James St.

4.2
449 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Steakhouse
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
Niall McKenna and his team have embarked on the refurbishment of his neighbouring restaurants James Street South and the Bar + Grill located in Belfast City Centre. James Street South first opened its doors back in 2003 with the more contemporary Bar+ Grill nipping at its heels in 2011. The new restaurant relaunched as James St. offers diners a bigger and better dining experience with a comfortable bar area for bar snacks and 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 menu is a more extensive offering of the favoured Bar + Grill dishes. The extensive bar area will host a range of local drinks as well as a large selection of Irish Whiskeys and some light snacks. Niall and his team look forward to welcoming you to this new chapter of dining out in Belfast. James St. will continue to house The Cookery School on the second floor.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, European
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Hours of Operation
Mon–Sat 12:00–22:00
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Phone number
028 9560 0700
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Payment Options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Niall McKenna
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Private Party Facilities
The Restaurant have facilities available for private hire. For further information please call the Restaurant.
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Public Transit
Located within walking distance of Europa Bus & Train stations and hotel and the Grand Opera House and The Crown Bar.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 449 People Are Saying
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
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4.2
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3.9
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3.8
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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R
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Standard Belfast fare from well-known local producers (e.g. Hannon's) which was well-executed and delicious. However the menu lacked ambition and is very similar to other local restaurants who can produce chilli squid, crab on toast and a steak at better prices and in a less noisy atmosphere. The staff were excellent but there were not enough of them.

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r
London
22 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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a
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2013
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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!

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N
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent sevice from the minute we came through the door. Food was amazing and our server was very helpful and friendly.

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s
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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m
N. Ireland
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2013
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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.

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EE
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2013
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant, very friendly staff.

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T
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2013
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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Y
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2013
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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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g
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2013
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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V
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2013
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

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.

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j
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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e
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2013
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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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S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely restaurant with a great atmosphere A very welcoming greeting on arrival & great service. Food excellent. Highly recommend

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L
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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S
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2013
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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.

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m
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2013
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Fine food, relaxed crisp ambience.
Perfect venison,
Would certainly recommend for a special occasion.

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s
New England
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2013
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

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D
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent meal & service. The table nearest the entrance & bar was not ideal, but otherwise a great dining experience

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s
London
76 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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t
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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f
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2012
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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g
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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AL
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

UNDOUBTEDLY ONE OF BELFAST'S BEST RESTAURANTS!

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GC
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2012
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

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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h
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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g
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2012
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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o
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2012
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food. Good service. Good location. Good menu.

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PP
Surrey
62 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great food - they even went out of their way to make something that was not on the menu!

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J
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JO
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gorgous decor. Outstanding cocktails. Food was absolutley fabulous, & very filling. Georgous wine. Waitress was extremley helpful & pleasant.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2012
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff were fantastic and food was wonderful!

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L
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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J
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2012
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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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k
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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'

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v
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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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f
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2012
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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c
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2012
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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