Restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in Belfast

Mourne Seafood Bar

Hugely popular, this informal, pub-like place is all red brick and dark wood with old oil lamps dangling from the ceiling. On the menu are oysters served au naturel or Rockefeller, meltingly sweet scallops, lobster …
Top Choice Modern Irish in Armagh City

Moody Boar

Inside the former palace stables at the Palace Demesne Public Park, the Moody Boar opens to a courtyard where music plays on Friday afternoons. Vegetarian and gluten-free dishes are a speciality; chef Sean Farnan fo…
Top Choice Irish in Larne

Billy Andy's

Bucolically situated 7km southwest of Larne, this 19th-century country pub with open log and peat fires, low ceilings, and live traditional music on Saturday afternoons rewards a detour, not least for its gastropub …
Top Choice Burgers in Derry (Londonderry)

Pyke 'n' Pommes

Derry's single-best eatery is this quayside shipping container. Chef Kevin Pyke's amazing, mostly organic burgers span his signature Notorious Pig (pulled pork, crispy slaw, beetroot and crème fraîche), Cheeky Monke…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Strangford Lough

Balloo House

Chef Danny Millar regularly appears on BBC's Saturday Kitchen and Great British Menu, and is the mastermind behind dishes like sublime cream of wild garlic soup (served with still-warm, home-baked breads and olive t…
Top Choice Irish in Ballymena

Blackstone

Just off Ballymena's main street, this gastropub is an exceptional find for seriously good cooking. All of the breads and condiments are made on the premises including exquisite pea-and-mint purée accompanying fresh…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Belfast

Holohan's

Aboard the Belfast Barge, Holohan's is a sensational find for inspired twists on seafood (seared scallops with burnt cauliflower purée; roast hake with crayfish and dulse butter), as well as land-based dishes such a…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Newcastle

Brunel's

Above the Anchor Bar, this nautical-styled 1st-floor restaurant is one to watch. Chef Paul Cunningham's local foraging skills and inspired flavour combinations give rise to dishes such as rhubarb-cured salmon with b…
Top Choice Irish in Newtownards

McKee's Country Store & Restaurant

On a working 162-hectare farm 5km northwest of Newtownards, this foodie emporium incorporates a bakery, butcher, deli, and fruit, vegetable and dairy sections. Everything is produced on-site or sourced from the surr…
Top Choice Bistro in Portstewart

Harry's Shack

Bang on the beach, this National Trust-owned wooden shack houses one of Northern Ireland's hottest restaurants (book way ahead for lunch and dinner). Harry's uses fruit, vegetables and herbs from its own organic far…