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“Fantastic meal”

Holohans At The Barge
Ranked #4 of 1,088 Restaurants in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$47
Cuisines: Irish
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was our second time at Holohans at the barge and yet again the meal was fantastic.
The staff were professional and very friendly. Great atmosphere and a buzzing little quirky restaurant.

My wife and I will definitely be returning as it's one of our favourites.

Thank Barry W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'll start with a couple of minor gripes! Tried to book a table for 6pm to be told this couldn't be facilitated, it needed to be 5.30...a bit of back and forth resulted in the reality that we could actually arrive whenever we liked as long as we vacated the table by 7.30! Second gripe, the menus on the website aren't the up to date menu, worth at the very least acknowledging this on the menu by even indicating they are sample menus...my husband had really been looking forward to a dessert he had seen on line, however no sign of it on the night.
Both fairly minor gripes añd certainly not enough to reduce from 5 stars to 4 stars. Staff were great, food was fantastic - pork belly and fig and cheese starters, boxty and seabass mains, all delicious. Good choice of local craft beers and nice to see unusual choices such as red bonny rum, a fantastic dark and stormy! Love this place and looking forward to a return journey!

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1  Thank robertandsimone
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Holohans this year , shabby barge with very good food good friendly service . Not cheap but would recommend

1  Thank BeniAlfazDelPi
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

Holohan's is simply awesome. I've brought my last two groups (of 12 guys) here when we are in town. From start to finish, this restaurant is a total homerun. The service is first rate and the food is off the charts. Can't imagine a better experience anywhere in town.

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3  Thank Nosoup4u72
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

Excellent, fantastic, great food friendly service and location.

We took a gamble and turned up on the day, and was lucky that a table cancelled, so we took their table.

The menu was limited, but what they did they did it very very well. The ingredients were local and fresh and cooked just right and had great flavor.

My wife had scallops to start which were cooked to perfection, we then had Seabass which had the perfect crispy skin.

Since we did not book we were given a table in the center of the boat, but as the tables thinned out, we were moved to the tables on the side with a view of the River Lagan.

Definitely will visit again next time we are in Belfast.

You need to book as there is very few table, and ask for a table on the side with a view of the river.

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1  Thank Bourne2fish
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