The Barking Dog

4.8
812 reviews
£26 to £40
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 812 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EamonnK
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the food and service were first class. Even though the restaurant was busy the staff were very attentive. Would recommend 👌 👍

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BRENDANG
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and amazing service. The tapas were delicious and the ice cold glasses for beers is always a nice touch. Look forward to our next visit!

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Tish
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service from our waitress, lovely food and perfect ambience - will definitely be back!

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DannyMcD
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was immense, im never disappointed with the barking dog.
Service was great, bar staff brilliant and chefs top marks

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JessicaM
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection. We used to visit dog track back when it was open and this just brought us flash backs of how you can get some much flavour into small tapas dishes. Unbelievable food. Can’t fault it.

JP
JanetP
N. Ireland
7 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Barking dog it never fails food fabulous staff lovely nothing too much trouble had Cocktails then Christmas lunch best place to spend a Saturday afternoon

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JEssR
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Had main course and dessert for 2 people upstairs. Was a nice atmosphere with not too much noise. Food was very good and would recommend

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Conorm
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, service was warm and friendly. The best meal is Belfast always

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SarahK
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Small overpriced tapas...couldn’t find the Portavogie prawns or any prawns and complained we were told we must have eaten them!
Luke warm dishes...
Then to crown it all tried to charge a 20% tip!
Won’t be back

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StevenA
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely family Christmas lunch at the barking dog. Nice menu and all food very good. Pepper scampi maybe a bit too heavy on the pepper but the shin burger was superb
Staff very friendly and helpful
Social distancing in operation and felt very safe
Would recommend and will return

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Emily
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food as always!

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CayceH
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Tapas was amazing,wish we ordered more! Drinks were lovely. Quite busy but the bar definitely took a while for drinks to come but staff was lovely!

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MarkW
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent staff and a lovely environment in which to eat.

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KendalP
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely waitress Lovely waitress Lovely waitress!!!

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Shauna
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious and the atmosphere was perfect. Quick and attentive service. Staff very friendly. First time here and cannot wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service, really delicious food

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Chic
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff lovely. Felt very safe in these COVID days

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

Felt safe dining out for the first time during covid. Food was gorgeous, and the burger lived up to my expectations! The staff were all very attentive and we had a lovely lunch.

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nicky
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from starters to dessert! We had 3x tapas to share and they were delicious and excellent value!

I then had the Christmas lunch. The turkey, ham, stuffing and all the trimmings were delicious. It was the nicest Christmas lunch I've ever had in any restaurant. My husband had the shin of beef pie and he said it was delicious.

Dessert was chocolate and peanut butter cake and was devine! I can't wait to return!

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JohnC
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The restaurant had only reopened after yet another lockdown so it was good to be out. The staff are really friendly and attentive. I always like the Salt and pepper scampi starter but the portion could be a little larger? My wife’s goat cheese and beetroot tartine lacked a bit of balance. The monkfish was good but presentation wasn’t great and the kale wasn’t very tasty. Wine was fine.
Nice place for a dinner - great service, food average and not great value £100 for 2 with starter and main plus carafe of Albariño - would certainly come back despite above

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PatrickM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding from start to finish. Food was out of this world and cocktails weren't too bad either!

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DeniseAM
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Lovely food, nice atmosphere, felt a bit rushed by waiting staff although restaurant not buzy that night, too attentive!

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ievaM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time there!! The food was great, everything was great!

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CarolineL
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always guaranteed excellent food at the Barking Dog

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Kirsten
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and everything was amazing as usual. The only thing I would fault is when we initially sat down we were beside the window and it was a little bit cold. But once the food came I didn’t notice it. Can’t wait to come back!

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MargaretM
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious and well presented, love going to the restaurant for a wonderful treat , well done to all 👏🏻👏🏻

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StephanieM
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved the barking dog! The food was exceptional & the social distancing was excellent! Will definitely be back, cant recommend it enough!

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CatD
N. Ireland
4 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent - as always! Thanks for a great meal :)

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Claire
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and cocktails and brilliant staff! !

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal at one of our favourite places. So glad to see it open again. The food was excellent as always and we were made to feel very safe with the Covid 19 precautions. One of the best restaurants in Belfast.

JP
JanetP
N. Ireland
8 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food great waiter service never fails to deliver

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DawnB
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great service, will definitely be back.

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FrancisH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb restaurant- all food and drink was delicious, waiting staff exceptional- highly recommended!

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FionnaB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place - we eat here every time we're visiting Belfast! Great tapas selection to start, and the prawn linguine is amazing. There are tough times ahead so I really hope the Barking Dog pulls through...

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MTMH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal, as always! Hopefully see you in 4 weeks.

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ClaraS
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, & entire experience was 10/10 as always. My favourite place to dine.

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Kerrie
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic meal with my family for a birthday celebration. Staff were brilliant. definitely be back again

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MartinaN
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed the food which was a very high quality. The servers that we experienced both girls were excellent and very attentive. It is not a 5 star review as the background music was a bit on the loud side which wasn’t conducive to chatting. My other slight issue was that our table was next to a hatch at the till, the front door was at the other side of the opening both myself and my husband were cold and put our jackets on. Would still recommend this restaurant

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HARRYJ
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Service was good, but nearly too quick which was the problem. As the steak wasn’t cooked properly, (very chewy) which I don’t expect with the price I was paying and the sticky toffee pudding was shocking, tasted poorly and the texture was the worst as if it was stale. Overall very poor experience and definitely not worth the money

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RobM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job!! Food excellent, service excellent, COVID precautions and hygiene excellent. Well done!!

FAQs

The Barking Dog is rated 4.8 stars by 812 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.