The Welcome

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Chinese (Canton)
The Wong family opened their first Welcome Restaurant in Northern Ireland in 1973. The Stranmillis restaurant was opened in 1982 by the then Lord Mayor Tom Patton. It is the oldest family run Chinese Restaurant in the country.

Our restaurants have won a range of awards throughout the years, including 'Best Belfast Restaurant' (1983/84/85) to Master Chef and Egon Ronay awards.

Our recent accolades include:

- Tripadvisor - The Number One restaurant in Belfast from September 2017 to January 2018.
- Tripadvisor - The Number One Chinese restaurant in Belfast since January 2017
- Irish Restaurant Awards 2018 - Best Restaurant Manager (Nominated)
- Irish Restaurant Awards 2018 - Best World Cuisine, Restaurant (Nominated)
- Golden Chopsticks Awards 2018 - Best Restaurant in Ireland (Finalist)
- Licensed & Catering News Awards 2018 - Outstanding Customer Service of the Year Category (Finalist)
- The Northern Ireland Food Awards 2018 - Best Oriental Establishment Category (Winner)
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MC
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous fresh food. All 6 of us enjoyed everything.

m
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was travelling on my own in Belfast on business and fancied some Chinese food. The Welcome did not disappoint! A delicious spicy prawn dish, don't remember the name but the host recommended it for me. Rice was excellent too. I'll be back.

B
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

The staff were lovely and it's a lovely setting. However, I did not enjoy my Chicken Chow Mein. The noodles were burnt to the black plate they gave me. Also I didn't like the texture of the chicken pieces so I left them on the plate.

N
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited The Welcome again last Saturday night.
Brilliant, as usual.

SM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Belfast Chinese restaurant in Belfast.
Fabulous food, and great value! Staff very attentive and ambience perfect.

RC
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great night for my husbands birthday. Staff was fantastic, and most of the food was amazing. I did think it was a little expensive, however, the portions were very big and there was a lot of food leftover. I think if I went again I would consider sharing the main course at least.

JG
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding. The staff could not have been more friendly. Will be back whenever next in Belfast.

OT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful place to eat. Food was delicious, especially the monkfish special & mushrooms in black bean sauce. Wonderful service & everything you expect from a quality Chinese restaurant.

n
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food. Really enjoyed our lunch. Will definitely be back.

DC
London
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food great service best fluffy fried rice ever tasted !

CS
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always welcoming as its name. Food excellent, service with a smile every time. Coffee top up very much appreciated.

B
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We travel from Ballyclare to this Chinese. The food in unreal, so fresh. The staff especially the manager Michael is so friendly and makes you feel like you've known them for years. I recommend this Chinese to everyone I meet. It's so hard to find a nice sit in Chinese, I'm so glad we found this place.

LE
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious, staff very friendly and made us feel welcome, service could have been slightly better , think because it was very busy they forgot desert menu , but made up for it by recommending places for us to visit while in Belfast , would definitely go back and recommend as great restaurant to visit

NI
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Restaurant, great food and outstanding service, i'll ne back to quote a phrase

SB
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food, great quality and taste just like I remembered, staff were very attentive and timing between courses was spot on. Will definitely return next time I’m in Belfast.

S
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food, attentive service without being overbearing. Will definitely be returning.

F
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super restaurant - haven’t been for many years but quality is still the same and staff were so polite.
Will be back very soon.

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food- attentive staff. The restaurant decor is stylish and welcoming c

C
London
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent - best Chinese in Northern Ireland without a shadow of a doubt

GM
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We would highly recommend this restaurant. Excellent service. Friendly staff. Lovely food.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and service

OT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant from entering to leaving. Food fantastic, service fantastic and a great ambiance. We will definitely be back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant! Delicious food! Very friendly staff.

C
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, always have a lovely night in The Welcome. A family favourite!

HC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service - the best oriental food in Belfast!

C
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant service with all tables taken. That speaks for itself. I had amazing crab to start with salt and chilli. The onions and peppers with it were fresh and the chilli just give the right amount of hotness. For
Main I had monkfish served with noodles that were delicious and the fish was cooked beautifully . A great atmosphere and i will be back again definitely.

MS
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

The food was of a standard you would expect from your local take-away restaurant. Service was fair but nothing special and we were subjected to Christmas music throughout the meal. don't go here if you wish to impress. Disappointing.

T
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

This restaurant was a childhood favourite I had fond memories of but haven't been to for circa 12 years since living overseas. We remembered Mr Wong well from large family dinners and I was looking forward to going back. What a shame to be met with miserable staff to the point where we felt unwelcome, perhaps it was the end of a long Christmas season but service was of the most utilitarian kind, not a single greeting was uttered. We were shunted in and out of the empty restaurant over the course of a 90 minute lunch which served only to eradicate any of the nostalgia felt towards the welcome. A shame, the food was fine, not as good as I remember but I'm sure it would have tasted better if it was delivered with a smile. I'd brought friends from Hong Kong with me assuming they'd like the restaurant as much as I did in the past but they left wondering what the fuss was about.

JM
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely food. Great value. Knowledgeable and friendly staff.

N
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Welcome was the best for Chines Food in the 1980's and is still the best

MM
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Second time here and again the food was top quality and also very friendly staff, apart from that it would be nicer to have a brighter room.

N
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice restaurant with very attentive service. Good value for money.

B
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Only flaw was than a companion is seafood allergic and the restaurant couldn't advise on whether the fried rice was seafood free. Other than that a good experience.

JR
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice place staff were very frendily food was ok nothing special but was very shocked at price it was very expensive for all that you got and paying extra for your side's that would come with any meal in any other chinese restaurant was very disappointing. Would not rush back any time soon .

R
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal although quite expensive at£15 for sweet and sour chicken with rice.

R
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maintains a very high standard. Service, atmosphere and cuisine consistent throughout the years- the ‘go to’ Chinese restaurant in Belfast.

OT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great staff good price and very nice venue ...will as always go back

CF
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Very bad slippery floor foid was ok not great have had better food in takeout Chinese wouldn’t recommend it to anyone and wouldn’t go back myself

JS
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was beautifully cooked. Attention to detail and customer service 10 out of 10 !

AW
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The welcome restaurant is well named, the staff are always welcoming and friendly and the food is great. They are easily the best chinese restaurant in Belfast for special occasions or casual dining on the way to somewhere else.

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