Rí Rá Irish Pub
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
3.38/5 rDev -14.9%
Ri Ra has two separate identities. First, it's lunch and dinner service. During this time, Ri Ra's charm as an old world authentic Irish pub comes to life. The service is great, the food is fantastic, and the Guinness is poured perfectly at the best temperature. However, just about all the charm of Ri Ra is lost when the pub turns into a normal bar. The locals flock in, and the place becomes over-crowded with some average at best local bar band playing in the corner. Everything that makes Ri Ra great is lost when the sun goes down. Beyond the perfect pour of Guinness, the beer selection is typical fare for the average bar in the area, with a couple of Shipyard brews on tap, some Sam Adams, and maybe a few local micros tossed in for good measure. If you are visiting Portland and want to try out this legendary bar chain, I'd highly recommend dinner service with a nice, traditional Guinness.
06-23-2013 19:06:19 | More by supercodes
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
Ri Ra Irish Pub is one of our favorite places to go to whenever we make it to Portland Maine. A great Irish bar, with a great beer selection, if you want to try some of the local Maine brews, there's no better place than Ri Ra.
Ri Ra offers live music on the weekend, a great menu, and plenty of TV's to catch the game on.
Beers are served in their proper glassware. Be sure to order a Baxter Beer so you can try Baxter's cool glass that's shaped like a beer can.
There's lots of options in Portland, but be sure not to skip Ri Ra.
08-17-2012 18:01:58 | More by Larrydoherty
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
Located in an old building in the Old Port, you'd never know that this is a chain. Typical pub. Clean, with adequate seating. Nice bar.
Good rotating Irish brew and local tap selection, and plenty of cans/bottles.
Service was great. Server was actually brought over from Ireland (for atomsphere?), and she was terrific.
Food was great. Big portions. Potato cakes, Guiness stew, and fish and chips were very tasty. Great brunch menu.
Prices are very easy as well. Reasonable for pints and grub. I'd go back.
11-14-2011 14:03:36 | More by OtherShoe2
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
I like Ri-Ra and yes, I know it's a chain ... a small chain. But the Ri-Ra in Portland is just really nice. The beer selection is decent -- Maine craft beers and seasonals as well as the expected Guinness, Smithwicks, Boddie's, Stella, etc. (sometimes Murphy's is on tap, too -- which is what I prefer).
They have Jameson's, Jamesons's 12, Bushmills, Blackbush, Bushmills single malt, Powers and Tullamore Dew as well -- all fine Irish whiskeys and much appreciated.
To me what sets Ri-Ra apart, though is the service. In my experience it has always been outstanding. Every. Single. Time. The bartenders -- no matter who is on, no matter how busy, no matter how quiet -- they are fantastic. Attentive, friendly, and professional. They're among the best I've encountered in any city in North America.
The waitstaff is good, too, in the same way. And the food is pretty darned good. (Try the Sunday brunch upstairs!)
There are three distinct rooms: the rustic country pub, the 2-level Victorian-style pub, and the upstairs dining room. The rustic country pub is my favorite and feels like many country pubs in County Clare. The Victorian pub room looks and feels exactly the the Sliken Thomas pub I visited in Kildare, Ireland and attracts a lovely looking crowd. The upstairs is my least favorite, but it has killer views of Portland Harbor (not really a pub).
I like Ri-Ra a lot. Try it!
04-09-2009 00:05:40 | More by zamboni1
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
Ri-Ra is a chain so don't go thinking this is a real authentic "oirish" pub. There is one in Boston and one in Burlington, VT as well...however none of them have the location this one has...right on Commerical St. and righ on the water in the Old Port in Portland.
Decent food, 1/2 price burger specials on Tuesdays when I used to go. Never had a bad meal there so no complaints on that end.
Beer selection is sort of heavy on the import side...Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks etc...but they do usually have a Shipyard Seasonal, Geary's Pale as well as Allagash White.
This is not a beer bar but a pub that happens to have an ok beer selection.
Go to Trivia Night, that is awesome.
03-21-2009 02:23:38 | More by indiapaleale
Rí Rá Irish Pub in Portland, ME
90 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.