There is a general tick list for tourists to Bangor and Northern Ireland, with fish and chips often being up there alongside the unmissable Ulster Fry. But traditional Northern Irish food goes much further (our traditional Northern Irish food guide here) and here we hope to help you track down the best of it at the local pub grub, chippies (chip shops), cafes, and restaurants in Bangor city centre and along the Bangor seafront stretch. A guide to those foods that have dominated the menus of this sunny seaside destination since way back in its tourist heyday. Fancy a wee poke?
For those less fussed in seeking out pastie suppers, there will always be restaurants offering a more contemporary take on local cuisine, along with your usual plethora of takeaways and international restaurants in Bangor. So I hope to share the whole list of Bangor Restaurants, categorised to the best I can, as up-to-date as I can, and with links to their social media pages (where possible) so you can go check them out yourselves. And feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments.
Best Restaurants in Bangor Northern Ireland
I’m going to list this from top to bottom sharing only the businesses in Bangor town/city centre. Starting from the top of Bangor at Castle Park and Bangor Abbey which is more or less opposite the main arrivals at Bangor Train Station and Bangor Bus Station terminals. Then it’s down Bangor Main Street including the wee side alleys and bits in between. Before reaching High Street, which is where most bars/cafes/restaurants in Bangor are found, and of course the scenic Bangor Seafront and Marina area. Note, Bangor is a small city, so every listing below is within 500-metres or so of any other. All restaurants in Bangor are also an easy dander of the central stations. And here’s our guide on where to stay in Bangor.
Traditional Restaurants & Pub Grub in Bangor
There’s a lot of crossover between restaurants/pubs/nightlife in Bangor, so I’ll stick to the more amiable restaurants here, where the focus is on food, rather than the pints. A special mention should also go to The Boat House Dining (Bangor’s upscale dining), and maybe Jamaica Inn (not on the city centre list but found just further round on the coast towards Ballyholme).
- Ava Wine Bar (Upper Main Street)
- The Goat’s Toe (Lower Main Street Lower)
- Teddy’s Bar and Restaurant (Castle Street)
- Café Essence (Hamilton Road)
Marine Court Hotel (Quay Street)
- The Salty Dog Hotel & Bistro (Seacliff Road)
- The Boat House Dining (Seafcliff Road)
Bars, Pubs and Banter in Bangor
Mainly found on Bangor High Street, the focus here is on draft pints and alcohol. Behind the bar will be the standard draft pints of beer and cider, bottled alternatives, then a wide range of spirits and mixers. However many bars will also serve a list of pub grub, tapas-style snacks maybe, or KP Nuts and pork scratchings at the very least. (I’ll highlight those with proper menus/dining in bold).
- The Imperial Bar (Central Avenue)
- Wolsey’s Bar and Restaurant (High Street)
- Fealty’s (High Street)
- Jenny Watt’s (High Street)
- Betty Blacks (High Street)
- Donegan’s (High Street)
- Hop House (High Street)
- Rose & Chandler (Queens Parade)
- Rabbit Rooms (Queens Parade)
Fish and Chips in Bangor Northern Ireland
There are surprisingly few fish and chip shops these days (how much I miss Pauls and Nibble) as they are found more in local areas/suburbs of Bangor, there is Colin’s nearby on Castle Street. Most chippies are scattered in suburbs and residential areas of Bangor so there aren’t as many as you’d expect in the centre of town/city. I’d also include Colin’s Chippie here found over opposite Bangor Abbey on Church Street which isn’t included in city centre boundary. The local delicacy is the pasty supper (here for our chip shop guide). Most chippies are takeaway but I’ll highlight in bold those with proper dining options.
- The Station Diner (Abbey St)
- Captain’s Table (Main Street Lower)
- Millar’s fish & chips (High Street)
- Café Cod (Queens Parade)
Cafes and Breakfasts in Bangor Northern Ireland
Bangor is well known for its many central cafes because they’re continually changing and popping up all the time. These cafes are normally open in the earlier hours of the day, and will hopefully offer Northern Ireland’s iconic Ulster Fry (our battle of British breakfasts here). There’s also a great cafe in the (free entry) Bangor Museum, and, for fancier fare, just round the coast there’s the Starfish at Cairnbay Lodge, which are both included in our Cafe tour of Bangor and Beyond. I will again highlight in bold those with a focus on a traditional (or close to traditional) Ulster Fry. Black pudding ftw.
- Café Taste (Market Street)
- The Red Berry (Main Street Lower)
- Kook (Main Street Lower)
- Neros coffee house (Main Street Lower)
- King Street Kitchen (Kings Street)
- The Happy Coffee Bean (Kings Street)
- Roka Coffee House (Hamilton Road)
- Coffee Rustler (Central Avenue)
- The Marine Coffee House & Eatery (Queens Parade)
- Guillemot Deli (Queens Parade)
- The Bearded Goat (Gray’s Hill)
Bakeries in Bangor Northern Ireland
Ever had a crisp sandwich? Me either. But you might be able to find one in the local sandwich shops. Tayto crisps the obvious choice in Northern Ireland. Anyway, bakeries are also great for local staples like tray backs and whatnot, as well as the wider British bakery fare including sausage rolls, sandwiches, and, have you ever had a crisp sandwich? Many here will be simple purchase/takeaway options but I have included sit-in dining options in bold. There’s also a Greggs and a Subway Sandwich.
- Heatherlea (Upper Main Street)
- AlBe’s Gluten-Free Bakery & Chilled goods (Central Avenue)
Central Bakery (Central Avenue)
- Sunflower Sandwich bar (Central Avenue)
- Subway (Central Avenue)
- Greggs Bakery (Central Avenue)
- Simple Simons bakery (Kings Street)
- Sandwishes (High Street)
- Olive Tree Artisan Café (Queens Parade)
Ice-creams, Milkshakes and Sweets
- Munchies Sandwich and Dessert Bar (Market Street)
- Barry’s Lemontops (Upper Main Street)
- The Yogurt Tree (Hamilton Road)
- Black Box Donuts (Main Street Lower)
- Mauds (High Street)
- Manhattan Milkshakes (High Street)
- Nugelato (High Street)
- Valentine’s Espresso bar & cakery (High Street)
- Caproni (Queens Parade)
Asian Restaurants and Takeaway
Like near every town or city in the UK, most restaurants and takeaways are Asian these days. This includes some long-standing Chinese and Indian restaurants in Bangor that offer the usual anglicized Cantonese and south Asian cuisine. But more recently a wider mixing pot of ‘ethnic’ restaurants has emerged inspired by southeast Asian cuisine, including Thai, Malaysian, Filipino, and even pan-Asian Wagamama-style street food in Neko. Many are takeaways so I will highlight the restaurants in Bold.
Indian Restaurants in Bangor Northern Ireland
Again an anglicized version of Indian and South Asian cuisine with curries, chicken tikka masala, and our typical order of extra hot vindaloo, because, while Phaal has heat, it always lacks in flavour. Again, similar across the board with Yaks Nepalese being the only exception (our Yaks review here). To date, no roti joints or thali style menus.
- Star of Bengal Indian Restaurant (Abbey St)
- Yaks Nepalese & Indian Restaurant (Abbey St)
- Green Chilli Restaurant (Dufferin Avenue)
- Bangla Bangladeshi & Indian dining (Upper Main Street)
- Bokhara Restaurant (Kings Street)
- Spice Island (High Street)
- Chillies takeaway (High Street)
- Khyber Pass takeaway (High Street)
Chinese Restaurants and Takeaway in Bangor Northern Ireland
The British take on Chinese/Cantonese cuisine, with most menus covering Chinese curry, sweet and sour, Beijing Duck (Peking Duck), and the usual anglicized Chinese favourites. All fairly similar and no sign of Dim Sum/Yum Cha, Bao Buns, Noodles, or much-craved Sichuan flavours, yet. Fingers crossed (check our guide to Sichuan hot pots at home).
- LiLi’s Chinese takeaway (Abbey St)
- Dragons Kitchen takeaway (Abbey St)
- Panda House Chinese takeaway (Abbey St)
- New China takeaway (Dufferin Avenue)
- King Fu takeaway (High Street)
- City Best takeaway (High Street)
- Marerosa Chinese takeaway (Abbey St)
Southeast Asian in Bangor Northern Ireland
This is where Bangor has been pulling its pace lately introducing a more dynamic and diverse food scene in our lovely seaside city. In fact, all but one of the below (Blu Buddha) opened post-Covid. First was Tuk-Tuk with pan-southeast Asian-inspired dishes, then Camille Thai, a Thai-inspired restaurant chain, and Kalye Filipino Street Food which also oddly specialises in Japanese Ramen, Chinese Bao Buns and Taiwanese bubble tea. No Bicol Express I’m afraid.
- Kalye Filipino Street Food (Dufferin Avenue)
- Camile Thai restaurant (High Street)
- Blu BBQ (High Street)
- Tuk Tuk (Gray’s Hill)
Other International Cuisine
All the other stuff!
Pizza in Bangor
- Little Wing Pizza (Main Street Lower)
- Dominos Pizza (Abbey St)
- Piccola Pizza (High Street)
- Mario’s takeaway (High Street)
Chick n Pizza Town(High Street)
- Dolce Vita Pizzeria (High Street)
- Porky’s Smokehouse (Abbey St)
- STKD Burger (Abbey St)
- Tom’s Dining Rooms (Hamilton Road)
- Bebe Adrianos (High Street)
- PHAT Bastard Burger (High Street)