Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Belfast
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Belfast restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 68 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
1. Ox Irish restaurant in Belfast 1 Oxford St - BT1
“The heavenly tasting menu is the way to go” at chef Stephen Toman’s understated riverside operation, which focuses on seasonal food, and which in March 2019 the Irish Times hailed as the best on the island of Ireland. The adjacent Ox Cave is also “a thoroughly genuine wine bar”, combining “excellent charcuterie and cheeses and a full selection of wine by the glass”.
2. House of Zen restaurant in Belfast 3 St Anne's Sq - BT1
Cocooned in the Heart of the Cathedral Quarter is the newest addition to the Zen Restaurant Group, the Cool and Elegant House of Zen.Now open since April 2012, The House of Zen blends a little bit of The Orient into the Traditional cobbled streets and cosy bars of the C...
3. The Muddlers Club British, Modern restaurant in Belfast 1 Warehouse Lane - BT1
“Amazing food” and “prestige wines” are “delivered with a bit of ‘craic’” at former Ox chef Gareth McCaughey’s increasingly well-known open-kitchen venue in the Cathedral Quarter, named after a revolutionary secret society in the 1790s, which is celebrating its fifth year of operation this year. “The surprise tasting menu always feels like a real treat” and delivers “outstanding” results.
4. Edo Spanish restaurant in Belfast 3 Capital House, Unit 2 Upper Queen Street - BT1
A “bustling” operation from Johnny Elliott, who learnt the ropes with Gordon Ramsay and Gary Rhodes, before setting up on his own in the city-centre two years back; choose between “brilliant tapas” or meaty dishes cooked on the rare Bertha oven, which uses apple and pear wood for a smoky flavour.
5. James Street French restaurant in Belfast 19-21 James Street South - BT2
Solidly good marks this year for Niall and Joanne McKenna’s “understated and classy” venue, which last year incorporated its neighbouring ‘bar and grill’ and fine dining operations into a single more brasserie-style set-up, complete with cocktail bar: many of the dishes, including steaks, come from the charcoal grill.
6. Mourne Seafood Bar Fish & seafood restaurant in Belfast 34 - 36 Bank Street - BT1
“Good fish in down-to-earth surroundings” has won renown for this simple haunt (which has an offshoot in Dundrum) serving its own shellfish direct from the owners’ beds.
7. Howard Street British, Modern restaurant in Belfast 56 Howard Street - BT1
Marty Murphy’s well-liked, industrially styled brasserie (est 2013, and recently revamped, adding to its appeal) may not gain any particular raves, but is a decidedly “decent” spot by all accounts – and, even on a “very busy Saturday night, it still produces good solid cooking”.
8. Five Guys Belfast Burgers, etc restaurant in Belfast Victoria Square Shopping Centre, 1 Victoria Square - BT1
“When all you want is an old-school burger”, these US-based arrivals of recent years really “hit the spot” – you can “build your own”, with “tons of accessories”; plus “seriously addictive fries”, “thick milkshakes”, and “more soda flavours than is reasonable”. “The eat-in experience is as depressing as McDonald’s”, though, in fact perhaps more so – “some branches have a strangely gloomy ambience” – but fans feel that “if you don’t mind 1980s-rock, a trip can still be surprisingly fun”.
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