Northern Ireland Restaurants

Belfast has experienced an influx of au courant and internationally influenced restaurants, bistros, wine bars, and—as in Dublin—European-style café-bars where you can get good food most of the day and linger over a drink. Local produce and seasonal creativity are the order of the day with top-quality fresh local meat and experimental chefs constantly trying out new ideas. Traditional dishes, of course, still dominate some menus and include Guinness-and-beef pie; steak, chicken and pork; champ (creamy, buttery mashed potatoes with scallions); oysters from Strangford Lough; Ardglass herring; mussels from Dundrum; and smoked salmon from Glenarm. By the standards of the United States, or even the rest of the United Kingdom, restaurant prices can be surprisingly moderate. A service charge of 10% may be added to the bill; it's customary to pay this, unless the service was bad.

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  • 1. Deanes Restaurant

    $$$ | Central District | European

    For 25 years Michael Deane has been the leader of the Belfast culinary pack, and his flagship operation has three distinct restaurants in one...Read More

  • 2. Made in Belfast: Cathedral Quarter

    $$ | Cathedral Quarter | Irish

    This self-styled "restolounge" in the happening Cathedral Quarter is one of Belfast's buzziest bistros and is especially popular with weekend...Read More

  • 3. Ox Restaurant

    $$$ | Central District | Irish

    You’d be hard-pressed to eat this well, for so little money, in such relaxed surroundings anywhere else in Northern Ireland or indeed the whole...Read More

  • 4. The Ginger Bistro

    $$ | Golden Mile | Irish

    Modern Irish classics with an international twist attract the foodie crowd to this cheerful bistro just off Great Victoria Street, which was...Read More

  • 5. The Great Room

    $$$$ | Cathedral Quarter | European

    Inside the lavish Merchant Hotel, beneath the grand dome of this former bank's great hall and Ireland's biggest chandelier, find the perfect...Read More

  • 6. The Morning Star

    $ | Central District | Irish

    Halfway down a narrow lane is the 19th-century Morning Star, one of the city's most historic pubs, first built as a coaching stop for the Belfast...Read More

  • 7. Café Parisien

    $$ | Central District | French

    Taking its name from the eponymous first-class café on RMS Titanic, Café Parisien divides itself into a downstairs creprerie and a stylish...Read More

  • 8. Coppi

    $$ | Cathedral Quarter | Italian

    The small dishes known as cicchetti, beloved of Venetian bars and a counterpart to tapas, draw the crowds to Coppi in the ever-popular Cathedral...Read More

  • 9. Established Coffee

    $ | Cathedral Quarter | Irish

    In a world of behemoth coffee chains it is heart-warming to find an independent store creating a funky vibe serving freshly ground beans from...Read More

  • 10. James Street & Co.

    $$ | Central District | Irish

    The mainstay of this classy city-center big hitter with an epic reputation is County Tyrone sirloin, rib-eye, or beef fillet steaks as well...Read More

  • 11. John Long's

    $ | Golden Mile | Irish

    Hearty eaters adore this long-standing institution, which has served fish-and-chips for more than 100 years, and now serves wine and local beers...Read More

  • 12. Mourne Seafood Bar

    $$ | Central District | Seafood

    Connoisseurs of fresh fish and shellfish love Mourne Seafood, hidden down a side street and established as a firm favorite. Mussels are from...Read More

  • 13. Neill's Hill Cafe & Brasserie

    $ | East Belfast | European

    Named after a long-forgotten railway station in East Belfast, this casual brasserie has established itself as a calming spot in buzzy Ballyhackamore...Read More

  • 14. Nu Delhi

    $$ | Golden Mile | Indian

    Decorated with candlelit tables, redbrick walls, and vibrant artwork featuring Bollywood actresses, the loft-like 100-seater Indian restaurant...Read More

  • 15. Ora Wine and Tapas

    $$ | Central District | Spanish

    Living up to its Maori name–-Ora means "life"–-this airy tapas restaurant specializes in hot and cold small plates such as crab claws, Manchego...Read More

  • 16. Red Panda

    $$ | Golden Mile | Chinese

    The £9.90 two-course lunch on Thursday and Friday is an exceptional value at this long-established central eatery. It includes a starter of...Read More

  • 17. The Muddlers Club

    $$ | Cathedral Quarter | Irish

    Though its name is derived from a revolutionary secret society that met here 200 years ago, there is nothing exactly covert about the Muddlers...Read More

  • 18. The Northern Whig

    $ | Central District | European

    Housed in an elegant former newspaper building in Belfast's historic Cathedral Quarter, the Northern Whig is spacious and stylish. From Thursday...Read More

  • 19. Wolf and Whistle Restaurant

    $ | West Belfast | Irish

    Beside Casement Park—home ground of the Antrim Gaelic Athletic Club—this popular restaurant is just the place to catch your breath after taking...Read More

  • 20. Yard Bird

    $$ | Cathedral Quarter | British

    The humble chicken is the raison d'être of Yard Bird, on the site of a linen warehouse built in the 1750s. Start your visit with an aperitif...Read More

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