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“Subterfuge!” 2 of 5 stars
Review of James Street South

James Street South
21 James Street South | BT2 7GA, Belfast, Northern Ireland (City Centre)
02890434310
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Ranked #21 of 778 Restaurants in Belfast
Price range: $28 - $117
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: City Centre
Description: City Centre Restaurant with Cookery School. Using the best of Northern Iris produce for a seasonal menu. Set lunch and pre theatre daily from fifteen pounds and fifty pence for two courses, A La Carte and Tasting Menu always available. Now with Private Dining Room and The Bar and Grill, a more casual dining option located next door.
Belfast, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Subterfuge!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Always wanted to visit JSS but thought it an extravagance. So when I saw a deal available as part of Belfast Restaurant Week I jumped at the opportunity. I should not have bothered. The deal was; starter, main & glass of wine for £22.00. Seemed reasonable, except that the mains selection consisted of a choice of venison, fish stew or hake. Hardly a choice, even under a "deal." More a device to entice customers and then guide them to the a la carte menu. Tiny portions were duly served.

Our party of four were then subjected to accustations of wine blagging!!

We had ordered two of our 4 "deal" glasses of wine, but cancelled in favour of a full bottle which we would pay for. At the end of the meal we requested our two "deal" galsses of wine. But no, the wine had apparently been served earlier. Without anyone noticing. Or drinking. We protested strongly but our indignant waiter was in schoolmasterly mode, and would have none of it. Indeed he had PERSONALLY delivered the wine.

To cut a long story short, we were proved right and said waiter was almost dragged to our table to give a begrudging and totally insincere apology.

An appropropriate end was brought to the evening when we requested the bill. The staff member kindly indicated the correct button to press to add our gratuity.

10 out of 10 for cheek and 0 for everthing else.

What a disappointment.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food

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2 reviews
“Great Night Out :-)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Great Service, Great Food, I would highly recommend this place, It was as very enjoyable evening & at a great :-)

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food

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Letterkenny, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Now our preferred restuarant in Belfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Booked a table for two at short notice - not many restaurants open on a Monday evening, so we were pleased we could get a table and the reviews seemed good. Walked into the Bar and Grill first and we were told that the restaurant was next door. The Bar and Grill looked good. The welcome in the restaurant was friendly and there was a professional relaxed feel about the place. The meal was truly excellent. Only slight issue was that only one portion of the superb Loin of Venison remained, which, naturally, went to my wife. I was not disappointed however with the Brill, which was also cooked to perfection. The set dinner menu also looked very good value, but we settled on the a la carte on this occasion. Wine choice was good and the desserts were a temptation.
Great service with a very warm and convivial ambience. Not been to too many restaurants in Belfast , but have to say that it would need a lot of tempting to keep us away from JSS now.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
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367 helpful votes 367 helpful votes
“Exceptional service and food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

I must say that this restaurant stands out for its service and quality of food. It has a bar and grill which we used before we went into the main restaurant. The bar and grill are quite open and seemed a good place for meeting for a quick meal, though we did not eat there. We decided to eat in the main restaurant. The service was excellent though a little minor annoyance for me was being asked 4 times whether I was enjoying my meal by 3 seperate staff. Twice is sufficient. Food was wonderful and atmosphere comfortable. It is as someone else put it, classy but affordable. Will go back without hesitation. Keep up the good service as not many places have it now days.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Germany
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Excellent experience with local food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

Highly enjoyable lunch experience. We had the tasting menu which was good value. The staff were very pleasant and put us under no pressure to leave so 3 hours passed very quickly. Wine was great. Service was invisible when appropriate and visibly attentive when needed.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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