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Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte

3.9
3.9
622 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!

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Irish, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Sun 10:00 am–4:30 am Wed 11:00 am–11:00 pm Thu 11:00 am–12:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–2:00 am Sat 10:00 am–2:00 am Sun 10:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (704) 333-5554

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Edgar Foy

  • Private party contact

    Michelle Harvin: (704) 333-5554

  • Neighborhood

    Uptown

  • Cross street

    Fifth and Tryon

  • Parking details

    We validate parking for the Center City Green Garage located at 350 E 6th Street. Please bring your parking ticket into the pub for validation.

  • 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/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 622 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    It's Restaurant Week and my friend and I went for Dinner before going to the show at Belk Theater. We told our server we were there for the Restaurant Week menu. She told us that she wouldn't recommend it because the cook that was there didn't know how to cook the food on that menu. One of the items was a ribeye and she said he couldn't cook it good. We asked for menus anyway. We then asked about the smoked chili rice puree on the ribeye and mahi mahi. She couldn't describe it. We decided to order off of the regular menu. We ordered an appetizer and the server asked if we wanted it with our meal. Ummm...no. It's an appetizer. We'd like it before the meal. We ordered the sausage roll with honey mustard. It was delicious! Only problem was, not long after we got our appetizer, our meal came out. My friend ordered the Sirloin Steak Tips with mashed potatoes topped with mushroom gravy. She substituted garlic green beans for the mashed potatoes. I ordered the Irish Chicken Curry. My friend really liked her meal. I highly recommend the Irish Chicken Curry. It was so good! We both ordered drinks. I had the Sailor Punch and my friend had the Pub Princess (substituted cranberry juice for the orange juice). Both were very good. The server's attitude did improve. There was a group of young men at the bar right beside at our table that was pretty loud and it was just loud in general. But that will happen when the bar abs dining are so close together. All in all, we enjoyed our dining experience.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Selected this restaurant as part of Queen's Feast, Charlotte's restaurant week. They were not prepared for diners, but we're happy to serve drinks. Our party of 4 got food delivered to our table at disjointed times, entree before apps, etc. The restaurant week ribeye special was awful, had to send it back. The bad food was comped but the overall experience left a bad taste in my mouth.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    My children and I had a quick bite before the theater. It was a bit louder than I would’ve liked but that is the nature of dining in a pub. The food was quickly served, and quite tasty. Not sure I would go back again because of the loud music but the food and value were very good.
  4. ER

    EttaR

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great menu, good beer, great service. Have always like this place. Will return again. Our waiter Nickolas was wonderful and helpful.
  5. M

    Mary

    Charlotte

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    Advertised for restaurant week, which was 100% the reason we went. No restaurant week specials/pricing. No compensation. Waitress said, "manager said she would come and speak to us "if we wanted". THAT should have simply happened in a professional business. No Irish music playing and none played after we requested it. IT'S AN IRISH PUB!!!!! No cocktail sauce for fish/chips. When asked, they brought horseradish so we could make our own cocktail sauce. We were charged a $3.00 up charge for the horseradish! WHAT???!!! VERY DISAPOINTED and have posted this dissatisfaction to thousands on FaceBook. First and CERTAINLY LAST visit.
  6. RS

    RSVPFun

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was very good. It was game night so a bit noisy. I would have liked to sat downstairs where the live music was but didn't know it was there until after we had dinner. Hostess did not offer up or down nor mention the music. Was a bit disappointed with the imported beer selections, it was ok but I expect an Irish pub to have more of a selection. Cheers
  7. BL

    BostonLori

    Charlotte

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought some colleagues here for lunch. First time going there. Lots of good food options. We were greeted by someone, who also brought us waters, before our server was able to come by. Though he also greeted us as he was passing by our table, and let us know he'd be right with us. I know customer service is hard these days with everyone being understaffed, but the team at this Ri Ra did a great job.
  8. SK

    SallyK

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    First of all this would have been a 5 star review if it wasn't for one of our meals being omitted. We were running a little late for our reservation and when I called there was no answer. Fortunately they called me and asked if I still wanted the reservation and they kept it for us. Thumbs Up! Food was delicious but the waiter forgot to enter my husband's order so we enjoyed an appetizer and one entree. We shared the poutine which while different, was delicious. Then unfortunately we had to share my fish and chips. It tasted just like it came from the chip shop in England, yummy. The waiter checked on my husband's order 3 times and finally just removed it from our tab. The music was too loud for our taste but we are older folks. I would still highly recommend RiRa.
  9. AB

    AdamB

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We always love the RiRa fish fry, they use haddock instead of cod, and it makes a difference. Batter is always light and crunchy. Poutine is outstanding! Kids burgers were burnt. One of the servers took away our half-eaten poutine (they took it off our bill). We were a party of seven and it was very confusing who our server was. And no one told me they were adding 20% gratuity to the check. We'll be back, but the serving staff needs to tighten things up a bit.
  10. SM

    SandyM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had early dinner between afternoon and evening sessions of a convention at the Spectrum Center which is just a short walk away. Fit the bill perfectly.
  11. GS

    GeorgeS

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food and service. Air conditioning inadequate.
  12. BJ

    BridgetJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great food and service! Always loved RiRa but sad to see it far less busy on a Saturday than it used to be
  13. CH

    CindyH

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Food was good but service was slow and it was very loud. Might have been an off night.
  14. RM

    RodM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    My buddy is 70 years old & has some hearing impairment & the the sound levels & and acoustics made our ability to talk difficult. The staff was Great & did their best to accommodate us in providing a different table further from the noisy crowd!
  15. n

    neighborhooddiners

    Charleston

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    The old Ri Ra of the past is gone. We were disappointed on a recent visit to Charlotte to encounter large televisions at every glance. These destroyed the ambianc we loved in the past. Sounds of music and conversations are so much more fun and relaxing than the distraction of multiple televisions. Sorry someone felt they are necessary.
  16. EK

    ElizabethK

    Charlotte

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great variety on menu! The chicken sandwich with fries were great, and on the healthier side, the side salad and grilled asparagus were outstanding. Great service also!
  17. C

    Carissa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Food was very disappointing. Dry burger and a burned patty melt with non-caramelized onions. Will not be returning.
  18. B

    Brotherman2021

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Very crowded. Rushed. Food was ok, couldn’t really enjoy the ambience.
  19. EH

    ErikH

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    pretty good stuff, limited menu selection after a certain hour near closing (understandable) I like this place (2nd visit in 30 days). be back soon...
  20. AC

    AlexC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We enjoyed RiRa a lot. The vibe and décor is unmatched and we really liked the food. I will say, however, that our waiter was not particularly attentive and we had several things come out incorrect. The waiter started his intro by letting us know that they had $5 mimosas on the menu for the night, which several of our party order, only to come back and tell us (after about 20 minutes) that they had run out of champagne. Several of our orders came out without the correct sides and one was wrong altogether. The restaurant wasn't particularly busy and there seemed to be plenty of staff but we very rarely saw our waiter and had to flag him down repeatedly to get drink refills and the check. Overall, a great experience, but the service could have been better.
  21. SH

    SusanH

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Ri Ra is a charming pub in a great location. It is pretty obvious that Ri Ra is more of a bar than a restaurant. Despite advertising the offering of a “brunch”, the “pub grub” heavy menu really doesn’t cater to the brunch crowd. If you are going to have 3 brunch items on the menu, the pub should make sure that having all of the components ready to go.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Mothers Day brunch at 10 took 3 hours for 5 3 choices for breakfast.. Out of bisquits, waffles, chicken over fried, had to repeatedly ask for syrup, had to ask several times for a 5 th seat, out of coffee. Seriously bad…👎👎👎
  23. SC

    SamanthaC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food and drinks, cool vibe, great service. Kind of hot inside though.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    The service was extremely slow. Did not even get recognized for at least 15 minutes. No plates or silverware. Food came out cold and cheese curds were frozen. Sent back and still came back cold. Server was scatterbrained and forgot check several times. Waited 10 min to get credit cards back. Would not recommend at all.
  25. MW

    MarkW

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good beer, good food, and great ambiance. Will defiantly go back.
  26. EB

    EllieBelly

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great food, but service was slower than usual. The place is fun and great for watching a game, grabbing a drink, lunch, or dinner!
  27. SW

    ScottW

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food and fun atmosphere. We had a great time.
  28. RM

    RachelM

    Charleston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible management. Food was poor quality. Feel bad for the serving staff. You can tell the manager treats them like crap. I would NOT recommend this restaurant.
  29. JT

    JimT

    Savannah

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friend gathering
  30. SS

    SipS

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I hadn’t been to RiRa since before covid, and I was pleasantly surprised as I know a lot of restaurants are having problems bouncing back as they battle supply chain and staffing issues. Not here! Our food was excellent- the fish and chips were fantastic! The menu is more limited than I remember but all the pub favorites are there. We went to pre-game for our MLS opener and the pub was lively and packed- but our service was truly efficient and fantastic. Kudos to RiRa- I hope to be back soon.
  31. LM

    LornaM

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was awesome! Great menu! Great beer selection!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Despite a reservation in advance, we were sat up top in new section under a vent blowing cold air. We had to ask to be moved. The table we were moved to was smaller and not as accommodating to a party of 6, but we made it work. Food was the biggest disappointment. Chili my FIL received was cold and had to be sent back to be warmed. Many menu items have changed and the current menu is not of traditional Irish. Everything was basically mediocre American bar food. Service was good, but not spectacular. Atmosphere up top, since floor used to be a separate bar/club, became very loud around 8:30 PM and had a very college-feel vibe. Despite having 7 PM reservations, which included a toddler as stated in comment section of reservation, hostess decided it was most appropriate to sit us up top instead of down below on first floor in a more accommodating space given the company. This was not appropriate, as the server verbalized how the atmosphere has changed to that of college/bar feel since the pandemic (hence menu item change) and is no longer a contender for restaurant known for great food, live music, and an intimate ambiance (so all this was well known and staff knew the top section would become club-like). To have spent almost $300 on a birthday dinner for my husband, we wish we had chosen somewhere else to celebrate or even grilled out at home. While uptown, unless changes are made, the experience is not worth the price. Although, we tipped well despite all of this. I’d really suggest owners look into what has made this establishment popular to begin with and a favorite over time, and really think about how catering to the very young adult crowd is going to affect business long-term. This should be advertised currently as a bar, not an Irish pub/restaurant.
  33. BG

    BrianG

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    We were looking for the ‘Irish Pub” feel and we got the “look at the front of an Irish Pub” feel. We got put behind the door in a corner of the lobby rather than in the dining room. The food was good. The service was good, but it felt like we were out of the way and a little forgotten. We’d go back, but won’t sit in that table again.
  34. MB

    MitchB

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Ate before a show at Belk. Dustin, our server was great. Ordered wings well done, and got them well done. An accomplishment not usually successful. Had cottage pie which was okay, I prefer more vegetables. But the fish and chips was exceptional. Great offering of Single Malt scotch.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really appreciate the way you work, very very helpful.I couldn't believe how fast we got tables.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good for pub food and price was not bad, drink prices were on the high side. Overall a good place to hang out with friends for just drinks or drinks and food.
  37. HC

    HeatherC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Overall, the food wasn’t bad. We split the pub nachos and had salads for our entrees. The cheese on the nachos had re-solidified when we got them, requiring us to struggle to eat them having to break them apart. Service was okay but we were at a tiny table and were a bit put off that our appetizer and entrees came at the same time, especially with a table that barely had room for all of the plates.
  38. AD

    AndreaD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Been going to this place for years, hadn't gone in 2 however. People were nice but almost no employee had a mask. Food was oversalted (soup). Not bad but level was lower than it used to be. Employees however were kind.
  39. GJ

    GinaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a birthday dinner for our son before catching a show across the street & enjoyed the food & ambience! We felt like we were back in Dublin!
  40. JH

    JimH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The problem was that we went planning to order the brisket. The waitress forewarned us that it was unusually tough, but we also found it to be dry. I don't think there should be an excuse for that.

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

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Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte is rated 3.9 stars by 622 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

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Google Map for Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte

208 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Fifth and Tryon

  • Neighborhood

    Uptown

  • Hours of operation

    Tue, Sun 10:00 am–4:30 am Wed 11:00 am–11:00 pm Thu 11:00 am–12:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–2:00 am Sat 10:00 am–2:00 am Sun 10:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Irish, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We validate parking for the Center City Green Garage located at 350 E 6th Street. Please bring your parking ticket into the pub for validation.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Edgar Foy

  • 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/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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