In search of the best restaurants in Lisburn? Our Lisburn restaurants guide will make your belly happy!
While Lisburn is a popular seaside getaway to explore the stunning Antrim coast, it’s also home to plenty of great places to grab a bite-to-eat.
The picturesque little town has a lively food scene with everything from very traditional pubs to fancy (and tasty!) dining experiences up for grabs.
In the guide below, you’ll find our favourite Lisburn restaurants, with a little bit of something to tickle most tastebuds.
Our favourite Restaurants In Lisburn
The first section of our guide to the best restaurants in Lisburn tackles our favourite places to eat in Lisburn.
These are pubs and restaurants that we (one of the Irish Road Trip team) have munched away in at some point over the years. Dive on in!
If you are in the mood for some high-quality Indian cuisine, reserve a table at Spice in Lisburn where a memorable dining experience is guaranteed.
The beautiful interior provides an ideal setting to enjoy the chef’s recommended dishes like masala with green pea pilau rice and lamb shank cooked with tomatoes, onions and marinated in Indian spices.
If you, like me, tend to pick places to eat based on review scores, Spice will be right up your street, with 4.6/5 from 300+ reviews on Google at the time of typing.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best things to do in Lisburn (walks, historical sites and more)
2. The Square Bistro
Located in Lisburn Square, the Square Bistro is well-known for its innovative and creative cuisine. Head chef Stephen Higginson prepares mouthwatering dishes such as tender steak with veggies, fries, and onion rings and pan-roasted fillet of bass served with potatoes, fennel and mussels.
The best time to visit Square Bistro is on its theme evenings. Curry is served on Wednesdays and Thursdays, while freshly caught seafood is available on Friday evenings.
It is also worth mentioning that the restaurant hosts live music performances on Saturdays. This is one of the most popular restaurants in Lisburn for good reason.
3. Hedley’s Restaurant
If exceptional value, friendly staff and no-fuss (but incredibly tasty) food is what you’re after, Hedley’s on Bow Street is worth a bash.
For an early bite, the breakfast here is the business (we had a fry and about 4 mugs of tea the last time we nipped in here).
On the menu here (note: it may change) you’ll find everything from chicken and broccoli bake to a very tasty stuffed sausage. A cafe you’ll go back to time and time again.
4. Lizzie Drakes Lisburn
If you’re looking for restaurants in Lisburn for a night our with friends, get yourself to Lizzy Drakes. Visitors here can expect all of the usual pub-grub favourites.
On the menu at Lizzy’s you’ll find everything from one of the best mixed grills in the land and finely cooked steaks to a traditional Sunday roast.
Throw in great service, reasonable prices and finely poured pints and you’ve a winning combo. There’s also a nice big open fire during the colder months.
Places to eat in Lisburn with excellent reviews
As you’ve probably gathered at this stage, there’s an almost endless number of great places to eat in Lisburn on offer.
If you’re still not sold on any of the previous choices, the section below is packed with some more highly-reviewed Lisburn restaurants.
1. Brannigans Sandwiches
Judging by the 4.9 review score on Google at the time of typing, Brannigans Sandwiches is one of the best places to eat in Lisburn.
Located on Longstone Street in Lisburn, this casual food joint attracts crowds of tourists and locals alike. The ordering procedure here is quite simple.
Customers can choose between hot or cold and granary or white bread sandwiches. Then there is a range of tasty fillings to choose from.
There’s also offer wraps, rolls, veggie soups, and paninis. The only downside is that they are no longer doing their highly praised breakfast menu.
2. Michelangelo Pizzeria
Welcome to Michelangelo Pizzeria, a takeaway restaurant in Lisburn that serves delicious stone-baked pizza with exceptional reviews online (4.7/5 from 140+ Google reviews).
We recommend the garlic base pizza with chicken and mushrooms. In addition to tasty pizza, Michelangelo also serves classic side dishes such as onion, rings, coleslaw, and curry chips.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best hotels in Lisburn (walks, historical sites and more)
3. The Speckled Hen
The Speckled Hen is another solid option for dinner in Lisburn. You’ll find it on Derriaghy Road, where it has been for over 350 years… yes, 350!
When you walk into the Speckled Hen on a cold winters day, you’ll quickly discover why it’s so popular. The interior is cosy and traditional and there’s a gorgeous open fireplace blazing away.
Try the maple-glazed pork chops or order the beer-battered fish of the day. There is also a tasty selection of burgers available to order at this legendary dining establishment.
Cafes and other great casual places to eat in Lisburn
The final section of our Lisburn restaurants guide contains some of the more casual places to eat in Lisburn.
Now, casual doesn’t mean you compromise on taste; each of the places below knock of a fine bit of food. Dive on in!
1. Anderson’s Takeaway
With a 4.7 review score on Google, Anderson’s Takeaway is one of the most popular fish and chips eateries in Lisburn.
Run by George and Nigel Anderson, this casual venue offers fish and chips prepared fresh on the premises daily.
Other foods on the menu include chicken fillet burgers, homemade chicken Goujons, and salads.
2. On a Roll
Pay a visit to On a Roll and enjoy a delicious selection of sandwiches, paninis, and wraps, alongside a wide selection of fillings.
We tend to nip in here if we’re staying in Lisburn and heading to Belfast to do the Cave Hill walk, for a pre or post-walk feed.
This casual eatery also serves up baguettes, soups, sausage rolls, and salad bowls. The thick-cut bacon served with delicious sausages and fresh eggs is simply divine.
3. Marmalade Sandwich Bar
Last in our guide to the best places to eat in Lisburn is the brilliant Marmalade Sandwich Bar on McKeown Street, another handy spot if you’re looking for food to-go.
Marmalade specialises in fresh sandwiches, packed wraps, tasty paninis, and mouth-watering toasties, too!
It’s is also well-known for its delicious fillings and footlong subs. Order the pesto chicken sandwich with sun-dried tomato and you won’t be disappointed.
What tasty Lisburn restaurants have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some other great restaurants in Lisburn from the guide above.
If you have any favourite Lisburn restaurants that you’d like to recommend, drop a comment into the comments section below.
FAQs about the best restaurants in Lisburn
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from what are the best restaurants in Lisburn for a fancy feed to which Lisburn restaurants are nice and chilled.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
What are the best places to eat in Lisburn?
I’d argue that the best places to eat in Lisburn are Spice, The Square Bistro and Hedley’s.
What Lisburn restaurants are good for a fancy meal?
If you’re looking for Lisburn restaurants to mark a special occasion, it’s hard to go wrong with The Square Bistro.
What are the best restaurants in Lisburn for something casual and tasty?
There are some great casual places to eat in Lisburn, Anderson’s Takeaway, On a Roll and Marmalade Sandwich Bar top the list, in my opinion.
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