The Bowery

4
260 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Welcome to The Bowery.

A relaxed gastro pub located on the Lisburn Road just 3 miles from the city centre.

The Bowery is a new social institution with a touch of class and a place where everyone is welcome.

The food menu overseen by Chef Stephen Loftus is twist on the pub classics.

Lunch, dinner and the perfect Sunday roast....


We look forward to seeing you soon.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 260 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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3.8
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4.1
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3.9
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KylieL
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Venue is nice and is great for drinks but wouldn’t go back for food.

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OrlaO
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Service was appalling, waited an hour and half for main course. Plus several drinks orders never appeared and had to be requested a few times. Chronically understaffed, would not recommend.

KB
KatB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Food and atmosphere was lovely but service was extremely slow. We had to ask for our bottle of wine four times and it only arrived with our mains - not with our starters. Quite a long wait between courses - we sat down at 8pm and didn’t have dessert until 11pm! After we had the bill no one came near us to take payment so we had to pay on the way out.

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was lovely! Service was fantastic they were quite good at keeping us up to date with our order status as it took a bit longer than expected. It was a bit weird that half of our party got their mains and had finished them by the time the other half got theirs. It probably would have helped if we had pre-ordered food as we were a large party.

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

One hour waiting time from Starter to Main. We had to remind one of the waiters that we were still waiting for the food and it seems that they had forgotten, since the next table, which had arrived later, was already eating. We don't even get a discount for bad service, which is what is usually done elsewhere if this happens. Even having spent over £ 100 on our dinner.

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SeanC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

3 steaks not cooked as ordered. Very disappointing as it meant that effectively we paid £34 each for chips, onion rings & pepper sauce as steak was inedible. We complained and a very nice manager offered to take food off the menu. He also offered us a drink, which we declined as my husband was driving. However when the bill arrived we were surprised to see that only one of the meals had been deducted. To be fair, I had asked for a doggy box as I was going to cook the steak when I got home, but as the entire dining experience had been so awful, the dog was the recipient of the leftovers. This was my husband's 66th birthday. He chose the Bowery as he believed it would be a dining experience to remember. We will remember it, but not for the right reasons.

Of note, the staff were lovely. We would / could not fault their service.

JM
JulieM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great night, food was lovely. Very noisy though, difficult to hear friends across table.

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IrishStew
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The arrival of the robin was definitely different, however some of the tactics to catch it left a lot to be desired. The service seemed to drop a little, the staffs mind were possible focused on the bird as I had to ask for more drinks, see where my dessert was and then ask for cutlery to eat said dessert. Food was lovely, as it’s our local we’ll be back no doubt.

MO
MargaretO
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal food was excellent
Device was very friendly and efficient
Enjoyed the experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service seemed slow service. Drinks came after food which could be as understaffed. Still a lovely meal

JG
JulieannG
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, you won’t be disappointed. Staff very friendly

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JoanneL
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Not worth a visit our dinner was awful waited an hour for it to come out only to be cold then received anothet one ten minutes later obviously the same one reheated nearly impossible to get anyone's attention Do not reccomemd it

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just 3 ladies on a night out for food and drinks .
Lovely food .
Lovely atmosphere.
Cool decor .
Good waitress service in bar .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Girlie catch up which was perfect! All staff and managers couldn’t have been nicer!

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Michaelr
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Good/decor/service good. Music far too loud despite requests to lower volume.

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CathyP
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Had seafood pie which was tasty but not very warm. Service was slow initially but improved over time. Did not appreciate service charge for a table of 5. Tipping should be voluntary and based on quality of service.

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Abcde
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Far too crammed in in the back section. Did not feel covid secure as in confined area with another 2 people we did not know.
Also it was my friends birthday. I had written this in the notes section of the booking but it was not acknowledged and there was no effort made to add any special touches. Poor overall

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Cathaoir
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Sunday lunch.
Great food, relaxing atmosphere and friendly staff

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Fiona
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Moved from bar to terrace as time was up, hadn’t ordered food. Asked to order food on terrace, told we couldn’t order. 45 minutes later tables beside us were able to order, felt like waiter couldn’t be bothered serving us

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CarolM
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Got there for 8oclock booking , seated us down the back ,got our wine and starters around 8,15 .had to get the manger at 9.45 to ask wtf my mane course
Had to wave to get they waitresses to make eye contact ,badly trained .don't go down the back they put you down there and forget about you ,2out of 10

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Weekenders
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great Friday evening atmosphere. Lovely food and good drinks

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Char
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous meal. Elegant but cosy vibe. Fab service and food to die for.

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PaulM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food was excellent and the service staff friendly but the time between courses was very long. So if you have loads of time no problem. Overall the surroundings and ambience are very good so the experience was enjoyable but longer than we expected.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Called to book a table and was told that there were none available. Went to opentable to search for an alternative and saw that there were plenty of available slots at the Bowery for our desired time. On arrival we were sat at an uncleaned table even though there were other tables that were preset and available all evening. Once we were ordered the food was good except for a cold chip in the middle of the squid starter. Lovely bar but very disappointed on this occasion

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BobC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waiter Matthew was excellent and the food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time trying here with my girlfriend and it was fantastic. Food was excellent and service was top notch.

Will be returning for sure.

JH
JulieH
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks and lovely staff and atmosphere.

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MelissaS
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We only had drinks but cocktails were delicious. Staff very attentive and friendly. Saw the food going past the table and it looked good

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Table for two for Saturday lunch. Friendly helpful staff and enjoyable surroundings. Overall the food was very good, only disappointment was slightly stodgy batter on the fish that my wife ordered, but everything else was great and we enjoyed our meal. Would visit again.

RG
RitaG
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I & my friend had a lovely time. The table settings were very nice & the seats comfortable. The food was just perfect & the staff helpful & professional. Thank you.

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EileenC
Kerry
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening. Great food and great service oils not ask for more

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SuzyfromBelfast
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely evening, great circular table for 5, cocktails were delicious, one meal was undercooked but swiftly sorted.
Pleasant, helpful staff.

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Alexander
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Lovely vibe. Booked a table for a Birthday and requested outdoor seating as advised when I phoned. Occasion was not acknowledged nor was the outdoor seating request. Seated outside after mentioning request. Quick service to start with. Unpleasant experience when the fire alarm started to go off, no staff acknowledged the fire alarm to any customer. No reassurance that there was no actual fire, in fact we were just left sitting for half an hour with no waiting staff attending to anyone. Excellent food but disappointed with the experience and how it was managed

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KW16
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food and service. The fire alarm went off for a very long time. We got a round of complimentary drinks for this. Ian was very helpful and friendly.

MR
MariaR
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience1

A lovely place for a night out. Food was overpriced and cold. Orders did not come out as requested. The alarm went off and was 40 minutes later until it was turned off! No one knew how to sort it. Waiting staff were good at this point. Might give it another try!!

JL
JLoHope78
5 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had a nice time at The Bowery, menu has been nicer in the past but service still good and wouldn’t put me off going back!

MO
MartinO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Both the food (pork belly and turbot) and service were outstanding. Pity that we and others had to constantly close the front door that jammed open. Our second time here and we will return

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Kelan
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitresses were lovely. Great spot.

LM
LorettaM
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Went with my sister and was joined by my daughter son in law and two grandchildren firstly our starters came then we had to wait an hour for our mains to come my daughters meal came out first and five minutes later it was taken away as the rest of our food wasn’t ready my grandchildren at this stage were ravenous ten minutes later the meals came out my grandson who’s 9 roast beef was practically raw and had to go back along with mine and my sisters who were the same we were never asked what way we wanted it cooked. Three of the party received free desserts as the rest were included in the deal. We weren’t looking for a free dessert just a nice family Sunday meal out. We have been a few times since the re opening but don’t think we will be back

The Bowery
Responded on 1 September 2021

Hey Loretta I am so sorry that you had this experience with us. I will ensure that I pass this on to our kitchen so that it does not happen again. The Bowery team !

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Grania
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were greeted straight away and had a drink outside first. Waiter was very obliging and pleasant. Good atmosphere and the fish and chips were great. Waitress was attentive and pleasant. Easy to book.

The Bowery
Responded on 30 August 2021

Hey Grania Thank you so much for you're amazing feedback, I will make sure to let all the staff know! The bowery management!

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FAQs

The Bowery offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 028 9066 2600.

The Bowery is rated 4 stars by 260 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.