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“Great food and atmosphere”

Holohans At The Barge
Ranked #6 of 1,116 Restaurants in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$47
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
Reviewed 30 August 2014

Great experience! The food, staff and location was wonderful. The staff was very friendly and attentive. Food were excellent. It was a shame the boat doesn't move. Definitely go back for any special occasions.

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Reviewed 30 August 2014 via mobile

This place is well worth a visit. The staff, the food and the atmosphere were faultless. The views were stunning, it made our anniversary all the more memorable. Thank you.

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4  Thank Neil G
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Reviewed 30 August 2014 via mobile

It is a small cozy restaurant on a ship by the river. A bit noisy, but cheery. we ordered scallop as starter and pork belly as main. They were both FABULOUS! highly recommended!

3  Thank Yimo C
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Reviewed 30 August 2014 via mobile

Absolutely fantastic! I had the fish of the day with a boxty. . . Yummmy my daughter had the Boxty chicken & ham that was amazingly delicious with a fantastic Riesling called stump jump - the staff is wonderful, very friendly and outgoing! Couldn't ask for a better place for a great dinner-on a barge a river front! Head their direction when you are in Belfast!!!!

3  Thank Denise R
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Reviewed 28 August 2014

We had a group of eleven of us on a golf trip and ate at Holohan's for our final night dinner. The food and service was absolutely the best! From start to finish Holohan's exceeded all expectations. The staff was incredible, the food top shelf and the wine and beer selections were just right! Cannot wait to go back and will be recommending Holohan's to all of my friends traveling to Belfast!

3  Thank Nosoup4u72
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