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“An un-Pub to Look For”

McCrackens Cafe Bar
Ranked #118 of 1,116 Restaurants in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed July 12, 2013

Through the hole off High Street known as Joys Entry is this eatery, winner in 2009 of restaurant of the year in Northern Ireland. It should win again. The large and open space with central bar area surrounded by tables, booths and alcoves seems a pub but don't be fooled. It's fare is far from that. Only the fish and chips and the burgers (themselves a gourmand's delight) would qualify as such. We enjoyed the steak special: two porterhouses grilled medium rare, smothered in big marinated mushrooms, with tripled baked fries and salad, all perfectly prepared, including a bottle of the house red, €29. The pasta dish was a risotto-like delight, heavily flavoured with mushroom, fried goat cheese and brocolli with just a hint of rosemary. The chili squid and shrimp rocket was out of this world and plentifully heaped on the plate. The attentive service by 3 lovely Belfast lasses also make this restaurant one of the best in the six counties.

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Thank Khufu8
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

Had lunch here today with the family, couldnt fault it at all.
The staff couldn't do enough for us, would highly recommend.

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Reviewed June 28, 2013

We popped into McCrackens for a few drinks with the possibility of also eating there. The pub itself looks lovely, it was clean and service was good. However, the price of the drinks let it down. A dash of juice (as a mixer) was £1.95.... An indivdual mixer bottle would be better if they are going to charge this sort of price. We decided to move on somewhere else for food.
Overall a really lovely bar but prices let it down slighty.

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Reviewed June 28, 2013

We were recommended this by staff from another bar or we would never have found it. City was busy due to a concert at the Odyssey that night. It won 'City bar of the year 2009" and we could see why. Atmosphere was great, staff helpful and friendly. Food tasty and reasonably priced. Chef even sent out some nibbles when the meal was a little delayed. Friendly customers up for a chat, and place to go back to definitely.

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Reviewed June 6, 2013

We ate here on a wednesday night. Reasonably priced excellent quality pub grub. Good wine selection. Friendly and attentive waiting staff. Bar was quiet because it was weds and the sun was shining but place still had a nice atmosphere. Would definietly eat here again and recommend to anyone wanting good food and value for money. Especially recommend the burger and the chicken wings. Big portions! You will not leave hungry!

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Thank Strabane123
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