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Petronella Restaurant & Cafe

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80/81 Butter Slip | Off High Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
+353 56 776 1899
11:30 - 21:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful restaurant with a lovely ambiance and amazing fresh foods. The owner was so welcoming and friendly. Such a great menu and a great range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. The vegan cheese cake was to die for. We will definitely be back and thank you for a lovely dining experience

Thank Siobhan Q
Kilkenny, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Petronella is a real gem in Kilkenny. It's cosy and intimate with a warm vibe. The staff are extremely friendly and the owner makes an effort to get to know the guests. The food is unique and tasty and there's a fab vegetarian selection, even enticing to the meat eaters. I love this restaurant.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here at the weekend for a birthday dinner. The place is really cute and the staff are very friendly. It's only tipped by the food. It was simply divine. We were all so pleased with our dishes. The owner is also such a nice friendly person. We all agreed that we can't wait to go back again.

Thank GregOSullivan80
Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderfully friendly proprietor who saves a page of his menu fort vegan and vegetarians. Vegan food given thoughtfully and beautifully. I even got to try his fries, which are done in a separate frier in rapeseed oil. A must stop for hungry vegans in Ireland.

Thank lorenkollar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On a teaching trip to Kilkenny i had the delight of eating a 3 course dinner here. The food is awesome and is very reasonably priced. The attentive staff couldn't have been more helpful without being overbearing. I would highly recommend.

Thank Jska S
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155 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited here recently for lunch and it was a delightful experience. Gorgeous food , presented really well and very tasty. I'm looking forward to coming back to try the evening menu.

Thank deekk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From my personal experience, and reading other people's reviews I must say it looks like the owner of this restaurant, Frank, goes above and beyond expectation to make sure his guest have a lovely dining experience.The menu has lots of variety and there is a really nice vegetarian/vegan section. My sister, who is vegetarian, usually has to eat the same... More 

Thank eefdabeef
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I ate at Petronella restaurant a few weeks back and the experience was excellent. Frank the proprietor met us downstairs and made sure we were looked after all evening. The food and wine were very tasty, but it was the level of service that made the whole experience. We hope to be back soon!

Thank Nial B
Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place was the highlight of my trip! The veggie options are the best ive ever seen, for once I was spoilt for choice. Staff were so nice and welcoming. Cant wait to eat here again.

Thank Meghan H
Cork, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Myself and my boyfriend decided to go for dinner here last Friday after reading the excellent reviews online. We were not disappointed! The food an service is excellent! We both ordered off the early bird menu as it had an excellent selection. I had the brie for starters which was heaven and the Hake for main which tasted so fresh... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Irish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Cheap Eats, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
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
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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