Best Restaurants in Belfast

Northern Ireland’s capital is steeped in wonderful culture and history and is an ideal place to visit for a weekend getaway. But recently Belfast has also seen a bit of a renaissance when it comes to its food and restaurant scene meaning that you won’t be short of places to eat whilst you’re visiting. From ground-breaking fine dining, to cosy Irish bistros and seafood fresh from the Belfast harbour, there is high-level cookery on show in all quarters of the city. To help you pick from all these amazing offerings, we’ve written this handy guide of the Best Restaurants in Belfast so that you don’t miss out on the best places.

Updated on 15 January 2020

Whether it’s London, Edinburgh or somewhere further afield, there’s something about capital cities which draws in loads of chefs, restaurants and foodies alike meaning that the level of cooking is constantly getting better and better. This also means that whenever you’re visiting a capital you are never short of places to grab lunch or dinner in between whatever activities or sightseeing you have planned.

This is certainly the case with the beautiful city of Belfast, with eateries on every corner. Be warned though, visiting the best food spots in Belfast requires a bit of pre-planning, with many of the top restaurants proving extremely popular and therefore booking up early. In this area though there’s no need to worry as we’ve carefully put together the below guide of our best restaurants in Belfast meaning that you can get planning in plenty of time.

Whether it’s a top Michelin starred establishment, a cute independent bistro or something completely different and quirky that you’re looking for, you can be sure that we have got you covered in our guide; so by the time you leave Belfast you will leave feeling like you’ve tried some of the best food that the Northern Irish capital has to offer.

The Barking Dog

The Barking Dog

33-35 Malone Road, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT9 6RU

This cosy little restaurant has the perk of an Astroturf surface out front where you can sit during the warmer months to enjoy their homely menu which changes depending on the season and availability of produce.
Under £30
Irish
Gastropub
Hadskis

Hadskis

Hadskis 33 Donegall Street, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT1 2NB

Niall McKenna’s Hadskis serves beautifully grilled meat and fish dishes all day long in a relaxed setting. The dishes are all really affordable and can be washed down with a Belfast beer or a glass of wine.
£50 - £79
The Ginger Bistro

The Ginger Bistro

68/72 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT2 7AF

Since opening, The Ginger Bistro has been much-lauded for its high-level of cooking and use of locally sourced ingredients. The relaxed atmosphere and fun décor make it a brilliant place to visit with friends and family.
£30 - £49
Modern European
British
Holohan

Holohan's At The Barge

1 Lanyon Quay, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT1 3LG

If you’re wanting to try somewhere a bit more unusual, this could be the perfect spot. Holohan’s at the Barge is located on a moored boat on the edge of the river and serves authentic Irish food.
£30 - £49
British
Irish
EIPIC

EIPIC

28-40 Howard Street, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT1 6PF

Regarded by many as offering the finest food in Belfast, Michael Deane’s Michelin starred restaurant is still thriving under head chef Alex Greene, serving a variety of different tasting menus focused around local, seasonal produce.
£50 - £79
Modern European
One Michelin star
The Muddlers Club

The Muddlers Club

1 Warehouse Lane, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT1 2DX

Winning its first Michelin star in the 2020 guide, The Muddlers Club is definitely one of the hottest restaurants in Belfast right now. Tucked away in the Cathedral Quarter, it serves brilliant locally sourced Irish food.
£50 - £79
British
Irish
One Michelin star
Il Pirata

Il Pirata

279-281 Upper Newtownards Road, Balyhackamore, Belfast, Counlty Antrim, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT4 3JF

This chic modern restaurant serves crowd-pleasing rustic Italian food on the outskirts of Belfast. Expect pizzas, pasta, cicchetti and more, with a brilliant selection of wine and cocktails to go alongside your food.
£30 - £49
Coppi

Coppi

Unit 2 Saint Anne's Square, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT1 2LR

Coppi is a very affordable, contemporary Venetian restaurant serving cicchetti and various other small dishes alongside some larger dishes and of course pizza. It’s a great option if you want some great quality food on a budget.
£50 - £79
Mediterranean
Italian
Shu Restaurant

Shu Restaurant

253 Lisburn Road, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT9 7EN

Based in a beautiful white-washed terrace on Lisburn Road, Shu’s broad menu is largely European-inspired and can be enjoyed in the bright, modern-furnished dining room. In the basement hides a cocktail bar for after your meal.
Modern European
James St.

James St.

19-21 James Street South, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT2 7GA

James St is the lovely result of two former restaurants (James St South & James St Bar & Grill) coming together. Serving classic bistro dishes, some of which are cooked over charcoal, the food is top notch.
£50 - £79
Modern European
British
EDO

EDO

3 Capital House, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT1 6FB

This stylish, modern restaurant serves a European tapas-style menu with most dishes designed to be shared. They also however have a charcoal grill which they cook their steaks over to give them a perfect level of charring.
£30 - £49
Modern European
Tapas
OX Belfast

OX Belfast

1 Oxford Street, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT1 3LA

Stephen Toman’s Michelin starred kitchen serves creative modern British dishes using top quality seasonal produce. The bright, spacious dining room is the perfect place to enjoy the six course tasting menu which is on offer.
£50 - £79
Modern European
British
Irish
One Michelin star
Mourne Seafood Bar

Mourne Seafood Bar

34-36 Bank Street, Belfast, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT1 1HL

If you’re looking for fantastic fresh seafood in Belfast then look no further than Mourne Seafood Bar. Having been open since 2008, Mourne serves top quality fish dishes in a relaxed rustic setting.
£30 - £49
Fish
Deanes at Queens

Deanes at Queens

1 College Gardens, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT9 6BQ

One of Michael Deane’s many brilliant eateries in the capital, Deanes at Queens serves hearty British food in the leafy university quarter of the city. You can also sit outside during the summer.
£30 - £49
Modern European
British
Irish
Coco

Coco

7-11 Linenhall Street, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT2 8AA

This smart restaurant with eccentric pieces of modern art filling up the walls serves luxurious food near City Halls. For couples they serve a good value £60 date night menu which includes three courses and a bottle of wine.
£30 - £49
Modern European
British
Home Restaurant

Home Restaurant

22 Wellington Place, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT1 6GE

Home is a relaxed all-day restaurant serving reasonably priced modern European dishes. With a huge number of menus to pick from including plenty of vegan options, everyone will be able to find something they like here.
£30 - £49
Pan-Asian
Modern European
International
Molly

Molly's Yard

1 College Green Mews, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT7 1LW

The charming courtyard setting of Molly's Yard, which is housed in a converted Victorian stable, is the perfect place to enjoy their small but well-cooked menu of classic British dishes, alongside their long list of beers.
£30 - £49
Modern European
Irish

Can't make the trip over but want to try some proper Irish cooking over here? Check out our roundup of the Best Irish Chefs in London.