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We serve modern british cuisine. Fully licensed restaurant. We only use quality local produce cooked fresh to order. Family friendly. Open 6 days a week.
PRICE RANGE
£6 - £30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
European, British
FEATURES
Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Disappointing attitude of waitress when I mentioned that there did not appear to be any crab in the “crab croquettes”- they were just potato, with neither the taste nor the texture of crab. As I frequently use crab in cooking, I am very familiar with...this. Approximately 30 minute wait between starter & main course. As we had not eaten all day, we were hungry & had an event to go on to, I did not send the food back, as we wouldn’t have had time. The last time we visited Bistro Este in December 2023, the linguini in the advertised dish was neither linguine, but spaghetti. Uncomfortable restaurant to sit in. Much better restaurants around, best avoided.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 8 November 2023

Really enjoyable night,friendly staff,great atmosphere,food and drink you couldn't fault.Looking forward to our next visit.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 15 October 2023 via mobile

We were 7 friends out to celebrate the retirement of one of us. The menu and food was absolutely delicious, the service excellent and staff very friendly, a perfect evening.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 9 July 2023

Small but busy bistro. Food excellent. Service outstanding. Highly recommend. Best to book in advance tho.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 23 April 2023

What a fantastic night! Out for a friends birthday, 6 of us loved this fantastic restaurant. Warm welcome. Great, friendly service with humour 🙂. As a Vegetarian, fed up with poor food choices in the majority of eateries-Bistro Este fantastic choices made a bored Veggie...very happy. Gorgeous food. Great staff & service. Highly recommend 🙂🙂🙂🙂More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 19 November 2022 via mobile

I can’t fault this place. Lovely Friday evening, relaxed and buzzing atmosphere. Families, couples and friends all enjoying that “start of the weekend” vibe. The service was super friendly, helpful, very good and not over-bearing. We didn’t have to ask for anything twice. AF drink...choices are good. I’d love to see an AF gin too next time I return. I’d the kimchi rolls, pan-fried hake curry and crème brûlée. All delicious, quality food. Very reasonable too. And Pamela Ballantine was there lol! Thank you Bistro Este for a lovely evening.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 October 2022 via mobile

Bistro Este A family run restaurant in Ballyhackamore, serving locally sourced produce in a modern, European style menu, Bistro Este offers a friendly welcome, and great quality dishes. For Starters we had Crispy ham hock rillettes with remoulade & burnt apple puree, Deep fried squid...with Asian slaw & lemon mayo, and an outstanding dish of House fermented kimchi rolls and an Asian dipping sauce. The seafood options were terrific, and our choices of Monkfish Scampi with fries, Linguini with Portavogie prawns, Tiger prawns & mussels in a chilli, lemon, & parsley butter sauce, and a moist Pan-fried Hake in a Goan curry sauce with prawns, spiced crab cakes and hispi cabbage, all really hit the spot. A long overdue return to this excellent East Belfast eatery.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 24 September 2022 via mobile

A really lovely meal Very friendly service Great menu Excellent food Really recommend this place although not walking distance from centre

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 24 August 2022 via mobile

We had an impromptu dinner in Bistro Este and it was fab. I have never had a bad meal here and tonight was the same, the squid for starters was especially good and the beef bourginon was so tasty. The service was as usual friendly...and inviting. This is a fab restaurant, you will struggle to choose between the yummy food on the menu and you will love the staff.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 8 August 2022 via mobile

We ate here to celebrate my daughter’s 30th birthday and were a party of 14, including a baby, vegan and pescatarian. The food was great and the staff very attentive. The restaurant is airy but has a cosy feel too. I would definitely recommend it.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 29 May 2022

Had been a few times before and always find it good here, the cocktails are excellent and the food is always fresh and tasty.I tried the hake with the goan curry sauce and wow it was superb, a mild and creamy sauce which was not...too spicy, we ordered the creme brulee for desert and asked for a scoop of ice cream with it - this too was delicious but when I asked for the bill I saw we were charged £5 for 1 scoop of ice cream which I thought was rather excessive for 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream, I queried this with the waitress and was told that this was what they charged for ice cream, so we paid the bill and left rather amazed by thisMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 26 May 2022 via mobile

We booked a table for 4 people here on my visit home after many years away. Based in the mainland (and to compare) we visit Scott’s in Mayfair regularly. The meal was of such standard that at the end of service, I accosted the assistant...chef outside to thank him before he got on his motorbike to go home…main chef night off. The menu was so good that you struggled to choose from multiple choices, when the food came it did not disappoint, glorious… every dish. The lady of the house was a delight, she was very welcoming…it’s what a restaurant experience should be. If you eat in Belfast at only one place, eat here. PS if you see a motorbike outside, try and get a table!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 25 May 2022 via mobile

My partner and I are regular visitors to Bistro Este and as always the staff (Sarah and her lovely daughter Jasmine)were outstanding!!The food is always good and I am now quite addicted to their goan curry!!Jasmine made us two fabulous cocktails,Kir Royale and French Martini!!Great...atmosphere and would highly recommend.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 8 May 2022 via mobile

The food, cocktails and service were fabulous as always. The hake in goan curry sauce was delicious and they do the best espresso martinis! Highly recommended

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 3 May 2022

Attended here 30th April with my partner. Steak was cooked to perfection. Service friendly. Has been our favourite restaurant and never disappoints.

Date of visit: May 2022
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  • Food: 4.5
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  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5