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“Money spinner”

The Washington bar & restaurant
Ranked #140 of 1,043 Restaurants in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, British, Irish, International, Pub
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Golden Mile
Belfast, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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“Money spinner”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

As part of a large group it is often difficult to find somewhere to dine in the run up to Christmas as many palettes can be difficult to satisfy unless there is turkey on the menu. This doesn't bother me as it was the option I selected (begrudgingly as it was the best described dish and when it is a requirement that you pre-order one month in advance you don't want to try and enquire as to the other options).

Then once the awkward upfront payments had been sorted and we seemingly adhered to the ridiculous dresscode the night arrived and automatically the tone was a bad one. We were greeted by a hostile doorman, were not even shown to our table, no waiting staff seemed to be around there was no wine list at the table. When the wine was ordered I was charged for the wrong one.

Out of nowhere the food began to arrive despite no one having confirmed our order. The service was swift and impersonal. I actually ended up with indigestion from the haste of it.

The room was carpetted and the furniture large and awkward to maneuver making it almost impossible to leave the table without falling over. The light fittings were largely vandalised too.

The overall atmosphere bizarre as 10 metres from the dining area is the dancefloor complete with a full DJ set and the room was very warm and uncomfortable to dine in.

For the money we paid there were certainly better options in the same price bracket; I doubt I would ever return to the venue for any purpose.

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Dublin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“so impressed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

went here on New Years Eve. nice crowd, free in and great drink promos. lovely bar with brilliant music. door staff were accomodating, helpful and very friendly, a huge difference from most bars in belfast! really impressed as this was my first time here, ill definatly be returning! thought it would be horrible because everywhere else is on New Years Eve but it was just perfect!
definatly coming on thursday night for steaks

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Thank Kathryn M
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UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Dull, lacking atmosphere.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

No atmosphere, lights too bright, undesirable clientelle, abrupt bar staff.
Had high hopes for this place but disappointed.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“very good strawberry daiquiris”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

lovely cocktails and always so busy.
can be hard to get a seat but lovely atmosphere and the interior design is to die for, really cosy and well presented.
staff are nice and quick to serve, wish theyre card machine wasnt at the far end of the bar so you have to leave your drinks to go and put your pin in & come back, then again if that is the only problem they must be doing something right! really enjoyed it, will have to try the food sometime too!

Visited August 2012
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Thank J M
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northern ireland
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“FAB FOOD”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

Eat there last Thursday steak night, best steaks ever. Delicious food to be highly recommended. Girls also cleaned their plates also. Food of the standard seen in top restaurants. Wine that was free with the steaks was a good quality wine and tasted delicious. Restaurant, clean,warm and welcoming. Really would come back.

  • Visited November 2012
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