The Barking Dog

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535 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.
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AD
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience with such excellent food and helpful staff.

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

M
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

PK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service top class as always. Manager on Sunday night was very friendly and accommodating. Keep it up

JB
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and very good wine, which is not always the case in Northern Ireland.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice selection of food. Price good. I would recommend.

p
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place, had it's own character. Food, particularly desert and service were tasty and prompt, respectively. However selection of draught beers poor, the "special" brew over priced, (may be because the alternative was bottled or cans), not what I would expect from a restaurant. Anyway general "thumbs up".

EP
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious and cocktails were amazing. What a great place for a date night!

A
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. Excellent good. Tapas plate for sharing starter delicious! Staff very friendly and helpful.

NM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was fantastic. The service was quick and friendly, the food was amazing. The price was possibly on the high side but due to the service and quality of the food this would not put me off coming back. This was an anniversary meal that both my wife and I will not forget, and we will definitely return!

S
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT service, food was great and they had a wide range of unique cocktails. The staff were very helpful and attentive and go out of their way to make sure you’re well looked after.

H
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and delightful service.

GM
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal with excellent and friendly service

SK
7 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked it last minute. The tapas is fantastic, we had the sweet potato gnocchi which was amazing. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Belfast.

DS
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and nice atmosphere. I had the sweet potato gnocchi and it was wonderful!

OT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sunday roast and excellent service.

IS
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food
Excellent service
Love 💕 the barking dog

KK
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really lovely food - we ordered the selection of tapas - arrived very promptly.

The Irish lager came in a frosty class.

Was well attended by staff.

Table behind us was a bit noisy but we had a lovely table in the window. Toilets clean and stocked with femine hygiene bits - for those emergencies !

Would definitely go back !

TO
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we’ve had in Belfast in a long while - love the atmosphere here and the food and service were above and beyond! Will definitely be back!

RS
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent stopover for a hearty lunch in Belfast. The pie of the day was impeccably cooked. Good service in a quiet setting.

J
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant and they have a good vegetarian menu. I was a bit disappointed this time though because they had changed what was a delicious aubergine parmigiana into a ratatouille topped with cheese.
Otherwise it was lovely though.

JM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place. Friendly & funny staff. Good food and setting. Will be back.

AM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food and evening had here, went back second night for more

PB
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service as always was v good and the food also very relaxed surroundings.

KB
Yosemite
7 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A definite stop for a fun delicious meal in Belfast- Thanks Lonely Planet for the recommendation!!

CB
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely meal and they were very good at accommodating my specific dietary needs, however I was not impressed that when spending £70 on a meal, I was charged £0.40 for mayonnaise. In a restaurant of this standard I would expect that to be included and very petty to charge for, especially given the meal I ordered, had many of the items missing to accommodate my diet but yet I was still charged the same price.

That being said the food was delicious and the waitress very attentive and friendly, but the extra charge put a sour taste in our mouths.

s
2 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was very good. We had skirt steak and hake. Unfortunately the service was poor. It appeared they were understaffed.

ST
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Barking Dog is an attractive restaurant with a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere. Service is prompt and attentive. Crab tapas not the freshest (maybe out of a tin?). Steak tartare very good. Sirloin steak average and not worth the money. Cheese board very good. Peanut brownie amazing. Overall not a bad meal but poor value for money.

JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are in Belfast looking for a romantic evening or just a restaurant that will impress your visiting friends and family, The Barking Dog is a go to. There is a lovely ambience with the exposed brick, mismatched chairs and tables and candles on each table. The service is never anything less than attentive and the food. Let’s talk about the food. You will be hard pressed to find a better meal in Belfast. Portions are ample without being obnoxiously large and they will leave you feeling sufficiently full without needing to be rolled out of the restaurant. The tapas as well are delicate and delicious- the servers will be able to advise how many to get if you aim to make them your main meal. Can’t recommend The Barking Dog enough.

PC
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect from start to finish! Great food and service!

MD
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Staff weren't friendly. Food over priced .
Will not be back

J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to the barking dog and it definitely won’t be our last , the food is exceptional and very well priced the service was also a stand out with very friendly and professional staff

CL
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband thought the beer was very expensive and one of my tapas meals was mixed up but apart from that it was all very tasty and very good service, we will be back!

BC
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great restaurant, great staff and great flavours especially the tapas selection

P
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely Sunday dinner in the Barking Dog and would definitely go back for the same and to try at another time of the week. Would highly recommend this place.

OT
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner at our favourite restaurant in Belfast. The tapas and the shin burger were brilliant as always have been and the service was impeccable. 100% recommendable.

K
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Steak Tartare and Halloumi for starters were very nice but unfortunately the Black Angus Sirloin was very average and certainly not worth the £32 each. Both myself and my girlfriend ordered medium rare and both steaks arrived medium to well done. When the waitress finally asked us towards the end of our meal if everything was ok, I told her the steaks, although tasted great weren't cooked the way we ordered, she simply apologised and left. Very average service. We didnt order dessert but instead ordered a coffee and a hot chocolate. I thought perhaps these will be on the house after I complained about our steaks but they were not. 2 starters, 2 steaks, 1 glass of wine, 1 vodka and coke. A coffee and a hot chocolate. Bill was £98. The venue is lovely but the food and service very average. We will not go back again based on our first experience.

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