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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%
  • Very good14%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“boxty” (290 reviews)
“smoked cod” (17 reviews)
“steak” (89 reviews)
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Irish, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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1 Lanyon Quay, Belfast BT1 3LG, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday

Having booked on line we were looking forward to a meal on The Barge following some great reviews; on arrival we were a little disappointed with the outside as it looked tired and concerned then about what we would we find inside. We were greeted...More

Thank Trish W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Family dinner with two teenagers, enough good and delicious food for everyone and very friendly staff. Lamb worked very well, so did chicken breast and Gin drinks. Truly can be recommened

Thank Juha M
Reviewed yesterday

Four of us were visiting Belfast for the first time and had booked a table for Tues evening. On approaching the barge we did think the outside wasn't that inviting but wow, once inside the atmosphere was great and the food delicious. We all decided...More

Thank bubbaNotts
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited for my husbands birthday. Food was amazing and the staff were so friendly and helpful. We both had the steak which was beautiful.

1  Thank Nina D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Never had boxty before. So glad I tried the salmon & cod option. It was delicious!!! Portion size was good. Only downside was I had no room for dessert and the dessert choices were all inviting. A week later and I’m still thinking I missed...More

1  Thank SuzyCW
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place does not look like much from the outside (older barge), but the food was wonderful! My favorite meal of our whole 12 days in Ireland was the Boxty dumpling dish (a potato based dumpling which was soft on the inside). My husband had...More

1  Thank LFox513
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took a friend here for a birthday meal. I had steak and he had the fish boxty. He raved about it for days afterwards. Lovely staff and food. Don't be put off by the outside which is somewhat deceiving I think. Inside the restaurant...More

Thank IrishRon68
Reviewed 1 week ago

And so to Holohan's at The Barge to celebrate my wife's birthday with her best friend. On-line booking worked well, although the Barge's popularity meant I had to settle for a 1730 slot on a Saturday evening. The Barge's situation - moored securely on an...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent food,friendly staff, different from normal and not very big so made for a great atmosphere.

Thank David H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’ve been to holohan’s at the barge multiple times and it never disappoints. Great tasting food with a good selection of wine.

Thank Jenny W
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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
19 January 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
21 December 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$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, View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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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