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“Nice enough.”
Review of James Street South

James Street South
Ranked #42 of 1,147 Restaurants in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $105
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: City Centre
Description: City Centre Restaurant with Cookery School. Using the best of Northern Irish produce for a seasonal menu. Pre theatre Mon-Fri £21.50, 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. Our other restaurants are The Bar & Grill at James Street South, Hadskis and Cast & Crew.
Reviewed June 18, 2013

The food was nice enough but the place lacks atmosphere, possibly to do with the number of corporate tables on the night. The staff while reasonably efficient lacked warm. The JSS plate to start was very good as was the scallops and crab beignet but the asparagus was undercooked and woody. The monkfish main with mussels was good but nothing outstanding. The fillet of beef with red wine glaze special was very good. Sides of potatoes and vegetables were extra as was bread and butter which made the meal rather expensive. Reasonable wine list.


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Reviewed June 17, 2013

As rather cynical and jaded and frequently disappointed Belfast restaurant-goers we approached our first visit with moderate expectations. We were blown away. Staff (3) were delightfully courteous and attentive in a most engaging way. Ambience (including interior, table setting and tableware, napkins, freshly printed parchment style menus) were all most agreeable. The food was outstanding. Exquisitely fresh tasting tomato soup was hot {evidently so hard to do this in some establishments}, the soup plates were hot and the under-plates were hot as well. The soup was marvellously salt-light (salt is poison). Our mains of salmon resembled closely what we refer to at home as "the true salmon" and had clearly been poached in a pretty decent court bouillon. Accompaniments including champ and greens were quite brilliant in their execution and presentation. A key evaluation criterion of restaurant food for me is how I feel two hours after eating, but I scarcely reached for my bottle of chilled San Pellegrino once in our later theatre visit. As far as the wines are concerned I would say that they should be able to do a decent house Montepulciano or a Gamay at quite a bit better than £16.50 for their fairly average Australian Cabernet and that £10.50 for a 250ml carafe of this is just absurd. Whoever heard of a 250ml carafe anyway? Many London restaurants can price a reasonable house much more attractively than this. Perhaps £10.50 for a 500ml would be more like it.



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Thank John C
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Had a really nice meal last night.
Had the sea food chowder followed by the nicest steak i've had in a long time.
The long island ice teas were pretty good too :-)

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Reviewed June 15, 2013

I have to say this is one of my favourite restaurants. The food, people, service and the RED wine, make a visit really worth while.
You have to go.....you will not be disappointed.
The Bistro is just as good as the fine dinning restaurant.
I have soft spot of the fine restaurant .

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Thank NJclarke
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

We ate here over Easter weekend when visiting family in Belfast. We opted for the pre-theatre menu which was great value. The restaurant was very quiet when we arrived (maybe because it was Good Friday?) but filled up later. We really enjoyed the food and the wine, and the staff were attentive without being overbearing. Would recommend, and would like to return for the a la carte menu.

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Thank Gedinburger
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