The best restaurants in the Queen’s Quarter

Whether you are a former student of Queen’s University Belfast, a local living in the beautiful South Belfast area, or a tourist wandering the grounds of the Belfast institution, the Queen’s Quarter represents the perfect area for an evening walk, a bite to eat and a few drinks.

Botanic Avenue is one of our favourite streets when it comes to city eats – so many different cuisines. Not sure what you fancy to eat this evening? Just have a wander down Botanic and the surrounding area and you won’t be short of inspiration.

Here’s a few of the top spots we recommend in and around the Queen’s Quarter:

3 Levels

Set over three separate floors on University Road, each level has its own distinct Asian style. The top floor is a Japanese masterclass area and a huge hit with patrons in the Queen’s Quarter.

Molly’s Yard

Easy to walk past this gem on Botanic Avenue, Molly’s has been around for years and has a popular 5-10-5 menu. They make great cocktails as well.

Madame Pho

Only newly opened in early 2020, Madame Pho is Belfast’s first dedicated Vietnamese restaurant, specialising in the national dish of Pho. Pho is a noodle soup, with the typical version made from beef broth, with thin cuts of beef and a range of spices. You need to try here – amazing spicy and sticky chicken wings here as well.

Maggie Mays

If you went to college in Belfast you will know all about this local favourite. Hearty portions at all times of the day and finish off with a milkshake – often consumed after a night on the tiles to recover one’s senses. If you’re a tourist wanting to get in amongst the local vibe, check out Maggies on Botanic Avenue or Stranmillis Road.

Bo Tree Kitchen

Smack bang in the middle of the infamous Holylands, hardly a culinary hotspot but this joint is quickly gaining a sterling reputation for tasty Thai food. Menu changes frequently but their curries are hard to beat!

Deanes at Queens

Part of the Michael Deane restaurant empire, Deanes at Queen’s is a classy spot with some local produce favourites in the form of seafood and quality meats. It has a lovely outside terrace area – having lunch here in the sun is a great experience.

The Barking Dog

While not your typical burger joint, and certainly not cheap, we couldn’t mention burgers without talking about the Beef Shin burger at the Barking Dog. A great mess of melt-in-your-mouth meat and cheese. Also great for its selection of tapas and has a great little ambience about it.

Cuban Sandwich Factory

Alongside its sister shop in the city centre, Cuban Sandwich Factory on Botanic Avenue serves up some of the messiest, tastiest sandwiches in the city. Get the classic cubano, a baguette roll filled with slow cooked pork, ham, cheese and pickles will do your taste buds the world of good.

Tribal Burger

An amazing burger joint located on Botanic Avenue and recently also on Callender Street in the city centre. Amazing burgers with delicious topping and original home-made sauces (check out their pepper sauce and than me later). We are also a huge fan of their Buffalo wings- spicy and crispy what’s not to love?

Kathmandu Kitchen

This Nepalese favourite on the bottom end of Botanic Avenue has some of the spiciest dishes we have encountered in the city. The Tandoori prawns nearly blew the heads off us – but we just couldn’t stop eating them. We also remember it for the great service as well.


A huge favourite of ours at Eat Out Belfast. This super cool Taiwanese street food joint first opened up on Botanic Avenue and recently opened up a second shop on the Lisburn Road. Spongy baos filled with all sorts of delicious meats and veg. They also do the best loaded fries and other stuff like Vietnamese pho. Must try! BYO as well.