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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Northern Ireland

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Northern Ireland? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Great Room Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (853)
£41 and over
Modern European
Belfast
About the restaurant
The Great Room Restaurant is undoubtedly one of Northern Ireland’s most extraordinary restaurants. Thanks to the remarkable original Victorian interior with its glass cupola, Ireland’s largest chandelier an array of plasterwork detailing, the space is second to none. Needless to say our chefs search tirelessly to bring the finest seasonal ingredients together in eloquent dishes in thoughtfully prepared menus, just one of the reasons The Great Room Restaurant was awarded 2 AA Rosettes. All this is complemented by expert service and a wine list to which all the superlatives apply!
Mid- week lunch is served Monday to Friday from 12.00 to 14.15

To book our iconic Afternoon Tea, please search for Afternoon Tea at The Merchant Hotel.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
The food was delicious. We felt like we were a little pushed to order a side dish while we had told we were fine with the meal we ordered. The gentleman brought a side dish and then asked if we had ordered. Also, I had to ask for a spoon so I could finish my dish that had sauce in it. The same gentleman commented that people felt offended if he asked they needed a spoon!!! Strange to us!
A photo of Berts Jazz Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (955)
£26 to £40
Bistro
Belfast
About the restaurant
Berts Jazz Bar encapsulates the sleek elegance of the art deco era, complimented by the very best in live jazz, fabulous cocktails and mouth-watering food.

Transport yourself back to the Art Deco glamour of 1930’s New York and the Jazz Age in Belfast’s only dedicated Jazz bar and restaurant: Berts Bar at The Merchant Hotel. Soak up the sophisticated atmosphere and let the cool jazz melodies wash over you. A handpicked list of cocktails completes the extensive drinks selection. A French bistro style menu is complemented by an extensive wine list and, of course, exemplary service. Berts offers live jazz seven nights a week.

All table reservations are for dining purposes only, unfortunately we do not take drinks only bookings.

Please Note Live Jazz Performances for Friday & Saturday evenings are from 9pm-12pm

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent venue! Great food and great atmosphere.
A photo of Tetto restaurant
4.5
4.5 (282)
£26 to £40
Italian
Belfast
About the restaurant
Tetto is a bright, modern, design-led rooftop restaurant, bar and garden located on the top floor of Bullitt Hotel. Showcasing fresh local seafood with an Italian accent alongside Neapolitan style pizza and imaginative aperitivo inspired cocktails. Enjoy carefully curated playlists and residents DJs every Friday and Saturday night.

Tetto is located on the fourth floor of Bullitt hotel and can be accessed through the main hotel lobby or via Ann Street.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Lovely staff. Even had amazing gluten free options too!
A photo of Blank restaurant
4.7
4.7 (21)
£41 and over
Farm-to-table
Belfast
About the restaurant
We are proud to be a part of Michelin selection. When choosing Blank, you are choosing to embark on a dining experience. You are very much leaving all the choices to us albeit with advance notice, we can cater for vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian and pregnancy diets.

Blank is about more than just a menu; it is about celebrating exceptional produce and people behind it. We work with suppliers, farmers, and growers, big and small, from all provinces of Ireland and we’ve made a promise that our menus will only use produce from this island, unless, in exceptional circumstances it is fundamental to the dish and is not produced here.

We aim to provide the highest level of service but without the pretence. We want you to have fun, and we want to make it personal. Our wine pairing reflects our love for exceptional wine, we put a lot of time and effort into picking wines that don’t only compliment the dishes but complete them with the flavour profile.

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
An outstanding meal with professional, attentive and courteous staff. The food was delicious with quality ingredients, presentation and thought into each course. The best fine dining restaurant in Ireland. It is such a shame Blank are having to rebrand but I have no doubt the bistro restaurant will be of the same standard. Blank you will be sorely missed.
A photo of Bank Square Brasserie restaurant
4.8
4.8 (302)
£25 and under
International
Belfast
About the restaurant
Bank Square Brasserie is a place where you can appreciate high quality food and service in a casual atmosphere. Anchored in the city centre of Belfast we celebrate local produces and resources to provide a unique experience, from our drinks list to the flavours on the plate.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great choice of all courses, food a very high standard of quality
A photo of Afternoon Tea at The Merchant Hotel restaurant
4.4
4.4 (372)
£41 and over
Afternoon Tea
Belfast
About the restaurant
Enjoy our traditional afternoon tea in the elegance of The Great Room whilst being entertained by live music. Our three tiered silverstand boasts finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam and a delicious selection of cakes, pastries and sweet treats. This will be accompanied by your choice of tea or coffee.

Please note, we require 24 hours' notice for our vegetarian, vegan, gluten or nut allergen Afternoon Tea or any other special dietary requirements. Please make a note when booking online or inform us directly and we will be happy to accommodate you.

Top review
OliverC
Dined 5 days ago
It won't ever be the best value afternoon tea, but the quality one gets from the Merchant is phenomenal. For those who like their tea, you get massive teapots containing at least 4 cups, and you can change teas as you wish! All the foodstuffs were fantastic (we had the Indian Odyssey menu). Also: worth mentioning that the Great Room is a fantastic sight - the perfect place for a very high-class tea and scones!
A photo of Taylor and Clay restaurant
4.6
4.6 (850)
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
Belfast
About the restaurant
Bullitt hotel's award-winning restaurant Taylor & Clay Grill, boasts an open kitchen built around an incredible bespoke Asador wood-fired grill. Head chef Saul O’Reilly’s talented team cook the best local meat, fresh seafood and vegetables over roaring flames using charcoal and ash wood sourced from sustainable local forests.

Why not enjoy after-dinner drinks in the lobby or move upstairs for cocktails and city views in Babel, the hotel's incredible rooftop bar and garden.

Top review
DebG
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
FAB! Best meal in a longtime - service & food excellent thank you
A photo of FireStone Teppanyaki restaurant
4.5
4.5 (198)
£26 to £40
Japanese
Belfast
About the restaurant
Everything about FireStone defies the ordinary, from our displays of roaring fire teppanyaki performance exhibited by our master chefs to mouth watering freshly prepared sushi using the finest local produce and ingredients and so much more. We are open for Lunch and dinner throughout the week with a special lunch menu available.

FireStone offers a delicious menu in a unique atmosphere for guests. Sit back and relax with a cocktail or two and enjoy the service.

Teppanyaki is a shared experience & our tables are made to share with other diners! At the end of the night you may have found some new friends! Our Teppanyaki experience is 90mins per booking & would appreciate customers being on time for their booked slot. For all Teppanyaki bookings, please call the restaurant directly to confirm availability as spaces are limited.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Incredible experience! Food was amazing, Teppanyaki show was incredible, and staff were great!
A photo of 3Cs Social Club restaurant
4.7
4.7 (320)
£25 and under
European
Belfast
About the restaurant
Winners of the NI hospitality awards 2 years in a row🏆🏆

**ANY PARTYS OVER 4 CONTACT RESTAURANT DIRECTLY OR THROUGH OUR FACEBOOK**

Belfast city centre newest restaurant @ the 3c's here to serve everyone with food of the highest quality at the lowest price, and offers that makes all other establishments blush. Cheapest pints in Belfast city centre (if not Belfast), best offers anywhere. 3 bottles of WKD, Smirnoff ice, Coors, Bud, Corona, Peroni only £8.00 pints from £3.90. Why not sit outside in our new beer garden that sits 150 people and let us look after you hand and foot. cocktails, beers, great staff you will not be disappointed. Belfast's best kept secret has been let out.

Top review
Angela
Dined 2 days ago
Food was beautiful and cocktails were amazing, service was outstanding too. All for a very reasonable price, will definitely be back again and again.
A photo of Afternoon Tea at The Titanic Hotel Belfast restaurant
4.6
4.6 (267)
£26 to £40
Afternoon Tea
Belfast
About the restaurant
Immerse yourself in the Golden Age of Hospitality and indulge in a sumptuous Afternoon Tea at Titanic Hotel Belfast. Served in elegant surroundings, our Afternoon Tea is prepared by the same expert team and from the same kitchen as The Wolff Grill.

Let us serve you dainty and soft sandwiches filled with delicious delicacies, freshly baked steaming scones and sweet flaky pastries, all on our best china, and of course tea in a much-loved pot. Experience the epitome of sophistication with our Afternoon Tea at Titanic Hotel Belfast.

Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free menu available on request.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Really enjoyed the afternoon tea. The selection of foods is great. The service by lassie who did all on her own was excellent and she was so friendly and nothing was to much trouble making it all a lovely experience.
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