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Holohans At The Barge

1 Lanyon Quay, Belfast BT1 3LG, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9023 5973
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  • Excellent80%
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Irish, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 Lanyon Quay, Belfast BT1 3LG, Northern Ireland
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Amazing food and wonderful atmosphere. I loved eating on a barge. I ate the special. It was very good the service was friendly. My daughter had the Hake. It was perfect.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

There was six of us in our party and we ate at 5.30pm, the staff were very nice and the food was excellent. 2 of the group had the Fermanagh Boxty, while the rest had the lamb,hake and salmon dishes all really good. The bill...More

Thank Martin K
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were there for lunch yesterday, and i have to say the one girl who was running the service did such an amazing job, was so on top of everything, and was so friendly and helpful despite it being very busy. She should get a...More

Thank Orlamcdonagh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved it from the moment I stepped aboard...Staff are lovely and friendly .Food was delicious.I had Goats cheese boxty.Usually dissapointed when getting my vegetarian.However couldn't fault this lovely retaurant.We will book and go back...Well done to all of you there.Your teamwork pays off...

Thank Onkernow
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a fabulous dinner in a casual, quiet setting — a barge on a lovely river near city center Belfast. Everything — the service, the setting, and especially the meal — was off the charts for both of us. Most memorable! My spouse and...More

1  Thank Richard S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely food and service, really enjoyed our visit, made to feel very welcome, will definitely be back, thanks for a lovely afternoon.

Thank michael s
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found this little restaurant on the Barge through trip advisor whilst working in Ireland. Pleased that they could fit me in as they were fully booked so I was lucky to get a table. I had Hake with crayfish which was amazing!! Then baked Alaska...More

Thank charlotte p
Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked a table here based on the reviews. Wasn't disappointed, it's everything people are saying. Beautifully cooked food, real care and attention into everything. Thank you Holohans!

Thank Esme C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our meal at Holohans. Their boxty special was incredible! Definitely worth considering when you're here. They've got a limited wine list but the wines are all really good. Thry also have a lovely gin board! Staff here are really friendly and attentive. We...More

Thank Stephen B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely food. The squid starter was amazing! Lovely staff and fab location. Would deffo go again if i am ever back in Belfast.

2  Thank lambert11
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May 22, 2018|
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Response from Hayley0805 | Reviewed this property |
We went quite late (7pm booking due to flight times) and there was only a few people in there but I think they've only recently extended their Sunday hours so maybe not a lot of people are aware of that yet, saying that was... More
January 19, 2018|
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Response from AngeM67 | Reviewed this property |
Yes Norman, on Donegal Quay. Its a multistory car park and prob 5-10 min walk so if any of your party have mobility issues you might be better dropping off at the waterfront hall and then parking. Here's the web site for the... More
December 21, 2017|
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Response from Madeline B | Reviewed this property |
We only had the wine and I didn’t notice anything about the beers. Sorry x
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$45
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, View, Romantic
Open Hours
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Lanyon Quay, Belfast BT1 3LG, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9023 5973
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Holohan's is a family owned Irish restaurant situated on the Belfast Barge and permanently moored beside the Waterfront theatre and Queens Bridge in the heart of Belfast City. Holohan's unusual and picturesque setting is the perfect accompaniment to the unique dining experience, based around great Irish produce, recipes and warm, genuine Irish hospitality. Using classic recipes, updated with modern cooking techniques and some of the best local ingredients, the chefs at Holohan's produce food that is both nostalgic and contemporary. There is also a real focus on locally sourced craft beer, ale and cider, and a great selection of some unusual Irish whiskey's. As a family Holohan's has valued their gift for hospitality through three generations, the current owners grandmother, Sabina Holohan , encouraged the family to welcome guests "as if it were visiting your home." With modern life accelerating at such a fast pace, we often forget that the most important part of hospitality is to be hospitable, something for which the Irish have been renowned the world over. While there is an informal and relaxed ambience at Holohan's, the staff is nevertheless consummately professional, with a fantastic knowledge of our food, drinks and provenance. The Irish have a rich and wonderful culinary heritage, our extensive research has gathered a wealth of cooking methods, recipes and techniques from the last three hundred years. Many of the dishes on our menu have a weight of history behind them and have been passed on down through the generations. From the peasant food of the North West born out of hardship and necessity which gave us dishes like Craibechan, a delicious savory porridge made from pearl Barley and of course the house specialty, BOXTY, which comes from the traditional word bacstai or aran bocht ti meaning 'poor house bread'. Boxty on the griddle, And Boxty on the pan; The wee one in the middle Is for Mary Ann.[ Our goals are to provide and champion our particular brand of food and service in a relaxed and visually striking setting. While we celebrate Irish culture, we try to do so without resorting to Irish cliches, we feel the "Irish-ness" comes from the welcome, the hospitality and the wealth of history contained within our menu. At Holohan's, we aim to work in a transparent and ethical manner, ranging from the treatment of the animals that provide our meat, to sourcing sustainable fish and using seasonal, locally grown fruit and vegetables. Fast becoming known around the world for the quality of our produce, our little Island is becoming known as the larder of Europe, and what better way to demonstrate and celebrate this then using Irish produce to cook Irish food. Holohan's is the perfect place to enjoy this resurgence in Irish cuisine, and more than just food, we aim to give a good night out! We hope to see you soon, Holohan's at the Barge
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