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“Great Food, Great Price” 5 of 5 stars
Review of SQ Bar & Grill

SQ Bar & Grill
20 Talbot Street | Talbot St, Belfast BT1 2LD, Northern Ireland
44-028-90261809
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Ranked #311 of 783 Restaurants in Belfast
Price range: $16 - $82
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: SQ Bar & Grill is a modern European restaurant at St Anne's Square in Belfast's new cultural centre, Cathedral Quarter. Its central location - walking distance from the city centre – means it makes an ideal stop off after a day in the city or a trip to Victoria Square shopping centre. Like the rest of the hotel, SQ Bar & Grill is decorated in a modern, minimalist style, but still conveys a relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and diners can choose between a table with a view out over Saint Anne's Square, or a booth for a more intimate dining experience. The menu ranges from full dishes like slow roast pork belly with bubble and squeak, or char grilled tuna Niçoise, as well as light snacks like salt and chilli squid or moreish club sandwiches. Traditional dishes, locally sourced ingredients and modern presentation are the strong suits here, and there's also an extensive wine list and a wide range of spirits, beer and cocktails.
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great Food, Great Price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Food in restaurant was lovely and very reasonably priced, will definitely be back!
Staff were more than attentive and made sure that everything during the meal was satisfactory.

Visited December 2012
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Went here with my boyfriend tonight and the atmosphere was nice, quite romantic with dimmed lights and red backlights on ceiling. Had the seared scallops for a starter which was served on a slate, a nice fancy touch to it. Tasted good. And the main I got a ribeye steak which was done rare, when I asked for rare to medium, but was still delicious. While my boyfriend got the mussels and that was absolutely delicious. Would definitely want that next time! But definitely enjoyed my meal :)

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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belfast
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Top notch! Gem of a restaurant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

First of all when it comes to food and service I am the harshest critic as I believe the customer is king and should be treated as such! I had a meal in sq bar and grill last Saturday night and although we (myself and 3 friends) hadn't booked and were not staying in the hotel we felt more than welcomed to dine! Welcomed by friendly waitress who actually looked like they enjoyed their job however no wonder they did! The atmosphere was ecstatic with the live music and other punters enjoying not only the food but also happy hour which included fab cocktails! Really excellent I would recommend the raspberry mojito. We were acknowledged and seated quickly and were informed of all specials 1 of which was home made smoked cauliflower soup which was Devine! We also had sirloin steaks which were cooked to perfection, dressed and presented beautifully! Definitely the best steak I've had in a long time! So fulfilled from our starter and main we shared the baileys creme brûlée which was wonderful. I would 100% return and recommend this restaurant it is a little gem. Staff so friendly and made us feel so relaxed! Beautiful views looking over the square! All in we had 3 starters, sirloin steaks with all the trimmings, a dessert, cocktails and a bottle of wine for £92! Excellent value for the quality of service and food! SUPBERB!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Damien D, Manager at SQ Bar & Grill, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Dear Clairesbelfast

I am delighted that you enjoyed your evening with us as you have described , it is these type of visits that we try and give everyone who dines with us, or just pops in for a few drinks.

Our Staff are our biggest impression on our guests and i am delighted that they lived upto our expectations and deliverd a great night out for you.

I hope we see you back sooner rather later for another great night .

Regards
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“SHOCKING service, poor atmosphere but food ok”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This was the only restaurant where we could get a table on a Saturday night without booking. No wonder!! There were only another 6 tables occupied at the time. We had a total of 6 DIFFERENT waitresses serving us - no continuity at all. Mistakes galore and food took ages to come. Not surprised - chef was out chatting to a table of chicks for half the night (AS WAS THE DUTY MANAGER WHO WAS CASUALLY QUAFFING A PINT AT THE BAR!!!!!) So. The casual approach to management was very much reflected in the running of the place:
NO CHECK BACK ON MEAL
NO OFFER OF A SECOND DRINK
MISTAKE WITH SERVING OF SAID DRINK
MISTAKE WITH THE BILL

With so few customers in the place, they should have got the basics right at least. Would definitely NOT return - which is a shame because the food was very good and great value. NIce scallops.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Damien D, Manager at SQ Bar & Grill, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Dear Val g

Thank you for your comments on your visit with us , i cannot apologise enough for the poor sevice you recieved on this visit as it is certainly not what we would expect on any evening and is inexcusable for so many issues to occur.I am investigating the incidents mentioned and assure you that action will be taken so that they do not occur again.

I do hope that you do in the future come back and give us another try as i do not believe that your evening will be anything like the one you experienced before.

Regards
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drogheda, co. louth.
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“waiting too long”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The restaurant didn't seem very busy (sat at 6pm) but we waited over 45 mins for 4 x mains. And then desserts had run out & left us with 1 option.

Visited November 2012
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Damien D, Manager at SQ Bar & Grill, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Dear drogheda_sc

Thankyou very much for your comments on your visit and i can only apologise on your waiting time for your food and also that our desserts had run out before you had time to order.

I have passed these comments onto our Head Chef and he is acting on them to ensure food is not over time and that all items on the menu are available as often as possible.

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