The Barking Dog

4.6
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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.
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SW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely atmosphere. We had the chicken gnocchi for starts which was lovely. My partner had the shin burger he said it was nice but wouldn't order it again. I had the special- confit duck leg with blue cheese & caramalised onion ravioli- it was lovely but half way through the blue cheese was very over powering. Service was great and highly attentive.

L
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it from start to finish, beautiful food, lovely staff and great atmosphere

ND
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!! Pricey but worth it would 100% recommend

D
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic meal from start to finish. Checked on regularly but not intrusively, speed of service was perfect fast but not rushed, food itself was delicious in every way- my girlfriend was emotional over how good the sweet potato fritters were - & the area of the restaurant near the bar has the perfect atmosphere & ambiance for couples.
For the quantity & quality of the food the cost was spot on. Without a doubt the best restaurant Belfast has to offer. Nothing could be faulted as both the front of house & back of house are at the top of their game, please don't change that.
Thank you!

IS
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Limited menu, very limited wine list.
Very small veg serving & too salty.

RJ
8 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Lovely neighbourhood place offering innovative food. We shared lunch tapas special which was fine but not a great indicator of food overall. Enjoyed the experience but would have liked a bit more input from staff re menu choices.

CN
Mayo
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really nice neighbourhood restaurant. Highly recommend the tapas selection as a starter. The pork belly was outstanding!!

GM
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really good ambiance, lovely decor, tapas and main course were more than satisfactory, would have loved more refined intelligent music

MG
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb!!!! No more needs to be said. But as I need to use up 50 characters to proceed then I shall. Food... First class!! Service as good as it gets. Ambience and setting... A tad dark.. But what the feck not a big deal.
Cheers guys
Love it.
Brian

JG
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Booked easily on a quiet night.
Service was welcoming and helpful. Food was very tasty and well presented.
I especially thought gthe Tapas was value for money>

T
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST in BELFAST. FRESH FOOD -- SMART PLACE & SERVICE. 100%.

A
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We thought the service was fine, there was a good buzz about the place on a Friday night, thought the menu was a bit limited, good local NI beer on offer, food was nice but I wouldn't rave about it, there were 4 of us (2 couples) and we scored it 6 out of 10.

SS
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Food is just mediocre. much of the tapas was inedible, too fatty or just bland. burger was meh but insanely expensive. food is definitely not worth the price tag. trying to be fancier than it is

NG
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. We had shin burger and chicken and bought loved the meals. Desert menu didn't seem great but we were both delighted with dessert after getting it. Would recommend to anyone

MM
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, with outstanding service. Will definitely be back.

ZD
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The barking dog never disappoints! The food is always wonderful and the service received was faultless! Can’t wait to return already.

AS
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining in The Barking Dog and we will definitely be back. From we arrived the service was excellent and the food was outstanding. A really good atmosphere, everything just made it a really enjoyable night.

JB
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I would definitely return.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food beautiful cocktails in a warm cosy environment

JA
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food at a very reasonable price! Would definitely recommend!

EQ
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Stopping in Belfast for one night, we found this restaurant was only a 3 minute walk from our accommodation. Great find! We shared delicious tapas and pasta dish while teens tucked into burgers. Could only fit in a shared dessert afterwards. Lovely staff and decor. Bustling spot.

B
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here on a special occasion and it seemed to have good reviews. It was, a truly excellent dining experience from the beginning. Excelent food the tapas we choose for starters were delicious the mains of duck and ravoili very tasty, and the desserts of brulee and brownie just finished the meal off perfectly. One of best meals i have had in a few years. Would definitely recommend the Barking Dog. Venue is very pleasant and a lovely ambience. Would highly rate and was reasonably priced for the standard and quslity of food.

SM
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

I had asked through this site for a table by the window....I also mentioned that it was a Birthday celebration.....I'm guessing that the staff don't read up on any additional information supplied by Open Table. The guy called me Saturday morning to ask if I was still going but knew absolutely nothing about my seating request or my indication that it was a Birthday.
Stupidly I assumed that all would be well for the Birthday.....at the very least a small token of a bun perhaps with a candle.....but nothing.

It seems the staff are only concerned about covers and don't act on further requests.

PR
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had one of the best meals I've ever had , the food was superb, full of flavor and so well presented . The service was exquisite and the staff were very helpful , pleasant and nice which made my evening out so much nicer . Thank you to the barking dog for such a wonderful meal and surroundings .

OT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly service, good food!

KR
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, lovely ambience, very pleasant staff who make this informal dining feel like a special occasion!!

KB
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely place to celebrate a birthday. Interesting menu and we could have selected so many dishes. Ours were beautifully presented and delicious.

RW
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and the staff were extremely helpful. The food was so good and returned the following night bringing a group of 12 colleagues . Thank you

TO
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent staff. Ill definitely be back.

A
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The restaurant was cozy, servers were attentive and pleasant, and the food was excellent. We had the Barking Dog salad (an inventive blend of local flavors) and the shin burger (amazingly good). We would definitely return!

RN
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been in the UK for almost three weeks, and this is one of our favorite meals so far. The place was lovely and the servers were wonderful. Both of our meals were fantastic. We had the sweet potato gnocchi with smoked chicken and the Irish chicken and potatoes. They had many more tapas and starters that looked amazing. Make reservations and enjoy.

GS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Slow to be serviced. Tapas was very good. Main courses were a bit skimpy and disappointing for the money

CL
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in Belfast. The Gnocci is amazing! Really good range of meals - great veggie options too.
It's a bit pricey, especially the tapas as the portions are quite small (maybe we're just greedy though) and actually we couldn't eat a dessert so with tapas and a main you get enough food! The staff are lovely and very attentive, and the atmosphere is very relaxed. Would definitely recommend.

JT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit this restaurant about 2/3 times per year for about 5/6 years when visiting Belfast on business.

It is consistently excellent both in quality of food, service and ambience.

For those who don't know it, it is an ABSOLUTE MUST you will not be disappointed.

The choice of a tapas style starter is good fun and just a little bit different.

AD
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience with such excellent food and helpful staff.

Will be visiting again on my next trip to Belfast :)

M
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Home made pasta was delicious! The wine was divine!
The pudding was fabulous!
The staff were charming!
Can’t recommend this place enough!

SC
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday evening visit. Amazing dinner, delightful ambiance and service exquisite! Been many times before but can’t wait to return!

TM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything went well and the service and food were excellent. Background music was intrusive and made carrying out a conversation difficult

PM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was a last minute surprise dinner for myself and we were able to get a table no problem
The food was excellent and the staff were very helpful with an allergy my girlfriend has
Will definitely be back

PM
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb as always. Food is unreal and incredible value for money. Service was prompt and friendly. Will be back again very soon!