The Barking Dog

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626 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Comfort Food
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.
What 626 People Are Saying
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HeatherM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food (best pasta I’ve ever eaten) and really lovely atmosphere!

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BrandonS
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ate here twice over a few days, once with a colleague and once with a group of people we were hosting for a conference. Both times the food and service were excellent. One of our group members had multiple allergies and difficulties with prepared foods. The restaurant offers a clear and thorough sheet listing dishes and their ingredients and possible allergic reactions. They also specially made a meal for him to avoid any issues. If I'm back in Belfast again, I'll be returning.

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PDavey
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our food was amazing, wine was lovely, service was perfect - only (very very minor) complaint is that it was slightly too dark to see what we were eating properly!

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TrevorS
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love this place, been going for some years and never disappoints. Great staff and amazing chef(s). Food is always excellent. Can highly recommend.

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Niamh
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely afternoon for a birthday party at the barking dog, staff couldn’t be anymore helpful. So friendly!
Food was delicious and service was excellent!
Really enjoyed the cocktails 🥂 thank you!

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janetm
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us dined before a show at the Lyric theatre. From we arrived the service was excellent. We had a mix of tapas & main courses, everything was excellent. Only slight annoyance was the price of wine...£24 for a bottle of pinot grigio is a little steep.
Overall we all would highly recommend Barking Dog 😁

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was pretty tasty and there were a lot of options for both vegan and vegetarians , Nice ambience , nice place , service is good but the price for lunch has left me a little dumbfounded! 2 vegan (sweet potato ravioli) meals , 1 coke , portion of sweet potato , slice of sourdough & 2coffees. £45 plus 15%service charge all totalled
£52 LUNCH.

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LouiseS
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a good meal, the staff were fabulous but a screaming baby was a bit off putting. Great GF selection which was why we booked, will be back.

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AndreaB
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favourite for Sunday lunch. Can never fault the quality of food and service

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Laurt
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My only complaint was that we went on a Sunday, they closed so early so we closed the place down

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SeanD
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday evening, plenty of diners, excellent food and service. Highly recommended.

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Emma
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The chicken was slightly fatty and there wasnt enough gravy. Beef ravioli was amazing but just not enough of it for the price! Lovely ambiance and good service.

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Too expensive for quality of the food. Fish pie watery sauce. Tapas tasty but mains overpriced. Service ok. There is such a choice in Belfast that if we weren’t at an event at the Wellington Park would have gone elsewhere.

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

I love the Barking Dog but was really put off by my last visit. The food was lovely and most of the staff were too however one man continually kept coming over to our table and commenting on my phone use. I had my phone out at the start of my meal as I’d just finished my last exam and was messaging friends about our excitement. This male staff member took my phone off me and walked away from me with it before coming back to me with it. I don’t usually like to have my phone out at dinner but my mum and I had spent all day in the car together and just wanted some quiet time. I don’t need to justify using my phone to anyone but I was made to feel like I had to. He kept coming back and making comments about whether I wanted to Instagram the menu etc which just made me feel embarrassed. I’m sure I will go back because it still is one of my favourite places in Belfast but I would think twice before booking for a special evening again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at The Barking Dog. Fabulous experience... from the moment we arrived to we left. Extremely attentive and professional staff who went the extra mile! Food was absolutely delicious- will definitely be back. Thank you

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KevinL
London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food an service as usual. Not the cheapest but very good quality and service.

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ValO
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Tapas were outstanding
Monkfish was a bit disappointed as it was not as soft as I expected
Overall though we 4 really enjoyed the food

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DianeH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place we went on reviews from TripAdvisor, great place, lovely atmosphere, food was fantastic. Celebration dinner for my daughters 25th birthday would highly recommend

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TESS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food really is great and service very good. Have been with my husband and then suggested to go there with friends as well. All thought it was lovely. Will definitely be back.

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PaulineW
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really tasty food, great choices. Highly recommend you try it

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EdelO
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service - friendly and attentive. Food was great. A happy celebration!

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Turtle
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Glad I came here and would for sure come back! Lovely Aesthetics

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DanielleM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing! Great menu suitable for everyone.

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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JasonH
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We attended the restaurant to celebrate a birthday as neither of us had ever been and any reviews from friends had been outstanding. The restaurant was very accommodating with a cake being brought earlier in the day. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were seated quickly and presented with menus and told the specials for the evening. We drank the reisling however the whole wine menu is great and the food is fantastic. The restaurant was very affordable for two people sharing tapas to start, a main course each and a shared dessert as the quality was excellent. The restaurant had mellow music playing at a low level which created a nice ambiance. I would definitely recommend The Barking Dog and I will definitely be back.

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ConorK
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and drink, families welcome and friendly staff.

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SineadT
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant service from Spanish waiter. Gluten Free friendly which is so difficult to find. Thanks

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HeatherM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for a family birthday meal and all ages and tastes were catered for.

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JanetP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous meal, Tapas to start ,seabass main delicious as was venison
Staff attentive great evening

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DonnaB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the Barking dog. Tapas was delicious. Good value for money. Wait time was very fast. Staff were very friendly. We found Catalin to be extremely friendly and made us laugh a lot. Will definitely be back again very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and good quality service! Restaurant was very loud and was hard to hear - although that was more to do with those next to us than the restaurant itself!! 100% recommend.

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Annamc
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, atmosphere & service. Especially loved the choice of cocktails! A great night out.

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Only bad experience was being ambushed with the tip screen on the card reader with no warning

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BrianC
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday roast sirloin was delicious. Had a great meal. Our server was helpful and cheery. Very nice afternoon.

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SamM
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, brilliant service. Been before and will be back again !

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unfortunately I am the person who always and only arrange dinners at "The Barking Dog" :-(
However my colleagues and guests always comeback with good feedback.
Our last guests and colleagues from London office loved it !

regards
Sonia

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SimonB
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere... we really enjoyed the tapas which is generous.

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Rushed
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Had Sunday lunch with family today for a birthday. Food was good but not brilliant, steaks not cooked to request and service made us feel we we were being pushed to leave even though it wasn’t busy. Bringing bill and card reader down without being asked and had barely put down our spoon from dessert. In and out in 1hr 30. Disappointing for a special occasion

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday meal with girlfriend and family.

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Fussyeater
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very helpful staff, lovely food but small portions for mains.Was surprised when went to use card to pay that card machines options for tips started at 15 percent - felt that was inappropriate of management to do that.

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