The Observatory opens from 1pm Daily. Afternoon Tea bookings can be enjoyed at 1pm and 3pm.
Last orders are served at 12am nightly.
- Disabled Access
- Private Dining
- Free WiFi
- Age Restricted in Bar
About Grand Central Hotel - The Observatory
Sublime, sky-high sips start here
Welcome to The Observatory – The Grand Central’s jewel and the most spectacular and luxurious of liquor lounges. Take a seat and marvel over never-before-seen views of Belfast and beyond. From pavement to panorama, this is the highest bar in all of Ireland and it makes for a phenomenally dreamy destination. Take in the view, pore over the dazzling menu and savour the most masterful mixology creations in Belfast’s most memorable sky-bar…
The dress code is smart attire and as with anything the management reserve the right to refuse admission. Sports tops/shorts and other such attire will not be permitted.
We permit a small number of pre-bookings each evening for the Observatory, this is to ensure there is availability for residents. Otherwise admission will be on a first come, first served basis. For information call 028 9023 1066.
Was an amazing experience and our server eve was lovely
A lovely treat
Staff very friendly and attentive. Food good and because able to take it home what we didn't eat it was value for money. Enjoyed my birthday treat so thank you for a lovely afternoon!
All perfect up to the point your staff asked my guests to pay for the afternoon tea. I had made the reservation and paid for the afternoon tea in advance. It was embarrassing for my guests and totally unacceptable for a 5☆ hotel to have made such a blunder. I am extremely disappointed and my guests were very embarrassed
Food was delicious and plenty of it. Staff were very welcoming and attentive, liked the way a member of staff met us at the lift and accompanied us to our table. Fabulous views of Belfast and beyond Thank you
Lovely visit friendly service but pretty extreme price for afternoon tea - tea was very good very few sandwiches - pastries were excellent but felt it was WAY over priced for £120 !!!! Table cloths would have been a nice touch
staff could not have been any more friendly
Great experience for my wife's Birthday. Many thanks to the staff.
Staff were very friendly when dealing with us but there were not very many staff and I had to actively look for staff when I needed something. The view was amazing but I feel that although it was a lovely experience it wouldn’t be up to the same standard as other afternoon teas I have experienced. Our table was slightly dirty and there was a dirty plate on the table we had sat down on. The menu had also stuff spilt on it and I felt it was grubby.
I could not fault any part of our afternoon, should have a check box for the view! Have already recommended your service, everyone should visit the Observatory
Beautiful surroundings and excellent service
It lacked atmosphere as a Christmas event. Piano playing and more staff would have helped
Very enjoyable. I will be back for another visit.
Absolutely first class
For the afternoon tea I’d like a bit more savoury and a bit less sugar.
Christmas Afternoon Tea was lovely and the service was exceptional. Will definitely be back.
Top quality service and great food. An absolutely amazing experience all together
Absolutely beautiful restaurant and can’t believe I was able to get such a great vegan afternoon tea. Staff were super attentive and friendly as well! Live in London so don’t know how soon I’ll be back but will certainly be recommending to friends
A great afternoon, in great surroundings .....
My Daughter and myself enjoyed a wonderful afternoon tea in The Observatory, everything about it was amazing from the food, atmosphere and very friendly helpful staff. We do afternoon a lot and my Daughter commented that is was the best one she's had so we will definitely be back. Thank you GCH
Views fantastic. Couldn't fault the staff. The dietary needs of our party expertly catered for.
Excellent service Cealan team provide welcoming can do approach. A must visit place
Lovely food, excellent service and a brilliant view
The staff and service were impeccable! Such a special treat and the staff really made you feel special. Best afternoon tea we have had! We’ll be back again!
We had a lovely Christmas afternoon tea, started the festivities in style. The selection of teas and coffees was excellent and the savouries and beautiful cakes were to die for added to this the atmosphere, views and service made for an unforgettable experience