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Scalini Restaurant

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85 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1JL, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9032 0303
16:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:30 - 21:30
Mon 17:00 - 22:00
Tue 17:00 - 22:30
Wed - Fri 17:00 - 23:00
Sat 16:00 - 23:00
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Turned up at 7.45 Friday with no booking so had to wait half an hour, but that just proves how popular it is. Once seated we were served super fast and food arrived quickly. Both had pizzas and they were excellent with good fresh side salad. Lovely decor and really excellent staff who seemed to be genuinely happy in their... More 

Thank Carol H
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

In a nice young neighbourhood near our hotel we we found italian restaurant Scalini. Very good! Especially the deserts were great.

Thank Jolande58
Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited on valentines day with my daughter who was having Belfast uni interview the next day. Place was packed, atmosphere was fab. Food was delicious and reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend to anyone and if she gets an offer of a place at Belfast will definitely return.

Thank Lottiesamormskirk
Burtonsville, Maryland
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Scallini is a sister restaurant to the larger Villa Italia. Our most recent meal at Scallini was disappointing. Our Caesar salads were made with old, tired lettuce with very little roasted chicken. The Caesar dressing was terrible--they need to find a better recipe. BUT, the honeycomb ice-cream is the best, and made the trip worthwhile!

Thank jatgraphics
London, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Booked earlier in the day on a Saturday for a party of 6 and managed to obtain a lovely round table. We hared a variety of starters and the portion size and flavours were excellent. Most of us had various chicken dishes for mains and all were superb. The lamb and salmon dishes were also exquisite. The wine was very... More 

Thank Webbcatc
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503 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 469 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We dined here on our first night in Belfast as it was close to our hotel & it started serving evening meals early (we had been up since 4am for our flight to Belfast so wanted to eat early). We arrived around 6pm & we were surprised to see that it was already pretty busy. Fortunately they found us a... More 

Thank dee090
Boulder, Colorado
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163 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Everyone was raving about this place and we were a bit confused as to why. The service was great, but the food was super lame. The caesar salad was borderline gross (the dressing was basically mayo). The pasta was okay, but not extraordinary. We really wanted to enjoy our meal but it was pretty mediocre. Prices were reasonable and the... More 

Thank Sarah W
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow...this restaurant is definitely worth a visit! The restaurant is very large but there are several different levels which makes dining feel more intimate. The decor is lovely. You are unable to make a reservation, which might not suit everybody but our party of 4 only had to wait 20 minutes for a table and that was on a Saturday... More 

Thank Sue H
Orange Beach, Alabama
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48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sometimes you have a craving for a particular dish. My daughter was craving lasagna, so we decided to try an Italian restaurant. Scalini was a great choice. My wife had pizza, which I tried and it was delicious, and my daughter and I had lasagna. Everyone enjoyed their meal immensely. The service was pretty good, and the restaurant surroundings was... More 

Thank Kingair45
Dublin, Ireland
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The decor and atmosphere was really nice. There was plenty of choice on the menu. Food was excellent. & large portions. Service great too.

Thank Thebeastalways

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
12:30 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 85 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1JL, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast>  > Queen's Quarter
  • Neighbourhood: Queen's Quarter
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9032 0303
Scalini is an Italian family run pizzeria restaurant in the heart of South Belfast & within walking distance of Queen's University & Botanic Gardens. Since opening in October 2001 its popularity has grown to become one of Belfast's favourite Italian eateries. A Mediterranean glow welcomes you on entering the doors of Scalini - not just in the warm ochre hue of the décor but also in the welcome from our friendly staff.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?