Ri Ra Irish Pub - Portsmouth

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Ri Ra Irish Pub and Restaurant is set within a beautifully restored old bank building located in the heart of downtown Portsmouth. The ornate pub interior is complete with salvaged furnishings from Ireland lending to the warm pub style of 19th century Dublin.

We offer live music 5 days a week, an extensive drink list and a modern take on traditional Irish fare.
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LB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The restaurant is lively and the atmosphere is enjoyable. I rated the food "good" overall. My main dish was excellent, but the appetizer and the dessert were not. The wait staff is good, but we didn't see him much. The bar tenders are attentive and the drinks we ordered were made perfectly. Overall, I had a good experience and I will definitely dine there again.

JK
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed the food and there were many tempting offerings on the menu. Our waiter was very helpful and pleasant. Our only complaint......no Irish music on the night we ate there!

FF
New England
83 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Not the best. Service was very slow. Took 20 min for beer and placing order. Server only came to check once. Fish and chips had cold fries bu5 delicious fish. Burgers were messy. The cottage pie was interesting and the best bet. Disappointing.

AJ
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was (and is always) good. Service was very slow.

X
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The fish and chips is great and probably one of the best ever had. Important to note it’s made w haddock not cod.

However can’t share that excitement about a salad w shrimps. That was really not worth eating. The shrimp had no taste and only served w 4-5 of those short of able to make a dinner lasting. I was even concerned these were safe to eat but all good.
Service fair because we felt a bit rushed. The place had empty tables however the check came to us after having a second bite ... yeah we don’t want coffee or dessert.

Not impressed. Many other options to choose

K
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Decent spot, rather empty, but fair food and no complaints.

KS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and our waitress was amazing. Thank you!

AJ
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was great - Roberta took excellent care of us!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took family for dinner after a day at the water park. Food was delicious and the place has a cool atmosphere. Looks like it was a bank about 100 years ago with awesome glass dome ceiling. Beer selection is excellent. No problem finding something for semi-picky kids to eat and plenty of options for mom & dad.

R
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great prices in a great city. The veggie burger was outstanding. So glad we ate at Rí Ra before a concert; best choice!

TI
New England
34 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great space with good food and service. Fish and chips are tops here!

B
New England
49 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Took a friend out. Great as usual. Waitress was great. Irish band playing a little loudly but the company made it something to laugh about later.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service slow, the servers need to clear after each course not just wait until the end. I asked her to clear so we weren’t reaching over five peoples dirty appetizer and dinner plates. Only half the plates were cleared! Lastly, we were surprised by the curve ball of no candle to sing to our child for his ninth birthday! All of the former Are pretty standard restaurant stuff...but we rolled with it! Overall good food and ambience, just keep the service expectations on the lower side.

M
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleased with the food.

GE
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a reservation thru OpenTable, which was easy and fast. When we showed up 20 minutes early, it was no problem and we were seated. We were a party of 8 (1 a child). The hostess was friendly. The waitress was great... funny and helpful for anything we needed. This was our first time here and we will definitely be back. The food was sooooo good! From apps to desserts. Thanks Ri Ra for a great night out with visiting family :-)

P
New England
48 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and plenty of it
Service was excellent

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband’s 50th birthday with 10 of our friends and had a wonderful experience at RiRa!! Everything from the atmosphere to the food was excellent!! The server was more than accommodating to us!! Can’t wait to go back!

TL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Loved the Music Food was excellent. Waitress was not friendly at first but warmed up after a while. understaffed

JS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portsmouth is such a lively town. Eating at Ri Ra never disappoints. We were early to our reservation, but were seated immediately. Our server was outstanding. Our daughter had an upset stomach, and the server went out of her way to help out. The food was delicious. We have eaten at Ri Ra in both Portland and Portsmouth several times. We know when we go we'll get good food and service.

BT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the patio and the fact they were pet friendly. Service could have been a bit more welcoming, she seemed cold in my opinion.
Food was good and mention had a nice selection of items.

NC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Beautiful old bank repurposed into a restaurant. Great location. Staff was friendly and efficient. Would definitely go again.

JR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic time at RiRa!

TQ
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Place! Can't wait to go back! Everyone loved the food. Fish and Chips is huge!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We celebrated Mother’s Day here. We had reservations and arrived a few minutes early but were seated right away. Our server came over immediately and took our drinks order. I must say that we had the best service I have ever had. The food was good but the live Irish music was great. Loved our experience at RiRa.

MS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good value for cost. Did not realize they had breakfast prior to this.

ED
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Excited for this brunch, though maple french toast made my stomach sick. Service was slow and the lack of kids menu items for brunch was frustrating.

D
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was great, our waitress was very pleasant. Food was good, although our son ordered the french toast with the whiskey maple butter and apparently the kitchen couldn't find the butter so he ended up getting just plain french toast. Not a huge deal, but you probably want to have one of the main components in the title of the dish on hand.

p
Montreal
82 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fish and chips was excellent as was the smoked turkey sandwich.

O
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything went good

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch with my daughter and her grandmothers on a nearby college visit. Food was good for all (burger, salad, French toast) cool atmosphere as it used to be a bank and still has vaults and marble columns

G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Located directly in the center of charming Portsmouth NH, Ri Ra is housed in an old bank building. While converting the interior to a beautiful & cozy Irish pub, the gorgeous bones of the building remain. Service was fast & friendly. Food was wonderful - absolutely the best burger I have ever had anywhere. I don't make that claim lightly!

RB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for Irish fare. Reminded me of pub menus we experienced in Ireland. Server was exceptional, helping us to decide what was best. Will return

SC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a group of 10 and everything was great with an outstanding server!!

ED
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great people, outstanding food. Excellent atmosphere.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was the night before St. Patrick’s day, so they were super busy, but they sat us on time. Food and drinks were amazing, though we didn’t see our server as often due to volume of customers. We had a secluded side room, so noise wasn’t a factor. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a place to eat or drink in Portsmouth.

MG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It's a fun, young place with good food and very good service.

SB
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Irish breakfast! Perfect way to start St. Patrick's Day weekend!

SM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The wings were really small?! Good beer selection. Felt like our table was inside a vault. Very cool.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Canceled the reservation at the last minute.

PT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The plus side was the food was very good. The downside was the restaurant apparently ran out of about a third of the menu! They even told us they were out of bread! Our server explained it was a busy weekend, but it was Sunday night and the place was pretty dead. (The only other times I've been in a restaurant that was out of so much was when they were going out of business.) The food came slow and our server was somewhat inattentive, which was surprising considering how NOT busy it was. I've eaten at the Ri'Ra before and had good experiences, but this past Sunday was weird. At least the food was good.

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