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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Northern Ireland

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 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 on Jun 16, 2024
Wonderful restaurant in Belfast- great food and service. Be sure to get the crab pasta- delicious!
A photo of Berts Jazz Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (952)
£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 4 days ago
Excellent venue! Great food and great atmosphere.
A photo of 3Cs Social Club restaurant
4.7
4.7 (319)
£25 and under
European
Belfast
About the restaurant
Winners of the NI hospitality awards 2 years in a row🏆🏆

**ANY PARTYS OVER 4 CONTACT RESTAURANT DIRECTLY OR THROUGH OUR FACEBOOK**

Belfast city centre newest restaurant @ the 3c's here to serve everyone with food of the highest quality at the lowest price, and offers that makes all other establishments blush. Cheapest pints in Belfast city centre (if not Belfast), best offers anywhere. 3 bottles of WKD, Smirnoff ice, Coors, Bud, Corona, Peroni only £8.00 pints from £3.90. Why not sit outside in our new beer garden that sits 150 people and let us look after you hand and foot. cocktails, beers, great staff you will not be disappointed. Belfast's best kept secret has been let out.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Brilliant value for money Staff are so attentive and professional Perfect location
A photo of Taylor and Clay restaurant
4.6
4.6 (850)
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
Belfast
About the restaurant
Bullitt hotel's award-winning restaurant Taylor & Clay Grill, boasts an open kitchen built around an incredible bespoke Asador wood-fired grill. Head chef Saul O’Reilly’s talented team cook the best local meat, fresh seafood and vegetables over roaring flames using charcoal and ash wood sourced from sustainable local forests.

Why not enjoy after-dinner drinks in the lobby or move upstairs for cocktails and city views in Babel, the hotel's incredible rooftop bar and garden.

Top review
DebG
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
FAB! Best meal in a longtime - service & food excellent thank you
A photo of Yardbird Belfast restaurant
4.6
4.6 (615)
£25 and under
Rotisserie Chicken
Belfast
About the restaurant
Yardbird is our rotisserie chicken restaurant upstairs above The Dirty Onion. Our menu is small but our flavours are big. Ok, we do chicken, but our chicken is famous!

Our local free-to-roam chicken is marinated for 24 hours in lemon, buttermilk, and paprika. It is then dry-rubbed, cooked and blast-chilled to keep it juicy and finally roasted on the spit. Ribs and wings are also available, as are a choice of sides and homemade desserts. Hungry yet?

We prepare all our food in-house and service is fast!

This is a booking for Yardbird the restaurant, The Dirty Onion bar operates on a first come first serve basis.

Top review
PaulT
Dined 5 days ago
We really enjoyed the food and the stuff was very friendly! The bbq ribs were excellent! We will definitely go back again.
A photo of Tetto restaurant
4.5
4.5 (281)
£26 to £40
Italian
Belfast
About the restaurant
Tetto is a bright, modern, design-led rooftop restaurant, bar and garden located on the top floor of Bullitt Hotel. Showcasing fresh local seafood with an Italian accent alongside Neapolitan style pizza and imaginative aperitivo inspired cocktails. Enjoy carefully curated playlists and residents DJs every Friday and Saturday night.

Tetto is located on the fourth floor of Bullitt hotel and can be accessed through the main hotel lobby or via Ann Street.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Perfect! Lovely vibe and decor. Staff were friendly, food was great.
A photo of FireStone Teppanyaki restaurant
4.5
4.5 (197)
£26 to £40
Japanese
Belfast
About the restaurant
Everything about FireStone defies the ordinary, from our displays of roaring fire teppanyaki performance exhibited by our master chefs to mouth watering freshly prepared sushi using the finest local produce and ingredients and so much more. We are open for Lunch and dinner throughout the week with a special lunch menu available.

FireStone offers a delicious menu in a unique atmosphere for guests. Sit back and relax with a cocktail or two and enjoy the service.

Teppanyaki is a shared experience & our tables are made to share with other diners! At the end of the night you may have found some new friends! Our Teppanyaki experience is 90mins per booking & would appreciate customers being on time for their booked slot. For all Teppanyaki bookings, please call the restaurant directly to confirm availability as spaces are limited.

Top review
JohnR
Dined 5 days ago
2nd time at Firestone, we wouldn't go anywhere else for Japanese food. Service was prompt and polite, eager to please. The Kyoto platter was excellent!
A photo of The Cloth Ear restaurant
4.4
4.4 (914)
£26 to £40
Irish
Belfast
About the restaurant
The Cloth Ear provides patrons with a pleasing twist on the quintessential Irish Pub. We are nestled in the oldest quarter of Belfast and we’ve woven a rich seam of our wonderful Victorian heritage into what is ultimately a thoroughly modern experience. At The Cloth Ear the welcome is warm and the atmosphere convivial. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the gentle art of conversation.
Our drinks list combines classic creations and innovative ideas. From punch bowls to hoptails and wine by the keg, we’ve carefully crafted an eclectic array of drinks to quench your thirst, tickle your tastebuds and get the conversation flowing.

We are story tellers and we look forward to hearing your story too.
No shaggy dogs, no braggarts, no windbags. Just tall tales,

All Tables reservations are for dining unfortunately we do not take drinks only bookings.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great food and very friendly service . Would definitely recommend
A photo of Henry's restaurant
4.3
4.3 (732)
£25 and under
Irish
Belfast
About the restaurant
A licensed premises for over 100 years and steeped in Belfast history, Henry’s is the regeneration of a old favourite. Named after Henry Joy McCracken, Henry’s has been created to keep alive an old spot from the past, amongst the ever expanding and wonderful new. Join us for tipple, tales and some grub from the entries.

For any bookings after 7.30pm, please contact us via email at hello@henrysbelfast.com and our team will be happy to help!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Loved it ! The sea bass was exceptional drinks were fab
A photo of House Belfast restaurant
4.2
4.2 (259)
£25 and under
European
Belfast
About the restaurant
Residing in the heart of the Queens Quarter, House Belfast hotel and bar is designed with elegance, comfort and you in mind.

The venue strives to combine business and pleasure when you stay in one of 31 beautifully designed boutique bedrooms. All are welcome to enjoy three elegant bars and dining spaces set over three floors, complete with a life-size cherry tree sprouting from the main bar.

Whatever the occasion, House Belfast provides everything you could need to stay and socialise in style.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
We had a lovely meal and evening. I'd definitely recommend a visit.
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