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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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Confident modern cooking in a tripartite set-up

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

It may be a little confusing for first-timers, but Deanes is a tripartite set-up, with dedicated meat and fish restaurants, through which bustly environs you pass to reach the more softly accented EIPIC dining room, which despite its shouty capitals, adopts a more sotto voce tone. The bar area is padded in white leather, while the restaurant itself is dimly lit and adorned with a trio of stylised full moons. Alex Greene worked his way from Dundrum to London and back to Belfast, and brings a cosmopolitan modernist sensibility to the kitchens, sending out a six-course taster that speaks of confidence and innovative energy at every turn. Highlights might be plump langoustine with leeks, shiitakes and smoked bacon, followed by a flawlessly timed serving of brill with salsify and lardo, before the main business of tenderly pink duck breast with chicory, carrot and mustard seeds. Chocolate desserts are a standout, perhaps a silky ganache with yuzu, coconut and coffee sauce. Accompanying wines are served either by small glass or shot measure, a helpful touch of flexibility that allows you to pace yourself from course to course.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 15–21 April, 1–14 July, 25–26 December, 1–14 January
  • Days closed: Sunday to Tuesday
  • Closed for lunch: Wednesday to Thursday, Saturday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Michael Deane, Alex Greene

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 17
  • Wines over £30: 108
  • Wines by the glass: 9

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from: £30
  • Tasting menu from: £45
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

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

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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