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Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte

3.9
3.9
635 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


Booked 4 times today

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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 635 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
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charlotte

    Late Night Find

  • Charlotte

    Late Night Find

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  1. GR

    GrantR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    Staff is excellent. Food is ok. Way to crowded. The noise level is off the charts; extremely noisy and then adding some musician during dinner service and no one is listening to him...Would not return.
  2. MP

    MichaelP85

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    some of the best fish & chips I have had... just the right amount of batter and the fish was done perfectly. Really good fries! The sausage roll was good, but it was overdone on the bottom. It had a pretty consistency, but not quite like English or Irish bangers. The atmosphere was very pub-like and it had an amazing bar! I would highly recommend and will be going back the next time I am in Charlotte.
  3. D

    Destiny

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was good. There had been a football game so it was crowded. I made a reservation and we got a table quickly. Servers were great. For some reason it was hot in there. Don’t know if the AC was broken that day or what but it was early September and cooler outside.
  4. c

    customer

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Short staffed and couldn't handle the crowd. We had a reservation and were not served drinks after ordering them. Waited 30-35 min and left. People sat at the bar and had drinks 5 min after they sat down. Pitiful
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Way overcrowded and they were unprepared. Our server was doing his best to accommodate us but had to bartend as well. They have stripped their brunch menu down and we’re out of many items. This used to be my go to place but won’t come back for awhile.
  6. BC

    BlackholeCin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu, friendly service, amazing atmosphere .
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding. Food overall was very good. My two complaints however salad was soaked in dressing and the restaurant didn’t seem to have any air on. It made for a hot and humid experience. I would definitely one back.
  8. DA

    DAGO

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    Air conditioner out
  9. B

    Beth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Ra Ri but definitely will not be the last! Excellent service, even though there was only one server for the whole crowd. She was on top of her game and never let our drinks empty. Highly recommend the Rueben, the Pub Burger and the garlic green beans. I would only recommend they have mints at the door when you leave, especially if you order the garlic green beans:) The only reason it was a bit loud was due to soccer game- but you would expect lots of soccer fans at an Irish pub.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Air conditioning was not working and they didn’t have fans….if we didn’t have a concert to get to we would have found somewhere else to eat when we found this out. Our server was great and we managed through but it was bad
  11. B

    Bruce

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The bar can get quite noisy at times and it makes it difficult to hear the live music or talk at your table. Went there on acoustic Wednesday. Were there at 7pm. Probably would have better to go later.
  12. LH

    LeslieH

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We stopped in after watching the Charlotte Pride Parade and we were seated promptly. (I had made a reservation that morning.) We each had a Smithwick beer and some appetizers. The buffalo chicken bites were delicious, as was the banger sausages en croute. Service was prompt, friendly, and courteous. Our only disappointment was that they had run out of the pretzel bites with cheese dip. Next time!
  13. 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.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 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.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. WW

    WaltW

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    The food was tasty and the atmosphere was fun. The service was very poor. After placing a drink order, we didn’t see the waitress for at least 20 mins. I asked another waitress if she could find her. When our waitress did return from the back, she grabbed the drinks that had been sitting behind the bar so long, most of the ice had melted. Service was poor the previous time we went as well, but I thought it may have been a one-off. That doesn’t appear to be the case.
  21. SK

    SallyK

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. GS

    GeorgeS

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food and service. Air conditioning inadequate.
  25. 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
  26. 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.
  27. 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!
  28. 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.
  29. EK

    ElizabethK

    Charlotte

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 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!
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. EH

    ErikH

    Charlotte

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 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...
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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…👎👎👎
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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!
  40. 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.

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

FAQs

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

Ri Ra Irish Pub - Charlotte is rated 3.9 stars by 635 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


Booked 4 times today

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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