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James St., Belfast,

James St.

4.7
4.7
302 Reviews
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
James St. is the culmination of Niall McKenna and his fine dining and more casual restaurants into one great dining experience. Operating from these premises since 2003, James St. offers some of the best locally sourced meat and fish produce, cooked alongside classic dishes such as chowder, crab & chili linguine for starters. Main Course come from the grill where steaks, sit side side the freshest of local fish. Desserts take a turn towards a classic souffle, baked alaska as well as a great selection of Irish cheese.
The refurbished restaurant offers a comfortable bar area for bar and lunch time snacks as well as pre and post dinner drinks, alongside a private room on the ground floor called The Grill Room, as well as their long-established First Floor Private dining room. The extensive bar area will host a range of local drinks as well as a large selection of Irish Whiskeys.
The James St. team look forward to welcoming you to this new chapter of dining out in Belfast.

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2 people

19:00


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, European, Irish

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Thu 17:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 13:00–22:00 Sun 13:00–20:00

  • Phone number

    028 9560 0700

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    David Gillmore

  • Private party facilities

    The Restaurant has facilities available for private hire for guests on the ground floor and first floor for up to 45 guests. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be served for business or pleasure. Guests can dine from a fixed price set menu to suit your tastes and budget and be accompanied with a selection of wines to suit your palate and matched with the menu. Champagne, sparkling or cocktail receptions are also available for celebratory events and weddings. On the second floor we also have a cookery school, which has scheduled events open to the public, we can also accommodate private bookings for parties up to 12. For further information please call us at the Restaurant on +442895600700.

  • Area

    Belfast

  • Cross Street

    Brunswick Street, Bedford Street & Howard Street

  • Parking Details

    There is pay and display on street parking located outside the restaurant. The nearest secure parking would be at the Europa Bus station car park.

  • Public Transit

    Located within walking distance of Europa Bus & Train stations and main Belfast hotels the Grand Central, The Europa, The Fitzwilliam, Durys and The Maldron. We are also within walking distance from Belfast attractions of The City Hall, The Crown Bar and the Grand Opera House.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 302 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. AO

    AnnO

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal, excellent service. I will be back. Good varied menu, excellent atmosphere
  2. TT

    TheT

    London

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Love coming here for dinner - great service and the food is very good value for the quality. The wine list is great and the tables are well spaced and have a lovely setting. Good for business or friends evenings.
  3. HS

    HelenS

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were on an Ireland bus tour and this was our last independent dinner. Overall it was our best dinner of our thirteen day trip. It was perfect.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent through and through.
  5. MC

    MaryC

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely evening meal before a concert with first class service
  6. JT

    JoTosey

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, fish of the day perfect will definitely return next time we are in Belfast.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From moment we walked in, staff were amazing. Attentive but not over bearing. Very informative of menu and food was exceptional. Everything was exquisite. Would definitely recommend the Co.Tyrone Fillet Steak 🥰 cooked to perfection. We will be back 😃
  8. MR

    MichaelR

    Yorkshire

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food with attentive but not intrusive service, in a busy restaurant with a good atmosphere.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great environment.
  10. MO

    MattO

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal and service, would 100 % return !!!!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely atmosphere and so handy to city centre. Food was very good with choice to suit everyone. Staff were very welcoming, friendly and attentive. Definitely would recommend and would eat here again.
  12. RM

    RobMac

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I made the booking on line through openTable the night prior and did receive a confirmation, however, no reservation was made in James Street, luckily they were able to fit us in. So, good place to eat but best to check if your reservation has actually been made
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always 10/10
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was amazing we were served by Ella who made us feel very welcome and gave us a first class service throughout our visit, the food was 10/10 and I will definitely be returning here on my next visit
  15. P

    Patsy

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, lovely ambience, friendly professional service
  16. MZ

    MikhailZ

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chatobrian to share was one of the best we've had. The service was spotless. After our meal, we enjoyed an improvised whiskey tasting, great variety and great value.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New chef in-situ since late last year. Food up another notch from previous.
  18. KR

    KathyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful meal, service was excellent, all waiting staff very friendly and helpful, lovely ambience to the restaurant.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    The food was excellent, service too, overall a very enjoyable experience.
  20. L

    Louise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 October 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    My only point was that the Baked Alaska could have done with a little more ice cream. With that, it would be on par with the one at The Ivy. Staff are superb. In such a worrying time for them, they could not have been nicer or more professional.
  21. SS

    SeamusS

    Devon

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 September 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Maitre de was very welcoming
  22. SA

    ScottA

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well presented and interesting dishes, with good flavour and well cooked, polite friendly service, attentive but not over baring, good value for the quality, nice compact wine selection
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Limerick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were great - food also great
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very pleasant
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous. Each course was fabulous.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 January 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Sicuramente un posto diverso dai pub tradizionali che a me personalmente piacciono molto ,con uno stile americano più “cool” .Veramente gentile il personale ,carne buonissima come anche i contorni ( patatine al tartufo particolari anche se un po’ pesanti )e buona scelta dei vini .Certamente non economico ma per una sera ne vale la pena ! Pienamente soddisfatta
  28. F

    Foodie

    N. Ireland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent, called in for a family Christmas Eve lunch
  29. K

    Keithl

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Quite noisy and definitely a bistro rather than posh restaurant. Excellent food and service. Posh restaurant prices !
  30. K

    Keith

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable experience for dinner here on a Monday night. The dining room has great atmosphere and ambience. Very well designed menu, it is evident of the very high level of products used in every dish. It is not cheapest if you compare to around town, but you get what you pay for when dining out and this is no exception. If your looking for a high quality meal you will get it here no doubt. The service was very attentive but in no way obtrusive. Front of house staff very genuine and good sense of humor. If your looking for a place for dinner on a Monday in Belfast this is the place. We will be back !
  31. MC

    MaryC

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting Belfast from the US and loved this lovely restaurant.
  32. JS

    JoyS

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    See my Trip Advisor Fabulous dining experience from starters to post prandial drinks.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 12 September 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great value for money.
  34. PM

    PhilipM

    Dublin

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere, friendly staff and great food would definately recommend
  35. EP

    EleanorP

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 September 2019

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    We felt the restaurant was very cold and basic for the prices, i thought id booked a upscale restaurant and ended up dining in a everyday bistro/cafe. I got risotto for starter and i felt it was under cooked. We both ordered Steak for our mains and it was tasteless and my husbands champ was like baby food swimming in butter . We where both really disappointed overall and went home feeling really underwhelmed by the whole experience.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service, and modern chic setting. Staff were very helpful in helping explain offerings and making suggestions. The raspberry soufflé was to die for! Highly recommended.
  37. s

    shalondon

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 18 August 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a meal st James for my birthday. Everything was perfect. Good amazing and staff excellent. Would definitely recommend.
  38. ML

    MaryL

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 August 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food from start to finish. Extremely polite and helpful staff.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food here is excellent! The service was attentive, friendly, and helpful. The noise, though, was quite extraordinary. It made it very, very difficult to enjoy the company of our dinner mates. Side note: the Rib Eye was extraordinary!
  40. SL

    SerenaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very relaxed restaurant with great service; the Roast was a major hit with my husband and son.

FAQs

James St. is rated 4.7 stars by 302 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Google Map for James St.

19-21 James Street South, Belfast, BT2 7GA

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Brunswick Street, Bedford Street & Howard Street

  • Area

    Belfast

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Thu 17:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 13:00–22:00 Sun 13:00–20:00

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, European, Irish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    There is pay and display on street parking located outside the restaurant. The nearest secure parking would be at the Europa Bus station car park.

  • Public Transit

    Located within walking distance of Europa Bus & Train stations and main Belfast hotels the Grand Central, The Europa, The Fitzwilliam, Durys and The Maldron. We are also within walking distance from Belfast attractions of The City Hall, The Crown Bar and the Grand Opera House.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    David Gillmore

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    028 9560 0700

  • Private party facilities

    The Restaurant has facilities available for private hire for guests on the ground floor and first floor for up to 45 guests. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be served for business or pleasure. Guests can dine from a fixed price set menu to suit your tastes and budget and be accompanied with a selection of wines to suit your palate and matched with the menu. Champagne, sparkling or cocktail receptions are also available for celebratory events and weddings. On the second floor we also have a cookery school, which has scheduled events open to the public, we can also accommodate private bookings for parties up to 12. For further information please call us at the Restaurant on +442895600700.

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