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Petronella Restaurant & Cafe

80/81 Butter Slip | Off High Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
+353 56 776 1899
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good13%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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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 today via mobile

Returned to petronella after a fabulous first time experience last year. The second visit lived up our expectations. There was a little confusion about our booking to begin with, but that was straightened out right away and the staff couldnt have been more accommodating. Pork...More

Thank Fiona O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Myself and my friends went here for a meal from the minute we arrived we were greeted with such warm friendly staff and owner.they couldnt do enough for us. one of my friends is allergic to Dairy and gluten and they did everthing to accommodate...More

Thank Nomad771180
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We quite literally stumbled upon this place walking through a quaint corridor in Kilkenny, and found a hidden gem. The food was some of the best we had while in Ireland, and the owner was extremely helpful and nice. Great time had by all!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for lunch was pretty average. Got the creamy pasta asked for no mushrooms but was told can't be done without, seemed like a pretty basic request for food being made supposedly fresh. You Won't be blown away here but don't be dissapointed either.

Thank sophie h
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this beautiful restaurant for lunch. We had passed by several times on previous visits to Kilkenny, this is not a mistake we will ever make again!! We both had the lunch special, for €8 each we got a bowl of vegetable soup, toasted...More

Thank 1971gill
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food is absolutely delicious. There are many vegetarian & vegan options which is great. The portions are very generous so you need to be quite hungry, especially if you go for the early bird 2/3 course option. Overall I would definitely go back to...More

Thank dani72ie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We celebrated my birthday and first night in Ireland at the cozy, comfortable atmosphere provided at Petronella's. From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel welcome and received excellent service from everyone, including Frank, the owner. We took advantage of their very reasonably-priced...More

Thank Franlie A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place from the minute I stepped inside. The atmosphere and the interior are fabulous. The staff were impeccable and we were well looked after. The friendly owner ensured we enjoyed our stay and made us feel very welcome. The food was amazing !...More

Thank Fiona M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely atmosphere, great service, great food! Steak was top notch and cooked to perfection. Man who greeted us was very friendly and helpful! Would highly recommend!

Thank Gary D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did not make a reservation but were offered a table speedily which was really great. The food was excellent and the owner is really a friendly and hospitable person. The service was amazing as were the deserts. It’s such a nice surprise to be...More

Thank Globetrotter201026
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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, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
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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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