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The Cloth Ear, Belfast,
The Cloth Ear, Belfast,
The Cloth Ear, Belfast,
The Cloth Ear, Belfast,
The Cloth Ear, Belfast,

The Cloth Ear

4.5
4.5
842 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 24 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • 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 842 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northern Ireland

    Great for brunch

  • Northern Ireland

    Good for groups

  • Northern Ireland

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Northern Ireland

    Lively

  • Northern Ireland

    Most Booked

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Great for brunch

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Good for groups

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Great for fine wines

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Lively

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Most Booked

842 Reviews
  1. JohnL

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was excellent, food was excellent, it was early on a Monday evening so pretty quiet. Overall very good experience and good value

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  2. BrendaK

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had to wait 15 mins on our table but apart from that it was lovely and would definitely recommend it.

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  3. GerardM

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easy going venue with a great buzz and reasonable menu choices

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  4. AndreaB

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Service was awful for drinks and food. Then they forgot one persons meal it looked liked it was just thrown together when it arrived. W

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  5. BrianW

    Cheshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Bar service was terrible but waitress for food was superb

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  6. DMP3448

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Staff appeared to be very busy for half empty restaurant. I would suggest more floor staff be on duty

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  7. EmmaM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice Sunday lunch, lovely crisp batter on fish and chips, lovely sauces on the side. Chunky chips not my favourite but still good. Asked for steak medium and it was probably more towards well done but I still enjoyed it. Service was very nice, Shauna I think was the main server but also a lovely older gentleman with a beard. Both really friendly and attentive (but not overly so). Music in the background was great, and all in all we had a lovely time.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful as always. Food and service delightful and great atmosphere in the restaurant.

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  9. SaoirseH

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely atmosphete and great service. Food was delicious.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Richard is the best waiter ever!!! We had such a lovely evening because of him and of course the beautiful food and drinks!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great table at the window, staff were very pleasant and helpful with the menu. Food came piping hot with all accompanying dips and sauces. Lovely bottle of wine recommended by the waitress washed the fantastic food down. Will definitely be back for more.

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  12. TanyaW

    Cheshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful family meal, amazing atmosphere. Throughly recommend the crab claws!

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  13. CliffordB

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal, great value, efficient service. Overall a very good experience.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely cosy feel and staff couldn’t of been more helpful.

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  15. GaryJ

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely lunch in a very comfortable And pleasant setting . Staff were great and we will definitely be back !

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  16. PaulaK

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Great service - my kids particularly enjoyed interactions with Richard, our server.

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  17. OliverM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always, always a pleasure to dine in the cloth ear, their chicken curry is areal treat

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  18. JamesM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I had the fish of the day, really good and delicious. The portion was probably the smallest I’ve ever seen. My wife had roast beef which also was really good, it was a decent size. All in all very good, maybe there wasn’t much fish left !

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  19. GrainneQ

    N. Ireland

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have eaten frequently in the Cloth Ear and have always had good food. My starter this time was spiced cauliflower which actually made me cough, choke and my eyes watered! It was taken off the bill as I couldn't eat it.

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  20. Spider

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place for lunch. Staff friendly and quiet enough for a conversation. We had a small chowder with toasted sourdough. It was small but then it was only lunch. Tasted great so would recommend.

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  21. FrancineT

    Wicklow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice food. Felt pressurised from 630 to leave table for 7

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a lovely mellow pub to eat good quality food with excellent service.

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  23. MariaD

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We went to the cloth ear for my mum's 80th birthday. Firstly the guy who greeted us tried to take us to a table up several steps, but my mum can't walk very well and is on a rollator, it took the management to step in and find a table on ground level. The service was probably the worst we have ever experienced. The staff were so inattentive, we had to get their attention all the time, firstly after our food had not arrived after almost an hour (no starters), then our order arrived without chicken wings then we had to wait another 15mins. Then again to lift our plates, then for a dessert menu which took the waiter 10 mins to bring it over. Our dessert took 40mins to arrive. At no point were we asked are we enjoying our meal. Upon failing again to get a waiters attention for the bill I went up to the Bar to pay. Staff never looked in our direction for the whole meal. For a 5 star hotel you really should pride yourselves on your service and level of detail, this was severely lacking. Severely disappointed. And my mum was feeling uptight on her birthday as she had to try and get waiters attention.

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  24. SarahB

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Smashing pub, great food and really lovely welcoming staff. Definitely be back.

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  25. ElaineA

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Would recommend and will definitely visit again.

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  26. LindaC

    Yorkshire

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every time we visit Belfast we book and stop in for the most delicious meal. I pre-booked and asked for a booth seat , so thank-you for sorting that out for us both. Everyone was extremely friendly, polite and so professional. The food is the main thing at the cloth ear. We would usually have two to three course but on this occasion we only had a quick hour so had a main. I seem to always order the burger which is awesome, but have tried others and never have been disappointed. My husband had the cod and chips and said the side of curry sauce was the best he had ever tasted and coming from a Yorkshire man who was Brought up on fish and chips , it was very, very good. The batter was done to perfection and the fish delicious. The atmosphere tops any bar in Ireland. We absolutely love the Cloth ear and try to visit every time we are in belfast. Thanks again ,

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  27. Anna

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a nice meal, we like the booth seats and the staff kindly moved us when one became available.

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  28. amandad

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food. Shame toasties and soup not available on a Sunday though. Richard our waiter was very polite, a real gentleman and you should be very proud to have him on your team.

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  29. ClaireH

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I had the beef cheek Bourguignon, it was delicious! The beef was cooked perfectly and just fell apart. Generous portion too.

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  30. DeirdreL

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal at The Cloth Ear was delicious! Service was quick and efficient and staff were friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back.

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  31. AdamJ

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Richard the waiter was fantastic and his service and attention to detail was amazing.

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  32. RodneyW

    N. Ireland

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was average and service slow. Not as good as usual.

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  33. Leckyman72

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was awful. Not enough staff and the staff that were there looked like they didn't wanna be there.

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  34. TMcC

    Miami - Dade

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Very noisy groyp beside our table. Waitress spilt drink over table and coat - no offer of free drink or covering the cost of dry cleaning which will be required

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  35. LeslieB

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time in the cloth ear, and I enjoyed the food , cleanliness of the restaurant and toilets, also the staff were very attentive and professional, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend .

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  36. Diane

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely table when we arrived. Very disappointed to see no house wines on the menu and the cheapest bottle of wine was £28 which was way to expensive. My friends had to change there wine as it didn’t taste very nice ( they weren’t asked when the wine arrived if they would like to taste it ) the guy kindly changed it for them but told them he would have to charge £8.95 for the glass they had tasted. Given the fact we spent £190 for our meal we thought this was very mean as he clearly was going to be selling the bottle per glass !! Belfast is really starting to out price itself !

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  37. ClareO

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Was there with my daughter and didn’t want to make a big fuss and complain at the time. Both ordered curry - one normal with pitta and one gluten free. We both got the smallest portion of rice - no more than 2 tablespoons.. which was dried out and hard. My GF option came with toast instead of pitta.. who wants toast with curry?? More rice would’ve been a better substitute. Sweet potato chips burnt. Very disappointed in general as expensive!

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  38. JessicaK

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food from the talented team in the kitchen!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous atmosphere and food, definitely be back. Attentive staff and great choice of cocktails and wine!!

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  40. SuzanneM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal, we were seated right away quick service!

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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 4.5 stars by 842 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 24 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
    £25 and under
  • 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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