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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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“scotch egg” (5 reviews)
“croquettes” (4 reviews)
“salmon” (7 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 21:00 Hours
Irish, Bar, European, Contemporary, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
15 Vicar Street, Kilkenny R95 NR20, Ireland
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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.

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.

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.

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

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

Thank Courtney C
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

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,

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.

Thank Tom F
Reviewed 19 May 2018 via mobile

Myself and my wife had breakfast here on a few occasions with and without the kids. The breakfast is always great very consistent. Staff are always very nice polite and helpful with the kids, there was never a problem if 1 of the kids wanted...More

1  Thank Adam S
Reviewed 18 May 2018

We were lucky enough to stop in & get a table at this newer, modern restaurant in downtown Kilkenny on a Sunday night for dinner. Service was prompt, extremely courteous & personable. I have to adapt meals for my low fodmap diet and when presented...More

1  Thank tiffanyAlberta
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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$41
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, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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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