Craving a delicious hot meal but haven’t had a chance to make a reservation?

These amazing Belfast restaurants are more than happy to welcome walk-ins! Check out our favourite restaurants to enjoy – without having to plan in advance.

1. Bootleggers

46 Church Lane – Website


Tucked away at the end of Church Lane, bang in the middle of Belfast City Centre and the Cathedral Quarter, lies Bootleggers. A nod to the days of 1920’s Prohibition USA, when alcohol was outlawed in America.

The comfy bar – which serves up original cocktails, local and American craft beer and of course, Moonshine – doesn’t take bookings, so it’s walk-ins only. Be warned though – it’s first come first served!

But worry not, attentive bar staff will be on hand to serve you some of the local Bootleggers spoils if there’s a wait for a table. So ‘eat in, drink up & hide out’ as the guys at Bootleggers would say.

2. Jenz

207 Lisburn Road – Website

Hero Burgers at Jenz

Anyone who has visited this awesome Hero cafe will understand why you would need to give into temptation at short notice and get your hands around one of their famous burgers as quickly as humanly possible. It’s an added bonus that this walk-in friendly restaurant is the ideal place for couples.

The aptly named Hero Burgers are a befitting name for food that’s this darn good, particularly the mouth-watering Son Of Odin – which boasts a crispy chicken fillet burger, bacon, onion rings, lettuce and sweet chilli sauce.

All burgers come with a complimentary side  – so do yourself a favour and order the Sweet Potato Fries! You can even make the meal a ‘Super’ Hero for £1.50, which gets you double burgers and large fries.

Make sure you wash it all down with one of Jenz’s famous Hippy Shakes. They contain a whopping six scoops of ice-cream and virtually any topping you can dream of – so it’s no wonder Jenz is famed for serving up some of the best shakes in Belfast!

3. Ryan’s

116-118 Lisburn Road – Website

Ryans Belfast

Ryan’s is the steadfast bar and restaurant that has remained a Lisburn Road highlight for many, many years.

The vibrant 70-seater restaurant offers a unique, relaxed environment – the ideal setting for enjoying traditional food with a modern twist.

In even better news, Ryan’s happily welcomes walk-ins, so you can be sitting enjoying a plate of their famous wings within minutes of entering without even having to book ahead!

4. French Village

99 Botanic Avenue – Website

Pastrami, chorizo, Swiss cheese, pickles gherkin, tobacco onions & mustard Mayo

Not only is French Village B.Y.O.B, but it welcomes walk ins at any point of the night provided they are not fully booked.

It’s this walk-in policy, combined with their seriously mouth-watering menu that makes French Village one of our favourite places for an impromptu meal out. Check out our favourite option: the FVB sub melt: pastrami, chorizo, Swiss cheese, pickles gherkin, tobacco onions & mustard Mayo!

5. Little Wing

10 Ann Street, Lisburn Road & Upper Newtownards Road – Website

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Little Wing – home of the authentic, delicious, Naples-style Pizza and cooked in traditional Wood Stone oven – is another popular restaurant operating on a no-booking policy.

Instead, they’ll have a table for you upon arrival as quickly as they possibly can.

6. Il Pirata

279-281 Upper Newtownards Road – Website

Basil Crusted Haddock, Crisp Gnocchi, Spinach and Caponata

Rustic Italian restaurant Il Pirata’s dishes are skilfully prepared using the best local produce, served in a relaxed licensed neighbourhood restaurant.

Open seven days a week, they welcome both walk-ins and bookings alike.

7. Havana Bank Square

56-58 Berry Street – Website

Havana Bank Square

Often described as Belfast’s greatest hidden gem, Havana Bank Square is an intimate restaurant tucked away behind the recently developed Bank’s Square area in Belfast City Centre.

It serves an amazing, fresh mix of cocktails, (which evoke the taste of our long-lost summer!), alongside the best local produce which is carefully crafted to set the senses soaring.

The Crispy Chilli Beef served with Napa Slaw and Srirscha Mayo is to die-for, as is the Belfast Ale Battered Haddock with Chips, Mushy Peas and Chunky Tartare Sauce. Both of which come Gluten Free – as does most of their menu.

And whilst you can certainly book if you want to ensure a table during busy weekends, Havana warmly welcomes walk-ins.

8. Opera

33 Dublin Road – Website

Opera Pizza

Family-run Opera Pizzeria has some of the greatest deals in Belfast – and is even BYOB with no corkage fee!

Opera is perhaps one of the mostly highly renowned restaurants in Belfast for its welcoming walk-in policy. Its vicinity right across the road from the Dublin Road Cinema makes this a winning combination for a dinner & a movie date night.

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