The Barking Dog

4.7
780 Reviews
£26 to £40
Comfort Food
The Barking Dog combines first class cuisine with a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy our rustic candlelit setting, vintage decor & fab menu in the heart of Belfast. You can come for a sit down three course meal, for a quick bite or pop in to our upstairs cocktail lounge for nibbles, delicious cocktails and some great craic! We cater for everyone. Whether you're with friends, work colleagues, family or whoever. We look forward to welcoming you warmly here at The Barking Dog.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 780 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.6
ambience
4.4
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FrancisH
London
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb restaurant- all food and drink was delicious, waiting staff exceptional- highly recommended!

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FionnaB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place - we eat here every time we're visiting Belfast! Great tapas selection to start, and the prawn linguine is amazing. There are tough times ahead so I really hope the Barking Dog pulls through...

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MTMH
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal, as always! Hopefully see you in 4 weeks.

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ClaraS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, & entire experience was 10/10 as always. My favourite place to dine.

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Kerrie
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic meal with my family for a birthday celebration. Staff were brilliant. definitely be back again

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MartinaN
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed the food which was a very high quality. The servers that we experienced both girls were excellent and very attentive. It is not a 5 star review as the background music was a bit on the loud side which wasn’t conducive to chatting. My other slight issue was that our table was next to a hatch at the till, the front door was at the other side of the opening both myself and my husband were cold and put our jackets on. Would still recommend this restaurant

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HARRYJ
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Service was good, but nearly too quick which was the problem. As the steak wasn’t cooked properly, (very chewy) which I don’t expect with the price I was paying and the sticky toffee pudding was shocking, tasted poorly and the texture was the worst as if it was stale. Overall very poor experience and definitely not worth the money

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RobM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job!! Food excellent, service excellent, COVID precautions and hygiene excellent. Well done!!

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

Great spot, nice Tapas selection for starters, good quality meat for mains, and nice selection of beer as well, will definitely be going back

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ALICIAD
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, especially for gluten free options. A tad pricier than a regular roast but well worth it!

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ThomasE
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and nice waiters/service. Would highly recommend the beef shin burger!

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RaymondC
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The only reason it’s not 5 stars for all was that the French fries were not great. Having said that, the front of house staff handled it really well and we really enjoyed the whole experience. We will definitely be back!!

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LisaH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant. The staff were so friendly. Loved the cosy atmosphere, delicious food and great ambience. Would definitely go back!

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VictoriaD
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want to enjoy a burger this is the place to visit, recommended by a friend and would advise anyone to go when they are in Belfast

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Sandra
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great tapas and amazing service. Would recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday dinner.
Roast beef 5 star along with steak tartare.
Chargrilled prawn special starter was 5 star along with duck special. Service excellent

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Kaitlin
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and wonderful service. Highly recommend!

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RubenT
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food exceptional. Service great. Slightly priced high end

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EmmaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot, vegetarian/vegan menu available. Perfect for couples, friends and families.

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DeeDee
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First visit, delicious Sunday roast and we had the last of the evening so impressive to keep the quality all day long! Looking forward to trying out their tapas soon!

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Paula
London
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be able to take my parents out for dinner! They had a great time, food was fantastic as always and great banter and service for all the staff!

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JosephW
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reception was pleasant. Gluten free menu already on table. Service good. Food excellent.
Will go back.

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DanielleO
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant staff, the food was one of the best meals I’ve had! Would recommend getting some tapas, the gnocchi or pan fried hake are excellent! Staff were so warm and friendly and happy to recommend food and drinks! Couldn’t fault the place, will definitely visit again if in Belfast!

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good meal and experience

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AmberC
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service and lovely food. I would visit again!

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EamonnL
London
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great local restaurant that serves excellent quality food as well as great cocktails.
The staff are all very friendly and helpful which makes for a fab combination.

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REBEKAHMcGrath
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another perfect evening at one of my all time favourites
Thanks again

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JohnD
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent welcoming and prompt service. Standard menu looked a bit limited at first inspection (covid?) but more specials available. Food very tasty and good portion sizes all served with a smile. Strange colour choices of plates that did not always compliment the food!

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely outstanding full of flavours and very fresh! Cocktails as usual amazing! We just keep coming back because u can’t go wrong with this place 👌🔥

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SarahB
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch! Lovely menu with lots of choice. Nice staff and facilities

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BarbaraM
Galway
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I didn’t know what to expect because I thought this was a cafe type place but it’s anything but. What amazing food! The Barking Dog is my new favourite restaurant, stylish and buzzing with a terrific atmosphere. I don’t think I’ve ever rated anywhere so high. All 7 of us raved about the food, my plaice was amazing and the taster spoonful of beef ravioli I had will bring me back for more...just wonderful. A big thanks to Beth for her great humour and recommendations and Adam for looking after us.

Note: The servers don’t wear masks as per Gov guidelines, but they do keep good social distancing. We poured our own wine etc.

Well worth a visit!

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EndaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent and staff were outsatnding. The only issue we had which we told front of house was the high noise levels because of no sound deadening. Apart from that it was a great night!!

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RaymondC
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great restaurant. Food was superb and beautifully cooked. The staff were excellent. Very attentive but not intrusive. So impressed, we bought a voucher for some family members to go and enjoy it as much as we did.

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JanetP
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food excellent staff and service never fails to impress

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MarkR
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, tasty food and an enjoyable dinner.

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Frances
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food great. We had the tapas and the short rib bites are a must. Totally delicious. Pasta main delicious and espresso Creme Brûlée Devine.

Great cleaning and social distancing practice in place only thing I woul say we had a seat at the window and they had removed seats due to COVID-19 in that area and my husband thought that affected the ambiance. But overall a lovely meal

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!

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TrevorS
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

high standards throughout, superb food, helpful staff, great atmosphere. We always enjoy our nights out in The Barking Dog

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SaraM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall the food was great, well seasoned and well presented! Service was great too with good measures put in place to be socially distant. Can't wait to go back.

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Sarah
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place, great food so tasty and incredibly friendly, pleasant and attentive staff! A must visit!

FAQs

The Barking Dog is rated 4.7 stars by 780 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.