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Ri Ra Irish Pub

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Market Square, Portsmouth, NH
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11:30 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night

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  • 39
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice Bartender

This was a decent place, the bartenders are friendly and funny. The building was very attractive. It was rather crowded but we popped in for a cocktail as we wanted to check out the building. It seemed like a nice place and the food looked decent - I'll have to give a shot when we go back up.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Saugus, MA
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Saugus, MA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This was a decent place, the bartenders are friendly and funny. The building was very attractive. It was rather crowded but we popped in for a cocktail as we wanted to check out the building. It seemed like a nice place and the food looked decent - I'll have to give a shot when we go back up.

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Merrimack, New Hampshire
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75 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We visited the RiRa Irish restaurant as part of restaurant week in Portsmouth. This gave us the opportunity to have a combination of items at a special price, which included an appetizer, entrée and dessert. We split our order on the appetizers. I had the leek and potato soup while my wife had the banger wrapped sausage. They were wonderful.... More 

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152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This place has a great feel and atmosphere with Irish music from the band and Irish bartenders. Beer selection was nice as well as liquors. Nice place to stop!

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Hanson, Massachusetts
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Located in an old bank, the restaurant is beautiful with a stained glass domed ceiling and private rooms in what was the vault. We were here for a late breakfast and the options were perfect. Two of us ordered the Irish breakfast which was huge and my wife and I ordered the Irish Eggs Benedict with the eggs served on... More 

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Auburn, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Having been to many Irish Pubs both in the US and abroad this was easily the nicest and cleanest, Located within a high ceiling old bank building Ri Ra sports a wide selection of interesting brews, unfortunately we had eaten previously down the street but the food looked and smelled awesome. Bar staff was knowledgeable and the place was loaded... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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120 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I did not manage to catch any of the live music that this place is known for locally. But the atmosphere is very laid back, with good beer and attentive service. Not cheap, but I suppose they have to pay the rent in Porstmouth somehow. Food is a good complement to the beer or you can simply sit at the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I went there last night for a quick burger and beer. The wings were good, burger was good, and they had a good selection of beer. Overall, this is a good spot for traditional Irish/American pub food.

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Florence, Arizona
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The food was great and unique although a little pricey, but everything is pricey in Portsmouth. Younger crowd in mid 20's to 30's but considerate. Great Irish 3 piece band that makes you want to dance a jig. Scots Stuffed Eggs excellent appetizer and wonderful big choice of brews.

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4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We came here for the music! This bar is a hidden gem, with lots of history in the building alone. The music venue was lots of fun, only wished they had more seating in that area. The food smelled amazing we had already eaten so we will need to come back! A very fun atmosphere and worth investigating on your... More 

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Portsmouth
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Amazing building, nice staff are a greta drink menu. The food is what you expect from these Irish type chains but the place has a great atmosphere espeically on a Friday night. Went during a big rugby game so it was packed however the bar tender Sam seemed to stay on top of everything and was very knowledgeable when it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Market Square, Portsmouth, NH
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Irish, English
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 1:00 am

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