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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

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 will be open through the Holidays. Join us on Christmas Eve for some wonderful specials and live music.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Let us treat you this Christmas! We will be serving a brunch buffet from 12pm - 4pm. Reservations encouraged $40 / adult - $12 / Kids 12 & under / Kids under 3 eat free. Turkey, Prime Rib, Ham,and all the fixings. We will also have Christmas dinner specials that evening from 4pm to close.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

We're celebrating a Double New Year's! Ring in the Irish New Year with us with a complimentary Guinness Velveteen toast & a live stream from Fionbarra's Pub in Cork. Then join us for the American New Year. $65 includes 2-hour open bar (select drinks), finger foods, party favors, & a DJ dance party!

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Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

3.7

ambience

3.9

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (11)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
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Cozy (7)
Great Beer (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Fun (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Authentic (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Live Music (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Live Sports (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Business Meals (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Vegan (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Romantic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Some of the slowest service ever. Have been numerous times before but all good till this time. Slow on every level, drinks and food.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Service was extremely slow. It took two hours to get our food.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wow...this was really bad. Made a reservation for six before a show at Belk Theatre, the proximity to the theatre was about the only positive I have to say. Reservation was not on file, server brought water to the table, but told us that they were still washing dishes and had no glasses. Drinks were not good, very slow, and came one at a time, food sat way too long under the heat lamp, over 45 minutes from order to table plus another 5 minutes or so to have someone bring us silverware. Food quality was poor, cold Shepherd's pie, dry and cold pork chop, fish and chips was more like fish and mush. Not sure what the problem was, they seemed moderately busy, but not slammed. Generally a very poor experience, no need to go back.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had a party of 13. Everyone loved their meal and the service was great.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a great Thanksgiving evening at Ri Ra's. The food was delicious. The service was good. The live band was great. The only issue was a bad odor. We moved to another table, it still smelled slightly but it was never taken care of. Other than that it was a good experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Organic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Had thanksgiving brunch there. Very nice but TVs were loud

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Live Sports, Fun
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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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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on April 26, 2017

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

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