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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
862 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

19:00


Booked 12 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 862 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

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Northern Ireland

    Great for brunch

  • Northern Ireland

    Good for business meals

  • Northern Ireland

    Good for business meals

  • Northern Ireland

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Northern Ireland

    Lively

  • Northern Ireland

    Most Booked

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Great for brunch

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Good for business meals

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Good for business meals

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Healthy

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Great for fine wines

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Lively

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Most Booked

862 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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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  2. Michael

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    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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  3. lifeinstyleni

    N. Ireland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. AdamC

    Dublin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great birthday dinner! Thank you The fish and chips was huge

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely team, lovely space and really good food……..

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  20. JoannaG

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for lunch , dinner or just for a few drinks. Atmosphere is great . Food & service both fantastic. A must visit when in Belfast.

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  21. JohnL

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    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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  22. BrendaK

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    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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  23. GerardM

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    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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  24. AndreaB

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    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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  25. BrianW

    Cheshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    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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  26. DMP3448

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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FAQs

The Cloth Ear is rated 4.5 stars by 862 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 12 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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