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The Great Room Restaurant

4.8
4.8
250 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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Booked 10 times today
  • 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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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What 250 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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  • Northern Ireland

    Best Overall

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Food

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Service

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Ambience

  • Northern Ireland

    Fit for Foodies

  • Northern Ireland

    Notable Wine List

  • Northern Ireland

    Romance

  • Northern Ireland

    Special Occasions

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Best Overall

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Best Food

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Best Service

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Best Ambience

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Best Value

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Fit for Foodies

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Healthy

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Romance

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Special Occasions

  • Belfast/Antrim

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  1. ML

    ML58

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined today

    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.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    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.

  3. DS

    DavidS

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thoroughly enjoyable evening - great food and superb service!

  4. AH

    AndrewH

    Manchester

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely gorgeous setting for breakfast … would never go anywhere else for breakfast when in Belfast

  5. VE

    VEveg

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff was very nice, even though a bit slow at times, but it was very busy. The location is fantastic and a bit pricey, of course, but that's understandable for the service and food you get. We even got free cake!

  6. HM

    HelenM

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 October 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The restaurant was beautiful. Maybe the main course just average but everything else superb.

  7. PA

    PaulA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our meal for 4 was at 6.00pm following an important function in the City Centre. Restaurant was quite busy but everything was excellent.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 4 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was fabulous and the service was exceptional.

  9. LM

    LizM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 October 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Beautiful place. The food was lovely but the service was exceptional! The staff are a credit to the Merchant.

  10. BK

    BenK

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 3 October 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Overall, pretty great. It’s clear that staff are still coming up the curve again post-COVID but the food overall makes up for this. Starters arrived within 2 mins of having ordered them, which was relatively surprising, was the food cooked to order? Nevertheless it was very tasty, but a little odd to have the ‘pre-starter bread’ delivered after we had finished eating our starter… Main and dessert were delicious and after the slight service hiccups mentioned above, everything went perfectly according to plan.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fantastic meal and service, only feedback is that afternoon tea guests should probably be seated together in a separate area rather than mixed in with the main meal guests as it spoils the atmosphere a bit!

  12. PD

    PaulD

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent evening. Enjoyed a taster menu with wine selection.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service. Server was polite and very helpful! Definitely will be back

  14. AM

    AnnMc

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic venue and great food. Amazing plant based selections. Staff extremely polite and professional.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Food and service outstanding. Personally, I felt the classiness of the whole place let down by the piped electronica which seemed out of place.

  16. KJ

    KellieJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was divine. Myself and my husband had the taster menu with matching wine. My parents had food from the a la carte menu. We all enjoyed the food. The waiter was very attentive. The venue is amazing. Makes for a very special night out.

  17. AO

    AoifeO

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food, service and tasting was superb. Highly recommend a visit to the Great Room.

  18. AH

    AllenH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Service and ambience could not be faulted. Unfortunately little things spoiled the food offering. A piece of shell in the crab starter, apart from which, the only improvement would have been a couple more prawn beignet (only 2 very small ones served). The lamb saddle was wonderful but the aubergine accompaniment was tasteless. The monkfish was very nice but the flavour of the light curry dressing was almost not there at all. The almond sponge, peach compote and herb sorbet was very poor. The sponge was heavy and dense and the sorbet (thyme) was so strong as to make the dish inedible. It could have been very good indeed but .....

  19. JV

    JayV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our dinner was absolutely amazing. Food was great, staff knowledgeable, kind and friendly. Overall we had great experience. Definitely recommend

  20. EW

    EileenW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fantastic tasting menu paired with fantastic wine..... and the service and attention to detail was outstanding

  21. PD

    PaulD

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful surroundings brilliant staff, lovely food

  22. AB

    AyeBee

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A beautiful setting for a special occasion. Staff were friendly and efficient. The food was amazing. Highly recommend.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    For a special treat can't be beaten! Food was delicious, staff were attentive and knowledgeable..... we were there all afternoon and never felt pressurised to move on! We were belatedly celebrating Big Birthdays that had been overlooked due to lockdown so surprise birthday cake was an added bonus!

  24. JR

    JohnR

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Really nice experience with good service and atmosphere. I thought the food and wine were overpriced but I suppose you have to pay for the beautiful surroundings. There was a very nice touch when we were presented with a cake decorated to celebrate our anniversary.

  25. SJ

    SharonJ

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    I had the eggs benedict which was lovely and 2 of my guests had omelettes they said they were tasteless and unseasoned hence they had to ask for salt and pepper..for an omelette that cost £25.00 you would hope for perfection.

  26. L

    Lynn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous fine dining. I would eat here again and would recommend for a special occasion. The staff were attentive and courteous.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent experience with fabulous food.

  28. JJ

    JohnJ

    N. Ireland

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 14 September 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    A nice lunch. Highlight was the service. Very attentive waiting staff who made us feel welcome and valued customers.

  29. SM

    SharonM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Okay, so this place wouldn't be for everyone, but the service is great, and the food is delicious. Courses came at a good pace. Occasionally you get the vibe that a place is running smoothly and the Great Room must have had a good combination of well-trained staff and a confident shift leader. Can't wait to get back again.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great meal, atmosphere & amazing building.. Couldn’t of ask for better!! Highly recommend

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Was special , beautiful food and wine to go with and lovely waiter.

  32. CC

    ConorC

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb visit. Steak was excellent Merchant Black Forest Cubes dessert

  33. P

    Peter

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    The restaurant is elegant, and we were greeted quickly and shown to our table. The service is very good, and the food was superb. The lunch menu is excellent, and the cooking is first rate. All in all, a delightful experience, and highly recommended.

  34. F

    Frances

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The merchant never disappoints. Great to see the restaurant busy and the food was absolutely incredible. Atmosphere and setting helped too. Highly recommend!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious tasting menu, matching wines and impeccable service. At a price point of a special occasion only but worth it as a treat. The pork cheek with the octopus terrine was a highlight.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dovy was absolutely amazing server

  37. R

    Roisin

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our meal can only be described as outstanding. The service was excellent also.

  38. AM

    AndrewM

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Very good food, but service was impeccable. Lighting and noise levels were absolutely perfect and the whole experience was so relaxed. Staff were very attentive and had all of our needs catered to.

  39. PG

    PaulG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding. My only minor criticisms are that the cheeseboard was a little disappointing compared to the spectacular first two courses and that there was no draught Guinness!

  40. JB

    JonnyB

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The most amazing birthday night celebrations with the best customer service and delicious food. Thanks to all for helping with my partners Birthday. Many thanks, Jonathan

FAQs

The Great Room Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 250 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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Booked 10 times today
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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