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The Great Room Restaurant, Belfast,

The Great Room Restaurant

4.7
4.7
828 reviews
£41 and over
Modern European
The Great Room Restaurant is undoubtedly one of Northern Ireland’s most extraordinary restaurants. Thanks to the remarkable original Victorian interior with its glass cupola, Ireland’s largest chandelier an array of plasterwork detailing, the space is second to none. Needless to say our chefs search tirelessly to bring the finest seasonal ingredients together in eloquent dishes in thoughtfully prepared menus, just one of the reasons The Great Room Restaurant was awarded 2 AA Rosettes. All this is complemented by expert service and a wine list to which all the superlatives apply!
Mid- week lunch is served Monday to Friday from 12.00 to 14.15

To book our iconic Afternoon Tea, please search for Afternoon Tea at The Merchant Hotel.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Modern European
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–9:00 am Afternoon Tea Daily 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:15 pm Sundays Sun 12:30 pm–8:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 6:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    028 9023 4888
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Johnny Leake
  • Area
    Belfast
  • Parking Details
    There are a number of Multi-story Car Parks within a few minutes walk of The Great Room. One is Hi-Park on High Street (1 min walk) and Q Park in St. Anne's Square (5 mins walk).
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options

What 828 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Overall

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Food

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Service

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Ambience

  • Northern Ireland

    Best Value

  • Northern Ireland

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Northern Ireland

    Great for fine wines

  • Northern Ireland

    Romantic

  • Northern Ireland

    Good for special occasions

  • Northern Ireland

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Northern Ireland

    Most Booked

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Best Overall

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Best Food

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Best Service

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Best Ambience

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Best Value

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Healthy

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Great for fine wines

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Romantic

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Good for special occasions

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Belfast/Antrim

    Most Booked

828 Reviews
  1. DavidK

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautifal location great menu. Would recommend for dinner.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a very enjoyable evening, staff very attentive. Would recommend to others

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lamb was absolutely beautiful, waitress catered to our every womb, felt like we got value for money & an impeccable service

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  4. JohnM

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A very enjoyable evening. Friendly and helpful staff. Good service and very good food. Overall a very good venue for dinner in Belfast. Would be very happy return.

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  5. ANTHONY

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious anniversary lunch, we both had the fish of the day, which was pan fried John Dory with spring onion mash & cauliflower cheese, followed by desserts to die for. I forgot to add that we started with a couple of fab cocktails. The service was top class and we will definitely be back when we return to Belfast!!

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  6. Nolan

    Edinburgh

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Located in the Merchant hotel, the entrance to the great room Restaurant is up the front entrance stairs which is the original front of the hotel via a revolving door and on entry, there is a massive chandelier with a glass cupola and beautiful gold ceiling work - very opulent interior. It’s very large area. Friday night dinner with only half the table filled. Central Palm feature- piece with up lighting . Refreshing cocktail was very good- fresh, yuzu based, candied grapefruit on the top. London prices for cocktail- £16. Mains of John Dory- a special for the day, was not a large portion with two broccoli stems and a coriander sauce - was overpriced for the size. Service was attentive and excellent with a 10% charge to the bill. Overall it’s the ambience which makes dining there special. Service is attentive, but overpriced for the food standard and portion size.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent in taste and presentation although our duck dishes were not hot enough. This did not detract from the taste though. Staff were personable, courteous and attentive but not intrusive. One female waitress was particularly helpful on answering our queries. Thank you.

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  8. KyleC

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff and the room are amazing the food is top notch as well. Great for an anniversary or date night. The lamb and steak were cooked to perfection. Will definitely eat here again when in Belfast

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  9. TracyB

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff and service. Food was exceptional. Good veggie choice.

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  10. JimS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Second visit for my family this year and still talking about how great an afternoon we had.

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  11. DavidI

    Essex

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sunday lunch with family. Booking was easy, service was excellent (attentive without being intrusive). Food was excellent and there was a good selection of wines to match dishes. Just a lovely dining experience. Thank you to all the waiting and kitchen staff.

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  12. AnnJ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service in a comfortable and beautiful setting.

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  13. JOHNW

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First night of the new tasting menu with paired wines. Beautifully presented dishes with very good wines well described by the waiter. Of note was the beef with a lovely Rioja. Definitely special occasion stuff given the price but worth it.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Great Room was beautiful. The service was great. They were very friendly and helpful. The food was amazing. The presentation was great as well. The cocktails were very good as well.

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  15. RonnachaiT

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a wee bit of when I ordered a glass of water at the end of my breakfast with male staff(in jacket suit) , he didn’t bring it to me. However overall is good.

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  16. LouiseH

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Beautiful hotel, fabulous service but food failed to deliver. Really nothing special at all. Great evening, but not worth it. Sorry!

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  17. MarkT

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful experience fully enjoyed it! The room itself is spectacular, the staff exceptional, the food was delicious. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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  18. Veryfussy

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful surroundings and fantastic service. The food was delicious and we really enjoyed our meals and whole experience

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  19. DavidI

    Essex

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went with family and had an excellent time. Staff were attentive but not intrusive, the food was excellent and the whole experience was very enjoyable.

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  20. StephenB

    N. Ireland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, friendly and professional service, unique surroundings. Everything done perfectly.

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  21. ThomasR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service from the table staff. The initial welcome at the front desk of the hotel and at the entrance to the Great Room was not very good, as the staff were distracted and we waited around and had to interrupt staff doing other tasks to tell them that we had arrived.

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  22. LarryB

    Dublin

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for the tasting menu. Was fabulous. Service excellent

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  23. RoDonegal

    Berkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Both myself and my husband enjoyed lovely meal here. Staff are professional and courteous. Well worth a visit

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  24. AndreaW

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mauro & his team truly offer outstanding seevice .

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  25. RikP

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic tasting meal with wine. My wife and I ha da very nice evening enjoying the tasting menu with wine. Dish after dish of fantastic food and the juiciest tastiest scallops ever. Thank you. It's not cheap but sometimes you need to treat yourself :-)

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my partner to the Merchant as a birthday surprise and she was blown away . The opulence, the service and the food really were top drawer . The restaurant even brought her out a birthday cake as they had heard me toasting her wishing her a happy birthday. Simply a 1st class experience

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  27. GarethS

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolute top quality. The room is magnificent, the staff superb, and the food delectable. It’s not cheap but it’s totally worth it, make sure you visit.

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  28. EmmaJ

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a lovely experience from start to finish. I was treated to a meal here for my birthday. I also had wonderful cocktails in the merchant bar as well, I can’t recommend this restaurant enough exceptional!

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  29. Victoria

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Room excellent menu and service. Dinner plates could be warmer

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the tasting menu which was exquisite and there was no problem switching out the fish dish. Service was attentive, but not overpowering

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  31. DavidH

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Tasting menu was superb Service was excellent Not pretentious in the restaurant but a member of staff in coctail bar/ restaurant entrance was a bit ott.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    He had an excellent Waiter called Dylan, who was extremely attentive. This young man is a credit to your company.The itself was outstanding. The Rabbit pasta was a WOW.

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  33. JohnM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yes I would recommend a visit to this lovely restaurant, great service from waiters and waitresses , my only concern was the main course portions were very small considering the price , all in all it was a great evening experience.

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  34. JohnF

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Would have given a better score but for 2 things; Waiting on arrival to be seated was frustrating Embedded service charge on bill

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  35. Lochteen

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food. Very attentive service. Great place to celebrate a special occasion.

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  36. Shonny

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Extensive wine list. Comfortable ambience.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful experience although we were glad that the large hen party seated beside us left shortly after we arrived. Service was attentive, food was really delicious, acoustics a little challenging and lighting a bit dim.

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  38. Guinness08

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It had been a few years since we’d been to the great room. It was as good as ever! We had a 3 year old with us & though the kids menu may seem expensive it was of great quality. The guy serving our table was v polite, v helpful & well mannered throughout our meal. The food was excellent.

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  39. FionaV

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience - touch above. Highly recommend the amuse bouche and cheese soufflé

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  40. SharonM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been dining at The Merchant Hotel since it opened and in particular I have taken my family on Boxing Day for the last few years. Every time it exceeds my expectations. The service, choice of food, ambiance and how I feel as though I have been captured and taken back to a different time. It is my go to place for birthdays and cocktails. I have introduced so many people who now also have it has their firm favourite. The only one slight criticism I would have is that they don’t seem to have anyway of noticing repeat customers which would be a nice touch to remember although I appreciate there are probably so many.

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The Great Room Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 828 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for The Great Room Restaurant

16 Skipper Street, Belfast, BT1 2DZ

Additional information

  • Area
    Belfast
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–9:00 am Afternoon Tea Daily 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:15 pm Sundays Sun 12:30 pm–8:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 6:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Modern European
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    There are a number of Multi-story Car Parks within a few minutes walk of The Great Room. One is Hi-Park on High Street (1 min walk) and Q Park in St. Anne's Square (5 mins walk).
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Johnny Leake
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options
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