Have a look at some of our suggestions for the top child-friendly restaurants in Belfast, where you and your child can enjoy both the cuisine and the surroundings.
3 Course Kids Menu with Bambinocino: £9.95
Fratelli is located in Great Victoria Street, very handy if you're catching a show at the Grand Opera House. Kids can enjoy 3 courses and a bambinochine (steamed milk with chocolate sprinkles) from the Little Boars Menu for 9.95. Opt for the Pizza Making Experience and kids can become little chefs, complete with hat and apron, while they build their very own pizza!
Deane and Decano
Kids menu £5, ice cream £3
Deane and Decano on the Lisburn Road is a buzzing restaurant, cafe and bar with a distinctly Italian flavour. It's open for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon snacks and dinner from Tuesday - Sunday. Kids can enjoy a pasta dish, pizza or roast chicken strips for £5.
Little Wing Pizzeria
Kids menu - starter, main and dessert for £5.95
Serving yummy, traditional Naples style pizzas made with the finest fresh ingredients and cooked using time honoured methods all served in a warm and friendly atmosphere, perfect for family meals out. The children's menu is great value at £5.95 and includes a starter, main and dessert. Kids can enjoy both colouring in and toys while you wait for pizza.
Nandos, Victoria Square
Nandinos menu £5.65 - main course, 2 sides and drink or dessert
Nandos is a great family-friendly restaurant in Victoria Square. Their special Nandinos Menu, for kids under 10, includes a main course, marinade, two sides and a drink or dessert, which include bottomless frozen yoghurt! Whether it's a quick bite, a sit-down dinner or take-out, each visit comes with heaps of Nandos legendary flavour that's sure to leave you wanting more.
Cuffs Bar and Grill at Crumlin Road Gaol
You'll find plenty of choice on Cuffs' menu, from tender BBQ chicken strips and creamy seafood pie, to penne pasta and soda bread pizza. Call in after a tour of the Gaol.
TGI Fridays, Victoria Square
Serving a great range of American food, kids can enjoy their Stars Menu (for younger kids) or Stripes Menu (a selection of child-size Friday classics) featuring everything from burgers and hot dogs to fajitas and pasta.
Ryan's Bar and Restaurant
Kids eat free on Saturday and Sunday
Known for quality steaks, traditional Irish Boxtys and, of course, their famous chicken wings, Ryan's Bar and Restaurant is family friendly and excellent value for money. Call in at the weekends when kids can eat free on Saturdays and Sundays (terms and conditions apply). Adults can enjoy 2 courses for £10 and they also do a tasty Sunday roast.
Wagamama, Victoria Square
Inspired by delicious Japanese noodle bars and flavours, Wagamama is a casual dining experience in Victoria Square. Wagamama Belfast combines fresh and nutritious food with friendly service and value for money. Kids will love the fantastic range of mini japanese dishes like mini ramen, mini soba noodles and mini katsu, with ice cream or ice lollies for dessert.
Kids menu - £5.95 including ice cream and a drink
Villa Italia is a very popular family-run pizzeria restaurant located in the heart of south Belfast. Enjoy the rustic Italian charm of your surroundings while tucking into a delicous meal. Kids can enjoy a main course, drink and ice cream for £5.95 while adults can choose from a wide range of dishes including pizza, pasta, fish and meat dishes.
£4.95 including ice cream and fruit juice.
The Ivory offers fantastic food and great views over the city centre. Situated on the third floor of House of Fraser in Victoria Square, it features a selection of locally sourced produce, expertly prepared by award-winning chefs. Kids can enjoy a main course, ice cream and juice for £4.95, while parents can try their pre-theatre menu (available 5pm - 6.30pm) offering 2 courses for £17.95 or 3 courses for £22.95. Alternatively you can choose from their main menu.
Kids Menu - £4.95 including ice cream
Informal dining at its best, in one of the comfiest restaurants in the city. With wide open windows looking onto the River Lagan to enhance your dining experience, there's nowhere quite like this in Belfast. The children's menu is great value at £4.95 while parents can enjoy the Two Course Treat Menu - 2 courses for 2 people for £25, available Monday - Thursday from 5pm.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill
Situated in the Park Avenue Hotel, the glamorous decor provides a great atmosphere for special occasions with family and friends. The children's menu features 1 course £6.95, 2 courses £8.95 and 3 courses £9.95. And kids can also choose from the Kids' Cocktails Menu which includes Pear Daiquiri, Forest Fizz, Thai Daiquri and Mint Crisp.
McHugh's Bar and Restaurant
McHugh's is housed in one of Belfast's oldest buildings, dating back to 1711. It offers the best in local entertainment, food and drink across three floors. With a 100-seater restaurant, they offer traditional Irish cooking with a modern twist, and dishes to suit all palates including a children's menu with mini fish and chips, traditional chicken dinner, sausage and mash and other options.
The Salty Dog Hotel & Bistro
Midshipman's Menu (for younger crew) main course £7.50, 2 courses £10, 3 courses £12.50
Beyond Belfast, The Salty Dog in Bangor enjoys views over Belfast Lough all the way to Scotland. Kids can indulge in a delicious Midshipman's Menu with a choice of up to 3 courses. Starters include soup or melon, or mussels and squid for seafood lovers, and sausages and fish and chips for the main course, as well as the option of a smaller version of bistro dishes or a cup of mash and gravy for younger children. There's even a mocktail menu for a yummy fruit juice drink mix.
Knife and Fork Grill at Malone Lodge Hotel
Located adjacent to the Malone Lodge Hotel, the Knife & Fork Restaurant serves beautiful, honest food every day. Not only does the restaurant offer a delicious kid's menu with an excellent selection; but every Sunday, they host a 'Sunday Funday' lunch special in their Deramore Suite, with a free bouncy castle and face painting for kids. Kids eat free, on the basis of one child under 12 years old per every paying adult.