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The Jailhouse, Belfast,

The Jailhouse

3.6
3.6
239 Reviews
£25 and under
Irish
Long thought to be the building where our entries namesake was held as a prisoner before being hung in Cornmaket, The Jailhouse as it is now known has been frozen in time for the last 70 years nearly forgotten about completely. Restored as part of the Joys Entry project, the aim was to keep as much of the original character of the building as possible. Brick walls, inscribed beams and original windows, take a closer look and see what history and tales you can find while you sip on tipples and nibble on rations. Time Served Well.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Irish, European

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday – Thursday, 12noon – 1am Friday & Saturday, 12 noon – 2am

  • Phone number

    028 9032 6711

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Belfast

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 239 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.6
3.6 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.5Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.5Value

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Loved For

  • Northern Ireland

    Brunch

  • Northern Ireland

    Lunch

  • Northern Ireland

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Brunch

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Lunch

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. LO

    LouiseO

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    I am a vegetarian. I ordered vegetarian alternative and after first bite realised there was black pudding in my food. I was sick all night. Disgusting
  2. TM

    TMcG

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Portions very small. Side dishes came 15 minutes after main was served. Desert was served 15 -20 minutes after it was ordered. We had to go to the bar ourselves to get a drink. We were told we wouldn't be charged for sides as service was so bad. Once desert was eaten we were presented with the bill. To be honest I was glad to leave. I have eaten in the main bar area before and it was grand however I would not recommend The Jailhouse.
  3. FG

    FionaG

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Poor service and food very expensive.
  4. TB

    TonyB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 July 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    The Guinness tap was apparently broken. Resolved by the adjoining bar - Henry’s. The table had been booked for 3 and upon arrival, I told the staff that there were only 2 coming for lunch. The staff apologised and said the kitchen were supposed to contact me this morning as the kitchen was broken/no food served, but they had booked a table for us in White’s tavern. We arrived in Whites tavern and they had never heard about the booking. Pretty disappointing after responding to open table’s text and e mail confirming the booking. Nightmare day for the Jailhouse but surely someone could have contacted their customers.
  5. j

    janet155

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 July 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Entirely my fault I booked the Jailhouse instead of Henry's by mistake and ask if we could get moved but where told that Henry's was booked out but it was plain to see there where loads of free tables. The food was really good and the staff where good but the place was cold. OK for bar food for lunch but not a Graduation meal/celebration.
  6. w

    wbelgarath

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Feel good food. Good portions and delicious. Good music but not too loud.
  7. s

    sonyag

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Very rude staff and for the manager Ryan I’ve never in my life seen any one with such attitude toward an other couple who was in the bar for drinks and he asked them to get off the table as it was reserved , there was no reserved sign on it and the couple was there for two hours before hand listening to the live music, he then went in to tell the bar staff not to serve the couple any more drink , there was 5-6 other tables that we could have sat at , very bad management 3 things we wanted to order from menu we sold out it was 5.30 on a Sunday evening , won’t enter my foot in this place due to the staff
  8. SS

    ShaunS

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Booked a table for 2 for 19.15, traveled down from Lurgan only to be told that the kitchen closed at 7pm. No food, had to try and find somewhere else last minute and couldn't get a table anywhere so just had to go back home. Can't understand why they took our booking if they couldn't offer us food. We could have booked in somewhere else in advance.
  9. RE

    REDdevil1959

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Booked for dinner at 6:15 using app on Jailhouse website . Arrived early,waited half an hour for table and then they advised that they stopped serving dinner at 6:00!!!
  10. M

    Mark

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    We had booked a table but when we arrived we were shown to 2 different tables before the staff finally settled on a third table that was meant for us. We made our food and drink orders promptly but had to wait nearly an hour for the food to come to the table, by which time we'd finished our drinks. The front-of-house staff were very apologetic, but no reason was given nor was any gesture of goodwill (e.g. not charging for the four soft drinks) made. I've been to this establishment a couple of times before and never experienced anything like this before. I'd still recommend to a friend because the food is top notch and reasonably priced, but this was a disappointing visit and took the shine off my new team's first lunch together.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had booked a table for 5.45 - we arrived 9 minutes late as there were events on and we couldn’t get into the area - as soon as we walked in we were told the kitchen had just closed and we could not eat - the people just in front of us were allowed to order food - we complained and said we would not be back to which the waiter replied - that’s ok we have plenty more customers .
  12. JM

    JosephineM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just loved the whole character of this building, food was delicious and very quick service. The waitress was very attentive friendly and welcoming.. Will definitely be back.
  13. DH

    DevinH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Disorganized, poor service.
  14. S

    Sniper123

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    Asked two waitresses if the table which was downstairs was available as upstairs was quiet and no atmosphere, both said they would check and never came back to us. I asked a waiter if they served tequila rose and he said he didn't know and for me to ask the barman....I asked him if he could check with the barman for me, he never came back. Food was just OK, I had steak pie and there was about 2/3 pieces or steak in it. Definitely wouldn't recommend and definitely wouldn't go again. Disappointing as it was to celebrate a birthday!
  15. MM

    MgtM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    Ordered 4 meals only 2 came out. We waited another 30 minutes for the other 2 meals. No bill given and no receipt for card payment.
  16. F

    Fenty

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Table booked for food for 5.45 to be told kitchen wasn’t serving any food. Eventually got menus after I insisted I booked the table for dinner only to be rushed and told to hurry up and order. Shocking service with a waiter who clearly needs more training
  17. KS

    KarenS

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal good value plenty of choice and quick service with a smile .
  18. BB

    BrianB

    Liverpool

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Been here a few times before, but this visit was the worst. The service was appalling despite it not being busy at all. It felt like we were an inconvenience to the staff. The food was quite nice but very over priced. £14.95 for a burger & chips! Will think twice before booking again
  19. KE

    KELLYW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delighted with everything just one complaint I booked this table well in advance but was told the restaurants tables were all booked and ended up sitting in the bar which was very noisy. Extremely disappointing
  20. JC

    JamieC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    The worst service we have ever had. When food was served we were asked if we wanted cutlery and sauces. Never came after asking the staff three times. Sat in our booked table and ignored for 30 minutes. Honestly the worst service we’ve ever had. Do not book this place!
  21. GR

    GailR

    Ulster, ROI

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience3
    Food was delicious. Service not 100% seemed to rush us when clearing drinks away.
  22. LM

    LaurenM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    The food here is delicious! However I'm not sure if there was a staff shortage issue or something but most of the staff seemed flustered and had other priorities. The biggest issue for my was that we had hoped to have a nice early dinner before going to a comedy show and we were placed in a loud directly under a very loud speaker. The stools at our table were basically the same height as the table which would have been fine if we had only been drinking. We asked who I assume was the manager if we could have different chairs and he said "it's busy we don't have anymore chairs, we're an Irish pub" He did manage to get us one chair and as one group left we were able to swap the second stool for another. On a whole, it wasn't the worst dining experience but for 2 people with and 80 quid bill it would have been nice not to have felt like an inconvenience. A real shame as the food is top notch but maybe give it a miss if you're wanting a bit more of a dining experience rather than a quick bite.
  23. JH

    JoanneH

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food amazing as always and we dined on a Sunday so there was live music which was fab

    The JailhouseResponded on 16 March 2022Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave your positive review. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Many thanks, The Jailhouse

  24. H

    Haydy77

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked a table upstairs for two people for the 6 Nations Irish Rugby game vs England. Table had a great view of the Big screen (requested at time of booking). Staff were warm, friendly, welcoming, professional & extremely helpful (couldn’t do enough for us!), even though they were very busy for the Rugby game. Food was fantastic & the service was impeccable! Our server was brilliant & super helpful & the barstaff were very friendly & knowledgeable. Would highly recommend the Jailhouse! & well done on providing such a great, friendly service (5*s) .. will definitely be back! Many thanks.

    The JailhouseResponded on 16 March 2022Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave your positive review. We are glad that you had a great experience with us on Saturday. I have passed your kind comments onto Jessica and the rest of the team who are delighted to hear. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Many thanks, The Jailhouse

  25. F

    Fuzz1

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service and good food…but music a little too loud if you’re looking for conversation…
  26. AM

    AodhanM

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Would have preferred to been given a wine list to choose from wasn't made aware of the price of the bottle until we received the bill!!
  27. NW

    NeilW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Decent food service could have been less haphazard.
  28. HF

    HelenF

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Great vibe, menu simple but tasty.
  29. JB

    JoseB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent everything was just good, the young lady who served us was fantastic made us feel at ease, the food was delicious, the pricing was affordable and the atmosphere was incredible, we missed out on the live music but that was our own fault because we were leaving as they were starting but in general everything was good and I would recommend the place to anyone and everyone
  30. B

    Bell

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was by far the best bar we visited in Belfast.
  31. DT

    DavidT

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience1
    Live band was absolutely awful, but food was spot on.
  32. BT

    BlondieT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    We went for a valentines dinner. It was absolutely freezing in the place. You had to shout to speak to each other. We were stuck beside a TV which isn't ideal when trying to eat with everyone watching you.
  33. TO

    TONIR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    We booked a table at 5.30 and at 6.05 we were still waiting for a drink, the service was appalling, staff were disinterested or badly trained, wouldn't be going back.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Asked for a table in front of the tv for the rugby, catered for perfectly. Got the fish and chips and honestly one of the nicest I’ve ever had, will 100% be back for food
  35. KD

    KarenD

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent value for money and staff very friendly. Music at one stage too loud but the waiter kindly turned it down. We will definitely return.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The ambience and atmosphere was very good food was okay service was very good
  37. DC

    DeborahC

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely lunch staff friendly and efficient. Atmosphere good
  38. E

    Eibm

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere food very good very relaxing setting
  39. B

    Bryan

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food at decent value. Drinks were nice and good pints of Guiness. Can’t go wrong
  40. CS

    ChiaraS

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    The most rude service I’ve ever experienced. We waited 20 mins and asked twice to see a cocktail menu and we got also discouraged to look at it cause “we do all the classics and then some of our signature ones but some might be out of stock”. It took another 20 mins to get the cocktails. Moreover, we asked for a food menu (I put 1 star but really is NA as we had no food) and got laughed at because “oh like we stopped serving food 3 hours ago like” (it was 1h earlier really and EVEN IF I MISSED THE MEMO ON THE BOOKING THERE’S REALLY NO NEED TO LAUGH AT MY FACE IF I AM MISTAKEN). The waitress made us so uncomfortable that we finished our drinks as fast as we could and got the hell out of there.

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

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The Jailhouse is rated 3.6 stars by 239 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for The Jailhouse

4 Joy's Entry, Belfast, BT1 4DR

Additional information

  • Area

    Belfast

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday – Thursday, 12noon – 1am Friday & Saturday, 12 noon – 2am

  • Cuisines

    Irish, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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