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“Exceptional”

Holohans At The Barge
Ranked #4 of 1,052 Restaurants in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$45
Cuisines: Irish
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: 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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“Exceptional”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

Good food served in quirky surroundings.
We had evening dinner on board which was very good.
Waiter was well versed on what was on offer.
The Barge may be tied up but its going places!

  • Visited February 2014
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Jane F, Guest Relations Manager at Holohans At The Barge, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Thank you for your great view, short, sweet and we enjoyed the pun : ) we look forward to having you back again!
best wishes
HOLOHANS
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing food!!!”
Reviewed 28 July 2014 via mobile

First visit to Belfast (from Manchester & Sheffield) and this restaraunt. Arrived at 4pm and they wasn't serving food until 5pm but they offered us a great table by the window to have drinks for an hour before ordering which was perfect. Best pork belly I've ever had and gorgeous Irish cheeses for dessert! Amazing food and would recommend to everyone!

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Jane F, Guest Relations Manager at Holohans At The Barge, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Thank you for your charming review, lets hope this is the first of many visits to Belfast for you ! and hopefully you will come back and see us again,
best wishes
HOLOHANS
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“a gem”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

We came across this walking back from the titanic to our hotel .
A unique restaurant and bar . The staff was pleasant and food lovely . We came across Mcgraths pale ale
. im not an ale drinker but sounded interesting . i was pleasantly surprised and quite liked it recomend for something different .

Visited July 2014
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Jane F, Guest Relations Manager at Holohans At The Barge, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Thank you for your great review, its always good to get a 5* review from a senior reviewer : ) we are delighted you tried the McGraths, we are very proud of our excellent range of artisan and craft beers at HOLOHAN'S
We hope you'll come bcd and visit us again on your next trip !
Best wishes
HOLOHANS
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Exceptional”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

Sonia and I had dinner last night on the barge. The food, service, venue and location were all exceptional. Great, uncomplicated Irish food well executed and friendly and informed service make Holohan's stand out and earn it its well deserved ranking as #1 restaurant in Belfast. A particularly nice touch was our overhearing the table staff passing our very complimentary comments to the kitchen team. Highly recommend. Book to avoid disappointment.

  • Visited July 2014
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Jane F, Guest Relations Manager at Holohans At The Barge, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Thank you for your great review and your charming comment re the staff team. We have the most wonderful kitchen team and our head chef is exceptional - its lovely to be bale to pass on guests comment and appreciation !
Best wishes
HOLOHAN'S
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“First time in Belfast, wanted to lunch in #1”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

It was my first time in Belfast so I wanted to eat in the #1 rated restaurant for lunch, especially since the prices seemed very reasonable.

The staff were fantastic, very friendly and attentive. They recommended the Sea Bass, and it was as tasty a piece of fish as I've had. Simply cooked, full of flavour.

The setting on the barge is lovely.

I finished with a top quality espresso. I'd have no hesitation in recommending Holohan's.

  • Visited July 2014
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3 Thank Sean B
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Jane F, Guest Relations Manager at Holohans At The Barge, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Thank you so much for your great review, first time visitors to Belfast are a bit spoiled for choice when it comes to dining out so we are delighted you chose Holohans : )
we look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to Northern Ireland.
Best wishes
HOLOHANS
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