The best gourmet and Michelin-starred restaurants in Belfast



Belfast having become a hotspot for foodies over the past decade, there is no shortage of good restaurants in the city.

With Covid restrictions lifted and recent awards given to some deserving local restaurants, we’ve decided to take a look at some of Belfast’s top restaurants for fine dining, as well as restaurants that currently have Michelin stars.

Michelin-starred restaurants:

Beef



Belfast Beef

Ox has received just about every accolade over the years, including a coveted Michelin star and the title of Ireland’s best restaurant in 2018.

If that doesn’t influence you, their menu – tailored to the best local and seasonal produce – probably will.

This is the best food in Belfast.

Take a look at their menu here.

Looters Club




A Michelin-starred restaurant nestled between Waring Street and Exchange Place, Muddler’s Club has wowed people with its seasonal tasting menu, providing guests with the most comprehensive dining experiences. Meticulously prepared yet simple dishes, a focused wine list and a comprehensive and innovative cocktail list – it’s no wonder the Muddlers Club has grown into one of Belfast’s most renowned fine dining restaurants.

See here for more.

Deanes Eipic



Michael Deane has established itself as a culinary institution in Belfast, with the best of fine dining in a variety of locations across the city.

With a Michelin star for its Eipic restaurant on Howard Street and sumptuous menus for Deanes Meat Locker, Love Fish, Deanes Deli and Deanes at Queens, it’s a good place to start if you’re looking to delve into fine dining in Belfast.

Learn more here.

Gastronomy in Belfast:

noble



Noble Restaurant in Holywood

Recently ranked as one of Ulster’s best restaurants according to the Business Post, Holywood Noble restaurant is also the recipient of a Michelin Bib Gourmand, which recognizes good food at reasonable prices.

At the heart of Noble’s culinary ethics is the insistence on good food, no frills. Their a la carte menu offers a taste of the best local ingredients, while their 3-course Sunday menu is incredibly affordable for such a delicious deal.

More here.

Stove



Belfast stove

Having opened during the pandemic – no small feat – Ormeau Road Stove restaurant saw the pairing of former Ginger Bistro chef Simon McCance with former Deanes chef Simon Toye. Safe to say it ticks all the right boxes for fine dining, even before you walk in the door.

With more than 70 years of combined experience in the industry, Stove seeks to offer “an innovative culinary approach to the neighborhood bistro”, with local products carefully prepared and cooked with precision.

Find out more here.

James Street



The merger of James Street South restaurant and The Bar and Grill restaurant has generated a lot of excitement for those who enjoy downtown food.

Their delicious menu offers excellent fish dishes, as well as perfect sharing menus. The restaurant also offers a beautiful interior, which offers the right amounts of minimalism and class.

Take a look here.

Ginger bistro



Ginger bistro

A staple in Belfast, the Ginger Bistro has been at the forefront of the city’s gastronomy for over 20 years. It is a warm and atmospheric setting, good, no-frills cuisine and a constantly evolving range of promotions have enabled it to retain its customers. You are likely to come back here as if it were your local, even if you continually discover the best of food.

More here.

Home



Home restaurant, Belfast
Home restaurant, Belfast

Taking local produce grown on the spot and trying to cook excellent meals inspired by home cooking is not an original concept, but Wellington Place’s “Home Restaurant” has been one of the best places to get their food – without talk about their brand image – in this regard.

Excellent seasonal dishes, a chic and elegant setting and a Michelin Bib Gourmand on top of that, Home has become one of the best places in town for fine dining.

Learn more here.

Shu



Shu’s meal

A longtime favorite, Shu offers a mouth-watering menu of French, Mediterranean and Oriental cuisines.

With a cocktail bar and reception hall adjoining the two-story restaurant, Shu has remained one of the gems of the Lisburn Road area.

For more details here.

Molly’s court



Molly’s court

Tucked away behind its instantly recognizable black gate on Botanic Avenue, Molly’s Yard is housed in converted Victorian stables, furnished to perfection to create an incredible dining venue. If that doesn’t sell it to you, their varied lunch menu, a la carte menu, meat / fish menu, and Sunday menu should.

Take a look at all of them here.

Virgin restaurant



Local products are at the heart of this new restaurant

Open at the beginning of October, Blank offers a very original concept where diners will only know what they are going to eat once the dishes are served in front of them. Instead, they’ll be given the “Blank List,” which details a list of fantastic local produce and serves as the basis for an entire five-course dining experience.

The restaurant is already being touted as one of the new faces of fine dining in Belfast, with an excellent 5-course menu, with optional wine and cocktail pairings.

Find out more here.


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