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The Great Room Restaurant

The quintessential fine dining experience awaits guests visiting The Great Room Restaurant. The Grandeur of the perfectly preserved original Victorian architecture provides a stunning backdrop for the divine food created in The Great Room Kitchens by Head Chef Johnny Leake.

Great Room Restaurant Review - Charles Campion

We love to hear from our customers and to receive great feedback, but it is especially pleasing when it is one of the UK’s leading restaurant critics. Charles Campion has written for many of the UK’s leading broadsheets and food magazines and is a tough person to please. Read his recent review for Hotel F&B magazine here.


The Great Room Restaurant is undoubtedly one of Northern Ireland’s most extraordinary restaurants. Thanks to the remarkable original Victorian interior with its glass cupola, Ireland’s largest chandelier and an array of plasterwork detailing, the space is second to none. Our chefs search tirelessly to bring the finest seasonal ingredients together in fresh and innovative interpretations of classic dishes presented in our well balanced, carefully considered menus. All complemented by expert service and a wine list to which all the superlatives apply! From excellent value set menu options to our extensive a la carte and full tasting menus (with or without matched wines), dining in The Great Room Restaurant is an experience not to be missed!

OUR MENUS

  • Please click here to browse our available menus. These are sample menus and are subject to change.
  • Please click here to browse our sample Christmas menus.

Please note our service times in The Great Room Restaurant:

Afternoon Tea

Sunday to Friday - 12.00pm and 4.00pm

Saturday - 12.30pm (1st sitting) and 3.00pm (2nd sitting)

Dinner

Monday to Thursday - 6pm to 10pm

Friday to Saturday - First Sitting: 6.30pm, Second Sitting 8.45pm

Sunday - Sunday Menu served 12:30pm to 8:00pm


The Great Room Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, all in the stunning surroundings of Belfast's grandest dining room.  We highly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment, especially for weekend bookings and afternoon tea.

Breakfast 

7am - 10am Monday to Friday

7am - 10.30am Weekends and Bank Holidays

Dinner 

6pm - 10pm Monday - Thursday

6pm - 11pm Friday and Saturday

Afternoon Tea 

12pm - 4pm Sunday - Friday 

Saturday

1st seating 12.30 to 2.30pm

2nd seating 3.00  to 5.00pm

Lunch

Monday to Friday from 12.00 to 2.15pm

Tasting Menu

Monday to Saturday 6pm -9pm

Please note our Tasting Menu is not available on Sundays.

Sunday Menu 

12.30pm - 8.00pm 

 

OPENING HOURS

The Great Room Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, all in the stunning surroundings of Belfast's grandest dining room.  We highly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment, especially for weekend bookings and afternoon tea.

Breakfast 

7am - 10am Monday to Friday

7am - 10.30am Weekends and Bank Holidays

Dinner 

6pm - 10pm Monday - Thursday

6pm - 11pm Friday and Saturday

Afternoon Tea 

12pm - 4pm Sunday - Friday 

Saturday

1st seating 12.30 to 2.30pm

2nd seating 3.00  to 5.00pm

Lunch

Monday to Friday from 12.00 to 2.15pm

Tasting Menu

Monday to Saturday 6pm -9pm

Please note our Tasting Menu is not available on Sundays.

Sunday Menu 

12.30pm - 8.00pm 

 

RESERVATIONS

To make an online booking please click here, alternatively you can call us on 02890 234 888 

For parties over 6 persons, please contact the Great Room on 02890 234 888 and we will gladly help you with your reservation. 

Reservations for a specific date will close 12 hours prior to service, please do not hesitate to contact The Great Room on 028 9023 4888 to check availability.

The Merchant Hotel will re-open on Monday 24th May. You can book an overnight stay via our website or email reservations@themerchanthotel.com.

E-gift experience vouchers due to expire during the time we are closed are extended to 31st October 2021. Monetary gift cards and e-vouchers purchased after 2015 are now valid for 7 years.

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