Cheap and cheerful places to eat in Belfast

By Sarah Moyles,

If you are planning a visit to Belfast and looking for some good budget places to eat, look no further. We’ve compiled the best list to ensure episodes of hangriness are kept at bay.

And after you’ve refueled why not have a look at our essential guide of free things to do in Belfast here. More money to spend on food can only be a good thing? Right?

John Henrys

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John Henrys brings the authentic flavours of the American South to Belfast. Specialising in meats slow cooked in a wood fired oven, the BBQ and smokey flavours of the South are sure to leave you satisfied.

Looking for something to set you up for the rest of your day exploring lovely Belfast? Why not try the “Big Texan Wrap”, some tasty BBQ ribs or roasted chicken with a glass of homemade lemonade…yum!

Top Tip: Try the “Tin Platter” which is served a choice of two meats, JH powerslaw, BBQ beans, cornbread, salad and fries.

Price Range: Expect to pay between £6 and £15 for a main course

Love and Death Inc.

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It’s a restaurant, cocktail bar and nightclub all rolled into one. The menu at Love and Death Inc. ranges from fresh salads, hearty burgers and steaks to the speciality of the house, dipping sandwiches.

Dipping sandwiches, I hear you ask, are sandwiches made from a crusty French loaf which are dipped in the juices of freshly roasted meat. Choose from turkey, beef or pork as filling options and add some cheese for an extra layer of goodness.

Top Tip: Love and Death Inc. offers a £5 lunch menu.

Price Range: Expect to pay between £8 and £15 for a main course

Made in Belfast

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Made in Belfast can be found in two locations in the city: one restaurant is near Belfast City Hall and the other is in the popular Cathedral Quarter.

Both offer the same excellent menu, which has a wide selection to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a delicious slow roasted beef sarnie or a wild mushroom, goat’s cheese and truffle risotto, this is a must visit during your time in Belfast.

Top Tip: Try the Curtain Call menu, served every day from 4pm to 6pm. This will get you two courses for £13 or three courses for £17.50.

Price Range: Expect to pay between £6 and £15 for a main course


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Located near City Hall, Bubbacue is another American BBQ style restaurant that offers slow smoked pork, brisket and sausage. That great thing about this place is that all meat is smoked overnight for 12 hours, which ensures its tenderness.

Bringing a slice of Americana to Belfast, this spot is great for some wholesome food guaranteed to leave you stuffed.

Top Tip: Wash down your meal with some homemade ice tea or lemonade for £1.50.

Price Range: Expect to pay between £6 and £15 for a main course and sides

Alley Cat

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Alley Cat is another addition to Belfast’s restaurant-by-day-and-thriving-cocktail-bar by night scene.

This is a great place to eat some good food, grab a cocktail and enjoy Belfast’s first class nightlife. Some of the things you’ll find on the menu are a selection of burgers, sides, craft beers and excellent cocktails.

Top Tip: What could be classier then having a cocktail served in a teapot? Absolutely nothing. Try the ‘Cool Beans’ cocktail made with Absolut raspberry, Amaretto, lime and cranberry juice.

Price Range: You’ll pay between £7 and £15 for a main course at Alley Cat.

Maggie Mays

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No visit to Belfast is complete without sampling an Ulster Fry and Maggie Mays does the best fry-up in town. It’s the perfect fuel to start your day of exploration or a hangover cure after one too many pints the night before.

Top Tip: Choose the ‘Bumper Fry’, which includes two eggs, two pieces of bacon, two sausages, potato bread, soda bread, hash brown, mushrooms, beans, chips and for the health conscious, a tomato.

Price Range: Cheap as chips. Pay between £3 and £14 for a bite to eat at Maggie’s.


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Burritos so good you’d think you were in Mexico. A favourite amongst Belfastians, Boojum offers up a choice of burritos, fajitas and tacos with a selection of spicy fillings and extras.

There’s also the option to wash down your burrito with an ice cold imported Mexican beer. But be sure to get there early as the restaurant is always packed at lunchtime with queues known to go down the street – but it’s definitely worth the wait.

Top Tip: Choose a burrito and add some shredded pork, rice, tomato salsa and guacamole – delicious! 

Price Range: Expect to pay between £5 and £7

And now for something completely different:

Mourne Seafood

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We now know that Belfast does burgers, steaks and burritos very, very well there is also an amazing selection of seafood on offer.

Fancy a pint of Guinness and some fresh Irish oysters? Check out Mourne Seafood Bar. All produce is sourced daily from the nearby ports of Annalong and Kilkeel to ensure freshness.

Top Tip: Sample the ‘Oysters au Naturel’

Price Range: You’ll shell out (like what we did there?) between £6 and £20 for a main course at Mourne Seafood.

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Think we have missed out on some good and cheap places to eat in Belfast?

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