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Bistro Este, Belfast, City of Belfast

Bistro Este

4.8
4.8
597 Reviews
£25 and under
Bistro

Neighbourhood family run bistro. We use fresh local produce, homemade in house daily. We cater for all ages, including children. We are fully licensed and have an extensive craft beer and gin selection. we also serve delicious cocktails and have reasonably priced wine list.

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Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, Contemporary British

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 17:00–21:00 Sun 13:00–18:00

  • Phone number

    028 9065 6976

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

Menu

Starters

  • Jerusalem Artichoke Soup, Saute Oyster Mushrooms, Young Buck, Chive Oil, Homemade Focaccia£6.50

    • Whipped Feta, Roasted Beetroot, Spanish Peach, Old Church Tomatoes, Sticky Walnuts, Citrus Dressing£7.50

      • Portavogie Prawn Sour Dough Toast, Yuzo Mayo£7.50

        • Thai Style Chicken Wings£6.50

          • Chicken Liver Parfait, Toasted Sourdough, & Spiced Prune Compote£7.50

            • Slow Cooked Ham Hock, Mature Irish Cheddar Croquettes, Burnt Apple Puree, Baby Watercress Salad£7.50

              • Vegetable Kimchi Rolls & Dipping Sauce£7.00

                Mains

                • Slow-Braised Lamb Shoulder, Artichoke Puree, Mint Gnocchi, Greens, Jus£19.50

                  • Slow-Braised Featherblade of Beef Bourguignon, Truffle Mash, Anise Carrot, Tenderstem Broccoli£19.50

                    • 8oz Burger, Cheddar Cheese, Pickled Onion Ring, Brioche Bun, Triple-Cooked Truffle Parmesan Chips, Burger Sauce£14.50

                      • Pan-Fried Chicken Breast, Tarragon Velouté, Fondant Potatoes, Lardon & Spring Cabbage£16.00

                        • Pan-Fried Hake, Goan Curry Sauce, Portavogie Prawns, Spiced Crab Cakes, Hispi Cabbage£19.50

                          • Roast Cod, Beer Battered Scampi, Hot Tartare Sauce Parmentier Potatoes, Tenderstem Broccoli£19.50

                            • 10oz Sirloin Steak, Wild Garlic Butter or Pepper Sauce, Triple-Cooked Chips, Rocket Salad£29.50

                              • Roasted Cauliflower, Curried Lentil & Spinach Dahl, Shallot Bhajis£13.00

                                • Petit Pois Ravioli, Asparagus, Broad Beans, Herb Nage, Aged Parmesan£13.00

                                  Sides

                                  • Triple-Cooked Chips£4.50

                                    • Pickled Onion Rings£4.50

                                      • Organic Vegetables£4.50

                                        • Creamy Mash£4.50

                                          • Truffle Parmesan Triple-Cooked Chips£5.50

                                            • Jug of Jus£1.50

                                              Last updated: 1 February 2022

                                              What 597 people are saying

                                              Overall ratings and reviews

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                                              4.8
                                              4.8 based on recent ratings
                                              • 4.7Food
                                              • 4.8Service
                                              • 4.7Ambience
                                              • 4.5Value

                                              NoiseModerate

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                                              1. JW

                                                JoanW

                                                N. Ireland

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 1 day ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Our first visit, and definitely the first of many. The food was exceptional. Great atmosphere and the waiting staff were lovely. A very positive experience and highly recommended.

                                              2. T

                                                Tonks

                                                London

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 1 day ago

                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                Good to see so.many diners here on a wet Friday night.The food was good, prices may have increased since my last visit,a pleasant experience.

                                              3. a

                                                allysonw

                                                Edinburgh

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined 1 day ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Fabulous food and staff were so accommodating and great conversation. Love this place

                                              4. GH

                                                GillianH

                                                N. Ireland

                                                4 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great food as always. Very friendly staff. A small error when the bill came but quickly rectified and apologies given. Will be back.

                                              5. DK

                                                DavidK

                                                London

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Always fresh ingredients and a great menu. Staff are always welcoming.

                                              6. VG

                                                VickyG

                                                N. Ireland

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 4 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Love Bistro Este, the welcome is so warm and genuine, the food is delicious and the ambience is relaxed!

                                              7. G

                                                Greg

                                                London

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                The food was fresh, flavoursome & presented beautifully on the plate. Always a pleasure to eat here.

                                              8. D

                                                Dennis

                                                N. Ireland

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Excellent restaurant serving first class good 👍 Highly recommended.

                                              9. GH

                                                GeorgeH

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We had a wonderful night,food was delicious and the service was fabulous.

                                              10. NS

                                                NickS

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                Food is OK, and is decent value for money, but not up to the standards of some of its local competitors. Service was excellent, with friendly and efficient staff.

                                              11. RS

                                                RosemaryS

                                                Hertfordshire

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 13 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Had a lovely meal ,great choices and nicely cooked. Service good nice wine list with reasonable prices

                                              12. KM

                                                KeiraM

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 11 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great menu, friendly staff and very relaxed. One of our favourite spots to eat in the area!

                                              13. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 11 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great menu, tasty food and excellent service. A hidden gem in Ballyhack.

                                              14. A

                                                Audrey

                                                N. Ireland

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                overall4food3service4ambience3

                                                Good service and good food. Pleasant atmosphere. Would return.

                                              15. NF

                                                NicolaF

                                                N. Ireland

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                FABULOUS food and service. The perfect antidote to a stressful week.

                                              16. F

                                                Fozzy

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                Limited non dairy options and apparent reluctance to tweak items on menu to suit dietary restrictions but other than that the food was pleasant and the service friendly.

                                              17. GM

                                                GraemeM

                                                Hawaii

                                                6 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                The Food was excellent as usual, with good options. The Wine list was good.

                                              18. LC

                                                LindaC

                                                N. Ireland

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Very friendly staff in Bistro Este, welcoming & attentive. The food is very good and the menu has something to suit everyone. The whipped goat’s cheese starter was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. I ordered the pork loin for the second time in two weeks as it was so good. Excellent flavours, all put together very imaginatively. Had a great night with 4 friends & everyone enjoyed their food. Good atmosphere on a Saturday evening. We will be back!

                                              19. AC

                                                ACBfoodie

                                                N. Ireland

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Delicious food with excellent service. Great choice of drinks. Lovely atmosphere and not feeling rushed at all. Many thanks to all the staff.

                                              20. JB

                                                JillyB

                                                N. Ireland

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 4 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Delicious food and great service. Looking forward to return visit

                                              21. CQ

                                                ChrisQ

                                                N. Ireland

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 3 May 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                Must attend! Would go back - the music was perfect

                                              22. LM

                                                LaurenM

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 3 May 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Service was amazing, and the server was so lovely. Will defo be back again

                                              23. JR

                                                JudithR

                                                New York Area

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Fabulous as always! Delicious food, wonderful ambience and very attentive staff Cant wait u til our next visit

                                              24. W

                                                William

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 23 April 2022

                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                We were 15 minutes early but they still found us a table although it was beside a draughty door. Drinks came quickly but food took about 40 minutes but it was on a very busy Saturday evening. My steak was perfectly done and the chips and pickled onion rings were excellent. Noise levels quite high but excellent staff who deducted the price of my Guinness which apparently came from a new type of dispenser and didn't have the head or smoothness of a pulled pint. A good evening out.

                                              25. LG

                                                LyndaG

                                                N. Ireland

                                                4 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on 21 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Friendly service. Great food well presented. Nice cocktails

                                              26. SS

                                                SandraS

                                                N. Ireland

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 17 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                This has become one of our family favourites. The service is second to none and the food always excellent!

                                              27. IB

                                                IanB

                                                N. Ireland

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 17 April 2022

                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                As always, delivered some fantastic plates of foods which were delicious as usual served by the friendly team.

                                              28. MS

                                                MaggieS

                                                N. Ireland

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 17 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Food in Bistro Este is consistently escelle t and the staff friendly and welcoming.

                                              29. DW

                                                DavidW

                                                N. Ireland

                                                5 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                Menu full of choice with great quality food at a reasonable price friendly staff

                                              30. SM

                                                SandraM

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 12 April 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                Great quality food & one of the best restaurants in Ballyhackamore. Fresh ingredients & always good service too.

                                              31. KM

                                                KMMM

                                                N. Ireland

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 10 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Very enjoyable meal, lovely food and good setting

                                              32. J

                                                Jac70

                                                N. Ireland

                                                2 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on 10 April 2022

                                                overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                Great food and service. We have been eating there on a regular basis and will continue to do so.

                                              33. RB

                                                RuthB

                                                London

                                                12 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                12 reviews

                                                Dined on 10 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Brought family from England (one of them was a chef), they were so impressed with quality, presentation & tastes of outstanding food, atmosphere & the one to one contact with staff. Another outstanding meal Thank you

                                              34. SM

                                                SimonM

                                                London

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 9 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Really impressed by everything - great food, drinks and atmosphere.

                                              35. PB

                                                PatriciaB

                                                N. Ireland

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 8 April 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                Love este.. mussels for starters we're the only low point mostly empty shells

                                              36. R

                                                Royman

                                                London

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 3 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Love going to this place , great food with great staff & they have Heineken on draught 😃

                                              37. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Chicago

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 1 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Beautiful understated Bistro, good food and the service is always excellent. Superb value for money, a firm favourite for us here in East Belfast

                                              38. KS

                                                KyliaS

                                                N. Ireland

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 1 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Beautiful food, warm & welcoming staff & lovely atmosphere

                                              39. RB

                                                RuthB

                                                London

                                                13 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                13 reviews

                                                Dined on 1 April 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Outstanding! Great atmosphere, professional/ knowledgeable staff & compliments to the chef, food was excellent. We’ll be back! Thank you

                                              40. E

                                                Erin

                                                Dublin

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on 31 March 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                I dined here for the first time and I'll be back; the food was delicious, the service was great and there's s really nice atmosphere in the restaurant :o)

                                              Safety precautions

                                              • Cleaning & sanitising

                                                • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                                • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                                                • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                                                • Contactless payment available
                                              • Physical distancing

                                                • Limited number of seated diners
                                                • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                • Extra space between tables
                                              • Protective equipment

                                                • Waiting staff wear masks
                                              • Screening

                                                • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                              FAQs

                                              Bistro Este is rated 4.8 stars by 597 OpenTable diners.

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                                              Booked 7 times today
                                              Google Map for Bistro Este

                                              221 Upper Newtownards road Belfast, City of Belfast BT4 3JD

                                              Additional information

                                              • Area

                                                Belfast

                                              • Hours of Operation

                                                Mon–Sat 17:00–21:00 Sun 13:00–18:00

                                              • Cuisines

                                                Bistro, Contemporary British

                                              • Dining style

                                                Casual Dining

                                              • Dress Code

                                                Smart Casual

                                              • Parking Details

                                                Street Parking

                                              • Payment Options

                                                AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                              • Additional

                                                Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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