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Belfast restaurants and cafes

The city of Belfast is a foodie gem with a host of fantastic restaurants, bistros, cafes and pubs and here are some of the best places to eat. The austerity-beating lunch deals at Love Fish and at the Meat Locker are well worth investigating while upmarket Eipic offers textbook fine dining. But if you just want a snack, Deanes Deli Bistro & Vin Café is the place to go, with cocktails and live music. Shu in the Lisburn Road, under chef Brian McCann’s skilful touch also represents the sort of quality that would enhance any city in the UK. The new confidence in Belfast’s restaurant scene is well illustrated by Saphyre Restaurant, a hidden gem set within a converted church.

Indian takeaways form part of the traditional Belfast weekend, but if you want to eat in, you’re spoilt for choice. The Bombay Brasserie dishes up substantial old school sub-continental fare while The Naz, its younger sibling, caters for office groups. For a slightly different Indian restaurant experience, Mumbai 27, in the culinary quarter round the cathedral offers an attractive menu.

Our picks

Bia Rebel Ramen
Bia Rebel Ramen

409 Ormeau Road, Ormeau, Belfast BT7 3GP

Bia Rebel Ramen is an award-winning Asian-inspired restaurant and takeaway, created to give customers delicious, artisanal, small-farmed food at big chain prices. Cooked fresh and served fast. When it comes to Bia Rebel Ramen, everything is about flavour. The team want to create an eating experience that is comforting, nourishing and at the same time exciting and totally unique. Visit website

Café Parisien
Cafe Parisien

Cleaver House, 56 Donegall Place, Belfast BT1 5GA

From dawn to dusk, Café Parisien is the place to relish in the moment and let your palette be revived with authentic French cuisine. Inspired by its Titanic namesake, Café Parisien offers all-day dining, seven days a week. Gastronomic treasures feature across our menus, from classic crepes, to brasserie and bistro dishes, with patisserie afternoon tea delights to curb your sweet tooth. Perfectly positioned in the heart of Belfast, the restaurant offers a friendly welcome in a superb setting, ideal for any occasion. Visit website


60 Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7BB

Fratelli Belfast is by the company behind Northern Ireland’s award-winning Galgorm Resort and Spa. Spread over two floors and carefully designed to reflect the concept, brand and quality which drives the Fratelli brand, it is superbly located in one of Belfast’s busiest areas, Great Victoria Street. Fratelli brings to Belfast a brand-new twist on quality Italian cooking, serving a range of traditional quality, affordable dishes in a modern family-friendly setting. Visit website

Holohan’s Pantry
Holohan's Pantry

43 University Road, Belfast BT7 1ND

Seasonality is hugely important as is the use of excellent, ethically-sourced local produce. More importantly, Holohan’s showcases the diversity of Irish cuisine using recipes from all over the island, with the North a particular focus. Holohan’s interpret and update classic Irish dishes and keep the menu small to really focus on the quality of each dish. The team here strive to create food that is modern and inventive, with a nice twist of nostalgia. Visit website

Shed Bistro
Shed Bistro

467 Ormeau Road, Ormeau, Belfast BT7 3GR

Shed Bistro was voted bistro of the year 2019 for both Belfast and Northern Ireland, opened its doors in 2012 and since then has been a popular eatery in the Ormeau Road neighbourhood. During a very unique dining experience where the whole kitchen is on show you can quite literally hear your dinner sizzling away and smell the wonderful creations that are being prepared. Visit website

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Image credits: ©Bia Rebel Ramen; Café Parisien; Fratelli; Holohans Restaurants NI; Shed Bistro

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