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The Bistro Iona

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$$ - $$$
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27 Church Road, Holywood BT18 9BU, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9042 5655
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

I went to Bistro Iona last weekend with three other people for dinner. The service is top notch and consistent. The food is of excellent quality and fairly priced. Good range of bottled beers and wine. Place was absolutely packed downstairs and almost full on the second level. Definitely return in the future. Strongly recommend.

Thank Ian M
Belfast, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

Have eaten on a number of occasions and have never been let down with the quality of the food.Service is very good and although it only seats around 30 it has plenty to offer on the menu.Good for special occasions as it is quite intimate.

1 Thank BJBangor
Bangor, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

We go to this restaurant every 3 months with friends and are never disappointed. The food is amazing and tastes do good. Highly recommend if you enjoy wonderful food.

2 Thank Mgt092014
Bangor, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

On Saturday 27th February I was fortunate enough to book Paul's fantastic intimate bistro for a party for my wife's significant birthday. Nothing was too much trouble for Paul and his team - the menu was comprehensive, pre orders were emailed and the meals were served up just as ordered. The starters were generous and well received by all guests;... More 

3 Thank EdBarr
Holywood, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016 via mobile

Great casual dining experience. Good food served by friendly and efficient staff. As one of our company said 'I've never had a bad meal here'. Great to bring our own wine. Lesson learnt - 4 out of 5 thought they will bring red. Result - most brought white. Still went down well! Well done Iona.

2 Thank Richard C
Belfast, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

This is an excellent place to eat in Holywood! - It's quiet and cozy. The service is excellent and the food is good value and good quality! We will eat there again in the near future!

3 Thank TheGallopingGourmets
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016

a group of around 30 of us were here for our Christmas party in mid December and had the restaurant to ourselves.Can honestly say has been the best meal have had in a long time (many of my colleagues have since agreed) everything was superb from the moment we arrived.The professional appearance and greetings from the lovely waitresses, the standard... More 

2 Thank mrsmurph2
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78 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2015

Had a wonderful meal at this little bistro. Atmosphere is charming, food is very good, and the service was so friendly and attentive. Absolutely faultless. This was our first visit and we will certainly be back.

2 Thank DeeJayDonaghadee
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015

First time in Iona with another couple.Excellent service and food lovely.Place was packed but atmosphere very good.

2 Thank Gordon B
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

Visited on Saturday night with friends, we were a bit late in arriving and by this time restaurant was full with a large party taking up most of restaurant.We could tell staff were under pressure but the girls were efficient, friendly and couldn't have been nicer.We could see in the kitchen from our table and were commenting how the chef... More 

4 Thank Dangermouse887

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
British, European
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 27 Church Road, Holywood BT18 9BU, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Down  >  Holywood
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9042 5655

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?