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The best restaurants in Belfast

Enjoy AA Rosette dining in the Northern Irish capital

Discover a foodie's paradise

The Northern Irish capital is every inch the perfect city break – not least because of its world-class food scene.

From innovative modern Irish cooking to fusion-inspired fine dining, here’s our pick of must-visit Belfast restaurants, all of which have been awarded at least one AA Rosette for culinary excellence.

Deanes at Queens

With its glorious terrace, Deanes at Queens takes full advantage of its leafy location overlooking the striking architecture of the Methodist College. The restaurant’s head chef Chris Fearon, of Great British Menu fame, serves up flavour-packed dishes created with superb local produce.

Deanes EIPIC

Head chef Alex Greene serves up delicately prepared and perfectly presented dishes using the very best of local produce in EIPIC, Michael Deane’s flagship restaurant. Enjoy innovative cooking paired with fine wine in an elegant setting.

Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

Located right next door to the Great Opera House, the Fitzwilliam Hotel’s restaurant is an unusual, elegant room with a warm and contemporary ambience. There are fabulous sharing tables for larger groups and smaller, intimate tables for couples. Private dining is also available.

James St

The coming together of James Street South Restaurant and The Bar and Grill, James St offers diners the best of both. Feast on both Irish classics and modern Irish cooking, including fresh Fish of the Day and steak sourced from Co. Tyrone.


OX specialises in first-class regional produce prepared with innovative flair. The riverside setting offers an excellent backdrop to this pared-down space, with the intimate mezzanine area providing for more secluded dining.

Seahorse Restaurant

The main dining room in the Hastings Grand Central Hotel, the Seahorse Restaurant is built to impress with art-deco inspired quality exuding from every angle. A destination with multiple moods that work for both sumptuous afternoon teas and delicious evening dining.


Situated in a Victorian terrace, Shu is an airy, welcoming venue that encompasses three unique design-led spaces: The Main Room, Juls and The Upper House. The Upper House is a private event space serving a traditional set menu, while The Main Room and Juls serve dishes inspired by French, Mediterranean and Oriental cuisines.

Sleepy Hollow, Newtonabbey

A short drive from Belfast, Sleepy Hollow is a delightfully rustic restaurant that offers guests a warm and cosy setting. Experience a new, individual style of modern Irish food with all meat and game supplied by neighbouring farms and estates.

The Merchant Hotel

This grand former bank headquarters offers a magnificent backdrop to experience fine dining at its best. Complete with original Victorian interior and truly remarkable chandelier, enjoy an innovative menu featuring fine seasonal ingredients, complemented by an extensive wine list and expert service.

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