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Riverside Restaurant and Bar, Belfast, Belfast

Riverside Restaurant and Bar

3.5
3.5
111 Reviews
£26 to £40
Irish
The new look Riverside Restaurant & Bar is located on the ground floor of Hilton Belfast in the heart of Belfast. Every day in Riverside begins with the famous Hilton Buffet Breakfast offering a wide range of international and local breakfast favourites. Enjoy the sumptuous breakfast with panoramic views over the River Lagan from our floor to ceiling windows.
The Dinner service offers the best of local cuisine. We pride ourselves on seasonal changing menus celebrating the very best in local ingredients.

The Belfast Waterfront Hall is right next door making this venue ideal for Pre Theatre dining before attending a show. Pre-Theatre dining is available on show nights.
Groups are welcome with large tables of up to 20 diners. Semi private sections for up to 40 diners available upon request.
The Restaurant is available for private hire every lunch and dinner time for parties of 70 to 150. Contact events.belfast@hilton

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Irish, Global, International, Breakfast
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 06:30–10:00 Sat, Sun 07:00–10:30 Dinner Daily 17:30–21:30
  • Phone number
    028 9027 7000
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Vinay Singh
  • Catering
    Focus on celebrating superb ingredients and magnificent produce from Ireland
  • Private party facilities
    Groups are welcome with large tables of up to 20 diners. Semi private sections for up to 40 diners available upon request. The Restaurant is available for private hire every lunch and dinner time for parties of 70 to 150. Contact events.belfast@hilton.com for group enquiries.
  • Area
    Belfast
  • Cross Street
    Lanyon Place next to the Waterfront Hall and St George's
  • Parking Details
    Secure Multi Storey Car Parking by APCOA - Book online for discountsAccessible Parking available at the front of the hotel
  • Public Transit
    Lanyon Place (Formerly Central) Train Station is next door
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 111 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.5
3.5 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3.3Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northern Ireland

    Great for brunch

  • Northern Ireland

    Good for business meals

  • Northern Ireland

    Good for business meals

  • Northern Ireland

    Child-friendly

  • Northern Ireland

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Northern Ireland

    Healthy

  • Northern Ireland

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Northern Ireland

    Great for fine wines

  • Northern Ireland

    Romantic

  • Northern Ireland

    Good for special occasions

  • Northern Ireland

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Great for brunch

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Good for business meals

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Good for business meals

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Healthy

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Great for fine wines

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Romantic

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Good for special occasions

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Vegetarian-friendly

111 Reviews
  1. LyndaL

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the decor is nice, warm and comforting. The staff very good. I love the big windows around with view of the river. the food was gorgeous. We had curry, salmon, steak and lamb. all fantastic. We stayed overnight and the breakfast sausage & bacon was amazing

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attended here for a valentines meal. The standard of the food was amazing. The staff were all so polite and a special mention to Max who was so friendly and went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed. I’ll definitely be back here again.

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  3. ST30

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Allow plenty of time. Beautiful restaurant and delicious food but service was slower than we would have expected. Our party of 3 arrived just after 6pm (for dinner before a show at the Waterfront Hall at 7.30pm) and our food was not served until 7pm.

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  4. JamesK

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We had one and half hours before show at Waterfront service was appalling - we had to cancel dessert provision of gluten-free food was poor and waitress knowledge of same was non existent- couldn’t even supply gluten-free biscuits with cheese state disappointed by experience

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  5. TatsianaC

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Having read some of the reviews before attending the restaurant we were slightly anxious about our visit. We had nothing to worry about, and had a wonderful time. The staff were simply amazing and engaged so well with us and our children. We ordered the slow cooked beef, it was delicious, and the sea bass was perfectly cooked with crispy skin. We would return with no hesitation, thanks to the staff for the positive experience.

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  6. Beanzza

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was great! Service was a ok. Not sure if I'd come back though

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  7. RosemaryM

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Rude staff,didn’t know drinks menu,handed a mug (would expect cup and saucer )of coffee at table with no milk sugar etc when I asked for some he replied with ‘give me a minute ok’ Coffee cold and tasteless,coke flat.Returned to bar,no apology,blank stares and rude responses,clearly bad mouthing me as returned table amongst each other. Brought dessert no spoons,had to ask three separate times for them! Brussels cold and hard,and portions very small. Paid over £250 for meal(included mandatory service charge which I would never have paid as the service was absolutely horrific) I am happy to pay for good food and service-which is what you’d expect from Hilton,and would have understood if it was busy as it’s Christmas,but restaurant was quiet. Would never ever return.So disappointing. Don’t waste your money or making memories at this place!!

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  8. CatherineH

    N. Ireland

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely restaurant with nice ambiance. Tables aren’t too close together so you have space around you. Food was tasty but nothing special and a bit lukewarm. The manager was helpful and kind in trying to accommodate us needing to have our food quickly as we were in a hurry.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Airy, bright, modern dining room overlooking the Lagan River. Good food and drink and very pleasant, professional staff.

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  10. SuzanneR

    Devon

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Quality of food and service poor. Some servers were more attentive than others however. Our first time in the restaurant and won't be back. Expected a higher standard in a Hilton hotel.

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  11. MacR

    N. Ireland

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Poor service. Quality of Food just moderate. Staff seems all new and dont know what to do.

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  12. ChristineM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We waited over an hour for our meal to be served, while observing other dinners come in and eat two courses and leave. When our meals eventually arrived we had ten minutes to eat before our concert at the Waterfront. The restaurant was busy but the wait was ridiculous. Very disappointing, we have dined here before a concert on previous occasions with no complaints.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was superb. Dinner was palatable. Worthwhile

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  14. DawnH

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Terrible for a international hotel chain. 1)Salt n chilli chicken came out within 3 minutes of ordering. Was not cooked freshed. 4 minutes later the wine arrived. 2)Turket festive meal...luke warm...no roast potatoes. For £26.00 not worth the money. Have had better in budget chain hotel 3) Peppered chicken. Bland...nothing special 4)order dessert...21 minutes still no dessert ordered again....another 10 minutes..no dessert...left to pay. 5) For a Friday evening at 8.30 the place was not busy. Very quiet for a weekend at christmas. Their were no staff to ask for the bill and no staff asked about our meal for us to comment about our dissatisfaction. 6) Went to pay at counter. After a few minutes they found which table and bill was ours. Was very unprofessionalable. They charged us for the dessert which never showed. The young gentleman was not experienced enough to deal with our complaint. The dessert was taken off but no proper apology or expectation. I felt sorry for him as no senior staff seemed to be around. 7) I would avoid this place ...certainly overpriced. No management or structure in place. Food not worth the price tag. The only good aspect was the view.

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  15. SuziM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food in lovely quiet surroundings. Ate early 6pm. Excellent attentive staff. Highly recommended

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, brilliant ambience and good value for money. We will definitely be back.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We called in before going to the waterfront had a beautiful meal in a very relaxed atmosphere. Staff were very pleasant and efficient. Will definitely go back

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  18. CatherineK

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    For a Hilton hotel the service was not brilliant.

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  19. LisaW

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Disproportionate amount of veg dishes on the menu, and therefore too little choice of others. Expensive. Expected more from hilton..

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  20. CARMELM

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Poor service, very limited menu, dried out and very bland food. Overpriced

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  21. MarkR

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice surroundings with views over River Lagan. Food was very good indeed and service was great. Would recommend.

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  22. HelenB

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was dreadful. Lost booking , then waiter brought one drink, walking off with the other one. He came back a few minutes later with the other drink. Service slow and almost impossible to get anyone's attention. Had planned on dessert but took so long to get someone's attention we didn't have time. Food okay but overpriced for the quality. Altogether a disappointing meal.

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  23. VickiW

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Generally nice but drinks service very slow. 30 minutes for 2 soft drinks to arrive by which time food had been served and half eaten before drinks arrived. Clean though and friendly staff. Not blown away by the food.

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  24. ANGELAL

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals we have had in along time. Quality and presentation of food was excellant Lovely quiet setting Really good quality pre dinner drinks and wine with meal

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service has deteriorated and yet they've now added a Service Charge to bill! Used to be our preferred choice, for years, when attending the Waterfront - will give one more chance and, if still poor, won't be back.

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  26. Omaghj

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Most shocking service ever experienced from the bar and the restaurant, understaffed and nobody has a clue where anything is. Waited 20 minutes to be seated and drink order taken, looking around and the restaurant was quiet and nobody was getting service. After ordering drinks/food another 20 min later to be told there is no bottles of Sauvignon blanc wine and the other bottle they sent was wrong too. After 40+ minutes we decided to leave and get a taxi to a nearby restaurant. We told the manager of our experience before we left and he agreed that there is an internal problem going on with staff. Pity as the hotel itself is lovely but we won’t be back

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  27. Marian

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I enjoyed my meal but my friend's meal was not good and had to be sent back. The chef apologised and a second version was provided which was fine. The service was very slow but the staff were very nice.

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  28. DECLANM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was ok however believe chicken dish may have been reheated from earlier in day

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  29. Myrak

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Staff were rude and inexperienced at serving tables . Food way to expensive for what it is .

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  30. MichaelB

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food service excellent Very friendly staff Highly recommended

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  31. NoName

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Very limited menu. Nothing left by the time we went down at 8pm so I had to have chicken which was clearly reheated. It was dry and like rubber. The service was appalling. Forgot to give me chips and then slammed them down when giving them eventually. Never asked us if we wanted anything or another drink etc. we couldn’t get attention for the bill so ended up getting up and paying at the bar. Very very disappointing quality and service by the Hilton!!

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  32. SallyT

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately the night we ate here the staff seemed a bit thin on the ground and didn't wholly seem to be able to cope. They were very nice and also apologetic but it wasn't a great experience - especially as it's quite expensive. We've eaten here before when staying at the hotel and it was ok, and the breakfast service was great...so maybe we just experienced a bad night...It would have been nice if we had been offered a drink or coffee on the house but there didn't even seem to be anyone with authority who could have offered that. We will give it another go on our next trip, but I'm afraid I can't recommend the Restaurant, but the No.4 Bar was fine.

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  33. SCAT

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Waited 45 minutes for food which was barely warm when it arrived. Only explanation they were busy. All tables around us had same problem Most were going onto show at Waterfront so time was an issue. Seemed more concerned with serving customers who were in bar than people like us who had booked our table in advance.

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  34. HeatherJ

    N. Ireland

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The service was poor. Waited 35 minutes for our food and had to ask for it. Similar story with other tables. Plates left on table and not asked re coffee etc. Food was lovely.

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  35. Nichaela

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food arrived before drinks. Dirty plates not collected no one came near table. Has to go find someone to pay bill. Service charge added only 2 people and we received no service.

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  36. LindaS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, great food in a lovely location.

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  37. AudreyM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Ladder of beef although small was delicious as were the puddings but the steak was very tuff and even hard to cut and at £34 that is not good enough

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  38. SwerveM

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service and ambience are good but overall let down by the food quality. I was not that hungry so just went for a starter - it was something akin to an Iceland product!!!, not a 4* hotel in the Hilton brand Others in the party thought food lacked flavour/taste and presentation, could and should have been better. The fluorescent wasabi sauce was just a horrible colour and far too much of it. Not impressed and really disappointed. Have been before with a friend who is a regular and it was much better.

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  39. KevinW

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I were meeting people for dinner we all loved the food it was amazing cant wait to eat there again

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  40. Mandy

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, great service from young staff. The mains we ordered were very tasty.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Riverside Restaurant and Bar is rated 3.5 stars by 111 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Riverside Restaurant and Bar

Hilton Belfast, 4 Lanyon Place, Belfast, Belfast BT1 3LP

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Lanyon Place next to the Waterfront Hall and St George's
  • Area
    Belfast
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 06:30–10:00 Sat, Sun 07:00–10:30 Dinner Daily 17:30–21:30
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Irish, Global, International, Breakfast
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Secure Multi Storey Car Parking by APCOA - Book online for discountsAccessible Parking available at the front of the hotel
  • Public Transit
    Lanyon Place (Formerly Central) Train Station is next door
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Vinay Singh
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    028 9027 7000
  • Catering
    Focus on celebrating superb ingredients and magnificent produce from Ireland
  • Private party facilities
    Groups are welcome with large tables of up to 20 diners. Semi private sections for up to 40 diners available upon request. The Restaurant is available for private hire every lunch and dinner time for parties of 70 to 150. Contact events.belfast@hilton.com for group enquiries.
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