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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Northern Ireland

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine 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 Bank Square Brasserie restaurant
4.8
4.8 (288)
£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
Jimbo
Dined 2 days ago
The service was excellent, the menu choices are great. There was 4 of us, we shared 2 starters and each had a main from the £12 lunch menu, 3 desserts, wine and coffees, all was delicious and a reasonable price for city centre.
A photo of Afternoon Tea at The Fitzwilliam Hotel restaurant
4.5
4.5 (217)
£26 to £40
Afternoon Tea
Belfast
About the restaurant
A Trio of Hot Starters, Spiced Pork and Herb Sausage Rolls, a Demitasse of our Soup, Goats Cheese and Sriracha Bon Bon! Dainty Finger Sandwiches, Home Baked Buttermilk Scones. And that's just to begin! A Selection of Sweet Treats, Delicious Fruit Tarts, Rich Chocolate Ganache, French Macaroon - what better way to finish than with a glass of our Delightful Henri Abele Champagne, the very one served on board the Titanic! Pots upon Pots of our Delightful Teas, Coffees Created by our Skilled Baristas. Mix it up with a Gin Bramble or a Cosmopolitan.

An Experience to Remember, Afternoon Tea at the Fitzwilliam Hotel
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Absolutely fantastic from start to finish !! Staff welcoming and attentive, great food.
A photo of Graphite restaurant
4.7
4.7 (174)
£25 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
Newcastle
About the restaurant
Graphite restaurant, cocktail & wine bar in Newcastle county Down, encourages enjoying modern adventurous food, exquisite cocktails and sumptuous wine, but most importantly celebrating our local produce here in Ireland
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Food excellent Service was good however appeared short staffed Beautiful interior however we were sitting near the door and it was very cold we had to put jackets on Will be back but hopefully next time it will be a bit warmer
A photo of The Great Room Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (841)
£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 2 days ago
Staff are most helpful and surroundings are beautiful.
A photo of Berts Jazz Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (942)
£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 5 days ago
Superb jazz music & generous h egg lounge of wonderfully cooked French cuisine.
A photo of Fontana Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (440)
£26 to £40
Contemporary European
Holywood
About the restaurant
Simple Food, Cooked Well, Enjoyed By All.
Fontana is a favorite in the neighborhood. Always serving the best of fresh local ingredients in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, Fontana is that perfect place for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We had a really enjoyable meal the starter was fantastic. The mains good and the wine and cocktails also very nice. We visited for our anniversary and would definitely return.
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
Unfortunately this review is from the last evening as Blank. The team are changing up the format and re-opening as Saga. We were allowed a preview of the new menu and it looks stunning. I am sure the excellent food and service will continue.
A photo of Pizza on the Square restaurant
4.5
4.5 (298)
£25 and under
Italian
Belfast
About the restaurant
We founded Pizza on the Square out of a deep love for real food, for food that is fresh and authentic.

The restaurant offers a range of pizzas, cocktails and fine wines.

Pizza on the Square is located right beside Belfast City Hall at 1 Donegall Square West. You literally can’t get any more central than that. The Scottish Provident Building is a stone's throw from the city's key bus and train networks.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Friendly staff, and good food at a reasonable price.
A photo of James St. restaurant
4.7
4.7 (341)
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
Belfast
About the restaurant
James St is a casual and contemporary, brick-walled restaurant specialising in chargrilled and aged steaks. The charcoal grill plays centre stage, cooking not just some of the best steaks and prime cuts Northern Ireland has to offer but also fresh whole fish, pork and vegetables.

With a larger, more established bar area, a large range of wines are available alongside a considered spirit list and an extensive whisky offering. Locally produced beer, cider and gins take pride of place on the drinks menu.

Owned by Niall McKenna since 2003 the revamped James St. will offer locals and tourists a great dining experience in a Belfast city centre.

The restaurant team is headed up by Ryan Stringer as Executive Head Chef, Paul Vaughan as Operations Manager, Darrell O'Hanlon as Restaurant manager.

Bookings may be seated on stools at the bar.
Top review
LouisaBvip
Dined 3 days ago
Wonderful restaurant in Belfast- great food and service. Be sure to get the crab pasta- delicious!
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