Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte

3.8
585 Reviews
$30 and under
Irish


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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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 585 people are saying
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VALERIEC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Fish & Chips in Charlotte!! HUGE piece of fish!! Excellent!

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Greg
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One patron had a large dog (about 125 pounds) with him while seated At the bar. Dog was friendly but still interrupted people walking by.

No restaurant employee made any effort to acknowledge or apologize for the dog.

Was not a service dog. Dogs should not be allowed in restaurants.

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jamesi
Western NC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Irish Pub with a modern city nightlife vibe

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We went to Ri Ra Irish Pub for restaurant week, thinking it would be something different than a lot of the other restaurants in town. It was very disappointing, my wife and I both had the briskett which was very tough (she did not even finish hers saying that it was not worth it) and not that tasty either. The appetizers were ok, and the desserts were mediocre at best. All in all, a very disappointing evening. We will not be back unless it is simply for a drink in the pub environment.

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CoreyB
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Had a date night and ordered off the Queens Feast menu. Food was “ok” at best. Felt our service was very rushed, however, was not even at 25% capacity.

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RobbF
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We decided to give it a try before the show next door at the Blumenthal as an alternative to our usual Capitol Grill or Aria. It worked and my wife loved her cottage pie.

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EllenC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both my husband and I highly recommend this charming Irish pub. The food was absolutely delicious and the atmosphere was perfect. The manager made sure we had everything that we needed, and we had a wonderful time! Can’t wait to come back again soon!

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JeffS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall1food1service3ambience2

They decided to close early but didn’t notify us. We had reservations so as the seated us they proceeded to tell us they had a limited menu, fried only! They wouldn’t even make a chicken sandwich…. No bread?!? We didn’t have time to find a new restaurant so we tried to make it work. Chicken nuggets came out over cooked, the fish and chips came out very soggy/greasy. I tried a lemon drop martini, but it wasn’t any better than the food. The waitress was very nice and she tried, but this place should have just contacted anyone with reservations and closed. They obviously knew they didn’t have food or staff, just a shame the way it was handled. Very disappointed we wasted one of our nights in town on this restaurant.

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vipTracyW
Greensboro
52 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great location, good atmosphere for night before bowl game. Go, Carolina! (The one that wins,lol!)

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vipLaural
Charlotte
23 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice and convenient place to get a meal while attending a show at Belk Theater. It is loud so if you’re looking for a quiet nor intimate place then this isn’t what you’re looking for.

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RodneyC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We were a party of 6. Bigger groups there already. They "forgot" my wifes order of cottage pie. When it was finally brought out, it was luke warm and had obviously been hastily put together. My fish and chips was good but nothing spectacular. We decided to try dessert but only 1 option was available, the apple crisp. Fair enough, this was what we wanted anyway. Came out it a "hot" iron pan, only to find the center cold. several in part asked for coffee with dessert but told it would be 15 minutes to "brew another batch". Cool ambiance but food and service lacking. Seem priority was placed on a private party in the bar area. Would not recommend unless some major improvements made. I believe I'm gracious giving it this many stars, to be honest.

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Chuck
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good cocktails, good food and service, pretty noisy

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Bloves2eat
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service and food were great. Tables were tight and the noise level was almost too much.

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AmyG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

My family and I went to RIra’s for St. Patrick’s day. The corn beef was very tender but the sauce on the meat was good, but not a traditional corn beef and cabbage meal. It was so dark in there, I couldn’t read the menu. Server was excellent. He was from Ireland and on a internship. Very friendly and fun. Attentive to our needs.

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Rich
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waitress and really enjoyed the food. We usually go there when we are attending an event at the Belk Theater.

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ChristineK
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our waiter Charles was excellent. Was always there checking on us but not overbearing. The pork nachos were delicious! The dinners were yummy as well! We’ll definitely be back!

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KarenB
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our dinner here very much. Food was delicious and very reasonably priced. Good portions. We made reservations and when we arrived we were seated right away. We had an early dinner and just as we were finishing a large group came to the bar and they were a bit noisy as we were seated close to the bar. We definitely would recommend Ri Ra and will go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and awesome Irish Chicken Curry and Fish and Chips!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Salmon was dry. Otherwise food was fine.

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CaroleR
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a 5:45 appointment and our table was not ready for at least 15 minutes. This was disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great waitress who kept the Guiness flowing

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Great food. Great customer service. Always lol forward to returning.

DG
vipDelawareGirl
Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this little pub. Food was excellent - the three of us had the nachos and potato cakes to start, 2 people enjoyed the delicious burgers and I had the fish and chips. With a brownie sundae to share for dessert. Everything was delicious. The service was impeccable. Never once had to ask for refills - our server was so attentive. And loved the decor. If looking for a laid back, bar style experience, you will love this place.

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whatelks67
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early, were seated as we waited for our other person to arrive, staff was great about the short wait. Drinks and appetizers were great, the potato cakes are awesome. 3 of the 4 of us dined on the Irish Chicken Curry, the lone hold out went with fish and chips! All meals were great.

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JonB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. The service was stellar. I am sorry I do not recall the waitresses name.

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Jakob
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the best waitress I’ve ever had in my life! I strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone ever! Beyond amazing food as well! Very satisfied!

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SeanS
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rebecca(Our Server) was Simply Amazing!!! The food was Fantastic!!!

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JohnS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good Irish pub food. We especially love the fish & chips.

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deac84
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Authentic Irish pub in the heart of downtown Charlotte. Generous portions and value priced with outstanding, attentive service.

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LisaB
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We enjoy going to Irish pubs or Scottish if you can find them. We have definitely had better. We started with the sausage rolls, which were good but there was only 2. Thankfully it was just the 2 of us. We then shared the salad with prosciutto, fig and goat cheese. It was delicious! The shepherds pie was pretty good but a fairly small portion. The lamb stew was bland. Even after adding some salt and pepper my husband was disappointed and did not eat it. The service was pretty good but they did forget to bring our chips out to us. When we asked for the check, our server saw my husband had his stew still there and asked if we wanted a box. My husband said no thank you that he didn't like it and it was bland. The server actually agreed, but did not compensate us in any way. We are certainly not the type to complain very often and never expect to not be charged, however if we have ever mentioned we were not completely satisfied with a meal, they usually insist on not charging you or making some adjustment to your bill. We may try it again, but would not order the stew!

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Circlegirl
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Had an opportunity to grab a bite here before a concert on a week night. While the downstairs area was bustling with customers, we asked to be seated upstairs for a bit more quiet. It was perfect. We had an attentive server who accommodated us very nicely and our meal was delicious. Have visited here before and would definitely return.

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Erin
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was fast and friendly, but the food was overpriced for the "just okay" quality. And the shepherd's pie, which you'd normally expect to be big enough to need a to go box, was tiny! The man at the table next to me also got it and ended up eating some of his wife's food because of how small the portion was.

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RedheadRomantic
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a Birthday, thoroughly enjoyed the food! Excellent service, and a shot of Baby Guinness to celebrate!

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LisaS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

We were seated upstairs where there only one other group. We changed tables twice because they were wobbly. Clearly there was a renovation happening in the area. Ordered chicken wings Mild, they came very hot bathed in sauce. Cheese from pub pretzel turned into a ball of solid wax as it cooled. Bathroom upstairs didn’t work. When we went down stairs we saw open tables and a nice atmosphere. We went to Connelly’s next door and spent $200.

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NatalieH
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful facility. The area upstairs is great for large groups. Food came quickly for a party of 16.

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Richard
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Visited at 5 to 7 on a Tuesday evening. Had a reservation for 4 people. Asked for a quiet table and were seated on the second level. Service was good, especially considering that the server had to constantly go up and down the stairs. Drinks were a bit pricey, but this is uptown Charlotte in the evening. Food was warm, but average. Two starters of wings were tasty. Best meal was Fish wife's was similar. Would have thought lamb stew would have been outstanding in an Irish pub. Place seemed to be a bit under-staffed. We were satisfied,but not impressed.

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WilliamW
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love the place stew was excellent should had bread with the stew

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We go uptown only a couple of times a year. I have been coming here since they opened in 1997. We always go to RiRa’s, but we will NEVER GO BACK.
We had reservations; we were seated: got drinks, but ask to let us relax before we ordered our food.
Next - we ordered; that is when it all went to hell. The waitress did not write down anything (STRIKE #1) We got our order (delivered by another staff member - each time) My wife's order was wrong - she requested "Med Well" w/onion rings. She always cuts her burger in half, which was bloody "RARE" (#2). The waitress never came to check on our order, I had to leave my seat to flag down the hostess (#3). The waitress finally came by with our condiments (which should have been brought to the table w/the meal or before) - (#4) she took my wife's plate with an attitude (#5) - (like it was our fault) - The manager came by and apologized but offered nothing else. As my food is getting COLD - 15 min later she got her burger with fries (should have been w/onion rings) - (#6 & #7) The waitress never came back to check on us (#8). The Burger was Med - passable... I guess.
I would expect the waitress to be apologetic and to over compensate; as well as the Management. The waitress lost all interest in us and was rude (#9 & #10). We got our check for $83.65 and left a tip for $8.36 (too much) normally 30% + We remained pleasant as always.
My wife who is from Canada and has lived here now for 11 years was upset... as this was our Anniversary night out; we had tickets to see Jesse Cook that night and I wanted it to be perfect and I know things don't always work out.
BUT the staff at Ri Ra's had an opportunity to resolve the situation, by doing the right thing.
Not w/$$ - BOTH ORDERS should have been redone (correctly) so we could eat a HOT MEAL TOGETHER.
They missed the chance to impress us, but instead they have lost a customer who will not enjoy retelling this disaster over and over. Disappointed.
BAD Ri Ra BAD… Just BAD

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vipMichaelDaytona
Orlando
25 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasha made sure our bithversary was taken care of we love this place.

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vipHeatherP
Charlotte
70 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good and service was lovely. The portion of fish and chips was large; however, the beef tips was pretty small. There were lots of onions and potatoes, but hardly any meat. We enjoyed our time at the restaurant.

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Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte is rated 3.8 stars by 585 OpenTable diners.

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