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Petronella Restaurant & Cafe

80/81 Butter Slip | Off High Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
+353 56 776 1899
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good14%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“fried brie” (15 reviews)
“steak” (31 reviews)
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Irish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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80/81 Butter Slip | Off High Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We ate at Petronella for dinner during our recent visit to Ireland while staying in Kilkenny. We selected Petronella based on the outstanding TA rating and reviews. First, the restaurant is located upstairs and has nice, warm atmosphere. The owner is ever present and more...More

Thank VaBeneSRQ
Reviewed 5 days ago

A dank old Tuesday night I was in need of the kind of food I might make for myself at home if I had the energy. (I’m a good home cook when I’m not trying to impress. That’s when all the wheels come off.) Something...More

Thank taistealai_fanach
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is now my second time visiting this restaurant and I cannot say enough good things about it. Twice we have been welcomed warmly by the lovely owner and he could not have been more pleasant. The restaurant is lovely and cosy and we were...More

Thank Rolou88
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

For a large group for dinner on a Monday evening, Petronella worked out really well. Other than us, it was pretty quiet, so we got plenty of attention. The food is excellent here, pasta to beef cheeks, hake to pork belly. Starters and particularly dessert...More

Thank maczi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Petronella a couple of days ago. The food was delicious, the brie in particular was gorgeous. The staff were very friendly and professional and the service was excellent. Would definitely recommend it.

Thank Monkeyhp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went for a late lunch. The cod was so fresh and perfectly cooked with a fantastic array of vegetables, all perfect as well. My husband had a delicious mushroom and truffle risotto. A good place for veggies. And the wine is top quality.

Thank SueLyle
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited Petronella as I heard they had a vegan /vegetarian menu. Was not disappointed! The staff kindly brought us some warm bread and balsamic vinegar, on request, to nibble on while waiting for our mains. Fabulous vegan food, excellent service and can't wait to visit...More

Thank audmohan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went there to have a nice dinner. Beautiful place and tasty food, however my husband found pieces of led from a shotgun round in his pheasant meat. I almost broke a tooth biting on a pebble in my potato?? Not a great experience.

1  Thank Lorraine C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a welcoming host and waitstaff! The food was a creative departure from some of the more bland meals we'd had. Really a lovely night there with the family.

Thank BostonIrishTraveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food would be 3.5 stars for me. Ordered the early bird 3 course meal. The fried Brie was tasty (could use a sauce maybe?), steak was good (but the garlic butter seemed better than the peppercorn sauce) and the dessert was tasty. Overall, good...More

Thank Jocelyn F
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Response from Aiden F | Reviewed this property |
Yes it was very relaxed when I visited with my 2 kids
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 16:00
17:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 16:00
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 80/81 Butter Slip | Off High Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Kilkenny  >  Kilkenny
  • Phone Number: +353 56 776 1899
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From wherever your are standing on the High Street in Kilkenny, a few minutes walk will get you to the most famous of all the slips, the Butterslip Lane and to Petronella, the city's most recently opened Restaurant-Cafe. Over four hundred years ago horse drawn carriages trundled down this thoroughfare. The charming slip with its pretty name is steeped in history and worn with footfall and remains so today. Duck under the archway and just on the right Petronella is becoming a regular for those who have discovered her. Guest Book entries already bear testament to culinary experiences from both near and far, the last entry from a diner from Seattle says 'as a chef I can truly recommend the cuisine and it blew me away. The presentation was classy and flavour profiles were 'spot on'. No less important is the nine year old from Meath who recommended the 'great chips and good orange'. Petronella seats fifty customers. Situated over two floors, a specially commissioned impression by local artist Brock Butler of the figure herself hangs in the stairwell and is already becoming used to the photographs. Whatever the season and whatever your taste and however much time you have to spend, both the menu and the layout are tailored to suit. Tables are thoughtfully spaced and many have remarked on how easy it is to dine alone if preferred but few can figure out why. Window seats upstairs draw the eye to the timelessness of the lane below. Original stone walls and overhead beams draw comments all of the time and the romance and ambience are pulled together in the specially chosen background music. Petronella is easy to drop in to but harder to leave. The cornerstone of the culinary experience is in the welcoming and attentive staff and the individuality of the customer. Requests and enquiries from diners form part of the spirit of a collective dining experience. Petronella's doors open at 11.30Am with lunches until 3pm followed by those who drop in for coffee and tea until 5pm when the early bird begins, with last orders at 9pm. Throughout the day all of the menus drawon our chefs' wealth of experience and the personal touch of the owner whose daily presence and past years spent in the restaurant business and no less in the area of tourism, continue to be relied on. Whether in conversation or having a direct hand in for example baking Petronella's own in house bread, his plans are to soon introduce both an old Scottish Island bread recipe to the menu and a much loved Halloween brack as soon as the Autumn sets in. Already customers have remarked on 'the delicious tea and crackling biscuits'. The chefs' modern approaches to current demands such as the individualized nature of, for example, gluten free or vegetarian menu, are continually researching newdishes such as Potato Rosties &Smoked Salmon, frittatas with quinoa salads and creme brulees with ratafia biscuits. Petronella has just opened but is already warming to the coffee concerts and other musical events planned for the months to come. Locals' pride in their interest in sharing their knowledge about Petronella becomes apparent when they come to dine. Petronella Restaurant-Cafe looks forward to always dipping into the archives on her namesakes remarkable history as the first woman to be burnt at the stake in Europe. Situated around the corner from where Petronella met her end is where you are invited to dine and where new histories will begin. Welcome to Petronella........
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