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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%
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“boxty” (311 reviews)
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Irish, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
1 Lanyon Quay, Belfast BT1 3LG, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The barge is quirky & cosy , our table was a window seat as requested, high seating & small table ,staff were friendly , our food was average our meals were over seasoned .unfortunately my husband & I couldn’t even have a conversation dew to...More

Thank Chocolate300
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were in Belfast for one night and so glad we found this place. Exactly what a restaurant should be - lovely setting, amazing food, great wine, perfect service - other restaurants should take note, this is how it should be done!

Thank Chris P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I've eaten here a couple of times - it's consistently good, a small but interesting menu and although more fish inclined, there is something for everyone. A friendly atmosphere with great service. Highly recommended.

Thank Angie_L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Family run restaurant..have to book early as is always busy..great people and have time to speak to you the holohan family

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Love it! Every time we are in Belfast. Best boxty ever (seafood) and had the farmaggedon beer as well. Staff was again friendly and accommodating. See you soon!!!

Thank ioannisntanos
Reviewed 1 week ago

There's nothing really to say, apart from excellent, brilliant maybe?? Food was just great, but if i had to pick a downside, there's not much choice in the way of beers, but don't let that detract from this fantastic restaurant, will definitely be going back...More

Thank The_Hornet_919
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Will know for next time to request specific table. Great variety on a great fresh menu.. very yummy!..difficult to pick😜 Many thanks to all for delightful pre concert dinner.

1  Thank Sez75
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a converted barge on the Lagan , very handy for Waterfront (where we were going) and the SSE, downtown area and several hotels. Food was hot, quickly and efficiently served and the staff were friendly and helpful

1  Thank nialmc
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely location for a restaurant. The service was friendly and professional. I had the scrumptious Pan Boxty which was served with the tastiest green beans I've ever eaten. Delicious cocktails too.

Thank Eliz22K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This gorgeous spot has amazing food, a quirky and intimate venue, fantastic service and a splendid view to top it all off. It's always a real treat to go here.

Thank LoiCandi
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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
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
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Average prices
US$9 - US$45
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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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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