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Cloth Ear Profile - The Cloth Ear, Belfast,

The Cloth Ear

4.4
4.4
417 Reviews
£25 and under
Irish
The Cloth Ear provides patrons with a pleasing twist on the quintessential Irish Pub. We are nestled in the oldest quarter of Belfast and we’ve woven a rich seam of our wonderful Victorian heritage into what is ultimately a thoroughly modern experience. At The Cloth Ear the welcome is warm and the atmosphere convivial. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the gentle art of conversation.
Our drinks list combines classic creations and innovative ideas. From punch bowls to hoptails and wine by the keg, we’ve carefully crafted an eclectic array of drinks to quench your thirst, tickle your tastebuds and get the conversation flowing.

We are story tellers and we look forward to hearing your story too.
No shaggy dogs, no braggarts, no windbags. Just tall tales,

All Tables reservations are for dining unfortunately we do not take drinks only bookings.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Irish, European

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–20:45 Fri, Sat 12:00–21:30

  • Phone number

    028 9026 2719

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Belfast

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 417 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  • Northern Ireland

    Hot Spot

  • Northern Ireland

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Northern Ireland

    Irish

  • Northern Ireland

    Most Booked

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Healthy

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Hot Spot

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Irish

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Most Booked

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  1. TB

    TommyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter with ponytail, didn’t get his name, couldn’t have been more attentive to our requirements at our table. I hope this guy is recognised for his excellent hospitality skills . He’s a credit to The Cloth Ear staff
  2. JM

    JMun

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Always loved the atmosphere in The Cloth Ear .. the staff are attentive, helpful and friendly, but for me the food is below par now and not good value for money.
  3. S

    Susie

    Ulster, ROI

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    We had a meal then used a gift token that we had received for port and cheese. The port and cheese was very disappointing to say the least. The cheese was tiny and the port in one glass instead of a selection of 3. The meal itself was good prior to the cheese and port
  4. LG

    LauraG

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Busy with nice atmosphere, food and service great.
  5. DC

    DavidC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Nice atmosphere. Good food at fair price but wine prices were high. Friendly and attentive staff but food and drink service was slow.
  6. MM

    MartinaM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Not impressed with Sunday lunch for Father's day.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Father’s Day lunch Starters ok Main course - Duck breast ordered by two parties tough like leather could’ve made shoes - breast overcooked and couldn’t be cut with a knife without much difficulty Burger ok but onions very slimy Rest reasonable but presentation and standard of food has dropped since we last ate here Guinness wasn’t great either An expensive lunch for what could only be described as a mediocre meal we shan’t return Pity as staff are lovely
  8. JM

    JaneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food outstanding the staff couldn’t do enough always checking all was ok and food served really quick
  9. CB

    ChelleyB

    N. Ireland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was gorgeous, had the goat's cheese fritters, really yum. As always, staff are so helpful and pleasant, looking forward to returning already. Thank you.
  10. N

    Ngnsireland

    Palm Springs

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    A bit dissatisfied this time around, no real ambiance and it after 19:30, could have doubled people at the bar yet turning people away because they hadn’t booked a meal, one of our meals was cold and had to go back which was returned fresh. We do like here but this time it just wasn’t great.
  11. JG

    JodyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding as always service was fast and friendly.
  12. C

    Carrie

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very attentive server and good food. Drinks were great but bar service was very slow. They definitely need more bartenders.
  13. DN

    DNelson

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Cheese Board withcone small slice of Gorgonzola cheese 4 Cracker and 8 frohen grapes overpriced at 9 Euros. Apart from that we had a great evening in the snug where the noise Level was perfekt.
  14. BS

    BarbaraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My daughter and I had a great experience in the cloth ear. The service was excellent the food was delicious and the service was excellent. Lovely relaxed atmosphere I will definitely recommend it to my friends and family. The price was also very reasonable. I will definitely be back Thank you
  15. RS

    RonnieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The standards we expected were met on every criteria. I will always visit when in NI.
  16. AB

    AnnB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service and cocktails great. Food was just ok , chicken was dry. Would go back again staff and service made up for my disappointment with food.
  17. JS

    JimS

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Traveled from Dublin for the roast beef and it was finished. Wine waiter did not know that a wine cooler is not an ice bucket and therefore should not come with ice in it. When informed of this he became rude and abusive. Appalling anywhere but unspeakable in a top hotel
  18. DB

    DavidB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a great time here. The staff was friendly and made us feel at home
  19. GQ

    GrainneQ

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Service was excellent and food good. The bar was busy but, our table was secluded enough to hear the atmosphere in the bar but, to still feel private.
  20. SR

    SharonR

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal at the Cloth Ear last night. We’ll definitely be back 😊
  21. PB

    PaulB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food in the cloth ear was very nice , we all had the roast dinner 👌
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Main courses were a bit disappointing - we had two Sunday roasts - meat dry and tough, potatoes tasted like frozen supermarket ones, gravy thin and weak, veg bland, Yorkshire pud on the verge of burnt. We didn’t want to say anything to the wait staff because they seemed inexperienced and a bit lost/over busy. Starters were great though.
  23. CW

    CharlotteW

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Pretty disappointed overall. No atmosphere as it was practically empty but We were still squashed onto a very small table initially in corner of the room Asked for larger table which got eventually after being told they were all booked at first. All other large tables/ booths remained empty for 1.45hr we were there Food was ok, nothing special. Starters nicer than mains
  24. o

    om2016

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Service really slow - 25 minutes to get first drink. Food was ok
  25. AE

    AngeE

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service, drinks and ambiance were great. Food was ok.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Service was slow and inattentive, food was just ok
  27. D

    Duane

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely pub atmosphere with good food.
  28. B

    Ba77ae

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    Looked forward to lunch as last time it was very nice. The quality of the food for the price was unremarkable for the price, the table beside us were shockingly loud, management should have asked them to keep the noise down, it was 2pm lunchtime, this was more like a 2am stag and hen party vibe. If this is they way things are going to go during the cost of living crisis, my hard earned cash will be staying in my pocket.
  29. MS

    MacieS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Charge a lot of money for food that doesn't taste very good. There were 4 of us and none of us enjoyed the food. Wouldn't recommend
  30. T

    Tish

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Could not fault the food or surroundings…bit of a wait before ordering food and a drink. On receiving the dessert menu we had a 35 minute wait were told the chef was under pressure but I do think our waiter forgot to put in the order. Desserts were delicious which we received free of charge…definitely took the sting out of the wait. Unfortunately I must add we had a bit of a wait for the card machine as well….overall service was fine perhaps our waiter was new to the job!!, Would not let this put me off going back😁
  31. LS

    LenS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Been here before, food was brilliant as usual. Took 10-15 minutes to ask what we wanted to drink then another 10 to get the drink. Food came on time and was good. Table behind was loud, much better time when they left. Not sure if I would come back.
  32. PE

    PamelaE

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Foodwas lovely and not too pricey. Service was very good. Our waiter was very polite and attentive. Nice atmosphere.
  33. DF

    DonnaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fabulous as always and the staff were kind enough to accommodate our request to move seats to a booth.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    Wait staff was inattentive and ignored me from time to time.
  35. NE

    NEOKLISP

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    A nice place to have a cocktail. I am not sure if i would recommend this place for food as the 2 dishes we ordered were not so tasty.... However the cocktails are great and the atmosphere as well.
  36. RP

    RobertP

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Service was first class, however food was quite mediocre and not really worthwhile price wise. The venue was very noisy although there was a good atmosphere
  37. SB

    SteveB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good choice of gastropub food, a friendly and welcoming service and a buzzing environment
  38. MM

    MaryM

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Food & waiter were good. Manager had a poor approach to moving us off the table. Without warning he arrived with the bill & said next party for the table was already here. He was quite abrupt. We’d had the table for 1 hour 25 mins at that stage. The booking confirmation email didn’t request a return time, but it’s usually 2 hours. We’d watched him do the same at other tables during our meal. We’d come from impeccable service at the cocktail bar in the hotel, so it was disappointing.
  39. h

    huntergatherer

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    Lunch food was good and not overly expensive; pleasant and helpful staff. Booked a table based on the website photos and description as traditional pub. Slightly disappointing that the reserved tables are in a cramped area at the rear and do not involve the partitioned areas opposite the serving area. I didn't enjoy the noise of the overly close neighbouring tables, being bumped into as other diners and staff passed between the tables and the muzak that was added tended to render conversation uncomfortable. Maybe that is the traditional Irish pub experience (?).
  40. B

    Bnzboy

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and wonderful food.

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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Cloth Ear is rated 4.4 stars by 417 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


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for The Cloth Ear

16 Skipper Street Belfast, BT1 2DZ

Additional information

  • Area

    Belfast

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–20:45 Fri, Sat 12:00–21:30

  • Cuisines

    Irish, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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