12 of the best gluten-free restaurants to visit in Belfast

By The Newsroom
Monday, 29th January 2018, 2:37 pm
Updated Monday, 29th January 2018, 2:38 pm
There are countless great dining out options for those on a gluten-free diet in Belfast (Photo: Shutterstock)
There are countless great dining out options for those on a gluten-free diet in Belfast (Photo: Shutterstock)

Whether you suffer from coeliac disease or avoid gluten for other reasons, navigating the menu in cafes or restaurants can be a headache.

Luckily Belfast is home to many gluten-free friendly restaurants, so you can dine out without any hassle.


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After starting out as a pop-up eatery, this now permanent restaurant is popular with foodies and has plenty of choices for gluten-free diners.

From light soups and salads to hearty mains (including gluten-free pasta, 8oz beef burgers, half lobster and fillet of hake) you'll find something suitable here, whether you're just peckish or completely ravenous.

Visit: 22 Wellington Place, BT1 6GE – homebelfast.co.uk

Holohan’s Irish Pantry

Priding itself on its use of seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, Holohan’s puts its own stamp on a variety of classic Irish dishes, inspired by recipes from all over the country.

Gluten-free items are clearly marked on the menu, making the ordering process simple.

Even better, many dishes can be made gluten-free upon request.

Visit: 43 University Road, BT7 1ND – holohanspantry.co.uk

Acton & Sons

Serving brunch, lunch, dinner and desserts, all gluten-free options are clearly printed on the menu at this cosy eatery.

The set two course menu costs £15 per person, and is a great option if you want to indulge.

For an after dinner treat, try the indulgent butterscotch sundae.

Visit: 17 Brunswick Street, BT2 7GE – actonandsons.com

Enjoy beautiful waterfront views and delicious gluten-free food at Holohan's at the Barge (Photo: Holohan's at the Barge)

The Raj

This welcoming Indian restaurant has an array of tasty gluten-free dishes on its extensive menu.

The signature Raj curries - with your choice of meat and mild to very hot sauces - are especially worth a try.

Visit: 461 Lisburn Road, BT9 7EY – therajbelfast.com

Blue Chicago Grill

This vibrant eatery offers an array of simple but satisfying US classics, including burgers, chargrilled steaks and tender BBQ ribs.

With a separate gluten-free menu, ordering is made easy and hassle-free.

Visit: 7 East Point Entertainment Village, Old Dundonald Road, BT16 1XT – bluechicagodundonald.com

The Chubby Cherub

Known locally as the ‘little Italian place on the corner’, you’ll find a selection of Italian classics on the menu at The Chubby Cherub.

Whether you're in the mood for pasta and risotto, or pizza and calzones, there are plenty of gluten-free options available here.

If you have room to spare, be sure to try the sweet calzone, loaded with chocolate, banana, honey and brown sugar.

Visit: 49A Upper Arthur Street, BT1 4GH – chubbycherubbelfast.com

Gluten-free brownies are a speciality at The Barking Dog (Photo: Shutterstock)

The White Rabbit Patisserie

This snug coffee shop and bakery is a must-visit for those with a sweet tooth.

As a dedicated gluten and wheat-free eatery, they've got an array of bakes and goodies for everyone to tuck in to.

Visit: 71 Belmont Road, BT4 2AA – facebook.com/71BelmontRoad

The Allotment

The Allotment offer a seasonally changing lunch and dinner menu, alongside coffees, teas and homemade cakes, and gluten-free options are available upon request.

Many of the products here are locally sourced from Belfast allotments, so the food is both fresh and delicious.

Visit: 48 Upper Queens Street, BF1 6FD – theallotment-ni.co.uk

Havana Bank Sq

Serving a mix of exciting cocktails and locally sourced produce, gluten-free diners can enjoy a range of tasty dishes here.

Expect the likes of Thai chicken curry, dry aged 10oz rib eye steak, slow braised pork belly, and sugar pit cured ham hock.

Visit: 56-58 Berry Street, BT1 1FJ – havanabanksq.com

The Barking Dog Restaurant

Rustic and intimate inside, The Barking Dog offers plenty of atmosphere, and is a wonderfully relaxed place to eat.

On top of that, they run a gluten-free friendly kitchen and many dishes can be made suitable on request.

Save room for the chocolate brownie topped with peanut brittle ice cream for a deliciously sweet dessert.

Visit: 33-35 Malone Road, BT9 6RU – facebook.com/TheBarkingDogRestaurant

There are plenty of exciting options for gluten-free diners (Photo: Holohan's at the Barge)

Mourne Seafood Bar

From oysters and pan fried crab claws to a selection of wholesome mains, this popular seafood bar specialises in many gluten-free dishes.

All of the shellfish served is locally sourced, ensuring it is fresh and of the highest quality.

Visit: 34-36 Bank Street, BT1 1HL – mourneseafood.com

Holohan’s at the Barge

Enjoy pretty waterfront views and tuck into a seasonally inspired menu of traditional, gluten-free friendly Irish cuisine at Holohan's at the Barge.

Dishes include pork belly, dry aged sirloin, smoked cod and their signature Holohan’s boxty of the day.

Visit: 1 Lanyon Quay, BT1 3LG – holohansatthebarge.co.uk