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 experi
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 o
Belfast has experienced an influx of au courant and internationally influenced restaurants, bistros, wine bars, and—as i

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. Custom House Restaurant

    $ | Central District | European

    The food is first-class and the river views are stunning in this convenient city-center restaurant. Signature dishes for dinner, served upstairs...Read More

  • 2. Deanes Restaurant

    $$$ | Central District | European

    For more than 20 years Michael Deane has been the leader of the Belfast culinary pack, and in 2014 he reinvented his flagship operation with...Read More

  • 3. Made in Belfast: Cathedral Quarter

    $ | Cathedral Quarter | Irish

    This self-styled "restolounge" in the happening Cathedral Quarter is one of Belfast's buzziest bistros. Decorated in a giant mishmash of vintage...Read More

  • 4. Ox Restaurant

    $$ | Central District | Irish

    In a city with a plethora of new restaurants jostling for business, the less-is-more Ox has emerged as one of, if not the , best of the lot...Read More

  • 5. 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. A short but...Read More

  • 6. The Great Room

    $$$ | Cathedral Quartert | 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Thompson's Restaurant

    $ | Central District | Irish

    On the banks of the River Foyle, this airy and cool main restaurant of the City Hotel takes its name from the old Thompson's Mill that once...Read More

  • 9. Browns in Town

    $$ | Central District | Irish

    Candles on tables, leather upholstered horseshoe booths with calming cream, and brown timber shades have been attracting the crowds to this...Read More

  • 10. Claudes Cafe

    $ | Central District | Café

    Say nothin' till ye see Claude," was a famous old Derry saying. Claude Wilton, a solicitor and civil rights campaigner representing all classes...Read More

  • 11. Coppi

    $ | Cathedral Quarter | Italian

    The small dishes known as cicchetti , beloved of Venetian bars and a counterpart to tapas, draw the crowds to Coppi, one of the new breed of...Read More

  • 12. Denvir's Coaching Inn

    $ | Irish

    In this wonderfully atmospheric whitewashed coaching inn dating to 1642, exposed oak beams, stone floors, and a large open fireplace testify...Read More

  • 13. Fitzroy's

    $ | Central District | European

    Satisfying, great-value portions of burgers, steaks, fish, and Caesar salads are dinner favorites at this popular city-center brasserie. The...Read More

  • 14. Harry's Shack

    $ | Irish

    A former National Trust information center in Portstewart, 20 minutes from Dunluce, Harry's has repurposed itself as the destination restaurant...Read More

  • 15. James Street South Bar & Grill

    $ | Central District | Irish

    Devotees refer to it as JSS, and locally sourced food comes with a magical weave of flavors in this city-center big hitter. Based in a former...Read More

  • 16. John Long's

    $ | Golden Mile | Irish

    Hearty eaters adore this long-standing institution, which celebrated 100 years of serving fish-and-chips in 2014. The completely basic Athol...Read More

  • 17. 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, oysters...Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. Ramore Restaurants

    $ | Eclectic

    Creative, moderately priced fare, alongside panoramic views in an elegant setting, attract locals and tourists to this popular restaurant and...Read More

  • 20. Red Panda

    $$ | Golden Mile | Chinese

    The set lunch box at £7.50 is a real winner at this long-established central eatery. It's made up of a multicombination dish with starter of...Read More

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