The Best Restaurants in Belfast

The Best Restaurants in Belfast

Belfast has become one of the most exciting foodie destinations in the UK over recent years and now include 3 Michelin Star Restaurants. This Gastronomer guide to The Best Restaurants in Belfast features thirteen of the best places to eat you’ll find in this vibrant city.

From fine dining at stunning hotel restaurants to neighborhood classics there’s plenty of great restaurants to choose from across Belfast. Menus range from innovative contemporary cuisine, to home style comfort food – there’s really something for everyone.

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Deanes EIPIC Restaurant

 

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This modern European restaurant has an impressive track record having been awarded a Michelin Star each of the four years since it opened. Head chef Alex Greene has worked in multiple Michelin Starred establishments and has been delivering great dishes using the freshest and most seasonal produce at Deanes EIPIC for the past two years.

They have lunch and dinner menus designed by Alex Greene using predominantly local produce, with wine handpicked by their experienced and passionate sommelier Didier Nyeceront, to pair with the food.

OX Restaurant

 

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Belfast born Stephen and Brittany met in Paris and worked at various influential and inspirational restaurants across the city, including the 3-star Taillevent, before returning home to put all their ideas into practice at their own relaxed riverside OX restaurant and gain a Michelin Star of their own.

Opened in 2013 at a prime spot overlooking the River Lagan, OX is committed to working with local suppliers and designing menus around the best available seasonal produce, with a relaxed fine dining experience, attentive service and a carefully compiled drinks list featuring local microbreweries and some great wines.

EDŌ

 

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EDŌ is a modern Spanish tapas restaurant in the heart of Belfast City Centre featured in the Michelin guide with a Michelin Plate award. With a menu featuring an extensive variety of tapas dishes taking influence from the best ingredients and cooking techniques from across Europe, whilst also using the top local, regional and seasonal produce of Northern Ireland.

EDŌ offers casual, relaxed dining with a flexible, sharing-themed menu, matched with carefully curated wine list and cocktails. There’s an open kitchen to enjoy the buzz and theatre of service, whilst getting served by the chefs themselves or the vibrant atmosphere of the main contemporary restaurant setting.

The Muddlers Club

 

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Named after the secret society that met there over 200 years ago, The Muddlers Club is hidden away in an alleyway in the historic back streets of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.  Head chef and owner Gareth McCaughey changes the menus throughout the year focusing on the best home-grown ingredients.

Despite receiving it’s first Michelin star in 2019 and retaining it in 2020, the atmosphere remains relaxed and the open kitchen allows diners to watch the performance in front of them – a feast for the eyes and the stomach!

Deanes at Queens

 

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Recently refurbished Deanes at Queens Restaurant, Bar and Grill has a fabulous position in the vibrant University quarter of Belfast, overlooking the Methodist College and adjacent to the Botanic Gardens.

The fully licensed bar also offers bar food throughout the day, and the Michelin Bib Gourmand, 2 AA Rosette restaurant serves a menu from head chef Chris Fearon, of Great British Menu fame.

Home Restaurant

 

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Started as a pop-up restaurant for three months, Home was such a hit the pop-up lasted a year and then took up a permanent residence in its current location of Belfast’s Wellington Place near the magnificent City Hall.

With New York style high ceilings, chalkboard menus, dark wooden floors, up-cycled interior items and local artists’ works available for purchase, the atmosphere is…well, a bit like home. The Michelin Bib Gourmand menu has plenty of choice including healthy dishes using grains and pulses, a large veggie and vegan menu, gluten free options, a wide selection of fresh fish and shellfish brought in from the local ports around Northern Ireland alongside everyday staples of like the pulled pork sandwich and ribeye steak with chips.

The Best Restaurants in Belfast!

The Fitzwilliam Restaurant

 

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Within the five star hotel of the same name the AA Rosette award winning Fitzwilliam restaurant is overseen by Executive Head Chef, Dean Butler. His style as classical but modern, and is committed to sourcing quality produce from the top suppliers in Northern Ireland.

Along with fine dining in chic, elegant surroundings, there’s also the option of private dining with well thought-out menus featuring the likes of hake, duck and halibut.

The Great Room Restaurant

 

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If you’re looking for fine dining in stunning surroundings, The Great Room Restaurant in Belfast’s Merchant Hotel is hard to beat. The original Victorian interior with its glass cupola (Ireland’s largest chandelier) is a great match for the 2 AA Rosette food.

There’s a choice of an a la Carte menu or a six-course tasting menu, with a vegetarian option available for both, complemented by great service and with or without matched wines.

James St.

 

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Owned by Niall Mckenna since 2003, James St. has been offering locals and tourists amazing dining experience in the city centre. It consists of a restaurant, bar and grill. Their classic dishes include crab and chilli linguine, Dundrum crab on toast, farmhouse terrine.

Their grill offers prime cuts from Northern Ireland and their bar has a large bar area alongside with an extensive list of whisky, wines, spirits, locally produced beers, ciders and gins. You can have dinner and continue the party without having to move far.

The Seahorse Restaurant

 

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Within The Grand Central Hotel in the centre of Belfast, The Seahorse Restaurant has an AA Rosette winning menu and makes a great destination for a special celebration. Start with a cocktail in the stunning bar area, then move onto dinner with dishes like Roasted Minkfish or Herb Crusted Rack of Mourne Lamb.

The Seahorse also offers afternoon tea, with either tea or the ‘bubbles’ option – a choice of Champagne or Prosecco.

Shu Restaurant

 

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Set in an elegant Victorian terrace on Lisburn Road, Shu is a well-established neighbourhood restaurant with a contemporary style and a lively, vibrant atmosphere. The choice of menus is always guided by the seasons with dishes combining British and French influences.

Shu consists of a basement cocktail bar, the main ground floor restaurant with a theatre-style kitchen, and a private dining room on the first floor. It currently holds 2 AA Rosettes, a Michelin Plate award and won the Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland at the National Restaurant Awards in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

SAPHYRE Restaurant

 

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Recommended in the Michelin Guide with a Michelin Plate award, SAPHYRE restaurant in Belfast is a fabulous hidden gem set within a converted Church on the Lisburn Road.

The menus include an a la Carte, Vegetarian & Tasting with the Chef’s seven course tasting menu being the highlight. All the dishes are packed with seasonal ingredients sourced from carefully selected local suppliers with an extensive wine list that complements the food perfectly.

Fish City

 

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Everything you could want from a traditional fish and chip shop and more – Fish City Belfast is a multi-award winning chippy, but also a seafood restaurant that has been recognised for both the quality of its cooking and the sustainability of its ingredients since opening in 2013.

Whether nipping in for a takeaway or sitting down in the restaurant, which came in the top 5 of the national Seafood Restaurant of the Year Competition in 2019, you’re in for a treat!

We hope this guide to the Best Restaurants in Belfast has had your mouth watering and maybe even lead to a Gourmet trip of your own. There’s lots more where that came from with nearly 300 Foodie places to stay across the UK, including Northern Ireland in the Gastronomer directory. So for the latest Foodie articles, offers and places to stay, please keep checking back, follow us on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter and sign up to our email newsletter.