About Ri Ra Irish Pub - Georgetown

Rí Rá Georgetown is crafted in the warm pub style of 19th and early 20th century Ireland and custom-made with salvaged material straight from Ireland. Each rescued artifact has been carefully restored in County Wicklow, a scenic area just south of Dublin, and then shipped to Georgetown. We offer an impressive line-up of traditional Irish music & cultural events, a comprehensive drink list and fare that defies pub standards.

3125 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Irish, American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 2:00am, Friday: 11:30am - 3:00am, Saturday: 7:30am - 3:00am, Sunday: 7:30am - 2:00am

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 751-2111

Website:
http://www.rira.com/georgetown/

Public Transit:
Only a few blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

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Ri Ra Irish Pub - Georgetown Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.0

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4.4

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4.1

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Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (6)
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Great Beer (4)
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Casual (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Cozy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Music (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Great for Lunch (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Business Meals (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Romantic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Excellent food & atmosphere

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Fantastic atmosphere ! Staff is friendly and attentive . Food is abundant and very good!

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual, People Watching, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Live Music, Live Sports, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

They have the best fish and chips - although it is enormous in size. The salad I had was excellent also - and I can't often say that about many restaurants. I've had their smashed avocado before which was also terrific. Always my go-to for fish and chips.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great environment, our table was right in front of the stage and a bit isolated. Food was OK.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Came in for restaurant week but ended up ordering off the menu. Our waiter was very pleasant and attentive. The fish and chips were delicious as was the lobster mac and cheese. The Shepard’s pie was tasty but very hot.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Ok brunch menu, limited vegetarian options. Large portions, good value for money.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The waitress was haughty. The food made my wife literally sick. I waited at the bar a half hour and was served. I will not go there again.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Good breakfast for a reasonable price. Service was good.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Above average pub food. Bus boy tried to clear our dishes ever so often even though we said not to

Tags: Great Beer, Tapas, Live Sports, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Burgers came—nice and hot. Mayo and catsup were 15 minutes later, after third request.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The chicken curry was outstanding as well as the steak. The interior decorations and ambiance were a pleasant surprise. Highly recommend for romantic dinner or just drinks with friends.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Ri Ra was a good choice for an out-of-town group who likes beer! We didn't get a chance to try the whiskey bar. Food was inconsistent--The burgers were good, but the shepherd's pie was not - very disappointing for an Irish pub. Fish was terrific, but onion rings were so greasy they were inedible. Wait staff were friendly, but orders were wrong (may not have been their fault). Would have been fun to hear a live band on a Saturday night, but they weren't scheduled until 11 pm... way too late for an out of town group.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Fun, Comfort Food, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Sooo much fun. Great food, great service and to think we were going to pass it up because of the name. So glad we found this spot!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We eat a vegan diet and at lots of restaurants it's hard to find something "interesting" on the menu to eat other than a simple salad. We were pleasantly surprised to see that the RiRa menu has a few options for vegetarians/vegans, so I give them credit for that! The Brussel sprout salad was really good.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Amazing food, the Dubliner burger was ridiculous.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great Irish pub

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Attentive, knowledgeable servers and a great menu ensured that this will not be our last brunch here.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

A group of us got together and met at this spot for dinner on a Saturday. Decently crowded but luckily we had a reservation so we had a seat instantly. Food was great, my only complaint would be they forgot our appetizers and were brought out with our dinner, which was disappointing. Our server was very nice but seemed scattered and would forget our beers, etc. Decent place over all!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Mixed review. The staff was welcoming, service was very attentive. Our appetizer order of the bangers was really tasty. The basil calamari sounded interesting, but while it was light and crispy, it was a disappointment because it had no basil flakes nor basil flavor and we ordered it because it was described differently then traditional fried calamari. Our group of 3 had the pulled pork Cuban, the shepherds pie and the beef ribs. All three meals were just ok. The shepherds pie was swimming in the herb gravy, and the mashed potatoes on top were soft, not browned. The beef on the ribs did fall off the bone, but the meat was more blackened and tough then tender and BBQ glazed, although the sides of sweet potato mash and grilled asparagus were good. We finished with the chocolate mousse which was decent. Two things to note - my husband and I were already seated when my 21 year old son met us at the restaurant. When he arrived (at 7pm) he was carded by the bouncer at the door. He told the bouncer he was just there for dinner and the bouncer said it didn't matter. I am not sure what would have happened if he wasn't 21 - perhaps we would have had to retrieve him at the door? And second, I ordered a glass of Cabernet but our waitress misheard what I ordered and brought me a Chardonnay instead. When I pointed out that I ordered the Cabernet she immediately said she would bring the correct glass, and to keep the Chardonnay as well with no charge. I appreciated this gesture. The service then and throughout the evening really was top-notch.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

They're right when they say they were voted for best fish and chips in DC - it was fabulous - reminds me of fish in chips I have in Australia. My friend had the fish and chips - but I got to try some. I had the best avocado on bread with tomatoes and goat cheese - it was delicious. Very friendly Irish wait-staff we chatted to for quite awhile, and fabulous charity cocktail - $6 with $2 going to charity (their regular cocktails were about $12). Highly recommend.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Very good food with many great choices! This was the most authentic Irish/English breakfast I've had this side of the pond. Great service and location. We will come back

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Their version of Irish soda bread is the best! Salad was delicious. Staff couldn’t have been more attentive. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Wow! EVERY single thing we ordered was DELICIOUS! We started out with a couple appetizers and decided to make it our supper so ordered a few more. Everyone at the table shared everything so we were able to have a bite or two of about 8 different appetizers. Honestly I can't even pick a favorite because they were ALL SOOOO GOOD!! Very impressed with food, service and cocktails! Decided to go back the next day because of the great experience.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

RiRa offers the best Irish Pub food in Georgetown and arguably the city. It has a kitchen that turns out great food consistently.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Live Sports, People Watching, Good for Groups, Live Music, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We were there for a business lunch. I ordered the tacos which were very good.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great Irish pub - good authentic food, Guinness on tap, and nice cocktails. Service was excellent and attentive. Location is great in the heart of Georgetown. Overall nice place for dinner for our family of 5.

Tags: Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Great place with good food! The fish & chips are massive and the lamb burger & Brussels sprouts are solid

Tags: Live Sports, Quick Bite, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Loved the people and the food! What a great little place I felt like I was back in Ireland! Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Pretty snazzy for an Irish Pub. I really loved the décor. My husband and I will definitely be back with some friends who are Irish Whiskey lovers. The selection is AMAZING! The menu is very limited, but the dishes were yummy. The service was very friendly and quick.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great food and the service was very fast!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great ambiance, fantastic service, and where else are you going to go and see a huge St.Patrick watching over the bar? Having real Irish staff was a great surprise and made our night.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Delicious authentic Irish brunch!! The full Irish was perfect! They also had veggie options!
Attentive staff! They put the soccer game on fir us!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Live Sports
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Great atmosphere, huge portions and attentive staff.

Tags: Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Great Beer, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Went to watch a soccer game. Great vibes, everyone was very into the game. Excellent service and really good food!

Tags: Live Sports
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 (Poconos)·Dined on May 14, 2017

My family and I went here for both Easter and Mother's Day brunch. It wasn't busy at all but we made reservations just in case. The menu is nice for either breakfast or lunch. My mom had the Avocado Smash which she absolutely loved. We would definitely return.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

The food is excellent and the beer/drink selection solid. No live music this Saturday sadly.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Great service and food

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 (Charleston)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Had the fish and chips. Nice volume, great taste and reasonable price. Service was average at best.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on April 4, 2017

The decor is really great and Irish. The menu is especially Irish. The waitress was just 3 months from Ireland. Can't get any better!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 1, 2017

We all thought our food as delicious and some portions were nicely sized. Service was excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Fun, Comfort Food, Great Beer
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