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James St

Shields House 19-21 James Street South, Belfast BT2 7GA, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9560 0700
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good21%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“tasting menu” (60 reviews)
“venison” (29 reviews)
“crab” (30 reviews)
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Irish, European, British, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Shields House 19-21 James Street South, Belfast BT2 7GA, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed today

We had been wanting to try this place out for some time however, our experience did not quite live up to expectations. Atmosphere was lacking, service was not at all what I would have expected and the food, whilst tasty, was no better than anything...More

Thank SSZ313
Reviewed today

Nearly all my birthdays and families always been here for 5 of more years. .. This is first time I have been negative. Firstly two steak courses, one starter , one Bacardi and coke, 3 sides and one bottle of mineral water 80 pounds ....More

Thank FlycastBelfast
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Food here is always beautiful serving local produce and always with a smile and can do attitude. Great selection of drinks and food to have here try the steaks on the flame grill

Thank Gerard M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was the first time I had been to the restaurant since its refurbishment. The last time was superb in every way. Not so this time. Our table which was booked well in advance was not ready and we had to wait an hour which...More

Thank Captain587
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Warm welcome from the hostess, enjoyable conversation with the bartender, and an excellent meal. The after dinner coffee with cream was superb!

Thank Dennis K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I ate here last night as an invited guest so did not complain not wishing to embarrass my hosts. However, I can not remember the last time I was served such a terrible vegetarian main course. I ordered the aubergine with mozzarella. I have had...More

Thank Griffin G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Called in for what I thought was Saturday lunch, but oddly this was not available. It turned out to be Brunch instead – which is bizarre given that they offer Brunch up till 3.00 pm – the clue is in the name – between breakfast...More

Thank Prof78
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a really lovely dinner here with my new in-laws. The food was great, good portions and service was very good also. I had the souffle dessert and it was the best souffle i have ever had. many thanks to staff for great evening.

Thank lsdinc
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were celebrating a colleagues departure for fresh pastures over lunch. I enjoyed the Ardglass fish pie and colleagues had no complaints about the steak sandwich or the fish & chips.James St South is fine dinning and not the sort of place I would regularly...More

Thank 478marcus
Reviewed 1 week ago

Truth be told I was disappointed. Son had heard very good reviews and I went in 'blind' as it was his birthday. The furniture in the bistro was cheap looking - fingerprints could be seen on the silver surfaced table top, like a glue print...More

Thank DoItLikeADude
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Questions & Answers
9 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from JamesStSouth1 | Property representative |
Hi K only a few minutes walk
3 March 2017|
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Response from JamesStSouth1 | Property representative |
Hi No there is no dress code at James Street South.
louise c
29 November 2016|
Response from Managerjss | Property representative |
Hello, We will be finalising our Tasting Menu for New Year's Eve this weekend. Please check our website as it will be posted as soon as it is finalised. Thank you. Amy
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 24 - USD 99
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shields House 19-21 James Street South, Belfast BT2 7GA, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast>  > City Centre
  • Neighbourhood: City Centre
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9560 0700
  • E-mail
James St. is the coming together of two of Belfast’s best restaurants, James Street South Restaurant and The Bar and Grill at James St.The new offering is the best of the Bar and Grill's menu with a few light touches to the fine cooking of James Street South. Classic dishes are firmly established on the menu from the crab and chilli linguine, Dundrum crab used on toast, alongside classic bistro dishes such as farmhouse terrine, fruit de mer plates available from Thursday. The charcoal grill still plays centre stage, cooking not just some of the best steaks and prime cuts Northern Ireland has to offer but also fresh whole fish, pork and vegetables. With a larger, more established bar area, a large range of wines are available alongside a considered spirit list and an extensive whisky offering. Locally produced beer, cider and gins take pride of place on the drinks menu. Owned by Niall McKenna . Our sister restaurants include Hadskis and Cast & Crew
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