Belfast Dad’s Guide to Belfast

Family Friendly Restaurants


Yum is located near the Botanic Gardens and is a modern restaurant with a internationally inspired menu that includes a great range for vegetarians. This restaurant is popular with families and along with a children’s menu there is the option for children to enjoy a traditional roast dinner each Sunday.

Darcy’s Belfast

For comforting, hearty, and wholesome food, head to Darcy’s. This family run restaurant prides itself on its identity as a Belfast eatery and diners receive a warm Irish welcome. The food is made using fresh local ingredients with an emphasis on Irish dishes. Children are well catered for here with an imaginative children’s menu.

Holohan’s Irish Pantry

Holohan’s Irish Pantry is one of Belfast’s top restaurants, with the occasional celebrity diner, but it’s also very family friendly, having a relaxed atmosphere and an emphasis on good, wholesome Irish food. Children can dine from the children’s menu or enjoy a smaller portion of something from the main menu, with filling portions that use the best ingredients.

Pizza Punks Belfast

Punk up your pizza at Pizza Punks where grown ups can choose as many toppings as they like from a list of around 50 for a set price, and children can also go pizza crazy with up to 8 toppings available on a delicious sourdough base. All of this and ice cream with sprinkles can be found in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.

Little Wing Pizzeria

Conveniently located in Belfast’s city centre between the cathedral and city hall, Little Wing Pizzeria is one of the city’s most popular restaurants for families. As the name implies, the restaurant mostly serves pizza using authentic Italian ingredients and cooking methods, though pasta and salad dishes are available. Children can have three courses for a set price and are more than welcome here.

McHugh’s Bar & Restaurant

One of Belfast’s most famous pubs, McHugh’s is brimming with atmosphere and old world charm. This city centre pub attracts a large crowd. Children are permitted into the pub before 7pm, so do get here early if you are bringing the kids. There’s a children’s menu with typical pub favourites, and Irish classics for the grown-ups.


Children not only receive a warm welcome at Fratelli, they can become part of the team temporarily, with the option to wear a chef’s hat and build their own pizzas with a choice of toppings. This popular Italian restaurant lies in the heart of the city, with a great atmosphere and fabulous service.

Cuff’s Bar & Grill

Cuff’s Bar & Grill can be found in the basement of the Crumlin Road Gaol, a 19th century prison that is now a popular visitor attraction, though entry to the attraction is not required for entry into Cuff’s. The restaurant serves a great selection of bar and grill food, and children are welcome here with a dedicated menu and special offers.

Ryan’s Bar & Restaurant

Ryan’s is a popular bar and restaurant on the edge of the city centre and was once a favourite of poet Seamus Heaney. Families come here regularly to eat, especially at weekends when children can eat for free when accompanied by an adult eating a main dish. The menu is typical bar food, but the chicken wings are particularly special.

Kamakura Sushi and Ramen Restaurant

Kamakura Sushi & Ramen is one of the most highly rated restaurants in Belfast, but its relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, along with its dedicated children’s menu, makes it an ideal choice for families seeking an alternative to the usual family favourites. Children can feast on a bento box whilst you enjoy a wide range of sushi dishes, with something to suit most tastes.


Located in the very heart of Belfast, near City Hall, Wagamama is a fun way to introduce more interesting flavours and dishes to your child’s diet. Children get their own easy to use chopsticks, along with activity sheets, and there are plenty of dishes that even the fussiest of fusspots wouldn’t turn down, whilst you can tuck into a delicious bowl of ramen.

Kathmandu Kitchen

Kathmandu Kitchen offers a mixture of typical Indian restaurant dishes and traditional Nepalese homestyle cooking. Located near the city centre, the restaurant is very welcoming to children who can choose a smaller portion of any dish on the menu, or opt for one of the more traditional stalwarts of children’s menus such as breaded chicken and chips.


Cosmo Belfast is one of a small chain of restaurants with branches across the UK. The restaurant offers all you can eat dining with a tour of global cuisine. There are dishes from around the world and children under 150cm eat for half the price of adults, whilst children under 3 years can eat for a small token charge.

The Albany

The Albany is an American inspired restaurant and bar on Belfast’s sophisticated “Golden Mile”. Serving up British and American classic dishes in a stunning setting inspired by the art deco movement, its upmarket feel shouldn’t put you off taking the kids, with a dedicated children’s menu that will definately be a hit.

Tribal Burger

No prizes for guessing what this popular restaurant serves up. Tribal Burger has taken the humble burger to a new level, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create delicious burgers served with chips and milkshakes. The restaurant’s commitment to using the best ingredients means this is a guilt free treat for families with children.