Fodor's Expert Review Deanes Restaurant

$$$ Central District European Fodor's Choice

For 25 years, Michael Deane has been the leader of the Belfast culinary pack, and his flagship operation has three distinct restaurants in one building. The Meat Locker is a beef-driven grill room and steak house; Eipic is an upscale, one–Michelin star restaurant and opulent champagne bar serving a variety of multicourse menus; and Love Fish is a less formal seafood restaurant with a Hamptons vibe. The Meat Locker is inspired by London's Hawksmoor steak-house chain. Menus come on meat hooks, while a "salt wall" is used for dry aging locally sourced beef. In the extension is the Eipic (Wednesday to Saturday evenings, lunch Friday), a classy round-table, 30-seater restaurant and champagne bar serving a variety of multicourse menus featuring venison, quail, or halibut; lunch costs either £30 or £45, and dinner £70. Running beside these two eateries, in an elongated conservatory, is the seafood restaurant Love Fish. A bright atmosphere with Brentwood steel chairs and local artwork dominate here. Lunchtime staples include fish-and-chips, roll-mop herrings on toast with chips, smoked mackerel salad or an open prawn sandwich, with main courses starting from £6.50. The Deanes empire also includes Deanes Deli Vin Café in Bedford Street, Deanes at Queens in the university area, and Deane and Decano on the Lisburn Road (check website for details).

European Service Lunch Dinner $$$ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

28–40 Howard St.
Belfast, Co. Down  BT1 6PF, Northern Ireland


Known For:
  • Locally sourced beef at the Meat Locker
  • Elegant food at Eipic
  • Great value seafood at Love Fish
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Eipic closed Sun.–Tues.; Meat Locker and Love Fish closed Sun. and Mon.

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