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Holohans Pantry

43 University Road, Belfast BT7 1ND, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9029 1103
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  • Excellent83%
  • Very good12%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“boxty” (171 reviews)
“seafood” (30 reviews)
“pork belly” (18 reviews)
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Hours
Irish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
43 University Road, Belfast BT7 1ND, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were recommended to Holohans Pantry by our hotel and were so pleased we were. We had delicious food, knowledgeable advice re dining and wine choices, and excellent (non intrusive) service. As foodies we like to try lots of different restaurants, however the evening was...More

Thank Kayoj50
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Just had a family meal at Holohan‘s Pantry for the first time. Delicious Irish food, fantastic service and a cosy ambience. We all really enjoyed our Boxty (Chicken, Beef and a Vegetarian Boxty) and the Vegetables were also cooked to perfection. Dessert was yummy as...More

Thank Bornbeautiful
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an awesomely wonderful venue:delicious Irish food(boxty),gracious staff,inviting interior! Just arrived in Belfast, the desk attendant at our hotel in the University quarter gave us some area restaurant options. Walking about, we first encountered Holohan’s . We stepped in without a reservation around 1800. With...More

Thank gwir
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An excellent restaurant . The staff were extremely knowledgeable about their menu and exceptionally attentive. The food was superb with a lovely atmosphere too. Overall, well worth a visit when in Belfast!

Thank Jessry2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Holohan’s Pantry is a lovely, quaint restaurant near Queens University in Belfast. Nicely decorated. The food and service was outstanding! Specializing in Irish cuisine with emphasis on the North. Simple dishes like champ and boxty are taken to new hieghts. The duo of beef I...More

1  Thank czar13653
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here for the 5-10-5 (pound) three course-menu (before 6pm) and it’s an understatement to say that we were pleasently surprised. This place really deserves the top spot in Belfast: the starter was a delicious goat’s curd with salted baked beetroot, chicory, hazelnuts and orange....More

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 1 week ago

This family-run restaurant is a treat and a must if you are in Belfast. The evening got off to a great start when our waiter (one of the owners) came to the table and gave us his wine recommendations. He was extremely friendly and very...More

Thank Martin C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The bed and breakfast we were staying at recommended Holohan's Pantry which was a short walk from the bed and breakfast. Our family of 5 all had delicious meals. The restaurant is small so it's a good idea to make a reservation ahead of time....More

1  Thank Navyswimmer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My first time here, but will be back again soon. The food was amazing and service fantastic. Pork Belly...recommended!

2  Thank kazcarter5678
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small Irish restaurant run by enthusiastic and talented young people. Great atmosphere and location I was introduced to “boxey” large crispy potato pancake with a filling, the 1st night I had a beef and Guinness filling, so good we came back the next night and...More

1  Thank Diane H
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Response from Heiða L | Reviewed this property |
I really don't think there is a code. The staff is very professional and the restaurant is very nice, I'd think it worth it to dress a bit smart and leave the trainers at home ;)
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A standard reservation is sufficient, have a great night.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$33
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 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. - 11:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 43 University Road, Belfast BT7 1ND, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9029 1103
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Holohan's is a family owned Irish restaurant situated on University Road just a stones throw from the Queens University. Holohan's Pantry is located in an old listed building oozing charm and ambience, a mixture of old style surroundings in a bright and welcoming setting. Like its sister restaurant, the hugely successfully 'Holohans at the Barge,' the Pantry offers the same 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" At University Road we now have a wonderful all day Irish breakfast menu from 8 am Tuesday to Friday. Our goals are to provide and champion our particular brand of food and service in a relaxed and comfortable 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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