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The River Bar Bistro at the Crowne Plaza, Belfast, Antrim Co.

The River Bar Bistro at the Crowne Plaza

3.8
3.8
23 Reviews
£25 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

At The River Bar we serve truly seasonal cuisine, prepared using the freshest quality, locally sourced produce. Our menu changes regularly as we work with the best farmers and producers to avail of the best ingredients throughout the year.

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Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 11:30–16:30

  • Phone number

    028 9092 3500 x3

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Belfast

  • Cross Street

    17 Milltown Road, Shaw's Bridge

  • Parking Details

    Free on-site parking just minutes from Belfast City Centre

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Wine

Menu

Small Plates

  • Wok Fried Salt n Chilli Crispy Chicken Wings£8.50

    with Cashel blue cheese dressing

    • Cheese Nachos£6.50

      Loaded with jalapenos, tomato salsa & sour cream

      • Vegan Nachos£6.50

        loaded with jalapenos, crushed avocado, tomato salsa

        • Homemade Soup of the Day*£5.50

          (Please ask server) River Bar Homemade soup made with seasonal local produce, house bread

          • Soup & Sandwich Lunch Deal£9.50

            Choose your sandwich from: Roasted Chicken Lettuce & Mayonnaise; Tuna, Spring Onion & Cheese Melt; Honey Baked local Ham & Cheddar Cheese; CBLT

            Sandwich Selection

            Made with artisan bread & served with sea salt crisps / available toasted

            • Roasted Chicken Lettuce & Mayonnaise£6.00

              • Tuna, Spring Onion & Cheese Melt£6.00

                • Honey Baked Local Ham & Cheddar Cheese£6.00

                  • CBLT£6.00

                    Chicken, bacon, lettuce & tomato

                    Featured Items

                    • Avocado & Cashew Crostini£6.50

                      Crushed avocado set on toasted sourdough, sesame, honey & hot sauce served (Vegan) no honey

                      • Sautéed Cajun Prawn & Crab Claw Bruschetta£9.00

                        toasted sourdough, guacamole, tomato salsa, curry oil

                        • Cajun Chicken Caesar Salad*£8.50

                          Crisp cos leaves, bacon, herb croutons, caesar dressing & shaved parmesan

                          • Eggs Benedict£8.50

                            Crispy smoked bacon set on grilled sourdough bread, free range poached eggs, black pepper hollandaise sauce served

                            Mains

                            • Rockshore Beer Battered Cod£14.50

                              Homemade tartar sauce, wholegrain mustard mushy peas, skin-on fries

                              • River Bar Signature 6oz Beef Burger£13.50

                                Pretzel sesame bun, beef tomato, smoked applewood cheese, tomato & chilli jam, beer battered onion ring, skin-on fries

                                • Salt & Chili Bowl

                                  Wok fried greens, peppers, sesame fried rice

                                  • Calamari£15.00
                                  • Chicken£14.00
                                  • Vegan Clonakilty Veggie Pudding£13.00
                                • Roast of the Day*£15.00

                                  Chef's selected roast joint served with seasonal vegetables, potatoes & trimmings

                                  • Plant Based Beetroot Burger£13.00

                                    Sesame pretzel bun, beef tomato, crisp leaves, tomato & chilli jam, over roasted rosemary & thyme sweet potato

                                    • Linguine Alfredo [Fast and Fresh]£15.00

                                      Sautéed garlic king prawn & chorizo, linguine pasta bound in a creamy alfredo sauce, garlic toast, shave parmesan

                                      • Chicken Option£14.00
                                    • Chargrilled Cajun Chicken Fillet£15.00

                                      Pretzel bun, smoked applewood cheese, beef tomato, chipotle mayo served with skin-on fries

                                      Pizzas

                                      • Buffalo Mozzarella, Sun Kissed Tomato, Basil Pesto£12.00

                                        • Roasted Chicken Breast, Tomato Passata, Grilled Red Peppers, Sweet Chili Jam£12.00

                                          • Pepperoni with Melted Mozzarella & Italian Tomato Passata£12.00

                                            Sides

                                            • Dirty Fries£6.50

                                              Melted cheese, sour cream, hotsauce & crispy onions

                                              • Skin-On Fries£4.00

                                                • Cheesy Garlic Bread£4.00

                                                  • Beer Battered Onion Rings£4.00

                                                    • Creamy Mashed Potato£4.00

                                                      • Garlic & Mayonnaise Dip£1.50

                                                        • Sweet Chilli Dip£1.50

                                                          Sweet Treats / Desserts

                                                          • Fresh Fruit Pavlova£6.00

                                                            Crisp & light meringue, chantily cream, seasonal fruits, fruit coulis

                                                            • Cheesecake of the Day£6.00

                                                              Ask server

                                                              • Armagh Apple & Cinnamon Crumble£6.00

                                                                Vanilla ice cream

                                                                • Warm Chocolate Brownie£6.00

                                                                  With vanilla bean ice-cream

                                                                  • River Bar Sundae*£6.00

                                                                    Trio of local ice-creams, caramel sauce, mallows, and wafers

                                                                    Tea & Coffee

                                                                    Add Flavour Shot £0.75

                                                                    • English Afternoon Tea£2.50

                                                                      • Americano£2.95

                                                                        • Cappuccino£3.20

                                                                          • Café Latte£3.20

                                                                            • Espresso£2.95

                                                                              • Double Espresso£3.90

                                                                                • Macchiato£3.10

                                                                                  • Mocha£3.70

                                                                                    • Hot Chocolate£3.20

                                                                                      Scones

                                                                                      • Scones

                                                                                        Ask Server for our range of homemade scones. All served with fresh cream, jam & butter

                                                                                        Last updated: 17 February 2022

                                                                                        What 23 people are saying

                                                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                                                        3.8
                                                                                        3.8 based on all time ratings
                                                                                        • 4.1Food
                                                                                        • 3.8Service
                                                                                        • 3.7Ambience
                                                                                        • 3.8Value

                                                                                        NoiseModerate

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                                                                                          Albert

                                                                                          N. Ireland

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 8 April 2022

                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                          Staff were absolutely amazing and very friendly, food was lovely. We have never stayed here before but would definitely recommend.

                                                                                        2. SN

                                                                                          StephanieN

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 27 March 2022

                                                                                          overall3food3service1ambience3

                                                                                          Very slow service, waited 20 minutes for the deserts to arrive. Had to search for the waitress to ask if they will be ready soon for her to then tell us she forgot about them.

                                                                                        3. LM

                                                                                          LauraM

                                                                                          Dublin

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          1.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 12 March 2022

                                                                                          overall1food4service1ambience2

                                                                                          When we turned up (myself and my 2 children) I was told that the River Bar bistro had stopped serving food and they could not honour my booking. I was told the restaurant upstairs could accommodate us. Ewhen we went upstairs the manager was extremely rude and told me I needed to book and because I wasn't a resident he couldn't give me a table, he then dismissed me and told he to sit in the foyer. I went back to the river bar restaurant and eventually the manager agreed to serve us food. After years of using the hotel this was a horrendous experience and very disappointing.

                                                                                        4. CN

                                                                                          CherubN

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 10 December 2021

                                                                                          overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                                                          Spacious restaurant with tables well spaced apart. Reasonably priced, with a decent selection of dishes. Staff very pleasant.

                                                                                        5. JG

                                                                                          JaniceG

                                                                                          N. Ireland

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 13 December 2020

                                                                                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                          Nice quiet lunch with few people. Food good value.

                                                                                        6. M

                                                                                          Mazmac

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 14 October 2020

                                                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                          My sister's and I enjoyed lunch at the Crown Plaza Shaws Bridge Belfast..It was very quiet as there were not many customers. The girl who served us was very friendly and patient..as we were talking so much we forgot to read the menu and she had to return twice.The 3 of us ordered the vegetarian burger which came with skinny fries..I was very nice and we enjoyed it all.

                                                                                        7. DM

                                                                                          DMac

                                                                                          N. Ireland

                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                          Dined on 19 August 2020

                                                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                          Food here is always nice, never have to wait too long. Our server Megan was very friendly and polite which always makes for a more pleasant experience. Visited last week for my birthday, and got a happy birthday wish only, not that I was looking for anything more, just a little surprising seeing as we eat here fairly regularly. The pizzas and whatever roast they have on are pretty good if you are looking for a recommendation

                                                                                        8. DF

                                                                                          DeirdreF

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          1.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 16 August 2020

                                                                                          overall1food2service1ambience1

                                                                                          We had booked in here for both nights of our stay and both nights had a delay in 1 hr 30 mins. Food was just ok. Certainly not worth waiting 90 minutes for

                                                                                        9. A

                                                                                          Anonym

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          2.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 5 August 2020

                                                                                          overall2food3service1ambience1

                                                                                          Disappointing 90 minute wait for food in an unattractive room. Nobody coming near you without being called over. I don’t blame the staff as I believe management have left them high and dry without enough people working, especially while a wedding was in the other room. All felt a bit faulty towers but I feel the staff were very friendly and working hard in very difficult circumstances. Please make sure your staff are being supported adequately for their sake and the customers.

                                                                                        10. OT

                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 1 August 2020

                                                                                          overall3food2service4ambience1

                                                                                          Table we were seated at wasn’t the nicest spot considering we booked 10 days in advance, food was ok not the best! Strawberry daiquiri was pure ice. Wouldn’t go running back.

                                                                                        11. IR

                                                                                          IRENED

                                                                                          N. Ireland

                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                          Dined on 1 March 2020

                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                          Never fails to impress. The food, staff, and value for money are exceptional.

                                                                                        12. AD

                                                                                          AnnieD

                                                                                          N. Ireland

                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                          Dined on 16 February 2020

                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                          Absolutely fab!! From the moment we arrived, the staff were so attentive. We were shown where everything was at the carvery then seated. Food was heavenly. Great variety, perfectly cooked... hot. Cannot wait to go back... hopefully soon

                                                                                        13. GE

                                                                                          GERARDN

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 14 February 2020

                                                                                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                                          Food was excellent and service was yet again excellent. Only let down by not receiving our glass of prosecco with our Valentine's dinner. Overall we will be back.

                                                                                        14. AD

                                                                                          AlanD

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 12 February 2020

                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                          Occasion was a family get-together. Restaurant quiet, staff friendly and efficient. Food was excellent. Each family member was impressed. We plan to return for a future get-together. D.V.

                                                                                        15. OT

                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                          N. Ireland

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 9 February 2020

                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                          fabulous food, very relaxed atmosphere. highly recommended just hope the food at my wedding is this good

                                                                                        16. MD

                                                                                          MichelleD

                                                                                          N. Ireland

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 12 January 2020

                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                          Food was outstanding as usual I would highly recommend, and that’s why I had my wedding reception there

                                                                                        17. RB

                                                                                          RaymondB

                                                                                          London

                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                          Dined on 12 January 2020

                                                                                          overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                          Not sure if it’s a coupe thing no- if it’s to go have pleasant food and enjoy company then yes. Service was rapid - as in plates were being collected whilst other still ate. Enthusiastic

                                                                                        18. BS

                                                                                          BernieS

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 29 December 2019

                                                                                          overall3food3service5ambience5

                                                                                          We have been numerous times to the Sunday carvery , this time however it wasn't as nice as previous visits. The selection of cold starters was very poor and the cleanliness/attention to detail of the dining ware wasn't good. As always though the service was extremely good.

                                                                                        19. HW

                                                                                          HazelW

                                                                                          N. Ireland

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 24 November 2019

                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                          Had a fabulous meal, I don’t normally like a carvery Sunday lunch but The Green Room is exceptional!

                                                                                        20. SP

                                                                                          SweetP

                                                                                          London

                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                          2.0

                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                          Dined on 29 September 2019

                                                                                          overall2food2service3ambience2

                                                                                          We were put in a side room which had no atmosphere whatsoever. The food was ok but in terms of vegetables, there was only carrot mash or cauliflower cheese. That was it. The roast beef was a bit dry and I didn’t even attempt to eat the turkey. For £21 per person, it was extortion. Would not go back or recommend.

                                                                                          The River Bar Bistro at the Crowne PlazaResponded on 10 October 2019

                                                                                          Hi SweetP, we are sorry to hear that you have had such a disappointing experience at the Greenroom Restaurant. We can only apologise for falling below our usual high standards at the Green Room. We take your feedback extremely seriously and will be putting policies in place to avoid this occurring again in the future. Kind regards

                                                                                        21. OT

                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                          N. Ireland

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          2.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 6 September 2019

                                                                                          overall2food4service2ambience2

                                                                                          Food lovely, service very slow

                                                                                          The River Bar Bistro at the Crowne PlazaResponded on 16 September 2019

                                                                                          Hi, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meal in the Green Room however we are sorry to hear that you were frustrated with the speed of service. We will take your criticism into consideration and put measures in place to help avoid this in the future.

                                                                                        22. IR

                                                                                          IRENED

                                                                                          N. Ireland

                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                          Dined on 21 July 2019

                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                          Love the food and the sevice. Cannot fault anything. Always our go to place for Sunday Lunch.

                                                                                          The River Bar Bistro at the Crowne PlazaResponded on 6 August 2019

                                                                                          Hi Irene, thanks for you for recommending The Green Room restaurant. We are delighted that you enjoyed dining with us and we hope to see you again in the near future! Kind regards

                                                                                        23. IM

                                                                                          IanM

                                                                                          Manchester

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 7 July 2019

                                                                                          overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                                                          Booked table for 3:30pm and arrived five minutes early. Got our table and drinks, had our starter and were up for our main course at 3:40pm to be told by the chef that we were cutting it fine! He was obviously trying to hurry us along to get away home which wasn’t very pleasant. Food was to the usual high standard and as usual a great variety, although the gateau didn’t taste too fresh. The young waiter who served us didn’t seem to understand us, I think his English wasn’t too good. He also had an overpowering body odour issue which was disgusting, considering he was working around food. Definitely would go back though and still recommend it.

                                                                                          The River Bar Bistro at the Crowne PlazaResponded on 6 August 2019

                                                                                          Hi Ian, thank you for recommending The Green Room. We are delighted you that you enjoyed your meal and appreciate your feedback on the customer service, this will be passed on to management. We apologise sincerely for our customer service not being to its usual standard and we hope to see you again in the near future! Kind regards

                                                                                        Safety precautions

                                                                                        • Cleaning & sanitising

                                                                                          • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                                                                          • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                                                                                          • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                                                          • 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

                                                                                        FAQs

                                                                                        The River Bar Bistro at the Crowne Plaza is rated 3.8 stars by 23 OpenTable diners.

                                                                                        Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                                                        Booked 6 times today
                                                                                        Google Map for The River Bar Bistro at the Crowne Plaza

                                                                                        117 Milltown Road Belfast, Antrim Co. BT8 7XP

                                                                                        Additional information

                                                                                        • Cross Street

                                                                                          17 Milltown Road, Shaw's Bridge

                                                                                        • Area

                                                                                          Belfast

                                                                                        • Hours of Operation

                                                                                          Daily 11:30–16:30

                                                                                        • Cuisines

                                                                                          Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

                                                                                        • Dining style

                                                                                          Casual Dining

                                                                                        • Dress Code

                                                                                          Casual Dress

                                                                                        • Parking Details

                                                                                          Free on-site parking just minutes from Belfast City Centre

                                                                                        • Payment Options

                                                                                          MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                        • Additional

                                                                                          Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Wine

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