Northern Ireland Food & Dining Out

Food & Dining

Northern Ireland is a great destination for lovers of good food and drink.

An unspoilt environment and mild climate produce superb, high quality food. Our seafood, beef, lamb, game, dairy produce, fruit and vegetables are among the best in the world, and the region is gaining renown for the reputation of its local producers. Maybe you already know that Lough Neagh is Europe's greatest source of eels and that the famous Bushmills Whiskey has been produced in the County Antrim village of Bushmills for 400 years! Perhaps you have heard of Finnebrogue Venison - the best venison meat in the world - and the humble Comber potato, grown in the arable farmland of County Down.

From sea-front restaurants along the Causeway Coastal Route to seafood bars at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, contemporary city restaurants in Belfast and the City of Derry to cookery courses in the heart of Fermanagh Lakelands, and hearty pub grub in the beautiful rural spots. Read on to learn more about Food in Northern Ireland. 

Balloo House

Balloo House

Co Down

Balloo House is a beautiful country pub and restaurant that successfully combines history, tradition and comfort with a forward thinking attitude and passion for excellence in food.

Papa Joes New Orleans

Papa Joes - New Orleans

Co Down

We have been serving food over 40 years. Our founder, Mr Tom Davis, started the family run business in 1968 in Belfast. Skandia group consists now of 3 restaurants, Neill's Hill, Olio, and Papa Joes New Orleans who have been in Bangor since 1971.


Boyles Restaurant

Co Down

Adding to the already long tradition of hospitality, dating back over 220 years, the new Boyles Restaurant, in Dromore (Co.Down), takes over from all its predecessors. Highly qualified award winning chefs using only the best locally produced foods.

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The Parson's Nose

Co Down

The Parson’s Nose comes with a pedigree that’s melded into the very fabric of the building.

Deanes at Queens

Deanes at Queens


With it's glorious Terrace, Deanes at Queens is taking full advantage of its enviable leafy location overlooking the superb architecture of Methodist College. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner 6 days a week and is open for Sunday Lunch.

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Mitre Restaurant

Co Down

The Mitre Restaurant remains one of the finest restaurants in Northern Ireland where guests enjoy food prepared by Paul McKnight, one of the country's leading chefs. It has received many coveted accolades, including an AA Rosette.


Clenaghans Restaurant

Co Armagh

Few restaurants in Ulster can compare with the history and charm of Clenaghans - "This place had so much character and a fantastic atmosphere. It's authenticity makes it a great visit for all tourists".

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Nelsons Restaurant

Co Down

Nelson's Restaurant located on the 1st Floor, with panoramic views across Belfast Lough. The restaurant offers our guests dining in an informal atmosphere. Fresh seafood is delivered daily giving the extensive menu of international cuisine.

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Bangor Bay Restaurant

Co Down

Although the same high standards of cuisine and service apply throughout, our 45 seat restaurant is the slightly more formal option at Bangor Bay Inn. Having attained an RAC dining award, it is the perfect setting for a quiet romantic evening, ...

Oregano Restaurant

Oregano Restaurant

Co Antrim

Husband and wife team, Dermot and Catherine Regan run the highly acclaimed restaurant Oregano, situated in an old country house set in Ballyrobert on the perimeter of Belfast.


Fontana Restaurant

Co Down

Fontana Restaurant located in fashionable Holywood, Co. Down comes highly recommended by all the top guide books as well as being the favourite local in the neighbourhood.


Malmaison Brasserie


Located in an architectural gem of a building, a stone's throw from the Albert Clock, the eagerly awaited Malmaison bar and brasserie offers a unique blend of gloriously refined interiors and busy, buzzy ambience.




Fitzroys is a popular city centre brasserie. The food is high quality at very reasonable prices. (Fully licensed)

The Coach Inn

Co Tyrone

The Coach Inn has been established in Omagh for over 150 years, attracting tourists visiting the Lakes of Fermanagh. The Inn provides a public bar and has a reputation for the very best food throughout the day in relaxed and comfortable surroundings.

Old Charm Inn

Co Tyrone

Licensed restaurant in the centre of Carrickmore. Serving varied menu daily.

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Useful Links

Food and Drink in Northern Ireland - Further Information

Gluten Free Ireland Directory