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“Great ingredients very well cooked and fantastic service.”

Holohans At The Barge
Ranked #4 of 1,212 Restaurants in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 9 - US$ 44
Cuisines: Irish
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Holohan's is a family owned Irish restaurant situated on the Belfast Barge and permanently moored beside the Waterfront theatre and Queens Bridge in the heart of Belfast City. Holohan's unusual and picturesque setting is the perfect accompaniment to the unique dining experience, based around great Irish produce, recipes and warm, genuine Irish hospitality. Using classic recipes, updated with modern cooking techniques and some of the best local ingredients, the chefs at Holohan's produce food that is both nostalgic and contemporary. There is also a real focus on locally sourced craft beer, ale and cider, and a great selection of some unusual Irish whiskey's. As a family Holohan's has valued their gift for hospitality through three generations, the current owners grandmother, Sabina Holohan , encouraged the family to welcome guests "as if it were visiting your home." With modern life accelerating at such a fast pace, we often forget that the most important part of hospitality is to be hospitable, something for which the Irish have been renowned the world over. While there is an informal and relaxed ambience at Holohan's, the staff is nevertheless consummately professional, with a fantastic knowledge of our food, drinks and provenance. The Irish have a rich and wonderful culinary heritage, our extensive research has gathered a wealth of cooking methods, recipes and techniques from the last three hundred years. Many of the dishes on our menu have a weight of history behind them and have been passed on down through the generations. From the peasant food of the North West born out of hardship and necessity which gave us dishes like Craibechan, a delicious savory porridge made from pearl Barley and of course the house specialty, BOXTY, which comes from the traditional word bacstai or aran bocht ti meaning 'poor house bread'. Boxty on the griddle, And Boxty on the pan; The wee one in the middle Is for Mary Ann.[ Our goals are to provide and champion our particular brand of food and service in a relaxed and visually striking setting. While we celebrate Irish culture, we try to do so without resorting to Irish cliches, we feel the "Irish-ness" comes from the welcome, the hospitality and the wealth of history contained within our menu. At Holohan's, we aim to work in a transparent and ethical manner, ranging from the treatment of the animals that provide our meat, to sourcing sustainable fish and using seasonal, locally grown fruit and vegetables. Fast becoming known around the world for the quality of our produce, our little Island is becoming known as the larder of Europe, and what better way to demonstrate and celebrate this then using Irish produce to cook Irish food. Holohan's is the perfect place to enjoy this resurgence in Irish cuisine, and more than just food, we aim to give a good night out! We hope to see you soon, Holohan's at the Barge
Reviewed 6 April 2018

This is a fantastic restaurant in a really unusual setting. The food is very good and the service is fantastic with accommodating and friendly staff who are equally happy to chat or just leave you alone. They also serve a great selection of gins and craft beers.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Arrived 20 mins early for table on a really busy Easter Sunday. They sold us drink and tabled us within 5 mins. Efficient friendly service without being hurried. Never heard of Boxty, but now that I have, I'd order again. Starter and mains with the booze didn't cost a packet either.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Visited on a Wednesday evening after reading excellent reviews...and we weren’t disappointed!! We got a very warm welcome and a great table by the window. Sinead was extremely helpful throughout our visit. We opened with a fizz cocktail and then a great bottle of Sauvignon Blanc with our meal. The blue cheese fritters and soup were gorgeous starters...mains of seafood boxty and lamb were truly out of this world!!.. the restaurant is intimate and welcoming, staff are friendly and attentive, and the setting helped make it a really special evening. We will definitely return and recommend to friends. Belfast is blessed with some amazing restaurants...Holohans@thebarge is right up there with the very best of them!!! Many thanks

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Cheltfifer
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Had a fabulous meal here, real Irish food that is beautifully & lovingly cooked - enjoyed every single mouthful! Staff very friendly and genuinely cared about your experience, cannot fault them - go and try it you will not regret it.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Vegaswench
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

This is an excellent venue - a really lovely setting for dinner.

The food was incredible, especially the boxty. We were advised by the waiter that this is their speciality and it’s easy to see why!

Really friendly staff who were happy to make suggestions for bars and pubs to visit afterwards.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Erlip1211
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