Where to eat in Belfast? There is so much choice with local, chain, vegetarian, vegan, top-end and budget options all available. Visit Belfast have a full guide on where to eat but we’ve added our own choices below. Please check in advance for latest opening times and/or making a reservation.
Festival Venues: The MAC, Golden Thread Gallery, Ulster University, John Hewitt Bar, Black Box, Sunflower Pub, The Telegraph Building, University of Atypical, Ulster Sports Club, St Anne’s Cathedral
Buba – Eastern Mediterranean-inspired food and cocktails. Lots of delicious small plate dishes designed to share, with an impressive vegan range and funky décor. Located in Saint Anne’s Square
Coppi – Contemporary Italian cuisine using the best of local produce. From small cichetti to dinner with all the trimmings. Located in Saint Anne’s Square
2Taps Wine Bar – an extensive and tasty tapas menu and large heated outdoor terrace are ready to greet you in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter.
MAC Café Bar – plenty of options for lunch, brunch, pre-theatre, coffee and treats, with a dedicated kids menu. Plus you’ll not be late to take your seat in the auditorium!
The Dark Horse – enjoy the beautiful antique surroundings salvaged from some of the city’s most famous hotels and buildings from bygone times. For lunch and coffee. Don’t forget to get your photo at the Game of Thrones door. Visit the newly created Poets Corner with walls inscribed with quotes from Irish literary legends.
Hadskis – the best of European cuisine using Northern Irish produce, served at the kitchen counter or in the wonderful dining room looking onto Commercial Court in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter
Toast Office – mouthwatering grilled cheese sandwiches to takeaway. A recent addition to Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, it has gained a cult following – must be the cheese! Serving out of the Dark Horse on Hill Street. Value option
44 Hill Street – seasonal menus, influenced by flavours of the Mediterranean, using the best of local produce. The industrial interior hints at the building’s history of being a bonded warehouse. Hand selected wines, beer, cocktails and bubbles.
Belfast City Centre
Festival Venues: Grand Opera House, Ulster Hall, the Limelight, Box Office at Visit Belfast, Linenhall Library, Belfast City Hall
Home – What started as a pop-up in 2011 has become a permanent fixture on Belfast’s dining scene. Specialising in local and seasonal produce the menu is ever-changing. A short distance from Belfast City Hall on Wellington Place
Mourne Seafood Bar – a seafood and fish lover’s paradise! You can also buy from their deli and fishmonger. A stone’s throw off the main Royal Avenue shopping street on Bank Square
Jumon – Tasty, healthy and creative Asian fusion restaurant, specialising in vegetarian and vegan dishes, tucked away on Fountain Street (close to Belfast City Hall)
The Sagart Wine Bar – some of the best cocktails in town with wines, cheeses, charcuterie and small plates. Keep an eye out for their special wine and food pairing evenings. Overlooks Bank Square
Orā Wine and Tapas Travel around the world with Ora’s international tapas! Fusion meets classic dishes with the focus on fresh, local produce, but above all taste. Across the street from Grand Opera House
Bootleggers – a nod to the days of 1920’s Prohibition, this lively American style diner offers casual dining on a first-come first served basis. Expect loaded burgers, taco’s and their famous chicken wings, accompanied by local and American craft beers and cocktails. Located on Church Lane
Pablos – just off High Street for the best burgers, fries and churros in Belfast. Eat in or out or take a seat and have a drink in Muriels Bar next door, or The Spaniard up the street, and have your burger delivered!
Venues: Lyric Theatre, Queen’s University Belfast, Empire Music Hall, Crescent Arts Centre, No Alibis, Queen’s Film Theatre, Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens
French Village – a great spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner and a good place to go after a visit to No Alibis. Remember to make space for the pastries! Did you know that you can order celebration cakes and other sweet and savoury delights? 99 Botanic Avenue
Madame Pho is Belfast’s first Vietnamese restaurant. Check out the variety of colourful dishes from across Vietnam, including authentic hand rolled summer rolls, curries, healthy noodle salads and of course traditional Vietnamese coffee. 17 Botanic Avenue
Holohan’s Pantry – this family owned restaurant marries traditional Irish recipes with a modern twist. Using seasonal and excellent, ethically sourced local produce, this delightful cosy two-storey restaurant is perfect for lunch or dinner. 43 University Road.
Festival venues: Strand Arts Centre, CS Lewis Square, St Mark’s Dundela
Freight Restaurant – overlooking the stunning CS Lewis Square, set in two shipping containers Freight serves up delicious local produce with panache and has an extensive vegan menu. Delicious cocktails and a full bar. Recently opened a branch on the Lisburn Road in the South of the city. Very much in demand.
The Lamppost Cafe – C.S Lewis themed cafe with quotations and references throughout serving fresh local produce on vintage crockery. Cosy and quirky, you are always guaranteed a very warm welcome here. From breakfast through to dinner with delicious snacks, coffees and traybakes too and a full bar.
Cyprus Avenue – across from its namesake, which Van Morrison made famous, this recently extended bistro with a wonderful covered outdoor eating space offers gorgeous fresh locally sourced produce. Look out for fresh daily fish and seafood specials. An extensive drinks and cocktail list complements the Avenue’s take on modern European fusion cooking at its best.
Neils Hill – Upper Eastside in the heart of Ballyhackamore village this neighbourhood brasserie serves up small plates, local cuts, fresh fish, a dedicated menu as well as a great value mid-week set menu. The decor is modish with artwork from local illustrator Peter Strain, a popular talking point. Sunday kitchen carvery is a must.