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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Classy and confident cooking chez Michael Deane

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Michael Deane is a pillar of Belfast’s quality dining scene, with a little empire around the city (EIPIC, Meat Locker, Love Fish, Deanes Deli Bistro, Deanes Deli Vin Cafe, Deanes at Queens, Deane and Decano) providing something that fits the bill for any occasion. The Howard Street flagship is a high-flying sort of set-up, with a sober, predominantly grey decor, upholstered dining chairs at clothed tables, heavy drapes at the windows, and the overall demeanour of a place that means business. Danni Barry heads up the stoves and she's the driving force behind some exciting, progressive cooking, built on the very finest fresh local produce, and delivered via set-price, multi-course menus (including a veggie version). An opening combo of beef fillet tartare with oyster emulsion and pickled turnip is typically forthright, while flawless fish cookery brings roast halibut with celeriac fondant and purée, sea purslane and a rich bisque-like sauce. When it comes to meat, loin and shoulder of heather-fed lamb is partnered with Jerusalem artichoke purée and black garlic – another idea that is simply focused on flavour and executed with a high degree of skill. At the end, blackberry and meadowsweet crumble comes with meadowsweet ice cream and custard.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 20–27 December, 12–15 April, 12–22 July
  • Days closed: Sunday to Tuesday
  • Closed for lunch: Wednesday to Thursday, Saturday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 5.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Michael Deane, Danni Barry

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 17
  • Wines over £30: 108
  • Wines by the glass: 16

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 30
  • Off-site parking available: On street (after 6pm), car park Clarence Street

Additional information

  • Seats: 30

Getting here

At rear of City Hall. Howard Street on left opposite Spires building

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Great Victoria Street
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