We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Finbarr’s Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
| Aykley Heads, Durham DH1 5TS, England
+44 191 307 7033
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

833 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 828: English reviews
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
188 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Finbarr's excelled itself with a nicely varied menu, good portions of excellent food supplemented by a great wine list. As a location for a special meal I'd put this high on my list of all the restaurants I've visited worldwide. OK, it's expensive but it's definitely worth it. The new(ish) venue is bigger without seeming too big and whilst it's... More 

Thank TarlCaboto
Durham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
137 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a group of three adults and arrived on time for our 1230pm table booking. The restaurant was almost empty and the "background music" was obtrusive. Our request to have it turned down was met and the service thereafter was very good. We each had the 2-course set lunch for £17.50 (there was a choice of about six each... More 

Thank CBA2014
Durham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very sophisticated restaurant with delicious menu featuring venison and duck. Truly succulent cuts, beautifully presented. Not cheap but well worth the price. Huge wine selection too!

Thank MadzTyler
Durham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A birthday meal with family. Staff were so friendly and the food was amazing. Each course was presented so nicely and the atmosphere was friendly but not overpowering. Only 1 improvement needed - the radiators were "boiling" and it was hot where we swerve sitting - however this did not detract from the beautiful time we had. Many thanks.

1 Thank jmcm2016
United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for an anniversary meal. The food and the service were very nice. We had the early evening set menu which was good value for money and had lots of variety. We've visited several times before at both their new and old premises, sometimes alone and sometimes with friends, and have had consistent experiences. The only let down is... More 

Thank ABC462
Level Contributor
138 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was treated to a midweek lunch here by a friend as a birthday gift. Had heard good reviews and always wanted to visit. We chose from the special lunch menu -2 courses. I opted for a steak meal and cheesecake for dessert. Food was good quality, plentiful and very tasty. My friend's steak wasn't cooked to her liking but it... More 

1 Thank retracenna
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a family birthday celebration at Finnbar's just a few days ago. It was absolutely fantastic, the food is amazing, the service was exemplary and the private dining room we had upstairs was a fantastic layout which allowed our large group of 14 people to be together, and even the children in our part had a bit of space... More 

1 Thank ZoeDurham
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A small restaurant hidden just outside Durham city centre. I go here at least once a month and it never disappoints. The food is always beautiful and the wine is suburb....I thoroughly recommend the white Zinfandel rose...the best I have ever had. The early bird menu is great value and always has a selection of amazing choices. Staff are fabulous... More 

1 Thank Sally_anni_25
Level Contributor
35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Firstly the positives ( and there are many); the food is excellent, the staff are friendly, attentive and knowledgeable, the menu choices are good, the wine list is good and the general ambience ic the restaurant is very good. So why the average rating? This restaurant is extremely popular, almost too popular. The table size is the same for parties... More 

2 Thank phil t
Winchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
224 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had booked our table in advance and headed off to the previous home of Finbarrs at The King's Head hotel, only to find that it had moved to Aykley Heads. The restaurant works well in its new venue and still offers an excellent menu at a reasonable price. Thoroughly recommended!

Thank Julie A

Travellers who viewed Finbarr’s Restaurant also viewed


Been to Finbarr’s Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
British, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: | Aykley Heads, Durham DH1 5TS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Durham  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +44 191 307 7033

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Finbarr’s Restaurant and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question
London, United Kingdom
21 days ago
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
over a year ago

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Finbarr’s Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?