The Barking Dog

4.6
413 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Comfort Food
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Cosy
The Barking Dog combines first class cuisine with a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy our rustic candlelit setting, vintage decor & fab menu in the heart of Belfast. You can come for a sit down three course meal, for a quick bite or pop in to our upstairs cocktail lounge for nibbles, delicious cocktails and some great craic! We cater for everyone. Whether you're with friends, work colleagues, family or whoever. We look forward to welcoming you warmly here at The Barking Dog.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Comfort Food, Irish, Gastro Pub
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Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday: 12pm to 3pm and 5.30pm to 10pm
Friday - Satuday: 12pm to 3pm and 5.30pm to 11pm
Sunday: 12pm to 9pm
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Phone number
028 9066 1885
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Payment Options
Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Gavin Bradley
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Parking Details
On street parking facilities after 6.30pm weekdays.
All day street parking Saturday & Sunday.
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Public Transit
Take an 8A or 8B bus from the city centre which stops right outside the restaurant.
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Entertainment
On Sunday afternoons pop in for a listen to some acoustic tones. Assured to soothe the Sunday hangover blues.
Additional
Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Reviews from verified diners
413 reviews
4.6 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
67%
Very Good
26%
Good
6%
Fair
1%
Poor
0%
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KG
5.0Dined 2 days ago

Delicious food, fish pie a winner. Allowed to linger at table for coffee, no feeling of being rushed. Staff very friendly

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f
4.0Dined on 22 June 2018

nice atmosphere on a busy friday night..good service and food

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RB
5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Excellent venue - from great atmosphere, menu choice, atmosphere, really nice staff all added up to a wonderful evening - very very satisfied with my visit

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MH
5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

We enjoyed a delicious meal at The Barking Dog on our last night in Belfast, it was a dining highlight of our trip to Ireland.
The food and wine were fantastic and the service was exceptional, highly recommended.

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MZ
4.0Dined on 14 June 2018

Good ambience, good service, average-to-good food that does not fully justify the price.

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OT
5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Good first meal in Belfast!

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G
4.0Dined on 4 June 2018

Barking Dog, good food ,good atmosphere and nice staff.

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JP
5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Second visit to the restaurant good food good value

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KE
5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Food and Service where both 5star! Lovely food - Tapas to start where just delightful!

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CB
5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

This was the first time I had tried the Barking Dog and was intrigued by the menu. This was a fantastic place to try as my partner is a vegetarian and is often left with having to choose from two options whereas this restaurant has options for vegetarian, vegan and much more! Service was outstanding offering water for the table, and making sure we were okay throughout the meal. Food was 20/10 and I will definitely be back!

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c
4.0Dined on 29 May 2018

Very friendly service, lovely food, spent a very nice evening there - highly recommended!

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JC
5.0Dined on 25 May 2018

Superb food and amazing service well worth a visit from anyone who is in the Belfast area.

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SM
5.0Dined on 21 May 2018

Very good service and welcoming, excellent food and will definitely be back

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AD
5.0Dined on 16 May 2018

Consistently great food served by charming staff - a gem in south Belfast and well worth a visit!

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JH
5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Fantastic options as a vegetarian, I actually had a full menu as apposed to one thing on the menu. Staff were fantastic and the price was perfect! I have already recommended it to friends and my husband and I will definitely be back

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m
2.0Dined on 6 May 2018

whilst excited to visit the barking dog upon reading the previously left reviews by other frequenters of this venue i was left very dismayed and disappointed after experiencing the full dining experience in person myself ...upon arriving we were promptly met by front of house staff who unfortunately to say had lifeless lack lustre expressionless faces that would turn fresh milk sour with one glance 1st impressions are always correct !!table staff and service lovely however after placing our orders the disappointment set in .... starter fantastic tapas a spicy appetising winner hurrah then swiftly followed by arrival of two main courses that sounded great upon ordering but didn’t measure up to expectation upon their arrival at the table.. i personally had ordered the roast beef steak dinner cooked to your liking which sounded perfect it arrived with 5 to six slices of anemic thin slivers of beef that was cold and lifeless as were the accompanying veggies!! shockingly disappointing and just didn’t measure up to expectations , my dining partner partner also was left disapointed they had ordered the roast chicken and was expecting a lovely succulent chicken breast / fillet but instead recieved chicken thighs and wings and cold accompanying veggies yet again just didn’t measure up to expectations . however we proceeded to cut our losses and try a dessert mine the ice cream rum an rasin bitterly disappointing had the consistency of a slush puppy with three raisins in it however the pineapple tartain that my dinning partner ordered actually was lovely however overal the whole dining experience left both of us disappointed and the £85 bill for the dinning experience left us flabbergasted .the decor was shabby and the venue is in need of major renovation

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OT
5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Loved this place. It has a nice buzzy atmosphere & an eclectic charm. Love all the mismatched chairs and crockery. The food was fab & the wine fairly reasonably priced. Would definitely re-visit.

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MC
4.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Great food and seemed to be locally produced produce. Service was very helpful!

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DE
5.0Dined on 27 April 2018

Beautiful food and wine- excellent recommendations and service from Martina. Thanks for a great night

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M
5.0Dined on 27 April 2018

Myself and my partner have been to the Barking Dog on three occasions. We didn't really rate it the first time, but have seen great improvement.
We had a perfect evening on Friday, from the service (I think our waiter was Jeff?) to the food. The chocolate and peanut butter tart special was magnificent! Their vegetarian options have greatly improved over the years too, and they now have a separate menu.
We both thoroughly enjoyed our evening at The Barking Dog and are dying to go back sometime soon!
Thank you for a lovely evening.

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NM
5.0Dined on 22 April 2018

Very good service. Food was very good- we both had the shin burger for our main & was delicious but maybe a bit too much for us as we had a selection to tapas to start.
Attentive staff without being too pushy. The place was buzzing for a Sunday evening.
Would definitely go back.

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MT
5.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Fabulous food served in a relaxed manner. Great attention to detail to ensure a lovely evening.

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GS
3.0Dined on 15 April 2018

Always been a fan of the beef shin burger so definitely recommend. Though problem is it’s too chunky and therefore difficult to eat.
Chips to chunky too!
Tapas a bit on the skimpy side.
Found staff a bit slow to serve.

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MB
4.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Really enjoyed the food, only criticism I would have is that there is a language barrier with some of the staff. I wanted to change one of the options slightly but it just got confused so I picked something else on the menu.

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MM
5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Greeting was charming, very inviting lay out.
Staff knowledge of menu and wine was excellent. Service was timely and well executed.
Food was outstanding. Clearing, attention and subsequent courses all excellent.
A wonderful lunch.

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AF
5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

We had the burger and fish pie. Both So tasty. Had lovely sticky toffee pudding to share and a coffee. We really enjoyed our meal.

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JM
5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Had an absolutely fantastic Sunday lunch. My first time here afters years of saying I had to go try the food. Held up to all expectations. Definitely one of best restaurants in Belfast by a country mile.

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OT
5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Fabulous from start to finish

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LP
4.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Good service tasty food but a bit pricey for lunch

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VH
4.0Dined on 22 March 2018

We enjoyed delicious steak sandwiches and thin fries followed by excellent coffee. Service was quick, discreet and polite. Will definitely come again next time I'm in Belfast.

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j
5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Lovely meal at the Barking Dog. Great food, really helpful and friendly service. Would go again!

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LA
5.0Dined on 16 March 2018

2013 I was here with friends and now 5 years later with my boyfriend. My food was amazing and his (veggie option) even better. The online table reservation is new and Its pretty convenient as I hate calling

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L
4.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Had a great lunch. The menu was varied but went for the gnocchi and they were spot on. Cooked perfectly and accompanied by apricots which really worked.

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KM
4.0Dined on 3 March 2018

I would dine at The Barking Dog a few times each year and the standard of food , service etc is always of a high standard.While there are a number of individual starters, as is usual in any restaurant , the Barking Dog also offers a number of tapas (£3.75 each , £15 for 5) which enables a group to sample a variety of tastes(the beef rib tapas in particular is excellent).
The restaurant is always spotlessly clean , and the staff are always very professional.

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JM
5.0Dined on 24 February 2018

Incredible food in a welcoming environment. The best gnocchi I have ever had!

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LM
5.0Dined on 17 February 2018

Amazing food & excellent service every time. A favourite for my husband & I, the shin burger is amazing, as are the tapas. Also love the new sister restaurant, The Dog Track.

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DL
5.0Dined on 12 February 2018

As always good food and service. We shan't leave it too long before we're back again.

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IB
4.0Dined on 3 February 2018

Setting and food was great. The only fault was the service. The server was rude and very blunt almost as if he couldn’t be bothered serving us.

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MG
4.0Dined on 31 January 2018

Great food, but disappointing that they feel the need to serve some options on a wooden board instead of a plate.

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P
5.0Dined on 28 January 2018

Fantastic dining experience the food was delicious and not over priced. The atmosphere was superb. We definitely plan on returning when back in Belfast. Thank you

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