back Posted on 22 January 2024
Spotlight On... East Belfast Restaurants
Across the city of Belfast, there is a wide range of the finest eateries. In this month's Spotlight On, we will be focusing on the best restaurants that you can find in the east of the city.

From Ballyhackamore to Belmont Village, Upper Newtownards Road to Strandtown, you can expect local culinary delights, as well as some of the best cuisine from around the world.

We will take you through a selection of our favourite places to go and eat in this part of the city, which we think just adds to why Northern Ireland is the best place to live in the world.

1. Neill's Hill Brasserie

An image of Neills Hill Brasserie.
Since its opening over 25 years ago, Neill's Hill has been at the heart of the neighbourhood on Upper Newtownards Road.

A great place for both a special evening and a family gathering, it offers a traditional carvery on Sundays or Tapas evenings in the late spring and summer months.

2. Graze


Another on the Upper Newtownards Road, Graze opened its doors in 2013 and hasn't looked back due to the vision of the proud owner

With fresh produce is delivered every morning from their vendors, the local community has supported them from the start.

A warm place for anyone looking for a great experience.

3. Oliver's At Knock Restaurant


A great way to start your weekend is with Oliver’s bottomless brunch.

A casual dining experience done professionally it has a well-balanced menu and friendly staff, making it the perfect place for your friendship group or date night.

4. Il Pirata


A rustic Italian restaurant, Il Piratas' life began in 2011, creating and serving traditional dishes skillfully prepared using the best local produce.  

The food is served in a relaxed licensed neighbourhood restaurant.

5. Horatio Todds


Expect European cuisine with modern and global twists.

At Horatio Todd’s you can also expect a fine range of cocktails from around the world in a comfortable, glass-fronted space.

6. General Merchants


Brunches at General Merchants East Belfast are renowned across the city.

The extensive menu of culinary delights includes the famous Benny, or keep it simple with an avocado breakfast with perfectly poached eggs.

7. Cyprus Avenue


Having opened its doors in 2016 and has expanded since then, Cyprus Avenue is a restaurant on Upper Newtownards Road.

A seasonal changing menu for you to always have something new to try which is often inspired by staff who have drawn from their travels and influences to create the menu.

With a fully covered heated terrace, you can enjoy your meal outside late into the night.

8. Kamakura East Sushi and Ramen Restaurant


Kamakura Sushi and Ramen Restaurant aims to give every food lover a real Japanese experience.

Located at 69 Donegall Pass, Kamakura uses the best local suppliers for fresh vegetables and whole fish.

Their main chef has 35 years experience of in making mouth-watering sushi and sashimi.

Striking murals of the restaurant create a welcoming feeling, and you can relax to the delicate soundtrack of soft piano and ocean waves crashing on the shore.

9. Stix and Stones


Providing diners with a delicious selection of local steak and seafood, Stix and Stones offer the unique experience of being able to cook steaks on hot stones in beautiful surroundings.

All steaks are dry-aged to ensure only the finest taste.

10. Bistro Este


This family-run restaurant in Ballyhackamore Village serves locally sourced, freshly prepared food.

As well as an extensive menu, you can also enjoy a fine drinking experience with a wide range of different wine and cocktail list plus local craft beers.
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