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About Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte

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!

208 N Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Irish, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm;
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Fifth and Tryon

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(704) 333-5554

Website:
http://rira.com/charlotte

Entertainment:
2 floors of live music every Friday and Saturday night. Trivia from 5 to 7pm followed by live music from 10pm.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Join us for a Thanksgiving feast featuring a brunch buffet. $40 / Adult - $12 / Children 12 & Under - Kids 3 & Under eat free. Reservations are recommended. Brunch will be served from 10am - 4pm. We will also be open for dinner from 4pm - 11pm w/ our regular dinner menu and Thanksgiving specials

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Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte Ratings and Reviews

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based on recent ratings
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4.0

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3.9

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4.0

value

4.0

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Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The restaurant was very short staffed for a game day. We waited 10 minutes for a hostess to appear and once seated we waited 20 minutes for the waitress to take our drink order. In her defense she did stop by the table after 12 minutes to let us know she’d be back. The Bloody Mary bar was very skimpy compared to a previous visit. The food is delicious but they need a larger wait staff on home game Sundays. Not sure we’d go back on game day since brunch took 1 hour and 30 minutes causing us to be late for the game.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Open Table took a reservation for 10am and the place doesn't open until 11am
The place next door opened at 10am and we had a beautiful breakfast there

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food, great service, quiet in the early evening if catching up with friends and need to hear each other without shouting. Very convenient for going to other places uptown, like a Hornets game at the Spectrum.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

The Kilre Chicken was absolutely delicious. The appetizers were very good. The potatoes were tasty and the onion rings were wonderful. The beef tips were lacking a little. I loved the sauce, my boyfriend said they needed something. The roasted potatoes were better then the mashed potatoes and the Vegetables were perfect. Wait staff was friendly and efficient. Haven't had such good service in a while. Overall experience was excellent.

Tags: Healthy, Great Beer, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great place for lively dining, somewhat noisy but always full of interesting people. Guinness on tap, the world's best beer.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Went for brunch with a group of 15.
Despite making reservations, they were unable to fully accommodate our party because they misread the reservation for 10 instead of 15 (which our server argued about even though our confirmation clearly stated 15).

Food was decent. Service with Swiney was appalling. She was rude and very poorly trained. Orders were forgotten, water was rarely refilled, sassy comments were made, and it was an overall awful experience. The vast majority of our group are or were servers, and we were shocked was her lack of professionalism.

The food may be okay. But that amounts to nothing if their service remains this poor.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great location downtown Charlotte to grab some comfort food and a cold brew! The fish and chips are as authentic as you can get here in the U.S.

Tags: Cozy, Live Sports, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food and atmosphere were Amazing! 💜 def can't wait to come back with more friends!

Tags: Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Wife and both ordered burgers, hers medium well, mine medium; both came out cold, despite wife sending hers back. I ordered onion rings and got sweet potato fries, so took back whole plate to fix. Waitress was apologetic and they did not charge us for meal which was nice of them.

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

We had been before but this time the service was slow, the meal portions were really small for the price and the drinks from the bar were very week and very expensive so we asked for a double. 2 drinks and a bottle of beer was $49!!! We won't be going back anytime soon, too many others places to chose from with better service and value. I'm sorry!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Better Irish pubs in the area.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

We really enjoyed the music that night and our server was great!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Live Music, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 19, 2017

My wife sirloin tips were really chewy and her green beans were very small plus burnt. The corn beef that I chose was good and also the cabbage. Most of all the Sundae with brownie, walnuts, strawberries and ice cream was over the top.
We probably will check out others places before we go back there again!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Fast service, good food.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Bad food. Couldn't understand the waiter because he talked way to fast at a high pitch that my wife couldn't even understand.

Tags: Disabled Access
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·Dined on July 20, 2017

Great food and service before taking in a show at Belk Theater with the family!

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups, Authentic, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Had dinner there before going to a play. Loved the interior architecture. Had a basic dish of chicken, beans, and potatoes and it was very tasty. Hit the spot. Will be going back. The waitress was very pleasant and helpful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Great food and service. A++

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 12, 2017

The place is dark, but appropriate for an Irish pub. I had the chicken curry and it was excellent. My date had the steak tips and said they were tough/gristly and didn't have much flavor. The service was excellent. We were there at dinner time, and it was pretty noisy, difficult to have a conversation. Overall though it was a good experience.

Tags: Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Ri Ra was fine. We had a 5:30 reservation and were seated upstairs where there was NO one else, so it felt a bit odd and like we were seated at the kid's table. The food and service were fine, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Fantastic Irish pub in uptown Charlotte with delicious menu choices. We received 10% off of our bill when we mentioned that we were going to see "Jersey Boys" at 7:30pm. Though our reservation was at 6:15 pm, we had to wait 40 minutes for our food. Could've enjoyed the food more if we didn't have to gulp it down. Luckily, Belk Theater is right next door.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Nice spot to go before a show at the theater. Plus, you get a 10% discount if you show your theater ticket.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, People Watching
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 30, 2017

it was fine. I was looking for something more special and less bar feel. I didn't get that but the service and food more than made up for it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on June 26, 2017

The food was fantastic & the service was wonderful. I would highly recommend this place!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Not much meat in the shepherds pie but still good. Irish Coffee outstanding.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 14, 2017

My family came to Ri Ra's for Mother's Day lunch. We sat outside on the roof where they had some very pleasant live music that was a perfect volume. We could still hold our conversations, but enjoy the music.

The entire experience was excellent!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We went here for Mother's Day and had a great lunch. Granted, it was a last minute reservation, but we had an enjoyable lunch.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Gluten Free Options
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Rira's was fantastic! The food was so delicious and all of the staff, especially the owner, were super friendly. I will go there again without a doubt!

Tags: Great Beer, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 6, 2017

We arrived about a half hour late for our reservation as our symphony show ran later than expected. We were welcomed at Ri ra without a problem.
We were seated in a cozy corner by the fireplace.
Our waitress was friendly, The Kentucky Derby happened to be going on while we were there. She stopped by a few times while we waited for our food just to chat about the race and see if we needed anything.
Food was delicious! Fish and Chips portion was enormous. Chicken curry and Reuben were tasty as well.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Everything was delicious. Recommend the banger bites. My shepherds pie was hot and savory. My husband enjoyed his fish and chips. Service was very slow and less than attentive.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Live Sports
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Great curry burger. Just enough spice. My friend loved the fish tacos.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 28, 2017

We loved it and our server was great. We were there for the Neil diamond concert and had a fabulous time at both thank u so much we will be back

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 28, 2017

first time visiting them, food was great, our waiter was terrific and the service was good. my husband and I had a date night glad we made reservation because it fills up quick. would definitely good again.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Super atmosphere! Felt like I got off the airplane in Dublin.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 16, 2017

RiRa never disappoints! The service is always top notch and the food is delicious!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Great Beer
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Ri Ra had been a favorite in the past. Had reservations and were seated upstairs at a lonely little table in the middle of the empty floor on the way to the rest rooms. High traffic area and definitely not any fun (my fault for not refusing the seating in the first place...they were fairly empty at that end of the restaurant.) My wife's meal was good but mine was quite bad (who heard of tough corned beef?) Disappointing.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 1, 2017

This place was very unique. A true to form Irish Pub in the middle of Charlotte, NC. The food was creative and tasted amazing! The atmosphere was amped (maybe due to the Final Four in March Madness) and cozy at the same time.

I would definitely come back.

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on March 23, 2017

We were at this resturant for a concert but I had eaten here on one other visit to Charlotte and liked it, so we chose to eat here again. This is about as authentic of an Irish pub as you can get here in the US and I loved it. The food was very good, the choice of beers and wines quite extensive and I was able to get my favorite Irish hard cider here as well, which is very rare here in the US. I definitely would eat here again if I was going to be downtown Charlotte.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on March 23, 2017

The beer was good - Smithwicks and Wicked Weed Napolean Complex Pale Ale. The Shepherd's Pie was ok but the Jameson Beef Tips were not great. The brownie in the Guiness Sundae was hard and burnt. It was a busy night with a lot waiting for the concert by Keith Harkin so it was difficult to get our server, Nicole's attention.

Tags: Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Ri Ra's is excellent every time! I go whenever I'm in Charlotte!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Live Music, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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