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The Great Room Restaurant, Belfast,

The Great Room Restaurant

4.7
4.7
798 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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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

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

What 798 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Overall

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Food

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Service

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Ambience

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Value

  • Northern Ireland

    Good for business meals

  • Northern Ireland

    Good for business meals

  • Northern Ireland

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Northern Ireland

    Great for fine wines

  • Northern Ireland

    Romantic

  • Northern Ireland

    Good for special occasions

  • Northern Ireland

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Northern Ireland

    Most Booked

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Best Overall

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Best Food

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Best Service

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Best Ambience

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Best Value

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Good for business meals

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Good for business meals

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Healthy

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Great for fine wines

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Romantic

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Good for special occasions

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Most Booked

798 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the tasting menu which was exquisite and there was no problem switching out the fish dish. Service was attentive, but not overpowering

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  2. DavidH

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Tasting menu was superb Service was excellent Not pretentious in the restaurant but a member of staff in coctail bar/ restaurant entrance was a bit ott.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    He had an excellent Waiter called Dylan, who was extremely attentive. This young man is a credit to your company.The itself was outstanding. The Rabbit pasta was a WOW.

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  4. JohnM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yes I would recommend a visit to this lovely restaurant, great service from waiters and waitresses , my only concern was the main course portions were very small considering the price , all in all it was a great evening experience.

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  5. JohnF

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Would have given a better score but for 2 things; Waiting on arrival to be seated was frustrating Embedded service charge on bill

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  6. Lochteen

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food. Very attentive service. Great place to celebrate a special occasion.

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  7. Shonny

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Extensive wine list. Comfortable ambience.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful experience although we were glad that the large hen party seated beside us left shortly after we arrived. Service was attentive, food was really delicious, acoustics a little challenging and lighting a bit dim.

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  9. Guinness08

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It had been a few years since we’d been to the great room. It was as good as ever! We had a 3 year old with us & though the kids menu may seem expensive it was of great quality. The guy serving our table was v polite, v helpful & well mannered throughout our meal. The food was excellent.

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  10. FionaV

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience - touch above. Highly recommend the amuse bouche and cheese soufflé

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  11. CoreyI

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and very good service. Our server was very accomadating.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing experience, a must go. Staff are very accommodating and the food is top quality, not to mention the venue is absolutely stunning

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  13. TomO

    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
    Food was excellent, only surpassed by the quality service.

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  14. MikeS

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful room, excellent food and good service. Lunch is always a good choice in the Great Room

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  15. Foodforlife123

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Duck was a little tough and fat could have been crispier but that was the only thing

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  16. RobR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful evening, wonderful food and wonderful staff.

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  17. Barbarab

    N. Ireland

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food . Setting very luxurious. Staff very friendly and attentive.

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  18. JoPalm

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was fantastic, also happened to be seated beside Gerard Butler which was a bonus on the night.

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  19. BrianM

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent meal. Lovely choices on the menu and presented beautifully on the plate. Taste sensation. Service was faultless. Very attentive staff. A very enjoyable evening overall.

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  20. KarenS

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful food, lovely staff, fabulous setting. A great dining experience

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  21. AlanG

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I had dinner in the Great Room Restaurant on Thursday evening. Overall it was very pleasant, the decor is stunning. However, as always the little things are important. We asked for still water and it was served in a plain bottle which we later discovered to added £5.50 + 10% service charge to the bill. I now know from Google search that this was the cheapest in the “special water” range but the waiter, presumably the “water butler” didn’t explain nor did he give the option of tap water. Presumably this special water is stored on site and bottled on demand. The waiter (water butler) topped up our glasses too full which was rather annoying.

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  22. PaulineG

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and exemplary service in a very relaxing atmosphere and surroundings. I would highly recommend lunch in the Great Room Restaurant.

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  23. JacquelineM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful surroundings and excellent service from the minute you arrive. Staff are highly professional, friendly, always smiling and see to your needs before you even realise. Food was of a high standard and cooked to perfection. Presentation was exceptional and I must say the bread and desserts were outstanding. Lovely birthday surprise brought to table, which was appreciated. I would highly recommend a visit, even just to experience quality and excellence service. Dinner was not rushed and the atmosphere was lovely and relaxed. There were children in The Great Room, who were well behaved and treated the same as adults by staff. Breakfast the following morning was delicious and again relaxed and unhurried. Staff are more that helpful and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you to all.

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  24. CHaw

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Impeccable service and great knowledge of the wine and food! I will always recommend here!

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  25. StewartM

    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
    Had the taster menu and it did not disappoint. Service was superb will be back might even stay overnight next time. Thankyou you all for a wonderful meal.

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  26. GaiaB

    London

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere in a grandiose venue Lovely food and attentive service overall Thank you

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  27. TanyaF

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional service and lovely food. Would definitely return and would definitely recommend.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing - great food, superb service, perfect setting.

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  29. JenniferH

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best value for afternoon tea. The service from the staff alone knocks everywhere else out of the park for afternoon tea! For what you're getting and the service, it's definitely worth that little bit more. Everyone, from the lovely host to the waiting staff were amazing and really made it feel like a 5 star experience. Will definitely be back again

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  30. PatrickM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous room ..excellent friendly service and really good food with an excellent wine list ...the menu is slightly limited but the overall package more than compensates

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  31. BradP

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous restaurant in beautiful setting. Terrific service. Amazing bar. Menu is somewhat limited but all well done. Desserts could be better.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner experience. Food delicious and service great. Our server Dylan was a joy. Congrats on your engagement and thanks for a memorable experience.

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  33. DanneenD

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was exceptional, staff had been very accommodating. Food served from starter up to dessert were intricately presented and taste was impeccable. The dining experience was stellar. Worth every pound spent. ♥️ Memorable birthday dinner experience.

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  34. LucyM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Very disappointing….sandwiches cold and stale…..rushed by staff to be out an hour and half into my afternoon tea. Will not be back.

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  35. Andy

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tea was very enjoyable, fantastic place to sit down and relax.

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  36. ValerieG

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful meal Gorgeous surroundings Attentive service

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always go here for a good dinner service/staff are 5 star

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  38. aoifeg

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    staff were lovely and attentive, food and drinks were fantastic. excellent value for money, very affordable considering the level of service and food. the staff even surprised us with a cake to celebrate our anniversary which i thought was very kind as we didn’t request it. would definitely recommend!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service and food. Mums 70th birthday. They made us feel extra special including a surprise cake. Wonderful experience

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  40. JonathanP

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I don’t understand that thumping music - it certainly wasn’t music, relaxing or festive ! Table was cleared and food was brought very quickly between courses. Would have preferred a little longer. With the fast beat background thumping and waiters looking to clear the tables as soon as we had finished each course we definitely felt we were being pushed along to get us out as soon as possible. Not what we expected considering the cost and venue.

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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
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Great Room Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 798 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 11 times today
Google Map for The Great Room Restaurant

16 Skipper Street, Belfast, BT1 2DZ

Additional information

  • 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
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • 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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