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Holohans At The Barge

1 Lanyon Quay, Belfast BT1 3LG, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9023 5973
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  • Excellent81%
  • Very good14%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“boxty” (292 reviews)
“potato pancakes” (18 reviews)
“hake” (54 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 15:00 Hours
Irish, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
1 Lanyon Quay, Belfast BT1 3LG, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Excellent food and service. My wife had the boxty and I had the hake special. Both were amazing and the service was outstanding!

Thank tenngreg
Reviewed 3 days ago

We arrived mid afternoon in Belfast from Canada for our first visit to this area! We decided to go to Holohans at the Barge for dinner and are we ever glad we did! The service was excellent, food wonderful and the price was very reasonable!...More

Thank GKimb
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Besides being delicious, the Seafood Boxty was a great introduction to a local specialty! The Amaretto Panacotta dessert was divine. Knowledgeable and adept waitstaff added to the experience.

Thank TennYankee
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Had lunch for my husband’s birthday, not quite knowing what to expect, but what a fabulous experience it was! The barge was relaxed and friendly and the food was faultless! An amazing meal was had by all, including the children’s menu, and we left already...More

Thank Deirdre D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Booked this as a special treat. It was all that and more. Food was delicious. Service was really good also.

Thank skin-town-gal
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first visit and we were very impressed.The food is of an excellent standard - we enjoyed fish served with an Irish twist, as well as high quality starters and desserts. The staff were pleasant and helpful at all times. The cost, we...More

Thank I4082AJrobertb
Reviewed 1 week ago

we had a friend over from Scotland to watch the Ulster vs Edinburgh match so our party had a quick meal at 5pm at the Barge. As always, the welcome was great, the food fantastic, the wine flowing - exactly what we were looking for.

Thank rjni2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband pre booked here for our first wedding anniversary. Something different he told me and nothing else. We arrived at Holohans at the barge. Omg I was amazed at where I was going. We showed to our table by a lovely lady and presented...More

Thank annmarie220
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Returning customers from Spain we brought more friends and outstanding once again . Mackerel starter was a hit along with ham hock terrine . Sunday lunch beef was perfect but the stars were the boxty and the hake dish ... arrive a 10 thanks Mick...More

1  Thank olivia7777
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little place with great food and all the staff are so helpful. I’ll definitely be back on my next trip to Belfast

Thank RC23234
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charles p
1 September 2018|
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Response from bubbaNotts | Reviewed this property |
Not sure because we walked from hotel
lorraine m
31 August 2018|
Response from Carmel4576 | Reviewed this property |
I can’t see why not. Just make sure you are seated at a regular table as opposed to one of the higher tables with stools
22 May 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$46
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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Romantic
Open Hours
13:00 - 18:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
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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