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Ri Ra

) #32 of 141 Restaurants in Portsmouth $$ - $$$ American, Irish,
22 Market Sq, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4008
+1 603-319-1680
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good45%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
22 Market Sq, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4008
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Expected more dog-friendly places in Portsmouth. Glad we stopped here. Good choice of beers, good apps. Just what we needed after walking around downtown.

1  Thank Dave Y
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped for lunch on a Sunday as we were traveling through on our way to Bar Harbor. We sat inside - there were picnic benches outside and seating inside. Glad we went inside as there were Irish musicians playing who were quite good. The building...More

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This Irish Pub is in a restored bank building. The menu was discriptive promising a wealth of flavor. The food didn't deliver. Nice location and love music.

Thank CaliTraveler23
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ambiance is the best. Great little pub and live Irish music! It is loud. I had the fresh cut fries with curry sauce. Defiantly get the sauce, it was amazing! I like to try "authentic" food so ordered the Pork Ends (served in a...More

Thank Stephanie B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ri Ra used to be a no brainer. Good food, great beer, cheerful service. We went on a weekday: two other parties in the place; three servers. Should have been seated right away but waited. First server was pleasant enough. Second server was cheerful and...More

Thank rmanonym1971
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Really like drinking beers in unusual buildings - and this was fabulous. The building was an old bank and they have designed the bar around it. The safes are still there and open for you to look into. The stained glass cupola is wonderful. What...More

Thank Honisoiquimalypense
Reviewed 26 May 2017

We stopped in on a rainy Thursday for an early dinner. We got a nice table in a large window overlooking Market Square. Between the weather and the hour, we had the dining room almost to ourselves. The menu is not extensive, but has nice...More

Thank Eeepee98
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Four of us had lunch at Ri Ra today. It has a great pub atmosphere in an old bank building. It is possible to eat in the bank vault! There is also outside seating. The menu isn't huge, but has a nice variety of items....More

Thank JackofPBFL
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Place was fairly empty on a Friday after the lunch rush. Over 45 minutes to get a simple burger. Staff was pleasant but that didn't make the food come faster. Can not imagine what the wait would be like if it was busy. Spicy Maple...More

Thank pikster
Reviewed 28 April 2017

On a rainy weekday, Ri Ra seemed like the obvious choice for a cozy lunch in Portsmouth! Cecelia was our server and she was a sweetheart ~ very attentive and outgoing. My friend and I each got the same thing ~ fish and chips (which...More

Thank Alyce M
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2 July 2016|
Response from RevJohnK | Reviewed this property |
I'm doubtful the menu was limited .. I think you need to go to somewhere like surf for the oysters
2 July 2016|
Response from 188644Joe | Reviewed this property |
I dont but the Resto might ;)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
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11:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Market Sq, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4008
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-319-1680
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The two separate bank buildings of 22 and 26 Market Square, actually started as one building called The New Hampshire Bank, back in 1803, making it the oldest bank building in The United States. The New Hampshire Bank occupied the site since 1782, but the current building was constructed in 1803. In 1869, the building was divided with the Portsmouth Savings Bank taking the north half and The First National Bank occupying the south half of the building. When the Portsmouth Savings Bank needed to expand in 1903, it did so by incorporating a saloon to its north into the building. When the Bank opened in 1904, incorporating the neighboring saloon, it did so with a newly constructed huge glass dome depicting the Great Seal of New Hampshire; this remains the focal point for when Rí Rá opened its doors in March 2009. In 1977 the building(s) were admitted to the National Register of Historic Places
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