The Welcome

4.8
73 Reviews
£25 and under
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)

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 73 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

n old favourite that never disappoints.

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SharonA
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and excellent food. Always recommend Welcome for a great night out.

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ChristineH
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn’t visited in a long time but the quality of the food was as amazing as I remembered it to be. A lovely treat for my mum and me. Their Covid guidance and actions were clear and tables well spaced so we felt very at ease eating there. Staff were very kind and attentive. Thanks!

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GaryH
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic experience it was my daughters 18th and the treatment was first class well above what I was expecting will definitely be back again

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Kirst
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant with tasty food and good sized portions. Could not fault the service - we were served quickly and the staff were very friendly and so helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful and friendly staff, the food was excellent and tasted so fresh. The restaurant was pretty busy but very well spaced out so I felt very safe given the current situation.
Will definitely be back

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Deramore
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Chinese restaurant in Belfast for many years.

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ColinT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, efficient service friendly atmosphere would definitely recommend this venue to anyone

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vipsarahm
London
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Chinese - easily the best in Belfast - would echo the standards of the Good Earth in London - although the Welcome is probably slightly better!

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous!!

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RosyE
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another delightful meal at this excellent restaurant. Brought a relative for a birthday meal, we were a party of 8. Everyone enjoyed their food and we all had different choices, which allowed for tasting each others.
We had brought a cake which was delivered at just the right moment, complete with plates and knife to cut it.
The staff are always pleasant and friendly

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LauraG
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience and the manager is so friendly

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vipsarahm
London
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Chinese in Belfast

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ClaireT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!
Really friendly staff who are always ready to help!

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AMCM
London
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and friendly staff. Food is of a very high standard. Always our first choice for a family occasion.

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Donal
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was really good. The service was great. Have enjoyed our experience everytime we have been.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All good, very quiet, but a Sunday night. Food good. An enjoyable experience.

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PaulR
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Cantonese restaurant is beautiful. The food is outstanding and the staff are amazing. Will Definitely be back here soon. The prices are good and I would highly recommend it.

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JackM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food at the Welcome. We have been on numerous occasions and are never disappointed. The staff are first class always attentive and very friendly. Would definitely recommend this restaurant

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NIGELG
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice authentic Cantonese style food with a warm welcome. Not pretentious and snobby like some and a complete mix of customers.

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LornaC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely meal and the staff were really friendly and helpful

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Chinese restaurants in the country. Excellent service. Great food. Good value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very good food, price and service. Would recommend.

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ShonaK
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, been a few years since we’ve been to the Welcome, but won’t be leaving it so long until the next time! Top quality food, excellent service and great service! Nothing pretentious, doing the basics right!

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RoisinR
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Have been here many times over the years but I really feel the standards have slipped. The food was fine but nothing special given the competition they now have in the city. It was everything else though that was awful. We had to wait on a row of chaired for 10 mins until our table was ready but these were right beside a table of diners I think we both felt very awkward. When we were seated it was a table in the rear corner of the restaurant which was blocking the fire exit door , we were appalled at this blatant lack of regard for health and safety. There were two stacks of chairs to our left, if they tidied these away it would make room for a table . Lazy and unsafe practice and certainly not a pleasant environment for paying customers.

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CAROLEC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely welcome as always, good service, regularly checked on to see all ok and everyone happy with bill. Great food of course

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RosyE
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, generous portions, good ambience. Staff were very attentive and pleasant, even though they were busy

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SarahMcE
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and standard of food both excellent. The overall experience was very good and we will visit Welcome again.

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McCabeD
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous fresh food. All 6 of us enjoyed everything.

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manoftoday
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Bel2019
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

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.

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Nigel
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SeaneenM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RitaC
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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SonyaJ
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this restaurant, the welcome in is friendly, the service is excellent, the food is superb and the restaurant is very well maintained.

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JohnG
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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number14
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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DeidreC
London
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food great service best fluffy fried rice ever tasted !

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CecilS
N. Ireland
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FAQs

The Welcome does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. The Welcome also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 028 9038 1359.

The Welcome is rated 4.8 stars by 73 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.