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The Cloth Ear, Belfast,

The Cloth Ear

4.4
4.4
885 Reviews
£26 to £40
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

22:00


Booked 22 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • 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

What 885 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
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Northern Ireland

    Great for brunch

  • Northern Ireland

    Good for groups

  • Northern Ireland

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Northern Ireland

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Northern Ireland

    Lively

  • Northern Ireland

    Most Booked

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Best Ambience

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Great for brunch

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Good for business meals

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Good for business meals

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Good for groups

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Healthy

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Great for fine wines

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Lively

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Most Booked

885 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely waitress, tasty curry and starters only complaint was the portion size, there was barely any rice with curry had ask waiter for more it was literally 2 spoonfuls of rice.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stunning venue, lovely staff, food was delicious and very fair pricing. Would go back again

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  3. GeorgeM

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and smoked cod chowder is something I will come back to experience.

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  4. RyanA

    Dublin

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the chicken supreme and it was delicious. Staff were friendly.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was exceptional and Mai Tai was nicer than the Cocktail bar upstairs!!! Thank you

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasty food, delicious cocktails, lovely decor, really friendly staff and service. Couldn't fault it really.

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  7. Emma

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic Friday lunch - felt like a really good start to the weekend! Delicious food and Eirann our server was fantastic.

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  8. Ngnsireland

    Palm Springs

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Always good food but this time the menu was very limited, expensive for what it was and service slower than normal.

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  9. MaryC

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Staff seemed to just go through the same process no enthusiasm or interaction for the food wasn't up to expectations was very average and disappointed with the signature curry chicken,chicken was dry

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, very friendly helpful staff. We were there for a special occasion and our waiter Richard was so helpful and his special wit really made it very special.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The quality of the food that was ordered was poor. My Burger was good but the chips were not crisp and tasted like they had left sitting for a while before being served. My wife's Chicken Curry tasted like it had been made a curry mix jar and had a heavy curry powder tatsed. Our two friends told that two meals were also poor but the food had been good when they had eaten there previously. We were also brought the wrong bill and the food costs on the bill were higher than that listed on the Dinner Menus. We would have expected better quality food from an estabiliment associated with the Merchant Hotel. It was my wifes and I first time for food so on the basis of this expertise it will also be are last.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was excellent as always however the service was poor . Waited too long on drinks even though it was not a particularly busy evening. We left immediately after finishing our meal . When asked if everything was satisfactory I politely remarked that the service had been poor , there was no apology. We will be giving The Cloth Ear a break for a while .

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff were very welcoming, helpful and attentive. I did get the name of lady who looked after us, she was fantastic. She made excellent recommendations when we asked about items on the food and drinks menu. Lovely relaxed atmosphere. Great place to people watch inside and outside! The restaurant was very clean.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely welcoming staff, great recommendations Drinks and food great quality We would definitely return

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely venue for a good catch-up with friends, especially when you're table is one of the booths at the window.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The portions are small so order sides and you'll need to go for all three courses. In terms of value for money. Decent food but over priced against the quantity received.

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  17. Zeezee48

    London

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Most restaurants in Belfast tend to offer the same food and this is true of The Cloth Ear. Having said that, the lack of imagination was countered by the good quality of the food, the friendly service and the lively, if noisy atmosphere.

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  18. DeborahR

    N. Ireland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The nicest most patient and helpful staff of which there were 2 over the course of the evening.

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  19. Slainte

    N. Ireland

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meals all round- five people, all had different starters and main courses. Everyone enjoyed their food, service was lovely & we weren't hurried. Lovely leisurely lunch

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  20. NicolaF

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent lunch loved it so much we have booked again

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  21. CourtneyM

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic - that chicken curry is sooooo good. Fantastic drinks too and polite and quick service.

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  22. PaulD

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and I must give a big shout out to our sever Richard the perfect gentleman and ever so helpful

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious once again, cant go wrong here! Good atmosphere, very enjoyable.

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  24. Michael

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked a table for large group of friends. Booking process was very easy and smooth using the OpenTable app. Service was very friendly upon arrival and throughout lunch. Drinks were great, everyone enjoyed the cocktails. The dishes served seems to range in size. My dish in particular, the Lamb Ragu tagliatelle was quite small in portion size, and a little bit cold. It was nice, but a couple of my friends joked at the size of the portion. For the price paid, I was a bit disappointed. But my friends really enjoyed their meals, and definitely were more satisfied. The burger, the crispy chilli chicken and the fish and chips for example were much larger dishes in terms of portion sizes. Other than that, it was a great table and great atmosphere. I would still recommend it.

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  25. lifeinstyleni

    N. Ireland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a lovely experience from start to finish. Lovely friendly staff at all points of service. Even organising a special desert for the birthday girl. We had the vegetable pie and the chicken curry for mains and they were very very good. Well done- very happy diners.

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  26. FOODY

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Was disappointed in the time allowed for a meal, arrived at the time requested. Server was very nice, we selected our meal. We waited 20 mins to arrive after 70 mins being seated we were told they need the table back in 15 mins. I am not a fast eater or drinker. No desert ordered as we probably would have to stand eating it. OVERALL the meal was nice. Would rush back

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  27. CarRog

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We recently went to the Cloth Ear to celebrate an occasion. We had a really good time, there was a lovely ambience after the noisy crowd left. Food was top notch and attention to detail appreciated, wait staff couldn't have been nicer, this added to our whole experience and made for a very enjoyable stay at the Merchant, thank you

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  28. JMat

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was very slow. It took 1hr 40min for our main courses to come out and we couldn't catch a server's eye to order more drinks or even pay. We had to pay at the bar. The main courses were nice but the Wagyu burgers were overcooked and the sides ordered were disappointing. The salad wasn't dressed and the buttered vegetables were more watery than buttered. I booked this place as I had had two very good experiences and wanted to impress my visiting parents. Unfortunately it was a polar opposite experience. I wouldn't recommend visiting on an evening due to the lack of attentive service. Service might be better for lunch.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely atmosphere ,food and service.Kids menu was varied and their portions were generous.Staff friendly and attentive.

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  30. Landau83

    West Sussex

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was super friendly and really helpful. Didn’t get her name but thank you for looking after us so well!

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  31. DaveyC

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food good cocktails nice atmosphere friendly staff

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  32. Katiay

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The ambiance lacks atmosphere, and the food is bland, lacking in flavor.

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  33. HilW

    N. Ireland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service , good food and can thoroughly recommend for either lunch or dinner.

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  34. Deedee

    N. Ireland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely evening at the Cloth Ear. The food was excellent. I had a Wagyu burger and it was delicious and my friend had a sirloin which they said was one of the best they had. We got great service from Lesley and the staff.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great , good crowd , well run establishment.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 20 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was fine. Table could have been better but very close to the next table with a couple arguing about his former lover. Not fantastic for enjoying our dinner. The food was just ok- nothing super special but the sticky toffee pudding was delicious!

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  37. ChrisM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food (including veggie options), great waiter who was very charming and great Irish coffees to finish. At times the music was a little loud and it interrupted our conversation, so that is the only thing I would recommend for change. Also, restaurant is wheechair accessible for those who need it (just give advance notice of requirements so you get a table that is on the lower level). Overall deighted with our experience.

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  38. JonathonB1981

    N. Ireland

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love going here and wouldn’t change that , the service was just a bit slow and my chicken was a bit dry but other than it was all good and a nice Mother’s Day meal for mum , she loved hers !!!

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  39. LaurenO

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My mums favourite restaurant as she loves their chowder and Belfast bread platter starter. We were very disappointed though as they had taking the Belfast bread platter off the menu and it was a baguette only which was quite bland. Main courses were delicious and as always staff were brilliant.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the roast beef (pink), and was quite simply the best roast we’ve ever had!! And served by the most attentive staff!

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FAQs

The Cloth Ear is rated 4.4 stars by 885 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

22:00


Booked 22 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
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • 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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