Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Belfast
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Belfast restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 67 restaurants in Belfast and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Belfast restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Belfast Restaurants
. James Street South
French restaurant in Belfast
21 James Street South - BT2
“A contemporary twist to some great Irish classics” keeps Niall McKenna’s well-established destination (celebrating 15 years this year) at the forefront of the local dining scene. There’s an à la carte menu, but fans recommend the “divine tasting menu” which provides a four-course and five-course option.
. Mourne Seafood Bar
Fish & seafood restaurant in Belfast
34 - 36 Bank Street - BT1
The changing blackboard menu of fish dishes including shellfish sourced from the owners’ own beds, plus “great service and a lovely atmosphere” ensure the ongoing popularity of this local landmark, situated in boozer-like premises (also hosting a fishmonger’s and cookery school). “So good we went twice in the same weekend!”
restaurant in Belfast
135 Lisburn Road - BT9
“Renowned and inventive chef Joery Castel, who moved recently from the multi-award-winning Boathouse in Bangor” has set up Belfast’s most “luxurious” new eatery, in a “beautiful old church” plushly converted by celeb designer Kris Turnbull. Enter through an interior design shop and be rewarded with “wonderful food, including a not-too-expensive tasting menu”.
. Molly’s Yard
Irish restaurant in Belfast
1 College Green Mews, Botanic Ave - BT7
“Small but with big ambitions” – this “tiny but amazing” courtyard eatery in converted Victorian stables turns “good locally-sourced produce into solid, tasty cooking” (“goat’s cheese pannacotta anyone?)”.
International restaurant in Belfast
Commercial Ct - BT1
A chic Cathedral Quarter two-year-old, set in a former 1760s iron foundry, from James Street South luminary Niall McKenna; the set lunch includes some “great culinary delights”, and is a bit of a steal.
. Five Guys Belfast
Burgers, etc restaurant in Belfast
Victoria Square Shopping Centre, 1 Victoria Square - BT1
“A guilty pleasure” that’s “a real step up in fast food” (“no table service”) – this US-based chain may look “Spartan”, but serves “the juiciest, most delicious burgers” (“it must be the peanut oil they fry them in”), alongside “yummy fries in huge portions” and “top shakes”. Also, “it’s ideal for fussy people as you build your own (with multiple free topping choices)”. “Sure, it’s expensive, but leagues ahead of McDonald’s and Burger King; but with none of the pretence of Byron”.
. Jean-Christophe Novelli at City Quays
French restaurant in Belfast
21 Clarendon Road - BT1
Celebrity chef JC Novelli brings his name to the restaurant at Belfast City Quay’s new £25 million Marriott Hotel, planned for April 2018. The site will feature double-height windows with views across the Lagan and a French-style brasserie menu.
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