Guide MICHELIN 2020


(350 Reviews)
1 Oxford Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 3LA

Top offer

Set lunch menu - 2 course £24 / 3 course £29

Sample menu attached. OX is committed to developing close relationships with local suppliers, menus are created around the best available seasonal produce. Add a matching glass of wine for £9

Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday: 12:15 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 21:30
Saturday: 13:00 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 21:30.

Restaurant description

Winner of a Michelin star for its bold innovative menus, OX presents beautiful dishes made using only the finest available seasonal produce. Overlooking the River Lagan, this acclaimed modern eatery features a simple, contemporary interior, and a more secluded mezzanine dining area for intimate meals.

Showcasing the very best in seasonal Irish dining, OX crafts unique tasting menus with inventive flavours and stunning presentation. Fresh tastes of the sea can be found in dishes like the lobster with pickled mussels, buttermilk and horseradish, while the succulent châteaubriand is complemented with black garlic and sprouting broccoli.

Strawberries from Antrim for dessert are combined with jasmine and lime, and there is a selection of Irish cheeses to finish with too. A wide selection of Irish drinks are also served at OX in Belfast, such as gin from Cork, whiskey from County Laois, and beer from County Down.

A beautiful riverside fine dining restaurant in Belfast, OX is an 8-minute walk from Central Rail Station.

Customer reviews for OX
(based on 350 reviews)

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Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (3)
  • al fresco (2)
  • business (50)
  • child friendly (3)
  • dinner (275)
  • entertainment (15)
  • large parties (8)
  • lunch (144)
  • luxury (172)
  • private dining (69)
  • romantic (158)
  • trendy (97)
  • value (52)
  • views (23)
    16 September 2020

    Booked the 6 course tasting menu to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and we were not disappointed. We had a couple of drinks in the Ox cave first of all and we're impressed with the ambience and the drinks knowledge of the staff serving us. We thought it odd that you could not go from the Cave through to the restaurant but nothing to complain about. The food was exceptional and of our 6 courses there was only one that didn't stand out. Unfortunately I did not retain the menu but we were both in agreement that the artichoke, lobster, beef and apricot dishes were outstanding. The wine pairings for all dishes was brilliant and the Italian lady sommelier could not have been better, being friendly and professional in equal measure. Our only gripe was that one of the staff delivering our plates was almost curt in the way she placed the dishes on our table. Also as we were almost leaving we were delivered someone else's appetisers. Not really the level of service you expect from a Michelin starred establishment.

  • By Mark S from Plymouth
    16 September 2020

    The Cave was excellent for pre and post drinks. We had the 6 course taster but unfortunately was only served 5 courses as we realised we were not served the petite fours! We also had the wine pairing but the wine was served too soon prior to each course as the course was served 10 mins after the wine however we really enjoyed the meal and the staff were excellent thanks

  • By Josh G from Belfast
    12 September 2020

    Love the relaxed but upmarket atmosphere. The food was absolutely incredible and the best meal that my wife and I have ever had. My favourite dish was the chicken, skin, artichoke veloute and olive oil - with those sharp but also creamy flavours running through it. It’s something I’m going to have to try to recreate (Albeit on an amateur level). I found the food fascinating and the wait staff very helpful to talk about the food. I admire you all for working to a high calibre whilst wearing masks.

  • By David W from Belfast
    11 September 2020

    great service friendly staff original food

  • By Patricia M from Killaloe
    11 September 2020

    Loved the summer tasting menu! Highlights were the lobster dish,the beef and the seasonal blackberry dessert. Does 7 year old starter sourdough and cuinneog butter a starter make,I wonder? I have a slight problem with stairs (dodgy knees) and found these a challenge. However a wonderful night ?? and would return to a ground floor table!

  • By Alysha C from Liverpool
    9 September 2020

    The atmosphere was relaxed and the service was great. The whole experience was well paced and the food was amazing.

  • By Mark J from Belfast
    5 September 2020

    The tasting menu was well prepared and food was a great standard. The halibut and then chateaubriand with miso were particular highlights. The cheese course was perhaps a little underwhelming though for price. To warrant a £40 (10%) charge, service was perhaps a little below the Michelin star standard expected, courses were not explained (“here’s your fish course” and the waitress walked off); no advice or offer to hang coats (appreciate covid-19); and upon arrival we were walked from the main restaurant into the bar next door, which would have been nice to know when booking (again appreciate covid-19 circumstances). However, the two more experienced staff were excellent and the overall service experience was very good.

  • By Caroline D from Dublin
    4 September 2020

    Amazing, Staff are so Friendly We had a wonderful night

  • By Matthew M from Edinburgh
    4 September 2020

    Good food, average service and poor atmosphere. My partner and I visited for lunch on a Friday. On arrival we were met by the front of house, who informed us “you are actually sat next door in our wine bar”. There was no explanation if this was normal procedure or what the situation was. When we got into The Cave we were the only diners, the room was quite dark and it was extremely quiet - we felt like we had been banished to the extra bit on the side of the main restaurant. There was absolutely no atmosphere - apart from bar staff making drinks/ shaking cocktails which wasn’t enjoyable. The staff were ok - it is difficult with masks in the current climate. The female waiter wasn’t overly friendly and not very informative. We chose the 6 course tasting menu with matching wines - so from having eaten in a lot of Michelin star restaurants worldwide the service was very mediocre. We were given a menu for the first half but not until our pre dessert were we given our second one (after another waitress set it down saying “Apricot Soup” with no explanation. This was made worse when a large group that arrived an hour after us had all their dishes / ingredients explained - we felt short changed. The food on the whole was very good and I enjoyed every dish. The lobster was delicious and the amouse bouche were both delicious. The pre dessert being one of the six courses wasn’t expected. One bit of my chateaubriand was overcooked, being well done, and had been covered over with greenery. In this level of restaurant I would Not expect that to put on the plate. On the whole I enjoyed the food but nothing was stand out that I would remember after a couple of days. The wine was all paired well and I enjoyed all of them. There was however times the wine came 10-15 mins before the food and then times it arrived after. The afternoon was nice, food good but the atmosphere, service and being sat next door let the whole afternoon down. I’m unsure if I would go back soon.

  • By Stephen C from Belfast
    4 September 2020

    Interesting menu and excellent service from the staff.

Restaurant Location Map
1 Oxford Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 3LA

Available offers

  • Set lunch menu - 2 course £24 / 3 course £29
  • Summer Tasting Menu - 4 courses £50 per person
  • Summer Tasting Menu - 6 courses £60 per person

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