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The Great Room Restaurant

4.8
4.8
288 Reviews
£26 to £40
Modern European

The Great Room Restaurant is undoubtedly one of Northern Ireland’s most extraordinary restaurants. Thanks to the remarkable original Victorian interior with its glass cupola, Ireland’s largest chandelier an array of plasterwork detailing, the space is second to none. Needless to say our chefs search tirelessly to bring the finest seasonal ingredients together in eloquent dishes in thoughtfully prepared menus, just one of the reasons The Great Room Restaurant was awarded 2 AA Rosettes. All this is complemented by expert service and a wine list to which all the superlatives apply!
Mid- week lunch is served Monday to Friday from 12.00 to 14.15

To book our iconic Afternoon Tea, please search for Afternoon Tea at The Merchant Hotel.

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  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Modern European

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast
    Daily 07:00–09:00
    Afternoon Tea
    Daily 12:00–16:00
    Lunch
    Mon–Fri 12:00–14:15
    Sundays
    Sun 12:30–20:30
    Dinner
    Mon–Thu 18:00–21:30
    Fri, Sat 18:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    028 9023 4888

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Johnny Leake

  • Area

    Belfast

  • Parking Details

    There are a number of Multi-story Car Parks within a few minutes walk of The Great Room. One is Hi-Park on High Street (1 min walk) and Q Park in St. Anne's Square (5 mins walk).

  • Additional

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

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
  • 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
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Contact tracing information collected

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 288 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Overall

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    Best Food

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  1. G

    Gmcc

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A must do in Belfast! The ultimate treat day for you or friend a little bit of luxury

  2. DF

    DavidF

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had lunch from the set menu. Food excellent as was the service. Waiter advised on wine choice and he picked well. Food beautifully presented. The Christmas decorations were delightful giving a lovely ambience to the room. A sea of tranquil splendor in the heart of a busy city. Lovely experience.

  3. KP

    KPK11

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    The ambience and service were the stars of the show on this visit to the Merchant. Christmassy but wonderfully subtle, nice piano music and not the usual Christmas musak. The menu and food was the usual high standard but the main course could definitely have been warmer! Thw service was very good, staff are always friendly, prepared to explain what's on the menu and efficient. Possibly a bit too efficient and eager to please on this occasion - the wine got poured almost as soon as one took a sip.

  4. BK

    BenK

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 28 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and super service. I was initially a little disappointed with this restaurant after reopening post Covid, but now has returned to full strength serving excellent food in a lovely setting. Will be back very soon!

  5. SB

    StephenB

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The finest of food, professional and attentive service, beautiful surroundings. What more could you ask for?

  6. AH

    AndrewH

    Manchester

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing place Absolutely love it

  7. DO

    DOLORESF

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great plant based menu, imaginative and so full of flavour. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff.

  8. PH

    PamelaH

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Pretty disappointed as upon arrival we had wanted to enjoy a drink in the cocktail bar as there was no available seating we went to the lobby to have a drink there but the bar service was a big let down in fact there was no service as no one came to take an order so we then asked a member of staff if they could get someone to take an order but no one ever came so we had to give it a miss. The Restaurant food was delicious and service there was excellent.

  9. WR

    WilliamR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The Great Room is a superb venue, richly decorated, sumptuous surroundings, high ceilings.

  10. AH

    AlysonH

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent as always. Best restaurant fir Christmas. Food and service always first class

  11. D

    Dani

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    outstanding, the best meal i've ever had and service impeccable.

  12. AH

    AllanH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent ambience, service and food. Made us feel very special and attention to detail was first rate.

  13. AM

    AnneM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was top drawer and the service was excellent

  14. EK

    EvelynK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent day out at The Merchant for my birthday lunch. Food and service were exceptional. Location is amazing: opulent and plush. Only slight criticism is that the seats are a bit too low for the table for my liking.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Stunning setting, attentive service and incredible food. Thank you!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything about the experience was outstanding. Service and food were out of this world. Great value for money too. Would come back

  17. T

    Traveller

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 November 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    The food was artistically presented, but neither plentiful nor flavoursome. Pricey and disappointing.

  18. CK

    ChrisK

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Terrific menu and well cooked food. Its dimly lit so more of a romantic location than an energetic one.

  19. KM

    KeithM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First class food, served by attentive and well trained staff who are a credit to themselves, their training and to the ethos of the Merchant Hotel.

  20. A

    Alisha

    Dublin

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 8 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything from the staff, ambience, food and service was an absolute delight. It was our anniversary night and they also presented an anniversary cake to us which was very kind. Would definitely recommend for special occasions 🍾🍽

  21. JF

    JohnF

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service is impeccable, unobtrusive but there when you need it. No unnecessary interruptions. Water glasses topped up regularly. Food was delivered to the right person without having to ask who had ordered it. Food was delicious: flavoursome, well balanced and beautifully presented.

  22. JS

    JimS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fanstastic food, great service, highly Recommend to anyone dining out in Belfast

  23. i

    iang

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great room , great Service and food

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful food cooked to my liking. Quiet ambience, private, comfortable booth. Excellent service. Top class facilities. Thoughtful touches (like birthday cake). We have dined here several times and have never been disappointed.

  25. R

    Rlagrott

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place was incredible!! Jason and Gabriele provided us with the most amazing service. The food was on another level of delicious! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for giving us a night to remember.

  26. TD

    ThomasD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I’ve been to a lot of restaurants around the country and the great room is at the very top for overall service and food. Highly recommended and will definitely be returning.

  27. JK

    JessieK

    N. Ireland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a fantastic evening dining at The Great Room. The food was simply outstanding as well as the excellent service provided by Jason who was so attentive, professional and friendly. It was such a special experience - thank you!

  28. RC

    RichardC

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous. And no outrageous discriminatory vaccine passports which was a huge plus for us, being travellers from the Republic of Ireland. Can’t recommend this wonderful place more highly!

  29. MS

    MarieS

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    A nice location, but service was a bit erratic. Food presentation good but lacked flavour. Really enjoyed dessert.

  30. OM

    OwenM

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent lunch with a customer from England yesterday. Quality of the food and service was 2nd to none.

  31. DM

    DavidM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent all round experience which resulted in a further booking being made for the restaurant ans hotel for new year

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The whole experience and service was exceptional. The food was delicious and the cocktails were 10/10!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent evening superb attention and a great atmosphere

  34. H

    Helena

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful building, fantastic food, but the best part of a meal The Great Room in The Merchant Hotel is the sensitive attentive service by the professional and affable waiting staff

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 17 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I can’t rate this place highly enough! Every single dish was gorgeously presented and tasted amazing. The portions were a good size and the Sunday menu is result a steal. The restaurant itself is beautiful on the inside and the staff were all friendly and professional. Everything was served quickly. The cocktail menu is broad and evidently put together with care, and each cocktail is explained clearly. Overall, I can’t fault this restaurant. I plan to return soon.

  36. DI

    DavidI

    Essex

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were a party of six with two young children having Sunday lunch. We were greeted and shown to our table. Once settled eating staff attended to our needs, all the staff were excellent with the children (and the grown ups). They were happy to discuss menu and wine list items. The food was delicious and the wines were an excellent complement too. The children enjoyed their food too - the children’s menu was just right for their wishes. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time, did not feel in anyway rushed and everyone left at the end of the meal well fed and happy. Thank you to all the staff at the Great Hall for a wonderful time.

  37. NH

    NaoimhH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service as usual. Cannot fault The Merchant ever. Beautiful cocktails, delightful staff and simply exquisite food. Highly recommend the Pumpkin Souffle for starters and Rum Baba for dessert. Perfectly cooked steak every time. The Great Room is just gorgeous and you will be guaranteed to feel relaxed.

  38. ML

    ML58

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 15 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely evening out with a good friend. The staff were very friendly and attentive but not intrusive. The food was excellent and we look forward to going back.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was flawless, but the best part of the evening was our server Gabriel. He could not have been more attentive, friendly or helpful. Great wine knowledge, and thoroughly explained everything we had. A true asset to the business.

  40. DS

    DavidS

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thoroughly enjoyable evening - great food and superb service!

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The Great Room Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 288 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.

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Google Map for The Great Room Restaurant

16 Skipper Street Belfast, BT1 2DZ

  • Area

    Belfast

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast
    Daily 07:00–09:00
    Afternoon Tea
    Daily 12:00–16:00
    Lunch
    Mon–Fri 12:00–14:15
    Sundays
    Sun 12:30–20:30
    Dinner
    Mon–Thu 18:00–21:30
    Fri, Sat 18:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Modern European

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    There are a number of Multi-story Car Parks within a few minutes walk of The Great Room. One is Hi-Park on High Street (1 min walk) and Q Park in St. Anne's Square (5 mins walk).

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Johnny Leake

  • Additional

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

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