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Kernel Bar & Kitchen

€€ - €€€Irish, , European
15 Vicar Street, Kilkenny R95 NR20, Ireland
+353 56 778 6326
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  • Excellent81%
  • Very good11%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“croquettes” (4 reviews)
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Irish, Bar, European, Contemporary, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
15 Vicar Street, Kilkenny R95 NR20, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a delicious meal in a fabulous bar/restaurant in the heart of Kilkenny. Main courses were about €14 but the portion sizes were very large. Food was tasty and well presented with plenty of it. We were there with kids and the kids were able...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank higgyIreland
Reviewed 26 October 2018

Breakfast upgrade with room was worth it. Four menu choices along with juices and cereals. Friendly staff

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank wendlandt1
Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

Have visited here a load of times, the kids love it, especially the chips and now they have amazing ribs on the menu. Fantastic burger and fabulous prawns. Great service but a bit slow sometimes.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank 471alicia
Reviewed 13 August 2018

I visited the Kernel Bar & Kitchen and was pleasantly surprised by the lovely service & meal l received. I had the steak. It was absolutely delicious. The decor was quirky. I liked it.Shall be calling in again. Thanks for the lovely meal.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Margaret W
Reviewed 1 August 2018

Attended large family gathering here recently. Staff pleasant and helpful. Finger food which was varied and plentiful. Draft beers limited. Ideal venue for such an event.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank MOCKerry
Reviewed 22 July 2018

Just wanted cup of tea and scone... Staff were not very friendly and appeared to be very busy, although there were not many in the restaurant. Tea was luke-warm and weak. Scone very tasty. We will try again another time, as other reviewers really liked...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Christy_Luv2
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

From the service to the decor everything was just perfect.I had the pork belly and the sizzling chocolate brownie and had never tasted anything like it. Both were amazing!! Pork belly perfectly cooked and that crackling! Nom! Loved what the bill came in, very funny!...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank CourtneyPHK
Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

Omg what a great place to eat in Kilkenny. I visited today with my daughter for lunch after a recommendation from a friend. The Kernel is just a couple minutes walk from the Main Street, food was divine really tasty and a great selection on...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Bessie4801
Reviewed 4 June 2018

Lovely venue walking distance from the city centre. Efficient friendly staff. Good menu options, even for vegetarians. Delicious food. Early bird is good value. Well worth checking this place out if in Kilkenny,

Date of visit: June 2018
1  Thank Mooretallent
Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

Kernel is the place to go in Kilkenny for a great lunch and quiet enough to have a meeting. You have to try the beef strip special. The best EVER. Well worth a visit. Great parking in the rear.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank B1824WDtomf
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Julie B
16 September 2017|
Response from Maria R |
Hi Yes we can cater for coeliacs and gluten free options Thank you Kernel Bar and Kitchen
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$40
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Parking Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15 Vicar Street, Kilkenny R95 NR20, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Kilkenny  >  Kilkenny
  • Phone Number: +353 56 778 6326
  • E-mail
The hill just above us is the kernel from which Kilkenny as we know it today grew. When you strip time right back, it's the town's true centre. Now that's something that inspires us. Simplicity and originality. Taste it in our food and enjoy it in our atmosphere. It's what we're all about. 15 Vicar St, Kilkenny
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