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Ri Ra

€€ - €€€American, Irish,
22 Market Square, Portsmouth, NH 03801
+1 603-319-1680
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good45%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“cottage pie” (12 reviews)
“fish and chips” (23 reviews)
Closes in 18 min
American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
22 Market Square, Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in for a light dinner and found this pub delightful. It's in an old bank building in the historic area of Portsmouth. The food was delicious, and not the typical boiler room type stuff served in so many places. The staff was friendly and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had lunch here with a couple of friends while we traveled through Portsmouth. We were seated quickly but it took a while for someone to take our order (seemed to be confusion between the servers but they saw us and still didn’t check on...More

Thank DanaAU
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely gorgeous renovated bank with soaring stained glass ceilings. Lots of different seating options. Really friendly staff & the service was incredible. Food was delicious and the Guiness was very fresh and served perfectly. Tea service was perfect as well. Great TV's for the World...More

Thank BostonFabulous
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really great Irish pub with a fantasy decor inside ( once was an old bank ). Probably the best "fish & chip" I have ever had. The size of the fish is huge. never have I been served that such a large piece of white...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yes, they know how to pour a Guinness the traditional way, And they always have a good selection of local craft beers on tap too. The building it is in was an old bank and it has a unique ceiling and rotunda, so you get...More

Thank Patrick F
Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

If you are looking for a fabulous, dog friendly, restaurant I highly recommend RI RA in Portsmouth. Fantastic service, great drinks, excellent food, and they gave our pup cookies and his own water dish.

Thank Sara H
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Visited on Mother’s Day at 3pm. Waited over an hour for our food. Then the vegetable crepe I ordered had bits of bacon in it, even though this item was clearly marked vegetarian on the menu. The manager did give us our meal for free,...More

Thank Linda_A_I
Reviewed 8 May 2018

I would actually give Ri Ra 3 1/2 stars if I had the option. It is a decent restaurant and all of my friends love it but I have never really been able to say that I love it. The food is good, my favorite...More

Thank egwanderlust
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Loved the food and atmosphere. There were four of us. We were seated in main area. A little loud, but we could hold good conversations. We left before band played... they were setting up about 4 feet from our table... with amplifiers... would have been...More

Thank Barbara21
Reviewed 1 April 2018

We have not visited Ri Ra since September 2017. This visit we thought the Cottage Pie and Fish and Chips were very good. Waitress staff was very attentive. Renovations have been made, new wall coverings, pictures, etc. Was told that a new Chef took over...More

Thank kenmcg
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Questions & Answers
1 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
1 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, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 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 Square, Portsmouth, NH 03801
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-319-1680
  • E-mail
THE OLDEST BANK BUILDING IN THE USA 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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