James Street South
James Street South
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James Street South

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.jamesstreetsouth.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02890434310
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:45pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:45pm - 10:45pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Niall McKenna
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Restaurant is available for private hire. For further information please call the Restaurant.
  • Special Events: On the 8th September we are hosting a Wine Dinner which will include a fabulous 5 course meal accompanied by fine Bordeaux wines. Price per person is £75.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from James Street South
Located in Belfast City Centre in close proximity to the main Hotels, Theatres and Shopping areas, James Street South Restaurant is the perfect location for lunch or dinner whether its business or pleasure. Our aim is to provide an excellent dining experience where good food, wine and service come together in comfortable and relaxed surroundings. The menu draws on influences from Europe and the cooking style is based on classical French methods. The combination creates a menu, which showcases clean and fresh dishes using as much locally sourced produce as possible. Our a la carte menu is available daily. We have a set priced Lunch Menu priced at £14.95 and £16.95 for two and three courses which is available Monday to Saturday. We also have a Pre Theatre Menu priced at £16.95 for two and £18.95 for three courses which is available Monday to Friday.
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James Street South reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Very elegant meal
    rosiepops
    Dined on 18/3/2013
    My husband and I visited James Street South on a Monday evening so it was fairly quiet. We had warm and friendly service, delicious wine and thought the place was decorated with real elegance. The menu was great, and we thoroughly enjoyed our food. Only tiny gripe is that my husband likes to have the cheeses on the board named to him! Would definitely recommend this place, lucky Belfast.
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  • Good food, shame about the alarm!
    adiner
    Dined on 15/3/2013
    Good food and friendly service - however the serving staff are not "joined up" and spend their time duplicating each others' requests to diners. Also, no one seemed to know how to switch off the security alarm when it went off accidentally and the noise spoiled an otherwise good evening!
    Special Features:
    special occasions, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent sevice from the
    Niamh
    Dined on 16/2/2013
    Excellent sevice from the minute we came through the door. Food was amazing and our server was very helpful and friendly.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions, pre/post theatre
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  • Best dinner experience in years
    stantheman
    Dined on 16/2/2013
    I've dined at some of the top restaurants in the the UK and Ireland and JSS easily ranks amongst the top 5. A little gem of a place nestled in a city centre side street with perfect ambience and food to die for. Very attentive and friendly service pitched at just the right level. A wonderful experience and can't wait to go back. 10 out of 10.
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    romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's, 1st time at JSS
    marty
    Dined on 14/2/2013
    My girlfriend and I attended James Street South for Valentine's Day, and we were both pleased with the occasion. The staff were helpful and courteous, from beginning to end. The menu may not be for the fussier eaters, and vegetarian options were not wide, but the food we ordered delivered both in terms of taste and presentation. It is certainly one of the more expensive restaurants and it justifies the price. The portions left us nicely full and there can be no argument with them. The only downfall was a slight lack of atmosphere: although there was ambience and it was visually attractive, it just seemed devoid of a spark that the absolute highly recommended restaurants have.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Tommy
    Dined on 14/2/2013
    The food was excellent but we had to wait 45 minutes for our main course (no starter) and the restaurant wasn't that busy. Other than that, the service was very good.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service.
    Yvonne1511
    Dined on 1/2/2013
    Great food and service although having to pay for bread as extra to accompany soup I feel a little unjust seeing as the prices are already quite expensive.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • usual excellent meal
    gillnewf
    Dined on 26/1/2013
    we have eaten here several times before and as always I was spoiled for choice on the menu: it all sounded delicious and I knew from experience that the food would not disappoint. This is not Belfast's cheapest venue but I think that we really got what we paid for: an excellent meal and beautifully presented.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal, with the exception
    Victor
    Dined on 26/1/2013
    Excellent meal, with the exception of one poor venison portion. I quietly ordered an additional portion for my guest which was embarrassingly presented as a further full meal, and charged as such. Well inside our allotted two hours we declined any desserts but ordered a final drink in its' place. The waitress returned informing us that the drink was waiting for us at the bar, effectively ending our evening without asking us. We left around 40 mins later and our table remained free. Obviously no tip and no hurry back. Victor Toland.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • happy foodie
    jacell
    Dined on 26/1/2013
    The welcome and service was excellent, the food superb and the ambience relaxing. It is expensive with 15% service charge but one only gets what you pay for. Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Critical of this restaurant
    enjoyfood12
    Dined on 19/1/2013
    We were disappointed in James St South having heard much about it. Why were most of the customers grouped around the edge of the restaurant and why were there no staff for long periods to be seen? One of the waitresses could hardly speak any English. Another seemed not to be trained very well, the proper cutlery was not on the table when some of the food was served. The starters were tasty, but the monkfish was not tasty and was on the bone which should have been pointed out when ordering.
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  • Excellent restaurant
    Sadiep
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    A lovely restaurant with a great atmosphere A very welcoming greeting on arrival & great service. Food excellent. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions, group bookings, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday treat
    Loulou1
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    This was my second time eating at James street south and I was just as impressed as the first time. The food was exquisite, table was booked for 2 hours but plenty of time to sit back, relax and enjoy. Our waitress was always on hand topping up our glasses before they had a chance to empty, I would definitely eat here in the future.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, brunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, snail paced service
    Stephok
    Dined on 5/1/2013
    My partner and I came to Belfast for an overnight visit and booked a few days before. Restaurant had called us to confirm booking early in the day and to emphasis on us that we had to be done by 8pm not a problem seeing as our booking was for 6. We had a three course set menu and were lucky to be out just minutes before the deadline! Half empty restaurant, set menu and at least 6 or 7 servers but all of them seemed to be congregating at the kitchen. That said the staff were very pleasant and the set menu very good value. The only issue was the extremely long wait for every course, even desert.
    Special Features:
    romance, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine food, relaxed crisp ambience.
    mken
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Fine food, relaxed crisp ambience. Perfect venison, Would certainly recommend for a special occasion.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good...but GFG "6" seems generous
    sawylie
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Dined at James Street South on Thursday evening (pre theatre menu) - well presented, though largely uninspiring choices - honeyed pork belly to start was OK, but no unique tastes were discernible - venison in pastry with red wine jus for main was tasty, but again unworthy of a "6". White chocolate "mousse" was too dense (desert) and another desert, vanilla creme brulee, was like any other 'good' creme brulee... Drakes in Ripley is (was) a "6" in the Good Food Guide and is in a different class to be frank. Overall, nothing here to inspire a return - plenty more restaurants in Belfast to try before returning. It may be that the "a la carte" menu is better executed, but all diners should be experiencing "6", independent of what time they dine.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal & service.
    dinerDoc
    Dined on 29/12/2012
    Excellent meal & service. The table nearest the entrance & bar was not ideal, but otherwise a great dining experience
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophisticated dining in Belfast
    se249
    Dined on 28/12/2012
    James Street South is perfect for a sophisticated but relaxed evening out with friends. Food and service were all excellent. The wine list was also of high merit. One of the best 'all-round' restaurants I have been to in a while.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • My wife and I went to James
    treat2eat
    Dined on 22/12/2012
    My wife and I went to James Street South with two friends last Saturday evening. We had a fabulous evening from start to finish. Food is at different level to the vast majority of restaurants and the staff are quite simply superb. I would highly recommend JSS to anyone wanting something very special.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Lunch
    finediner
    Dined on 20/12/2012
    Enjoyed our third visit this year to James Street South, as much as the other two. Had a delightful lunch with their usual attention to detail, and quality service. Thoroughly recommended!
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    graham
    Dined on 15/12/2012
    This restaurant truly delivers. Its menu is always local, seasonal and interesting. The service is both sharp and friendly (so few places manage this!). The meal is always a pleasure. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    GarethC
    Dined on 1/12/2012
    We went to James St South for a Birthday / Engagement celebration meal. It was ok but there were some horrendous service errors that included my fiance receiving beef fillet instead of pork fillet. This mistake was rectified but the food we sent back from the other three orders came back cold. Not wanting to complain and ruin the evening we all ate on. As soon as we finished our dessert (literally as soon as we were finished) our bill was thrown down on the table. The table was booked for two hours and I understand they have a schedule but it was their errors that held up meal time and then I felt we were rushed out and didnt get time to enjoy our drinks. There was a lame apology but I left very unhappy. Not good service at all!
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  • great quality food
    happycouple
    Dined on 30/11/2012
    went for the taster menu with recommended wine. food great quality, cooked to perfection! also great wine. really enjoyed the experience. very attentive staff but not intrusive. nice ambience too. overall very impressed. expensive but worth the cost.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant was full, very
    glsgw
    Dined on 17/11/2012
    Restaurant was full, very good atmosphere. Staff were excellent, knowledgeable about the food being served, and very friendly and chatty as regards other things to do on a night/day out in Belfast. Food was delicious, as was the wine.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice
    odawg
    Dined on 17/11/2012
    Good food. Good service. Good location. Good menu.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, pre/post theatre
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  • great food - they even went
    PP12
    Dined on 15/11/2012
    great food - they even went out of their way to make something that was not on the menu!
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    business meals, special occasions
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  • Heaven on a plate
    Jimmytee
    Dined on 9/11/2012
    This was the comment from my wife for each course. It was honestly one of the best meals we have ever had. A superb dining experience and I would recommend it to anyone who loves food. Not tried the bar and grill next door but will next time we are in NI
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    JO78
    Dined on 9/11/2012
    Gorgous decor. Outstanding cocktails. Food was absolutley fabulous, & very filling. Georgous wine. Waitress was extremley helpful & pleasant.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely night out
    Lyndiloola
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    We booked a late table on a Friday night & had the tasting menu with matching wines. The food was lovely & the wine was perfectly matched. Service was attentive & nothing was too much bother. Would highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great and tasty
    Jason
    Dined on 31/10/2012
    This was only my second time here with my wife as we were having a hotel break in Belfast. The service and food were fantastic. Some of the menu I wasn't sure what it was (my own food ignorance, I was brought up on potatoes and scallions!) but everything was tasty with plenty of flavour. I had fish and my wife had pork. We shared off each plate as both were delicious. The starters were also out of this world. I look forward to my next break in Belfast as I'll definitely be returning!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was top class, but
    Johnm
    Dined on 31/10/2012
    The food was top class, but the restaurant was very quiet on a mid week (Wednesday)m evening and a bit lacking in atmosphere as a result There is a good wine list but some of the wines are a little overpriced in my view. The service was good - friendly and polite - but if anything a little over zealous.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection *****
    kerrpeter
    Dined on 25/10/2012
    I could not speak highly enough about James Street South. The pork belly is to die for, although would wife would hate me if I did'nt mention the cheesecake!! Great job JSS 'keep it up'
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings, brunch, outstanding value, afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • return visit
    verysatisfied
    Dined on 20/10/2012
    this is our second visit to the restaurant and both times the variety of food has been excellent, the standard of food was 5 star again. cant wait until our next visit
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    romance, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A first class dining experience
    JamesR
    Dined on 19/10/2012
    In the past I have found that quite a few places in Northern Ireland do not quite live up to their star billing, oftentimes down to overrated food and pretty amateurish service. James Street South, however, appears to be one of the exceptions to this and actually lives up to its reputation. It is not the cheapest place in town but the food was first class, superbly presented and the service was professional and unobtrusive. Moreover, someone has clearly thought about the the wine list, which is quite imaginative and not stuffed with all the usual boring suspects. I will certainly be back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • midweek evening meal
    foodtaster
    Dined on 18/10/2012
    Tabel booked for 4 , resturant near empty , found the service good , but servings small and over priced. Overcomplicated menu , Overall food should be better for the price
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  • made to feel welcome
    colin
    Dined on 17/10/2012
    I took my daughter here for a treat for lunch for her 21st birthday. The service was faultless the food very good and the ambiance very pleasant indeed. We had been sitting down only a minute when they delivered two glasses of champagne on the house - due to the birthday- The waiters were knowledgeable and friendly. I definately recommend it and will visit again next time I am in Belfast.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value
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  • Great food
    Isarob
    Dined on 13/10/2012
    Third time at James St South and each time has been fantastic. Everything taste great and a very enjoyable evening
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect venue for the perfect meal.
    JayS
    Dined on 13/10/2012
    Always wanted to go here. It did not disappoint. Amazing food. I visited it during BRW (Belfast Restaurant Week) and it was outstanding. Fully recommend this restaurant if you are looking for a special meal, for that special someone.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions, brunch, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very average evening. Poorly
    Belfastdiner
    Dined on 12/10/2012
    Very average evening. Poorly mixed cocktails, service just ok, overcharged on bill. Small portions of decent food
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  • Eat before you go!
    lisburndiner
    Dined on 12/10/2012
    Starter of Soup and Razor clam ( one clam) were fair. Special of Dover sole , the fish so small, probably illegal to catch. Wifes Sea trout portion was half the size of what a fellow diner at next table was having when we came in. Maybe last portion had to be cut in half. Even for fine dining the portions were very small. For price I wont be rishing back . There is better in many places in Belfast.
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