Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte

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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!
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KR
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic time right before the Elton John concert! Food and service was great, and they were very aware we had a time frame due to the concert. We got there early but they were ready for us, and we never felt rushed.

F
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a pre-concert dinner here (Elton John was in town) for 5 pm reservations. Restaurant was quiet and uncrowded when we arrived but by 5:30 it was full and lively. Our table was upstairs. Our server was outstanding. She was warm and personable and so professional. I had several questions about ingredients and she answered them all. She was quick to take our order and always kept us updated on the status of our food. We didn’t have to wait long for anything. Husband’s fish and chips were great and obviously made fresh. My corned beef and cabbage was also good altho the cabbage wedge wasn’t grilled as long as I liked. Portions were quite large. We each had a couple of Guinness drafts which were poured properly and reminded us that we need to go back to Ireland again for a lengthy visit. Ambiance was loud and lively but not annoying. We enjoyed our dinner here and hope to return again soon.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was a little too expensive.

C
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Took way tooooooo long for our server to serve our table. Our drinks and food took forever to arrive. We had to flag down another server to get our server so we could find out why it was taking so long. The place was empty except for a party in the back on a Sunday evening. No excuse for such poor service. The steak lettuce wrap appetizer was tough and unedible. Sent it back. Manager was very accommodating but we ran out of time to order something else. Won’t be returning!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great service paired with excellent food and drink. Wonderful experience all-around.

KK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Friendly service, casual seating outside on the deck upstairs. All that was just fine. Had the Dubliner burger, lamb burger. Got the side salad with it and that was good and fresh. Burger was OK. My companion got the shaved brussels sprouts salad with salmon as an add-on. Pretty skimpy salmon portion. Could not have been more than 4 ounces. Location is good if you’re heading to a show at the Blumenthal and don’t want to drop a fortune at the fancier restaurants in uptown.

C
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

The service was good although she had too many tables at once. The food changed, the Kilee chicken was dry and was placed on top of a cabbage bacon with mashed potatoes, the sauce didn’t have enough lemon- that was a surprise that they changed the vegetables, my other partners burger was over cooked and what looked like a child’s burger had we not mentioned it to them they wouldn’t have said anything but when we said something they said they were out of the original size and we were going to pay full price until we said something so they took $2 off. We have been going for birthday luncheons and lunch meeting and we were always pleased but it was such a disappointment because it was our favorite place to go. I sure wish they would have left the chicken dish alone that was the best.

JB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I know it was a sunday night but they were out of pretzels and corn beef. So I could not have a rueben or corn beef and cabbage. Thats like a staple in an irish pub. But other than that it was good.

H
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

It took over an hour to get our food. They had only a limited menu before a show at Spectrum, and it still took over an hour. Pub Burger was less than a 1/4 lb of meat. I actually suspect it was a frozen burger. One person in my party never got his food b/c the waitress ran into the food runner, and we were unable to wait for a new order because we were going to the show. And when I say she ran, I mean she literally was sprinting across the restaurant & ran into him. There was no one in the restaurant. The manager didn't have much to say, but he did take a good bit off of the bill, but honestly, Ri Ra. Terrible

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Don’t go there if a concert is in town. Limited menu. Several items sold out early.

DS
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food1service1ambience3

Waitress said nachos would be piled high. Lots of carnitas. They came cold and a mess. So cold the cheese was dried up ! Service terrible. Took 15 minutes for a beer. Plus we looked online at the menu prior. Got there and had to pick from a limited menu. Won’t be back.

BF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go there quite often and have never been disappointed. Food and service are always exceptional.

KM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delish. Service was quick and efficient. Enjoyed everything.

DT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most pleasant with great service and relaxed feeling!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food quality was very disappointing. My daughter’s chicken was over cooked and yet cold. Wife’s shepherds pie was not seasoned, and my steak tips were raw.

Overall service was very slow.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The menu was not as impressive this time as the menu last year.

WT
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Menu difficult to read. Mashed potatoes were cold. The place looks worn.

DL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My wife and I went to Ni Na for a pre show dinner. Though we had an Opentable reservation we still had to wait 10 minutes for our table. The Shepherds Pie was good and the Fish and Chips were very good. Our server, Teela, was excellent! She was very attentive, friendly and provided great menu suggestions making us feel like valued customers.

LD
Jacksonville
195 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a fun place for a group! We sat upstairs. Lots of character and charm. I had the pub burger and it was delicious. Others had the fish and chips and said it was great. Service was also great!

HF
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just happened to make our reservation on the same evening Alan Jackson was in town, and Ri Ra was jammed packed with concert goers. It was fun see all the cowboys and cowgirls dressed for the concert! Our table was available on time, but not before Roman poured us a picture perfect glass of Guinness! Ahhh! Our server was really on point, even with the soccer games earlier in the day and all the concert people in the early evening. We ordered our usual, the fish and chips - best fish and chips to be found this side of the pond! Thanks Ri Ra...keep serving great food with great service!

C
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed a great meal at Ri Ra - our meals were delicious! The menu was a bit smaller than we anticipated but it offered a wide variety of dishes. The potato cakes appetizer was really awesome! Our server was attentive and made great recommendations for beverages. We'll look forward to visiting again!

BP
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Make reservation for 8 several days in advance - when we arrived on time, they acted like they didn't know anything about a reservation.
They begrudgingly got a table for 4 set up - I had to tell them again that our reservation was for 8.
The hostess was not happy or cordial.
Service and food was average - we won't go back.

MK
Charlotte
89 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a large group and everyone said they enjoyed their food. The food came out pretty much at once, which is difficult for a big group. Service was great; outstanding value. Thanks!

H
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Had our table ready right on time as I requested! Thanks to the hostess!

MR
Columbus
33 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Nice place for a weeknight meal. Atmosphere was really cool. I had the pork chop which was a little drier than I'd have liked but still good.

f
Charlotte
61 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE this place! Bar is literally from Northern Ireland. All food is exceptional. Crystal that waited on us was very knowledgable about the foods, components, beers, etc. will definitely return.

B
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The entire staff was very accommodating to the variety of ages in our party.

JW
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious with a nice selection of drinks.

MM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I have been going around to the Irish places in Charlotte, and this one probably has the best atmosphere. The food was very good (Pub Poutine was excellent, Lamb stew was good), but was a bit more pricey than some of the other places I've tried. Overall, definitely worth going, you won't be disappointed.

DD
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with co-workers on a Friday afternoon was a very pleasant experience from greeting upon arrival to the end of our visit. The food was great, perfect lunch portions, well prepared and presented beautifully. We will definitely go back for another Friday lunch break!

RH
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

First night in Charlotte and we wanted to find a cool place to eat a nice meal. Although I made reservations (not knowing if we even need them or not) the place was practically empty. We were seated across from the hostess counter by the window and stair steps leading to the upstairs bar. We were very disappointed our table wasn’t inside where everyone else was. I would think if you were to seat someone st this table you would ask if it would be fine. Food was ok but no real problems. Our waitress was nice but pushy. She removed our plates without asking if we were finished. Maybe our experience would’ve been different if we had a table “inside” the restaurant and not in the hallway.

LD
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Nice atmosphere. Would definitely go back!

CD
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The noise level was loud due to Arsenal fans prior to the ICC match the next day so that is not a negative. Great atmosphere and dining experience.

RA
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Food, service was outstanding noise level a little high. But we were fairly close to the bar. We will definitely be back.😁

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

RiRa good as always. My husband loves the fish and chips. He devoured it, but the chips (fries) were soggy. The Kikree chicken good, nice garlicky sauce. They were out of Guinness blonde. We walk over after the matinee at Belk Theatre and will be back.

JD
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Whenever we venture downtown we eat at RiRa. The food is good and the atmosphere is just great.

MS
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was very good! 👍🏻

n
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there celebrating my dad and had great service and food.

R
Charlotte
30 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We have eaten at RiRa's previously and had a great experience for a large group. This time, we had a party of four and had a mediocre experience. The host wanted to seat us an odd U shaped booth at the end of the bar. We asked for another option and got seated in the back which was more quiet and better for visiting with our friends. Our waitress was not very enthusiastic about making menu suggestions nor did she seem to know the menu very well. The food was pretty good and everyone seemed to enjoy their meal, but the staff seemed a little 'off' on this particular Sunday evening. This wouldn't stop me from recommending the restaurant. It has personality and is very convenient to Blumenthal.

LG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Severe storm delayed us, so we called to ask to push back out reservation by 1 hour and Jonathan could not have been more gracious about it. Out waitress was wonderful, she knew our time was limited and served us very quickly. My husband loves the Shepherd's Pie, and again it did not disappoint. Lovely spot uptown, very close to light rail station, Spectrum and Blumenthal.

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