was a wild card Sox game playing m and all the high tops were seated. When seated we noticed how surprisingly well staffed the place was, but our waitress did not have the time of day for us. It took her 20 minutes to take our drink order. The food itself was better than I expected, but small portions for the price. It was served very quickly which was great. We were at the restaurant less than an hour, and had our food for 20 minutes tops when the waitress came over and said “I’m going to go sit down” and dropped the bill on our table. The kitchen wasn’t closing, she wanted to watch the game. We wanted to get another round of drinks and desert to watch the game, but considering we were dismissed by the waitress we didn’t finish our food and left. Honestly any of the other restaurants on Church street are a better bet. I would rather wait and be patient at a shop that is short staffed, than be treated like I was unwelcome and a burden at this place again. Deeply disappointed by this experience.

DB
DougB
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice Irish pub. Food was good and reasonable. A little noisy

LQ
vipLuvQualityfood
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised. For a pub atmosphere the food was quite delicious. Nice dessert choices too! The staff was especially nice!
Highly recommend!!

MG
MattG
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Apps and beer were good. Food was standard tourist grade fare. Service was prompt and friendly. Not bad but not as good as it could be.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I thought this would feel like a manufactured experience, but it feels authentic, because it is. Really good variety of beers. Very cool atmosphere and friendly service from relatable people. Location is beyond satisfying. Definitely make a reservation as far in advance as possible.

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Chella
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was incredible and the food was amazing! Best date night in a very very long time.

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vipFIFTYBABE
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We were very excited about going to RiRa because we had been to one in New Hampshire and had enjoyed our meal. My husband had ordered the special which was shrimp scampi and the pasta was over cooked. He did say the shrimp was good. He had cider and ordered a second which came after he had finished his meal. I ordered fish and chips. The fish was good but the fried were so salty that I couldn’t eat them. I also ordered unsweetened Iced tea which was terrible. My rum and coke was good. We also ordered an appetizer which was spinach and artichoke dip which we both enjoyed. The service was ok. We might try it again if we were in the area but would probably try another restaurant first.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience4

Perfect for what we needed; late night meal after moving in. Food could be better and has been better in the past but service and bar made up for it. We’ll be back.

VB
VonBoo
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fridays are the best nights to go! Food is exquisite!

KM
KerryM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

This place perhaps has the look of an Irish pub but the ambiance and menu are far from it. Shepherd’s pie is the closest entree you’ll come to it. A beware ordering whiskey from next door! Double check the tab to ensure you’re charged for what you ordered. We were overcharged nearly threefold! However when this was called to the attention of the manager he graciously rectified the error.

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vipBillT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner ..
Excellent wings!!
Also great service
Thanks!
Karen and Bill T.

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Johgo
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My only complaint is that they are always out of the beers I want

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LaurenT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Reuben and the fish and chips was very fresh. Loved the outdoor seating to take in more of summer in Burlington.

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NewEnglandlocalfoodie
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Stick with the poutine, fish and chips and draft beer, those deliver good pub quality. Don't order anything that goes off pub standards like salads.

JD
vipJDAJ
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks and food were great and the service was awesome! We ate outside and the vibe was fun. Will definitely visit again whenever we get back to Burlington.

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DanN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First time at this pub and won’t hesitate to come back when traveling through the area. The food and the outdoor patio experience was delightful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
30 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We weren’t very rah rah for Ri Ra. 4th and 8 punt at best.

JC
JoeyC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Go Chelsea!!!! Woooooo!!!!!! Great drinks and atmosphere for watching soccer

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Rioux
New England
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Ordered the Cottage Pie which was savory and delicious. Though I originally thought it a small portion - it turned out to be the perfect size.

Only issue was I love Irish Stew and it was not on the menu.

LM
LabMouse
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place with great food and great service. The place is active and fun and is a wonderful place to go and have a beer, relax with some damn good food, and enjoy the Irish bar ambiance. Managers and Staff go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and at home.
They did a great job for me and my guest.

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Kisten
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual restaurant with great selection of local beer and Irish dishes as well as local favorites (the poutine was AMAZING)

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Burlington for the weekend and ended up at ri ra every day

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good food and service

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SusanW
New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always enjoyed RiRa’s and it was great to be back! Attentive staff and a great meal ☺️

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Beth
New England
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Irish stew is what one of us absolutely loves and is why we chose RiRa's. Another one of us was thankful you had some gluten free options.
We also appreciated that we were given a quieter table in the back so we could talk. We were all celebrating that it was our first dinner out, as we were all double vaccinated at least 2 weeks ago! Yay..a great pub for our first time out in a year!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice Irish music and food!

TM
TobiM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful with great food and service!! thanks

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very accommodating with our large group, placed us at smaller tables but close enough we were together

MM
MelissaM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks for the family. Service was superb. Loved the specials, something for everyone

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the “southern belle” chicken sandwich and a side Caesar salad. The food was good. It was a Sunday night so the crowd was light. I appreciate the distance between parties. I also like contactless pay.

PM
PalomaMarisol
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Mediocre food in a lackluster restaurant. The service was decent, but only because expectations were so low. It is what it is.

FAQs

Ri Ra Irish Pub - Burlington offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (802) 860-9401.

Ri Ra Irish Pub - Burlington is rated 4.1 stars by 51 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.