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Petronella Restaurant & Cafe

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Irish, European
Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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All reviews brie nut loaf hake steak pasta butter slip the sticky toffee pudding vegetarian options the early bird highly recommend this restaurant dining experience wonderful meal from start to finish visiting kilkenny top class frank history
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Not sure everyone knows this, but restaurants close down early in Ireland and quickly turn into pubs. It's actually difficult to find a place to eat after 7 pm. This was our case in Kilkenny, and we accidentally turned to Petronella's for dinner. We were...so hungry...The owner was so gracious and fit us in when the restaurant was fully booked. Without knowing or looking at the reviews here I knew this place was something special and had to be highly reviewed. Turns out it is the number one rated restaurant in Kilkenny. And boy does it live up to it's reputation. The food was phenomenal. Dinner for 4, all different meals, all exquisite. But what makes this place outstanding is the owner and his wife. He takes the time to get to know his diners. He sits with you and explains the very interesting Petronella story. He explains the history of the building. He talks about the service and how much he and his wife care. I just don't have enough words for how much talking to him was such a big part of the experience on top of including the wonderful food. This I know for sure. When I return to Kilkenny (which hopefully will be soon), this is an experience I will book each time the opportunity comes available. My advice...make a reservation. They are busy almost every night, they are rated number 1 restaurant, and they are so so so yummy good.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Petronella is a great place for both locals and tourists to visit. The food is always delicious, the portions are generous and there are some really interesting options on the menu for meat/fish eaters and vegetarians/vegans. The restaurant has kept it's cosy, historical decor and...it feels like you've been transported back in time. Staff are friendly and professional and Frank the owner is always so welcoming, accommodating and makes you feel at home. I would definitely recommend!More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 1 week ago

The atmosphere and dining here was excellent! The food was wonderful as well as the attentive staff. We had made reservations, which I highly recommend, and we will be sure to visit again!

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

We dined here with friends on our last night in Kilkenny. It was so relaxing. Wonderful Food and lovely service. Just can not say enough. Well worth the visit. We will be returning to eat here when we next come to Kilkenny.

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter and I had a gorgeous meal here. We went for the early bird which was great value and had large choice. We both went for vegetarian options which were delicious. The brie starter is large enough for 2 and so tasty. Highly recommend...the gnocchi and the sticky toffee pudding I will be thinking about for some time! Lovely friendly staff. Highly recommended! Thank you Petronella.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came across Petronella almost by accident but wow was it worth it......we had not made a reservation and with a wheelchair that can be a problem.......we were greeted with a smile and helpful attitude......the food was all excellent and the staff were great.......definitely worth...visiting when in Kilkenny......but make a reservation because it is busy.....More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent restaurant with fantastic food and service. The food was of excellent quality and perfect portion size. It was a great atmosphere and at no point did we feel rushed. Fantastic menu and very reasonable prices especially for the early bird option. Owner couldn’t of...been nicer.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 23 May 2022 via mobile

I had the pâté with chutney and it was delicious. Well presented. Staff was very friendly. Located on Butter Slip -very charming.

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 21 May 2022

Had a wonderful lunch with my US friends Excellent food & service would highly recommend this little gem

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 19 May 2022

The friendly host fit us in without a reservation, thank goodness - we wouldn't have missed this place for the world! The service (staff running up and down a set of stairs to supply wine and water to two separate seating areas on two separate...floors) was spotty, but decent. The food was exceptional! Enough to send us into a gourmet coma! Reservations are recommended.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Pat N
7 December 2020|
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Response from jdskehan | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do
20 February 2019|
Response from cgcolettegriffin |
Hi, do you have any gluten free options on your menu. We have a coeliac child.
20 February 2019|
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Response from sweety1960 | Reviewed this property |
No but maybe a sat night could be busy
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Yes, Petronella Restaurant & Cafe is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Petronella Restaurant & Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5