James St.

4.7
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Steakhouse
Niall McKenna and his team have embarked on the refurbishment of his neighbouring restaurants James Street South and the Bar + Grill located in Belfast City Centre.
James Street South first opened its doors back in2003 with the more contemporary Bar+ Grill nipping at its heels in 2011.
The new restaurant to be relaunched as James St. will offer diners bigger and better dining experience with a comfortable bar area for bar snacks and pre and post dinner drinks, alongside a private room on the ground floor called The Grill Room, as well as their long-established First Floor Private dining room.”

The menu is a more extensive offering of the favoured Bar + Grill dishes.
The extensive bar area will host a range of local drinks as well as a large selection of Irish Whiskeys and some light snacks.
Niall and his team look forward to welcoming you to this new chapter of dining out in Belfast. James St will continue to house The Cookery School on the second floor.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.2
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4.3
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K
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Quite noisy and definitely a bistro rather than posh restaurant.
Excellent food and service.
Posh restaurant prices !

KT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience for dinner here on a Monday night. The dining room has great atmosphere and ambience. Very well designed menu, it is evident of the very high level of products used in every dish. It is not cheapest if you compare to around town, but you get what you pay for when dining out and this is no exception. If your looking for a high quality meal you will get it here no doubt. The service was very attentive but in no way obtrusive. Front of house staff very genuine and good sense of humor. If your looking for a place for dinner on a Monday in Belfast this is the place. We will be back !

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting Belfast from the US and loved this lovely restaurant.

JS
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

See my Trip Advisor
Fabulous dining experience from starters to post prandial drinks.

OT
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value for money.

PM
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, friendly staff and great food would definately recommend

EP
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

We felt the restaurant was very cold and basic for the prices, i thought id booked a upscale restaurant
and ended up dining in a everyday bistro/cafe. I got risotto for starter and i felt it was under cooked.
We both ordered Steak for our mains and it was tasteless and my husbands champ was like baby food swimming in butter .
We where both really disappointed overall and went home feeling really underwhelmed by the whole experience.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, and modern chic setting. Staff were very helpful in helping explain offerings and making suggestions. The raspberry soufflé was to die for! Highly recommended.

s
London
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a meal st James for my birthday. Everything was perfect. Good amazing and staff excellent. Would definitely recommend.

ML
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food from start to finish. Extremely polite and helpful staff.

OT
New England
41 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food here is excellent! The service was attentive, friendly, and helpful. The noise, though, was quite extraordinary. It made it very, very difficult to enjoy the company of our dinner mates. Side note: the Rib Eye was extraordinary!

SL
Dublin
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very relaxed restaurant with great service; the Roast was a major hit with my husband and son.

SK
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was given the recommendation by a friend. All in all a great Steakhouse! We had the Cote de boeuf which was cooked to perfection (medium rare). The service was quick and easy. The wine is reasonably priced too. Very suitable for a date night.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food as always, staff very friendly and overall great meal

HS
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Belfast for an extended stay and I read what a great steakhouse this was and to be honest, Britain doesn’t do steak well. We had the Tomahawk ribeye for two and it was the best piece of meat we have ever experience in Britain. It was better than most of the NYC steak restaurants. Nice cocktails too and all the sides with the steak were delicious. An experience we will not soon forget.

MC
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting at the Bar is awesome!!!

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had particular requests , all met except dairy free milk.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always good. Professional and friendly. Attentive and warm.

PP
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent staff, good food the only issue I had was that I specified in my reservation that it was my wife's birthday and they sat us at a very bad table (not very romantic next to the service counter), they could have also have a little treat just to make the day special. The noise was a bit too much as well but I guess that's what you get when the restaurant is busy. Overall good restaurant and once again 5 star staff.

PK
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was absolutely amazing, 3 different steaks where chosen and all 3 cooked to perfection. The starters were all beautiful, accompanied by excellent service and the front of house manager was superb at his job. All in all a superb dining experience and well worth the money ..

E
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wine. Great ambience. Great service. The full package!!

OT
London
101 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and good food
We had the pre theatre menu which was good value.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Ok but not great - service was rushed

KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent meal from a varied menu with good, friendly and attentive service. Will definitely be back.

JP
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great ambience and very attentive staff. Thoroughly recommend.

T
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely starter and main in a pleasant environment. Attentive service.

OT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Dining area was just a little too noisy, difficult to hear the person I was eating with.

R
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Standard Belfast fare from well-known local producers (e.g. Hannon's) which was well-executed and delicious. However the menu lacked ambition and is very similar to other local restaurants who can produce chilli squid, crab on toast and a steak at better prices and in a less noisy atmosphere. The staff were excellent but there were not enough of them.

r
London
27 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My husband and I visited James Street South on a Monday evening so it was fairly quiet. We had warm and friendly service, delicious wine and thought the place was decorated with real elegance. The menu was great, and we thoroughly enjoyed our food. Only tiny gripe is that my husband likes to have the cheeses on the board named to him! Would definitely recommend this place, lucky Belfast.

a
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2013
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Good food and friendly service - however the serving staff are not "joined up" and spend their time duplicating each others' requests to diners. Also, no one seemed to know how to switch off the security alarm when it went off accidentally and the noise spoiled an otherwise good evening!

N
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent sevice from the minute we came through the door. Food was amazing and our server was very helpful and friendly.

s
London
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've dined at some of the top restaurants in the the UK and Ireland and JSS easily ranks amongst the top 5.
A little gem of a place nestled in a city centre side street with perfect ambience and food to die for. Very attentive and friendly service pitched at just the right level.

A wonderful experience and can't wait to go back. 10 out of 10.

m
N. Ireland
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My girlfriend and I attended James Street South for Valentine's Day, and we were both pleased with the occasion. The staff were helpful and courteous, from beginning to end. The menu may not be for the fussier eaters, and vegetarian options were not wide, but the food we ordered delivered both in terms of taste and presentation. It is certainly one of the more expensive restaurants and it justifies the price. The portions left us nicely full and there can be no argument with them. The only downfall was a slight lack of atmosphere: although there was ambience and it was visually attractive, it just seemed devoid of a spark that the absolute highly recommended restaurants have.

EE
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant, very friendly staff.

T
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2013
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent but we had to wait 45 minutes for our main course (no starter) and the restaurant wasn't that busy. Other than that, the service was very good.

Y
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great food and service although having to pay for bread as extra to accompany soup I feel a little unjust seeing as the prices are already quite expensive.

g
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2013
Overall4food5service4ambience4

we have eaten here several times before and as always I was spoiled for choice on the menu: it all sounded delicious and I knew from experience that the food would not disappoint. This is not Belfast's cheapest venue but I think that we really got what we paid for: an excellent meal and beautifully presented.

V
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2013
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Excellent meal, with the exception of one poor venison portion. I quietly ordered an additional portion for my guest which was embarrassingly presented as a further full meal, and charged as such. Well inside our allotted two hours we declined any desserts but ordered a final drink in its' place. The waitress returned informing us that the drink was waiting for us at the bar, effectively ending our evening without asking us.
We left around 40 mins later and our table remained free. Obviously no tip and no hurry back.
Victor Toland.

j
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The welcome and service was excellent, the food superb and the ambience relaxing. It is expensive with 15% service charge but one only gets what you pay for. Thank you

e
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2013
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We were disappointed in James St South having heard much about it. Why were most of the customers grouped around the edge of the restaurant and why were there no staff for long periods to be seen? One of the waitresses could hardly speak any English. Another seemed not to be trained very well, the proper cutlery was not on the table when some of the food was served. The starters were tasty, but the monkfish was not tasty and was on the bone which should have been pointed out when ordering.