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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” (214 reviews)
“ham hock” (21 reviews)
“scallops” (52 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 3 days ago via mobile

Amazing food and the staff , brilliant . Three girls looked after us , lovely atmosphere, fine dining 😀

1  Thank Declan F
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I was able to book online from Australia (essential as very popular). Restaurant didn't disappoint - wonderfully prepared food and excellent service. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

1  Thank AnnBonn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Here's what I had. Appetizers-scallops, Dinner-Sea Bass, Dessert Ice Cream Sundae. Everything was perfect. Good portions. Tasted great. Saw honeycomb as a topping on the sundae and had to try it. Was delicious, I wanted more. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Nice ambiance. Great...More

1  Thank Falcon67pw
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our second visit and it was just as good as the first! We had a lovely table at the window, the food was delicious but the staff made the evening! So full of passion and knowledge. We had starter's of scallops and pork belly, both...More

1  Thank hemmie19
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want fine dining in a really unique setting with friendly staff then this is the place for you! This is one of the best meals I have had, presentation was excellent, taste was fantastic and service was efficient and friendly I would highly...More

1  Thank NicNic2010
Reviewed 1 week ago

Reservations suggested. The place is small and unassuming but the chef, clearly, knows what he's doing. Two words: pork belly. Everything else is delicious, too, but the pork belly needs to be tasted.

1  Thank Mirella Menglid... M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for dinner and it was innovative and tasty food. Drinks were lovely too. Barge setting is very cute and cosy. Check for availability.

1  Thank Magdalena502014
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just ate lunch at Holohan's on the barge for the 1st time today and I was impressed. We were very well looked after and the choice of food was interesting and novel. I had the figs with blue cheese to start followed by the boxty...More

1  Thank DavidMcCann3000
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just came from having lunch at Holohan's. The high rating and reviews on TA really directed us to there. Another great result of using TA. I rarely review restaurants because too often we are somewhat disappointed but when one gets it right you need to...More

1  Thank guyg742
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

1st visit and won't be the last. Very casual but staff are very informative and aren't in your face all the time. I went for the boxtie of the day....And what a choice. A potato pancaka steuufed with chilli ...I want that recipient...The best chilli...More

1  Thank 12_Molly_12
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26 September 2017|
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Response from Johnnycool1954 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, see website.
15 August 2017|
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Response from Calvinholohan | Property representative |
Hello, thanks for the inquiry, the Barge itself and the restaurant are very well set up for wheelchair accessibility, if making a booking however, please advise the staff of any seating requirements, as there are some higher... More
15 July 2017|
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Response from Jane H | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for your enquiry, yes - both restaurants are owned by the Holohan family and we offer the same consistent service in both venues. They both have their own charm, the Barge is lovely and probably a little... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$9 - US$47
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, Romantic, Local cuisine, 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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