Top 10 restaurants with a view in Northern Ireland, RANKED

Whether you’re trying to impress a date, or eating out for a special occasion, dinner with a view will always be a winner. Here are the top ten restaurants with a view in Northern Ireland, ranked.

Northern Ireland is home to some fantastic scenery. And what better way to enjoy that scenery than over a delicious meal?

Time it right, and you could be enjoying a beautiful sunset while eating your dinner.

Or maybe you’d rather the boats come back and forth at one of the country’s harbours?

Whatever you’d prefer, there’s something for everyone.

So, for the next time you fancy trying out a new place to eat, here are the top ten restaurants with a view in Northern Ireland.

Ireland Before You Die’s top tips for picking restaurants with a view in Northern Ireland

  • To get a bit of a taste of what is on offer before you head to the restaurant, check out the online menus to see if the restaurant has a cuisine for your liking.
  • Speak with locals in Northern Ireland to see what restaurants they know of or like that offer beautiful and scenic views. It is safe to say you will be able to trust their judgment.
  • Keep an eye out for coastal options, so that you can eat with a view of the water right in front of you. To make it even better, consider booking your table for sunset.
  • If the restaurant does have a view to admire, check out if they have outdoor seating and if the weather is right, dine with a view with the sun to keep you warm.
  • Lastly, it is likely that the best restaurants with a view in Northern Ireland will get busy and quick. So, book in advance to secure your spot.

10. Harry’s Shack, Portstewart – for views of one of Northern Ireland’s most picturesque beaches

Harry's Shack is one of our favourite restaurants with a view in Northern Ireland.
Credit: Facebook / Harry’s Shack

Set on the National Trust Portstewart Strand on the north coast of the island, Harry’s Shack is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants with a view in Northern Ireland.

A popular beachfront destination offering local seafood and creative cocktails, you can relax in the comfortable and cosy dining room and watch the waves from the window.

Otherwise, you can head outside onto the patio for an al fresco dining experience as the sun beats down on your skin and you listen to the water crashing on the shore. Bliss!

Address: 116 Strand Rd, Portstewart BT55 7PG, United Kingdom

9. Harrisons of Greyabbey – for a beautiful outdoor terrace

Harrisons of Greyabbey has a stunning outdoor terrace.
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Tall windows and an outdoor terrace mean there are no bad seats in Harrisons of Greyabbey on the Newtownards Peninsula.

Diners can delight in magnificent views out over the County Down countryside and Strangford Lough while enjoying a delicious menu full of great comfort food.

Address: 35 Ballybryan Rd, Newtownards BT22 2RB

READ MORE: For further ideas, check out IB4UD’s piece on the 20 best restaurants in Northern Ireland (for all tastes and budgets)

8. Jamaica Inn, Bangor – for looking out over Belfast Lough

Jamaica Inn in Bangor has stunning views over Belfast Lough.
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Boasting an eclectic menu of modern and classic dishes, as well as a buzzing atmosphere with live music, Bangor’s Jamaica Inn is definitely one of the best restaurants with a view in Northern Ireland.

Looking out over Bangor seafront and Belfast Lough, guests can enjoy a delicious meal in an idyllic location.

Address: 188 Seacliff Rd, Bangor BT20 5HA

7. Basalt, Portrush – for enjoying a beautiful sunset

Basalt in Portrush offers beautiful looks at sunset.
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The most recent addition to Portrush’s ever-popular restaurant group, Ramore, Basalt in Portrush is a must.

Located on the top floor of the Ramore complex, a meal in Basalt offers some of the best views in Portrush, which has some incredible hotels for all budgets. Guests can enjoy Ramore dishes while looking out over Portrush harbour, town, and seafront.

Check what time the sunset is and time your meal so you can take in the stunning sight of the sun setting over the cliffs in the distance.

Address: 1 Harbour Road, Portrush BT56 8DF

6. Kove Restaurant, Enniskillen – for incredible views of Lough Erne

Killyhevlin Hotel is home to the beautiful Kove Restaurant, which is one of the best restaurants with a view in Northern Ireland.
Credit: Facebook / @Killyhevlin

A proud member of Good Food Northern Ireland, Kove Restaurant is located inside the Killyhevlin Hotel in Enniskillen.

Offering unrivalled views of Lough Erne, you can sit by the window and take in an epic sunset while enjoying delicious, locally sourced food from a wholesome yet innovative menu.

With dishes to suit all tastes and dietary requirements, whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or meat-eater, you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes.

Address: Killyhevlin Hotel, Dublin Rd, Killyhevlin, Enniskillen BT74 6RW, United Kingdom

SEE MORE: Want more ideas to eat in Belfast? Check out our piece on the 20 best restaurants in Belfast (for all tastes and budgets)

5. Daft Eddy’s, Killinchy – for great views over Strangford Lough

Daft Eddy's is another of the top restaurants with a view in Northern Ireland.
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This family-run restaurant in Killinchy is a must. It not only offers a delicious, innovative menu, but guests can also enjoy unrivalled views of Strangford Lough from the terrace.

The menu is made up of the best local and seasonally available produce so, if you’re a seafood fan, you will have plenty to choose from.

And, if you’re not, don’t worry because there are lots of other great options too!

Address: 1 Sketrick Island, Killinchy, Newtownards BT23 6QH

4. Tides, Portrush­ ­for the best views on the Causeway Coast

Another of the top restaurants with a view in Northern Ireland has got to be Tides, Portrush.
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This two-storey restaurant, on the road between Portrush and Portstewart, offers some of the best views on the north coast.

A sister restaurant to Newbridge in Coleraine and Urban in Portrush town centre, Tides is a firm favourite with tourists and locals alike.

Offering a casual dining experience and a menu that features everything from steak to salmon to goat’s cheese tarts and more, this is a great place to head for dinner with the family.

Address: 21 Ballyreagh Rd, Portrush BT56 8LR

3. The Dirty Duck Alehouse, Holywood – for a traditional pub experience

The Dirty Duck Alehouse is another of the top restaurants with a view in Northern Ireland.
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This classic pub in Holywood offers live music, international dishes, and incredible panoramic views over Belfast Lough.

During the winter months, diners can cosy up and enjoy the great food and pints in front of an open fire while taking in the stunning views through the restaurant window.

In the summer, head to the beer garden for a relaxing afternoon and catch up with friends.

Address: 2-4 Kinnegar Rd, Holywood BT18 9JN

2. The Percy French, Newcastle – where the mountains sweep down to the sea

Another of the top restaurants with a view in Northern Ireland is The Percy French in Newcastle.

It doesn’t get much better than enjoying a delicious meal with the Mourne Mountains that ‘sweep down to the sea’ as your backdrop.

Located right on the seafront, at the Percy French in Newcastle, guests will be treated to fine cuisine as the restaurant is part of the prestigious Slieve Donard Resort and Spa.

Address: Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Downs Rd, Newcastle BT33 0AH

1. The Observatory at Grand Central Hotel – for the best views in Belfast

The Observatory is another of the top restaurants with a view in Northern Ireland.

Number one on our list of restaurants with a view in Northern Ireland has to be the Observatory at Grand Central Hotel  Belfast’s tallest hotel.

Although it’s a bit pricey, its an experience well worth indulging in as you’ll be treated to delicious food, cocktails, and unrivalled panoramic views out over the Belfast skyline.

Address9-15 Bedford St, Belfast BT2 7FF

READ MORE: Find out where the Grand Central Hotel ranks on our list of the top 5 most luxurious hotels in Northern Ireland

Your questions answered about the best restaurants with views in Northern Ireland

Below, we have outlined the most frequently asked questions from our readers and online about the best restaurants with views in Northern Ireland.

The Ulster Fry is probably the most popular food in Northern Ireland. Others include champ and stew.

What is Northern Ireland famous for?

Northern Ireland is famous for being the place where the Titanic was built, the Giant’s Causeway, The Troubles and the likes of the Mourne Mountains, Derry City Walls and the Causeway Coastal Route.

What is Belfast known for food?

Some staples of Belfast food, aside from the likes of a fry, include fifteens, jammy joeys, and potato bread, one of the most traditional Irish breads you need to taste.

What is the oldest town in NI?

Carrickfergus is County Antrim’s oldest town and one of the oldest settlements in Northern Ireland, built in the 12th century.


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