James St.

4.8
485 Reviews
£26 to £40
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.
What 485 people are saying
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Louise
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My only point was that the Baked Alaska could have done with a little more ice cream. With that, it would be on par with the one at The Ivy.

Staff are superb. In such a worrying time for them, they could not have been nicer or more professional.

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SeamusS
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Maitre de was very welcoming

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ScottA
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well presented and interesting dishes, with good flavour and well cooked, polite friendly service, attentive but not over baring, good value for the quality, nice compact wine selection

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OpenTable Diner
Limerick
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were great - food also great

OT
OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very pleasant

OT
OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous. Each course was fabulous.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Sicuramente un posto diverso dai pub tradizionali che a me personalmente piacciono molto ,con uno stile americano più “cool” .Veramente gentile il personale ,carne buonissima come anche i contorni ( patatine al tartufo particolari anche se un po’ pesanti )e buona scelta dei vini .Certamente non economico ma per una sera ne vale la pena !
Pienamente soddisfatta

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Foodie
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, called in for a family Christmas Eve lunch

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Keithl
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

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Keith
Dublin
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 !

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value for money.

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PhilipM
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, friendly staff and great food would definately recommend

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EleanorP
London
2 reviews
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipshalondon
London
13 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.

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

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
43 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!

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SerenaL
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.

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ShaneK
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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipHeidiS
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.

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vipMarkC
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting at the Bar is awesome!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had particular requests , all met except dairy free milk.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always good. Professional and friendly. Attentive and warm.

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PedroP
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.

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PaulaK
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 ..

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Ev44
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
101 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Ok but not great - service was rushed

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KevinS
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.

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JeremyP
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Thefoodytraveller
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipRudy
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.

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rosiepops
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.

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adiner
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!

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Niamh
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.

FAQs

James St. offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 028 9560 0700.

James St. is rated 4.8 stars by 485 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.