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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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Sublime modern Irish cooking in a humble dining space

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At a glance

Tasting menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Stephen Toman and Alain Kerloc’h met while working in Paris restaurants and combined their talents (the former as chef, the latter as manager and sommelier) to open OX by the River Lagan. The simple, minimalist interior may be a little disarming for some, but this is the new order, where a lack of fuss and frills does not mean a lack of quality. The service is informed and charming, the cooking is out of this world. Fabulous Irish produce from land and sea star alongside local fruits and veg, so it goes without saying that this is a seasonal journey. Superb sourdough gets the ball rolling before scallops with a luscious bisque, salsify and squid ink, followed by salt-cured halibut with buttermilk and almonds. Presentation is somehow simple yet stunning. Baked celeriac stands centre stage with chanterelles and crapaudine beetroots, while a game offering could be wild Wicklow venison with bone marrow and chestnuts. Among sweet courses, rhubarb keeps company with thyme, honey and crème fraîche parfait. An Irish drinks list includes beers, whiskies and gins, while the wine list has enticing options by the glass and carafe.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 2 weeks July, Christmas, 1 week April
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Stephen Toman

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern Irish
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 2
  • Wines over £30: 53
  • Wines by the glass: 17

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 40
  • Off-site parking available: Car park nearby

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Near Queensbridge Beacon of Hope statue in Belfast city centre.

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